Essie Kent and Noah Wiseman in Jennifer Kent's horror film.

‘The Babadook’ on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

The Babadook, one of the best and most original horror films in years, raises goosebumps with old-fashioned scares, relatable characters, and a provocative psychological foundation. Amelia (Essie Kent) is a single mother who is still in mourning for her dead husband—she barely seems to be able to rouse herself to face the world—and is unable […]

'American Playboy' - Chicago Playboy club opening night.

What to stream: ‘American Playboy’ on Amazon, ‘The BFG’ on Netflix, ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Paterson’ on VOD

Amazon Prime presents the original documentary series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which profiles the man, the brand, and the lifestyle he advocated through his magazine and his clubs with a mix of documentary and dramatic recreation. “If not quite a hagiography, it is very much an official document — “my story, or at […]

Zoë Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and Ethan Hawke in 'Good Kill,' directed by Andrew Niccol

‘Good Kill’ – War at a distance on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

Good Kill (2015) tackles writer / director Andrew Niccol’s favorite theme: the intersection of technology and humanity. His problem is that his art is rarely as interesting as his ideas. The Truman Show works because Peter Weir is very good with the human equation, and Gattaca, to date, is Niccol’s most successful film, in part […]

What to stream: ‘Jackie’ and ‘Moana’ on VOD and more

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination in Jackie as the widow of JFK in the days after his assassination. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain brings his passion for political and social history to his American film debut and his perspective is illuminating. Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt co-star (R). […]

Ewan McGregor is 'The Ghost Writer' in Roman Polanski's superb thriller.

Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost Writer’ on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

Ewan McGregor is The Ghost Writer (2010), a scribe-for-hire in the celebrity autobiography business who is contracted to rewrite the dry memoirs of a former British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan), in the smart, gripping, subtly Hitchcockian thriller from director Roman Polanski and author Robert Harris. The writer has no other name in the film—he introduces […]

Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, and Timothy Dalton star in 'Penny Dreadful,' the superb Showtime Gothic horror series.

‘Penny Dreadful: Seasons 1-2’ – Delicious Gothic horror on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

The very title Penny Dreadful captures the mood of this original series, which was created for Showtime by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan. It was the nickname given to cheap horror novels, and while this show is anything but cheap, it is filled with dread and unease. Penny Dreadful stirs the characters of the iconic British […]