Vincent Pastore and Michael Rispoli star in the film by Raymond De Felitta

‘Two Family House’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Raymond De Felitta’s Sundance Film Festival Audience Winner Two Family House (2000) is a sweet little romantic drama set in the insular Italian and Irish neighborhoods of 1956 Staten Island. Narrated with the conversational ease of a bar story, it stars characters actor Michael Rispoli as Buddy, a blue collar Italian American with big dreams, […]

Aaron Staton, Hattie Morahan, and Owen McDonnell in the BBC homefront drama

‘My Mother & Other Strangers’ – Growing up in wartime on Amazon Prime

Set in a rural Irish town during World War II, My Mother & Other Strangers (2017) is another British TV homefront drama, this one viewed through the memories of an adolescent boy. Francis Coyne (Michael Nevin) is the son of Rose (Hattie Morahan), who is London born and bred and treated like an outsider by […]

Juno Temple and Janelle Monae in Episode 106 "Autofac"

What to stream: ‘Electric Dreams’ and ‘A Ghost Story’ on Amazon, David Letterman on Netflix, get ‘Lost’ on Hulu, and more

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Amazon presents the science fiction anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Dick’s novels and stories have been turned into numerous films, from Blade Runner to Total Recall to Minority Report, often with […]

Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. in the David Fincher thriller

David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Zodiac (2007), David Fincher’s drama about the notorious unsolved Zodiac killings that had San Francisco gripped in fear during the early seventies, was the filmmaker’s most disciplined, focused, and mesmerizing film to date when it was released in 2007. Based on the non-fiction book by Robert Graysmith, a newspaper cartoonist who became obsessed with the […]

Hayato Ichihara in 'Yakuza Apocalypse,' directed by Takashi Miike

‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ – Gangsters vs. vampires on Hulu

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) – Takashi Miike, once the absurdly prolific wild man of Japanese cinema, earned a reputation for cranking out as many as four wildly inventive, full-throttle action, gonzo genre busting pictures a year. He’s slowed down as of late and even gone a little upscale; his 2011 13 Assassins (a collision of The […]

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in the romantic drama from Fred Schepisi

‘Words and Pictures’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Words and Pictures is both a romantic drama, with Clive Owen as passionate but alcoholic English teacher at an expensive prep school and Juliette Binoche as the new art teacher who clashes with the brash Owen, and a pedagogical drama where a “war” between the written word and the image inspires the student body to […]

Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden in the British young adult series

What to stream: ‘The End of the F***ing World’ on Netflix, ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Godfather’ sagas and more

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden play high school misfits who hit the road in The End of the F***ing World: Season 1, a dark comedy of teen confusion from Great Britain. […]

Vince Vaughn in the prison thriller by S. Craig Zahler

‘Brawl in Cellblock 99’ – Vince Vaughn picks a fight on Amazon Prime

Brawl in Cellblock 99 (2017) is my pick for the smartest piece of cinematic pulp fiction in 2017. It didn’t draw audiences to theaters, perhaps due to the extremes of the violent action. But if it lacks the elaborate choreography and martial grace of John Wick (by design), it more than makes up for it […]

Jesse Plemons is captain of the USS Callister in the fourth season of Charlie Booker's anthology

What to stream: ‘Black Mirror’ returns to Netflix, plus ‘Cosmopolis’ and the end of ‘Teen Wolf’ on Amazon and more

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Black Mirror, dark, disturbing, brilliant the 21st century answer to The Twilight Zone, is back for a fourth season on Netflix, and creator Charlie Booker makes the most of his bigger […]