5 Movies and TV Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

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The best of new streaming on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus and more.

Mahershala Ali as GH and Julia Roberts as Amanda in Leave the World Behind. Jojo Wheeldon/Netflix

Welcome to Boston.com weekly streaming guide. Each week we recommend five must-see movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO MaxPeacock, Paramount+, etc.

Many recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that are about to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.

Got a new favorite movie or show you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments or email [email protected]. Looking for more great streaming options? Check out our previous releases must watch list here.

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blackberry

As I prepare to publish a list of my favorite movies of 2023 — and I encourage you to weigh in on your best movies, too — I keep coming back to “BlackBerry,” Matt Johnson’s low-budget origin story about the mobile device that was wiped from the face of the planet from the iPhone in the mid-2000s. It probably won’t make the top 10, but for my money, “BlackBerry” beats out “Air,” “Tetris” and the numerous other successful nostalgia business movies of yesteryear. After being fired from his job, slimy businessman Jim Balsillie (Glenn Howerton, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) latches onto shy engineer Mike Lazaridis (Jay Baruchel, This Is The End), who has the technical know-how to put email, internet and phone on one device. Baruchel is great at playing regular people, but it’s Howerton who really shines, taking the angry freaky energy he uses in small doses on “Always Sunny” and turning it up to 11.

How to watch: “BlackBerry” airs on AMC+ and is available to rent on various streaming platforms.

“Leave the world behind”

Roughly four years after the world’s first case of COVID-19, there has been a growing wave of films that have been — in one way or another — inspired by the crippling, globe-stopping pandemic. Add another to the list with “Leave the World Behind,” Netflix’s slick disaster movie that puts some of your favorite stars in the middle of a global tech blackout. “Leave the World Behind” opens with a couple played by Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke enjoying a vacation in a Long Island rental with their two children. The family doesn’t even mind that their TV or phones have stopped working – though they are slightly worried when a giant cargo ship crashes ashore. The real problem comes when a man (Mahershala Ali) and his daughter (Myha’la) show up at their door, claiming to own the home and seeking refuge in a world that has already begun to tear itself apart. The film’s highlights include director Sam Esmail’s inventive cinematography and watching Roberts — who enjoyed more than a decade as America’s Sweetheart — play a shockingly cruel character.

How to watch: Leave the World Behind is streaming on Netflix.

“Mr. Monk’s Last Case: The Monk Movie”

Yes, the entertainment landscape is currently saturated with reboots, remakes, and reunions. But sometimes seeing an old friend isn’t such a bad thing, as is the case in The Last Case of Mr. Monk, a feature film that reunites Tony Shaloub with the rest of the cast of the quirky American procedural Monk. More than 14 years after the series finale, Detective Adrian Monk – known for his OCD, anxiety and germaphobia – has not adjusted to the pandemic, spending much of his time holed up at home with Molly, his late wife’s daughter. Nevertheless, when Molly’s fiancé dies under mysterious circumstances, Monk comes out of his shell to reassemble his case-solving team for one final mystery. Shalhoub remains perfectly cast as Monk, and it’s a real joy to see character actors like Ted Levine and Hector Elizondo once again chewing the scenery.

How to watch: “Mr. Monk’s Last Case: The Monk Movie” airs on Peacock.

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“The Artful Trickster”

What do you get when you cross Charles Dickens with the dry desert air of Australia? The joking answer would be something like ‘Copperfield Dundee’. The real answer is “The Artful Dodger,” a new Hulu and Disney Plus series that, for reasons that are not entirely clear, takes a pair of characters from Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” and sets them in 1850s Australia. The skilled Trickster (real name Jack Dawkins) graduated from the life of pickpockets and street urchins and became a surgeon in the Port Victory colony. But when his old friend Fagin shows up, Jack’s criminal past threatens to become his present and future. The most redeeming quality of “The Artful Dodger” is undoubtedly David Thewlis (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) as the talkative Fagin, who has never met a target he couldn’t deceive.

How to watch: “The Artful Dodger” is streaming on Hulu and Disney+.

“Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage, and Payback”

In cooperation with The Boston Globe (which published a series of articles this week), HBO released a three-part documentary series that revisits the 1989 murder of Carol Stewart, the suicide of her husband Charles, and the rush to judgment after Charles implicated a black man in the murder. Directed by Jason Hehir (of ESPN’s Michael Jordan docu-series The Last Dance), Murder in Boston revisits both the initial response to the case and the cultural legacy it created — as well as the historical conditions that made Boston so racist segregated. For those who lived through Stewart’s murder, Murder in Boston dispels many of the truisms that quickly surfaced after Stewart’s suicide. For those who weren’t alive when the killing happened, it’s a sobering history lesson.

How to watch: “Murder In Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning” airs on Max.

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