Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 12.9.22

Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 12.9.22

- By Nicolás Delgadillo

Guillermo del Toro reimagines a classic children's tale, a new holiday horror classic comes to Shudder and much more on streaming this week


‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ (Netflix)

Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson reinvent the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life in this stunning stop-motion musical tale. It's a story you think you may know… but you don’t.

‘Emancipation’ (Apple TV+)

Emancipation tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery. The film is directed by renowned filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, who is known for Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, and both The Equalizer films as well as the upcoming third one.

‘Christmas Bloody Christmas’ (Shudder)

It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms just wants to get drunk and party until the robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and makes her night more than a little complicated. Santa Claus begins a rampant killing spree through the neon-drenched snowscape against a backdrop of drugs, sex, metal, and violence, ultimately forcing Tori into a blood-splattered battle for survival against the ruthless heavy metal Saint Nick himself.

‘His Dark Materials (Season 3)’ (HBO Max)

The rebellion against the Authority becomes open warfare, with Asriel working to build a new Republic of Heaven. But to achieve his ends he needs the Subtle Knife, which is currently in Will's hands. Hope will spark in darkness.

‘Bullet Train’ (Netflix)

Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe—all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives—on the world's fastest train. The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill-ride through modern-day Japan from David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2.

‘Doom Patrol (Season 4)’ (HBO Max)

The team unexpectedly travels to the future to find an unwelcome surprise. Faced with their imminent demise, the Doom Patrol must decide once and for all which is more important: their own happiness or the fate of the world.

‘It’s a Wonderful Binge’ (Hulu)

Many years after their first Binge, Hags, Andrew, Sarah, and Kimi face the realities of adulthood as the annual Binge Day is moved to Christmas Eve. Amidst the chaos, Hags plans a proposal to Sarah, and Andrew deals with his rocky relationships.

‘Emily the Criminal’ (Netflix)

Desperate for income, Emily (Aubrey Plaza) takes a shady gig buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a charismatic middleman named Youcef. Seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills, they hatch a plan to take their business to the next level.

‘South Side (Season 3)’ (HBO Max)

Two friends and aspiring venture capitalists who just graduated from community college are ready to take over the world, but must work at a rent-to-own store in Chicago's Englewood neighbourhood until then.

‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (Part 2)’ (Netflix)

Thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea. With hostages trapped inside, the police must stop them — as well as the shadowy mastermind behind it all.


‘Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War’ (Hulu)

After a ten year hiatus, the hit anime Bleach is returning to finally finish its story in a big way. Ichigo and his friends return to save their world and the Soul Society once again, with the threat this time around being the mighty Quincies. The final arc begins now, and it’s going to be a bloodbath. The first nine episodes are now streaming.

‘The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans’ (Shudder)

Your favorite drag monsters are back to compete in a grand championship of drag artistry and physical challenges for a $100,000 grand prize, along with the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour and the first ever “Dragula Titans” crown and title. The first seven episodes are now streaming.

‘Mythic Quest (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)

Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) navigate the gaming world and their partnership at the newly formed GrimPop Studios, Dana (Imani Haki) is forced to play mediator to her bosses’ incessant bickering. Back at Mythic Quest, David (David Hornsby) settles into his new role as the boss where he truly finds himself in charge for the first time with Jo (Jessie Ennis) returning as his assistant — more loyal and militant than ever; and Carol (Naomi Ekperigin) attempts to figure out where she fits in after a new promotion. At Berkeley, Rachel (Ashly Burch) struggles to balance her morals with capitalism, while a post-prison Brad tries to return to society as a reformed man. The first six episodes are now streaming.

‘Tulsa King’ (Paramount+)

Tulsa King follows New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone), just after he is released from prison after 25 years and unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Okla. Realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a “crew” from a group of unlikely characters, to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that to him might as well be another planet. The first four episodes are now streaming.

‘Echo 3’ (Apple TV+)

From the writer of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Echo 3 is an action-packed thriller set in South America that follows Amber Chesborough (Jessica Ann Collins), a brilliant young scientist who is the emotional heart of a small American family. When Amber goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother, Bambi (Luke Evans), and her husband, Prince (Michiel Huisman) – two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts – struggle to find her in a layered personal drama, set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war. The first five episodes are now streaming.

‘Slow Horses (Season 2)’ (Apple TV+)

Slow Horses follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House. Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes. Joining Oldman is a decorated ensemble cast including Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour), Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), and BAFTA Scotland Award winner Jack Lowden (Dunkirk). The first three episodes are now streaming.

‘Willow’ (Disney+)

20 years after vanquishing the wicked queen Bavmorda, the sorcerer Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) leads a group of misfits on a dangerous rescue mission into the unknown. This new series from Lucasfilm and Disney is a sequel to the 1988 film of the same name. The first three episodes are now streaming.

Also streaming now:

Netflix - ‘Storks’, ‘Burning Patience’, ‘In Broad Daylight: The Navarte Case’, ‘Lookism’, ‘The Blue Whale’, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’, ‘The Master Plan’, ‘CAT’, ‘Dragon Age: Absolution’

Hulu - ‘Huda’s Salon’, ‘Connect’, ‘The Night House’, ‘Proximity’, ‘White Elephant’, ‘Fate of a Sport’

HBO Max - ‘Amsterdam’, ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’

Prime Video – ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’, ‘The Bad Guy’, ‘La La Land’

Disney+ – ‘Botswana’, ‘Area 51: The CIA’s Secret’, ‘Ocean’s Breath’, ‘Shark vs. Tuna’


Netflix - ‘Prisoners’, ‘Last Chance U: Basketball (Season 2)’, ‘Don’t Pick Up the Phone’, ‘Kangaroo Valley’, ‘Critical Thinking’, ‘Sonic Prime’, ‘The Big 4’, ‘Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery’, ‘A Storm for Christmas’, ‘BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’, ‘Paradise PD (Season 4)’, ‘The Recruit’, ‘The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari’

Hulu - ‘Offseason’, ‘Retrograde’, ‘Rogue’, ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’, ‘Blackfish’, ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Inception’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Kindred’, ‘Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne’, ‘A Very Backstreet Holiday’, ‘360’, ‘Collide’, ‘I Love My Dad’

Shudder - ‘The Police Are Blundering In the Dark’, ‘The Killer Is One of Thirteen’, ‘Girl In Room 2A’, ‘The French Sex Murders’, ‘My Dear Killer’, ‘Autopsy’, ‘Murder Mansion’, ‘Crazy Desires of a Murderer’, ‘Arabella Black Angel’, ‘The Killer Is Still Among Us’, ‘The Sister of Ursula’, ‘The Apology’, ‘Joe Bob’s Ghoultide Get-Together’

HBO Max - ‘Call Me Kat’, ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’,

Disney+ - ‘National Treasure: Edge of History’, ‘Alaska’s Deadliest’, ‘Drain the Oceans (Season 5)’, ‘Positive Energy’, ‘If These Walls Could Sing’, ‘Le Pupille’, ‘Mafia Confidential’, ‘Where Oceans Collide’

Paramount+ - ‘Dangerous Game: The Legacy Murders’, ‘Dog’Prime Video - ‘The Black Phone’, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’, ‘About Fate’, ‘Nanny’

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