Nov 30, 2023 - Economy

New on streaming: "Candy Cane Lane," "Thriller 40" and "Family Switch"

Eddie Murphy in "Candy Cane Lane." Photo: Claudette Barius

Here's what's new on Prime Video, Paramount+, Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, Disney+ and Apple TV+ this weekend.

What we're watching: New holiday comedies, a showcase of up-and-coming stand-up comedians and never-before-seen footage from Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

"Candy Cane Lane," available Friday on Prime Video

What's happening: Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross star in this holiday movie about a man who gets tricked by a naughty elf when he attempts to win a holiday decoration contest.

The intrigue: This is the first collaboration between director Reginald Hudlin and Murphy since "Boomerang," which was released 31 years ago.

"Thriller 40," available Saturday on Paramount+

What's happening: This documentary uses never-before-seen footage and interviews to take viewers back to the creation of the bestselling album of all time, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," 40 years after its release.

The intrigue: Usher, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am, Mark Ronson, Misty Copeland, Maxwell and John Landis are featured in the documentary.

Quick takes: The film is a reminder of the adversity Jackson faced trying to be respected and recognized as a solo artist. "Thriller" was a product of the singer's obsession with proving he was the best.

Of note: A Showtime subscription is required to stream "Thriller 40" on either platform.

"Verified Stand-Up," available now on Netflix

What's happening: This new comedy show features 10 up-and-coming stand-up comedians performing one set each over two episodes. Performers include Asif Ali, Dulcé Sloan, Gianmarco Soresi, Isiah Kelly, Leslie Liao, Nimesh Patel, Robby Hoffman, Rosebud Baker, Sabrina Wu and Vanessa Gonzalez.

Quick takes: The diverse cast of comedians bring hilarious and fresh perspectives about everything from pregnancy and dating to AI.

"Family Switch" on Netflix

  • Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms and Rita Moreno star in this holiday comedy about a family who switch bodies after a rare planetary alignment and an ill-timed visit to an astrologist. Available now.
  • The intrigue: This isn't Garner's first "body switch" movie. She played a teen in an adult body in the movie "13 Going on 30."

"The Artful Dodger" on Hulu and Disney+

  • This new series is based on a criminal from Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." The show sees Jack Dawkins seeking redemption in 1850s Australia, where he works as a surgeon and must decide whether or not to return to a life of crime when he's visited by an old friend. Available now.

"May December" on Netflix

  • Natalie Portman, Charles Melton and Julianne Moore star in this drama about Gracie (Moore) and Joe (Melton), a controversial couple whose lives get shaken up when an actress (Portman) arrives to shadow Gracie for an upcoming biopic. Available Friday.

"The World According to Football" on Paramount+

  • Trevor Noah is the executive producer and narrator of this five-part documentary about how soccer fans and teams face global issues like women's rights, mental health and racism through the lens of the sport. Available Friday.
  • Of note: A Showtime subscription is required to stream "The World According to Football" on either platform.

"Obliterated" on Netflix

  • Shelley Hennig ("Teen Wolf") and Nick Zano ("DC's Legends of Tomorrow") star in this new comedy series about members of an elite special forces team who find themselves in a life-threatening dilemma while most of the team is hungover and high after a wild night out in Las Vegas. Available now.

"Slow Horses" on Apple TV+

Gary Oldman returns for the third season of this espionage drama series. Jackson Lamb (Oldman) and Slough House find themselves caught in a conspiracy that threatens their unit and MI5 itself. Available now.

"Paris in Love" on Peacock

  • The second season of Paris Hilton's newest reality show reveals how she kept her baby a secret from her family and the media, how she deals with motherhood and her family's reaction to the revelations from her memoir. Available now.
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