Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Paul Sorvino, and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese's gangster classic.

Last chance: Martin Scorsese’s ‘GoodFellas’ on HBO Now

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” GoodFellas (1990), Martin Scorsese’s violent, dynamic, exhilarating adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s non-fiction book Wiseguy, about real-life wiseguy-turned-witness against the mob Henry Hill, exploded across screens in 1990 and was embraced as the first great American gangster movie since Coppola’s The Godfather […]

‘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 […]

Bradley Cooper stars in the Clive Barker horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura

‘The Midnight Meat Train’ – Clive Barker horror on HBO Now

Curiosity is a killer in The Midnight Meat Train (2008), adapted from the short story by Clive Barker (one of the first he wrote) and directed by Japanese style-bomber Ryuhei Kitamura in his American feature debut. Leon (Bradley Cooper), a street photographer who chases police calls for a living but prefers to document the underbelly […]

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the film by Steven Spielberg

Coming and Going on HBO Now in October 2018

Steven Speilberg’s Oscar-nominated The Post with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks and the comedy thriller Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams come to HBO cable and streaming services in October. The month also see the arrival of the Aardman animated comedy Early Man and a handful of horror films for Halloween including the […]