STREAM ON: The Best Movies and TV to Watch This Weekend

Stream On, the weekly newsletter from Consequence that attempts to help you answer that eternally confounding question: What films and TV shows should you be watching?

We’re looking at all the new and recent releases scattered across Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, Paramount+, Peacock, Max and more for recommendation ideas — not to mention a Blast From the Past and customized recommendations for one lucky Stream On reader!

– Liz Shannon Miller, Senior Entertainment Editor
Scoop (Film)
Directed by: Philip Martin
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, Billie Piper, Keeley Hawes, Connor Swindells, Romola Garai, Charity Wakefield
Streaming on: Netflix
Anderson! Piper! Hawes! Garai! NBD, just four of my all-time favorite TV actresses in the same damn movie together. Four of them! On that basis alone, Scoop would be an easy recommend. Yet it’s also a really compelling dramatization of the events surrounding Prince Andrew’s disastrous 2020 interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. If you spent even an hour this spring to trying to figure out what the hell was going on with the British royal family, you’ll find it engrossing. Also, on a spiritual level it’s hard not to feel like this is, in a sense, The Crown Season 7… In fact, Girls5eva Season 3 maybe predicted it.
Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show (TV) Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show (TV) Directed by: Ari Katcher
Cast: Jerrod Carmichael
Streaming on: Max
As always, I do my best to only mention things in this newsletter that you can watch immediately, which is why I waited to mention this new docu-series from the exceptionally talented Jerrod Carmichael until now. (It premiered last Friday night; by Saturday morning, two episodes will be available.) It’s a hard show to explain on some level, yet it’s nonetheless fascinating to watch Carmichael, having recently come out as a gay man, explore the impact that that’s had on his friends, his family, and his partner.

Loot Season 2 (TV) Loot Season 2 (TV) Created by: Alan Yang & Matt Hubbard
Cast: Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Ron Funches, Nat Faxon, Meagen Fay, Stephanie Styles
Streaming on: Apple TV+
Apple TV+ has two big shows premiering this week, but i’m waiting a few weeks to recommend Colin Farrell playing P.I. in Sugar. (I have a good reason why, trust me.) In the meantime, this week I can yell some more about how much I enjoy Maya Rudolph getting a whole dang show of her own to flaunt her comedy gifts… as well as how the writers use Loot as a way to talk about what having a ridiculous amount of money actually does to a person. More comedy should have this much to say, and say it this amusingly.
She Came to Me (Film) She Came to Me (Film) Directed by: Rebecca Miller
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James, Anne Hathaway
Streaming on:  Hulu
Cannot stress enough how many great movies there are on Hulu right now! Every time I open the app, it feels like there’s something else I want to mention — this time, I’m going to spotlight a great little movie that debuted last fall theatrically, but I hope can find some real legs now that it’s streaming. Rebecca Miller writes and directs this lovely look at the creative process that also has an objectively wonderful logline: Peter Dinklage is a struggling composer of operas whose life is transformed after he meets Marisa Tomei, who is a tugboat captain. Also, he’s married to Anne Hathaway. It’s a light and strange film that happens to feature an original song by Bruce Springsteen. Because why not.
Blast From the Past
The home screens of streaming services are always packed with the latest new releases, but we don’t spend enough time appreciating how much good library content is streaming across all of these platforms.
Each week, Stream On will spotlight one less-than-new favorite (must pre-date the founding of Consequence, so 15 years or older) that deserves attention from modern-day eyes. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) The Talented Mr. Ripley (Film) Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport, James Rebhorn, Sergio Rubini, Philip Baker Hall
Streaming on: Paramount+
Calling out Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed adaptation, featuring Matt Damon as the titular con artist, is also a sneaky way of mentioning that Netflix just premiered Ripley, a gorgeously made limited series with Andrew Scott as the titular con artist. Both have their strong points, it’s not a competition… Okay, while Andrew Scott is arguably a better Tom Ripley, Jude Law is without question a superior Dickie Greenleaf to Johnny Flynn. Point is, if you want to indulge in some dastardly deeds on the beautiful Italian coast, you have options! Both Ripleys are worth your attention, though Minghella’s take moves a little faster (being a movie and all).