Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 12.15.23

Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 12.15.23

- By Nicolas Delgadillo

Mark Wahlberg leads a new action comedy on Apple TV+ but the true streaming winner this week is Netflix with plenty of new options

NOW STREAMING:

‘The Family Plan’ (Apple TV+)

Dan Morgan (Mark Wahlberg) loves his quiet suburban life as a devoted husband, father of three and successful car salesman. But that’s only half the story. Decades earlier, he was an elite government assassin tasked with eliminating the world’s deadliest threats. When enemies from his past track him down, Dan packs his unsuspecting wife (Michelle Monaghan), angsty teen daughter, pro-gamer teen son and adorable 10-month-old baby into their minivan and takes off on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas. Determined to protect his family — while treating them to the vacation of a lifetime — Dan must put his long-dormant skills into action, without revealing his true identity.

‘Reacher (Season 2)’ (Prime Video)

Reacher is pulled from his vagabond life by a coded message informing him that a member of the 110th - his elite group of Army Special Investigators - has been murdered. He and some of his former military cohorts reunite to investigate and soon realize the case is bigger than they ever could have imagined.

‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ (Netflix)

Yu Yu Hakusho, the legendary smash-hit manga from Weekly Shonen Jump, is finally getting a live-action adaptation! This series of unprecedented scale is brought to life by an all-star cast that includes Takumi Kitamura, Jun Shison, Kanata Hongo, Shuhei Uesugi, Sei Shiraishi, Kenichi Takito, Goro Inagaki and Go Ayano. Feast your eyes on this top-class Asian battle action series, featuring world-class, cutting-edge visual effects and presented by a cast and staff who are at the pinnacle of Japanese entertainment!

‘1670’ (Netflix)

In this satirical comedy, a zany nobleman contends with family feuds and clashes with peasants in his quest to become the most famous person in Poland.

‘The Crown (Season 6 Part 2)’ (Netflix)

With the Commonwealth irrevocably changed, Queen Elizabeth II reflects on her life and legacy, and paves the way for her successors Charles and William.

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ (Netflix)

From Academy award-winning studio Aardman, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the beloved 2000 classic Chicken Run finally arrives on Netflix. And this time, they're breaking in!

‘Trees, and Other Entanglements’ (Max)

Trees, and Other Entanglements is an HBO Original Documentary and deeply human tale of our relationship with the natural world and one another.

‘Gran Turismo’ (Netflix)

Gran Turismo is based on the unbelievable true story of a team of unlikely underdogs – a struggling working-class gamer (Archie Madekwe), a failed former racecar driver (David Harbour), and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom). Together, they risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Gran Turismo is an inspiring, thrilling, and action-packed story that proves that nothing is impossible when you're fueled from within.

‘Asteroid City’ (Prime Video)

ASTEROID CITY: a fictional American desert town, circa 1955. Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets from across the country assemble for the annual Asteroid Day celebration -- but the scholarly competition is spectacularly upended by world-changing events. Equal parts comedy, drama, and romance (with a touch of science-fiction).
‘Love and Monsters’ (Netflix)
After monsters take over the world, Joel (Dylan O’Brien) and the rest of humanity are forced to live underground. Believing he’s lost everyone he has ever loved, Joel finds his high school sweetheart Aimee (Jessica Henwick) living just 80 miles away. Facing unknown dangers that stand in his way, Joel must discover his inner hero as he makes the impossible journey across a monster-infested land to be with the girl of his dreams.

CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:

‘30 Coins (Season 2)’ (Max)

Father Vergara, an exorcist, boxer and ex-convict exiled to a remote town in Spain, enlists the help of the mayor and a veterinarian when a series of paranormal phenomena begins to occur. In season 2, a new enemy feared by even the devil himself will put the world at risk. The first eight episodes are now streaming.


‘The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Season 5)’ (Shudder)

The Boulet Brothers host a competition - featuring morbid themes and dark challenges - for nine drag performers, looking to find the world's finest drag supermonster. The first seven episodes are now streaming.


‘For All Mankind (Season 4)’ (Apple TV+)

The new season explores the Mars colonization in 2003, where former adversaries collaborate on asteroid mining, offering hope for Earth and Mars. However, growing tensions within the international base jeopardize their ambitious goals, adding drama to the space program's future. The first six episodes are now streaming.


‘Rap Sh!t (Season 2)’ (Max)

As Mia, Shawna and Chastity navigate new stages and audiences, they learn that fame and notoriety don't change origin stories or past traumas. Dreams can come true, but they can also unearth nightmares. The first seven episodes are now streaming.


‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ (Apple TV+)

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. The first six episodes are now streaming.


‘A Murder at the End of the World’ (Hulu)

A Murder at the End of the World is a mystery series featuring a Gen Z amateur sleuth and tech-savvy hacker “Darby Hart.” Darby and eight other guests are invited by a reclusive billionaire to participate in a retreat at a remote location. When one of the other guests is found dead, Darby must use her skills to prove it was murder before the killer takes another life. The first six episodes are now streaming.


‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 12)’ (Max)

A trio of fast-food items works to solve mysteries in this long-running edgy adult cartoon. The brains of the group is Frylock, a floating box of fries, but Master Shake does a lot of the talking, most of it aimed at making life miserable for Meatwad, a sweet-natured ball of meat. The first four episodes are now streaming.


‘Slow Horses (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)

In season three, a romantic liaison in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. When Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman) and his team of misfits are dragged into the fight, they find themselves caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not just of Slough House but of MI5 itself. The first four episodes are now streaming.

Also streaming now:

Netflix - ‘Kevin Hart & Chris Rock: Headliners Only’, ‘Under Pressure: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team’, ‘If I Were Luísa Sonza’, ‘As the Crow Flies (Season 2)’, ‘Martin’, ‘The Golden Hour’

Hulu - ‘The Matrix Resurrections’, ‘Science Fair: The Series’, ‘Blue Jean’, ‘Higher Power’, ‘A Nurse to Die For’, ‘Such Brave Girls’, ‘Freakonomics’, ‘The Giver’, ‘Two Days in New York’, ‘Alan Partridge’, ‘I Give it a Year’, ‘Lemon’, ‘Results’, ‘White God’, ‘The Retirement Plan’

Shudder - ‘Wendigo’, ‘Devil’s Pass’, ‘I Trapped the Devil’, ‘Bay of Blood’, ‘Baron Blood’, ‘Black Sunday’, ‘Kill, Baby…Kill!’, ‘Lisa and the Devil’, ‘The Evil Eye’

Prime Video - ‘Blue’s Big City Adventure’

Disney+ - ‘Doctor Who: The Giggle’, ‘The Curse of Oak Island (Season 2)’, ‘Planners (Season 2)’, ‘Tierra Incognita (Season 2)’

COMING NEXT WEEK:

Netflix - ‘Neighbors’, ‘The Rope Course 3’, ‘Vivant’, ‘Bank of Dave’, ‘Project Runway (Season 17)’, ‘Maestro’, ‘Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire’, ‘Gyeongseong Creature’

Hulu - ‘A View to Kill For’, ‘Operation Napoleon’, ‘Maggie Moore(s)’

Shudder - ‘The Gingerdead Man’

Max - ‘Daniel’, ‘Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base’

Prime Video - ‘Every Body’

Disney+ - ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’, ‘Marvel’s What If…? (Season 2)’
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