“Toy Story 4” (2019, G) reunites the toybox gang for a road trip with new friends. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and Annie Potts headline the returning voice cast and Tony Hale is Forky, an arts and crafts project made from a plastic spork who suffers from an identity crisis. Like the previous installments, it’s both funny and poignant and great for the whole family. It makes its streaming debut on Disney+.
Shia LaBeouf writes and stars in “Honey Boy” (2019, R), the drama of the stormy childhood of a child actor loosely based on his own life. Alma har’el directs the Amazon Prime Video original feature, which was nominated for four Film Independent Spirit awards.
Alison Brie plays an isolated, socially-awkward woman whose dreams start to bleed into her reality in “Horse Girl” (2020, R), a psychological drama that delves into issues of mental illness. The film from director Jeff Baeana and cowriter Brie comes direct to Netflix from its debut at Sundance.
Three siblings discover mysterious keys to a dark supernatural world in their ancestral home in “Locke & Key,” based on the best-selling comic book series written by Joe Hill. Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, and Emilia Jones star and Carlton Cuse (showrunner for “Lost” and “Jack Ryan”) adapts and produces the live action thriller for Netflix. 10 episodes.
J.K. Simmons stars in “Counterpart: Complete Series” (2018-2019, TV-MA), a political thriller that plays like John le Carre cold war spy drama with a high concept twist out of Philip K. Dick. Originally produced for Starz, it was well reviewed but little seen and cancelled after two seasons. Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
The modern day film noir “Long Day’s Journey into Night” (China, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) plunges the viewer into the nocturnal world of China’s rainy Guizhou province with a puzzle-like narrative and a dreamy atmosphere. On Criterion Channel.
Cult pick: “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” (1981/2007, R) starring Harrison Ford as a cop hunting escaped replicants in the overcrowded, ecologically devastated future, was a flop upon release but became one of the most influential science fiction films of its time. The definitive director’s cut is now streaming on Netflix.
Classic pick: Paul Newman is “Hud” (1963), a cynical, hard drinking cowboy, in the superb adaptation of Larry McMurtry modern western. Costars Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal earned Oscars, as did cinematographer James Wong Howe, but Newman carries the film with his lazy, insolent performance. On Amazon Prime Video.
Correction: “Uncut Gems” was erroneously featured as a Netflix release last week. It is available only to international Netflix subscribers.
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“The Cave” (2019, PG-13), the Oscar-nominated documentary about a subterranean hospital service civilians in Syria, arrives on Cable On Demand and VOD.
Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding star in “Last Christmas” (2019, PG-13), a romantic comedy inspired by the George Michael song, and Ewan McGregor plays adult Danny Torrance in “Doctor Sleep” (2019, R), based on Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining.” Also on DVD and at Redbox. Also new:
thriller “The Good Liar” (2019, R) with Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan;
family comedy “Playing with Fire” (2019, PG) with John Cena and Keagan-Michael Key;
indie drama “Waves” (2019, R) from filmmaker Trey Edward Shults.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “Come to Daddy” (2019, R), a darkly comic thriller with Elijah Wood, and World War II drama “Waiting for Anya” (2020, not rated) with Anjelica Huston and Jean Reno.
“Black Hollywood: ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us’” (2018, not rated), a three-part documentary on black actors and filmmakers in Hollywood, and Renae Bluitt’s “She Did That” (2019, not rated), a look at four African-American women who broke the glass ceiling, arrive for Black History Month.
International affairs: a fugitive guerilla soldier in 1944 Spain, left deaf by an explosion, tries to survive in “The Silent War” (Spain, 2019, TV-MA, with subtitles). The romantic drama “Hum Aapke Hain Koun” (India, 1994, with subtitles), top-grossing Bollywood film of all-time, is an excellent entry into the world of Bollywood musicals.
International TV: a lonely programmer calls in love with an experimental hologram designed to look like its creator in the Netflix Original limited series “My Holo Love” (Japan, with subtitles).
Oscar winners: The devastating Holocaust survival drama “The Pianist” (2002, R) earned statuettes for director Roman Polanski and actor Adrian Brody and “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989, PG) took home awards for best picture and actress Jessica Tandy. Future Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron’s “A Little Princess” (1995, G) was nominated for two Oscars, including cinematography by three-time winner Emmanuel Lubezki.
Stand-up: “Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!” (2020, not rated).
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Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss star in “Listen Up Philip” (2014, not rated), an American indie drama set in the culture of American letters. Alex Ross Perry directs and 20019 Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce costars.
Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn star in the gritty prison drama “Starred Up” (2014, not rated) from David Mackenzie.
