Best new shows and movies to stream this week: Castle Rock season 2

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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: Jenny Slate hits the stand-up stage, Castle Rock returns with a new story and more.

Jenny Slate: Stage Fright

Comedian Jenny Slate has a nervous energy that’s apparent from the get-go in her Netflix stand-up special Stage Fright, which finds her flitting from subject to subject (the first ten minutes feature jokes about barre classes, flirting with the audience, and the surreal thought that people are skeletons covered in flesh). Despite the title, Slate commands the stage with confidence. The special is interspersed with documentary clips of Slate hanging out with her family and reflecting on her youth, which gives the whole thing a personal feel.

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The third installment in M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy of superhero movies (following Unbreakable and Split), Glass begins with David Dunn (Bruce Willis), the superhuman vigilante from Unbreakable, pursuing The Horde (James McAvoy), the villain with multiple personalities from Split. After a battle, the two are captured by the police and imprisoned in an institute for the mentally ill, where Dunn’s nemesis Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is also being held. A psychiatrist named Dr. Staple (Sarah Paulson) wants to convince the men that their superpowers are merely delusions, but Glass is determined to demonstrate otherwise.

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Castle Rock season 2 premiere

The Stephen King remix series Castle Rock returns for its second season, and while it takes place in the same eponymous town, it follows a new set of characters embroiled in a new plot. The show’s focus this season is on Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan), a nurse traveling across the country with her daughter and her dark secrets, who eventually ends up in Castle Rock, a town with secrets of its own. Season 2 expands the show’s scope to the nearby town of Jerusalem’s Lot, but while the show draws inspiration from the King novels Salem’s Lot and Misery, it takes some wild new approaches to the material.

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Mrs. Fletcher premiere

Based on a Tom Perotta novel, this series follows Eve Fletcher (Kathryn Hahn) who, with her marriage over and her son Brendan (Jackson White) leaving for college, has time to reflect on her life and explore her sexuality, even starting an affair with one of her son’s classmates. Meanwhile, Brendan goes through some emotional and sexual exploration of his own. Mrs. Fletcher is a tale of middle-class ennui, built around a great performance by Hahn.

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Modern Love season 1

Adapted from the New York Times relationship column of the same name, Modern Love is an anthology series about romance, with each episode telling a different story of people dating. In one, a bipolar woman (Anne Hathaway) struggles with starting a relationship while dealing with her mercurial sense of identity. In another, a journalist (Catherine Keener) asks a dating app founder if he’s ever been in love, prompting him to tell his story. With a diverse and talented cast exploring a variety of distinct scenarios, Modern Love is a charming romantic series.

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