Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week, we recommend five 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.
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“A Simple Diet”
Sam Raimi is best known to millennials for his superhero movies (the original ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, the recent ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel) and to Gen Xers for his low-budget 1980s horror flicks. (the “Evil Dead” franchise). But between those two periods of his career as a beloved genre filmmaker, Raimi made a few attempts to create serious adult dramas with Oscar potential, including the overlooked but undoubtedly brilliant 1998 crime thriller “A Single Shot”. The morality tale shares a lot of DNA with the Coen Brothers’ “Fargo,” featuring two rural Minnesota brothers (Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton) who, along with their friend (the late Brent Briscoe) find a crashed plane full of ‘silver . While the trio initially agree to sit on the cash to avoid suspicion, financial pressures, police investigations, and long-buried personal grievances push tensions to a boiling point. The film ultimately earned only two Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actor for Thornton and Best Screenplay), winning neither. But the tragicomic story ranks among the best films of the year, and certainly among Raimi’s best.
How to watch: “A Simple Plan” airs on HBO Max.
This week marks the 35th anniversary of the first theatrical release of Paul Verhoeven’s biting sci-fi satire “RoboCop,” and yet the film’s police weaponization, America’s obsession with retributive justice, and the rudeness of TV news remains more relevant than ever. When a newly transferred cop (Peter Weller, “Naked Lunch”) is killed in the line of duty, the mega-corporation that owns the Detroit Police Force rebuilds him into a crime-fighting cyborg. Verhoeven said he set out to tell the story of ‘American Jesus’ with ‘RoboCop’, and while the metaphor is quite apparent, it certainly doesn’t say much about the Dutch filmmaker’s opinion of the states. -United.
How to watch: “RoboCop” airs on Showtime and is available to rent on Google Play, Apple TV and other streaming platforms.
“You Better Call Saul”
While “Better Call Saul” would never truly escape the shadow of “Breaking Bad,” the spinoff held its own for six seasons. Instead of mild-mannered high school teacher Walter White becoming drug kingpin Heisenberg, we saw Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) slowly transform into Saul Goodman, the unscrupulous lawyer we met for the first time in “Breaking Bad”. In its final season, “Saul” dotted many characters from Vince Gilligan’s previous AMC drama, but the focus remains on Odenkirk’s trial attorney, who has never looked better. If you need to catch up before the show hits its end next month, Netflix has the first five seasons ready for the one-click marathon.
How to watch: Season 6 of “Better Call Saul” airs on AMC+, with new episodes airing Mondays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Seasons 1-5 are streaming on Netflix.
Have you ever wished you could prepare for an important conversation? Maybe you want to tell your best friend that you have romantic feelings, or that you want to land your dream job, or that you finally want to beat your uncle in a political debate on Thanksgiving. Enter Nathan Fielder, whose gritty new comedy series “The Rehearsal” takes that dream and chases it to an absurd conclusion. Fielder, who focused on (usually unhelpful) professional advice on his previous show “Nathan For You,” this time focuses on the personal, preparing people for tough conversations by hiring professional actors, building lines at scale and running hundreds of simulated conversations. It’s a fascinating look at the nature of performance and the ‘true self’, but above all it’s a playground for Fielder to push the boundaries of comfort for our entertainment.
How to watch: “The Rehearsal” airs on HBO Max, with new episodes airing Fridays at 11 p.m. on HBO.
“Tuca and Bertie”
After being unceremoniously canceled by Netflix after one season, the animated sitcom “Tuca & Bertie” has been given new life by Adult Swim and is now in its third season. The show centers on two birds in their thirties – the impulsive, free-spirited toucan Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and the anxious, career-focused thrush Bertie (Ali Wong) – who live in the same apartment building. and experiencing personal growth together episode by episode. While it shares an art style, executive producer, and general sensibilities with Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” the show is far more enjoyable, only occasionally delving into tough topics like sobriety or anxiety and making it with much less pathos.
How to watch: “Tuca & Bertie” is streaming on HBO Max.
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