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Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘High Flying Bird,’ ‘White Dragon,’ and more

Will Nicol
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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: Steven Soderbergh shoots another film on an iPhone, Joaquin Phoenix adds another great performance to his résumé, and more.

‘High Flying Bird’

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Steven Soderbergh’s latest film is a beautiful marriage of form and content. High Flying Bird follows sports agent Ray (Andre Holland), who represents a promising young basketball player, Erick (Melvin Gregg), who has yet to start his career due to a league lockout. As the lockout drags on and the players grow restless, Ray concocts a plan to have the players take the game into their own hands, putting pressure on their employers to end the lockout. It’s an intense story about labor relations and employees trying to take control of their own destinies, and Soderbergh filmed it using an iPhone, demonstrating that filmmakers need not rely on the traditional funding and power structures of Hollywood to bring their vision to life. Form and content, woven together.

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‘White Dragon’ season 1

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When Professor Jonah Mulray (John Simm) sees his wife off on her trip to Hong Kong, he doesn’t expect it to be the last time they’ll ever see each other. After she dies in a car accident, Jonah travels to Hong Kong to identify the body. While there, he discovers evidence that his wife may have been murdered and makes an even more shocking discovery: She was married to a man in Hong Kong named David Chen (Anthony Wong). The two men both embark on a quest to find out the truth about their shared wife and her double life by delving into the Hong Kong underworld. White Dragon is a solid noir, built around moving performances by Simm and Chen, whose predicament is certainly a unique one.

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Amazon Prime

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’

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Based on the memoir by cartoonist John Callahan, Gus Van Sant’s biopic Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot follows Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), an alcoholic who gets paralyzed after a car accident. The film tracks Callahan as he goes through recovery, both for his injuries and his alcoholism, with guidance from a charismatic sponsor named Donnie (Jonah Hill). Stumbling through various episodes in Callahan’s life, the film’s center of gravity is Phoenix, who delivers a typically staggering performance.

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Amazon Prime

‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2’

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Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show launched a thousand other programs, all using some quantity of its signature blend: Wry humor, informative segments, and blistering commentary. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is one of the better descendants of The Daily Show, thanks to its focus on doing deep dives into subjects, even ones that may seem frivolous. In its first batch of episodes, the show explored such diverse topics as affirmative action in college admissions, the fast and vicious rise of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, and the frightening popularity of streetwear brand Supreme. Volume 2 brings a fresh batch of subjects, as well as Minhaj’s incisive humor.

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’

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For decades, Fred Rogers taught children across America the joys of caring, friendship, and emotional processing through his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Morgan Neville’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor examines the man behind the show, drawing on interviews with the people who knew him — at work and at home — as well as a treasure trove of archival footage. The film doesn’t reveal any startling secrets about the man of many cardigans; it’s simply a portrait of a soul who believed in the necessity of compassion.

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