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What to Stream Now: Candyman, Cry Macho, and every new movie available to stream from home

Max Harwood in Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021)

Wondering what to watch on all those streaming services you’ve signed up for? Here are the best new picks for your weekend:

Candyman

DaCosta’s 2021 sequel to Candyman recontextualizes the original film in surprising (and critically divisive) ways, imagining the Candyman as less a singular specter and more of a generational trauma conjured by the sacrifice of black people victimized by systemic violence. While the creative ambitions of DaCosta’s film are admirable, the film itself might leave something to be desired for some viewers. 

Where to watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime VideoApple, and Vudu

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

This coming-of-age musical—an adaptation of the West End stage show—could be the pick-me-up you need after a stressful week (thanks, recall election). Max Harwood makes his screen debut as a British teen who harbors drag queen dreams and has to overcome fear (and his unsupportive dad) to find his place in the spotlight. According to the Los Angeles Times, the sparkly spectacle dulls a little in its last act, but “will still resonate for teenage (and grownup) outsiders while offering a helpful primer in drag for anyone who doesn’t know Trixie Mattel from Trinity the Tuck.” September 17 on Amazon Prime.

Where to watch: Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

Filmmaker Peter W. Kunhardt helms this three-part documentary series about a popular documentary subject, former President Barack Obama. He’s already been the subject of scads of books, docs, and even dramatized films, but Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times says the series “sets itself apart by taking a deeper look at the multitude of issues that surfaced after America finally chose its first Black president.” As Ta-Nehisi Coates says in the trailer, “We deeply underestimated the power of hate.” Now streaming on HBO Max. 

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO

NightBooks

Based on J.A. White’s 2018 horror fantasy children’s book, David Yarovesky’s Nightbooks stars Winslow Fegley as Alex Mosher, a boy from Brooklyn whose talent for telling scary stories attracts the attention of Natacha (Krysten Ritter), a powerful witch who kidnaps young Alex and imprisons him in her magical apartment. Similar to One Thousand and One Nights, Alex is forced to tell a scary story to Natacha every night … or face dire consequences. With no recourse, Alex must join forces with Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), another imprisoned child in order to successfully elude Natacha and find a means of escape. 

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Cooking with Paris

From the sublime to the ridiculous! Early aughts celebutante and The Simple Life star Paris Hilton gives the rich-fish-out-of-water format another go with a cooking show even though she doesn’t have culinary training and isn’t really a home cook either. “Ms. Hilton leans in to her persona as clueless heiress,” Christina Morales writes for the New York Times. “Each episode begins with a trip to the grocery store, where she wears sparkly face masks and outfits more suited to a nightclub than the produce aisle. ‘Excuse me, sir, what do chives look like?’ she asks a worker in one episode. ‘What do I do with it?’” If you can still stomach the schtick, the show has some laughs and fun guests, like Saweetie and Nikki Glaser. Now streaming on Netflix.

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Cry Macho

A gravely voiced Clint Eastwood takes on machismo and cock fighting in this action-drama about a former rodeo star who heads to Mexico to rescue a troubled teen. There’s still plenty of Eastwood wincing and grumbling, but this directorial effort strays from the rest of his filmography. The New York Times‘ A.O. Scott writes, “This one is something different—a deep cut for the die-hards, a hangout movie with nothing much to prove and just enough to say, with a pleasing score and some lovely desert scenery.” September 17 on HBO Max.

Where to watch: In theaters and available to stream on HBO Max

Kate

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) action revenge thriller stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds of Prey) as Kate, a highly skilled assassin who embarks on a 24 hour manhunt to exact vengeance on the conspirators who poisoned her before her own untimely demise. Produced by John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch and featuring cinematography courtesy of Lyle Vincent (A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightThoroughbreds), the film looks like a standard riff off of Leitch’s previous work. At least it’s got a scene of a slick neon pink-lit sports car peeling recklessly in-between oncoming traffic and a set piece inside a bizarrely monochromatic Japanese tea room. 

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

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