Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan'

What to stream: Choice picks on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu new this month

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand The Jungle Book continues Disney’s run in remaking their animated classics as live-action films, though to be fair, man cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is the only live actor in the computer generated jungle kingdom with animals voiced by Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba. It’s a well-told tale and […]

Billy Connelly is 'Fido' in the 2007 zombie comedy with Dylan Baker and Carrie-Anne Moss

Zombie comedy ‘Fido’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Andrew Currie’s spirited zom-com Fido (2007) drops the flesh-eating undead into a warped mirror of fifties suburban conformity and hollow appearances. In this alternate history/fantasy America, the Zombie Wars replaced the Cold War and the result is a nation of gated communities served by a stumbling underclass of enslaved zombies and policed by Zomcon, the […]

Emily Blunt stars in 'Sicario,' a vivid, volatile thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve

Coming to Amazon Prime in September 2016

Amazon Prime has announced highlights of its new September offerings, including one of the first Amazon Studios-produced features: the dark comedy Wiener-Dog (2016) with Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy. It’s the first of many films that Amazon is releasing to theaters before offering to Amazon Prime subscribers. Other new films include the Oscar nominated Sicario with Emily […]

Ken Burns' documentary 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea'

Happy Anniversary: ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea’ on Amazon Prime

On August 25, 2016, the National Parks Service turns 100. To celebrate the centenary of this great and necessary institution, I suggest checking out The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009) from America’s chronicler Ken Burns. This six-part, twelve-hour plus series explores not just the beauty and legacy of America’s National Parks, but the history […]

Tom Cruise stars in 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation'

‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the big-screen franchise based on the sixties Cold War spy TV series, continues to spin its alternative to the James Bond brand of espionage thriller. Like the 007 films, they are globe-hopping spectacles with spectacular set-pieces and stunts. But while each film is tethered on Tom […]

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in 'American Ultra.' Photo credit: Lionsgate

‘American Ultra’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

American Ultra reworks The Bourne Identity as a slacker comedy with a killer punchline. Jesse Eisenberg is Mike Howell, a sweet, underachieving stoner prone to panic attacks. He gets by as convenience store clerk in a dead-end West Virginia town with a supportive girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), who is almost impossibly understanding when it comes […]