Orson Welles is Harry Lime on Carol Reed's classic

Continental noir: ‘The Third Man’ on Netflix

Carol Reed’s continental film noir The Third Man (1949), written by Graham Greene and starring Joseph Cotten as a cynical American pulp novelist playing detective in the rubble-strewn underworld of post-war Vienna and Orson Welles as a charming but ruthless black marketeer, is one of the true classics. The film is directed by Reed but […]

Sean Penn stars in the Hulu series created by Beau Willimon

What to stream: Hulu claims ‘The First,’ Amazon Prime is ‘Forever,’ Netflix offers ‘The Land of Steady Habits’

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Sean Penn stars in the new Hulu Original drama The First as a grounded astronaut battling family crisis while guiding the first manned mission to Mars through the politics and funding and technological […]

Al Pacino is Cuban thug turned Miami drug lord Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's 'Scarface'

‘Scarface’ – Say hello to my little friend on Netflix

Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983), ostensibly a remake of the Howard Hawks gangster classic, moves the iconic rise and fall crime opera from the tommy-gun gangster street battles of the prohibition era to the cocaine wars of Florida in the eighties. In the process, De Palma, screenwriter Oliver Stone, and star Al Pacino carved out […]

Chadwick Boseman is the African superhero in the Marvel Comics hit movie

What to stream: ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Next Gen’ on Netflix, ‘Beirut’ on Amazon Prime Video, ‘Hereditary’ and Mister Rogers on VOD

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 … Chadwick Boseman as Prince T’Challa, aka Black Panther (2018, PG-13), in the first Marvel superhero movie built around black hero. Director Ryan Coogler adds his own sensibility with his creation of a […]

Oona Laurence and Oakes Fegley with a fuzzy, flying best friend in Disney's "Pete's Dragon."

Last chance: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ – A storybook wonder on Netflix

Pete’s Dragon (2016) is that rare breed of remake that outshines the original. The 1977 film, about an orphaned boy who runs away from his abusive adoptive parents with a magical dragon, was a live action film with a bright cartoon character taking the part of the dragon. The dragon is no less animated in […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the high school neo-noir by Rian Johnson

‘Brick’- High school noir on Netflix

Brick (2005), the debut feature from Star Trek: The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson, puts the collected works of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett in a blender with a jigger of teenage melodrama and pours it into a high school mold. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays things so close to his chest that he’s almost unreadable as […]

John Krasinski

What to stream: ‘Jack Ryan’ and ‘Disobedience’ on Amazon Prime, more ‘Ozark’ on Netflix, Cary Grant on FilmStruck

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 … John Krasinski is the fifth actor to play Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, the CIA analyst turned reluctant field agent, and Wendell Pierce his new boss in the debut season of the Prime […]

Percelle Ascott and Sorcha Groundsell in the Netflix series co-starring Guy Pearce

What to stream: ‘The Innocents’ on Netflix, ‘Safe Harbour’ on Hulu ‘Mystery Road’ on Acorn TV, ‘Deadpool 2’ on VOD

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 … The moody new Netflix Original series The Innocents: Season 1 is a young adult superhero drama about a teenage girl (Sorcha Groundsell) who manifests the power to shape-shift while on the […]