Top streams for the week
Anthony and Joe Russo leave the MCU to write and direct "The Gray Man" (2022, PG-13), a globetrotting action thriller starring Ryan Gosling as a CIA agent in possession of dangerous secrets and Chris Evans as the sociopathic assassin sent to kill him. Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page, Alfre Woodward, and Billy Bob Thornton costar. Streams a week after a limited theatrical release. (Netflix)
"Anything's Possible" (2022, PG-13) is a modern coming-of-age story about a confident high school girl (Eva Reign) embarking on her senior year after transitioning from male to female and a classmate (Abubakr Ali) who develops a crush on her. The teenage characters of this romantic drama navigate issues of gender and identity while struggling with young love in the directorial feature debut of Tony and Emmy-winning actor Billy Porter. (Prime Video)
"Happening" (France, 2021, not rated, with subtitles), based on the novel by Annie Ernaux, follows a student (Anamaria Vartolomei) who becomes pregnant and confronts the realities of securing an abortion in 1960s France when it was still illegal. It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. (AMC+)
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are "The Last Movie Stars" (TV-MA) in the limited series documentary from filmmaker Ethan Hawke. It profiles the actors' personal lives and 50-year marriage and chronicles their screen careers and their long partnership as artists and in their philanthropic endeavors over six hour-long episodes. Features interviews with friends and colleagues, intimate footage, and transcripts of long-unavailable interviews with the couple (voiced by George Clooney and Laura Linney) from an unfinished memoir. All episodes available. (HBO Max)
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Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes are wealthy Americans in Morocco who cover up the accidental killing of a young boy in "The Forgiven" (2022, R), an adaptation of the Lawrence Osborne novel by filmmaker John Michael McDonagh. Also on DVD and at Redbox.
The fourth season of the romantic drama "Virgin River: Season 4" (TV-14) continues the story of a Los Angeles nurse (Alexandra Breckenridge) finding love and a home in a small Northern California town.
True crime: the limited series documentary "Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi" (India, TV-MA, with subtitles) revisits the case of a seasoned serial killer.
International passport: a competitive video gamer rethinks his priorities after his mother's illness in "Too Old for Fairy Tales" (Poland, 2022, TV-PG, with subtitles).
Stand-up: "The Best of Netflix is a Joke" (TV-14) features clips of Bill Burr, Snoop Dogg, Carly Aquilno, John Mulaney, David Letterman, Lily Tomlin, and dozens more.
True stories: "Aftershock" (2022, not rated) looks at the crisis in maternity mortality and the disproportionate number of American black women that die in childbirth.
In the political satire "The Hater" (2022, not rated), a liberal democrat (Joey Ally, also the filmmaker) sets out to defeat her childhood nemesis, a Republican candidate, in a conservative Texas town.
An aimless twentysomething (Molly Bernard) becomes a surrogate for an older gay man in the LGBTQ+ comedy "Milkwater" (2020, TV-MA).
Boyd Holbrook and Kelly Reilly star in "The Cursed" (2021, R), a werewolf movie set in late 19th century France. Two additional horror films also debut:
- Kate Dolan's "You Are Not My Mother" (2021, not rated) from Ireland;
- horror comedy "All My Friends Hate Me" (2021, R) from England.
Streaming TV: weekly anthology series "American Horror Stories" (TV-MA) returns for a second season with new episodes on Thursday and "Grown-ish: Season 5" (TV-14) begins with new episodes on Thursdays.
"Godzilla" (2014, PG-13) reimagines Japan's king of the monsters as an American spectacle featuring the thunder lizard as an elemental creature defending the Earth from other monsters.
Two estranged friends in Miami form a female rap group in the comedy "Rap Sh!t: Season 1" (TV-MA).
Stand-up: "Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth" (TV-MA)
Two young adult shows originally created for Disney's South American service arrive stateside: "It Was Always Me: Season 1" (Colombia, not rated, with subtitles), a mystery set against the culture of popular music originally titled "Siempre Fui Yo," and high school comedy "All the Same… or Not: Season 1" (Brazil, not rated, with subtitles), originally titled "Tudo Igual... Só Que Não."
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The British boxing drama "Prizefighter" (2022, not rated) stars Matt Hookings as a working class fighter who battles class barriers as he competes for the championship at the turn of the 19th century England. Ray Winstone and Russell Crowe costar.
"The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean's American Pie" (2022, TV-PG) looks at the story behind the iconic pop song and its legacy over the decades.
The second season of action thriller "Blood & Treasure" (TV-14) arrives with new episodes on Sundays.
The family friendly drama "Best Foot Forward: Season 1" (TV-G) follows the journey of a 12-year-old boy with a prosthetic leg as he attends middle school. All episodes streaming. (Apple TV+)
The legal drama "Showtrial: Season 1" (not rated) is a limited series from England that revolves around high-profile murder trial and the ways that identity, prejudice and media distort the legal process. (AMC+ and Sundance Now)
True stories: The documentary "This is GWAR" (2022, not rated) tells the story of the iconic heavy metal art-collective (AMC+ and Shudder) and the five-part docuseries "Boston George: Famous Without the Fortune" (not rated) profiles George Jung, who made (and lost) millions smuggling cocaine into the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s. (Fandor)
"Directed by Henry King" collects eight features, including his Oscar-winning war drama "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949) and his dark western classic "The Gunfighter" (1950), both starring Gregory Peck. It's also worth checking out lesser known films such as his silent western epic "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (1926, silent with music score), featuring an early performance by Gary Cooper, and the family drama "State Fair" (1933) with Janet Gaynor and Will Rogers. (Criterion Channel)
The documentary "Dziga and His Brothers" (Russia, 2002, not rated, with subtitles) tells the story of revolutionary Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov and his filmmaking brothers, Mikhail and Boris Kaufman. (Criterion Channel)
The eccentric coming-of-age drama "Attenberg" (Greece, 2010, not rated, with subtitles) and the dark comedy "Chevalier" (Greece, 2015, with subtitles) make up this double feature from Greek New Wave director Athina Rachel Tsangari. (MUBI)
New on disc and available at Redbox: "The Forgiven"
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