The Russo Brothers release an action-packed extravaganza on Netflix, the story of GWAR lands on Shudder and much more on streaming this week
‘The Gray Man’ (Netflix)
From Marvel box office titans Anthony and Joe Russo comes The Gray Man, an action-packed, globetrotting spy thriller. CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) is plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton). Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death, but now the tables have turned and he’s become the target. Hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA who will stop at nothing to take him out, Gentry’s only real ally is agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas).
‘This is GWAR’ (Shudder)
Directed by Scott Barber (Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story), This is GWAR is the powerful story of the iconic heavy metal art collective, as told by the humans who have fought to keep it alive for over thirty years. The feature documentary includes interviews with the band members, both past and present, and other artists, including Weird Al Yankovic, Thomas Lennon, Alex Winter, Bam Margera, and Ethan Embry, including never seen footage of legendary GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus). It’s a rare look at the career of one of the world’s most outrageous heavy metal bands, known for their grotesque costumed characters and notoriously wild, fluid-soaked stage shows.
‘The Cursed’ (Hulu)
In the late 1800s, a once-peaceful remote country village is under attack—but by who or what, no one knows. Villagers spread rumors of a cursed land, supernatural forces, and even demonic creatures, as the disappearances and killings continue. Pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) arrives to investigate the danger, only to discover something much deeper and more sinister than he ever could have imagined.
‘Rap Sh!t’ (HBO Max)
From executive producer Issa Rae comes a new show that follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group. Join Shawna and Mia as they try to make it in the rap scene all while staying true to themselves.
Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.
‘American Horror Stories (Season 2)’ (Hulu)
American Horror Stories is a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s award-winning anthology series American Horror Story. The weekly anthology series features a different horror story in each episode and is now back for a season round of creepy thrills.
‘All My Friends Hate Me’ (Hulu)
In this British horror comedy, Pete (Tom Stourton) is cautiously excited about reuniting with his college crew for a birthday weekend. But, one by one, his friends slowly turn against him.
‘Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher’ (Amazon Prime Video)
At the turn of the 19th century, Pugilism is the sport of kings and a gifted young boxer, James Belcher (Matt Hookings), fights his way into becoming the champion of England.
Following the deaths of two young women due to childbirth complications, two bereaved families galvanize activists, birth-workers and physicians to reckon with one of the most pressing American crises today: the US maternal health crisis. Directed by Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee.
‘Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge’ (Shudder)
A masked killer stalks a waitress (Kari Whitman) in a shopping mall just opened by a California mayor (Morgan Fairchild). This is good ol’ 80s schlock with a slasher spin on The Phantom of the Opera.
CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:
‘The Orville: New Horizons’ (Hulu)
Seth McFarlane’s sci-fi series finally returns with a move to Hulu just in time for its third season. Set 400 years in the future, New Horizons finds the crew of the U.S.S. Orville continuing their mission of exploration, as they navigate both the mysteries of the universe and the complexities of their own interpersonal relationships. The first eight episodes are now streaming.
‘For All Mankind (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)
For All Mankind is a sprawling story that began with a provocative premise: What if the Russians landed on the moon first, before Americans? The space race never ended and the two Cold War foes only ramped up the competition to colonize the moon and beyond. Season 3 jumps ahead in this alternate history into the 90s, where Americans, Soviets, and a mysterious private company are all tussling over the future of mankind on Mars. The first seven episodes are now streaming.
‘Irma Vep’ (HBO Max)
Mira (Alicia Vikander) is an American movie star disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup, who comes to France to star as “Irma Vep” in a remake of the French silent film classic, “Les Vampires.” Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. The first seven episodes are now streaming with the finale arriving next week.
‘Evil (Season 3)’ (Paramount+)
A new season of terror has arrived. Priest-to-be David Acosta (Mike Colter), forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), and tech expert Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi) continue to investigate claims of demonic possession in a third season that’s stronger than ever. The first six episodes are now streaming.
From the Peabody Award-winning creators of American Vandal, Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, Players is a comedic documentary-style series that follows a fictional pro League of Legends esports team, as they pursue their first championship after years of close calls and heartache. To win it all, they will need their prodigy, a 17-year-old rookie (Da’Jour Jones), and their 27-year-old veteran (Misha Brooks) to put their egos aside and work together. The first nine episodes are now streaming with the finale arriving next week.
‘Only Murders in the Building (Season 2)’ (Hulu)
An unlikely trio (Selena Gomez, Martin Short, Steve Martin) become amateur true crime podcasters in hopes of solving the mysterious homicide that happened in their apartment building. After closing the case at the end of the first season, Mabel, Charles and Oliver become the suspects in a new murder that took place in the building — and the subjects of a new podcast hosted by their favorite host Cinda Canning (Tina Fey). The first five episodes are now streaming.
‘Westworld (Season 4)’ (HBO Max)
The fourth season of HBO’s mindbending sci-fi series has set the stage for a big war against humans as the now-sentient hosts have left the park and infiltrated the real world. They have an ax to grind after years of subjugation, but there are some hosts who don’t want to see a war and are trying to keep the peace. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Black Bird’ (Apple TV+)
After Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton) is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison without parole, he cuts a deal with the FBI to enter maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend a suspected serial killer, Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser). Keene’s job is to elicit a confession from Hall in order to slam the door on Hall’s appeal and find the buried bodies of as many as eighteen women. But is Hall a serial killer? Or a serial confessor? The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘What We Do in the Shadows (Season 4)’ (Hulu)
Hilarious and spooky fun, What We Do In the Shadows looks into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island. The series is now back for a fourth season of undead antics and further hilarity that’s sure to keep fans wheezing for air. The first three episodes are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Live is Life’, ‘Too Old for Fairy Tales’, ‘Bad Exorcist’, ‘The House of Dark Secrets’, ‘Trading Point’, ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Season 5)’
Hulu – ‘Milkwater’, ‘You Are Not My Mother’
Shudder – ‘The Forbidden Door’, ‘Santa Sangre’, ‘Tombs of the Blind Dead’, ‘Mosquito’
HBO Max – ‘Godzilla (2014)’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Footfairy’, ‘August: Osage County’, ‘Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl’, ‘Street Food: USA’, ‘The Most Hated Man on the Internet’, ‘Pipa’, ‘Keep Breathing’, ‘Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time’, ‘Fanático’, ‘Uncoupled’
Hulu – ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, ‘Not Okay’, ‘Santa Evita’, ‘The Americans (Complete Series)’, ‘Hatching’
Shudder – ‘The Reef: Stalked’, ‘Hard Rock Nightmare’, ‘Hard Rock Zombies’, ‘Slaughterhouse Rock’, ‘The Toolbox Murders’, ‘Uninvited’
HBO Max – ‘Walker (Season 2)’, ‘We Met in Virtual Reality’, ‘Citizen Ashe’, ‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’, ‘Wellington Paranormal’, ‘Superman & Louis (Season 2)’
Paramount+ – ‘Honor Society’
Disney+ – ‘Light & Magic’
Amazon Prime Video – ‘Paper Girls’
Apple TV+ – ‘Surface’