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Though the song is nearly 30 years old, Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” encapsulates the struggle viewers face today. With hundreds of cable channels, dozens of streaming services, and countless on-demand titles, trying to…….
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Though the song is nearly 30 years old, Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” encapsulates the struggle viewers face today. With hundreds of cable channels, dozens of streaming services, and countless on-demand titles, trying to decide what to watch can feel like an endless ordeal.
That’s where we come in. Each month, Boston.com recommends 10 must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, and more.
Many recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed, or classics that are about to depart a streaming service at the end of the month.
Have a new favorite movie or show you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments, or email me at [email protected]. Looking for even more great streaming options? Check out previous editions of our must-see list here.
Tom Hanks and Apple TV+ are back together again, with Hanks playing the last human on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Hanks’ character, an inventor, is slowly dying, so he creates a robotic dog to take care of his real-life canine and keep both of them company until he passes. Hanks is such a consistently great actor that you can forget sometimes how difficult his job really is. Giving a convincing performance opposite a robot and a dog is no easy feat, and Hanks pulls it off with aplomb.
How to watch: “Finch” is streaming on AppleTV+.
The Williams sisters get the biopic treatment — or more specifically, their dad does. Will Smith plays Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis legends Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton). Smith gives a top-notch performance in a better-than-average film, though Venus and Serena’s involvement in the film as executive producers leaves open the question of how objective the film is in its portrayal.
How to watch: “King Richard” is streaming on HBO Max.
Actress Rebecca Hall (“The Town”) produced an impressive directorial and screenwriting debut with “Passing.” The drama follows two Black women who grew up together. After losing touch, they reconnect by chance in a shop, where Irene (Tessa Thompson, “Creed”) discovers that Clare (Ruth Negga, “Loving”) is living as a white woman. Both leads give Oscar-worthy performances, resisting easy characterization as the audience learns more about their divergent life decisions.
How to watch: “Passing” is streaming on Netflix.