Best new shows and movies to stream this week: Thom Yorke and Spider-people
Streaming entertainment is bigger than ever, and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort the good from the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, and other services.
On the list this week: Thom Yorke releases a short film, a whole lot of Spider-People team up, and more.
Fans of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke are getting quite the bounty this weekend. Not only did he release his third solo album, Anima, on Friday, but he and director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) have made an accompanying “one-reeler” film to go along with it. The 15-minute film, scored by three of the songs off Yorke’s new album, follows a man (Yorke) who begins the film riding in a claustrophobic subway. After seeing a mysterious woman (Dajana Roncione) get off the train without her lunchbox, the man goes on a quest to return it to her, taking him through a dazzling underworld. Anima is a memorable music video, with phantasmagoric imagery and audacious dance choreography.
An adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name, Juliet, Naked tells the story of Annie (Rose Byrne), a museum curator stuck in a dull relationship with college teacher Duncan (Chris O’Dowd). Annie has an obsession with obscure American songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), who hasn’t released an album in decades. Duncan runs a fansite dedicated to Crowe, and receives a copy of his upcoming release: Juliet, Naked, comprising acoustic versions of songs off his album. Tired of Duncan’s fanboy behavior, Annie publishes a scathing review of the album, calling it a naked cash grab; amazingly, Crowe reads the review and agrees with her, striking up a pen pal relationship with Annie that grows into something more after she breaks up with Duncan. Juliet, Naked is a solid romantic comedy, drawing on Hornby’s witty writing and the talents of its great cast.
The movie that made director Neil Blomkamp an international name, District 9 is a thrilling sci-fi film that uses South Africa as a backdrop to explore xenophobia and refugee crises. Framed as a documentary, the film begins in a world where when an alien spaceship appeared above Johannesburg in the 1980s. The aliens inside are refugees from some sort of disaster, incapable of repairing the ship they rode in on. The South African government moves the aliens to a camp, which over the years becomes a slum. In 2010, Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is a bureaucrat whose job it is to relocate the aliens to a new camp, but in the process, he meets an unusually intelligent alien named Christopher (Jason Cope), who has developed fuel for the mother ship. After coming into contact with the fuel, Wikus begins to transform into an alien, and his only hope is to help Christopher escape in order to find a cure. District 9 moves at a rapid pace, with outstanding visuals and a surprisingly moving, tragic story.
The Hate U Give follows Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a Black teenager who lives in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Garden Heights while attending a largely white private school. Starr juggles the persona she expresses at home with the one she conveys at school. After a party one night, she gets a ride home from childhood friend Khalil (Algee Smith), but a traffic stop by a white policeman ends with the latter shooting Khalil. Mourning her friend, Starr turns to activism, but in speaking out about the issues in her neighborhood, she makes some powerful enemies.
Do you often find that having one Spider-Man just isn’t enough? The 2018 hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse offers you all the Spider-Men, -Women, and -Pigs you could ask for (and then some). The film follows Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) — who fans of the Ultimate Marvel universe will recognize — a teen who gets a bite from a radioactive spider and develops spider-esque superpowers. When Wilson Fisk (Liev Schreiber) uses a an experimental machine to try and move between dimensions, Miles ends up meeting a weary, older version of Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), who agrees to help Miles deal with the universe-collision crisis. They also get some help from an assortment of alternate-universe Spider-Folks, including Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), anime-inspired Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and hard-boiled gumshoe Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage). Into the Spider-Verse is an adventurous, funny superhero movie, one that has no qualms about throwing weird stuff at the audience.