Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week, we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, and more.
Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed or classics that are set 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 via email [email protected]. Looking for even more streaming options? Check out previous editions of our must-have list here.
“The Bob’s Burgers Movie”
After 12 seasons, “Bob’s Burgers” received the cinematic treatment earlier this year, expanding the scope and storytelling ambition of the long-running Fox animated series. When a burst water main creates a huge sinkhole right outside Bob’s Burgers, the restaurant’s hope of a successful summer is in jeopardy. While Bob (H. Jon Benjamin, Worcester native) and Linda (John Roberts) work to keep the restaurant going, it’s up to the kids – Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman, Lexington native) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) – to unravel a mystery that could help save the restaurant.
How to watch: “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” is streaming on Hulu and HBO Max.
“The Bourne Identity”
Ready to feel old? It’s been 20 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) first woke up with two bullets in his back and no memory of who he is or why the CIA is chasing him in ‘The Bourne Identity’. Instead of heading to the cinema this weekend to see Netflix’s Bourne-inspired action flick “The Gray Man” (before it hits the streaming platform July 22), hop over to HBO Max. and enjoy the warm familiarity of Damon’s spy on the run.
How to watch: “The Bourne Identity” is streaming on HBO Max.
“The Beast from the Sea”
While not exactly known for original animated films, Netflix has quietly produced some of the genre’s best this year, with Richard Linklater’s “Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood” and “The Sea Beast “, a maritime adventure. which debuted last weekend. “The Sea Beast” is set in a world where humans view sea monsters as their greatest threat and have spent hundreds of years hunting them. Much like “How to Train Your Dragon,” protagonist Jacob (Karl Urban) quickly discovers that the creatures aren’t the gratuitous killer monsters that most think they are. Also featuring voice work from Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Dan Stevens (“Beauty and the Beast”), “The Sea Beast” will impress adults with its beautiful mix of hand-drawn and CGI visuals and will entertain the children. as well.
How to watch: “The Sea Beast” is streaming on Netflix.
You probably don’t need our recommendation to watch Netflix’s biggest original series of the summer, but we’ll give it anyway. The Duffer Brothers’ latest offering is darker and denser than the forgettable Season 3, splitting into several storylines that find characters leaving the comfort of Hawkins for the first time. Now that the final two episodes of Season 4 have landed on the streaming platform, you can safely binge on the 80s horror fest, although you’ll probably be craving the next Season 5, which will be the last of the show.
How to watch: “Stranger Things” is streaming on Netflix.
“What We Do in the Shadows”
“What We Do in the Shadows” has come a long way since the 2014 mockumentary co-created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”). The basic premise – a group of vampire housemates living on Staten Island – has remained the same, but each year has brought new ways for the show’s fanged protagonists to spread their wings. Season 4, which debuted Tuesday on FX and Hulu, sees the team open up a vampire nightclub and get busy raising the unholy child who burst from “energy vampire” Colin’s chest in the end of season 3.
How to watch: “What We Do in the Shadows” is streaming on Hulu, with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 10 ET on FX.
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