The second season of “The Mandalorian” (TV-PG), the first live-action TV spinoff of the “Star Wars” universe and Emmy-winning breakout hit of Disney+, starts rolling out new adventures of the intergalactic bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) and his adopted sidekick, the Child (nicknamed Baby Yoda by fans). The first season of the big-budget series became a sensation with its modern spin on classic westerns and other movie genre. The second season is being kept under wraps until its debut. New episodes each Friday. (Disney+)
“Truth Seekers: Season 1” (TV-14), co-created by buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, combines comedy and creepy horror as it follows a group of amateur paranormal investigators led by a lonely widower (Frost) investigating ghost sightings across the UK and recording their adventures. Samson Kayo and Emma D’Arcy round out the team and Malcolm McDowell and Simon Pegg costar. (Amazon Prime)
The limited series “The Undoing” (TV-MA) reunites “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman and writer/creator David E. Kelley in an adaptation of the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel “You Should Have Known,” about a wealthy couple whose life unravels when the cheating husband (Hugh Grant) is accused of murder. Matilda De Angelis, Edgar Ramírez, and Donald Sutherland costar in the six-part series directed by Susanne Bier. New episodes each Sunday. (All HBO platforms)
The lively, witty new adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” (2020, PG) stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the society Queen Bee who learns humility and compassion as she tries to engineer romances around her. Director Autumn de Wilde fills the film with vivid characters, nuanced performances, and a mix of period detail and modern flair. It’s a delight. Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, and Bill Nighy costar. (All HBO platforms)
Claire Danes returns as the brilliant but troubled bipolar CIA operative in the eighth and final season of the Showtime espionage thriller “Homeland” (TV-MA). It’s now streaming on Hulu.
The third season of “Star Trek: Discovery” (TV-14) opens with the crew trapped in the far-flung future. New episodes each Thursday. (CBS All Access)
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“The Craft: Legacy” (2020, PG-13), a sequel to the cult 1996 film, follows a group of high school students that form a coven of witches.
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey are singles who spend the holidays together in the romantic comedy “Holidate” (2020, not rated).
“Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine” (2020, not rated) is a sketch comedy special featuring the comedian who became famous for her ingenious Trump lip-synching videos.
Streaming TV: the seventh and final season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (TV-14) brings the inventive and epic Marvel Comics series to a conclusion with a time-travelling odyssey.
International Passport: cop thriller “Rogue City” (France, 2020, not rated, with subtitles) follows a special squad caught between police corruption and the warring gangs of the Marseille underworld. Also new:
- the third and final season of the organized crime thriller “Suburra – Blood on Rome: Season 3” (Italy, TV-MA, with subtitles);
supernatural drama “The Devil Punisher: Season 1” (Taiwan, with subtitles);
- reality shows “La Gran Ilusion: Season 1” (Spain, with subtitles) featuring illusionist Antonio Diaz.
True stories: “Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb” (2020, not rated) explores one of the most important archeological finds of the new century.
Halloween spirits: a young refugee couple from war-torn Sudan faces new horrors in their new home in England in “His House” (2020, not rated), a horror film wound around issues of race and cultural displacement. It won an award at the Sundance Film Festival. Also new:
“Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight” (Poland, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), about teens in technology addiction camp targets by a sinister force;
“The Day of the Lord” (Mexico, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), about a retired priest asked to come out of isolation and perform an exorcism;
“Kaali Khuhi” (India, 2020, not rated, with subtitles) about a village with a legacy of female infanticide haunted by the ghosts of its sins.
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The eight-part documentary series “The Challenge: ETA” (Spain, not rated, with subtitles) explores Spain’s Guardia Civil decades-long fight against the Basque separatist terrorist group ETA.
True stories: the five-part series “City So Real” (TV-14) is filmmaker Steve James’ multifaceted portrait of modern Chicago.
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Based on Jon Meacham’s 2018 bestseller, the documentary “The Soul of America” (2020, TV-14) puts today’s polarized culture in context of our past history and the fights for equality and civil rights. (All HBO platforms)
International Passport: crime thriller “Gomorrah: Seasons 1 & 2” (Italy, 2014-2016, TV-MA, with subtitles), inspired by the nonfiction nook by Robert Saviano, follows the power struggle in the criminal underworld of Southern Italy. (HBO Max)
Stand-up: “Chelsea Handler: Evolution” (2020, not rated). (HBO Max)
The documentary “Citizen Bio” (2020, TV-MA) digs into the underground world of biohacking and the mysterious death of one of its most notorious figures. (All Showtime platforms)
Also new on Showtime is “The Current War” (2019, PG-13) starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse batting to determine the electrical future of America.
The witty British crime drama “New Tricks: Seasons 1-6” (2003-2009, TV-14) stars Amanda Redman as the commander of a team of retired detectives who re-examine unsolved crimes. (Britbox)
Eccentric teams of detectives investigate “perfect crimes” in the French mystery series “Perfect Murders” (France, TV-14, with subtitles). It’s new this month on MHz along with “Kieler Street” (Norway, TV-14, with subtitles), set in a town filled with criminals living under assumed identities. New episodes arrive Tuesdays. (MHz)
- powerful political drama “Joint Security Area” (South Korea, 2000, not rated, with subtitles) from “Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook;
- alien invasion satire “Save the Green Planet!” (South Korea, 2003, not rated, with subtitles);
- haunting horror film turned family tragedy “A Tale of Two Sisters” (South Korea, 2003, not rated, with subtitles);
- thrilling 21st century monster movie “The Host” (South Korea, 2006, not rated, with subtitles) from Bong Joon Ho, the Oscar-winning director of “Parasite.”
Also new on Criterion Channel is a collection of five films “Directed by Catherine Breillat,” including her boundary-pushing dramas “Romance” (France, 1999, R, with subtitles) and “Abuse of Weakness” (France, 2013, not rated, with subtitles), and a double feature of “Nosferatu” (Germany, 1922, silent with score) and Werner Herzog’s remake “Nosferatu the Vampyre” (Germany, 1979, PG, with subtitles).
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.