Top streams for the week
Chris Evans plays an Israeli Mossad agent smuggling Ethiopian Jews from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel through an abandoned seaside hotel in “The Red Sea Diving Resort” (2019, not rated), an “Argo”-like drama based on a true story. It’s written and directed by Gideon Raff, who created the original Israeli series that “Homeland” was based on, and costars Michael Kenneth Williams, Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley. Streaming on Netflix.
Celebrate a belated Mother’s Day with the comedy “Otherhood” (2019, not rated) starring Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman as suburban mothers who crash the lives of their estranged adult sons. The release was delayed from April after Huffman was indicted in the college bribery scandal. Streaming on Netflix.
Mindy Kaling riffs on a classic romcom with a multiethnic cast in the new Hulu Original series “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Nathalie Emmanuel (“Game of Thrones”), Brandon Mychal Smith, and Harish Patel are just a few of the friends and lovers in London who flirt, split, and reshuffle their relationships. 10 episodes on Hulu.
“Share” (2019, TV-MA), a sensitive drama that delves into the ordeal of a high school girl (Rhianne Barreto) facing sexual assault and cyber-bullying, comes to all HBO platforms from the Sundance Film Festival, where it won two awards.
Classic pick: “Atlantic City” (1981, R) with Burt Lancaster as an aging would-be gangster and Susan Sarandon as a waitress aspiring to becoming a croupier is one of the unsung masterpieces of eighties American cinema. Louis Malle directs from an original screenplay by John Guare. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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Charlize Theron is a candidate for president and Seth Rogen a journalist and childhood buddy who becomes her speech writer in “Long Shot” (2019, R), a romantic comedy set in the world of politics. Also new:
- home invasion thriller “The Intruder” (2019, PG-13) with Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid;
- animated comedy “UglyDolls” (2019, PG);
- “The Island” (2018, China, not rated, with subtitles), a survival movie as social satire played for dark comedy;
- con artist comedy “The Swindlers” (2017, South Korea, not rated, with subtitles).
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is espionage thriller “The Operative” (2019, not rated) starring Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman, and hostage drama “15 Minutes of War” (France, 2019, not rated, with subtitles) with Alban Lenoir and Olga Kurylenko.
Bill Pullman returns as the dogged Detective Harry Ambrose to investigate why an 11-year-old boy murdered his parents in “The Sinner: Julian” (2018), the second season of the USA anthology crime drama.
More streaming TV: the nonfiction sports series “Basketball or Nothing: Season 1” follows the Chinle High team from Arizona’s Navajo Nation to the state championship;
- college social satire “Dear White People: Volume 3“;
- high school comedy “Derry Girls: Season 2” from Northern Ireland;
- motherhood comedy “The Letdown: Season 2” from Australia;
- Australian women’s prison drama “Wentworth: Season 7“;
- animated action drama “Kengan Ashura: Part l” (Japan).
Kid stuff: “The Croods” (2013, PG) is a family comedy set in the prehistoric era featuring the voices of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. Also new:
animated fantasy “Twelve Forever: Season 1“;
Also new in August: sci-fi/fantasy space opera “Jupiter Ascending” (2015, PG-13) with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum;
- dark comedy “Horns” (2013, R) with Daniel Radcliffe;
- heist drama “The Bank Job” (2008, R) with Jason Statham;
- comedy “The House Bunny” (2008, PG-13) with Anna Faris;
- the big screen reunion “Sex and the City: The Movie” (2008, R) with Sarah Jessica Parker;
- romantic comedy “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003, PG-13) with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton;
- David Fincher’s thriller “Panic Room” (2002, R) with Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart;
- Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” (1997, R) with Pam Grier and Robert Forster;
- comedy “Groundhog Day” (1993, PG) with Bill Murray.
Stand-up: “Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? (2019, TV-MA).
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Olivia Wilde is “A Vigilante” (2019, R), a survivor of domestic abuse who turns her anger into a mission to avenge other abuse victims, in this hard-edged action thriller.
Foreign affairs: Mads Mikkelsen is stranded in the “Arctic” (Iceland, 2018, PG-13, with subtitles) in this survival thriller.
True stories: the six-part Amazon Prime Original series “This is Football” explores stories behind the worldwide sports phenomenon we call soccer.
Streaming TV: John Leguizamo is a heist mastermind trapped in a hostage situation in the limited series crime drama “The Kill Point” (2007) with Donnie Wahlberg.
Also new this month: indie dramedy “Rainbow Time” (2016, not rated) with Melanie Lynskey and Linas Philips;
- biographical drama “Lovelace” (2013, R) with Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace;
- coming of age comedy “Submarine” (2011, R) with Craig Roberts;
- live action graphic novel “300” (2006, R) from Zach Snyder;
- Jim Carry and Jeff Daniels in “Dumb and Dumber” (1994, PG-13);
- Peter Bogdanovich’s “Saint Jack” (1979, R) with Ben Gazzara;
- “G.I. Blues” (1960) with Elvis Presley as an American soldier in peacetime Germany.
