What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
by Sean Axmaker
Top streams for the week
The western mini-series “Godless” stars Michelle Dockery as a widower in a frontier town of women and Jeff Daniels as a ruthless outlaw on the trail of his runaway protégé (Jack O’Connell), seven episodes on Netflix
Also on Netflix: Spike Lee directs all 10 episodes of “She’s Gotta Have It,” a romantic comedy series updated from his debut feature.
Hulu’s first superhero series, “Marvel’s Runaways,” presents six teenagers in Los Angeles who discover their parents are supervillains. Three episodes are now available. New episodes debut each Tuesday.
New movies: Oscar-winning “Fences” (2016, PG-13), directed by Denzel Washington who stars with Viola Davis (now on Amazon Prime and Hulu), and hit indie comedy “The Big Sick” (2017, R) with Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan (on Amazon Prime).
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are a killer buddy team in the hit action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017, R), also on DVD, Blu-ray and at Redbox.
Also new: sci-fi fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (France, 2017, PG-13), scrappy indie thriller “Good Time” (2017, R) with Robert Pattinson, and documentary “California Typewriter” (2016, not rated).
Arriving on On Demand before theaters is the Agatha Christie murder mystery “Crooked House” (2017, PG-13) with Glenn Close and Christina Hendricks.
Alec Baldwin voices “The Boss Baby” (2017, PG) in the animated comedy film based on the illustrated book by Marla Frazee
More streaming TV: “Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park – USA: Season 1” sends the comic Nova Scotia miscreants south of the border.
Documentary: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich guides viewers through economic problems and how to fix them in “Saving Capitalism” (2017, not rated).
Amazon Prime Video
Is it too early for Christmas movies? “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You” (2017, G) turns the hit Christmas song into an animated feature.
Streaming TV: Joanne Froggatt plays real-life Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in the BBC mini-series “Dark Angel: Season 1.”
True Stories: “Whose Streets?” (2017, R) takes another look at the 2014 violence and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Streaming TV: Hulu adds the complete runs of escape drama “Prison Break” and the ’90s sitcom “Blossom.”
Matt Damon and Andy Lau star in “The Great Wall” (2017, PG-13, English and Chinese with subtitles), a mix of historical epic and fantasy.
Jon Stewart hosts “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Program.”
New on disc this week:
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Good Time,” “California Typewriter,” “My Journey Through French Cinema”
Now available at Redbox:
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Good Time,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” “The Bad Batch”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.
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