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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

‘Nightcrawler’ on Netflix

Nightcrawler earned an Oscar nomination for director Dan Gilroy’s screenplay, a wicked satire of the tabloid news television that chases sensationalistic stories for ratings (the cliché “if it bleeds, it leads” is the guiding philosophy). It should also have earned a nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal, whose Louis Bloom is a twisted Horatio Alger with the […]

Shane Carruth and David Sullivan in 'Primer.'

‘Primer’ on Netflix

“I’m starving. I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon.” The most inventive time travel film ever made, Shane Carruth’s almost one man production (he’s director, writer, producer, star, sometime camera operator, and pretty much anything else that needed to be done) is also the most aggressively, tantalizingly obtuse. Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) […]

What to watch the week of Friday, June 5

Netflix continues their foray into splashy, ambitious original series with “Sense8,” a sprawling science fiction thriller created by Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix” films) with “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski. Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Freema Agyeman, and Doona Bae (of the Wachowskis’s “Cloud Atlas”) star in a story of eight strangers from around […]