What to stream: Pilot season on Amazon and ‘The Most Hated Woman’ on Netflix

Pilot Season is back on Amazon Prime, which means viewers can watch and vote on five shows under consideration for futures Amazon Prime series. And remember, you don’t have to be a member to watch the pilots. You can treat it as a free sample. The most promising is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amy Sherman-Palladino […]

Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer star in Rob Reiner's 'This is Spinal Tap'

‘This Is Spinal Tap’ on Netflix

“It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” – Nigel Tufnel Rob Reiner walks that fine line in his hilarious mockrockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984), ostensibly the portrait of a has-been metal band resurrected from a well-deserved obscurity for a disastrous comeback tour. Improv comedy veterans Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer don’t […]

Gong Yoo stars in the South Korean zombie film directed by Yeon Sang-ho

‘Train to Busan’ – Korean zombies on Netflix

You could call Train to Busan (South Korea, 2016) “Zombies on a Train”—it certainly makes a catchy logline and it frames the premise accurately and succinctly—but it reduces this fleet, fierce, unexpectedly human thriller to a mere gimmick. Apart from the slyly eerie prologue, the film opens without any hint of the viral rampage to […]

Finn Jones is 'Iron Fist' in the Netflix Original Series

What to stream: ‘Iron Fist’ disappoints, ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ inspires on Netflix

The buzz—for better and for worse—for the week in streaming debuts is over Iron Fist, the fourth original series in the Netflix Marvel superhero universe and the first to face disappointing reviews. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand, the an American-born scion of a corporate billionaire who returns home after surviving a plane crash in […]

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in the Oscar-winning film

Oscar-winner ‘Fences’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Fences (2016) – Denzel Washington and Viola Davis earned Tony Awards for their performances in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s play “Fences,” the story of a working class African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh. With the blessing of Wilson’s widow (the playwright passed away in 2005), Washington brought the play to the big screen, […]

What to stream: ‘Jackie’ and ‘Moana’ on VOD and more

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination in Jackie as the widow of JFK in the days after his assassination. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain brings his passion for political and social history to his American film debut and his perspective is illuminating. Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt co-star (R). […]

Natalie Portman stars in 'Jackie,' directed by Pablo Larraín

Natalie Portman is ‘Jackie’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Jackie (2016) – Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination playing American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the week following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This is not the conspiracy drama of Oliver Stone’s JFK, nor is it a sentimental spectacle of a country mourning the death of an inspirational President. This is an […]

What to stream: 2017 Oscars and new arrivals for March

So, did you catch the drama at the Oscars on Sunday? You can relive the moment or watch the entire 89th Annual Academy Awards (not rated) on Hulu. If you just want to see the winners, these are on VOD and disc and at Redbox: Moonlight (Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, R), Manchester by the […]

Benedict Cumberbatch is the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Studios movie

‘Doctor Strange’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

Doctor Strange (2016), the Sorcerer Supreme of Marvel Comics, is the latest comic book hero to join Marvel’s cinematic universe and Benedict Cumberbatch (in his best impression of American arrogance) plays the broken neurosurgeon who dons the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto to bring magic to the MCU. He’s Stephen Strange, a […]