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5 Movies and TV Shows You Must Watch Right Now: October 21-27, 2022

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The best of what’s new on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus and more.

Lorna Woods in the movie “Descendant”. Contributed/Courtesy of Netflix

Welcome to MyCrush.Live weekly streaming guide. Each week we recommend five must-see movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Maxand more.

Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that will be leaving the streaming service at the end of the month.

Got a new favorite movie or show you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments or by email [email protected] Looking for even more great streaming options? Check out our previous releases must-see list here.

Movies

“Army of Darkness” (1992)

In a perfect world, each of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” films would be available at the click of a remote control so viewers could witness the evolution of the horror maestro’s low-budget but highly impressive practical effects wizardry. Instead, fans will have to settle for the third film in the series, 1992’s “Army of Darkness,” the dumbest entry in the series up to that point. A chainsaw-and-quote hero, Ash Williams is actually sent back to the Middle Ages, where King Arthur’s men see his cartoonish swagger as a threat, and he’s suddenly enslaved. One thing leads to another, and Ash once again unwittingly awakens an army of undead beasts using the Necronomicon. Being unashamedly silly while still holding a handful of scares is no small feat, but Raimi makes it look easy. Hail the king, baby.

How to watch: “Army of Darkness” airs on Peacock.

“Descendant”

A powerful new documentary from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, “Descendant” follows members of the Alabama community known as Africatown whose ancestors were brought to America aboard the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to smuggle slaves into the states shortly before the Civil War in 1860. (Congress banned the importation of slaves in 1807.) After the remains of the ship are found in 2019, director Margaret Brown turns the lens on the descendants, as they digest the monumental truth about their upbringing and whether the course of their lives was predetermined by this injustice. After a standing ovation at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival this summer, “Descendant” begins streaming this Friday on Netflix.

How to watch: “Descendant” is streaming on Netflix.

“Poltergeist”

Amid an incredible string of box office successes, Steven Spielberg often co-wrote or produced films that he gave to director friends still looking for their big break, like Joe Dante (“Gremlins”) and Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future.”) Originally Conceived as a horror sequel to Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Spielberg was too busy directing “ET” to helm “Poltergeist,” but he still co-wrote the suspenseful ghost story while “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” directed Tobe Hooper stood behind the camera. While “Poltergeist,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer, is significantly creepier than most of Spielberg’s filmography, you can still feel the director’s personal touch in the script if you know where to look. (Pro tip: The only place you shouldn’t be looking is the TV.)

How to watch: “Poltergeist” airs on HBO Max.

TV

“Dragon House”

If you were one of the people who turned off HBO’s fantasy epic “House of the Dragon” earlier in the season because of the excessive time jumps and lack of likable character, now is the time to come back. Episodes 8 and 9 of “HotD” were full of intrigue and promise, with the driving question that drives the season — who will sit on the Iron Throne? — he finally answered, at least temporarily. As a bonus, you’ll be able to read MyCrush.Live staff’s instant reactions to the finale early Monday morning, so now’s the time to catch up.

How to watch: “House of the Dragon” airs on HBO Max. The season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max.

“Inside Amy Schumer”

More than six years after the season 4 finale of “Inside Amy Schumer” aired on Comedy Central, the comic returns with an all-too-brief 5-episode season airing exclusively on Paramount+. By the time “Inside Amy” went on hiatus in late 2016, Schumer felt dangerously close to overexposure, though her stand-up specials and romantic comedy “Trainwreck” continued to draw rave reviews. Meanwhile, Schumer got married (to an acclaimed chef from Massachusetts), had a child, and added even more life experiences to her resume that was just waiting to be emptied.

How to watch: “Inside Amy Schumer” is streaming on Paramount+.

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