Top streams for the week
Lakeith Stanfield is a telemarketer whose sudden success sweeps him into the center of a ruthless corporate conspiracy in the inventive satirical comedy “Sorry to Bother You” (2018, R). The feature debut of hip-hop artist turned filmmaker Boots Riley takes on race, income inequality, art, and commerce with a wild sense of humor. Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, and Armie Hammer co-star. Now streaming on Hulu.
Foreign language pick: Alice Rohrwacher won the screenwriting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “Happy as Lazzaro” (Italy, 2018, PG-13, with subtitles), a modern parable of a holy innocent (first-time actor Adriano Tardiolo) that combines earthy naturalism with miracles and morality. It debuts directly to Netflix.
Classic pick: There’s a populist bent to the comedy “The Talk of the Town” (1942) starring Ronald Colman as a stuffy but erudite legal scholar dragged out of his ivory tower of abstract judicial philosophy by his bubbly landlady (Jean Arthur) and a social activist (Cary Grant) on the run from a phony murder charge. This trio makes the debate dance with screwball flair. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Free streams: Kanopy, which is available through most library systems, has added some of the most acclaimed independent movies of the last few years, from Academy Award winners “Moonlight” (2016, R) and “Room” (2015, R) to Oscar nominees “Lady Bird” (2017, R) and “20th Century Women” (2016, R) to new releases “Hereditary” (2018, R), “First Reformed” (2018, R), and “The Children Act” (2018, R). 72 films from distributor A24 are available for a limited time.
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“A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” (2018) is a sequel to the 2017 Netflix Original Christmas romance with Rose McIver and Ben Lamb. Also new for the holidays is the animated short “Angela’s Christmas” (2017, not rated) based on the children’s book by Frank McCourt.
Foreign affairs: Isabelle Adjani takes charge in the French crime comedy “The World Is Yours” (France, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) with Karim Leklou and Vincent Cassel. Also new:
family comedy “Rajma Chawal” (India, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) about a father who turns to social media to connect with his millennial son;
psychological thriller “Time Share” (Mexico, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) (aka Tiempo compartido), which won awards at both Sundance and Mexico’s Ariel Awards.
Streaming TV: British magician Drummond Money-Coutts hosts the globetrotting reality series “Death by Magic.” Also new:
“F is for Family: Season 3,” an animated comedy for adults featuring the voice of Vince Vaughn;
animated adventure “Spy Kids – Mission Critical: Season 2” for kids.
Foreign language TV: “1983: Season 1” (Poland, with subtitles) is a conspiracy thriller set in an alternate reality where Poland remained under totalitarian control. Call it Netflix’s Euro-centric answer to “The Man in the High Castle.” Also is “Baby: Season 1” (Italy, with subtitles) about a high school girl with a scandalous secret life.
True stories: “De Palma” (2015, R) surveys the career of the often controversial filmmaker and “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” (2015, not rated) is a lovely tribute to a personal and professional partnership.
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Jamie Foxx stars in the crime thriller “Sleepless” (2017, R) as a cop searching the underworld for his kidnapped son.
The colorful fantasy “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” (1953, G) was written by Dr. Seuss himself.
True stories: “McQueen” (2018, R) profiles fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen.
Streaming TV: reality series “Inside Jokes: Season 1” follows a group of young comedians competing for a spot at the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Also new:
drama “Mirzapur: Season 1” (India, with subtitles) about the struggle over control of crime family legacy;
British comedy “The Darling Buds of May: Complete Series” (1991-1993) with David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Also new: “The Grand Seduction” (2013, not rated), a Canadian comedy starring Brendan Gleeson as a mayor trying to entice a young doctor (Taylor Kitsch) to move to his rural fishing village;
comic drama “Punchline” (1988, R) with Sally Field, Tom Hanks, and John Goodman as aspiring comedians;
Bill Forsyth’s offbeat but touching drama “Housekeeping” (1987, PG);
Ridley Scott’s stylish crime drama “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1987, R);
comedy “Cactus Flower” (1969) with Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman;
wildlife drama “Born Free” (1965);
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Matt Damon gets small in “Downsizing” (2017, R), a comedy from Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne that uses the incredible shrinking people gimmick for a social satire of class, economic anxiety, conservation, personal responsibility, and human nature. Prime Video and Hulu.
True stories: “Best of Enemies” (2015, R) revisits the landmark political TV debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal in 1968.
Alicia Vikander plays Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider” (2018, PG-13), the big screen reboot based on the hit video game about a fearless female adventurer in the “Indiana Jones” mold.
The documentary “The Truth About Killer Robots” (2018, not rated) looks at the impact of new technologies on our lives.
Available Saturday night is “Rampage” (2018, PG-13), an action adventure with Dwayne Johnson battling genetically modified giant animals.
Rap satire “Bodied,” starring Calum Worthy as a graduate student turned unlikely Battle Rap champion, comes to YouTube Premium direct from theaters.
New on disc this week:
“Searching,” “The Little Stranger,” “The Captain,” “Sharp Objects,” “Picnic at Hanging Rock”
Now available at Redbox:
“Searching,” “Dog Days”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.