Masaki Kobayashi directs the quartet of Japanese ghost stories

‘Kwaidan’ – Japanese ghost stories on Criterion Channel

Kwaidan (Japan, 1964), Masaki Kobayashi’s quartet of ancient ghost stories, may not be strictly speaking a horror film. It’s not scary or particularly unsettling apart for a few exquisitely created images. It is, however, breathtakingly lovely, visually composed like a painting, scored and sound designed by Toru Takemitsu with a spareness that leans on silence, […]

Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller in the film by Noah Baumbach

What to stream: ‘Meyerowitz’ and ‘MINDHUNTER’ on Netflix, ‘Lore’ on Amazon, Sarah Silverman’s ‘America’ on Hulu

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 … Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017, not rated), starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller as the estranged sons of sculptor and retired art professor Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvell […]

What to stream: ‘Marsha P. Johnson’ on Netflix, Godzilla lives on Hulu, ‘Hot’ comedy on Amazon

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 Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017, not rated), a documentary directed by David France, investigates the unsolved murder of civil rights activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson, […]

What to stream: The ‘Souls’ of Fonda and Redford and Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ on Netflix

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 … Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite in Our Souls at Night (2017), which comes to Netflix direct from the Venice Film Festival. Fonda is widow Addie and Redford widower Louis, lonely souls and […]

What to stream: ‘Gaga’ unplugged on Netflix and ‘Will & Grace’ on Hulu, plus movies 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 … The documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two (2016, not rated) goes behind the scenes for a candid look at Lady Gaga’s life during an eight-month period where she records a new album, […]

Harry Dean Stanton in the film by Wim Wenders

‘Paris, Texas’ on Criterion Channel and Blu-ray/DVD

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, Paris, Texas (1984) was not Wim Wenders’ first American film—that would be Hammett (1982), which proved to be a dispiriting experience when producer Francis Ford Coppola decided to step in and re-edit Wenders’ vision to something more commercial (so much for the creative freedom […]

Angelina Jolie directs the story of human rights activist Loung Ung

What to stream: Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father,’ a ‘Lost City’ on Amazon, ‘Nocturama’ on Netflix, ‘It Comes’ to VOD

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 … First They Killed My Father (2017, not rated), from filmmaker Angelina Jolie, dramatizes the story of human rights activist Loung Ung as young girl surviving the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. Jolie wrote […]

Tim Streeter and Doug Cooeyate star in the directorial debut of Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant’s ‘Mala Noche’ on FilmStruck and Criterion Channel

Mala Noche (1986), the feature debut of Gus Van Sant adapted from the autobiographical novel by Portland “street poet” Walt Curtis, is an intimate black and white tale of l’amour fou steeped in the culture of Portland, Oregon’s (now long gone) skid row. Walt (Tim Streeter), a counter jockey at a grimy liquor store in […]

Federico Luppi stars in the vampire film from Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Cronos’ on FilmStruck and Criterion Channel

Cronos (Mexico, 1993, R, with subtitles), the feature debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, is an alchemic twist on vampire lore and the costs of eternal life. It’s also the first expression of the budding genre master’s affinity for cinema fantasy and horror as a crucible for exploring humanity. Federico Luppi stars as Jesus, […]