Best new shows and movies to stream this week: Cities of Last Things and more

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 drama that works backward, a mystery set after World War II, and the return of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Cities of Last Things

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Ho Wi Ding’s Cities of Last Things opens with a man throwing himself from the roof of a building, his head splattering on the camera that stares skyward. It’s a gruesome start, and the film quickly establishes that the future in which the film takes place is a bleak one, where loudspeakers constantly remind people not to kill themselves, that every challenge can be conquered. In this drab future lives Zhang Dong Ling (Jack Khao), an ex-cop with violent tendencies, a crumbling marriage, and a strained relationship with his daughter. The film’s three acts dig into Zhang’s life, progressing backward from his grim old age, to his time as a detective, to his childhood and relationship with a local crime boss. It’s a strange trip through a man’s life, with gorgeous cinematography that creates a dreamy vibe.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13

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One of TV’s longest-running, raunchiest sitcoms returns for a 13th season, and even with one of its foundational members taking a backseat, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia remains as inventive and jaw-dropping as ever. With Dennis (Glenn Howerton) having left to be a family man in North Dakota, the rest of The Gang — Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) — are still up to no good, getting into all sorts of cons and hijinks that end in failure, for themselves and everyone around them. Somehow, old age hasn’t managed to take the bite out of Always Sunny.

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Gone Baby Gone

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The movie that established Ben Affleck as a skilled director, modern noir Gone Baby Gone begins with the abduction of a young girl in Boston. As the family pleads with the kidnapper to return her, private eye Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and his partner/lover Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan) take up the case. The mystery will take them into the grimiest corners of Boston, and reveal the darkest aspects of humanity. Gone Baby Gone is a taut thriller, one that moves confidently and keeps the audience on its toes.

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best new shows and movies to stream peterloo

Mike Leigh’s new historical drama tells the story of the 1819 Peterloo massacre. Opening after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the film finds veteran Joseph (David Moorst) returning home to Manchester, a city beset by economic woes. As the years pass and Joseph’s family, like so many others, struggles to make ends meet, the working people of Manchester grow agitated, and the authorities grow paranoid. Peterloo is a carefully-paced drama, with a sprawling cast of talented actors who add even more gravitas to the proceedings.

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Amazon Prime


best new shows and movies to stream phoenix

After World War II ends, singer Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss) gets reconstructive surgery on her face, which had been disfigured by a bullet wound. Sporting a new face, Nelly returns to Berlin looking for her husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), although her friend warns that he may have been the one to sell her out to the Nazis. As Johnny doesn’t recognize Nelly, she pretends to be someone else, and he ropes her into his plan to claim his wife’s inheritance. Phoenix is a slow, somber mystery of the soul, as Nelly tries to figure out whether her husband did betray her.

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Amazon Prime

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