Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); }

Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig star in Rian Johnson's Knives Out.

Claire Folger/The Associated Press

Before you turn on your television, iPad or laptop this weekend and drown in movie options, The Globe and Mail’s Barry Hertz presents a handful of streaming bets that are worth your coveted downtime – even though they might make you miss the theatre more than you already do.

Knives Out, Amazon Prime Video If we can, for a moment, pretend that this summer is just like any other, then the season demands that, at least one night a week, we lounge in front of a TV taking in some twisty, nervy, thriller – a film that will give us the sweats as much as the humid air. A top candidate, which just started streaming on Amazon Prime Video on June 12, is Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. There are few pleasures as great as watching Johnson reveal the secrets of his postmodern murder-mystery – although watching star Daniel Craig twist his tongue to sound like he’s delivering monologues dripped in molasses might be up there, too.

Tom Wilkinson and George Clooney in Michael Clayton.

Myles Aronowitz/Warner Bros. via The Associated Press

Michael Clayton, Crave with Starz For one of the world’s biggest movie stars, George Clooney hasn’t been making too many movies lately, preferring to either direct (this fall’s forthcoming The Midnight Sky), work in television (Catch-22), or sip some sweet, sweet Nespresso. (And do loads of charity work, yes.) But for a reminder of Clooney’s sheer on-screen charisma, best to look back at Tony Gilroy’s 2007 legal thriller, which plays even better today than it did then. Following the exploits of the eponymous “fixer,” Michael Clayton underlines just what kind of different rules the rich and powerful play by, all while delivering a sharp-edged story and excellent performances (not only from Clooney, but Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack, too).

Story continues below advertisement

The Invitation, Netflix Director Karyn Kusama’s 2015 low-budget film flew way too far under the radar when it was first released, but now that Netflix has given it a healthy second life, more audiences are discovering its panic-inducing vibes. Following one man’s long night inside the Los Angeles home of a maybe/maybe not cult, The Invitation takes an intriguing premise and runs wild. Its final shot will haunt you.

Vincent Cassel and Viggo Mortensen star in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises.

PETER MOUNTAIN/Handout

Eastern Promises, CBC Gem The Canadian streamer continues to surprise and impress, as it now counts a good amount of the David Cronenberg canon among its free-to-view titles. While a bunch of the icon’s movies could be counted as “thrillers,” none fit the bill so well as this 2007 crime epic, which traces betrayal and backstabbing in London’s Russian mob underground. Regular Cronenberg player Viggo Mortensen is captivating as a hardened hero, and the blood flows as freely as you might expect from Canada’s king of cinematic viscera.

Memento, Kanopy Before Christopher Nolan’s Tenet welcomes audiences back to the big screen on July 17 – if you happen to live in an area where theatres might be open – revisit this acclaimed head-scratcher, the British filmmaker’s breakthrough work. Guy Pearce, who has somehow not gone on to appear in every Nolan film like Michael Caine, stars as an amnesiac puzzling out a murder in backward narrative motion. If you’ve somehow never seen the film before, now is the time, and if you’ve pulled a Memento of your own and have forgotten most of the film’s twists and tricks, well, what else have you got to do on a Saturday night?

Plan your screen time with the weekly What to Watch newsletter. Sign up today.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies