Movies Update: Streaming Recommendations and More

Plus, Martin Scorsese directs a Netflix series.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

It’s a bit of a slow first week in the movie world, but plenty of new options still await. Noel Murray gives a rundown of the best movies and shows to look for this month on streaming services. On Netflix, Martin Scorsese has directed a series called “Pretend It’s a City” that takes a stroll around New York with the humorist Fran Lebowitz. (Read an interview with the two.)

Looking for a killer-bear movie that features George Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen? “Grizzly II: Revenge” may be your thing. Then again, maybe not: Filmed in the early 1980s, the picture is just getting a release. Jeannette Catsoulis calls it “too inept to qualify as camp or cult.”

Other options this week include the art-lovers documentary “My Rembrandt,” an adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s book “The Reason I Jump” and the friendship drama “If Not Now, When?” Enjoy the movies.




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Critic’s Notebook

Listen to Rudolph: A New Year Is Both a Comfort and a Fiction

A 1976 TV movie that imagined years as people is a helpful reminder that a new page on the calendar is an arbitrary creation.

By Maya Phillips

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The Force (and a Lenient Disney) Is With ‘Star Wars’ Fan Filmmakers

Whether as tribute or corrective, these movies have proliferated in recent years in part because the studio’s trilogy has inspired strong reactions.

By Ian Prasad Philbrick

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Marvel’s Latest Frontier? In ‘WandaVision,’ It’s the Suburbs

Marvel’s first series for Disney+ is part drama, part homage to vintage sitcoms, following the misfit heroes played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany to some weird places.

By Dave Itzkoff

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Drew Barrymore Is Keeping It Clean

When you’ve acted, directed, written, produced, married, divorced, mothered and sold lipstick, what do you do next in America? Host a talk show, of course.

By Abby Ellin

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