Top streams for the week
The science fiction psychodrama "Severance: Season 1" (TV-MA) stars Adam Scott as a young widower who undergo an experimental procedure that disconnects his painful personal memories while at work, but beneath the happy exterior of his new situation is an ominous mystery. Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken costar and Ben Stiller produces and directs the first few episodes. Two episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV)
After a two year wait, the fourth season of the Emmy-winning comedy "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (TV-MA) arrives with rising star Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) entering the 1960s and pushing the envelope of stand-up comedy. Milo Ventimiglia and Kelly Bishop are among the new cast members. Two episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Amazon Prime Video)
"Bel-Air: Season 1" (TV-MA) reimagines the hit Will Smith sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air" as a serious drama about a teenager (Jabari Banks) from the mean streets of Philadelphia sent to live with relatives in L.A.. Four episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Peacock)
Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" (2017, R), a monster movie turned romantic fantasy about a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) and an amphibious creature held captive in a government lab, won four Oscars including best picture. It joins del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" (2021, R), which is nominated for best picture this year. (Hulu)
The spy movie prequel "The King's Man" (2021, R) stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, and Djimon Hounsou as British agents trying to stop a world war in the early 20th century plotted by a gang of villains and despots including Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans). Matthew Vaughn writes and directs the mix of action and comedy. (Hulu)
"Titane" (France, 2021, R, with subtitles), Julia Ducournau's surreal thriller about a punk model (Agathe Rousselle) turned serial killer who is impregnated by a luxury automobile, is a cult movie in the making and a strangely touching movie about family. (Hulu)
"jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy" (TV-MA), a three-part documentary on hip-hop icon Kanye West that premiered at Sundance, is elevated by intimate video footage shot by director Clarence “Coodie” Simmons as West rose from protean writer/producer to superstar performer. New episodes on Wednesdays. (Netflix)
Also arriving from Sundance is the documentary "Downfall: The Case Against Boeing" (PG-13), which dissects the decisions, and the deflection of accountability, that led to the catastrophic crashes of two new Boeing 737-Maxes within months of each other. (Netflix)
Classic pick: Peter Ustinov plays Hercule Poirot in "Death on the Nile" (1978, PG), the first big screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery, with a cast of suspects that includes Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury, Mia Farrow, and Maggie Smith. Kenneth Branagh's remake is currently in theaters. (Criterion Channel)
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Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao directs "Eternals" (2021, PG-13), a Marvel movie featuring a diverse team of immortal superheroes and a cast including Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek. Also new:
- "Wolf" (2021, R), an indie drama starring Jack MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp as young adults suffering from a condition known as species dysphoria'
- "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" (Romania, 2021, unrated, with subtitles), a satire about a couple whose private sex tape is stolen and uploaded to the web;
- psychological drama "Here Before" (2022, R) starring Andrea Riseborough as a grieving mother who believes a neighbor girl is the reincarnation of her dead child.
The new "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (2022, R), co-written and produced by Fede Alvarez, plays out as a sequel to the 1974 classic.
Indonesian action star Iko Uwais headlines the martial arts action film "Fistful of Vengeance" (2022, TV-MA).
An inventor and a meteorologist team up in the animated comedy "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009, PG), based on the beloved children's book.
Chris Hemsworth is a hacker genius drawn into an international conspiracy in "Blackhat" (2015, R), Michael Mann's sleek cyber-thriller.
Streaming TV: Steve Carrell returns as the head of "Space Force" (TV-MA) in the second season of the comedy.
International TV: "Young Wallander: Killer's Shadow" (Sweden, TV-MA) is the title of the second season of the crime thriller based on the Henning Mankell novels. Also new:
- "Twenty Five Twenty One: Season 1" (South Korea, TV-14, with subtitles), a romantic K-drama about a teenage fencing master;
- "Fishbowl Wives: Season 1" (Japan, TV-MA, with subtitles), a romantic drama based on a popular manga series;
- "Secrets of Summer: Season 1" (Argentina, TV-Y, with subtitles), a young adult drama set at an Argentine resort.
Kid stuff: the animated "The Cuphead Show!: Season 1" (TV-Y7) is based on the hit video game and "Rabbids Invasion Special: Mission to Mars" (2022, TV-Y) is a feature-length spinoff of the animated kids show.
