Ricky Gervais stars on the BBC comedy 'The Office'

The original British ‘The Office’ on Netflix

“You can’t put a price on comedy.” In the original The Office (2001-2002), creator/co-writer/co-director Ricky Gervais stars as David Brent, the insufferably self-satisfied office manager of a paper company branch who fancies himself a born comedian and a natural leader. He’s wrong about both, naturally, but his yes-man team-leader Gareth (Mackenzie Crook), a brown-noser with […]

The animated film 'The Little Prince' debuts on Netflix in the U.S.

What to stream: ‘The Little Prince’ on Netflix and other choice picks on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, VOD, and more

The Little Prince (2016), an animated feature based on the beloved novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), is a big-budget American production from a major studio and played in theaters around the world (where it was a success) but Sony dumped it straight to Netflix in […]

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 […]