“Fahrenheit 451” (available Saturday on HBO Now, HBO Go): Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) directed this adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel about a future in which books are burned. Michael B. Jordan stars as our intellectually awakened protag. Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella co-star.
“Picnic at Hanging Rock” (available Saturday on Prime): A miniseries adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel (previously made into an unnerving Peter Weir film) is about a group of schoolgirls who go missing while on an outing. Stars Natalie Dormer and Yael Stone.
“Barry” and “Silicon Valley” (HBO Now, HBO Go): The Bill Hader hitman comedy just wrapped up an extraordinary debut season, and the techland satire just capped one of its best seasons in years.
“Winter’s Bone” (Amazon Prime, Hulu): Debra Granik’s exquisite backwoods noir made an overnight star out of Jennifer Lawrence.
“Assault on Precinct 13” and “Assault on Precinct 13” (Showtime): Both John Carpenter’s 1976 masterpiece and its just-fine 2005 remake.
“Manhunt” (Netflix): John Woo returns to his Hong Kong action-thriller roots in this shoot-em-up about a wrongly accused guy trying to clear his name.
“Manhunter” (Hulu, Amazon Prime): Years before Hannibal Lecter became an iconic movie villain in “Silence of the Lambs,” Michael Mann made this “Lambs” prequel about FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) and his pursuit of a serial killer. Later remade as “Red Dragon” and then in NBC’s “Hannibal” series, “Manhunter” remains, for my money, the definitive take on the material, second only to “Lambs” when it comes to Thomas Harris adaptations.
“Dude, Where’s My Car?” (HBO Now, HBO Go): A deeply underrated film.
“Patrick Melrose” (Showtime): Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this limited series adaptation of the caustically funny novels by Edward St. Aubyn.
“The Lost World” (Amazon Prime): What’s maybe most interesting about the “Jurassic Park” sequel is that it marks the beginning of wildly uneven late-period Spielberg. The director had the best year of his career (perhaps the best year of any director’s career) in 1993, directing both “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List,” the latter of which won him his first Oscar. Spielberg’s career ever since seems to be an attempt to recreate that year, alternating historical prestige dramas with slick, effects-driven entertainment. “War of the Worlds” followed by “Munich.” “Tintin” followed by “War Horse.” “The BFG” followed by “The Post.”
“Beatriz at Dinner” (available Saturday on Hulu and Amazon Prime): Salma Hayek plays a holistic medicine practitioner who attends the dinner party of a wealthy client in this class-focused comedy of manners.
“Cargo” (available Friday on Netflix): Martin Freeman stars in this Netflix-original thriller about a father trying to save his daughter from the zombie apocalypse, though he himself is infected.
“Revenge” (available to rent on video-on-demand): And don’t forget this psychedelic grindhouse update of “I Spit on Your Grave,” in which a woman gets vengeance against the men who raped her and left her for dead. For connoisseurs of vomit-inducing movie gore, this is worth seeking out, if only for the film’s already notorious foot scene.