Alison Brie stars in the Netflix original series

What to stream: ‘GLOW’ with Alison Brie and Disney’s ‘Moana’ on Netflix

The Netflix original comedy GLOW: Season 1 stars Alison Brie as a frustrated actress in 1980s Los Angeles who answers a casting call for “unconventional women” and finds herself cast in a women’s wrestling cable series. The series was real: “GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” played on cable for years. This series, created by Nurse […]

Harry Bauer is Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret in the film by Julien Duvivier

French classics ‘David Golder’ and ‘La tête d’un homme’ on Criterion Channel

Julien Duvivier was once a giant of French cinema with a string of popular and critical hits in the thirties and a successful foray into Hollywood in the forties. He’s been largely forgotten as filmmaker even with though one of his biggest hits, Pépé le Moko (1937), remains a revered (and oft-revived) classic of gangster […]

What to stream: ‘Orange’ goes on lockdown and more streaming options

Season four of Orange Is the New Black, the best to date of Netflix’s most popular original show, ended on a cliffhanger: a protest against the dehumanizing conditions of the for-profit prison that turned into a riot. Season five opens with women of the minimum security prison taking hostages and stays in lockdown, at least […]

Simone Simon stars in the 1942 classic from director Jacques Tourneur and producer Val Lewton

The original ‘Cat People’ on Criterion Channel

The original Cat People (1942) was made on a low budget for RKO’s B-movie unit, the first in an amazing series of B-horror films from producer Val Lewton that transcended its origins. It’s a masterpiece of mood and psychological ambiguity masquerading as a cheap exploitation knock-off. Cheap it is, but Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur […]

Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini star in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning drama

What to stream: ‘The Salesman’ and the Dead on Amazon Prime plus superheroes, Oscar winners, and more

Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in 2012, making him the first Iranian filmmaker to win an Oscar. He won his second Oscar for The Salesman (2016), a provocative story of violence, trauma, and vengeance would around a stage production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Shahab Hosseini […]

The true-crime documentary series "The Keepers."

What to stream: true-crime series ‘The Keepers’ on Netflix, ‘Me Before You’ on Amazon and Hulu, and more

The new Netflix original documentary mini-series The Keepers delves into the decades-old unsolved murder: Sister Cathy, who taught at a parochial school in Baltimore until her disappearance in 1969 at the age of 26. The series has drawn comparisons to Making a Murderer, the binge-worthy 2015 Netflix true crime original, but Los Angeles Time critic […]

The Italian TV crime drama

‘Romanzo Criminale: The Complete Series’ on FilmStruck

Romanzo Criminale: The Complete Series (Italy, 2008-2010) – In the late 1970s, ambitious young thug Lebano (short for The Lebanese) hatches a plan to leave the petty robberies behind and, in partnership with another gang, take over the drug trade in Rome, a city that is divided up by a number of small, unorganized gangs. […]

Hafsia Herzi and Habib Boufares in Abdellatif Kechiche's Cesar-winning film

‘The Secret of the Grain’ on Criterion Channel

The Secret of the Grain (France, 2007) – Tunisian-French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s rich drama of an aging French-Arab shipwright who, with the help of his extended family, transforms an abandoned ship left for scrap into a floating restaurant, is a magnificent journey through culture and family and community. The old man Slimane (Habib Boufares), divorced […]