The cast of NCIS

‘NCIS’: 11 seasons of Mark Harmon and his team on Netflix

I won’t argue the aesthetics of the CSI vs. NCIS in the alphabet soup of TV procedurals. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is the tonier of the two, what with its sharp visuals, smart-talking professionals, and high-tech laboratories apparently illuminated by blacklight, while NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service has a lighter touch, with more humor and […]

Essential Viewing: ‘Dr. Strangelove’ on Amazon Prime

The funniest film ever made about nuclear holocaust, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick’s screwball satire of cold war posturing and mutually assured destruction, didn’t begin as a comedy. The source novel, Peter George’s Red Alert, was a grave contemplation of the cold war gone hot […]

What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix

What to watch the week of Friday, June 26

Netflix doesn’t release anything like Nielson ratings of its shows but it’s safe to say that documentaries have been doing well for the service. based on how much they have devoted to bringing non-fiction to the catalog, and how competitive they’ve become with theatrical distributors. Netflix produced the award-winning documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which […]

Seinfeld is now on Hulu

‘Seinfeld’ on Hulu

Hulu has been trying to find its place in next to Netflix and Amazon Prime in the subscription streaming market for some time now. Initially dedicated to providing next-day access for network TV shows, complete with advertising, it found itself behind the curve when Netflix decided to turn itself into a streaming network in its […]

‘Y tu Mama Tambien’ on Netflix, Sundance Now, Criterion Channel

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Alfonso Cuaron’s return to Mexico after his initial sojourn in Hollywood, recharged his ambitions and his creative juices. Ostensibly a coming of age drama by way of a sex comedy, it’s vivid, thoughtful, political and unapologetically raw. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna star as best friends, a pair of […]

Up All Night VOD

Video on Demand: Liam Neeson in ‘Run All Night’

Liam Neeson is back in action in the gritty crime thriller Run All Night, his third and most satisfying collaboration with filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop). Neeson once again has a very specific skill set—his nickname isn’t Jimmy the Gravedigger for nothing—but he’s been pickling it in booze for years to drown the guilt of […]