Although the song is nearly 30 years old, Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” encapsulates the struggle viewers face today. With hundreds of cable channels, dozens of streaming services, and countless on-demand titles, trying to decide what to watch can feel like a never-ending ordeal.
This is where we come in. Every month, Boston.com recommends 10 must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, and more.
Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed, or classics that are set to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.
Think we should know about a new favorite movie or show? Let us know in the comments or email me at [email protected]. Looking for even more streaming options? Check out previous editions of our must-have list here.
“Death on the Nile”
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder mystery is an improvement on the director’s other Christie adaptation, 2017’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” the garish CGI or shake your head at the red herring that shows up too early in Act 1. But Branagh’s pompous but brilliant detective Hercule Poirot has enough talented actors to interview — including Annette Bening (” American Beauty”), Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) and Russell Brand (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) – that you will be completely amused (and surprised) until the last moment of the film.
How to watch: “Death on the Nile” is streaming on Hulu.
“Deep Water,” the new erotic thriller starring couple Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, is a throwback to a bygone era populated by “Basic Instinct,” “Body Double” and “Indecent Proposal.” Vic (Affleck) is a semi-retired millionaire who spends his days working on a magazine vanity project and tending to his one true love, his pet snails. Melinda (de Armas) spends most of her time attending parties with Vic, where she continues to get drunk and openly recruit new lovers. When Melinda’s in-laws begin to die, all of Vic’s blunt jokes about his wife’s adventures have people wondering if the milquetoast cuckold is capable of crimes of passion. If you can look past the blatant absurdity of ‘Deep Water’ and cut director Adrian Lyne some slack for quitting his A-game at 81, the film is dark and funny and features a revealed third act. which is worth the wait.
How to watch: “Deep Water” is streaming on Hulu.
Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and the rest of the “Jackass” crew might seem like art to some. But the merry band of court jesters are simply the latest in a long history of physical performers that predates cinema itself. Rising now for years, the gang of idiots welcome a younger and more diverse group of actors to submit to daring stunts, humiliation and pain. “Jackass” isn’t for everyone, but for longtime fans of the show, “Jackass Forever” offers the simplest form of entertainment in spades.
How to watch: “Jackass Forever” is streaming on Paramount+.
Pixar’s latest effort, “Turning Red,” is the usual mix of high concept and universally relatable story. This time, the film follows an Asian teenager named Mei who struggles with typical middle school dilemmas – ignorant parents, crushes on boys, and turning into a red panda when she gets too excited. OK, that last one might not be universal, but it turns out to be all too common in Mei’s family, as her overbearing mother and grandmother long hid the same weird affliction. “Turning Red” is a story of relationships, expectations and, like Pixar’s previous short, “Bao”, the sometimes too close bond between mother and daughter.
How to watch: “Turning Red” is streaming on Disney Plus.
“The worst person in the world”
Perhaps suffering from the Oscars’ frequent refusal to recognize more than one foreign film in any given year, Joachim Trier’s Norwegian dark comedy ‘The Worst Person in the World’ is one of the best – and most overlooked – films of 2021. Julie (Renate Reinsve) embodies the uncertainty of her late twenties, leaving her longtime boyfriend and embarking on a career change. Told chapter by chapter, “The Worst Person” follows Julie’s accomplishments, missteps and destructive tendencies, telling a universal story in the process.
How to watch: “The Worst Person in the World” is available to rent on Apple TV+.
“The After Party”
“The Afterparty” takes a simple concept – a murder mystery – and turns it on its head, with each episode being told from a different point of view and playing out as a completely different kind of spectacle. It can lead to uneven episodes, but the main cast, topped by Sam Richardson (“Veep”) and Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) make “The Afterparty” worth sticking around for.
How to watch: “The Afterparty” is streaming on Apple TV+.
More than four years after Season 2 wrapped, Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” looks a whole lot different this season. That’s because the show’s core group of Georgians spend most of Season 3 in Europe, thousands of miles from Fulton County. But the main focus of the show remains the same, as Earn (Glover), Paperboi (Brian Tyree Henry), Van (Zazie Beets) and Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) continue their personal journeys and confront issues of race and class. everywhere.
How to watch: “Atlanta” is streaming on Hulu.
Shonda Rhimes has continued to fulfill her huge development deal with Netflix, with Season 2 of her steamy costume drama ‘Bridgerton’ sitting atop streamers’ most-watched list since its debut last month. This season is a bit lighter on on-screen sex compared to Season 1, but the nostalgic glances and sighs of romance are more prolific than ever, as Daphne’s older brother Anthony finds himself on the hook. pining for two sisters.
How to watch: “Bridgerton” is streaming on Netflix.
“Our flag means death”
With the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise shelved indefinitely, HBO Max has filled the jolly roger-shaped hole in our hearts with “Our Flag Means Death,” a comedy of manners featuring a gallery of rogue talent. Ship’s Captain Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby, “Flight of the Conchords”) is a wealthy aristocrat who threw away his creature comforts for a life on the high seas — a life he’s very ill-suited for. Over time, Stede gains his cast of rogue pirates, which include Joel Fry (“Cruella”), Kristian Nairn (“Game of Thrones”) and Boston native Nat Faxon (“The Way Way Back”).
How to watch: “Our Flag Means Death” airs on HBO Max.
Based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee, “Pachinko” is a sprawling, masterfully drawn drama that jumps between cities, languages and generations to tell the story of the slow and steady rise of a Korean family. Gently blending history lessons with soap opera tales, “Pachinko” is an epic tale, one you’ll want to continue long beyond the eight-episode season on Apple TV+.
How to watch: “Pachinko” is streaming on Apple TV+.
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