Streaming TV: a team of con artists target the greedy and the criminal in the snappy British series “Hustle: Seasons 1 and 2” (2004-2005) with Adrian Lester, Jaime Murray, and Robert Vaughn.
True stories: “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” (2014, not rated) profiles the “Sesame Street” puppeteer who recently passed away.
International affairs: a wild buffalo breaks free and wreaks havoc in a small town in “Jallikattu (India, 2019, not rated, with subtitles). a mix of horror, action drama, and social satire. Also new:
Tsui Hark’s martial arts action spectacle “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” (China, 2012, R, with subtitles) with Jet Li;
drama “A Five Star Life” (Italy, 2014, not rated, with subtitles) with Margherita Buy.
A collection of classic Italian films are new to Prime Video, including Pier Paolo Pasolini’s feature debut and “Accattone” (Italy, 1961, with subtitles) and his acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “The Gospel According to Matthew” (Italy, 1964, with subtitles). Also newly arrived:
anthology film “Love in the City” (Italy, 1953) with episodes by Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and Alberto Lattuada;
Vittorio De Sica’s Cannes-winning drama “The Roof” (Italy, 1956, with subtitles)
romantic drama “The Visitor” (Italy, 1963, with subtitles) with Sandra Milo;
Federico Fellini’s documentary “The Clowns” (Italy, 1972, not rated, with subtitles);
Cannes-winning drama “The Stolen Children” (Italy, 1992, with subtitles).
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Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy are estranged brother who meet back up in the ring in “Warrior” (2011, PG-13), a family drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. Nick Nolte was Oscar nominated for playing their father, and alcoholic former boxer (Prime Video and Hulu).
Cult: the swashbuckling “Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter” (1974, R) stars Horst Janson as a brooding sword-wielding soldier hunting bloodsuckers with his jovial hunchbacked partner (Prime Video and Hulu).
“David Crosby: Remember My Name” (2019, R) profiles the legendary musician and his fifty year-plus career.
Noomi Rapace is a grieving mother who comes to believe that her neighbor’s daughter is her own child in the psychological thriller “Angel of Mine” (2019, R). Yvonne Strahovski and Luke Evans costar.
“Into the Dark: My Valentine” is this month’s installment in the series of feature-length horror film.
Streaming TV: The season premieres of NBC sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 7” and the Fox competition show “The Masked Singer: Season 3” are now available, along with series premieres of “Indebted” and “Lego Masters.”
A cyborg (Rosa Salazar) revived by a paternal scientist (Christoph Waltz) leads the revolution in “Alita: Battle Angel” (2019, PG-13), the big screen adaptation of the Japanese manga from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron.
The documentary limited series “McMillion$” (2020, TV-14) unravels the elaborate multimillion dollar fraud and the larger-than-life character that hatched the con behind the McDonald’s Monopoly promotional game. New episodes on Monday nights.
Available exclusively on HBO streaming platforms is the second season of “The Teenage Psychic” (Japan, with subtitles).
“Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” (2020, PG), a live action comedy about an elementary schoolboy detective (Winslow Fegley) and his polar bear partner, comes to Disney+ direct from its Sundance premiere. Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) directs and Ophelia Lovibond, Wallace Shawn, and Craig Robinson costar. Also new is the young adult fantasy “Descendants 3” (2019, TV-G), originally made for Disney Channel.
Rob McElhenney, Danny Pudi, and F. Murray Abraham star in “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet – Season 1,” a comedy about a team of video game developers from the creators of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Now episodes arrive on Apple TV+ every Friday.
“Game of Thrones” star Kristofer Hivju plays dual roles in “Twin” (Norway, with subtitles), an eight-part crime thriller he helped create. New episodes each Tuesday on MHz.
Criterion Channel presents Julie Dash’s landmark “Daughters of the Dust” (1991, not rated, with subtitles), a drama set in the 19th century Gullah culture of America’s Southern Atlantic coast, and “Lamb” (Ethiopia, 2015, with subtitles), a coming-of-story in the mountains of Ethiopia.
Also new to Criterion Channel this month is Cornel Wilde’s survival thriller “The Naked Prey” (1965), a collection of 22 “Foreign-Language Oscar Winners,” from “Rashomon” (Japan, 1950), with subtitles) to “The Great Beauty” (Italy, 2013, with subtitles), including films by Ingmar Bergman, Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and François Truffaut, and 17 films “Starring Sidney Poitier,” from “Cry, the Beloved Country” (1951) to “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974, PG) and including his Oscar-winning performance in “Lilies of the Field” (1963) Ralph Nelson, 1963).
New on disc and at Redbox:
“Last Christmas,” “Doctor Sleep,” “The Good Liar,” “Playing with Fire,” “Waves”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.