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Best movies and TV shows streaming this week
Here’s a look at what’s arriving in movie theaters, on TV and streaming services this week, including the director Joel Coen’s adaptation of “The Tragedy of MacBeth,” starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Also premiering this week: A new “Scream” movie and the DC Comics universe spinoff TV series “Peacemaker.”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
In Joel Coen’s first film without his brother, Ethan, he directs the stark, expressionist “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. The film, which begins streaming Friday on Apple TV+, is shot in black-and-white and dense with atmosphere. And with two leads in their 60s, it gives a new dimension to Shakespeare’s portrait of ambition and destiny.
John Cena reprises his “The Suicide Squad” role in the DC universe spin-off series “Peacemaker.” No surprise to fans of the John Gunn movie, but there’s lots of violence, vulgarity and, yes, comedy. The cast includes Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) as newly introduced character Leota Adebayo; Freddie Stroma as Vigilante; Jennifer Holland as Harcourt, and Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith. The eight-episode series, written and largely directed by Gunn, debuts with three episodes this week on HBO Max, with the rest out on consecutive Thursdays.
The fifth “Scream” movie hits theaters Friday, arriving 25 years after the first film in the franchise brought the slasher subgenre back to its feet. If you’re a “Scream” fan, this film’s release is an event, one that should be honored with a streaming movie marathon of the previous installments. They’re entertaining and all available to rent for a $3.99 rental fee on all major digital platforms. Wes Craven directed all four of the “Scream” movies before his death in 2015, while writer Kevin Williamson penned all but one of the scripts. Each film remains consistent in tone and style, highly self-aware slasher flicks that comment on the specific nuances of the media zeitgeist of the day. Plus, in heroine Sidney Prescott and knife-wielding slasher, Ghostface, it’s a Final Girl/Murderer matchup to rival the legendary Laurie Strode/Michael Myers pairing of the “Halloween” franchise. Neve Campbell is back for the theatrical release as Prescott, along with Courteney Cox as dogged reporter Gale Weathers, and David Arquette as the long-suffering Deputy Dewey Riley. Taking over for Craven and Williamson are the team behind the 2019 horror hit, “Ready or Not,” directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, as well as co-writer Guy Busick, who teams up with “Zodiac” screenwriter James Vanderbilt for the new “Scream” script.
“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania”
The “Hotel Transylvania” franchise is now a decade old and its fourth installment, “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, ” is to be its last entry. Once planned by Sony Pictures to open in theaters, it will instead debut Friday on Amazon Prime. With a voice cast including Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn and Jim Gaffigan, “Transformania” flips the franchise upside down when a “Monsterfication Ray” goes haywire, turning monsters into humans.
All of the big streaming platforms have fascinating new movies and shows out on streaming this weekend, so let’s highlight one from each! Dive deeper into the world of social media stars through the new Netlfix-original series Hype House; you will not believe that there is more to learn about these people than what they already share with the would via TikTok. Over on Amazon Prime Video, George Clooney is directing a new drama film, The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan. Hulu is teaching an amazing history lesson this weekend through ABC’s new historical drama series, The Women of the Movement. Last, but certainly not least, is the season 2 premiere of the hit HBO Max series, Euphoria. We have been waiting for this one for a while, and the dark teen drama is ready to pay off! Curious to find out more? Check out the rest of the hit titles new on streaming this weekend below:
Best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO, and more.
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The BroadwayHD streaming service has a new and eclectic January slate of stage productions, musical films and documentaries. “The Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert,” taped in London in 2010 and available now, stars Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Lea Salonga as Fantine and Nick Jonas as Marius. Fans of Robert Morse on “Mad Men” should check out his performance as ambitious young J. Pierpoint Finch in the 1967 screen version of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the Frank Loesser musical that a few years earlier had earned Morse a Tony. The film is out now on the service, with a 1980 stage revival of “Camelot” starring Richard Harris also arriving this week.