Yes, it’s the weekend and time to discuss what movies and TV shows are new on the big three streaming sites. Let’s get right to it!
Hulu has actually added some good movies this week, including In a World, a 2013 movie directed and written by Lake Bell. Bell also stars a vocal coach, overshadowed by her father, who is a voice-over star, played by Fred Melamed. The film also stars Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry and Tig Notaro, and deals with Hollywood and gender bias. It got some great reviews, including 3.5/4 stars on Roger Ebert.com and gets a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. A wonderful movie with a very timely subject, as well. Also new on Hulu is The Heart of Nuba, a 2016 documentary. It covers the work of Tom Catena, a US surgeon and his continuing work in the Nuba mountains of the Sudan. Catena established a hospital there, the only hospital in the area and works as it’s only surgeon. He treats the many victims of bombings there and serves a population of 1 million.The film called “a moving and remarkable story” by the New York Times(from whom I got most of this information) and is directed by Kenneth A. Carlson. It also gets an 8.9/10 on IMDb. Hulu has also added Serena, the 2014 movie starring Jennifer Laurence and Bradley Cooper. Serena is a potboiler about a seemingly diabolical woman who plots against her husband’s ex-lover. It also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris and Ana Ularu and is directed by Susanne Bier. But I wouldn’t tune in to this one, unless you love melodrama and intrigue, it gets a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes but a 5.4/10 on IMDb. You decide. And, finally, Hulu has added LetterKenny, a comedy series from Canada.It’s about a small town called, you guessed it, LetterKenny in Canada and the drama that takes place between the three main groups of residents, the Hicks, the Skids and the hockey players.It stars Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, MIchelle Mylett and Dylan Playfair and if it sounds familiar, it has played on CraveTv and on the Comedy Network. It gets an 8.2/10 on IMDb.
Netflix, too, has some interesting new shows to offer this week, including Mr. Sunshine, a 2018 South Korean series. It’s a historical drama about early 20th century Korea, and it’s fight for independence. It stars Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri and Yoo Yeun-seok and is set in Hanseong(Seoul).Again, as with other foreign drama, I would recommend using subtitles, the dubbing is usually pretty bad on Netflix. This show looks wonderful and gets an 8.1/10 on IMDb. Netflix has also added How It Ends, a 2018 apocalyse/thriller movie. A “mysterious” disaster hits the country and violence and unrest grip the country. It stars Theo James, Forrest Whitaker, Kat Graham and Grace Dove and it gets a 5.3/10 on IMDb. Netflix also offers All the Queens Horses, a 2017 documentary by director Kelly Richmond Pope. This movie covers the case of Dixon, Illinois, city comptroller Rita Crundwell, who became a leading horse breeder and world traveler, all by stealing $37,000 a day, in her job as comptroller. It’s an amazing movie about a galling crime that left a city without funds for Police bureau and other crucial funding. And it gets a 7.3/10 on IMDb. Netflix also added Kim’s Convenience, a 2017 Canadian comedy series. It takes place in a Toronto convenience store run by the Kim family and stars Paul Sun–Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon and Andrea Bang. This series premiered on the CBC, and has won awards from the Canadian Screen Awards and the ACTRA Awards and gets a 7.2/10 on IMDb. And, finally, Netflix has The Signal, a 2014 Sci-fy movie. The Signal stars Brandon Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Laurence Fishburne and features a college students on a road trip that gets hijacked. And it gets a 6.1/10 on IMDb.
Amazon has some interesting new additions this week, including Lean on Pete, a 2017 movie based on a Willy Vlautin book of the same name. Starring Charlie Plummer, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Buscemi, this film focuses on a 15 year old boy who runs away to save an older race horse from slaughter. But it also deals with people living on the margins these days, always hoping to catch a break. Charlie Plummer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival, for Best Young Actor or Actress in a Film and the movie gets a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.3/10 on IMDb. Definitely worth anyone’s time. Amazon has also added Snowden, a 2016 movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Oliver Stone. Snowden covers Edward Snowden’s life before, during and after his stint at the CIA and NSA, as well as his decision to leak to press.The movie also stars Shaleine Woodley, Melissa Leo and Tom Wilkinson, but there are tons of other big name appearances in this, by people like Tim Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage. Snowden gets a 7.3/10 on IMDb and a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. And, Amazon has added Mr. Rogers and Me, the PBS 2012 love-letter to Mr. Rogers. Directed by Benjamin Wagner, the movie covers the friendship between Wagner and Mr. Rogers, real neighbors in Nantucket, Massachussetts, and features famous people like Tim Russert, Susan Stamberg and Linda Ellerbee talking about Rogers impact on them.The show gets a 7.5/10 on IMDb. And, finally, Amazon has added Jaws, the 1975 classic thriller from Steven Spielberg. Starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary and Robert Shaw, Jaws visits the town of Amity, New York, as they try to deal with the sudden attacks of a Great White shark in their waters. If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it, for sure. But it is scary and effective in its thrills, so hang on to you seat. Jaws gets an 8/10 on IMDb and a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Amazon also has the sequels to Jaws available, but examine those at your own risk, they are gradually more laughable than scary as they progress.
So sit back an