Will Ferrell stars in 'Talladega Nights," directed and co-written by Adam McKay

What to watch – ‘Talladega Nights’ on Netflix and Amazon and more streaming arrivals

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) is one of the funniest films that Will Ferrell ever made. Set in the NASCAR culture, Ferrell is a race car driver with two first names who outraces his own intellect in a comedy that features neither a ballad nor a single night spent in Talladega. It […]

'What Happened, Miss Simone,' an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary

What to watch: Oscar nominees on Netflix, HBO, VOD and more

The Oscar nominations have been announced and two of the nominees for Best Documentary are Netflix originals: What Happened, Miss Simone?, a portrait of Nina Simone, the classically-trained jazz singer, civil rights activist, and “high priestess of soul,” by filmmaker Liz Garbus, and Winter on Fire, about the unrest in Ukraine in 2013 and 2014 […]

Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington in 'Training Day,' directed by Antoine Fuqua

What to watch: ‘Training Day’ and more on Netflix, Amazon, and VOD

Training Day (2001) earned Denzel Washington an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as a corrupt narcotics cop. In part it’s because he’s playing against type: Denzel earned his reputation as Hollywood’s bedrock of decency and morality: his screen heroes fight fear, prejudice, and self-doubt for their goodness. Detective Alonzo Harris proved that the […]

Jon Hamm in 'Black Mirror: White Christmas'

What to watch: ‘Black Mirror: White Christmas’ is a cynical holiday special on Netflix

Don’t expect any holiday cheer from Black Mirror: White Christmas, a Christmas story from the dark British series about technology bringing out the worst human impulses. But if you are looking for a shot of cynicism to counter the seasonal spirit, this clever anthology of three stories with a science fiction twist should fit the […]

'Making a Murderer' on Netflix

What to watch: ‘Making a Murderer’ on Netflix, plus new on Amazon, Hulu, VOD, and more

Making a Murderer, a true-crime documentary series filmed over the course of ten years, wades into the ordeal of a Steven Avery. Exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit, he was accused of yet another heinous crime on dubious evidence while pursuing a civil suit against the police […]

'The Ridiculous Six' stars (left to right) Rob Schneider, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, and Luke Wilson

What to watch: Maybe not ‘The Ridiculous 6’ with Adam Sandler

The western spoof The Ridiculous 6 (2015), not to be confused with a certain numerically-oriented Quentin Tarantino western, stars Adam Sandler in his first Netflix original film as a white man raised by Indians who goes on a quest with his half-brothers (Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, Jorge Garcia, and Terry Crews) to rescue […]

Intimate footage and rare performances are featured in 'Amy,' a documentary about Amy Winehouse

What to watch: ‘Amy’ On Demand, ‘Murray Christmas’ from Netflix

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Amy profiles Amy Winehouse, the British singer / songwriter whose was cut short by addiction and whose slide into self-destruction was chronicled in agonizing detail by the media that hounded her. Director Asif Kapadia, who had access to rare concert footage and intimate video of Winehouse, offers an intimate and enlightening portrait […]