Best new shows and movies to stream this week: Vice, Big Little Lies, and more

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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: A Bob Dylan not-quite-documentary, a sci-fi thriller, and more.

Rolling Thunder Revue

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In 1975, afterhaving been one of America’s biggest musical icons for a decade or so, Bob Dylan assembled a squad of talented musicians (including Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell) and other artists (poet Allen Ginsberg among them) for a tour of small venues, and called it the Rolling Thunder Revue. Martin Scorsese’s new film Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story unearths intimate footage from that tour, which combined with recent interviews with the people involved — including the ever-elusive Dylan himself — offers a wild account of exceptional musical talents traveling America during a time of upheaval. It’s a fascinating documentary, especially because some parts of it are fake. The film includes interviews with fictional characters, doctored photos, and more cinematic sleight of hand. It’s a strange project, but an entertaining one, and the actual footage from the tour is incredible, capturing a legend at the height of his talent.

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Netflix

I Am Mother

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Grant Sputore’s sci-fi thriller I Am Mother begins shortly after humanity has been wiped out by some unknown calamity. In an isolated repopulation facility, a robot named Mother (Rose Byrne) oversees the growth of a human embryo, raising the resulting child over years and giving her lessons in ethics. Eventually, the girl, known only as Daughter (Clara Rugaard), become a young adult, curious about the world outside the facility. Mother tells her that the world outside is contaminated, but one day a woman (Hilary Swank) arrives at the facility, claiming that machines like Mother are the actual threat to humanity. Caught between two figures, each hiding secrets, Daughter must discern who and what to believe. I Am Mother is a tight thriller, one with a small but compelling cast of characters.

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Netflix

Los Espookys series premiere

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HBO’s roster of comedies is getting a lot stranger and a lot more bilingual with Los Espookys, a primarily Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror fans who decide to make a business out of their love for the macabre, offering spooky special effects to people in need (such as a coastal town that wants a sea monster to whip up tourism). It’s bizarre, with a great cast of characters and some truly off-kilter jokes that help make one of the most adventurous new shows on television.

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HBO Now

Big Little Lies season 2

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In its first season, Big Little Lies was a hit, a gripping, character-driven drama set in the coastal paradise of Monterey, California. The show follows a group of women — Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), and Renata (Laura Dern) — whose lives at first seem defined by PTA meetings and yuppie gamesmanship. Beneath Monterey’s sunny exterior, however, lurks darkness. The show’s mysteries grew increasingly intense over the first season, and the second finds the characters grappling with the fallout from the first season.

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HBO Now

Vice

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Adam McKay’s follow-up to The Big Short, an acerbic satire about the 2008 financial crisis, Vice is an even angrier comedy that tears into the career and worldview of former Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale). The film traces Cheney’s life from his arrest for a DWI in the early 1960s through his internship in Congress, his work as a staffer for Donal Rumsfeld (Steve Carell) and other political appointments, congressional campaigns, and more, all leading up to his eventual role as the powerful vice president to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell). The film winds its way through the decades of Cheney’s career, exploring not only his rise, but the culture that enabled it. Like The Big Short, Vice plays around with form and narrative structure, often breaking the fourth wall in funny ways.

Watch now on:

Hulu

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