Denmark’s criminal underbelly, a murder investigation led by Edgar Allan Poe and the imagination of a beloved, bespectacled mystery solver are just a few of the stories you can see on streaming this week. As always, there’s plenty to choose from, so scroll and stream as you please.
What to watch on Netflix
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn dips his toe in the television pool again with his new Danish-language series, Copenhagen Cowboy. After being held captive for much of her life as a good luck charm for people, a young woman searches for answers and revenge in the Copenhagen subway. While it may sound like your typical action fare, this noir thriller blends the supernatural and the natural, the beautiful and the brutal. Of course, just like in previous hits like Ride and The neon demonRefn paints the whole thing with bright, saturated colors, transforming a seedy criminal underworld into something fantastic. Copenhagen Cowboy premieres Thursday, January 5e.
The light blue eye
In this new mystery thriller-slash-Gothic horror, Christian Bale plays a veteran detective who teams up with Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling) to investigate a series of murders at the United States Military Academy. The light blue eye takes place when Poe was just a student at West Point, rather than a master of the macabre, but the young man already has quite an eye for mystery – especially when his fellow students are involved. The supporting cast includes Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones and Timothy Spall. The light blue eye premieres on streaming Friday, January 6e.
What to watch on Hulu
A psychological drama about a midlife crisis that got out of hand, True things follows Ruth Wilson’s Kate as she breaks through her office boredom with the help of an enigmatic new man she can’t help but fall for (Tom Burke). Kate works at a benefits agency and her lack of enthusiasm for her job puts her at odds with her boss and her friends; she is hopelessly bored and quite lonely, until a blonde-haired man fresh out of prison goes over his benefits with her. Sex, lies and textbook toxicity ensue. True things will be available to stream from Sunday, January 8e.
What to watch on Amazon Prime
Perhaps a more contemporary version of the first season of AMC’s historical horror series, The terror, The rig asks what happens when Mother Nature gets tired of us humans exploiting her. This new show takes place on an oil rig in the North Sea, where a return to the mainland is postponed indefinitely after a mysterious fog blows in, cutting the crew off from the rest of the world. Tensions rise and those on the platform begin to turn on each other – but is this cabin fever, or has the crew unleashed something sinister and supernatural from the depths? The rig premieres on Friday, January 6e.
What to watch on HBO Max
Support the girls
A movie set in a sports bar adjoining Hooters hardly seems like a great source of female empowerment, but Support the girls is, in fact, a sly feminist film. Regina Hall stars as Lisa, the manager of the oh-so-tastefully named Double Whammies, trying to manage a particularly chaotic day: a would-be robber gets stuck in the restaurant vents, a charity car wash to help an employee becomes one of the younger waitresses (Haley Lu Richardson) reveals she has been dating an older regular customer, and the cable goes out. Haven’t we all been there? Support the girls became available on streaming earlier this month.
Mindy Kaling’s television empire continues to grow. have made the Mindy Project, Never have I ever and The sex life of college girlsshe now ventures into the world of adult animation with Velma, both executive producer and the voice of the bespectacled member of Mystery Inc. The series is one Scooby-Doo kind of prequel, in which Fred is a murder suspect, Shaggy is Scooby-less, and Daphne has complicated feelings for Velma. It’s a shake-up with a voice cast that includes Sam Richardson, Constance Wu, and Glenn Howerton. Velma premieres on Thursday, January 12e.
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