What to stream: fictional crime ‘Safe’ and true crime ‘Evil Genius’ on Netflix and ‘Karate Kid’ sequel ‘Cobra Kai’ on YouTube Red

William Zabka and Ralph Macchio in the streaming sequel to 'The Karate Kid'

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 …

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues is a sequel that promotes Johnny (William Zabka), the bullying villain of the original film, on a redemptive journey more than 30 years later as he revives the dojo and its “strike first” philosophy. Ralph Macchio is also back as Daniel, who trains his own disciple using the tried-and-true methods he learned from Miyagi.

Cobra Kai… keeps surpassing all reasonable expectations. Every time I thought the idea had exhausted its usefulness, the story took another turn, or another character dynamic came into play, and I just wanted to see more of it,” celebrates Uproxx TV critic Alan Sepwell. “[I]t’s compulsively watchable, emotionally engaging, and almost always one step ahead of where you think it’s going.”

The first two episodes of ten episodes are free to all viewers, the rest require a subscription to YouTube Red, the paid service of original programming.

Safe, a new Netflix Original series created by bestselling thriller novelist Harlan Coben and produced in England, stars Michael C. Hall (sporting a British accent) as a widower father in a gated community who digs into his guarded community’s secrets when his teenage daughter goes missing.

Safe leans into most of its increasingly preposterous moments, including Hall’s accent,” cautions IndieWire TV critic Ben Travers. “It’s not that the show or its star’s elocution are bad, per se; they just don’t overwork themselves trying to convince you of their grand importance. Safe is a soap, and it’s a fun diversion as such.”

Eight episodes streaming on Netflix.

The true crime documentary series Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist investigates the 2003 “Pizza Bomber Heist,” where a pizza delivery man was forced to rob a bank with a bomb locked around his neck that ultimately killed him.

“[T]his four-part documentary series is yet another of the streaming service’s based-on-real-events triumphs; a mystery so bizarre and confounding, one wouldn’t dare write it as fiction for fear of having it labeled unrealistic,” writes Nick Schager for The Daily Beast. “It’s no surprise that Schroeder avoids excessive aesthetic embroidery for her material—the insanity speaks for itself.”

Four episodes on Netflix.

The new Hulu Original series All Night is a high school comedy that plays out over a lock-in party with a group of new graduates with one last chance to make their high school dreams a reality. Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd proclaims it “awkward and obvious but not unlikable, the series is a cocktail mixed from stock characters and situations and whatever could be found in the folks’ liquor cabinet the weekend they were away.”

All ten episodes now streaming on Hulu.

Al Pacino directs and stars in Salomé (2013, R), a film adaptation of his 2006 stage production with Jessica Chastain in her (long delayed) feature debut. It’s a rare feature film on BroadwayHD, the streaming service devoted to Broadway stage productions. More on the film from Gary Goldstein at LA Times.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Fifty Shades Freed (2018, R) concludes the kinky romantic trilogy starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. It turns out that marriage has its own dangers, including stalking and kidnapping.

Also new is crime drama Wetlands (2017, not rated) with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Heather Graham and high school comedy The Honor List (2018, PG-13).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is Terminal (2018, not rated), a crime thriller starring Dexter Fletcher and Max Irons as hitmen and Margot Robbie as the mystery woman who weaves through their lives. Also new are the comedies Another Kind of Wedding (2018, not rated) with Kathleen Turner and Jessica Paré and Class Rank (2018, not rated) with Olivia Holt and Kristin Chenoweth.

Netflix

Agnes Varda’s Faces Places (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) takes the legendary French filmmaker on an artistic journey through rural France with photographer/muralist JR. It was nominated for an Oscar and won awards at Cannes 2017.

Also new: Lambert Wilson plays celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau in the biopic The Odyssey (France, 2016, PG, with subtitles) with Audrey Tautou (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), and high school romantic comedy The Kissing Booth (2018, not rated), a Netflix Original movie with Joey King and Molly Ringwald.

More streaming TV: a beauty queen marries into a drug cartel family in the 70-episode telenovela Miss Dynamite: Complete Series (Mexico, with subtitles) and the science guy is back in the nonfiction series Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3.

