While restrictions across South Florida and America are still in place, it seems like the safest place to be is at home. More and more streaming options are starting to become available across many different platforms. While Netflix used to be the meat and potatoes of our broadband banquet, services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, Apple TV, and Disney+ have all thrown their proverbial hat in the ring, in an all-out attempt to pilfer our time and more importantly, our money. Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the many different choices? Never fear. Grab your popcorn and hand sanitizer, and have a seat (6-feet apart, please), as I guide you through the best streaming options for the month of August.
DISNEY+: Hamilton (2020)
So that’s what all the fuss was about! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s immensely popular Broadway rap-opera about the rise of one America’s Founding Fathers is a towering achievement that demands repeat viewings. This is one of those rare events that does not just surpass the hype, it crushes it.
APPLE TV: Doctor Sleep (2019)
It has been 40 years since Jack Torrance (and Jack Nicholson) terrified us all at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. It was only a matter of time before Stephen King brought us back. Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) as he attempts to come to grips with his hidden talents and confront the evil at the Overlook. Doctor Sleep is a movie to watch with the lights on.
NETFLIX: The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
The ageless Paul Rudd plays Ben, an unlikely caregiver for an 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy named Trevor (Craig Roberts). The Fundamentals of Caring is a wonderfully well-written and well-acted tear jerker about friendship and redemption that juggles its serious tone and laugh-out-loud comedy with aplomb.
HULU: Wild Rose (2018)
Jessie Buckley stars as Rose-Lynn, a mother of two and aspiring country music singer just released from a Glasgow prison. The hot-tempered Rose seems more eager to revive her struggling singing career than be a mother to her children. Wild Rose is a fantastic character study that will assuredly make Jessie Buckley a star. She is phenomenal.
By SCOTT PETERSON