Best new shows and movies to stream this week: Neon Genesis Evangelion 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 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: Netflix secures an all-time-great anime, and more.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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One of the greatest anime of all time is finally available on Netflix. The magnum opus of Hideaki Anno, who drew on his experiences with depression, Neon Genesis Evangelion takes a familiar anime premise — teens must pilot mech suits to fight giant monsters — and reimagines it through a horrifying lens, examining the insecurities of its teenage protagonists and the toll their battles take on their mental health. Set years after an event called the Second Impact devastated humanity, Evangelion follows Shinji Ikari, whose distant father Gendo runs the top-secret organization Nerv. The organization wants Shinji to pilot an Evangelion, a massive, biomechanical suit that is humanity’s only weapon against the Angels, massive, otherworldly creatures threatening to wipe out what remains of mankind. As Shinji and fellow pilots Rei and Asuka battle the angels, they confront their own emotional traumas and struggle with the weight of the world. Evangelion is an amazing series, with complex, memorable characters and truly brutal action scenes.

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Netflix

Dark season 2

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In its first season, German sci-fi series Dark was one of the weirdest, wildest sci-fi series in years, and season 2 is primed to be even stranger. Set in the secluded German town of Winden, the show follows a cast of characters from around the town whose lives are shaped by Winden’s history of children disappearing. As the various townsfolk investigate Winden’s dark secrets, they stumble into a reality-bending mystery. Dark is a fascinating sci-fi thriller, one best seen knowing as little as possible.

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Netflix

The Edge of Democracy

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Petra Costa’s new documentary The Edge of Democracy offers a vivid, first-person account of Brazil’s teetering democracy. The film opens on the arrest of Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as part of an investigation into corruption. Although Lula was an incredibly popular politician during his time in office, his successor, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached, and two years later Lula was arrested and tried as part of Operation Car Wash. The scandals and economic struggles leave Brazil angry, divided, and leaning back toward the attitudes of its former military dictatorship. As Costa says in her narration, she and Brazilian democracy are roughly the same age, and she explains the events with a resigned sadness.

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Netflix

The Good Shepherd

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Directed by Robert de Niro, The Good Shepherd is a dramatic spy thriller about the birth and rise of the Central Intelligence Agency. The film follows Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), a Yale graduate who ends up working with the FBI and later the Office of Strategic Intelligence. Following World War II, Wilson aids in the formation of the CIA, taking part in the agencies efforts to outmaneuver Soviet spies. Given the bloody nature of Edward’s job, however, it alienates him from his wife Margaret (Angelina Jolie), son Edward Jr. (Eddie Redmayne), and maybe even from his humanity. With a focus on character and some excellent imagery throughout, The Good Shepherd is a tense spy thriller.

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Hulu

The Old Man & the Gun

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For professional thief Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), retirement simply isn’t an option. Having escaped from prison, the old man can’t resist the urge to rob another bank. His life takes a turn when he stops to help a woman named Jewel (Sissy Spacek) with car trouble. The two go out for lunch, get to know each other, and soon Tucker finds himself wanting to help her pay off the mortgage on her ranch. Tucker plans a series of heists to get the money he needs, but his antics draw the attention of Detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), a relentless investigator eager to catch the country’s greatest thief. The Old Man & the Gun is a genteel character study, one that offers Redford a chance for a spectacular late-career performance.

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HBO Now

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