Classic horror and a thriller or two hit streaming this weekend along with plenty more
‘The Cellar’ (Shudder)
Keira Woods’ (Elisha Cuthbert) daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. She soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever.
‘Choose or Die’ (Netflix)
Tempted by a chance to win unclaimed prize money, two friends reboot a mysterious 1980s video game and step into a surreal world of next-level terror. The coders unleash a hidden curse that tears reality apart, forcing her to make terrifying decisions and face deadly consequences.
‘American Sicario’ (Hulu)
An action-packed story of the perilous rise and fall of Erik Vasquez (Philippe A. Haddad), the first American-born drug lord in Mexico. After a drug shipment goes horribly wrong, Vasquez is caught in a crossfire between a deadly cartel, the DEA, and the Mexican authorities. As he rushes from safehouse to safehouse, defending his turf and his family, Vasquez heads toward a fateful showdown in this dynamic thriller featuring Danny Trejo.
‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ (Netflix)
Based on the bestselling novel by Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal is an insightful and suspenseful series about privilege and sexual consent. From the creator of Big Little Lies and The Undoing, this six-part series stars Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, Rupert Friend, Naomi Scott and Josette Simon.
‘Rocktober Blood’ (Shudder)
A crazed rock singer (Tray Loren) returns from the dead to murder members of his former band. This 1984 lost horror gem is now at last available to stream. The soundtrack features Hollywood, California band Sorcery, who also act in the film.
Based on the book by best-selling author Cecelia Ahern and led by a star-studded cast of female talent in front of and behind the camera, Roar explores female experiences that many women have but rarely talk about. Through these 8 stories, each episode uses magical realism and delivers an insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today. Roar stars Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae, Merritt Wever, Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart, and Kara Hayward.
‘Black Mass’ (HBO Max)
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. Inspired by true events.
‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ (Hulu)
This documentary covers National Lampoon’s meteoric rise from the go-to humor magazine of the counterculture to a brand that launched Hollywood’s biggest comedies, featuring unseen archival footage, beautiful and shocking art, interviews with the magazine’s best-known artists and writers and commentary from Judd Apatow, John Goodman, Billy Bob Thornton, Christopher Buckley and Chevy Chase.
Not to be confused with the X-Men character, Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:
‘Star Trek: Picard (Season 2)’ (Paramount+)
Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his companions are trapped in the 21st century when reality is broken by Q (John de Lancie) as part of the ultimate trial for Picard. They must race against time to save the future of the galaxy. The second season of the recent Star Trek spin-off show will feature several appearances from The Next Generation characters. The first seven episodes are now streaming.
‘The Thing About Pam’ (Hulu)
When Betsy Faria (Katy Mixon) is murdered in small-town Missouri, the police believe it’s an open-and-shut case involving her husband (Glenn Fleshler), who is arrested and found guilty of the crime. However, unanswered questions remain, and the case not only leads to a wrongful conviction but also sets into motion a chain of events that exposes a diabolical scheme involving Betsy’s close friend Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger). Never considered a suspect, even though she was the last person to see Betsy alive, Pam keeps changing her story as she evades questions and leads investigators through a chilling series of unexpected twists and turns. Based on the true 2011 case. All six episodes are now streaming.
Starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, this series is inspired by actual events — and the love story at the center of it all. WeWork grew from a single coworking space into a global brand worth $47 billion in under a decade. Then, in less than a year, its valuation dropped $40 billion. What happened? The first seven episodes are now streaming with the finale arriving next week.
Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, the long-awaited Halo series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. Nobody can save humanity alone-not even the Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber). Meet the heroes who will risk losing everything to come together and protect humankind from the universe’s greatest threat. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Atlanta (Season 3)’ (Hulu)
Taking place almost entirely in Europe, Season 3 of Atlanta finds Earn (Donald Glover), Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) in the midst of a successful European tour, as the group navigates their new surroundings as outsiders, and struggle to adjust to the newfound success they had aspired to. The first five episodes are now streaming.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Pachinko is a sweeping saga that chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations. The series stars Soji Arai as Mozasu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Inji Jeong as Yangjin, Minha Kim as teenage Sunja, Lee Minho as Hansu, Kaho Minami as Etsuko, Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Junwoo Han as Yoseb, Jung Eun-chae as Young Kyunghee, Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews, Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja, and Academy Award-winning actress Yuh-Jung Youn as older Sunja. Pachinko is written and executive produced by Soo Hugh (The Terror, The Killing), who created the series and serves as showrunner. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Moon Knight’ (Disney+)
This latest Marvel series follows Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac), a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt. The first three episodes are now streaming.
‘The Girl from Plainville’ (Hulu)
Inspired by the deeply troubling true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented “texting-suicide” case, this limited series explores Carter’s (Elle Fanning) relationship with Conrad Roy III (Colton Ryan) and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter. The first five episodes are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘The Call’, ‘Hard Cell’, ‘Our Great National Parks’, ‘Ultraman (Season 2)’
Hulu – ‘The Hating Game’, ‘Black Death’
Shudder – ‘Puppet Master’, ‘Puppet Master 2’, ‘Puppet Master 3’, ‘Subspecies’, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘Intruder’
HBO Max – ‘Black Mass’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’, ‘Van Helsing (Season 5)’, ‘White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch’, ‘Russian Doll (Season 2)’, ‘The Marked Heart’, ‘The Turning Point’
Hulu – ‘Captive Audience’
Shudder – ‘The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Seasons 1-3)’, ‘Virus 32’
Paramount+ – ‘Snake Eyes’