Top streams for the week
Christopher Abbott is John Yossarian, a bomber pilot trying to survive both the violence and the insanity of World War II, in the six-part Hulu miniseries “Catch-22.” George Clooney produces, codirects, and costars with Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie in the new adaptation of Joseph Heller’s biting anti-war novel. Now streaming on Hulu.
The documentary “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” (2019, not rated) looks at the public life of the boxing champion and his often complex relationship with archival footage and Ali’s own words. Streaming on all HBO platforms.
The tribute special “Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate” (2019, not rated) features Lily Tomlin, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Ruth Buzzi, and Billy Crystal. The hour-long program was recorded in March and now streams on Netflix.
The Gothic horror “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” (2019, not rated), based on the Shirley Jackson novel and starring Taissa Farmiga and Crispin Glover, is available on Cable On Demand and VOD same day as select theaters nationwide.
Classic pick: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly flirt through the French Riviera in “To Catch a Thief” (1955), Alfred Hitchcock’s frothiest romantic thriller. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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A young woman (Florence Pugh) in working class English wrestling family gets a shot at the WWE in “Fighting With My Family” (2019, PG-13), a scrappy comedy based on a true story. Dwayne Johnson is a producer and costars as himself.
Mary Harron’s “Charlie Says” (2018, R), starring Hannah Murray, Suki Waterhouse, and Matt Smith as Charles Manson, is available a week after its limited theatrical release,
Also new “Cold Pursuit” (2019, R) with Liam Neeson as a grieving father taking revenge with a snowplow;
- dark-humored horror sequel “Happy Death Day 2U” (2019, PG-13);
- science fiction thriller “Silencio” (Mexico, 2019) with John Noble and Rupert Graves;
- “Valentine: The Dark Avenger” (Indonesia, 2017, not rated, with subtitles), an Indonesian take on the superhero vigilante action film.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is horror comedy “Slaughterhouse Rulez” (2019, R) with Asa Butterfield and Michael Sheen.
Netflix adds two family friendly features this week: feel-good drama “Good Sam” (2019, not rated), based on the novel by Dete Meserve, and teen time travel thriller “See You Yesterday” (2019, not rated);
The romantic comedy “Take Me Home Tonight” (2011, R) stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, and Teresa Palmer as friends having one last blast in the 1980s.
Foreign affairs: an assassin (Cristine Raines) comes out of retirement to protect her family in the crime thriller “Maria ” (Philippines, 2019, not rated, with subtitles).
Streaming TV: the offbeat comedy “It’s Bruno: Season 1” follows the everyday adventures of a man and his dog in Brooklyn. Also new:
- “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 3“;
- British sitcom “White Gold: Season 2” about unscrupulous salesmen;
- baking series “Nailed It!: Season 3.”
Foreign language TV: a negotiated marriage blossoms in the romantic drama
“Well Intended Love: Season 1” (China, with subtitles). Also new:
- cop conspiracy drama “The Defected: Season 1” (China, with subtitles);
- animated sci-fi adventure “revisions: Season 1” (Japan, with subtitles);
- survival thriller “The Rain: Season 2” (Denmark, with subtitles).
True stories: the nonfiction limited series “1994” (Mexico, with subtitles) looks the tumultuous year in Mexico’s history. Also new:
- “Weed the People” (2018, not rated) on the fight for legal marijuana;
- “Dying to Tell” (Spain, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) about the experiences of war reporters.
Kid stuff: junior lifeguards compete in “Malibu Rescue: Season 1” (2019, not rated), a show for teens and tweens, while “Chip & Potato: Season 1” (Netflix Original Series) is an animated show for kindergarteners.
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Catherine Keener plays as a working-class homeowner who takes on the government in “Little Pink House” (2018, not rated), inspired by the true story of a landmark case.
Angelica Huston stars in her father John Huston’s final feature “The Dead” (1987, PG), an intimate, sublime adaptation of the James Joyce novella.
Streaming TV: Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns for the second season of her British comedy “Fleabag” co-starring Olivia Colman. Also new:
“The Durrells: Season 3” about the adventures of a British family in 1930s rural Greece;
BBC historical drama “Poldark: Season 4” with Adain Turner;
“Dark Shadows: Complete Series” (1991), the short-lived revival of the Gothic soap opera starring Ben Cross, Joanna Going, and Barbara Steele.
Foreign language TV: the acclaimed “A French Village: Season 1” (France, 2009, with subtitles) dramatizes a small town occupied by the Germans in World War II.
In an inexplicable turn of policy, Prime Video is now offering incomplete collections of a few vintage TV shows. You can now stream numerous episodes of the courtroom classic “Perry Mason: Seasons 1-5” (1957-1962) with Raymond Burr, faith-based drama “Touched by an Angel: Seasons 1-9” (1994-2003) with Roma Downey, and sitcoms “The Brady Bunch: Seasons 1-4” (1969-1973) and “Wings: Seasons 1-8” (1990-1997).
Also new: British drama “100 Streets” (2017, not rated) with Idriss Elba and Gemma Arterton;
dark comedy “Young Adult” (2011, R) with Charlize Theron;
inspired-by-a-true-story “Max” (2002, R) with John Cusack and Noah Taylor as Adolph Hitler;
kid-oriented horror-adventure “The Monster Squad” (1987, PG-13);
big screen space odyssey “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984, PG);
Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway in “Three Days of the Condor” (1975, R);
star-studded World War II epic “Is Paris Burning?” (1966) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Charles Boyer;
high fashion musical “Funny Face” (1957) with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.
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Before the Netflix series, there were the feature films “The Punisher” (2004, R) with Thomas Jane as the gun-toting vigilante antihero (Prime Video and Hulu) and “Punisher: War Zone” (2008, R) with Ray Stevenson picking up the guns (Prime Video and Hulu).
Maxine Peake stars in “Funny Cow” (2017, not rated), a comic drama about a female comedian fighting the male-dominated stand-up culture in 1970s and 1980s Northern England (delayed from April).
Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp star in “Egg” (2018, not rated), a comedy about impending parenthood. Also new:
British comedy “Swimming with Men” (2018, not rated) about all-male synchronized swimming team;
French disaster thriller “Just a Breath Away” (France, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) with Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko;
Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” (2007, R) with Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl;
Oscar-winning drama “Iris” (2001, R) with Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent;
comic-drama “Little Voice” (1998, R) with Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks.
True stories: “One Million American Dreams” (2018, not rated) profiles New York’s cemetery for the unclaimed and forgotten.
Available Saturday night is animated comedy “Smallfoot” (2018, PG).
The London West End revival of the musical “42nd Street” (2018) that showed on big screens in a one-night-only Fathom Event is now streaming on BroadwayHD.
“Line of Duty: Season 5,” the acclaimed cop drama created by Jed Mercurio and the top rated British show of 2019, makes is U.S. debut on Acorn TV.
Also new: “A Voyage Round My Father” (1982), adapted by John Mortimer from his semi-autobiographical play, features Laurence Olivier and Alan Bates, along with the final seasons of Mortimer’s “Rumpole of the Bailey” with Leo McKern, making the entire series available to stream.
New on disc and at Redbox this week:
“Cold Pursuit,” “Fighting With My Family,” “Happy Death Day 2U,” “Silencio,” “Apollo 11”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.