Mike Colter, Scott Glenn, Finn Jones, Krysten Ritter, and Charlie Cox in Marvel's The Defenders

What to stream: ‘The Defenders’ – the super anti-team on Netflix

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 … Netflix hosts the small screen superhero event of the year: The Defenders, the long-promised team-up of Matt Murdoch/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand/Iron […]

Cheng Pei-Pei and Yueh Hua star in King Hu's classic wuxia pian

The Romantic Chivalry of ‘Come Drink with Me’ on Amazon Prime

Come Drink with Me (Hong Kong, 1966) is a landmark of Hong Kong cinema and a classic of the wuxia pian (“martial chivalry” genre), a genre that director King Hu redefined with this delightfully spry mix of action, humor, and costume spectacle. Cheng Pei-Pei stars as the pixie-ish Golden Swallow, a determined young female warrior […]

Ian McDiarmid and Iain Glen are Henry and John Fielding in the British crime drama

‘City of Vice’ – London’s first police force on Amazon Prime

More evidence to support the proposition that truth is stranger (and more interesting) than fiction: after a successful career as one of the most influential novelists of his day, author Henry Fielding was appointed London’s Chief Magistrate and, with his younger half-brother John, created London’s first police force, the Bow Street Runners, in 1749. Why […]

Keir Gilchrist stars in "Atypical." Photo credit: Netflix

What to stream: an ‘Atypical’ Netflix sitcom and more on Amazon, Hulu, FilmStruck…

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 Netflix original half-hour dramedy Atypical: Season 1 adds a new family to the sitcom world, this one with Keir Gilchrist as a high school teenager on the autism spectrum struggling […]

What to stream: Cold War cop spoof ‘Comrade Detective’ on Amazon and a ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ sequel on Netflix

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 … Amazon Prime’s new series Comrade Detective: Season 1 spoofs American eighties crime TV and Soviet Cold War clichés in the guise of a Romanian cop drama with eighties fashions, Communist propaganda, […]

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are Bill and Ted in the cult slacker comedy

‘Bill & Ted’s’ excellent movies on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Whoa! Check out the cult slacker comedies that made Keanu Reeves a star. In Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Reeves and Alex Winter are the high school underachievers and would-be rocker stars who are destined to save the world with their music, or so claims their most excellent fan from the future, a time-travelling […]

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Larry Fishburne in 'The Matrix'

‘The Matrix’ trilogy on Netflix

The Matrix (1999) has become such a touchstone of American pop culture—referenced, copied, parodied, and parroted)—that it’s hard to remember just how new and different and distinctive it was when it debuted in 1999. Which is not to say that it is completely original. Image Tron as a Greek Myth, or Sim City as an […]