Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘Sick Note,’ 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 through the good and 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: A British comedy, a deadly game of cat and mouse, and more.

‘Killing Eve’ season 1

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It’s a tale as old as time — a charming criminal and a zealous investigator chase one another, with each trying to uncover the other’s identity first. In Killing Eve, the criminal is Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a psychopathic assassin leaving a trail of bodies across Europe. Hunting her is Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence agent whose superiors don’t believe her theory that the assassin is a woman. Eve and Villanelle pursue each other, possessed by mutual obsession. Killing Eve is a fascinating game of cat and mouse, built around a pair of complicated, memorable characters. It helps that the show is developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose previous works (such as Fleabag) are rich in psychological complexity.

Watch now on:

Hulu

‘Sick Note’ seasons 1-2

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Sick Note begins with Daniel (Rupert Grint of the Harry Potter films) having a pretty bad day. His girlfriend wants to break up and kicks him out of their flat, he’s failing at his job, and to cap it all off, his doctor (Nick Frost) has diagnosed him with cancer. That last cloud has a bit of a silver lining, however; after his diagnosis, Daniel’s girlfriend decides they should stay together, his co-workers start treating him like a hero, and his job is suddenly secure. Fate takes another turn when Dr. Glennis informs Daniel that he got the diagnosis wrong — he actually doesn’t have cancer after all. Desperate to keep his good fortune, Daniel convinces Glennis to help him keep up the cancer charade, with the ultimate goal of Glennis “curing” him. Sick Note is a witty comedy, and Grint is excellent as the sleazy slacker Daniel.

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Netflix

‘All the President’s Men’

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One of the greatest political thrillers of all time, All the President’s Men is based on the true story of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, whose investigation into the Watergate scandal led to the downfall of the Nixon administration. The film follows Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Woodward (Robert Redford) as they investigate the story of a burglary at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters. As they delve into the case, the evidence leads them to a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. All the President’s Men is both a tightly scripted thriller and a brilliant portrayal of investigative journalism.

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Amazon Prime

‘Boogie Nights’

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson veered away from a sophomore slump with his second film, Boogie Nights, an epic ensemble piece about a collection of misfits working in the porn industry in the 1970s. The film begins with a long take, the camera waltzing through a colorful nightclub, introducing the audience to each of the major characters, including kitchen worker Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg). Porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) seeks Adams out, having heard rumors that the young man has a … prodigious endowment. Horner recruits Adams to become a porn actor, the latter adopting the name Dirk Diggler. For Dirk and his co-stars, life is one big party, but it isn’t long until the hangover sets in. Boogie Nights is a masterpiece, a film that, despite its salacious subject matter, is concerned with the interior lives of its characters.

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Amazon Prime

‘Inception’

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After his relatively down-to-earth take on Batman (The Dark Knight), Christopher Nolan returned to the realm of the fantastic with Inception, a spellbinding heist film that takes place largely within dreams. The film follows Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), professional thieves who don’t steal physical objects; instead, they use a machine to infiltrate the dreams of their targets, allowing them to journey into their minds and steal secrets. A Japanese businessman named Saito (Ken Watanabe) approaches them with an enticing offer: He will pull the strings necessary to clear Cobb of a murder charge if Cobb will journey into the mind of Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), heir to a rival business, and brainwash him to dissolve his company. To accomplish their goal, Dom and Arthur recruit a team of specialists and prepare to journey deep into Fischer’s mind, where if they aren’t careful, they could lose themselves. Inception is a great heist film, using the mercurial nature of dreams to set up some elaborate and spectacular action sequences.

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HBO Now

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