Tony-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan created this brilliant Showtime series that mixes a delicious stew of Victorian-era monsters, mythology and literary flourishes. Eva Green is a wonder – creepy, funny, entertainingly self-confident – as a monster hunter, her adventures in London in the late 19th century Jekyll and Mr. Hyde “as well as various gunslingers, werewolves and aliens. Those who know the characters and the books they live in will eagerly devour the references and overlap, but even newbies can easily cling to the show’s dark humor, intricate narrative, and copious gore.

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Mainstream audiences who discovered the charismatic Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai through Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” would be well advised to watch this martial arts drama from 2013, one of the actor’s many collaborations with the dazzling one Director Wong Kar-wai. Leung plays Ip Man, master of the South China Kung Fu style known as Wing Chun, who trained a young Bruce Lee. But Wong’s film is less of a biopic than a Lee-style adventure, filled with breathtakingly photographed battle sequences and action set pieces. Netflix is ​​streaming the US version of the film, which is shorter and simplified but less impressive. Still, “The Grandmaster” is an overwhelming experience even in this abbreviated form.

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“Get off my plane!” growled Harrison Ford in this 1997 action extravaganza that is simply “Die Hard” on the President’s plane. Ford plays President James Marshall, who is on his way from Moscow to the White House when a group of terrorists kidnap Air Force One and take his family and employees hostage. But Marshall is a combat vet and decides to back up his “no negotiating with terrorists” rhetoric with action. Director Wolfgang Petersen knows how to direct claustrophobic action (his breakthrough film was “Das Boot”), and Ford is a strong anchor who maintains credibility even in the silly moments of the script. Meanwhile, Gary Oldman has a lot of fun and eats a lot of landscape as the leader of the kidnappers.

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With season two of this supernatural drama migrating from CBS to Paramount +, it’s not too surprising that the first year is leaving Netflix to join it. Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Aasif Mandvi play as three “assessors” for the Roman Catholic Church, almost like a Ghostbusters team for properties that are sent to check the validity of such encounters. But “Evil” isn’t just another “exorcist” rip-off; It has a classic pedigree penned by Robert and Michelle King, the team behind “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight”. It is lifted by its unusually intelligent dialogues and pointed characterizations – and then it delivers the genre goods.

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It’s forgivable to assume that this 2008 family favorite was DreamWorks’ transparent attempt to recreate the success of Shrek: a potentially franchise starter, computer-animated feature film full of pop culture references and all about the personality of a comic book superstar. And these assumptions are not wrong. But “Kung Fu Panda” is fun despite its unmistakable formula, especially because of the unmistakable charisma of its star Jack Black; he is at the same time funny, cuddly, personable and inspiring like a slapstick-prone panda who has to fulfill his destiny as a “dragon warrior”. (The first sequel will also leave Netflix on September 30.)

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