Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99,’ ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Streaming entertainment is bigger than ever, and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort through the good and the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, and other services.

On the list this week: Aubrey Plaza is going to California, and Vince Vaughn punches a car.

‘Ingrid Goes West’

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Matt Spicer’s debut feature Ingrid Goes West is a dark satire of Instagram culture, centered on an outstanding, manic performance by Aubrey Plaza. The film follows Ingrid (Plaza), a lonely woman prone to one-sided friendships. After the death of her mother, Ingrid develops a fixation on social media superstar Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), and moves out to Los Angeles to meet Taylor and slide into her life. What follows is a friendship built on sunshine, avocado toast, and lies, but while Ingrid may be an unhinged stalker, the film maintains a humorous tone. Social media is a world of smoke and mirrors, and Ingrid Goes West finds plenty of laughs in the vapid, consumerist lifestyles of its characters.

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‘In a Valley of Violence’

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Ti West made a name for himself as a director of creepy, retro-style horror films, but after the disappointing found footage outing The Sacrament, he jumped genres with In a Valley of Violence, a campy Western that occasionally veers into the ridiculous. The film follows a wandering gunslinger named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog, Abbie, who ride one day into the small town of Denton. As is customary in Westerns, the locals — specifically a cocky deputy named Gilly Martin (James Ransone) — take issue with the stranger. After tensions escalate to violence, Gilly and his gang learn the hard way that Paul is not the type of drifter you want to mess with. True to its name, In a Valley of Violence gets bloody, but despite the violence, it never loses its sense of humor.

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‘Revolutionary Road’

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An adaptation of the classic novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is a crushing examination of the American dream. Beginning in 1948, the film follows Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet), who marry and settle down in a suburban neighborhood in Connecticut. Frank gets a sales job, April pursues an acting career, and the two have a child. Their life is everything a couple in the ’50s could want, but as they fail to advance in their careers, falling into monotony, their marriage begins to crack. Revolutionary Road is a stately drama, with careful composition from director Sam Mendes and detailed, subtle performances from the two leads.

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Amazon Prime

‘Three Kings’

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With the Gulf War drawing to a close, U.S. soldiers like Major Archie Gates (George Clooney) are partying in the desert, awaiting their chance to go home. After Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) and Private Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) find a map hidden on the person of an Iraqi officer, Gates becomes convinced that it is a map to the location of gold bullion that Saddam Hussein stole from Kuwait. Gates, Barlow, Vig, and Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) set out to find the gold, stumbling into a conflict between Iraqi dissidents and Saddam’s army. Three Kings is a quickly paced film, leaping confidently from action scenes to moments of cynical comedy. It’s also deeply invested in examining the bloodshed and political hypocrisies of war.

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‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 begins with Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) having a very bad day. His boss lays him off, and he returns to his house to discover that his wife, Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter), is having an affair. An ex-boxer, Bradley takes out his anger on her car, punching pieces off of it before trying to patch things up with her. Bradley is a complicated character, a man with a moral compass yet capable of brutal violence, and his complexity makes the film all the more compelling as it follows his slide into a life of crime. For those who like their action films to have an artistic flair, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a thrilling film.

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Amazon Prime

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