By Sean AxmakerTop streams for the week
British filmmaker Paul Greengrass directs “22 July” (2018, not rated), which takes on the real-life 2011 terrorist attacks by a far right extremist in Norway and the aftermath as the country deals with the trauma. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and will play select theaters the same day it debuts on Netflix.
“The Romanoffs,” the first new series from Matthew Weiner since “Mad Men,” is an anthology drama following descendants of the Russian royal family in the present day in locations around the world. It features impressive production values and a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Diane Lane, and Isabelle Huppert. Two episodes now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, new episodes arrive each Friday.
Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, and Timothy Hutton star in the Netflix Original limited series “The Haunting of Hill House,” adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel and directed by Mike Flanagan.
Classic pick: the epic western “Red River” (1948) is a “Mutiny on the Bounty” on the American frontier starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Shudder is gearing up to be your essential Halloween movie provider with a selection of classic and contemporary thrillers, chillers, and horror films and TV shows from around the world, from Alfred Hitchcock to Stephen King to exclusive films like “Mayhem” (2017, not rated), “Revenge” (France, 2017, R, with subtitles) and Ryûhei Kitamura’s “Downrange” (2017, not rated). Try it for a 7-day free trial or sign up for $4.99/month.
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An awkward, introverted teenage girl endures the final week of “Eighth Grade” (2018, R) in the insightful and sensitive comic drama written and directed by comedian Bo Burham. Be warned that this acclaimed production is R-rated. Also on DVD and at Redbox.
Gus Van Sant directs “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (2018, R), starring Joaquin Phoenix as Portland, Oregon, artist John Callahan, who recreated himself as a cartoonist after a car wreck left him quadriplegic. Also on DVD and at Redbox.
Also new: Dwayne Johnson versus a Chinese high rise on fire in “Skyscraper” (2018, PG-13);
- animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (2018, PG) from Adam Sandler;
- crime thriller “Hotel Artemis” (2018, R) with Jodie Foster and Jeff Goldblum;
- surf drama “Age of Summer” (2018, not rated).
Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in the Netflix Original film “The Kindergarten Teacher” (2018, not rated) as a dedicated teacher whose interest in a prodigy crosses over into obsession.
Dan Stevens and Lucy Boynton star in the Netflix Original horror film “Apostle” (2018, not rated) from filmmaker by Gareth Evan, director of the cult action film “The Raid.”
“Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil” (Spain, 2017, not rated), a Faust-like folk tale set in Spain’s Basque country, makes is U.S. debut on Netflix.
True stories: “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?” (2018, not rated) revisits the history of the feminist movement through the inspiration of the pioneering activists and “ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff” (2018, not rated), the first episode in a non-fiction series, investigates the 1976 assassination attempt on the life of reggae icon Bob Marley in Jamaica.
Foodie TV: “Salt Fat Acid Heat: Season 1” travels the world with chef and food writer Samin Nosrat and while “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell: Season 1” features the Instagram star in a haunted homemaking show coproduced by Jim Henson Productions.
More streaming TV: Actor and martial artist Frank Grillo hosts “FightWorld: Season 1,” which looks at techniques around the world.
Foreign language TV: crime drama “Blood Pact: Season 1” (Brazil, 2018, with subtitles, not rated) follows a TV reporter digging into the gang wars and corruption in the port city of Belem, Brazil.
Stand-up: “Mo Amer: The Vagabond” (2018, TV-MA).
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“A Prayer Before Dawn” (2017, R) dramatizes the true story of a British boxer (played by Joe Cole) who survives a brutal Thailand prison by battling his way through Muay Thai tournaments.
Clint Eastwood became an international movie star in the iconic spaghetti western “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964). It’s back on Prime Video along with sequel “For a Few Dollars More” (1965), epic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), and American revenge western “Hang ‘Em High” (1968).
Halloween horrors: “Jigsaw” (2017, R) is the seventh sequel in the gruesome “Saw” series featuring Tobin Bell. Also new:
- “Strangers: Prey at Night” (2018, R) with Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson as parents protecting their family from masked psychopaths;
- “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” (2008, PG-13) is a teen horror film with a supernatural twist;
- Nicolas Cage believes he’s a vampire after he’s bitten in the offbeat “Vampire’s Kiss” (1989, R);
- Wes Craven’s “The Last House on the Left” (1972, R) is a gruesome revenge film inspired by an Ingmar Bergman classic;
- William Marshall is “Blacula” (1972, PG) in the cult movie.
