Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 'World on a Wire'

‘World on a Wire’ – the first virtual reality thriller on The Criterion Channel

World on a Wire (Germany, 1973), made by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1973 for German television, is to the best of my knowledge the first film to explore virtual reality. And this from a director who never made a science film before or since. There are no Matrix visuals here—you might say that Fassbinder suggests his […]

Peter Serafinowicz is "The Tick" in the superhero comedy series.

What to stream: ‘The Tick’ is back and as cheerfully dim as ever on Amazon and more ‘Guardians’ on VOD

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Peter Serafinowicz plays the big blue insect of justice, most cheerfully, sweetly oblivious hero to squeeze into tights, in the Amazon original series The Tick, the third version of the superhero […]

Keir Gilchrist stars in "Atypical." Photo credit: Netflix

What to stream: an ‘Atypical’ Netflix sitcom and more on Amazon, Hulu, FilmStruck…

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … The Netflix original half-hour dramedy Atypical: Season 1 adds a new family to the sitcom world, this one with Keir Gilchrist as a high school teenager on the autism spectrum struggling […]

Arletty, Marcel Herrand, Pierre Brasseur, and Jean-Louis Barrault star in Marcel Carné's classic of French cinema

‘Children of Paradise’ – The theatre of love and crime on The Criterion Channel

Children of Paradise (France, 1945), Marcel Carné’s legendary drama of love, theater, and crime in 19th Century Paris, is an epic in every sense of the word. It opens and ends on a stage curtain, which rises to reveal the Boulevard of Crime, the theater district of 1830s Paris, where street performers and pickpockets alike ply […]

Matt Bomer and Lily Collins in "The Last Tycoon."

What to stream: ‘The Last Tycoon’ on Amazon Prime, ‘Jessica James’ on Netflix

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Matt Bomer is The Last Tycoon, a visionary movie producer who collides with the studio boss (Kelsey Grammer), in the Amazon original series adapted from the unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald novel […]

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman star in the Netflix original series

What to stream: Jason Bateman in ‘Ozark’ on Netflix, ‘The Lost City of Z’ on SVOD

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Netflix launches a new original series: Ozark, a crime thriller that stars Jason Bateman as a crooked Chicago financial advisor who launders money for a Mexican drug cartel and has to […]

Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle in a film by Terence Davies.

What to stream: ‘A Quiet Passion’ and ‘Certain Women’ on VOD, ‘Lion’ on Netflix, and more ‘Mr. Robot’ on Amazon

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand It is a big week for VOD debuts big and small, and few are bigger than The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the car caper franchise with […]

Marie Bell and Fernandel in the French classic by Julien Duvivier

Julien Duvivier’s ‘Un Carnet du Bal’ on Criterion Channel

Un Carnet du Bal (1937), the story of Christine (Marie Bell), a recently widowed heiress who tracks down the young men who courted her 20 years ago at her first society ball, is one Julien of Duvivier’s most celebrated and beloved films, a melancholy meditation on memory and loss and disappointment. The title translates to […]

Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini star in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning drama

What to stream: Walter Hill’s ‘The Assignment’ and Oscar-winner ‘The Salesman’ on Amazon Prime

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services … Amazon Prime Walter Hill’s The Assignment (2017), starring Michelle Rodriguez as a hitman who undergoes involuntary sexual reassignment surgery by a vengeful doctor (Sigourney Weaver), barely received a theatrical release thanks […]

Julien Duvivier’s ‘Poil de Carotte’ on Criterion Channel

Poil de Carotte (1932), which translates to “Carrot Top,” is Julien Duvivier’s remake of his 1925 silent success, a mix of comedy and near-tragedy in the story of a sweet, spirited kid (Robert Lynen, superb) bullied by his mother, who favors the boy’s teenage brother and sister, and ignored by his disconnected father, who has […]