Well, the weekend is finally here and so are some movies we’ve been waiting to see online. So let’s get to it.
Well, Detroit is finally available on Hulu. Directed by Katherine Bigelow, it stars John Boyega, Will Poulter and Algee Smith, it covers the rioting in Detroit in the summer of 1967. I’ve mentioned it before, so I won’t go into too much detail. Also available on Hulu is Creed, the latest treatment with Rocky Balboa. But this is more than a sequel, more inspiring, with Michael Jordan as Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis, and Sylvester Stallone as his trainer, Rocky. And don’t forget, the hotly anticipated The Looming Tower begins Wednesday, February 28. Starring Jeff Daniels and adapted from the Pulitzer prize winning book by Lawrence Wright, it may be worth the wait. Also available on Hulu is White Bird in a Blizzard, the 2014 French-American movie starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green and Angela Bassett. It’s about a girl(Woodley) whose mother disappears when she is 17. It gets a 6.4 on IMDb, but it has a great cast, and hasn’t been seen much in the States, so it’s on my list.
The new movie I’m most excited about on Netflix is LIncoln, Steven Spielberg‘s masterpiece on the last few months of Abraham Lincoln’s life. It won an Academy Award for Daniel Day-Lewis, for his amazing performance of Lincoln, but the whole cast is amazing, including Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones. It’s definitely worth your time. Also on Netflix is The Frankenstein Chronicles, with Sean Bean, from the Britain. It reimagines the Frankenstein story as more of a mystery, with Bean starring as the detective John Marlott, on the case after finding a child’s body. Indiewire calls it “addictive” and Frank Doelger from Game of Thrones is an executive producer, so I’m in. Another big addition to Netflix is Mute, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. It’s a futuristic movie in which Skarsgard is a bartender(also a mute), whose girlfriend disappears . I have to say it’s gotten some bad reviews, both on Netflix and online, but the cast interests me, so I’m watching.And an addition that’s really exciting is The Breadwinner, nominated for an Academy Award this year for best Animated Feature. It stars Saara Chaudry, Soma Chaaya, and Ali Badshah, in a story of an girl posing as a boy to get work in Taliban ruled Afghanistan. One of it’s executive producers is Angelina Jolie, so it gets a lot of buzz, but I’m excited by the story line and the hero being a girl!
There aren’t a lot of big movies added to Amazon this week, but two big Amazon Original series are back on. Number one is The Tick, the tongue-in-cheek superhero show telling of The City, which may be in the grips of a supervillain “The Terror.” It stars Peter Serafinowitz, Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry. It’s pilot wasn’t my favorite, but it gets a 59%(!) on Rotten Tomatoes and an 7.4 on IMDb, so I’m giving it another go.Also newly available on Amazon is Mozart in the Jungle, with Gael Garcia Bernal starring as the New York Symphony maestro Roderigo. For some reason I haven’t seen this yet, even though it has a great cast, Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows and Bernadette Peters! It’s not just for Classical music lovers, I’m told, and it gets an 8.2(!) on IMDb, and a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I’m tuning in. And, don’t forget, Human Flow is now streaming on Amazon, artist Ai Weiwei‘s new documentary on the global refugee crisis. It is breathtaking and gets good reviews, Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 93% approval rating and RogerEbert.com gives it 4 out of 4 stars. Well worth viewing. And Jungle has been added to amazon’s lineup, an adventure film starring Daniel Radcliffe, Yasmin Kasim and Thomas Kretschmann. It’s an Australian movie about a group of friends who travel to the Amazon jungle. I’ve only seen the trailer and it looks a little silly, but it gets a 6.7 on IMDb, so if you want adventure and thrills, this may be your ticket.
So curl up and veg out this weekends with good views on the big three streamers!