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5 movies and TV shows you need to watch are streaming right now

5 movies and TV shows you need to watch are streaming right now

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The best of what’s new on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus and more.

Paul Walter Hauser, left, as Larry, and Taron Egerton as Jimmy in

Paul Walter Hauser, left, as Larry, and Taron Egerton as Jimmy in “Black Bird.” MUST CREDIT: Apple TV Plus Apple TV Plus

Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week, we recommend five must-see movies and TV series available on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney +, HBO Max and more.

Many recommendations are for new shows, while others are for radar releases you may have missed or classics that are about to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.

Do you have a new favorite movie or series that you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments field or email [email protected]. Are you looking for even more great power options? Check out previous editions of our must-see list here.

Movies

“Brians sang”

Following news on Thursday about the death of actor James Caans at the age of 82, it is a good time to revisit one of the actor’s earliest works. Caan made a career playing tough guys who were not afraid to show the audience a more vulnerable side, starting with “Brian’s Song”, an ABC film for a 1971 television movie about the real friendship between Chicago Bears defender Brian Piccolo (Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams, “The Empire Strikes Back”). The simple relationship between the two actors, who play the first interracial roommates in NFL history, sells the film on its own. But Caan’s deeply emotional ending scenes cannot be missed.

Here’s how to see: “Brian’s Song” is available for rent or purchase via Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play and other streaming platforms.

(A sixth bonus for this week’s list: If you want to see Caan in “The Godfather”, it’s streamed on Paramount +.)

“Leviathan”

It’s a frontier cliché to say that a movie is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And yet, 10 years after its theatrical release, “Leviathan”, an immersive documentary about commercial fishing off the coast of New Bedford, has yet to be imitated. Co-directors Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, equipped a fishing vessel with dozens of GoPro-like cameras, capturing months of footage both on board and aboard the nearby water depths. The documentary is almost wordless, but the experience of “Leviathan” is not about an oral story. Instead, it is a sensory experience so vivid that you swear you can smell the fish while watching.

Here’s how to see: “Leviathan” streams Kanopy and Mubi, and is available for rent through Google Play and other streaming platforms.

“The Norwegians”

Director Robert Eggers burst onto the movie scene in 2015 with “The Witch”, a supernatural horror film that also represented a breakthrough for star Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”). New Hampshire natives have reached the budget and scale for their third film, about a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgard, “True Blood”) who is eager for revenge after the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke, “Training Day”). Like “The Witch”, “The Northman” is full of spotted gray landscapes and hints of the supernatural lurking beneath the surface. And like “The Lighthouse” from 2019, “The Northman” tells a story of male ego and the inevitability of violence when men are reduced to their most primitive instincts. With a supporting role that includes Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man”) and Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”), “The Northman” is a sword-wielding, visually stunning epic that does not shy away from cruelty. , late violence.

Here’s how to see: “The Northman” is streamed on Peacock Premium.

TV

“The Bear”

FX and Hulu enter the kitchen with this new comedy-drama, after Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White, “Shameless”), a young chef with good food experience who returns to Chicago to run the family’s past. first-class sandwich shop after his brother’s suicide. Like many FX programs, “The Bear” draws comedy from the darkest situations, and manages to capture the intricate dynamics of a restaurant’s inner workings and inevitable conflicts with each other. In addition to White, “The Bear” has winning turns from Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“Girls”), Ayo Edebiri (“Big Mouth”) and Abby Elliott (“Saturday Night Live”). Although it’s an FX series, the entire first season debuted on June 23 on Hulu, which means you can get full instantly.

Here’s how to see: “The Bear” is streaming on Hulu.

“Black Thrush”

Over the years, Dennis Lehane of Dorchester has had a number of his books adapted for the screen, most notably “Mystic River”, “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island.” For the Apple TV + crime drama “Black Bird”, it is Lehane who does the adaptation work, and develops the program based on an autobiographical novel from 2010 by James Keene. Keene, played by Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”), is serving a 10-year prison sentence when he gets the chance to befriend the suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser, “I, Tonya”) to provoke a confession before Hall is released . The first two episodes, which debuted on July 8, have already closed up the disturbing cat-and-mouse game between Egerton and Hauser, backed by turns from Sepideh Moafi (“The Deuce”), Greg Kinner (“As Good As It Gets “), and the late Ray Liotta (” Goodfellas “).

Here’s how to see: “Black Bird” is streamed on Apple TV +, with new episodes debuting every Friday.

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