Best new shows and movies to stream: Mid90s, BlacKkKlansman, 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 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: Mid90s, BlacKkKlansman, and more.

Mid90s

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Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is a stylish period piece about a young kid trying to find a sense of belonging in Los Angeles circa the mid-1990s. The film follows Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a 13-year-old boy who lives with his single mother, Dabney (Katherine Waterston), and his older brother, Ian (Lucas Hedges). Stevie admires his brother, even though Ian frequently beats him up, and longing for male camaraderie, Stevie seeks out a group of local skaters who don’t give a damn about society’s rules. Rolling with the hellions, Stevie embraces drugs, alcohol, and the pain of falling off his board. Hill filmed Mid90s in Academy ratio (4:3), which gives the film a nostalgic quality that fits its themes, and while the film has its rough edges (to be expected of a director’s first film), it’s a promising debut.

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Amazon Prime

Someone Great

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New Yorker Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) is on the verge of a major life change when she gets her dream job in San Francisco, but her boyfriend, Nate (Lakeith Stanfield), isn’t ready to leave NYC and breaks up with her. Depressed and preparing to move, Jenny calls her friends, Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise), to help her move on via a night of partying and shenanigans. In many ways, Someone Great is a by-the-numbers friendship comedy, but Rodriguez’s performance and the film’s focus on the pain of a breakup give it a unique angle.

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Netflix

I, Daniel Blake

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Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake is a righteous polemic that attacks the cold-hearted economic system of the United Kingdom and the Byzantine administration that props it up. The eponymous character is Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), a carpenter who is recovering from a heart attack and can’t work, per his doctor’s orders. In order to qualify for welfare, he undergoes a work capability assessment, and the government deems him fit to work without even consulting his doctor. While wading through a labyrinth of regulations to mount an appeal, Daniel meets a single mother named Katie (Hayley Squires), herself out of work and trying to feed her family, and they strike up a friendship. I, Daniel Blake doesn’t look away from the banal cruelty and routine humiliations of austerity.

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Netflix

Blade

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Long before the X-Men or Iron Man suited up for the big screen, a lesser-known Marvel hero made a blockbuster appearance in 1998’s Blade. The film follows Blade (Wesley Snipes), a vampire hunter whose mother was bitten by a vampire while she was pregnant. As a result, Blade has superhuman powers, which he uses to hunt vampires, who lurk in the shadows of society, occasionally breaking their code of secrecy to hold raves where they spray blood from the fire sprinklers. An impetuous vampire named Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) is tired of living in the background, and wants vampires to conquer humanity; it’s up to Blade to stop him. Blade is a sleek action movie, with outrageous fight scenes that don’t skimp on the gore.

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Amazon Prime

BlacKkKlansman

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Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is an absurd historical farce that takes aim at racism in America. Based on historical events, the film takes place in 1970s Colorado, where Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) has been hired as the first Black police officer in Colorado Springs. Initially confined to a desk job, Stallworth gets a shot at more exciting work when he is sent to infiltrate a civil rights rally. Stallworth’s undercover career gets wilder when he phones the local Ku Klux Klan chapter and, pretending to be a white man on the phone, arranges to join them. Being that Stallworth is very clearly Black, this poses a problem, so he recruits fellow officer Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to pose as him and get close to KKK leader David Duke (Topher Grace). BlacKkKlansman is a spirited comedy, built around fantastic performances from Washington, Driver, and Grace, but it doesn’t lose sight of the disturbing subject matter at its core.

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HBO Now

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