Every single week, our TV and film experts will list the most important ten streaming selections for you to pop into your queues. We’re not strictly operating upon reviews or accrued streaming clicks (although yes, we’ve scoured the streaming site charts) but, instead, upon those selections that are really worth noticing amid the churning sea of content. There’s a lot out there, after all, and your time is valuable.
TIE: 10. You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah (Netflix film)
Adam Sandler can’t miss on Netflix, but you can never accuse him of phoning it in. Even though he hasn’t given us another Uncut Gems (yet), he’s always a crowd pleaser, and here, he does re-team with Idina Menzel (also of Uncut Gems), so that’s a high point. Additionally, he portrays as a father to daughters who are embodied by his real-life daughters, Sunny and Sadie. Get ready for sheer drama and betrayal when someone’s Bat Mitzvah might be spoiled because of a dude (boooo), but you’ll get some Dua Lipa = a win.
TIE: 10. The Flash (Warner Bros. film steaming on HBO Max)
This film didn’t manage to break the slump of the DCU’s current state, but hopefully, Aquaman 2 will eventually make that issue better. They really should have put Jason Momoa in it rather than have two Ezra Millers. At least Michael Keaton’s Batman gets much airtime, but man, after the Batgirl debacle, I’d love to see Keaton get a theatrical Batsuit win. Those who did watch the film enjoyed it, and enough people who didn’t go to the theater are at least streaming the film now.
9. Who Is Erin Carter? (Netflix series)
This series is a sleeper along the same vein as 2002’s In From The Cold (starring Margarita Levieva, finally getting her butt-kicking due). Again, audiences adore watching a maternal figure suddenly reveal a mysterious past that includes the ability to spring into gunman-busting moves out of nowhere. Netflix hasn’t yet announced a Season 2, but that should be coming soon because viewers binged this one in short order.
8. Star Wars: Ahsoka (Disney+ series)
The Internet dreamcast Rosario Dawson in the lead role of this series, so even though there’s some Star Wars TV show fatigue out there, this series is still racking up the goodwill. If you haven’t hopped in yet, however, you’ll want to catch up on Ashoka’s The Mandalorian appearance as well as the conclusion of Star Wars: Rebels. And let’s hope that Baby Yoda can get his mojo back and rally hard for his fourth season, whenever that materializes.
Don’t ask me why this film is trending again after turning into soap-opera central. Actually, hey, you know what? It’s because of Harry Styles, and the film is now streaming on Netflix in addition to HBO Max. No one can accuse the movie of being high art, but does provoke some speculation, including why Harry Styles’ character thought he could behave in such a way and whether the star himself actually spit on Chris Pine despite all denials to the contrary. And as always, Florence Pugh can make up for the shortcomings of others.
6. The Nun (Warner Bros film on HBO Max)
James Wan’s The Conjuring universe continues to expand with The Nun II currently in theaters, but if you missed the some of the most effective jump scares in the game, you should brush up on this first installment. Try not to pee in your pants while Valek lurks about, and Taissa Farmiga walks right into Hell on Earth. Lately, however, star Bonnie Aarons has alleged that the first film stiffed her on merch profits, and hopefully, that situation has been cleared up. I mean, the decision makers have seen her work and surely, she could haunt their nightmares, too.
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Paramount film streaming on VOD and Amazon Prime)
Our own Mike Ryan called this installment the best theatrical TMNT film, and this version hails from Jeff Rowe rather than Michael Bay. It doesn’t have as much “boom” or Megan Fox, and it’s animated, but there’s plenty of Ayo Edebiri for everyone who’s been missing her since the conclusion of The Bear‘s sophomore season. Cowabunga, or something like that.
4. The Changeling (Apple TV+ series)
LaKeith Stanfield heads into the horror realm in this adaptation of Victor LaValle’s acclaimed novel. The show promises to be a grown-up fairytale begins in a New York City library and heads into a version of the Big Apple that usually remains closed from human eyes. It’s also a parenthood fable, and yes, it truly feels like the scariest horror stories often revolve around kids, whether they happen to be good or evil. Given Stanfield’s ability to showcase the surreal in various other projects, one can bet that this quality adds to the spooks in this series.
3. The Wheel Of Time (Amazon Prime series)
Jeff Bezos made no secret of hoping that Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power would become his Game of Thrones, but this show starring Rosamund Pike actually succeeds more on that front. Whatever their preferences, though, it’s clear that fantasy-lit lovers are enjoying the heck out of this streaming platform. Pike stars as Moraine of the all-powerful Aes Sedai organization, and she is one of the few choice women in this world who can wield magic. Under her watchful eye, the prophesied Dragon Reborn could either fix humanity or do the opposite. (Also, my Amazon version of Game of Thrones happens to be The Boys, although I realize that you didn’t ask.)
2. One Piece (Netflix series)
Hats off to Netflix for besting their previous performance as live-action adapter of beloved anime/manga that people feel very strongly about. Cowboy Bebop and Death Note did not go over too terribly well, but the viewers are here for this iteration of Monkey D. Luffy looking for an elusive treasure and aiming to become the pirate king. As a bonus, you will be able to enjoy the Japanese dub if you so prefer, just to gain the authentic experience since it features the voice cast behind the anime series.
1. The Little Mermaid (Disney movie streaming on Disney+)
Halle Bailey stars as Ariel in the live-version of Disney and director Rob Marshall resurrecting this classic story. Bailey earned rave reviews while more than holding her own and performing “Part of Your World.” The film does expand upon the ideas of the original film, and as such, it’s more overstuffed than the version you already know. For sure, the ocean seems like it’s seen some things (and it has) in the decades since the launch of the 1989 classic.