BY SEAN AXMAKERTop streams for the week
“Kodachrome” (2017, not rated) stars Jason Sudeikis as a record industry burnout who reluctantly joins his estranged, dying father (Ed Harris) for a road trip to the last lab in America that processes the famed color film. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as the father’s nurse, nudging them toward reconciliation. It premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and will open in select theaters the same day it debuts on Netflix.
The Netflix Original documentary “Mercury 13” (2018, not rated) presents the women who passed NASA’s grueling tests for the first space flight—some of them outperforming the men— only to be dismissed entirely by the all-male astronaut program.
The Oscar-nominated “Loving Vincent” (2017, PG-13) explores the last days of Vincent Van Gogh with detective-story structure right out of “Citizen Kane” in a film animated entirely with oil paintings in the artist’s distinctive impressionist style. Streaming on Hulu.
The Oscar-nominated drama “The Post” (2017, PG-13) explores the responsibility of journalists to speak truth to power with the story of the stakes behind The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star in the old school newspaper drama directed by Steven Spielberg. On Cable and Streaming VOD. Also on DVD and at Redbox.
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“The Commuter” (2018, PG-13) is another far-fetched yet highly entertaining action thriller with Liam Neeson doing his aging action hero thing. Also on DVD and at Redbox.
Diane Kruger won the best actress prize at Cannes for her performance as a grieving wife and mother in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (Germany, 2017, with subtitles, R), an intimate thriller set in the culture of white nationalism in Germany.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “Ghost Stories” (2017, not rated), a British horror film with a streak of dark humor co-starring Martin Freeman.
“Nowhere Boy” (2009, R) tells the largely unknown story of teenage John Lennon (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his emotionally turbulent life save in part by music.
Also new: coming-of-age high school comedy “Dude” (2018, not rated) with Lucy Hale and Alexandra Shipp and romantic drama “Porto” (2016, not rated, with subtitles) featuring Anton Yelchin in one of his final performances.
Foreign Affairs: the crime epic “Chasing the Dragon” (China, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) charts the rise and fall of two notorious gangsters (played by Chinese superstars Donnie Yen and Andy Lau) who thrived in the rampant corruption of Britain’s colonial rule of Hong Kong in the 1960s.
Streaming TV: the addictive legal thriller “How to Get Away with Murder: Season 4,” with Emmy-winner Viola Davis and the time-travelling superhero series “Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3” are available weeks after their network runs.
Foreign TV: “The Chalet: Season 1” (France, with subtitles) is a summer getaway in the French Alps that turns into a battle for survival and “Charité: Season 1” (Germany, with subtitles) is a hospital drama set in 19th Century Berlin about a young nurse discovering her passion for medicine.
True stories: “Dope: Season 2” continues following the drug war in America and beyond.
Kid stuff: “Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1” is an animated series based on the kid-friendly movies about teenage agents.
Stand-up: “The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection” (2018, not rated) is a trio of specials featuring newlywed comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher. Also new: the classic concert film “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” (1983, not rated)
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The documentary “Aida’s Secrets” (2017, not rated) traces a family mystery back to the Holocaust and forward to an unexpected family reunion.
Paddy Considine play a real-life 19th century Scotland Yard detective in “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House,” the first of four feature-length mysteries made for British television. Prime Video features the whole set: “The Murder on Angel Lane” (2013), “Beyond the Pale” (2014), and “The Ties that Bind“ (2014).
More streaming TV: aggressively trashy melodrama “The Royals: Season 3” with Elizabeth Hurley and crime show “Black Widows: Season 2” (Finland, with subtitles) about three women who murder their husbands.
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Kelsey Grammer, Charles S. Dutton, Bebe Neuwirth, and Megan Mullally are the teachers in the remake of “Fame” (2009, PG), a high school drama set at New York’s School of Performing Arts (Amazon Prime and Hulu).
Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand are the “Tragedy Girls” (2017, R) in this high school horror film for the social media era. Also new:
- Science fiction parable “Z for Zachariah” (2015, PG-13) with Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine;
- Homefront war drama “The Messenger” (2009, R) with Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson;
- “American Gangster” (2007, R) with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe;
- Oscar-nominated “In the Bedroom” (2001, R) with Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, and Marisa Tomei.
True stories: “Off Label” (2012) takes on prescription drugs in America.
Streaming TV: high school comedy “All Night: Season 1” plays out over a lock-in party with a group of new graduates with one last chance to make their high school dreams a reality.
And if the Netflix reboot has you feeling nostalgic, Hulu has the original 1960s campfest “Lost in Space: Complete Series” with Guy Williams, June Lockhart, and Robot B-9.
The two-part documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” (2018, not rated) explores the musical evolution of Elvis throughout his career.
Available Saturday night is “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017, PG-13), the third and ostensibly final entry in the franchise reboot.
The season two premiere of the acclaimed HBO original “Westworld” is Sunday night.
A teenage girl (Zoey Deutch) relives the same day over and over again in “Before I Fall” (2017, PG-13), a young adult drama twist on Groundhog Day.
Streaming TV: “The Circus: Season 3” continues to look at the inner workings of politics in America. New episodes arrive each Monday night.
Stand-up: “Kirk Fox: That Guy” (not rated).
TCM Select is Howard Hawks’ hardboiled classic “The Big Sleep” (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Streaming through October 12
Director of the Week Vincent Minnelli is celebrated with a collection of 25 films, from his debut “Cabin in the Sky” (1943) and iconic Americana musicals “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944) and “The Bandwagon” (1953) to his later melodramas “Some Came Running” (1958) and “Two Weeks in Another Town” (1962). Also new:
- Twelve films with Star of the Week Charles Laughton, including his Oscar-winning performance in “The Private Life of Henry VIII” (1933);
- Twelve films that explore The Essence of L.A., from “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) with James Dean to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia” (1999, R);
- Five John Ford Comedies including “The Whole Town’s Talking” (1935) with Edward G. Robinson and “Steamboat Round the Bend” (1935) with Will Rogers;
- And a collection of short dance films and feature documentaries that explore The World of Ballet.
“Shetland: Season 4,” the detective series starring Douglas Henshall solving crimes on the Shetland Isles, makes its U.S. debut streaming on Britbox. Also new is “Poirot: Season 13,” the final season of the series starring David Suchet.
New on disc this week:
“The Post,” “The Commuter,” “A Taxi Driver,” “The Awful Truth (Criterion)”
Now available at Redbox:
“The Greatest Showman,” “The Post,” “The Commuter,” “Deep Blue Sea/Deep Blue Sea 2 (Double feature)”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.