From movies you may have recently missed in theaters to a new season of the royal family’s Elizabethan saga, this week has plenty of hot topics and titles to work your way through. A sitcom, a teen classic and a reliably funny musical round out the new additions, so whether you’re looking for something serious or something silly, your streaming schedule is booked.
What to watch on Netflix
This new series promises to play with a healthy dose of nostalgia, not least because it takes place at the last operating Blockbuster Video store. Blockbusters stars sitcom favorites Randall Park (Fresh off the boat) and Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as the store’s manager and long-term employee respectively. The show presents the store as the last of its kind, a relic in a modern streaming world made all the more ironic by its presence on Netflix. There are khaki pants, blue polo tops and DVD sales in this work comedy, but that hardly means it will feel dated. Blockbusters premiered on Thursday 3 Novemberrd.
In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s passing, the upcoming season of The crown takes on a completely different cultural resonance. The show has an almost built-in understanding of that progression, as Season 5 takes place in the ’90s and sees an older Elizabeth, played by Imelda Staunton. Jonathan Pryce takes over as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, and Dominic West as Prince Charles. The last notable character update involves Elizabeth Debicki, whose divorce-era Princess Di is sure to make waves. Season 5 of The crown premieres on Wednesday 9 Novemberth.
What to watch on Hulu
Simply put, there’s never a bad time to watch Mamma Mia! This cheerfully cheesy musical is a breath of fresh island air, complete with the blast of an ABBA soundtrack. The ensemble is more than game, with stars like Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård all getting a moment to shine via song (some more than others, admittedly). Have you really lived if you haven’t seen the film’s tough renditions of “Lay All Your Love on Me” and “Voulez-Vous”? I would argue no. Mamma Mia! began streaming earlier this month.
What to watch on Amazon Prime
My police officer
Between Don’t worry dear and My police officer, Harry Styles leaves his mark on the autumn film season. The latter film certainly has less baggage behind the scenes, which is to the advantage of this silent drama. Based on the book of the same name, My police officer Stars as a wardrobe policeman in 1950s England; Although he marries a schoolteacher played by Emma Corrin, his heart belongs to a male museum curator (David Dawson). It’s a small but moving period piece, one both wistful and tragic, as it spans decades of this complicated relationship. My police officer premieres on streaming Friday the 4th. Novemberth.
10 things I hate about you
While running to catch Ignorant before it expires later this month, remember that another iconic rom-com adaptation of classic ’90s literature awaits. 10 things I hate about you is a modern version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and so far it has been about as enduring as the Bard’s work. Julia Stiles stars as Kat, an independent but cool teenager who views dating as anathema. However, some plotting by her sister (and a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt) results in her being paired with the school’s bad boy, played by top heartthrob Heath Ledger. Teenage romance ensues. 10 things I hate about you became available for streaming at the beginning of the month.
What to watch on HBO Max
The Harry Potter franchise has always been a bit of a streaming hot potato, jumping from platform to platform throughout the year. This time, all eight films are coming to HBO Max. Whether you want to start over at the beginning of the series or watch Imelda Staunton in her most memorable role before diving into The crown, everything is available for you to stream. It’s a magical world to sit in, packed to the brim with imagination and beloved characters. The Harry Potter franchise was made available at the beginning of the month.
See how they run
This delightful detective film hit theaters about a month and a half ago, but now it’s coming to a small screen near you. See how they run stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan as an unlikely team who must investigate a murder at a theater company. Everyone is a suspect, anyone could be the next victim, and the whodunnit is made even funnier by the fact that it’s framed by the troupe’s performance of an Agatha Christie play. Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson and David Oyelowo are just some of the members of this cast of characters. See how they run premiered at the beginning of the month.
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