Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Dark Tourist,’ ‘Sharp Objects,’ and more  7/21/2018 5:00:57 PM  8  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:

‘Dark Tourist’
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New Zealand journalist David Farrier made 2016’s Tickled, one of the weirdest documentaries in years — it began with an investigation into the seedy world of “competitive tickling” and ended up in even stranger places. Now, Farrier is back with a new series on Netflix called Dark Tourist, which promises all the strangeness of Tickled but in an episodic format. Dark Tourist is essentially a travel show, following Farrier as he journeys to various events and locations that are too obscure or dangerous for most people to seek out. Among Farrier’s destinations are a haunted forest, a tour of irradiated areas around Fukushima, even a ghost town on the island of Cyprus that’s been cordoned off by the Turkish military. It’s a wild show, a constant reminder of just how vast and strange the world is.

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‘Better Things’ season 2
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Pamela Adlon’s Better Things was a superb addition to the rapidly growing field of vaguely dark, dramatic comedies when it premiered in 2016. An unflinching look at the struggles of being a working mother, it was refreshingly honest about how parenthood isn’t always the wonderful experience it’s made out to be. Season 2 builds on the first, following Sam Fox (Adlon), an actress raising her three daughters in L.A. while she tries to maintain her career. Sam’s daughters vary in age, and as they work through their youthful problems, Sam grapples with their seeming lack of appreciation for the things she provides for them. This all may sound bleak, but Better Things is a funny show, with writing that is witty and often laced with venom.

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‘Sharp Objects’
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Based on a novel by Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl), Sharp Objects is a disturbing Southern Gothic tale, following a woman who returns home to the small town she grew up in to confront the past that still haunts her. The protagonist is Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a crime reporter with a history of substance abuse and self-harm. Preaker comes home to Wind Gap, Missouri, to report on the story of a missing girl, whose disappearance may be related to an earlier murder. She must also confront her family: Her mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson), a wealthy socialite who reigns over the town, and her half-sister, Amma (Eliza Scanlen), a problem child who puts on a sweet facade. Set in a town built on slaughter, one that hides secrets in every dark corner, Sharp Objects is a grotesque look at the corruption that can infect a community and the people in it.

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‘A Very English Scandal’
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This British miniseries, based on a book of the same name, draws on the real-life political scandal surrounding Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party in 1970s Britain. The story as the series presents it is that Thorpe took a young male lover named Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw) in the ’60s, and as their secret affair began to threaten Thorpe’s political career, he conspired to put a hit on Scott, an assassination attempt that collapses with all the chaos of a Coen brothers plot. A Very English Scandal tells a sensational story, but it manages to achieve pathos, too, thanks to a script that emphasizes the human qualities of Thorpe and Scott, as well as the excellent performances from its two leads.

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Amazon Prime

‘Embrace of the Serpent’
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Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent is an adventure film that moves with the grace of a jaguar, slowly guiding its characters along the path toward their fates. The film glides along two timelines. In the Amazon in 1909, a German scientist named Theo von Martius (Jan Bijvoet) and his companion, Manduca (Yauenkü Migue), come to the shaman Karamakate (Nilbio Torres), last of his tribe. Theo is ill, and the only thing that can save him is a plant known as yakruna, which Karamakate reluctantly agrees to help them find. Years later, as World War II rages, an American botanist named Evan (Brionne Davis) seeks out the aged Karamakate (Antonio Bolívar), hoping to find the yakruna himself. The film weaves these two stories together, creating a mesmerizing odyssey that spans decades.

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