Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week, we recommend five must-see movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO MaxPeacock, Paramount+ and more.
Many recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that will launch a streaming service at the end of the month.
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The release of The Marvels in November marked a turning point for the MCU. After the glut of Marvel movies and TV shows released over the past two decades, box office returns have slowed, and with “The Marvels,” Disney experienced its first certified flop. (The Nia DaCosta film was the lowest-grossing MCU film ever, earning $206 million worldwide on a rumored $275 million budget.) That said, if you’re in the mood for superhero fun, The Marvels it’s a pretty good movie. A rift in the fabric of time-space has entangled the powers of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), so much so that the slightest use of their abilities causes them to switch places . If you were a fan of the Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel,” Vellani and her Indian-American family bring a great fish-out-of-water energy to the proceedings.
How to watch: “The Marvels” is streaming on Disney+.
With Valentine’s Day landing on a Wednesday this year, there are many couples out there who are celebrating a few days early. Those looking to spark a little romance this weekend should check out Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, which unbelievably turns 20 this year. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, this time-jumping narrative follows a couple’s new love as told by an old man in a nursing home. Whether you subscribe to Hulu or Max, you can get teary-eyed at the power of enduring love.
How to watch: “The Notebook” is streaming on Hulu and Max.
“Orion and the Darkness”
It sounds like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch: Charlie Kaufman, the writer-director famous for darkly comic and deeply weird projects like “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” makes his first. family-friendly film, an animated tale of a clinically anxious child who meets the anthropomorphized concept of Darkness. Not only is Orion and the Darkness true, but it’s a lot of fun and not nearly as terrifying as Kaufman’s other works to date. When Orion (Jacob Tremblay) meets Dark (Paul Walter Hauser) in his room, the movie goes from “Monsters Inc.” in “A Christmas Carol,” as Dark forces Orion to spend a day with him so he can see that he and his associates—Sweet Dreams, Insomnia, and Unexplained Noises—aren’t so bad after all.
How to watch: “Orion and the Dark” is streaming on Netflix.
“Fuel Your Enthusiasm”
When you add up the nine seasons of “Seinfeld” and the 12 seasons of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the world has been subjected to the nihilistic, heavy-handed humor of Larry David for 35 years. To put things in perspective, when “Curb” premiered on HBO in October 2000, Bill Clinton was president. And yet, David’s consummate protagonist has shown no signs of personal growth or mellowed even a little, as evidenced by his latest unprovoked attack on Elmo on live television. The final season of “Curb” brings more of David’s trademark overlapping plots, fueled by misunderstandings and petty protests against societal norms. Some of the more “current” humor doesn’t quite come through, but when Susie Essman, an all-time great singer, yells at Larry for spoiling Wordle, you’ll feel right at home.
How to watch: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is streaming on Max, with new episodes airing Sundays on HBO.
If you’re bothered by biopics that play fast and loose with the truth, then Netflix’s new limited series “Griselda” isn’t for you. Narcos showrunners Eric Newman and Andrés Baiz take massive creative liberties as they tell the story of drug kingpin Griselda Blanco (Sofia Vergara), creating a sinister narrative that couldn’t be further from Blanco’s real-life exploits . Facts aside, Vergara gives a fantastic performance as the coldly calculating drug lord, showing a range she never got to explore over 11 seasons of “Modern Family.”
How to watch: “Griselda” is streaming on Netflix.