Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …
Netflix launches a new original series: Ozark, a crime thriller that stars Jason Bateman as a crooked Chicago financial advisor who launders money for a Mexican drug cartel and has to uproot his family and hide out in rural Missouri when someone tips the Feds. Laura Linney costars as Wendy, wife of Bateman’s Marty Byrde, who has to help their kids deal with the sudden culture clash.
“Ozark uses Marty’s voice-over musings about hard work and the wages of parenthood to give the appearance of gravitas, but the show’s through line is really just his resourcefulness in the face of gruesome, cartel-style justice,” writes New York Times TV critic Mike Hale. “The show isn’t a tragedy — most of the time, it’s a satirical (though quite violent) culture-clash caper with pretensions.”
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The Lost City of Z, based on the non-fiction bestseller of the same name, dramatizes the odyssey of British explorer Captain Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam) and his search for an ancient civilization in the Amazon jungle. Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland (the new “Spider-Man”) co-star in the exploration epic from director James Gray (PG-13). It’s not on VOD through Comcast, my cable company, but it is on VOD through other services. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.
Part remake and part prequel, Kong: Skull Island pits a team of scientists and soldiers against the giant ape on a remote tropical island in the early 1970s. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, and John C. Reilly represent the human race in the battle for the jungle (PG-13). Also on Blu-ray and DVD.
Also new: action comedy Free Fire, a feature-length gunfight starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer (R), historical drama The Promise with Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon as lovers caught in the fall of the Ottoman Empire (PG-13), and the Bulgarian drama Glory (not rated, with subtitles).
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the action thriller First Kill with Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen (R) and the French drama Amnesia from Barbet Schroeder with Marthe Keller and Bruno Ganz (not rated, with subtitles).
Netflix is now streaming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) starring Felicity Jones a scruffy survivor who takes on the Empire with a team of outcasts and mavericks. This action packed mission thriller plays out in the margins of “Star Wars” with a darker portrait of rebellion and war (PG-13). Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.
The Canadian crime drama Intelligence: The Complete Series (2006-2007), which is rooted in the intersection between the Vancouver crime underworld and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, is one of the best shows of its kind. All 25 episodes now available. Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.
The thriller Vantage Point (2008) with Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox pieces together an assassination attempt from multiple points of view (PG-13).
More streaming TV: Pretty Little Liars: Season 7B delivers the final episodes of the young adult melodrama from FreeForm, plus the Netflix sports doc series Last Chance U: Season 2, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 3 from Bravo, wicked legal satire Rake: Season 4 from Australia, and The Worst Witch: Season 1, a magical fantasy for kids from Britain.
Jessica Chastain is Miss Sloane (2016), a high-powered lobbyist who takes on the gun lobby in this drama of cold-blooded politics and morality for sale (R).
Streaming TV: the Amazon original animated series Niko and the Sword of Light is a fantasy adventure for kids (10 episodes).
Emma Watson infiltrates an oppressive religious cult in Chile to rescue her boyfriend (Daniel Bruhl) in the thriller Colonia (2015, R).
The Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job (2010) is a damning exposé of the 2008 financial crisis (PG-13).
Sci-fi mind-bender John Dies at the End (2012) sends two college dropouts on a drug-induced journey into another dimension to stop an invasion… or maybe it’s just the drugs (R).
Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher are a suburban couple Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016) in the spy comedy with Jon Hamm, and Gal Gadot (PG-13).
And yes, winter is now here: Game of Thrones: Season 7 has begun with new episodes arriving Sunday nights.
Debuting Saturday night is the Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge (2016) from filmmaker Mel Gibson (R).
FilmStruck / Criterion Channel
A collection of films starring French superstar Alain Delon are now on FilmStruck, including Purple Noon (France, 1961), the first screen version of The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the crime movie classics Le Samourai (France, 1997) and Le Cercle Rouge (France, 1970) from director Jean-Pierre Melville (not rated, with subtitles). Also newly added is the superb American seventies crime drama The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) with Robert Mitchum (R).
Two film documentaries debut on The Criterion Channel: the touching Cameraperson (2016), created by Kirsten Johnson from unused footage from a career shooting documentaries, and Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010), about the Oscar-winning cinematographer (not rated).