SIDEWALK STORIES (1989) Stream on Criterion Channel and Vudu; lease on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. New York City has an advanced relationship with silence, provided that the individuals who dwell there can’t actually ever absolutely expertise it. That makes the quiet of “Sidewalk Stories” much more putting. Filmed in black and white and largely silent (à la Charlie Chaplin), the film follows a homeless Greenwich Village avenue artist (performed by Charles Lane, who additionally wrote and directed the movie) who cares for an deserted toddler in 1980s New York. When the film got here out, it was a novel mishmash of early Hollywood approach and a then-contemporary setting. Three a long time later, it gives a distinct viewing expertise: it’s a time capsule of 1980s New York. Criterion Channel is displaying the film as a digital double-feature on Friday, alongside one among its clear influences: Chaplin’s THE KID (1921).
CENTRAL PARK Stream on Apple TV Plus. For a polychromatic view of New York, see this new animated musical-comedy series, about a family who lives in Central Park. Created by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith of “Bob’s Burgers,” along with Josh Gad, the show revolves around the Tillerman family, whose members are voiced by Leslie Odom Jr., Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell and Tituss Burgess. They have to protect the park from a hotel magnate, Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci), who wants to turn it into a private playground for the wealthy. In his review for The Times, James Poniewozik called the series “a fun, full-throated tribute to public space and the people (and dogs and rats) who share it.”
SPACE FORCE Stream on Netflix. Steve Carell plays a four-star general with a clenched jaw and a dysfunctional workplace in “Space Force.” The series, a comedy inspired by President Trump’s promised sixth branch of the military, reunites Carell with Greg Daniels, who was the showrunner of the American version of “The Office.” Its plot involves the struggles of Carell’s character, Gen. Mark R. Naird, to lead a newly formed extraterrestrial military outfit, while maintaining his relationship with his wife (Lisa Kudrow) and teenage daughter (Diana Silvers). “Like a lot of sitcom dads, he’s a little deplorable, but he puts a human face on it,” Mike Hale wrote in his review for The Times. “Carell has no problem making both sides of that equation believable and engaging — he’s a master of the quick shifts and reversals the part requires,” Hale added. “But he’s too good for the material, which never takes off.”