SCREEN CRUSADES: WEEKLY STREAMING GUIDE 8.18.23
Shudder unleashes a new bloody horror flick while Cocaine Bear and The Pope’s Exorcist hit streaming this week
‘Bad Things’ (Shudder)
In the latest original from horror streaming service Shudder, a hotel trip for a weekend getaway might not turn out as this group of friends thought it would.
‘Cocaine Bear’ (Prime Video)
Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.
‘Solar Opposites (Season 4)’ (Hulu)
A team of four aliens escape their exploding home world only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome.
‘The Chosen One’ (Netflix)
Imagine for a moment… You’re 12 years old and one day you discover that you possess the same powers as Jesus Christ. Meet Jodie, a kid who finds himself in awe as he starts to develop incredible and divine abilities. Will he rise to answer the divine call?
‘The Pope’s Exorcist’ (Netflix)
Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
‘Elizabeth Harvest’ (Shudder)
A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea — until you unleash the wrong spirits. Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz star in this sci-fi skin-crawler.
‘Unseen’ (Prime Video)
Two women form an unlikely connection when Sam, a gas station clerk, receives a misdialed call from Emily, who is running from her murderous ex-boyfriend in the woods. Having lost her glasses in her escape, Emily must rely on Sam’s eyes using the video call in order to survive.
‘The Monkey King’ (Netflix)
A monkey and his magical fighting stick team up on an epic quest, battling demons, dragons, gods and the greatest adversary of all: Monkey’s own ego!
‘Sick of Myself’ (Paramount+)
Signe and Thomas are in an unhealthy, competitive relationship, which takes an evil turn when Thomas suddenly breaks through as a contemporary artist. Signe makes an effort to regain her status by creating a person who can attract sympathy.
‘Miguel Wants to Fight’ (Hulu)
A coming of age comedy about a 17-year-old in who asks his three best friends to help him get in his first fight ever before he moves to a new city.
CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:
‘Warrior (Season 3)’ (Max)
Struggling under the pressure of an increased police presence, the Hop Wei search for a new lucrative way to survive. Meanwhile, as Leary grows frustrated with his limitations on the city council, the Long Zii gain powerful new connections. All episodes are now streaming.
‘What We Do in the Shadows (Season 5)’ (Hulu)
What We Do in the Shadows, based on the feature film by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, documents the nightly exploits of vampire roommates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) as they navigate the modern world of Staten Island with the help of their human familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), and their vampire bureaucrat acquaintance, The Guide (Kristen Schaal). The first seven episodes are now streaming.
‘Foundation (Season 2)’ (Apple TV+)
More than a century after the Season 1 finale, tension mounts throughout the galaxy. As the Cleons unravel, a vengeful queen plots to destroy Empire from within. Hari, Gaal, and Salvor discover a colony of Mentalics with special abilities that threaten to alter psychohistory itself. Meanwhile, the Foundation and Empire are on a collision course for war with the fate of humanity in the balance. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘The Afterparty (Season 2)’ (Apple TV+)
Each episode of The Afterparty explores a different character’s account of one fateful evening, all told through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective. In season two, a wedding is ruined when the groom is murdered and every guest is a suspect. Detective Danner (Haddish) returns to help Aniq (Sam Richardson) and Zoë (Zoe Chao) solve whodunnit by questioning family members, star-crossed lovers and business partners, and hearing each suspect’s retelling of the weekend, each with their own unique perspective and visual style. The first seven episodes are now streaming.
‘Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (Season 2)’ (Hulu)
The final conflict between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies begins as Ywach and his army invade the Soul Society once more. Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends race to complete their training with the Royal Guard in time to help before their allies are overwhelmed. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Justified: City Primeval’ (Hulu)
Raylan Givens left the hollers of Kentucky and is balancing life as a U.S. Marshal with being a part-time father. A chance encounter sends him to Detroit and on a collision course with a violent sociopath and a formidable defense attorney. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘Special Ops: Lioness’ (Paramount+)
Special Ops: Lioness, inspired by an actual US Military program, follows the life of Joe (Zoe Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Nicole Kidman) and Byron Westfield (Michael Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (Laysla De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11. The first five episodes are now streaming.
‘Futurama (Season 11)’ (Hulu)
Fry risks permanent insanity when he attempts to binge-watch every TV show ever made. Amy and Kif’s children emerge from an alien swamp. Bender and the crew head west to join the bitcoin mining rush. That’s right, Futurama is back – again. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Praise Petey’ (Hulu)
Petey, a New York City “it” girl, has it all until her life comes crashing down around her, but she gets a new lease on life when she “leans into” modernizing her father’s small-town cult. All episodes are now streaming.
‘Reservation Dogs (Season 3)’ (Hulu)
From Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs is a half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers from rural Oklahoma. This season, the Rez Dogs find themselves stranded in Cali and have to figure out their way back home. Season three is full of road trips, bathroom wisdom, unexpected fathers, boarding schools, Bigfoot, rumors, revenge and healing. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Physical (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)
Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne), a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband’s bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image… that is, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Only Murders in the Building (Season 3)’ (Hulu)
Charles, Oliver & Mabel investigate a murder behind the scenes at a Broadway show. Starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd & Meryl Streep. The first three episodes are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Behind Your Touch’, ‘Paddington’, ‘Ancient Aliens (Season 15)’, ‘Ballers’, ‘Eye of the Storm’, ‘Untold: Hall of Shame’, ‘At Home with the Furys’, ‘Boy Erased’, ‘Depp v. Heard’
Hulu – ‘America’s National Parks’, ‘The Intruder’, ‘Thoroughbreds’, ‘Four Samosas’, ‘The Friendship Game’, ‘War of the Worlds: The Attack’
Shudder – ‘A Dark Song’, ‘America Latina’, ‘Sea Fever’
Max – ‘Scent of Time’, ‘Avatar’
Prime Video – ‘Of an Age’, ‘Harlan Coben’s Shelter’
Paramount+ – ‘Reinventing Elvis: The ‘68 Comeback’, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘War of the Worlds’, ‘Mercy’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Untold: Swamp Kings’, ‘Sausage Party’, ‘The Big Short’, ‘The Devil Judge’, ‘Ragnarok (Season 3)’, ‘Who Is Erin Carter?’, ‘Killer Book Club’, ‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’
Hulu – ‘To Catch a Killer’, ‘Amsterdam’, ‘Primal Survivor’, ‘The Intern’, ‘Trap Jazz’, ‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline’, ‘Transfusion’
Max – ‘BS High’
Prime Video – ‘The Black Demon’, ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’, ‘Red’
Paramount+ – ‘Sabotage’, ‘Bringing Out the Dead’, ‘Machete’, ‘Coneheads’, ‘Organ Trail’
Disney+ – ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka’, ‘Cinderella (4K)’, ‘Explorer: Lost in the Arctic’Apple TV+ – ‘’Invasion (Season 2)’, ‘Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn’