Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in 'Jupiter Ascending' from the Wachowskis

‘Jupiter Ascending’ – Space opera silliness on Netflix

Jupiter Ascending (2015) was a player at the Razzie Awards, the snarky organization that puts the spotlight in the worst and most over-hyped films of the year. Not exactly the kind of attention you seek out as a filmmaker, and maybe not completely deserved, though that’s admittedly a minority opinion. This is old fashioned space […]

What to stream: ‘Red Sea Diving’ and ‘Otherhood’ on Netflix, ‘Four Weddings’ on Hulu, ‘Share’ on HBO

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Chris Evans plays an Israeli Mossad agent smuggling Ethiopian Jews from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel through an abandoned seaside hotel in The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019, not rated), an Argo-like drama […]

Pam Grier, Robert Forster and Samuel L. Jackson star in Quentin Tarantino's adaptation of Elmore Leonard

Pam Grier is ‘Jackie Brown’ on Netflix

Jackie Brown (1997) – “Amateurs borrow, professionals steal,” goes the maxim, and Quentin Tarantino steals like a pro. Where directors of the previous generation peppered their films with classic cinematic quotes, Tarantino plunders the films of his formative years for ideas—mostly B-movies and exploitation films about cars and capers and criminals—and riffs on them with […]

The United States of ‘Zombieland’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

The zombie comedy was hardly fresh territory when Zombieland (2009) came along (and really, will anyone top Shaun of the Dead?) but it nonetheless does a fine job of mining the humor inherent in the end of the world. Jesse Eisenberg is the loner college geek who finds that his obsessive-compulsive instincts are just what […]

What to stream: ‘The Boys’ on Amazon, ‘Veronica Mars’ revived on Hulu, the end of ‘Orange is the New Black’ on Netflix

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Netflix brings its signature original series to a close with the seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black. Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, renamed Piper Chapman and played by […]

Coming and Going on Netflix in August 2019

Netflix continues to ramp up its original programming. August brings the fantasy epic Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which continues the story begun in the 1982 Jim Henson film, and the original movie comedies Otherhood with Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman and Sextuplets with Marlon Wayans, and the original documentaries American Factory and […]

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ on Netflix

Is there another American filmmaker who takes such joy in telling stories and spinning cinematic spells as Quentin Tarantino? I don’t mean tackling big issues or making epic statements. I’m talking about the sheer pleasure of telling audiences a tale that takes them places they don’t expect and ways they haven’t quite experienced before. The […]

Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in 'Taxi Driver'

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ on Netflix

Taxi Driver (1976), Martin Scorsese’s incendiary masterpiece of alienation and anger and urban anxiety may be the most maverick vision of seventies American cinema. It is certainly one of the most visceral portraits of the American urban underbelly ever put on film, a movie bathed in blood as much as in light, and almost forty years […]

What to stream: ‘First Man’ and the space race on HBO Now, a new Disney ‘Princess’ on Netflix, ‘Shazam!’ on VOD

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … HBO celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with two award-winning programs. Ryan Gosling is astronaut Neil Armstrong in the Oscar-winning First Man (2018, PG-13), an intimate look at the story behind the […]