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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“Nothing new in the West”
Nearly 100 years after the release of All Quiet on the Western Front in 1929 and its subsequent award-winning 1930 film adaptation, director Edward Berger has masterfully adapted the story for Netflix, depicting the instinctive hell German soldiers experienced during and after World War I. All Quiet is epic in scale, and cinematographer James Friend’s shots alternate between great and gruesome, undeterred by the hell young soldiers endured in the trenches and on the front lines.
How to see: All Quiet on the Western Front is streaming on Netflix.
Take it from our Black Panther: Wakanda Forever review: you’ll want to see the latest Marvel movie in theaters. But before you head to the multiplex this weekend, revisit 2018’s “Black Panther,” a wondrous introduction to the world of Wakanda and a showcase for the prodigious talent of the late Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020. Director Ryan Coogler creates an atmosphere unlike any other in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that immerses viewers in a hidden world steeped in ancient customs and proud heritage. It’s one of the best standalone superhero films of all time and is well worth seeing, especially when its sequel hits theaters this weekend.
How to see: Black Panther is streaming on Disney Plus.
“Strange: The Al Yankovic Story”
Much like the film’s accordion-playing theme, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” is relentlessly silly, irrepressibly charming, and unexpectedly clever in its parody of entertainment conventions. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe plays Weird Al, which is perfect considering his post-Hogwarts career has been one crazy role after another. A lot of what you see on screen is true: Yankovic really got his first accordion from a doorstep seller, and Madonna really asked him to parody her song “Like A Virgin”. A lot of what you see is wrong: Madonna and Yankovic didn’t (as far as we know) have a sexual affair that nearly torpedoed his rise to rock stardom. But everything, regardless of truthfulness, is funny, and that’s all that really matters.
How to see: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story streams for free (no subscription required) on The Roku Channel.
The fifth season of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown, which debuted Wednesday, doesn’t quite live up to the high points of season four, the show’s best. But creator Peter Morgan is still spinning an intriguing yarn, focusing on the troubles of the ’90s royal family, particularly those of Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki, “Tenet”) and Prince Charles (Dominic West, “The Wire”). Debicki sums up Diana’s isolation and ability to ignite fire with a single remark, while Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”) plays a weary Queen Elizabeth, often sheltered from her brood’s worst problems .
How to see: The Crown is streaming on Netflix.
“The Hour of the Devil”
Whether you know Peter Capaldi for his villainous roles in movies like ‘In The Loop’ and ‘Paddington 2’ or as the heroic lead in ‘Doctor Who,’ there’s no denying the actor’s spooky aura. Capaldi oozes chills in The Devil’s Hour, a new Prime Video drama that starts out as a crime but quickly devolves into a horror/thriller series with supernatural elements. Unraveling the mystery at the heart of it all takes careful consideration, but the payoff is well worth it.
How to see: “The Hour of the Devil” is streaming on Prime Video.
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