Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning musical "La La Land."

‘La La Land’ on HBO Max and HBO Now

Old school Hollywood music and romance is brought into the 21st century in La La Land (2016), which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations and won 6 (losing Best Picture to Moonlight in what will surely remain the most famous Oscar night mix-up ever). Hollywood loves movies that celebrate show business and La La […]

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the Oscar-nominated drama "Loving." from filmmaker Jeff Nichols

‘Loving’ – The couple behind the history on HBO

Loving (2016), Jeff Nichols’s portrait of Richard and Mildred Loving, does more than put a face to a landmark Supreme Court decision. Their 1958 marriage was a crime in the state of Virginia because Richard (played by Joel Edgerton with a terse determination) was a white man and Mildred (Ruth Negga, vulnerable yet hopeful) was […]

‘From the Earth to the Moon’ on HBO Now

The history of the American space race is presented in terms both reverential and mortal in From the Earth to the Moon(1998), the sweeping Tom Hanks produced mini-series made for HBO. The debut episode “Can We Do This?,” directed by Hanks, is a quick survey of the birth of the space program from behind the […]

Coming and Going on HBO Now in April 2019

The much anticipated eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is coming to HBO in April, wrapping the epic series with six extra-long episodes. While that tends to dominate expectations, there are other highlights coming next month, notably the cable and streaming debuts of Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman and the hit romantic comedy Crazy […]

‘The Sopranos’ – Celebrate the 20th Anniversary on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Now

The Sopranos debuted on HBO in January of 1999 and changed the television landscape forever. More than simply “The Godfather Sees a Shrink,” the brilliant made-for-cable drama gave “family crisis” a whole new meaning and television drama a new sophistication. Emmy winner James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, a blue collar guy in an upper-middle class neighborhood, […]

Coming and Going on HBO Now in December 2018

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Wes Anderson’s animated Isle of Dogs come to HBO cable and streaming services in December, along with the comedies Blockers and Life of the Party and giant creature spectacle Rampage. HBO Originals include the feature Icebox, about a boy trapped in the U.S. Immigration system, and the documentaries Momentum […]

Evan Rachel Wood and Kate Winslet in the 2011 miniseries adaptation of the James M. Cain novel by Todd Haynes

‘Mildred Pierce’ – the miniseries on Amazon Prime and HBO Now

Mildred Pierce (2011) is less a remake than a new run at adapting the James M. Cain novel. Previously made into a Hollywood classic (which earned Joan Crawford her only Oscar), it’s been transformed into a five-hour mini-series by director Todd Haynes, who cast Kate Winslet in the title role as the mother blindly devoted […]