New movies to stream from home this week

Novelist Patricia Highsmith, whose psychological thrillers have been adapted into several disturbing films (“Strangers on a Train”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, “Carol”) and filmmaker Adrian Lyne, known for his stories of lust and depravity like “9½ Weeks”, “Fatal Attraction”, “Indecent Proposal” and “Lolita”, form an explosive combination. And “deep waterswhich was directed by Lyne, based on an adaptation of Highsmith’s 1957 novel by screenwriters Zach Helm and Sam Levinson, is practically smoldering – with the bittersweet smoke of a burning trash can fire. That’s not to say it’s bad, in the conventional understanding of the term: Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are pretty impossible to look away from as the bickering Vic and Melinda, a married couple who never should have get married in the first place. He’s a mean drunk and a serial runner, flaunting his stuff with other men right under Vic’s nose just to turn him up because she sees him as dull and boring. This is because the long-suffering Vic seems to tolerate her infidelity, rather than losing her in divorce. Or maybe the calm waters of Vic are deeper than they appear. When two “friends” of Melinda’s, as she calls them, go missing or dead, Vic becomes a suspect – if not to the police, then to a nosy local pulp fiction writer (Tracy Letts). “Deep Water” isn’t a great movie, but it’s never less than watchable. Vic d’Affleck is a simmering cauldron of suppressed rage (and initially undetermined homicidal tendencies), while Melinda de Armas borders on the sociopath. This husband and wife, in a sick way, deserve each other.. A. Available on Hulu. Contains sexual elements, nudity, coarse language, drugs and some violence. 120 minutes.

Alfonso E. Cramer