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My streaming picks: 15 great things to watch this weekend

My streaming picks: 15 great things to watch this weekend
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The one thing everyone has trouble with is trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and all the other streaming sites out there. That's why every week, I put together a list of the titles you don't want to miss.

But there are so many new things to watch being released this weekend that even I wasn't sure where to start. I've gone through the lists of new releases for each streaming site and hand-picked what I think you'll enjoy.

This week, there are eight, yes eight, new originals from Netflix and Amazon Prime that you don't want to miss. This includes a new series from Marvel, as well as a pair of eye-opening documentaries. There are also tons of older movies that are great to watch again and again.

Without further ado, here are our picks for your weekend viewing pleasure.

Marvel's Luke Cage

Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Frankie Faison

Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: "Given super strength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire."

Why you'll love it: If you're a fan of other Marvel movies, including Netflix other originals "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones," you'll love this new character and look into the Netflix/Marvel world. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes are raving, saying it could be the "best example of the genre" to date.

Where to stream it: Netflix

Crisis in Six Scenes

Starring: Woody Allen, Miley Cyrus, Elaine May

Rated: TV-PG

Synopsis: "This is a comedy that takes place in the 1960s during turbulent times in the United States and a middle-class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down."

Why you'll love it: Beginning streaming on September 30, the new series, written and directed by Woody Allen has been described as having a familiar tone, as Woody is back to what he does best after a long TV hiatus.

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime

Longmire: Season 5 ­

Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman

Rated: TV-NR

Synopsis: "Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit."

Why you'll love it: This modern western has been hailed as a sturdy show "like a reliable car" that leaves no plot point unturned. There's a reason this show is a fan favorite.

Where to stream it: Netflix, Amazon Video

Audrie & Daisy

Starring: Daisy Coleman, Jim Fall, Delaney Henderson

Rated: TV-14

Synopsis: "A look at the effects that online bullying has on the lives of teenagers and their community."

Why you'll love it: It's a gut-wrenching and emotionally devastating look into a story that shows just how harsh and cruel people can be, especially when social media sites and online harassment are involved.

Where to stream it: Netflix

The White Helmets

Starring: Khaled Farah, Mohammed Farah, Abu Omar

Rated: NR

Synopsis: "As daily air strikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble."

Why you'll love it: Despite the extremely depressing subject matter, there are moments buried within "The White Helmets" that give glimpses of hope in a truly devastated place.

Where to stream it: Netflix

Amanda Knox

Starring: Amanda Knox

Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: "She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder. Amanda Knox and the people closest to her case speak out in this illuminating documentary"

Why you'll love it: You might remember what was once called "The trial of the decade." Get an inside look at the media"feeding frenzy" along with interviews with major players in the case.

Where to stream it: Netflix


Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Jenny Rainsford

Rated: NR

Synopsis: "A six-part comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy."

Why you'll love it: The latest Amazon original series, "Fleabag" is being called a "hilarious heartbreaker," "wonderfully messy, funny and deeply human."

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime


Starring: Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Aya Cash

Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: "A group of friends in Chicago fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture."

Why you'll love it: It features an all-star cast in the comedy world, including Marc Maron, Hannibal Buress, Dave Franco and Orlando Bloom.

Where to stream it: Netflix


Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Rated: PG

Synopsis: "In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy."

Why you'll love it: This soon-to-be Disney classic is a heart-warming tale you'll want to watch with the kids and the grown up kids in your life, too.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Amazon Video, $14.99; iTunes, $19.99; YouTube, $2.99; Vudu, $2.99

Quiz Show

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow

Rated: PG-13

Synopsis: "A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation."

Why you'll love it: Who doesn't love a good, old-fashioned scandal? Plus, Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro give amazing performances.

Where to stream it: Netflix; YouTube, $2.99;


Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Rated: PG-13

Synopsis: "A 17-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic."

Why you'll love it: It won Best Picture in 1998 and 10 other Oscars, making it one of the most successful movies ever, despite everyone knowing how it would end.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Hulu; YouTube, $2.99; iTunes, $2.99; Amazon, $2.99

Lethal Weapon (1-4)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey

Rated: R

Synopsis: "A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers."

Why you'll love it: You might have heard about the new "Lethal Weapon" TV series that just came out. Watch all four movies in a marathon this weekend and see how the two compare.

Where to stream it: Netflix; YouTube, $2.99; Amazon Video, $2.99

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal

Rated: NR

Synopsis: "A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building."

Why you'll love it: This classic love story is one that has stood up to the test of time, making Audrey Hepburn the icon she is today.

Where to stream it: Netflix; YouTube, $2.99; Amazon Video, $2.99

Dazed and Confused

Starring: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey

Rated: R

Synopsis: "The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976."

Why you'll love it: On top of nostalgia galore, this movie features a very young Matthew McConaughey as well as a very young Ben Affleck. You'll love seeing them so baby-faced before they made it big.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Amazon Video, $2.99; YouTube, $2.99

Slap Shot

Starring: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin

Rated: R

Synopsis: "A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games."

Why you'll love it: The NHL season starts in a little over two weeks. Get ready for the season with what could be one of the best hockey movies ever made.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Amazon Video, $2.99;

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