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.
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Before she became one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Jennifer Lawrence burst onto the scene thanks to an Oscar-nominated role in Debra Granik’s Cambridge indie drama Winter’s Bone, a mystery/drama set in the Ozarks. Causeway marks Lawrence’s return to a smaller film and is a refreshing reminder of just how powerful she can be as a performer. Lawrence plays Lynsey, a soldier suffering from physical and mental health issues following an IED attack in Afghanistan. Stuck at home in New Orleans and dreading her next assignment, she befriends a local mechanic (Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”) who is deeply traumatized himself.
How to see: Causeway streams on Apple TV+.
“Enola Holmes 2”
The domino effect caused by the COVID-19 pandemic meant that 2020’s Enola Holmes, originally slated for a Warner Bros. theatrical release, was sold to Netflix, where it became one of the platform’s top-grossing films of the year became. So the streaming giant was more than happy to greenlight a sequel, starring Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) again as Enola, a young private investigator forever cast in the shadow of her famous detective brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill, “Man of Steel”). This time, Enola is hired by a young woman to help find her missing sister, leading the young rubber shoe into a much larger conspiracy. Inspired by a who’s who of English actors like Helena Bonham Carter ( Alice in Wonderland), David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Himesh Patel (Yesterday), Enola Holmes is another fun entry into a likely lucrative franchise for Netflix.
How to see: Enola Holmes 2 is streaming on Netflix.
“Wendell & Wild”
Stop-motion maestro Henry Selick will happily correct anyone who incorrectly says Tim Burton directed the 1993 hit “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” although Selick recently told The AV Club that Burton was directing two other films at the time led and was almost never on the set. Wendell & Wild, Selick’s first film since 2009’s Coraline, bears the signature of another key Selick collaborator, co-writer and co-star in a film, Jordan Peele (“Get Out”). Peele’s astute commentary tackles social issues with Selick’s chilling imagery. While the plot revolves around a teenager named Kat who discovers she has a connection to the underworld, the real stars are Keegan-Michael Key as Wendell and Jordan Peele as Wild, two demons whose looks and behavior are linked to the collaborative work of the Duos reminisce on a popular skit “Key & Peele” show. The plot is a bit overloaded, but seeing Selick back at work – especially with two very willing collaborators in Key and Peele – is a delight to watch.
How to see: Wendell & Wild is streaming on Netflix.
As AI and deepfake technology improves exponentially, humanity’s ability to discern what is real and what is not is struggling to keep up. That’s the main purpose of BBC thriller The Capture, which returns for a second season available to American audiences on Peacock. In Season 1, Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger, “The Borgias”) delved into a wide-ranging conspiracy surrounding a British Army officer accused of kidnapping and murder based on CCTV evidence. In Season 2, which premieres Friday, Rachel investigates the world of political campaigning when a security minister with greater political ambitions is clouded by videos that may or may not be rigged.
How to see: The Capture streams on Peacock.
In 2021, NBC canceled supernatural drama Manifesto after three seasons, leaving viewers distraught that the show would end on a cliffhanger about a group of passengers on an airplane who had been missing for more than 5 years. When Netflix added the show to its library, the series set records for the time it spent in the platform’s top 10, prompting the streaming giant to renew the show for a final 20-episode fourth season, which will begin on April 1, 2020 debuted Friday. While it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Lost and The Leftovers — two shows to which it owes much — Manifest creator Jeff Rake never reduces his characters to mere instruments used to unravel the larger mysteries to air the show. instead, they infuse them with a deep humanity.
How to see: Manifest is streaming on Netflix.
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