“The Cloverfield Paradox” (Netflix): Something extraordinary happened during Sunday’s Super Bowl ads, as Netflix not only dropped the first trailer to the third “Cloverfield” movie, but announced the film would be available to stream immediately following the game. “The Cloverfield Paradox” — previously rumored to be called “God Particle” or “Cloverfield Station” — was slated for an April theatrical release, making Netflix’s “surprise” a bold and potentially game-changing one. A potential paradigm shift in how medium-budgeted “blockbusters” are released. It was an especially shrewd move on Netflix’s part to offer a post-game alternative to the very special “This Is Us” episode NBC had been marketing for weeks.
“Cloverfield Paradox” came into the world so ingeniously that it’s almost beside the point that the movie itself is pretty bad, a derivative space-station thriller that loosely ties into the previous “Cloverfield” films and sort of patches a few holes in the series mythology. Still, bad films are just as likely to change the industry as good ones.
“Thumper” (Netflix): Riveting 2017 drama about a group of poor kids lured into working for a violent drug dealer. Stars Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black,” “Den of Thieves”).
“A.P. Bio” (Hulu): Glenn Howerton, who plays the sociopathic Dennis on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” stars as a disgraced Ivy League philosophy professor who moves to Ohio to teach high school AP biology. He’s quick to point out that he will NOT be teaching biology, but instead enlisting the help of his students to enact revenge against an academic rival. Patton Oswalt co-stars as the school’s principal.
“Queer Eye” (Netflix): Netflix reboots the Bravo series with a new Fab Five crew helping out straight men in areas of fashion, grooming, diet and home decor.
“The Ritual” (available Friday on Netflix): A new monster-in-the-woods horror movie from the talented filmmaker David Brucker (“The Signal”).
“Wonder Woman” (available Saturday on HBO Now, HBO Go): Last year’s very good superhero movie about a woman who ends World War I, saves the world, defeats the Greek god of war and gets the guy.
“Aliens” (HBO Now, HBO Go): HBO …
“E.T” (HBO Now, HBO Go): just got a bunch of good stuff …
“Predator” (HBO Now, HBO Go): mostly about aliens.
“The Warriors” (Amazon Prime): Walter Hill’s still-wonderful 1979 classic about a dystopian NYC that offers every kind of gang you could imagine — including my favorite: The Baseball Furies.
“Lucky” (Hulu): The late Harry Dean Stanton gives a lovely final performance as a 90-year-old loner looking for answers.
“Princess Cyd” (Netflix): Understated and well-regarded Indie drama about a 16-year-old girl who lives with her aunt in Chicago one summer.
“A Fish Called Wanda” (Hulu, Amazon Prime): One of the funniest movies of all time.
“Goodfellas” (Netflix): Also, weirdly enough, one of the funniest movies of all time.
“Ouija: Origin of Evil” (HBO Now, HBO Go): Not one of the funniest movies of all time, but a pretty good horror prequel that explains the 1967 origins of the insidious spirit board.