Watching: The Best Things to Stream

On Netflix, Amazon and Disney+

By The Watching Team

The weekend is here. It’s here! Regardless of what streaming service you subscribe to, we want to help you find something great to watch. We’ve gone through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ to find the best titles on each service.

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A scene from Charlie Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” with, from left, Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette and David Thewlis.Mary Cybulski/Netflix

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Charlie Kaufman writes and directs this mind-bending adaptation of the Iain Reid novel, in which a nervous young woman (Jessie Buckley) accompanies her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) on a road trip to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis). Kaufman intersperses — and often interrupts — the de rigueur scenes of familial discomfort with surrealist imagery, nightmare logic, bizarre parallel stories and events shuffled out of time, bound together with his protagonist’s voice-over narration, a nonstop monologue of verbose uncertainty. A.O. Scott deemed it “Kaufman’s most assured and daring work so far as a director.”

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Here is one of the best TV shows on Netflix

Omar Sy in a scene from the French heist series “Lupin.”Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix

‘Lupin’

In the early 20th century, Maurice Leblanc wrote dozens of stories about the mysterious gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. In the new French adventure series “Lupin,” Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, the son of a Senegalese immigrant and a fervent fan of Leblanc’s books. The twisty and action-packed plot jumps between the past and the present to explain why the crafty Assane is so determined to use his heist-planning mastery to wreck the reputation of a powerful family. The Times called this show “fleet-footed” and “deliberately old-fashioned,” adding that “For fans of the original stories, Easter eggs abound.” (Not the kind that you might find this weekend, of course.)

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Adam Driver, left, and Channing Tatum in “Logan Lucky.”Claudette Barius/Bleecker Street

‘Logan Lucky’

As the director of the “Ocean’s” trilogy, Steven Soderbergh has honored the classic heist movie aesthetic: sleek, classy and star-studded. And then he set out to subvert all of those conventions with this working-class heist comedy, in which a minor character describes its central job as “Ocean’s 7-11.” The key players are familiar (the safecracker, the computer whiz, the sexy girl, the brains of the operation), but they’re done with salty fun and earthy humor. You’ll never say “cauliflower” the same way again. Our critic dubbed it “gravity-defying” and “ridiculously entertaining.”

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Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”Paramount Home Entertainment

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Audrey Hepburn’s part fragile, part slinky, totally mesmerizing performance as Holly Golightly, the Manhattan party girl who finds love in the least likely of places, is deservedly iconic — and the movie surrounding it isn’t half-bad either. Blake Edwards, “The Pink Panther” director, mines both the humor and desperation of the novella by Truman Capote, while Hepburn and George Peppard (as her would-be beau) generate enough sparks to power their shared apartment building. Just have your fast-forward button at the ready for the racist antics of Mickey Rooney. Our critic called the movie a “wholly captivating flight into fancy.”

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Disney+ is full of older classics. But there are a lot of newer things to watch as well.

Matilda Lawler as Flora in “Flora and Ulysses.”Disney

‘Flora & Ulysses’

Based on the illustrated children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo, this winningly eccentric answer to superhero fatigue gives special powers to a squirrel that gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner, but the animal is much better at sowing chaos than saving lives. The relationship between an 10-year-old comics geek (Matilda Lawler) and her chittering new friend turns out to be surprisingly sweet, particularly as her parents (Alyson Hannigan and Ben Schwartz) are going through a separation. Maya Phillips praised the film’s “good-natured looniness” and the “superheroic lineup of comedy powerhouses” in the cast.

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