Kid stuff: The Who Was? Show: Season 1, based on the best-selling books, is a live-action sketch comedy series that brings humor to history lessons. Also new: the animated Spirit Riding Free: Season 5.

Stand-up: Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (2018).

Amazon Prime

Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star in Liv Ullman’s film of Miss Julie (2013, PG-13) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here). Also new:

  • Zhang Yimou’s historical drama The Flowers of War (China, 2012, R, with subtitles) with Christian Bale;
  • British drama Pride (2014, R) with Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton;
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro (2009, R) with the feature debut of Alden Ehrenreich (aka the new Han Solo).
  • Foreign affairs: Ulrich Thomsen and Mads Mikkelsen star in the gangster comedy Flickering Lights (Denmark, 2000) from Anders Thomas Jensen.

True stories: For All Mankind (1989, PG-13) chronicles the Apollo moon landing missions entirely with archival NASA footage and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (2013, PG-13) is a first-person documentary that explores a hidden family secret.

Streaming TV: The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle revives the 1960s series in a new animated incarnation with Moose and Squirrel battling Boris and Natasha. Also new:

  • Diablo Guardian: Season 1 (Mexico, with subtitles), a crime thriller with Paulina Gaitan as a woman on the run with a bad of stolen money;
  • Chuck: The Complete Series with Zachary Levi as a computer geek with national secrets and mad spy skills downloaded into his brain.

Amazon Prime / Hulu

Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy play brothers who come up against one another in a mixed martial arts tournament in Warrior (2011, PG-13). Nick Nolte co-stars (Prime Video and Hulu).

Hulu

Streaming TV: Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston star in Claws: Season 1, the TNT drama about a Florida nail salon that launders money for a gang of crooks. Also new:

HBO Now

There’s the animated adventure comedy The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017, PG) for kids, documentary A Dangerous Son (2018, not rated) about families coping with the mental illness of a child for non-fiction fans, and 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for music lovers.

Available Saturday evening is Dunkirk (2017, PG-13), Christopher Nolan’s immersive drama of the British army’s evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, an epic experimental film with minimal dialogue, juggled timelines, and intimate scenes that share the experience of the soldiers and civilians. (Available Sunday on HBO On Demand)

Showtime Anytime

The second season of I’m Dying Up Here, the Showtime Original series about the stand-up comedy scene in 1970s Los Angeles, is now underway with new episodes Sunday nights.

Stand-up: Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly (2017) is the show that the filmmaker and self-proclaimed geek performed an hour before his heart attack.

Arriving Saturday night is the first episode in the five-part miniseries Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

FilmStruck / Criterion Channel

A Journey Through French Cinema” presents Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary My Journey Through French Cinema (France, 2016, not rated, with subtitles) along with 17 films he spotlights in the journey. Try the stormy romantic drama Remorques (France, 1941, with subtitles) with Jean Gabin or the riveting prison break thriller Le Trou (France, 1960, with subtitles) to start. Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.

TCM Select Pick of the Week is Lawrence of Arabia (1962, PG), David Lean’s epic drama starring Peter O’Toole as English officer T.E. Lawrence in Northern Africa during World War I. It’s part of the “Director of the Week: David Lean” collection of 16 films, which also includes his romantic classic Brief Encounter (1945), Oscar-winning World War II drama The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and his final feature A Passage to India (1984, PG).

Jean Harlow is FilmStruck’s Star of the Week and the fourteen film line-up includes the sexy pre-code classic Red Dust (1932) with Clark Gable (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), star-studded comedy Dinner at Eight (1933), screwball Hollywood comedy Bombshell (1933), and adventure melodrama China Seas (1935) with Gable once again.

Acorn TV

The eight-part BBC Wales thriller Keeping Faith, starring Eve Myles as a lawyer and mother who turns detective to find her missing husband, makes its U.S. debut on Acorn TV.

The TV documentary Station X (1999) chronicles the how Germany’s Enigma code was broken by British Intelligence in World War II.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears in Vulture, Turner Classic Movies online, Keyframe, and Parallax View.

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