What to stream: ‘In the Heights’ on HBO Max, ‘Infinite’ on Paramount+, ‘Loki’ on Disney+

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …   Before “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda created a contemporary musical set in the predominantly Latino Manhattan neighborhood of the Washington Heights. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu takes the Tony-winning stage musical “In […]

Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino star in the film noir by Nicholas Ray

Robert Ryan is ‘On Dangerous Ground’ on Criterion Channel

On Dangerous Ground (1952), directed by Nicholas Ray from a script he developed with A.I. Bezzerides and producer John Houseman, opens on the urgent yet fractured dramatic score by Bernard Herrmann, a theme that rushes forward anxiously, pauses with quieter instruments, then jumps again as we watch the nocturnal city streets in the rain through […]

What to stream: ‘Oslo’ on HBO Max, ‘Raya’ on Disney+, ‘Sweet Tooth’ on Netflix, Stephen King on Apple TV+

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …   “Oslo” (2021, TV-MA) dramatizes the true story of the Norwegian couple (played by Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott) who secretly and without government approval conducted peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestine […]

‘Topsy-Turvy’ – Gilbert and Sullivan reborn on Criterion Channel

Set in the world of London theater in the mid-1880s, Topsy-Turvy (1999) tackles the creative partnership between W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, the reigning kings of light operetta, at a turning in their career. Their work has become repetitive, their latest show a disappointment, and the partnership is under strain as composer Sullivan (Allan […]

What to stream: ‘Panic’ on Amazon Prime, ‘Friends: The Reunion’ on HBO Max, ‘Plan B’ on Hulu

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …   In the young adult thriller “Panic: Season 1” (2021, not rated), graduating high school seniors play a dangerous game that forces them to face their deepest fears in a series of challenges […]

Satyajit Ray’s ‘Charulata’ on Criterion Channel

Satyajit Ray considered Charulata (India, 1964) his masterpiece. An historical piece about the forces of modernity in 19th century India, the story focuses on young Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee), the gifted and sensitive wife of an idealistic newspaper editor, Bhupati (Shaileen Mukherjee) who gives lip service to women’s rights yet neglects Charu (both emotionally and artistically) […]

Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet in Arnaud Desplichin's 'My Golden Days'

Last chance: ‘My Golden Days’ on Criterion Channel

My Golden Days (2015), from French filmmaker Arnaud Desplichin, is ostensibly a sequel / prequel to Desplichin’s breakthrough feature My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (1996) but it lives on its own as a remembrance of times past. Mathieu Amalric (Desplichin’s cinematic alter-ego) reprises his role as Paul Dédalus twenty years […]

What to stream: ‘Army of the Dead’ on Netflix, ‘Supernova’ and ‘M.O.D.O.K.’ on Hulu, ‘Solos’ on Amazon Prime

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …   Zombie horror, heist flick, and platoon thriller come together in Zach Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” (2021, R). Dave Bautista stars as an outbreak survivor who puts together a crew to infiltrate […]

Satyajit Ray’s ‘The Big City’ on Criterion Channel

The Big City (India, 1963) is the tenth feature from the great Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray but his first set in the modern world of urban life, specifically the economic desperation in 1950s Calcutta as the banks collapsed. As in other films, he takes an interest in the lives of women in the changing social […]

King Hu directs this classic of Chinese cinema

‘A Touch of Zen’ on The Criterion Channel

A Touch of Zen (Taiwan, 1971), King Hu’s romantic chivalry adventure, is a masterpiece of Chinese cinema, a magnificent epic with grand battles fought with the grace of a ballet with swords, and the most significant cinematic inspiration for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The three-hour film took the uniquely Chinese genre of wuxia […]