Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage and “The Wicker Man” are now streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go.


“Triumph’s Election Special 2016” (Hulu): Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog is the offensively hilarious political satirist America needs right now. Honestly, this is the best and most incisive election coverage I’ve seen since this whole ugly thing started.

“Vinyl” (HBO Now and HBO Go): A ’70s New York City-set music business drama created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter and starring Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Juno Temple. Which sounds promising. The series focuses on Cannavale’s record exec, who’s working all the angles in a rapidly changing music scene.

“Dope” (Netflix): An underseen 2015 gem about a smart geek living in a tough L.A. neighborhood who mistakenly takes a bag of drugs and gets caught up in perilous misadventure.

“The Wicker Man” (HBO Now and HBO Go): Not the original but the one with Nic Cage and the mask of bees. “Not the bees!”

“Jennifer 8” (Netflix): As far as ’90s serial killer movies go, this one — starring Andy Garcia as a cop and Uma Thurman as a blind woman whom he’s trying to protect from a psychopath — ain’t bad. The definitive hierarchy of ’90s serial killer movies, in case you were wondering: “Seven” > “Silence of the Lambs” > “Kalifornia” > “Natural Born Killers” > “Jennifer 8” > “Copycat” > “The Bone Collector” > “Kiss the Girls” > “Clay Pigeons” > “Sliver.”

“The Americans” (Amazon Prime): Season 3 of one of the best shows on television.

“The Newsroom” (Amazon Prime): Season 3 of a show that was on television.

“Men in Black” (Amazon Prime): Seriously, though, where did Linda Fiorentino go? (After some research, I discovered that she is now working as a photographer. Her movie work has dried up — she’s been in one film in the past 10 years, and it was seven years ago.) Anyway, she’s really good in “Men in Black.”

“School Ties” (Hulu): Before they were Batman, Robin, Bourne and George of the Jungle, Ben Affleck, Chris O’Donnell, Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser starred in this ehh-not-half-bad drama about a student hiding his Jewish identity at a racist prep school in the ’50s.

“Blood Simple” (Hulu): Now that you’ve (a) fallen in love with or (b) were utterly baffled by the Coen brothers’ latest, you should revisit their great debut, a clockwork thriller that runs on the fuel of dark humor, cruel irony and a missing lighter.

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