Alfred Hitchcock’s orignial ‘Psycho’ on Peacock

Psycho (1960) shocked America in 1960. Suburban theatergoers headed to the theaters to see the latest offering from the director of the glamorous and sexy Rear Window and the Technicolor confection North by Northwest. Who expected the droll host of TV’s showcase for suspense, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, to get so down and dirty and tawdry. […]

Jeff Bridges is the Dude in 'The Big Lebowski' from Joel and Ethan Coen.

‘The Big Lebowski’ abides on Peacock

Rolling Stone once called The Big Lebowski (1998) “the most worshipped comedy of its generation.” I like to think of it as the Book of Duderonomy, the lost gospel of the post-modern Testament. Jeff Bridges is brilliant as the Dude, one of the most strangely centered individuals in the movies. This bowler/stoner/free spirit is mistaken […]

What to stream: ‘Immigration Nation’ on Netflix, ‘The Last Narc’ on Amazon, ‘An American Pickle’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ 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 …   The nonfiction limited series “Immigration Nation” (TV-MA) offers a detailed portrait of the broken immigration system and the dehumanizing treatment of immigrants over six provocative episodes. Filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau were […]

Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman in Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom,' starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and more

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s endless summer on Peacock

Wes Anderson has made a career exploring the childhood neuroses that keep adult characters in an arrested state of adolescence and stasis. It’s been a lively career with creatively energetic high points like Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums but an approach with diminishing returns. Until Fantastic Mr. Fox, a film that refracted his portraits of dysfunctional families […]

Henry Thomas and friend in Steven Spielberg's beloved science fiction fantasy

‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ on Peacock

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Steven Spielberg’s suburban fairy tale for kids who think they are too hip to believe in fairies, is as glorious as ever 35 years after its debut. Henry Thomas is Elliot, an emotionally bruised kid suffering under his parents’ separation who finds another lonely, lost soul, a benevolent alien left behind […]

Viggo Mortensen offers ‘Eastern Promises’ on Peacock

David Cronenberg returns to A History of Violence territory and Viggo Mortensen comes with him to bring Eastern Promises (2007) to ambiguous, shadowy life. Nikolai (Mortensen), a chauffeur and foot soldier in a Russian crime family in London, wears his shadow of a smile like an impenetrable mask. One minute he’s indifferently hacking up and […]

Peter Falk is Lt. Columbo in the iconic detective series

Peter Falk is ‘Columbo’ – free on Peacock

“Actually, there is one thing. Not that it makes much difference, but…” Peter Falk dons the overcoat as the most distinctive detective on TV: the cigar-chomping, eternally disheveled LA police detective, Lt. Columbo. The character was actually created as supporting character in a Broadway play by Richard Levinson and William Link, where Thomas Mitchell played […]

What to stream: ‘Mrs. America’ on Hulu, ‘Outer Banks’ on Netflix, Peacock launches early on Comcast

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …   Peacock launches this week, but not for everybody. Poised to be a major force in the streaming wars, this service from NBC/Universal is available for free to Comcast cable subscribers and Xfinity customers […]

Streams to Come: New services challenge Netflix in the streaming landscape.

In the past decade, streaming video has become the dominate home video format and Netflix has led the way with a robust slate of original programming and exclusive streaming rights to TV favorites and hit movies. But after more than a decade of driving and defining the streaming landscape, Netflix and its nearest competitors Hulu […]