What to stream: animated ‘Spider-Man’ and musical ‘Anima’ on Netflix, ‘Diane’ on Hulu, free picks on Kanopy and Hoopla

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …

The Oscar-winning, family-friendly animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, PG) offers up a new take on the classic story with Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) getting bitten by the radioactive spider and a whole team of Spider-People from alternate dimensions helping him master his new powers. It also adds new dimensions to an animation style that draws directly from comic book graphics. The voice cast also includes Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali. And it’s a blast, a fun, unexpected take on the overcrowded superhero genre. Now streaming on Netflix.

Mary Kay Place is Diane (2018, not rated) in the low-key, intimate drama of loneliness, community, and late-life regrets. Jake Lacy and Estelle Parsons costar in the fiction debut of film historian and documentary filmmaker Kent Jones. Streaming on Hulu.

Tim Burton directs Dumbo (2019, PG), the live-action remake of the animated Disney classic about a misfit baby elephant with enormous ears that allow it to fly. Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Eva Green star in this version, which expands the story into a nostalgic big top melodrama of eccentric circus folk versus a scheming amusement park owner. On Cable On Demand, VOD, DVD, and at Redbox.

Emma Thompson stars in Years and Years, a limited series from creator Russell T. Davies (“Queer as Folk” and the “Doctor Who” revival) that follows a family in present day Manchester through overwhelming change in the coming years. New episodes every Monday night on all HBO platforms.

Fans of Killing Eve and Grey’s Anatomy can see Emmy-nominated actress Sandra Oh’s first starring role in the indie romantic comedy Double Happiness (1995, PG-13), now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Robert Pattinson is a convict on a deep-space voyage in High Life (2019, R), a dreamy science fiction film from French filmmaker Claire Denis. Juliette Binoche and Andre Benjamin costar. Available two weeks before DVD. Also new:

  • World War II romantic drama The Aftermath (2019, R) with Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård;
  • corporate thriller The Hummingbird Project (2018, R) with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård;
  • British prison break drama Maze (2017, not rated);
  • Christian Petzold’s award-winning Transit (Germany, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) set in Nazi-occupied France (available two weeks before DVD);
  • historical drama Sunset (Hungary, 2018, R, with subtitles) from director László Nemes;
  • action thriller Furie (Vietnam, 2019, with subtitles) with Veronica Ngo.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the mystery Euphoria (2017, R) starring Alicia Vikander and Eva Green as estranged sisters on a family vacation.


Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson directs Anima (2019, not rated), a short musical film featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

20th Century Women (2016, R) stars Annette Bening as a single mother of a teenage boy determined to give him good life lessons with the help of friends and boarders in her sprawling old house (Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup).

Foreign affairs: Triple Threat (Thailand, 2019, with subtitles) pits Asian action superstars Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, and Tiger Chen against American martial arts stars Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White. Features some English dialogue. Also new is the supernatural horror The Golem (Israel, 2018, not rated).

Streaming TV: the new Netflix Original true crime series Exhibit A looks at how innocent people have been convicted with dubious forensic evidence.

Foreign language TV: Family Business: Season 1 (France, with subtitles) is a comedy about a would-be entrepreneur who wants to turn his family butcher shop in a marijuana café. Also new:

Kid stuff: Motown Magic: Season 2 brings more animated adventures set to classic soul songs.

Stand-up: Mike Epps: Only One Mike (2019, TV-MA).

Amazon Prime Video

Foreign affairs: the offbeat thriller The President’s Last Bang (South Korea, 2005, not rated, with subtitles) recasts the real-life 1989 assassination of the South Korean president as a jaunty black comedy of errors. Also newly available:

  • The Light Thief (Kyrgyzstan, 2010, not rated, with subtitles), a parable about an electrician who tries to bring wind power to his destitute community;
  • Stolen Life (China, 2007) and Uniform (China, 2003), two dramas of life in urban China (both not rated, with subtitles);
  • coming of age drama Madeinusa (Peru, 2006, not rated, with subtitles) set in a remote Peruvian village.

Streaming TV: HBO musical comedy Flight of the Conchords: Complete Series (2007-2009) with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie as the New Zealand folk-rock duo in New York City and non-fiction comedy Penn and Teller: Bulsh*t!: Complete Series (2003-2010) from Showtime are now available to stream.

Prime Video / Hulu

Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke star in Juliet, Naked (2018, R), a romantic comedy based on the novel by Nick Hornby (Prime Video and Hulu).

On Saturday comes the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018, R) with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends who inadvertently get caught up in international intrigue (Prime Video and Hulu).


Streaming TV: the British reality show Love Island: Season 5 arrives with new episodes each Saturday.


Robert Redford brings his easy charm to the role of a gentleman, octogenarian bank robber who lives for the thrill of the deed in The Old Man & the Gun (2018, PG-13), a strangely sweet and affectionate low key drama costarring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck. Redford said it’s his last screen performance.

The documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (2019, TV-MA) profiles the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Available Saturday night is the new version of Robin Hood (2018, PG-13) with Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx.


Damned, a British sitcom starring Jo Brand and Alan Davies as social services workers battling bureaucracy, debuts on Britbox. Also new are the Agatha Christie films The Mirror Crack’d (1980, PG) with Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple and Evil Under the Sun (1982, PG) with Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot.


Living a Lie: Season 1 (Wales, with subtitles), a political drama starring Catherine Ayers and Matthew Gravelle, and the crime drama Money Murder Zurich (Switzerland, with subtitles) are now streaming. New episodes arrive each Tuesday.

The Criterion Channel

Agnès Varda’s One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (France, 1977, not rated, with subtitles), a feminist musical about a friendship between two women over a decade of social change, streams with a documentary and two short Varda films featured on the recent disc release.

Sundance Now

Riviera: Season 2 a thriller with Julia Stiles as a widow searching for her husband’s killer in the European underworld, is underway with new episodes each Thursday.

CBS All Access

Strange Angel: Season 2, with Jack Reynor as a World War II rocket scientist involved in Los Angeles cult of sex and occultism, streams new episodes each Thursday.


Jonah Hill’s autobiographical comedy-drama Mid90s (2018, R), set in the skateboarding culture of the 1990s, is now available. Also new:

Kanopy is available through most public library systems.


Elizabeth Moss stars as a self-destructive punk rocker attempting a comeback Her Smell (2019, R) from filmmaker Alex Ross Perry. Also new:

Hoopla is available through most public library systems.

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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 at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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