What to stream: ‘Athlete A’ on Netflix, ‘Perry Mason’ on HBO, ‘Clemency’ on Hulu

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 documentary “Athlete A” (2020, PG-13) explores the abuse perpetrated by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar through the stories of the young women he betrayed, the journalists who uncovered the story, and the culture that enabled his continued abuse. “Every high-profile sexual-abuse case is a kind of spider’s web, with toxic strands of enablers and co-conspirators, all wound into what’s been, until recently, a larger cultural denial,” writes Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman. “‘Athlete A’ is compellingly told by [Bonnie] Cohen and [Jon] Shenk so that we experience the pain and courage of these survivors, but also glimpse the big-picture backdrop of what occurred.” Streaming on Netflix.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in “Ford v Ferrari” (2019, PG-13), which retells the true story of the Ford Racing Team taking on the Italian champions at the 1966 Le Mans race. It’s as much a story of the battle between creative collaboration and corporate control as it racetrack drama and it excels on both front, in part thanks to James Mangold’s intelligent direction. It won Oscars for film editing and sound editing. On HBO Max and all HBO platforms.

Alfre Woodard plays prison warden cracking under the psychological and emotional burden of overseeing the execution of death row prisoners in the drama “Clemency” (2019, R), costarring Aldis Hodge and Richard Schiff. Streaming on Hulu.

Matthew Rhys is “Perry Mason” (2020, TV-MA) in this prequel series, which imagines the origins of the famed lawyer as a seedy, cynical private detective in depression-era Los Angeles. It has nothing to do with the original novels or the popular TV series with Raymond Burr, but it’s a stylish production, handsome and shadowy, with a dark mystery at the center. Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow costar in the limited series. New episodes arrive Sunday nights on HBO Max and all HBO platforms.

Binge alert: All 23 seasons of “South Park” (1997-2019, TV-MA), the cheerfully rude, satirically-minded, cult animated comedy from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are now available to stream on HBO Max.

Classic pick: baseball still up in the air this season, perhaps the beloved “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942) starring Gary Cooper as New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig, can help ease the intermission. This Oscar-nominated story of the American Dream is pure Hollywood: craft, sentimentalism, and star power wrapped in an irresistible drama. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video and Criterion Channel.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Jon Stewart writes and directs “Irresistible” (2020, R), a political satire starring Steve Carell and Rose Byrne as campaign strategists who bring national political theater to a small town mayoral race. Originally slated for theaters, it debuts as a Premium VOD rental.

The drama “Burden” (2018, R) stars Forest Whitaker as a small-town priest who helps a member of the KKK (Garett Hedlund) leave his violent past.

Netflix

In the romantic comedy “Straight Up” (2019, not rated), a brilliant, obsessive compulsive gay man who believes he might not be gay enters a relationship with a struggling actress that’s all talk and no sex.

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play small-town singers with big dreams in “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (2020, not rated), a comedy set in in the world’s biggest song contest. Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan, and Demi Lovato costar.

Streaming TV: non-fiction series “Home Game: Season 1” (not rated) explores unique and sometimes dangerous traditional sports from cultures around the world. Also new:

International cinema: “Lost Bullet” (France, 2020, TV-MA, with subtitles) is a lean, mean action thriller about a getaway driver (Alban Lenoir) who tries to clear his name when corrupt cops frame him for murder. Also new:

  • Bulbbul” (India, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), a horror film about a remote village plagued by mysterious deaths;
  • award-winning drama “Ordinary People” (Philippines, 2016, not rated, with subtitles) about teen pickpockets whose infant is kidnapped.
  • International TV: a young man from the country goes is search of his runway sister in Bogota in “All for Love: Season 1” (Colombia, not rated, with subtitles).

Also new is the romantic drama “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Season 1” (South Korea, not rated, with subtitles); two new episodes a week.

Stand-up: “Eric Andre: Legalize Everything” (2020, not rated).

Available Saturday is the third and final season of the compelling science fiction thriller “Dark” (Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles).

Amazon Prime Video

An undercover CIA agent (Dave Bautista) becomes a reluctant mentor to a 9-year-old who uncovers his identity in “My Spy” (2020, PG-13), an action comedy that skips theaters and makes a streaming debut.

All four seasons of the family sitcom “Life in Pieces” (2016-2019, TV-14) with Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, and Dianne Wiest are now available..

Kid stuff: new episodes of the animated “Pete the Cat” (2020, TV-Y) are now available.

Gary Cooper is “The Westerner” (1940) in William Wyler’s classic western costarring Walter Brennan in an Oscar-winning performance as the infamous Judge Roy Bean.

Cult: Jack Nicholson and Adam Rourke are “Hell’s Angels on Wheels” (1967) in this minor but entertaining sixties biker flick.

Available on Saturday is action comedy “Guns Akimbo” (2020) with Daniel Radcliffe.

Hulu

The horror anthology “XX” (2017, R) features short films by women directors: Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, and Jovanka Vuckovic.

The documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” (2019, R) revisits the origins and legacy of the iconic musical group from the perspective of Robertson.

HBO Max

The second season of “Doom Patrol” (TV-MA), the offbeat superhero series created for DC Universe, and the third season of the TBS cult series “Search Party” (TV-MA) debut simultaneously on HBO Max. New episodes of each show drop every Thursday.

Kid stuff: the animated “Scoob!” (2020, PG), the origin story of Scooby Doo and Shaggy, is available mere weeks after its Premium VOD debut. The comic adventure features a twist of mystery, global apocalypse, and a guest cast of B-roster superheroes. The voice cast includes Will Forte, Gina Rodrigiez, Amanda Seyfried, and Zac Effron. Also new:

Disney+

Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2” (TV-PG), a six-episode behind-the-scenes docuseries, debuts in its entirety.

Tony Goldwyn and Minnie Driver voice Tarzan and Jane in Disney’s animated “Tarzan” (1999, G).

Starz

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are “Charlie’s Angels” (2019, PG-13) in the colorful big screen reboot of the seventies TV series from Elizabeth Banks.

CBS All Access

The second season of Jordan Peele’s revival of “The Twilight Zone” (TV-MA) is now underway with new episodes each Thursday.

BritBox

Isolation Stories” offers four short dramas about families coping with isolation during the Covid crisis. The British series makes its stateside debut on BritBox.

Apple TV+

The documentary “Dads” (2020, TV-14) celebrates modern fatherhood through the stories of dads from around the world. Bryce Dallas Howard directs and her dad, Ron Howard, produces.

The Criterion Channel

Jonathan Caouette’s “Tarnation (2003, not rated), a mix of autobiographical documentary and film diary, makes its streaming debut. Also new:

  • a collection of films “Directed by Mike Leigh,” including Oscar nominees “Vera Drake” (2004, R) with Imelda Staunton, “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008, R) with Sally Hawkins, and “Another Year” (2010, PG-13) with Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen;
  • Jazz Shorts 1929–1939,” a collection of ten short films featuring Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, and others;
  • Luchino Visconti’s “Death in Venice” (Italy, 1971, not rated), presented with supplements from the Criterion disc release;
  • Olivia” (France, 1951, with subtitles), a neglected landmark of lesbian cinema from filmmaker Jacqueline Audrey.

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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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