The best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Lost in Space,’ ‘Andre the Giant,’ 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 through the good and 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 classic show gets a fresh coat of paint, and a legend of wrestling gets a loving tribute.

‘Lost in Space’ season 1
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Netflix’s latest big-budget adventure is a reboot of the classic 1960s sci-fi series Lost in Space, which took the core premise of The Swiss Family Robinson — a family ends up shipwrecked on a remote island — and took it to the cosmos. The new show follows a group of space colonists who crash on an uncharted planet. The core characters are the Robinsons: Father and soldier John (Toby Stephens), mother and engineer Maureen (Molly Parker), and their children — Judy (Taylor Russell), Penny (Mina Sundwall), and Will (Maxwell Jenkins) — all of whom are talented in their own ways. The crew also includes roguish smuggler Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) and Dr. Smith (Parker Posey), a psychologist cloaked in mystery. The new Lost in Space isn’t different from other big sci-fi spectacles of recent years, and it lacks the campy charm of the classic series, but its focus on creating a cast of distinct characters elevates the material.

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Netflix

‘Mortal Kombat’
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Is 1995’s Mortal Kombat a great movie? Not by any critical rubric. But it is certainly a fun one, a martial arts movie with goofy costumes, memorably cheesy dialogue, and plenty of scenery-chewing from its cast. Based on the video game of the same name, Mortal Kombat follows a group of fighters — Shaolin monk Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Hollywood action star Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), and Special Forces officer Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson) — assembling at the request of Raiden (Christopher Lambert), god of thunder and protector of Earth. Raiden has a mission for them: Go to the island of the sorcerer Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), where they must fight in the tournament called Mortal Kombat. If Earth’s representative’s lose, the evil forces of Outworld will invade and conquer humanity. Once again, Mortal Kombat’s not really a good movie, but it’s an amusingly silly romp, and the main theme is, to use the parlance of our times, a banger.

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Netflix

‘Preacher’ season 2
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AMC’s Preacher is one of the stranger shows on television right now, an adaptation of a comic series about an alcoholic preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) who, after being possessed by a supernatural being, gains the power to command others to do anything he says. Season 2 finds Jesse and two companions, his criminal girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an anarchic Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), on a journey to find God, who has vanished from Heaven. Along the way, they encounter a cavalcade of bizarre, grotesque characters, and try to evade the Saint of Killers, an unstoppable killer pursuing them. Juggling the sacred and the profane, beautiful cinematography and pulpy violence, Preacher is a truly singular experience.

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Hulu

‘André the Giant’
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HBO’s new documentary examines the life of André René Roussimoff, known professionally as André the Giant, a colossus of a man who became one of the most iconic wrestlers in the world, but died young at the age of 46. The documentary brings in the people who knew André in his heyday — including wrestling icons like Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon, and Ric Flair. They look back wistfully at a man who was known for his immense generosity, as well as his ability to outdrink a bar full of sailors, a habit, they say, that was aimed at dulling the pain he lived with. Stylistically, there’s nothing remarkable about André the Giant, but its subject, and the passion his friends and colleagues still have for him, is awe-inspiring.

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HBO Now

‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’ series premiere
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The late night comedy/news show genre is awfully crowded these days, but that isn’t stopping Wyatt Cena (formerly of The Daily Show) from throwing his hat into the ring with Problem Areas, a new show on HBO that casts off a lot of the trappings of late-night — monologues and such — in favor of something more stripped down and earnest. The show will blend studio segments with documentary work to explore issues that aren’t always in the spotlight, with Cenac bringing along his world-weary but funny insights.

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HBO Now