Thrillers of all kinds premiere across streaming platforms this week while hit series like The Last of Us continue their runs
A fashion designer (Eva Green) is suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband, until help arrives in the form of a Filipino carer, who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth.
‘Outer Banks (Season 3)’ (Netflix)
New adventures take the Pogues to the Caribbean and far beyond as the friends are pulled into a dangerous rival’s hunt for a legendary lost city.
‘The Consultant’ (Prime Video)
When a new consultant, Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz), is hired to improve the business of the app-based gaming company CompWare, employees experience new demands and challenges that put everything into question, including their lives.
‘The Company You Keep’ (Hulu)
A night of passion leads to love between con man Charlie (Milo Ventimiglia) and undercover CIA officer Emma (Catherine Haena Kim), who are unknowingly on a collision course professionally. While Charlie ramps up the “family business” so he can get out for good, Emma’s closing in on the vengeful criminal who holds Charlie’s family debts in hand – forcing them to reckon with the lies they’ve told so they can save themselves and their families from disastrous consequences. The series is based on the Korean Broadcasting System series entitled “My Fellow Citizens.”
‘We Have a Ghost’ (Netflix)
Finding a ghost named Ernest (David Harbour) haunting their new home turns Kevin’s (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) family into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of Ernest’s past, they become a target of the CIA. Directed by Christopher Landon, the man behind Happy Death Day and Freaky.
‘Smile’ (Prime Video)
The refreshingly enthusiastic marketing campaign for Smile deserves praise all its own, so thank goodness that the film itself miraculously managed to be just as fun. Parker Finn’s debut (a lot of those this year!) is one of those horror experiences that was meant for the big screen. The film takes familiar genre elements and amplifies them tenfold; each individual scare is a wonderful collision of creepy atmosphere, methodical, tension-building camerawork and impeccable sound design. It’s a nasty piece of work. Unapologetically mean-spirited, a bit self aware, and boosted by an increasingly insane third act, Smile is the kind of box office success that should make any horror fan proud.
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Slay or be slayed. A group of superstar influencers are drawn to a reclusive billionaire’s mansion only to find themselves trapped in the lair of an evil vampire. The only way out is to be saved by a famous online gamer and an old school vampire hunter.
A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her – and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.).
‘Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever’ (Disney+)
Celebrate the music and explore the making of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with the release of Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever.
‘Call Me Chihiro’ (Netflix)
Chihiro is a former sex worker who works at a small bento shop in a seaside town. There, she teaches the importance of living how one likes in an age when everyone deals with a struggle of some kind in their lives. This miraculous tale stars Kasumi Arimura.
CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:
‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Season 2)’ (Disney+)
Months have passed since the events on Kamino and the Bad Batch continue their journey navigating the Empire after the fall of the Republic. They will cross paths with friends and foes, both new and familiar, as they take on a variety of thrilling mercenary missions that will take them to unexpected and dangerous new places. The first ten episodes are now streaming.
‘Servant (Season 4)’ (Apple TV+)
From M. Night Shyamalan, Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. The reckoning arrives in this fourth and final season. The first seven episodes are now streaming.
‘The Last of Us’ (HBO Max)
From the creator of the award winning show Chernobyl and the creator of the original video game, The Last of Us follows Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, who are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across a post-outbreak America. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Mayor of Kingstown (Season 2)’ (Paramount+)
Mayor of Kingstown stars Jeremy Renner and follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Truth Be Told (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)
Descend into the world of true-crime podcasts. This NAACP Image Award–winning drama stars Octavia Spencer as a podcaster who risks everything—including her life—to pursue truth and justice. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Poker Face’ (Peacock)
Poker Face is a 10-episode “mystery-of-the-week” series following Natasha Lyonne’s Charlie, who has an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road with her Plymouth Barracuda and with every stop encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but solve. The first eight episodes are now streaming.
‘Shrinking’ (Apple TV+)
Shrinking follows a grieving therapist (Jason Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives…including his own. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Star Trek: Picard (Season 3)’ (Paramount+)
The stakes have never been higher as Star Trek: Picard boldly goes into its third and final season. Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and Michael Dorn of Star Trek: The Next Generation join series star Patrick Stewart for an epic adventure. The first two episodes are now streaming.
‘Carnival Row (Season 2)’ (Prime Video)
A growing population of mythological immigrant creatures struggles to coexist with humans after the creatures’ exotic homelands are invaded by the empires of man. The creatures are forbidden to live, love or fly with freedom, but hope lives in darkness. Human detective Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and a refugee faerie, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevigne), rekindle a dangerous affair despite being in an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette has a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet — a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Hello Tomorrow!’ (Apple TV+)
In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings (Billy Crudup) leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon. The first four episodes are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Operation Finale’, ‘Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal’, ‘Triptych’, ‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Season 5)’
Hulu – ‘Hold Your Fire’, ‘Snowfall (Season 6)’, ‘Bruiser’, ‘211’, ‘A Million Little Pieces’, ‘Prisoners of the Sun’, ‘The Reef: Stalked’, ‘Spin Me Round’
Shudder – ‘Nomads’
HBO Max – ‘Ballmastrz: Rubicon’
Disney+ – ‘Ultimate Airport Dubai’, ‘To Catch a Smuggler (Season 4)’, ‘Blow Your Mind’
Prime Video – ‘A Simple Favor’, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘Die Hart’
Paramount+ – ‘Cloverfield’, ‘10 Years Of Noise and Confusion: Oasis Live at Barrowlands’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Big Daddy’, ‘Burlesque’, ‘Easy A’, ‘Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (Season 2)’, ‘Magic Mike XXL’, ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’, ‘Neon Lights’, ‘Rango’, ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’, ‘The Hangover Trilogy’, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, ‘This is Where I Leave You’
Hulu – ‘Iron Mask’, ‘The Book Thief’, ‘Wreck’, ‘30 Days of Night’, ‘Anastasia’, ‘Anonymous’, ‘Another Earth’, ‘Armored’, ‘Commando’, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, ‘The Departed’, ‘The Expendables Trilogy’, ‘Glory’, ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Hitman’, ‘The Ides of March’, ‘L.A. Confidential’, ‘Rambo: Last Blood’, ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘The Town’, ‘Unstoppable’, ‘Next Exit’, ‘Triangle of Sadness’
Shudder – ‘Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Gretel & Hansel’
Disney+ – ‘The Mandalorian (Season 3)’, ‘Dino Death Match’, ‘The Next Mega Tsunami’
Prime Video – ‘12 Angry Men’, ‘American Gangster’, ‘Barbershop’, ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘Contraband’, ‘Creed’, ‘Creed II’, ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘Detroit’, ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, ‘Lost in Translation’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Rocky Franchise’, ‘Super 8’, ‘The Dead Zone’, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, ‘The Machinist’, ‘The Manchurian Candidate’, ‘Your Highness’, ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’
Paramount+ – ‘Celebrity True Crime Story’, ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’, ‘12 Years a Slave’, ‘Air Force One’, ‘Bruce Lee, The Legend’, ‘Downsizing’, ‘El Paso’, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘Friday the 13th – Part II’, ‘G.I. Jane’, ‘Galaxy Quest’, ‘Gangs of New York’, ‘Hostage’, ‘Hot Rod’, ‘Jailbreakers’, ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘Last of the Mohicans’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Naked Gun’, ‘Scream 4’, ‘Selma’, ‘Seven Psychopaths’, ‘The Rock’, ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘True Grit’, ‘Zoolander’, ‘Waco: The Aftermath’