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Welcome to Boston.com Weekly streaming guide. Each week we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hi, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Maxand more.

Many recommendations are for new shows, while others target under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that will be leaving 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 or via email [email protected] Looking for even more great streaming options? Check out previous issues of our Must watch list here.

  • 25 must-watch horror movies streaming right now

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“barbarian”

When Tess (Georgina Campbell) arrives at her Detroit rental, Keith (Bill Skarsgård) is already there. A mistaken case of double booking, or something far more sinister? You might think you have a general idea of ​​where Barbarian is going after watching the trailer. Trust us, you don’t have to – and the less you know how to get in, the greater the viewing experience you’ll have with Barbarian.

How to see: “Barbarian” is streaming on HBO Max.

“Let the right one in”

From the publication of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” in 1897 to Stephenie Meyer’s contemporary “Twilight” novels, vampires have often been the most overtly romantic (and often sexual) creatures in the horror genre. The trope comes into play again in the 2008 Swedish film Let The Right One In, when bullied teenager Oskar forms a relationship with cool next-door vampire Eli. Oskar struggles to free himself from his tormentors and Eli desperate for fresh blood while the authorities are on her heels. It’s a game made in heaven – or at least in the suburbs of Stockholm.

Here’s how to watch: “Let the Right One In” streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues”

Whether you’re well-versed in the life story of Louis Armstrong or you only know the jazz legend from What A Wonderful World, Apple TV’s new documentary Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues offers an in-depth and deeply compelling look at Armstrong. One of the most influential figures in music history—whose influence is often neglected because he changed the game long ago—Armstrong grew up in New Orleans, rose to fame in the 1920s, and held power until his death in the 1970s. Using both archival footage, recently unearthed home footage and personal interviews, director Sacha Jenkins removes much of the artificiality of standard documentary, leaving the images of Armstrong alone.

How to see: Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues is streaming on Apple TV+.

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“Guillermo del Toro’s Chamber of Curiosities”

Though his name is spot on in the title of this horror anthology show, Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) didn’t direct any of the eight episodes, instead serving as a Rod Serling-esque guide in the opening minutes of each new ghastly chapter . Regardless, del Toro has assembled a killer lineup of directorial talent, including Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”), Panos Cosmatos (“Mandy”) and Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) to give them free reign to give each cautionary tale its own style.

How to see: Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities is streaming on Netflix.

“The White Lotus”

This is the absolute last call to get on the White Lotus train before Mike White’s pitch-black HBO comedy returns for a second season on Sunday. Season 1, which won 10 Emmys, took place at the White Lotus Resort on Maui, where a group of deeply flawed and highly entitled guests (and the staff forced to tolerate them) live out their dramas over the course of six episodes . Season 2 moves to the White Lotus in Sicily, where an almost entirely new cast of Malcontents will entertain viewers with their repulsive behavior. We say “almost” because there’s a beloved character returning from Season 1: Tanya, a woman on the run, played by Boston native Jennifer Coolidge (“Legally Blonde”).

How to see: The White Lotus is streaming on HBO Max. Season 2 of The White Lotus premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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