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 …
Black Mirror, dark, disturbing, brilliant the 21st century answer to The Twilight Zone, is back for a fourth season on Netflix, and creator Charlie Booker makes the most of his bigger budget with more visually lavish episodes.
The new run is “regally confident and more cinematically ambitious than almost anything the show has done before,” writes Rebecca Nicholson for The Guardian. “ArkAngel, directed by Jodie Foster, could be an American indie; Metalhead is like a Ben Wheatley experiment, and USS Callister, easily this year’s best instalment, could have been pulled from the very darkest recesses of JJ Abrams’ mind and thrust into multiplexes to rattle unsuspecting moviegoers.”
6 episodes, some of them feature length, now streaming on Netflix.
David Attenborough hosts Planet Earth II (2016), the acclaimed six-part documentary that looks at how animals navigate their unique ecosystems. Produced for BBC with state-of-the-art photography, the 6-episode series is now on Netflix.
Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars (2016, G), originally made for Canadian TV, is the second film in the movie trilogy based on the beloved L.M. Montgomery novels. It co-stars Martin Sheen and makes its stateside debut on Amazon.
Also on Amazon Prime: Robert Pattinson is a Manhattan billionaire watching his empire crumble in Cosmopolis (2012, R), David Cronenberg’s fascinating adaptation of Don DeLillo’s satirical novel. Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are strangers who must work together to survive a plane crash in The Mountain Between Us (2017, PG-13). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.
Also new are three horror films: remake Flatliners (2017, PG-13) with Ellen Page and Diego Luna, unconventional The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017, R) with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, and more conventional horror sequel Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017, not rated).
Foreign TV: from France comes the thriller La Mante: Season 1 (with subtitles) with Carole Bouquet as a serial killer who helps her police detective son track down a copycat killer following in her footsteps (6 episodes). Also new: Cable Girls: Season 2 from Spain (12 episodes).
The non-fiction series Myths & Monsters: Season 1 delves into the history and legacy of the most enduring legends of Europe (6 episodes).
Foreign affairs: the mountaineering adventure The Climb (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) stars French comedian Ahmed Sylla as a young suburban man who scales Everest for love.
True stories: Michael Chiklis narrates Fallen (2017, not rated), a tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty.
Stand-up: Todd Barry: Spicy Honey.
Foreign affairs: Once in a Lifetime (France, 2014, not rated, with subtitles) is based on the true story of a Paris schoolteacher who encourages her students to engage with the Holocaust from a different perspective.
Streaming TV: Teen Wolf: Season 6, Part 2 brings the young adult supernatural melodrama to a memorable conclusion (10 episodes) and the family friendly comedy Eerie, Indiana: Complete Series (1991-1992) with grade school investigators in the suburban capitol of weird (19 episodes).
Also new: John Turturro and Sam Rockwell star in Box of Moonlight (1997, R), a mid-life crisis dramedy from Tom DiCillo.
Amazon Prime / Hulu
Streaming TV: road trip sitcom The Detour: Season 2 with Jason Jones and Natalie Zea, CNN non-fiction series United Shades of America: Season 2 hosted by W. Kamau Bell, and Cartoon Network series Clarence: Complete Season 3.
Jessica Chastain is The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017, PG-13) in the World War II drama based on a true story.
Arriving Saturday night is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017, PG-13) with Charlie Hunnam.
FilmStruck / Criterion Channel
FilmStruck’s director of the week is Jane Campion and the collection spans from her award-winning short film A Girl’s Own Story (1984) to her Oscar-winning The Piano (1993, R) to Holy Smoke (1999, R) with Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel.
Also debuting on FilmStruck are four comedies starring Fernandel, including Fric-Frac (France, 1939, with subtitles) with Arletty and Michel Simon and Julien Duvivier’s black comedy The Man in the Raincoat (France, 1957, with subtitles), and Masaki Kobayashi’s three-film epic The Human Condition (Japan, 1959-61).
New on Criterion Channel is Cherie (2009, R) with Michelle Pfeiffer.