Top streams for the week
Winner of three Academy Awards (including best picture), “Moonlight” (2016, R) is a poetic and provocative portrait of a young black child, the sensitive, bullied son of a crack-addict single mom in a tough Miami neighborhood, presented through three acts of his life from childhood to adulthood. Mahershala Ali costars in an Oscar-winning performance as a drug dealer who shows the boy compassion and concern. Streaming on Netflix.
Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan are lighthouse keepers who stumble upon a small fortune in “The Vanishing” (2019, R), a tension-filled thriller set on a remote Scottish island. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Renée Zellweger headlines the first season of the new anthology series “What/If,” a twist on the 1993 film “Indecent Proposal” by way of an outsized melodrama of power and infidelity, costarring Jane Levy and Blake Jenner. On Netflix.
CW’s young adult soap opera “Riverdale: Season 3,” a dark twist on the “Archie” comics, is now available to stream on Netflix, along with superhero shows “The Flash: Season 5” and “Arrow: Season 7,” barely a week after their respective network finales.
Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand
Rebel Wilson is a cynic whose world becomes a series of romantic comedy clichés in the spoof “Isn’t It Romantic” (2019, PG-13) with Liam Hemsworth. Also new:
- animated films “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2019, PG), a fantasy sequel for kids, and art world caper fantasy “Ruben Brandt, Collector” (Hungary, 2018, R, with subtitles);
- “The Upside” (2019, PG-13) with Kevin Hart and Brian Cranston;
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is private detective thriller “The Poison Rose” (2019, R) with John Travolta and Morgan Freeman.
Allison Williams stars as a former musical prodigy with a sinister scheme in the horror film “The Perfection” (2019, not rated), which arrives direct to Netflix from its film festival debut. Debuting direct to Netflix is misfit teens-vs.-alien invasion adventure “Rim of the World” (2019, not rated) from producer/director McG.
Foreign affairs: “Joy” (2018, Austria, with subtitles), a drama set in the modern world of sex trafficking, comes to Netflix after winning numerous awards as international film festivals.
True stories: the short documentary “After Maria” (2019, not rated) looks at three Puerto Rican women struggling to keep their families together in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and “A Tale of Two Kitchens” (2019, not rated) profiles two very different restaurant cultures created by Gabriela Cámara.
More streaming TV: Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It: Season 2” shifts the journey of Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) inward as she seeks her artistic voice. Also new:
- family sitcom “Prince of Peoria: Part 2“;
- British drama “Call the Midwife: Series 8“;
- serial killer anthology series “Slasher: Season 3 – Solstice.”
Foreign language TV: two sisters turn detective after a series of mysterious deaths on a luxury cruise in “High Seas: Season 1” (Spain, with subtitles), a mystery set in the 1940s. Also new:
- romantic drama “One Spring Night: Season 1” (South Korea, with subtitles);
- revenge drama “Rosario Tijeras: Season 2” (Mexico, with subtitles).
Stand-up: “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal.”
Amazon Prime Video
The romantic drama “People Places Things” (2015, R) stars Jemaine Clement as a single father with young kids who reenters the dating scene.
Cult pick: Curtis Harrington’s “Night Tide” (1963) is an eerie psychological fantasy with Dennis Hopper as a lonely sailor who falls in love with siren.
Prime Video and Hulu
Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow star in “Thanks for Sharing” (2013, R), a romantic comedy about recovering sex addicts.
Streaming TV: the search for God gets more complicated in “Preacher: Season 3” as the trio tangles with a vampire, a soul-stealer, and a ruthless organization known as The Grail. Also new: the remastered “Baywatch: Complete Series” (1989-1999) with David Hasselhoff.
The animated comedy “Smallfoot” (2018, PG) follows the adventure of a Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) in a remote Himalayan mountain who discovers that the legend is true: humans do exist!
Also new: military adventure “12 Strong” (2018, R) with Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.
Available on Saturday night is “Halloween” (2018, R), David Gordon Green’s sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic.
Larry Lamb and Hayley Mills star in “Pitching In: Season 1,” a family drama set on the North Wales coast. The BBC production makes its US debut on Acorn TV. Also new:
- “Kingdom: Complete Series” (2007-2009) with Stephen Fry;
- made-for-BBC feature “Wide Sargasso Sea” (2006) with Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall.
A British family takes over a Florida RV park in “Living the Dream: Season 1,” a culture clash comedy starring Philip Glenister, Lesley Sharp, and Kevin Nash. Streaming on BritBox.
“Disobedience” (2018, R), starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as women in love in London’s Orthodox Jewish community, is a compassionate drama of family and identity. The English language debut of award-winning Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) co-stars Alessandro Nivola and Allan Corduner. It’s streaming free on Kanopy this month along with:
- Steven Soderbergh’s indie horror “Unsane” (2017, R) with Claire Foy;
- “Breathe” (2017, PG-13) with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy;
- true-life drama “Denial” (2016, PG-13) with Rachel Weisz;
- Al Pacino in “Danny Collins” (2014, R) from “This is Us” creator Dan Fogelman;
- Shunji Iwai’s cruel story of youth “All About Lily Chou-Chou” (Japan, 2001, not rated, with subtitles).
New on disc this week:
“Isn’t It Romantic,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “The Upside,” “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” “Triple Threat”
Now available at Redbox:
“Isn’t It Romantic,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “The Upside,” “Triple Threat,” “Logan Lucky”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.