Don Cheadle is Miles Davis in 'Miles Ahead'

What to stream: Miles Davis, a superhero smackdown, a Norwegian ‘Wave,’ and a Colombian ‘Serpent’

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the most bombastic and least self-aware superhero picture to date, pits the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck as an aging, rather bitter Batman) against the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) pulling the strings of the smackdown. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) also gets […]

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic mosaic of a thriller 'Don't Look Now.'

‘Don’t Look Now’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Don’t Look Now (1973), Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic of a thriller, remains a mystery to the end. Set largely in Venice, where the labyrinth of canals and tunnels creates a claustrophobic maze, it’s less about the elliptical story (adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short tale) than the texture of loss, obsession, and emotional remove. Donald Sutherland […]

Matteo Garrone's 'Gomorrah ' from Italy

‘Gomorrah’ – The real Italian mob on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Sundance Now

The signature image of Gomorrah (Italy, 2008), Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of Robert Saviano’s book about the dominance of organized crime in Naples and Caserta, is a pair of teenage boys running around a deserted beach in their underwear while shooting off automatic weapons. That’s as much glamour as you can expect from this portrait of […]

Winona Ryder stars in the Netflix original series "Stranger Things."

What to watch: ‘Stranger Things’ debuts on Netflix plus more on Prime, Hulu, and Netflix

Winona Ryder stars in Stranger Things: Season 1, the Netflix original series about strange, supernatural doings in suburban America, circa 1983. It channels the kid-centered adventures of the era, like E.T. and The Goonies, but with a darker tone. “There’s a sweet kind of sadness running just underneath all that period detail, a longing for […]

Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, and Timothy Dalton star in 'Penny Dreadful,' the superb Showtime Gothic horror series.

‘Penny Dreadful: Seasons 1-2’ – Delicious Gothic horror on Netflix and Showtime Anytime

The very title Penny Dreadful captures the mood of this original series, which was created for Showtime by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan. It was the nickname given to cheap horror novels, and while this show is anything but cheap, it is filled with dread and unease. Penny Dreadful stirs the characters of the iconic British […]

Tom Hiddleston is Hank Williams in 'I Saw the Light'

What to watch: ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Penny Dreadful’ on Netflix, ‘Hannibal’ and ‘The Candidate’ on Amazon

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand I Saw the Light stars Tom Hiddleston as country-western legend Hank Williams in the story of his rise to fame and spiral of self-destruction. Elizabeth Olsen and Bradley Whitford co-star. R. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt are a married couple in crisis in […]