Best new shows and movies to stream: Deadpool 2, The Umbrella Academy, 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: Superheroes, a controversial true crime story, and more.

‘The Umbrella Academy’ season 1

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If you haven’t had your fill of superheroes yet, Netflix has a new, quirkier take on the genre with The Umbrella Academy, based on the comic series by writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá. The series begins on a day when women around the world suddenly give birth despite not having been pregnant. A wealthy man named Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven of the children, who display abnormal powers, and raises them to be superheroes. Flash-forward years later, and the now adult superheroes have gone their separate ways, reuniting for Hargreeves’ funeral. When their long-lost sibling Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) appears, having jumped into the future many years earlier, he reveals that the end of the world is nigh, and the Umbrella Academy must reform to fight the threat.

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‘The Dragon Prince season 2

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Netflix’s fantasy series The Dragon Prince returns for a second season. In its first outing, the show set up a world divided in two, with one half occupied by elves and other inherently magical creatures and the other home to humans who developed dark magic by sapping the energy from magical beings. After humans kill the Dragon King, who guarded the barrier between the realms, the elves respond by assassinating the human king, Harrow. Harrow’s sons, Callum (Jack De Sena) and Ezran (Sasha Rojen), along with their unlikely ally, the elfin assassin Rayla (Paula Burrows), managed to save the last of the Dragon King’s eggs in season 1. The new season finds them escorting the newly hatched dragon prince and evading the agents of the dark mage Viren (Jason Simpson).

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‘PEN15’ season 1

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Don’t let this show’s puerile title scare you off. PEN15 is a surprisingly poignant comedy about growing up. The show focuses on two 13-year-old friends, Maya (Maya Erskine) and Anna (Anna Konkle), who are sailing the choppy waters of middle school. They lust after boys, fight with their parents, and scramble to climb the social ladder. The show is remarkably honest about how callous and self-serving kids can be; the characters are rampaging ids, sabotaging themselves and others. Erskine and Konkle, despite being adults, manage to perfectly embody the awkward energy of their characters.

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If you were alive in that distant era known as the ’90s, you may remember the infamous case of Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt. Alleging that her husband had long abused and sexually assaulted her, Lorena chopped off his penis one night, tossing it in a field as she drove off. The ensuing trial was a national spectacle, and although Lorena was found not guilty due to insanity, she ended up a figure of ridicule. Now, decades later, as issues of domestic violence are more prevalent in the public discourse, the documentary series Lorena revisits the case, offering a more sympathetic ear to her side of the story. It’s a fascinating tale about not just domestic violence, but also the disturbing nature of the media circus.

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‘Deadpool 2’

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Who’s that wisecracking superhero in the red costume, swinging from rooftops and saving the world? No, it’s not Spider-Man — it’s Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking assassin with a heart of gold. Deadpool 2 begins with the antihero working as an assassin, but when he botches a job, his target comes back for revenge, killing Deadpool’s girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). After blowing himself to pieces in sadness, Deadpool finds himself reassembled by the X-Men. He soon winds up protecting a troubled young mutant named Firefist from Cable (Josh Brolin), a cyborg from the future who wants to kill the boy before he grows up to become a killer. Deadpool 2 is a stylish, funny superhero film, with plenty of humor targeting the genre itself.

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