Best new shows and movies to stream this week: The Favourite, Euphoria season 1

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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 the good from 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: Two brothers in the Wild West, teens in trouble, and a twisted tale of courtly politics.

The Sisters Brothers

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Brothers Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are bounty hunters in the Wild West, carrying out their assignments no matter who they must kill in the process. When a mysterious client hires them to hunt down a chemist named Hermann Warm (Riz Ahmed), the brothers end up in conflict not only with Warm, but with John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal), a private detective who takes a liking to Warm’s utopian ideals. The Sisters Brothers is a heavily character-focused Western, taking time to let its characters interact and reveal their personalities. It’s a sharp movie, directed with confidence by Jacques Audiard.

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Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj volume 4

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Hassan Minhaj is back to shed light on a new set of issues in the latest season of Patriot Act. In each episode of the show, Minhaj dives into a specific topic, explaining issues such as Brazil’s increasing destruction of the Amazon, corruption in the world of cricket, and the callous labor practices of the video game industry. Minhaj balances the informative aspects of reporting with snappy stand-up tailored to millennial audiences.

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GLOW season 3

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The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back for a third season, and they’re more successful than ever, putting on a recurring show at a Las Vegas casino and partying nonstop in Sin City. The show follows the cast and creative team of an all-women wrestling league in the ‘80s, focusing in particular on struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), her ex-friend Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), and the league’s cantankerous director, Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). The show is as much about the struggles its characters have behind the scenes as it is about flashy wrestling, although there is plenty of the latter to be had.

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Euphoria season 1

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Teens have problems, especially in the world of TV shows, and on the spectrum of teenage TV drama (1 being the quirky antics of Saved by the Bell, 10 being the orgiastic nightmare of Skins), the kids of Euphoria rate at least a 9. The show, which stirred up a bit of controversy over its frequent sexual content, follows a group of high schoolers growing up in an age of overbearing technology and institutional decay. The show’s protagonist is Rue (Zendaya), a depressed, drug-addicted young woman who opens the show with a monologue about the horrors of being born. Rue and her peers — including friend Lexi (Maude Apatow), troubled jock, Nate (Jacob Elordi), and new kid in town Jules (Hunter Schafer) — stumble through a world of drugs, sex, and violence. Euphoria is often over-the-top — and its depiction of teenage life is at odds with the boring reality — but it has a playful quality to it, as well; the show frequently takes some format-breaking diversions, such as when Rue becomes a hard-boiled detective as she tries to figure out if two of her classmates are in a relationship.

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The Favourite

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Despite her kingdom’s ongoing war with France, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), sickly and distraught over the deaths of her children, has little interest in affairs of state. Her dear friend and close adviser, Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), handles politics in her stead. When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives at the palace seeking work, the former offers her work as a maid. While Sarah is busy tending to the war effort, Abigail grows close to the queen, and the two cousins begin to fight for her attention. The Favourite is a wonderful blend of thriller and black comedy, with smart dialogue and great performances from its three leads.

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