Tom Cruise stars in 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation'

‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the big-screen franchise based on the sixties Cold War spy TV series, continues to spin its alternative to the James Bond brand of espionage thriller. Like the 007 films, they are globe-hopping spectacles with spectacular set-pieces and stunts. But while each film is tethered on Tom […]

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in 'American Ultra.' Photo credit: Lionsgate

‘American Ultra’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

American Ultra reworks The Bourne Identity as a slacker comedy with a killer punchline. Jesse Eisenberg is Mike Howell, a sweet, underachieving stoner prone to panic attacks. He gets by as convenience store clerk in a dead-end West Virginia town with a supportive girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), who is almost impossibly understanding when it comes […]

JZA, RZA, and Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch’s 'Coffee and Cigarettes'

‘Coffee and Cigarettes’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Jim Jarmusch’s whimsical, 17-years-in-the-making anthology is “a series of short films disguised as a feature (or maybe vice-versa),” according to the director. It’s an anthology of curiosities, some more curious than others, wound around a diverse cast paired off for random ramblings over caffeine and nicotine. It opens with the original […]

'The Great Train Robbery' is one of the features films in Mark Cousins ' documentary 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey '

‘The Story of Film: An Odyssey’ on Hulu and Sundance Now

In The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), Mark Cousins takes an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema. I can’t imagine that anyone who is not already captivated by cinema would even begin this immersive, ambitious 15-hour documentary series that attempts to encapsulate cinema, from birth to the present, and […]

Chris Pine, Margot Robie, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 'Z for Zachariah.'

‘Z for Zachariah’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Z for Zachariah (2015), based on the cult novel by Robert C. O’Brien, belongs to smaller, more thoughtful, more intimate end of the science fiction movie spectrum. Limited to three characters and played out with nary a spectacular special effect, it’s in the tradition of low-budget post-nuclear films like Five and The World, the Flesh […]

Tom Cruise stars in 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation'

Arriving on Hulu in August 2016

The action hits Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) with Tom Cruise and American Ultra (2015) with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and the Oscar-nominated animated feature Shaun the Sheep (2015) highlight the arrivals coming to Hulu in August. Other August arrivals include the original Cloverfield (2008) from producer J.J. Abrams, the Oscar-winning The Silence of […]

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic mosaic of a thriller 'Don't Look Now.'

‘Don’t Look Now’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Don’t Look Now (1973), Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic of a thriller, remains a mystery to the end. Set largely in Venice, where the labyrinth of canals and tunnels creates a claustrophobic maze, it’s less about the elliptical story (adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short tale) than the texture of loss, obsession, and emotional remove. Donald Sutherland […]