Streaming this week are enough binge-worthy series and movies to keep you glued to your couch for days on end as well as some crave-worthy classics just hitting Blu-ray.
Westworld: Rave reviews are pouring in for J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan’s reboot of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name. As in the original, guests are invited to a theme park populated with androids who exist to live out the fantasies of the patrons. In the original, the robots malfunctioned but in this series, it’s the guests who wreck havoc. Anthony Hopkins stars as the park owner and Ed Harris is a man intent on cracking the park’s maze. On HBO Now.
The 13th: Fresh from its spot as the opening night film of the New York Film Festival, this documentary helmed by “Selma” director Ava Duvernay delves into why America has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. Expect a mix interviews with politicians and activists, including Angela Davis, Newt Gingrich, Senator Cory Booker and Henry Louis Gates Jr., and plenty of archival footage. On Netflix.
Banshee: Final Season: Set two years after ex-con-posing-as-sheriff Lucas (Antony Starr) and Carrie (Ivana Millicevic) orchestrated a heist-gone-bad, Lucas is back in Banshee to hunt down a serial killer. But Banshee has changed drastically in his absence, with once minor characters becoming major players, including neo-Nazi Calvin Bunker (Chris Coy). Another big plus of the pulpy final season: the appearance of Eliza Dushka as a very strange FBI agent. On DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon and HBO Now.
The Mindy Project: Season 5: Who will Mindy (Mindy Kaling) choose for her romantic partner? Will it be Danny (Chris Messina) or Jody (Garret Dillahunt)? During a recent press event, Kaling teased a few of the storylines includingappearances from Nasim Pedrad as Mindy’s pediatrician and Rebecca Rittenhouse as another female doctor. On Hulu.
Salem’s Lot: Based on a Stephen King novel, this mini-series from 1979 has been called “one of the last truly great gothic vampire films.” There’s scares aplenty as a writer (David Soul) returns to his hometown to write a book about an old hilltop mansion which has recently been purchased by a mysterious antiques dealer (James Mason) and his creepy, pale-skinned partner (Reggie Nalder). Director Tobe Hopper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) is great at creating an atmosphere of impending doom even as he plays sly homage to “Psycho” and “Nosferatu.” This one’s got bite. On Blu-ray.
Carol: This transporting romance takes you back to 1950s Manhattan when forbidden love blossoms between a New Jersey housewife Carol (radiant Cate Blanchett) and Therese (note-perfect Rooney Mara), a department store clerk attempting to find her place in the world. Hoping to keep their attraction a secret from Carol’s husband (Kyle Chandler), Carol and Therese hit the road together just as they’re beginning to draw closer. Beautifully directed by Todd Haynes “Carol” goes straight to the heart. On Showtime.
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