There aren’t TONS of new additions in the middle of the month, but there are a few jewels out there online, just waiting to be found. So follow me.
Hulu has added some good stuff in the last few days and one of the most exciting is Still Mine, a 2012 movie with James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold as a married couple dealing with aging and dementia.It got good reviews, including a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.4/10 on IMDb and it’s witty, not maudlin, which is quite unusual for the subject matter. Also new on Hulu is In The Fade, a 2017 German movie that got a lot of attention at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It stars Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto and Johannes Kritsch in a harrowing drama about a woman surviving her family killed in a bomb blast, and how she deals with it. It was nominated for the Palme D’Or at Cannes last year, and Kruger won, for her portrayal, Best Actress. And it gets a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.2/10 on IMDb. Hulu also has Breakable You, starring another great acting duo, Holly Hunter and Tony Shalhoub. It also stars Brooke Adams, Cristin Milioti and Alfred Molina.I’ts about a New York City family, their dysfunction and crises. Definitely worth a view. And finally, Hulu offers All Night, a new Hulu Original series, about a group of high school seniors just after graduation. It has an ensemble cast, including Chris Avila, Chanel Celaya, Ty Doran and Eva Gutowski. Since it’s just premiered, there aren’t many ratings, but if you’re young and need a new graduation story, this may be a show for you.
Netflix has some interesting new shows to offer this week, including Safe, a new Netflix series starring Michael C. Hall. It’s is a collaborative production from Canal+(France) and Netflix, but it’s in English and it’s based on Harlan Coben‘s work. It also stars Amanda Abbington, Audrey Fleurot and Marc Warren, and it’s a suspenseful thriller about a man’s search for his missing daughter. But keep in mind, this is not Dexter, Hall’s previous show, he’s a surgeon in this production and far less blood thirsty. Another new show Netflix offers is Kaleidoscope, a 2016 movie starring Toby Jones. It’s a psychological thriller about an ex-con(Jones) and his mother(Anne Reid) and it also stars Sinead Matthews, Deborah Findlay and Karl Johnson. It gets mixed reviews, with a 6.2 on IMDb, but it has such a great cast, including Toby Jones, the star of The Secret Agent(BBC) , Marvellous and he was a great villain on Sherlock. Netflix also just added Season 3 of Bill Nye Saves the World, Nye’s science show for people of all ages. If you haven’t watched this before, now’s your chance to binge on the large range of subjects he covers, from again, from aging to AI to climate change. It gets a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, but check it out and see for yourself. And, finally, Netflix offers Evil Genius The true Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, about the pizza delivery man heist in Erie, Pa. I usually don’t watch true crime shows, but this is involving, intelligent and it’s produced by the Duplass brothers(The Puffy Chair). It gets an 8.1/10 on IMDb.
Okay, so Amazon hasn’t added a lot of movies recently, but they do offer a doozy in The Wizard of Oz, the classic movie from 1939. It stars Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Burt Lahr. And Toto, too, of course. It won two Academy Awards, and gets an 8/10 on IMDb. Watch it already. Amazon also has Hangman, a 2015 Al Pacino movie. Pacino stars as a cop(again) hunting a serial killer, with a profiler(Karl Urban) to catch a serial killer. But you really have to love crime drama or Al Pacino for this one, it only gets a 5.1/10 on IMDb. Also new on Amazon is The Moonstone, a BBC production of the classic mystery by Wilkie Collins. This is a new version from 2016 starring John Thomson, Sarah Hadland and Sophia Ward. It’s a great production and has a great supporting cast, too. Amazon has Cleanskin, a 2012 spy movie starring Sean Bean. It’s about a spy seeking out a terror cell, not my favorite kind of movie, but it has an exemplary cast, including Charlotte Rampling, Abhin Galey and James Fox. It’s director is Hadi Hajaig and gets a 6.3 on IMDb. And, finally, Amazon offers Charles II: The Power and The Passion, a 2003 BBC One production starring Rufus Sewell. It’s a historical drama about Charles II, King of England, and also stars Diana Rigg, Rupert Graves and Helen McCrory. It gets a 7.6 on IMDb, under The Last King. Definitely worth my time.
So serve your Mom this weekend by showing great movies online and get in some wonderful family time. Enjoy!