A dinner party of the rich, corrupt, and arrogant takes a turn in "The Feast" (Wales, 2021, not rated, with subtitles), a moody Welsh horror film with an environmentalist twist.
True stories: "Oscar Peterson: Black + White" (2020, PG) profiles the legendary Canadian jazz pianist and "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time" (2021, not rated) chronicles a 25-year friendship between the author and his documentary biographer.
International TV: two more K-dramas arrive stateside – modern romantic drama "Encounter: Season 1" (South Korea, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) and costume drama
"Mr. Queen: Season 1" (South Korea, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), about a male chef who wakes up in the body of a young queen.
"The Many Saints of Newark" (2021, R), David Chase's prequel to "The Sopranos," rewinds to the formative years of young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) and the influence of his uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) in 1960s New Jersey.
True stories: "Icahn: The Restless Billionaire" (TV-14) explores the contradictions at the heart of famed financier Carl Icahn, who earned the nickname "Lone Wolf of Wall Street."
International TV: the science fiction crime thriller "Dream Raider: Season 1" (China, with subtitles, not rated) follows a teams that battles criminals who hack the minds of their victims.
"The Wonder Years: Season 1" (TV-PG), the revival of the family sitcom reimagined with in an African-American family in late 1960s Alabama, comes to Disney+ along with "Black-ish: Seasons 1-3" (TV-14) and "Grown-ish: Seasons 1-4" (TV-14).
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The comedy "Lov3: Season 1" (Brazil, 2022, with subtitles) follows three siblings looking for love in unconventional relationships.
Jay Baruchel hosts "LOL: Last One Laughing Canada: Season 1" (TV-MA), the Canadian version of comedian competition series.
"The Sky is Everywhere" (2022, PG-13), based on the young adult novel by Jandy Nelson, stars Grace Kaufman as a teenage prodigy mourning the death of her sister. Acclaimed indie filmmaker Josephine Decker directs with an impressionistic approach and costars Cherry Jones and Jason Segel costar.
The four-part documentary "Lincoln's Dilemma" (TV-PG) takes a fresh look at President Abraham Lincoln's complex journey of to end slavery.
Brendan Gleeson and Patricia Clarkson star in the second season of "State of the Union" (TV-14), the short-form drama from writer Nick Hornby and director Stephen Frears. All 10 ten-minute episodes available. (AMC+ and Sundance Now)
A notoriously volatile chef (Erik Thomson) returns to Australia and the family he abandoned in "Aftertaste: Season 1" (not rated), costarring Rachel Griffiths. All episodes. (Acorn TV)
The animated kids show "Big Nate: Season 1" (TV-Y7) follows three friends in middle school. (Paramount+)
The three-part nature documentary "Attenborough’s Global Adventure" (not rated) three- follows Sir David Attenborough's journey exploring the creatures living around the globe. (AMC+)
"The Walking Dead: Season 11B" (TV-14) returns with episodes streaming Sundays, a week ahead of their respective cable showings. (AMC+)
The documentary "The Beatles and India" (2022, not rated) uses unseen recordings and photos and rare archival footage to explore the band's visit to India and exploration of transcendental meditation. (BritBox)
The limited series documentary "Uprooted" (not rated) explores the unsolved hanging death of a 19-year-old Black man, Keith Warren, in Maryland 1986. (Discovery+)
"Inside the Black Box" (not rated) spotlights the world’s greatest artists of color. Free with ads. (Crackle)
"Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films" collects four features from the groundbreaking filmmaker, including his feature debut "The Story of a Three Day Pass" (1967, not rated), which he made in France, and his American indie landmark "Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song" (1971, R), plus a collection of short films, interviews, and the documentary "How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)" (2005, not rated). (Criterion Channel)
It's a highlight of Criterion Channel's Black History Month presentation, which also includes new restorations of "Native Son" (1951), the first screen adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel starring the author himself in the lead role, and "Bamako" (Mali, 2006, not rated, with subtitles), Abderrahmane Sissako's drama of the devastating effects of globalization on contemporary Africa.
New on disc and at Redbox:
"Superintelligence," "Locked Down"
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at https://streamondemandathome.com.
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