E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (Netflix): A film that has resulted in more ugly crying than any other.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Amazon Prime):The one about the baby that is an old man.
“Road House” (Hulu): The one in which Patrick Swayze became Earth’s coolest, toughest human.
“The Dark Knight” (HBO Now, HBO Go): The one about Batman.
“Titanic” (Netflix): The one about a boat.
“About a Boy” (HBO Now, HBO Go): The one about a boy.
“The Void” (available Thursday on Netflix): This 2017 horror movie is an ’80s John Carpenter homage, and it is one of the most deeeeeesgusting movies there has ever been. Superb practical gore effects.
“Loving” (HBO Now, HBO Go): Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are perfect in Jeff Nichols’ understated telling of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving — a white man and black woman living in Virginia whose marriage sparked a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court, culminating in an historic decision. Because of Loving v. Virginia, all U.S. laws banning interracial marriage were overturned in 1967.
“20th Century Women” (Amazon Prime): Annette Bening plays Dorothea, an eccentric and mildly bohemian single mother living in 1979 Santa Barbara, California. Her teenage son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), is on the brink of a rebellious phase, and the 55-year-old Dorothea feels ill-equipped to raise him on her own. So she enlists help from her surrogate family, composed of the strays who infrequently pay rent to live in her big old house: wayward artist Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and sweet doof William (Billy Crudup). It’s a slight movie, but also breezy and charming.
“Gangs of New York” (Amazon Prime): Scorsese’s messy, bloated and still pretty awesome old-timey action epic features the most frightening screen iteration of Daniel Day-Lewis. Which is saying something.
“Okja” (Netflix): This new sci-fi fantasy horror movie children’s film capitalism satire from director Bong Joon Ho is the best movie of 2017 so far. It’s about a girl and her genetically modified super-pig who are torn apart by dark corporate forces (represented by Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal).
“Neruda” (Netflix): A drama starring Gael García Bernal in which an inspector hunts down a Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet in the 1940s.
“The Blob” (Hulu): This 1988 remake is one of the unsung horror classics of that decade, thanks to its inventive (and really gross) gore effects and a better-than-average script (penned by Frank Darabont, writer-director of “The Shawshank Redemption”). If you know of a better movie in which Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Art LaFleur, Jeffrey DeMunn, Bill Moseley and Frank Collison try to survive a human-eating alien which grows with each new meal, I am all ears.
“iZombie” (Netflix): The freshly finished Season 3 of the brainy CW show is now on Netflix.
“Cutthroat Island” (Amazon Prime): This 1995 boondoggle of a blockbuster tried to make pirate movies cool again with the star power of Geena Davis and Matthew Modine, and shockingly (Shock.Ing.Ly) it came up short. Eight years later, Johnny Depp would make movie pirates cool again. Years later, movie pirates made Johnny Depp insufferable.
“Kingpin” (Amazon Prime, Hulu): The Farrelly brothers’ bowling comedy is one of the funniest movies ever made. Its name can and should be uttered in the same breath as “Dr. Strangelove,” “Step Brothers,” “In the Loop” and “The Big Lebowski.”
“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” (available Saturday on HBO Now, HBO Go): The Lonely Island guys’ criminally underrated lampooning of the music industry stars Andy Samberg as a spoiled-brat Bieber type. Features a solid cameo-song by Emma Stone. Also gives Seal one of his finest moments.