5 movies and TV shows you can’t miss right now: September 2-9, 2022
Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week, we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms such as netflixHulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Maxand more.
Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed or classics that are set to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.
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Elvis Presley remains one of the most fascinating figures in American pop culture. The nation’s first full-fledged pop star, her career is now far enough in the rearview mirror that easily half (if not more) Americans have never lived at the same time as The King. Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” is no history lesson, choosing to skip over critical moments in the singer’s life story. But Luhrmann, like Presley, is a master of showmanship, and watching Austin Butler as Presley will give contemporary audiences a clear sense of the singer’s incredible hold on America in the 1950s and 60s. Add a Tom Hanks prosthetically loaded as Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s leech-like manager, and you’ll be hard pressed not to have fun watching “Elvis.”
How to watch: “Elvis” is stream on HBO Max.
“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
A recent oral history commemorating the 15th anniversary of the beloved teen comedy “Superbad” noted its ability to realistically portray the unglamorous and awkward ways in which high school millennials carelessly talked, thought and engaged in sex. Exactly 25 years before the release of “Superbad,” another historical teen comedy, 1982’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” did the same for the first members of Generation X. Director Amy Heckerling (“Clueless” ) brought together a formidable group of young talent and let them go wild, giving the first stars to future Oscar nominees and winners like Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker and (blink and you’ll miss it ) Nicholas Cage. Nothing major happens in “Fast Times”: the kids have crushes, have sex, fight, get high, and generally worry about their teenage existence. But every line of dialogue, every feathered hairstyle, and every unbuttoned collar shirt is perfect.
How to watch: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is broadcast on Paramount+.
“Honk for Jesus. Save your soul”
The title of “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul” tells you exactly what kind of film you’re going to get from first-time director Adamma Ebo: a biting satire of the capitalism-infected version of Christianity endemic to America. Megachurch pastor Lee- Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”) and his wife, Trinitie (Regina Hall), decided to hire a documentary crew to help film their comeback after Lee-Curtis was plagued by a sex scandal.Crew crews are hired so that Lee-Curtis can fully document her triumphant return to church (on Easter Sunday, of course).Instead, viewers are treated to all the indignities to which the couple is confronted on their bumpy ride home. Brown is funny in his starring role. But it’s Hall, always terrific even in the worst movies (see last week’s “Me Time” for proof), who steals the show.
How to watch: “Honk for Jesus. Save your soul” is streaming on Peacock.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”
Ask your average viewer which streaming company has the strongest lineup, and hardly anyone would say Amazon Prime Video. Although the platform Bezos built may lack the breadth of Netflix original programming, it embarked on a gargantuan swing for the fences with ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, the TV series the most expensive ever made. Only the first two episodes of the series have been made available to reviewers, but the grand scale of the series is immediately evident, even if the extensive world-building means the first episode is a little slow. Set 3,000 years before the events of Peter Jackson’s films, ‘The Rings of Power’ will tell the story of how Sauron rose to rule Middle-earth, while following a number of other storylines. along the way. Listing any of them in a capsule-sized review is a wild ride, so you’ll have to trust us that “The Rings of Power” is worth a look.
How to watch: “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is streaming on Amazon Prime Videowith new episodes debuting on Fridays.
It’s somewhat striking that with the exception of the ‘Despicable Me’ series and the below-average Netflix ‘Space Force’ series, Steve Carell hasn’t done comedy in almost a decade now. . The Acton native has instead played thorny and thorny roles, and does so again as a troubled therapist in “The Patient,” a new limited series on FX and Hulu. Carell has enough problems in his personal life that when he’s fed up with a difficult patient (Domhnall Gleeson, “Ex Machina”), he tells him not to come back. Gleeson, troubled patient that he is, responds by kidnapping Carell’s character, chaining him up in his basement, and revealing that he is a serial killer. The series bears more than a passing resemblance to Stephen King’s adaptation of “Misery,” but it delves deeper into the psychology of each of its protagonists, while constructing a darkly comedic line of dialogue that tempers some of the more dramatic twists. of the plot. Like any productive therapy session, you’ll be shocked at how quickly a 30-minute session of “The Patient” flies by.
How to watch: “The patient” is stream on Hulu.
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