Family friendly releases include Tim Burton’s animated “Corpse Bride” (2005, PG), a mix of romantic comedy and ghost story, and the musical “The Slipper and the Rose” (1976, G) with Richard Chamberlain as Prince Charming searching for Cinderella.
Prime Video and Hulu
Jeff Bridges and Edward Furlong star in “American Heart” (1992, R), an indie drama about homeless life on the streets of Seattle inspired by the Oscar-nominated documentary “Streetwise” (Prime Video and Hulu). Also new:
- Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” (1997, PG-13) with Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, and Claire Danes, adapted from the John Grisham novel (Prime Video and Hulu);
- “Urban Cowboy” (1980, PG) with John Travolta and Debra Winger (Prime Video and Hulu);
- Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968, R) with Mia Farrow and John Cassevetes (Prime Video and Hulu).
Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet star in “Non-Fiction” (France, 2019, R, with subtitles), Olivier Assayas’ drama set in the publishing world.
“Into the Dark: School Spirit” takes the horror anthology series back to high school.
Foreign affairs: the fantasy spectacle “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days” (South Korea, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) was a box office smash in Asia and Hulu now streams the original “Das Boot” (Germany, 1981, R, with subtitles) that inspired the TV series.
True stories: “Dior and I” (2015, R) profiles famed fashion designer Christian Dior.
Binge the big screen “Star Trek” universe with six voyages featuring Kirk, Spock, and the original bridge crew, including “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982, PG) and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (1991, PG), plus three movies with the Next Generation cast.
Also new this month: Oscar-winning drama “Dances with Wolves” (1990, PG-13) from actor/director Kevin Costner and Oscar-nominated “The Color Purple” (1985, PG-13) from director Steven Spielberg with Whoopi Goldberg;
- “The Pink Panther” (2006, PG) and “The Pink Panther 2” (2009, PG) with Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau;
- remarkably timely comedy “Idiocracy” (2006, R) from director Mike Judge;
- sci-fi monster smackdown “Alien vs. Predator” (2004, PG-13);
- surreal comedy “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (2002, R) with Sam Rockwell and Drew Barrymore;
- action hit “The Transporter” (2002, PG-13) with Jason Statham;
- Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” (1998, R) with Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray;
- sci-fi fantasy “The Fifth Element” (1997, PG-13) with Bruce Willis;
- David Fincher’s “Seven” (1995, R) with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman;
- sports comedy “White Men Can’t Jump” (1992, R) with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson;
- comedy “Throw Momma from the Train” (1987, PG-13) with Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito;
- the original “The Terminator” (1984, R) with Arnold Schwarzenegger;
- David Cronenberg’s low-budget horror film “Shivers” (1975, R).
The half-hour comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” featuring a cast and writer’s room composed entirely of black women, debuts with new episodes Friday nights.
The HBO Original documentary “Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist” (2019, TV-14) explores how a happy grade school boy in England became a notorious ISIS terrorist.
Viola Davis leads a team of amateurs on a heist in “Widows” (2018, R), a gritty drama set in the corrupt culture of Chicago crime and politics. Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) directs and Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo co-star with Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. Also new this week:
- drama “Boy Erased” (2018, R) with Lucas Hedges as a teenage boy sent to a gay conversion program and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe;
- thriller “Miss Bala” (2019, PG-13) with Gina Rodriguez as a Latino American women forced to work for a Mexican drug lord;
- family friendly documentary “A Lego Brickumentary” (2014, G);
- crime thriller “El Angel” (Argentina, 2019, not rated, with subtitles).
Available Saturday night is darkly satirical historical drama “The Favourite” (2018, R) starring Oscar nominees Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone and best actress Oscar winner Olivia Colman.
True crime series “No One Saw a Thing,” about the unsolved 1981 vigilante murder of Ken Rex McElroy in Missouri, begins on Sundance Now.
The Criterion Channel celebrates the work of Oscar-winning cinematography Jack Cardiff with ten features (including “A Matter of Life and Death,” 1946, and “The African Queen,” 1951) and the documentary “Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff” (2010, not rated) and the work of Soviet filmmaker Larisa Shepitko with two films (“Wings,” 1966, and “The Ascent,” 1976, both with subtitles). And it presents the streaming debut of John Waters’ made-in-Baltimore cult film “Female Trouble” (1974, not rated) featuring Divine, presented with bonus commentary and interviews.
New on disc and at Redbox this week:
“Long Shot,” “The Intruder,” “UglyDolls,” “Domino”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.