Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris

What to stream: ‘Kodachrome’ and ‘Mercury 13’ on Netflix and ‘Loving Vincent’ animates Van Gogh 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 … Kodachrome (2017, not rated) stars Jason Sudeikis as a record industry burnout who reluctantly joins his estranged, dying father (Ed Harris) for a road trip to the last lab in America […]

Donnie Yen and Andy Lau in the Hong Kong crime drama from Wong Jing

Donny Yen and Andy Lau are ‘Chasing the Dragon’ on Netflix

Directed by the insanely prolific Hong Kong action veteran Wong Jing, Chasing the Dragon (China, 2017) is the filmmaker’s crime epic, a historical drama that charts the rise and fall of two notorious gangsters who thrived in the rampant corruption enabled by Britain’s colonial rule of Hong Kong in the 1960s. The title is slang […]

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as young John Lennon in the story of his early life directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson

‘Nowhere Boy’ – John Lennon before the Beatles on Netflix

Nowhere Boy (2009) tells the story of the early life of John Lennon, the man who would put together the Beatles as a teenage boy. What’s marvelous about the film is that it isn’t elevated into some mythological status. There are none of those clichéd lines where someone in the group or some prescient member […]

Danny Pudi stars in the immigration experience comedy by Lena Khan

‘The Tiger Hunter’ – Coming to America on Netflix

The Tiger Hunter (2016) – Danny Pudi (Abed from the cult sitcom Community) plays an engineer who travels from his village in India, where he runs the local electronic repair shop, to Chicago to take a high-paying position in an American firm. He’s determined to live up to the reputation of his father, revered in […]

Molly Parker, Max Jenkins, Mina Sundwall, Parker Posey, and Toby Stephens in the remake of the 1960s science fiction series

What to stream: Netflix is ‘Lost in Space’ and gets religion in ‘Come Sunday,’ ‘Bosch’ is back on Amazon Prime Video

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 remakes the campy 1960s space fantasy in more serious vein in Lost in Space, a science fiction adventure about a family of space colonists whose ship goes off course en […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on Kristanna Loken in the Terminator sequel directed by Jonathan Mostow

‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ – Ah-nold is back in black on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s old, obsolete Terminator is back in black in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Black leather, that is, as well as his trademark dark glasses and mono-syllabic punchlines. He may be machine, but he’s got the spirit of a human whirring inside the gearbox as he plays tough-love father figure to John […]

Willem Dafoe and Brooklyn Prince in the film by Sean Baker

What to stream: ‘The Florida Project’ on Amazon Prime Video, ‘Troy’ falls on Netflix, and a new month of releases for all

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 … Willem Dafoe earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the manager of a low-rent hotel in The Florida Project (2017, R), a powerful and moving look at the life of […]

Brad Bird directs the animated feature based on the Ted Hughes book

‘The Iron Giant’ – A boy and his robot buddy on Netflix

“I’m the luckiest kid in the world,” cheers adolescent Hogarth, halfway to sci-fi heaven in the hand of a friendly ten story robot— a clanking metal man who acts like a combination little brother, big brother, and playful puppy dog all rolled into one magnificent structure who looks like he stepped off a vintage cover […]

Al Pacino is Cuban thug turned Miami drug lord Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's 'Scarface'

‘Scarface’ – Say hello to my little friend on Netflix

Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983), ostensibly a remake of the Howard Hawks gangster classic, moves the iconic rise and fall crime opera from the tommy-gun gangster street battles of the prohibition era to the cocaine wars of Florida in the eighties. In the process, De Palma, screenwriter Oliver Stone, and star Al Pacino carved out […]

John Travolta hams it up an alien overlord in the absurd science fiction adventure based on the novel by L. Ron Hubbard, one of the worst films ever made

‘Battlefield Earth’ – Worst film ever? Decide for yourself on Netflix

John Travolta, one of Hollywood’s most visible Scientology cheerleaders, dreamed of bringing Scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbards’ Star Wars-inspired sci-fi epic to the big screen for years. Be careful when dreams come true. Battlefield Earth (2000) is hilariously, flamboyantly, aggressively bad, a pulp fantasy built on same hokey tropes and clichés that were tired before […]