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Best new shows and movies to stream: Free Solo, Catastrophe season 4, and more

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: An Oscar-winning documentary, an all-star cast plans a heist, and more.

Free Solo

Best new shows and movies to stream: Free Solo, Catastrophe season 4, and more

Mere minutes into Free Solo, vertigo sets in. The documentary follows Alex Honnold, a rock climber famous for free solo climbs (no rope, no harnesses, no assistance), as he prepares for his greatest challenge: A free solo climb of El Capitan, the granite colossus of Yosemite National Park. Watching Honnold climb, his chalk-dusted fingers sinking over so slightly into a crack, the vast forest below waiting to swallow him, is enough to make a viewer sweat. Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, working with a crew of climbers, capture Honnold’s climbing from incredible vantage points, with the camera swooping gracefully like a hawk. Free Solo is a gripping story of one man pushing himself beyond his limits, physically and mentally, and the most stressful experience an acrophobe can have while watching a documentary.

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Hulu

Triple Frontier

Best new shows and movies to stream: Free Solo, Catastrophe season 4, and more

Netflix’s latest prestige project boasts an impressive roster of talent: Director J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, Margin Call), screenwriter Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), and a cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund (Hedlund might not have the same prestige, but still). Triple Frontier begins with a simple premise: Five American veterans, who are struggling with economic hardship after their service, decide to steal a South American drug kingpin’s hoard of cash. As in most heist films, the plan goes awry. Triple Frontier may not make the heist movie hall of fame, but expertly crafted action scenes and a strong cast make it a good weekend watch.

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Netflix

Colette

Best new shows and movies to stream: Free Solo, Catastrophe season 4, and more

Wash Westmoreland’s Colette is a biopic about Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a French author whose novels and libertine lifestyle made her a celebrity in France around the start of the 20th century. The story focuses on Colette (Keira Knightley) in her younger years, when she marries an author named Henry Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West), better known by his pen name, Willy. Willy is more icon than author, however, employing ghostwriters to create his works, and he convinces Colette to write a novel based on her youth. The novel is a success, but published under Willy’s name, and as the couple moves through high society, Willy’s domineering nature and Colette’s newfound confidence lead to conflict.

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Amazon Prime

Catastrophe season 4

Best new shows and movies to stream: Free Solo, Catastrophe season 4, and more

Catastrophe is one of the best depictions of the complexities of parenthood and marriage on television, and also one of the funniest. The series begins with Irishwoman Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and American businessman Rob (Rob Delaney) having a fling while the latter is in London for work. When Sharon finds out she is pregnant, Rob decides to move to London and the two get married. Between their personal neuroses and the stresses of parenting and maintaining careers, their marriage has its ups and downs. Both Horgan and Delaney are skilled performers, skipping nimbly between comedy and genuine drama, and the show’s writing is witty. Season 4 is slated to be the final season of Catastrophe, and it appears the show will go out on a high note.

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Amazon Prime

Arrested Development season 5B

Best new shows and movies to stream: Free Solo, Catastrophe season 4, and more

The Bluths are back for the second half of Arrested Development’s fifth season, picking up where the last batch of episodes left off. The oddball sitcom follows the Bluth family, an aristocratic clan of nitwits and egotists who sabotage themselves and each other as they try to scheme their way back into good fortune. The show’s rapid-fire dialogue, distinct characters, and running gags made it a cult classic in the early aughts, and season 5 shows that the Arrested Development recipe still works. Its scathing satire of the rich and famous feels even more timely in 2019, as the show weaves together plot threads involving a populist political campaign and a real estate scheme on the American-Mexican border.

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Netflix

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