Streaming TV: “Mr. Robot: Season 3” continues the strangest conspiracy thriller on TV. The fourth season begins on cable TV in 2019.
Also new: Australian crime drama “Sweet Country” (2017, R) with Bryan Brown;
- “Monster’s Ball” (2001, R) with Halle Berry in an Oscar-winning performance;
- Bobcat Goldthwaite’s bizarre black comedy “Shakes the Clown” (1992, R);
- musical drama “Yentl” (1983, PG), directed by and starring Barbra Streisand;
- “Tempest” (1982, PG), a modern reworking of the Shakespeare play with John Cassavetes;
- musical “Hair” (1979, PG) with John Savage and Treat Williams;
- dark military academy drama “The Strange One” (1957) with Ben Gazzara;
- “Tokyo Joe” (1949) with Humphrey Bogart;
- musical fantasy “Down to Earth” (1947) with Rita Hayworth as a Greek goddess.
In the new Hulu Original horror series “Light as a Feather,” five teenage girls face a series of gruesome deaths that echo the predictions from what they thought was an innocent party game. All 10 episode available to stream.
Foreign horrors: “What We Become” (Denmark, 2015, not rated, with subtitles) is a different take on the zombie drama.
True stories: “The Quest of Alaine Ducasse” (2017, not rated, with subtitles) profiles the famous French chef and restaurateur.
Streaming TV: “The Practice: Complete Series” (1997-2004) presents all eight seasons of the legal drama created by David E. Kelly and starring Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, and Lara Flynn Boyle. Also new: both seasons of the short-lived “The Riches” (2007-2008) starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver as con artists in suburbia.
Kid stuff: a new season of the Disney series “Miles from Tomorrowland: Season 3” is now available.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play a highly competitive couple who treat a kidnapping like an interactive game in the action comedy “Game Night” (2018, R).
The short documentary “RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee” (2018, not rated) follows the TV host from diagnosis through treatment to recovery.
“Pod Save America” brings the political podcast to cable with a series of specials recorded in front of a live audience.
“Flight of the Conchords: Live in London” reunites the musical folk duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie for a live performance of music and comedy.
Available Saturday night is “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (2018, PG-13), the final film in the young adult trilogy.
On Sunday night is the premiere of the HBO original series “Camping,” a comedy starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant as a longtime married couple on a disastrous birthday weekend trip.
Jackie Chan takes a rare dramatic role in the thriller “The Foreigner” (2017, PG-13) as a widower who loses his daughter to a terrorist bombing in London and puts his unique set of skills (he was trained as a special ops soldier by the American military before emigrating to England) to work pressuring a former IRA officer (Pierce Brosnan) to give up the bombers.
Star of the Week Steve McQueen is featured in ten films, from his starring debut in “The Blob” (1958) to prison escape drama “Papillon” (1973, R) with Dustin Hoffman. Highlights include his starmaking hits “The Magnificent Seven” (1960) and “The Great Escape” (1963), where he shines through impressive ensemble casts, and “Bullitt” (1968, PG), which revved up movie car chase with trendsetting action and stunts.
Also new: the “Director of the Week: Mike Newell” collection includes romantic drama “Enchanted April” (1991, PG), romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994, R), and undercover thriller “Donnie Brasco” (1997, R) with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, plus all three version of “A Star is Born“ get the spotlight: the 1937 original with Fredric March and Janet Gaynor, the 1954 version with Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1976 rock and roll revision with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
“Vintage Roads Great & Small” reunites “All Creatures Great and Small” co-stars Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison to tour the back roads of Great Britain in classic cars. Streaming on Acorn TV
Alan Davies is a magician-turned-detective in the lighthearted 1990s BBC mystery series “Jonathan Creek: Season 1,” now on BritBox
“Varg Veum: Season 1” (Norway, with subtitles, TV-14), starring Trond Espen Seim as the Norwegian private investigator of Gunnar Staalesen’s novels, is now available on MHz. The second season follows in two weeks.
New on disc and available at Redbox this week:
“Skyscraper,” “Eighth Grade,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” “Hotel Artemis”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.