"Us" is a solid, almost old-fashioned thriller. What it isn't, notably, is a movie that matches the sky-high expectations raised by writer-director Jordan Peele's first film, "Get Out," wildly enthusiastic festival buzz and its slick marketing campaign.
"The Act" offers the second dramatization of the ill-fated relationship between Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard in two months, and it's easily the better of the two. Yet while this Hulu limited series captures the unsettling con game played by the mother, be forewarned that replicating these events can be as off-putting as the actual characters.
The NCAA basketball tournament leading into the new baseball season is arguably among the best few weeks on the sports calendar. But the kickoff to March Madness and opening day also coincide with three documentaries highlighting different aspects of sports' darker side, especially in its impact beyond the court and field.
Anyone who thinks Theranos is the villain in the next Avengers movie really needs to watch "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley," in which Alex Gibney does for Elizabeth Holmes and her biotech firm what he did for Enron -- namely, expose and eviscerate them.
Comedy and crippling grief might seem like strange bedfellows, but Ricky Gervais mostly makes the odd juxtaposition work in "After Life," a melancholy series that continues the writer-director-star's relationship with Netflix.
The hunt for another true-crime sensation has been pretty unrelenting since "Making a Murderer," but HBO cheats a bit with "The Case Against Adnan Syed," essentially a sequel to "Serial," the hugely popular 2014 audio documentary.
The dying teen/young-adult romance is such a familiar Hollywood genre that websites can devote lists to it. So "Five Feet Apart" -- an earnest story about two teens afflicted with cystic fibrosis -- must be viewed within that context, which offers a solid showcase for its young leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, while laboring to flesh out a complete movie.
Netflix wants to change how you watch movies. Steven Spielberg wants to preserve the theatrical experience. Those two points of view are clashing, with Netflix pushing back against a plan that Spielberg reportedly has to create rules that could block the streaming giant from future Oscars contention.