Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …
The hand-painted animated feature “Bombay Rose” (India, 2021, PG-13) is a romantic drama of two outsiders—a Muslim refugee and a Hindi girl escaping an arranged marriage—who dream of a Bollywood movie escape in the poverty of Mumbai. The award-winning film is the feature debut of Indian animation pioneer Gitanjali Rao. English and Hindi language versions. (Netflix)
Jennifer Garner produces and stars in “Yes Day” (2021, PG), a family comedy based on the children’s book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal about overprotective parents who reconnect with their kids and their own youth when the say “yes” to everything their children suggest for a day. Edgar Ramírez costars as the dad and indie movie veteran Miguel Arteta directs. (Netflix)
The half-hour teen dramedy “Genera+ion: Season 1” (TV-14), set in a Southern California high school, follows a diverse group of students exploring their limits and their sexuality in the volatile years between childhood and adulthood. While the issues may be familiar, it plays out in a culture more open to expressing sexual identity, and it’s cocreated by a teenager, Zelda Barnz, working with her filmmaker father Daniel Barnz. Three episodes now available, new episodes each Thursday. The second half of the season launches later this year. (HBO Max)
The 14-part documentary series “Women Make Film” (2018, not rated), subtitled “A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” explores the art moviemaking and storytelling through history and across the globe entirely through the work of women filmmakers. Directors Mark Cousins celebrates films and directors both familiar and unsung. Narrators include Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, and Thandie Newton. (Criterion Channel)
Foreign language pick: “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (Italy, 1971, R, with subtitles), the story of a wealthy Jewish family persecuted by Italy’s Fascist government in the 1930s, won the Foreign Film Oscar in 1972. (Amazon Prime)
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“Antigone” (Canada, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy set in the immigrant community of Quebec, was Canada’s official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards. Also new:
- “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), a drama set amongst war crimes of the 1995 Serbian war;
- action thriller “Vanguard” (China, 2020, PG-13, with subtitles) with Jackie Chan.
“The One: Season 1” (TV-MA), based on the book by John Marrs, is a science fiction thriller set in a near future where DNA testing can match people with their perfect romantic partner. Hannah Ware and Stephen Campbell Moore star. More streaming TV:
- reality series “Marriage or Mortgage: Season 1” (TV-G), where an engage couple have to choose either a big wedding or home ownership;
- limited series lifestyle show “The Houseboat” (Germany, TV-14, with subtitles);
- animated comedy “Paradise PD: Part 3” (TV-MA).
True stories: “Last Chance U: Basketball: Season 1” (TV-MA) is a spinoff of the college football documentary series.
International passport: a group of women in 17th century Spain accused of witchcraft attempt to save themselves from execution in “Coven of Sisters” (Spain, 2020, TV-MA, with subtitles). Also new:
- limited series crime thriller “Dealer (France, TV-MA, with subtitles) set in the midst of a gang war;
- “Bombay Begums: Season 1” (India, TV-MA, with subtitles), a drama focused on five women from various walks in modern Mumbai.
Amazon Prime Video
Liam Neeson plays a reformed criminal who is double-crossed by corrupt cops in the crime thriller “Honest Thief” (2020, PG-13).
“Making Their Mark: Season 1” (not rated) is a non-fiction sports series that follows six teams over a year in the Australian Football League.
Jack Nicholson and Candice Bergen star in “Carnal Knowledge” (1971, R), Mike Nichols’ savage portrait of masculinity and male insecurity. Ann-Margret earned an Oscar nomination for her performance.
An Angolan immigrant reunites his family in New York after years of separation in “Farewell Amor” (2020, not rated), an indie drama that observes how these people, now strangers to one another, reconnect while living in a one-bedroom apartment. A Film Independent Spirit Award nominee.
The documentary “kid 90” (2021) uses video footage that “Punky Brewster” star Soleil Moon Frye’s shot in the 1990s to look at the lives of former child stars.
Streaming TV: new episodes of the fourth season of “Good Girls” (TV-14) stream the day after their respective network debuts. Also new:
- “Felicity: Complete Series” (1998-2002, TV-14), the college drama created by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves and starring Keri Russell;
- acclaimed high school drama “My So-Called Life: Complete Series” (1994-1995, TV-14) with Claire Danes, Wilson Cruz, and Jared Leto;
- sitcom “Blossom: Complete Series” (1991-1995, TV-PG) with Mayim Bialik and Joey Lawrence.
“South ParQ Vaccination Special” (2021, TV-MA) is the first new episode of the satirical animated comedy this year.
Five young filmmakers turn their cameras on themselves and their families in the documentary “COVID Diaries NYC” (2021, TV-14).
The limited run of powerful drama “Judas and the Black Messiah” (2021, R) ends this weekend.
The documentary “Own the Room” (2021, TV-14) profiles five student entrepreneurs at an international business competition.
The espionage drama “Dime Quién Soy: Mistress of War: Season 1” (Spain, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows a Spanish socialite turned international spy in the turbulent years leading up to World War II. All nine episodes available.
Two Finnish women in London are brought together in “Cold Courage: Season 1” (Finland, not rated, with subtitles), a murder mystery set in culture of political violence. Based on the novels of Finnish journalist Pekka Hiltunen. Three episodes available, new episodes each Thursday.
“63 Up” (2019, not rated) is the most recent film in the landmark documentary series that has been following the lives of a handful of folks for over 50 years. Michael Apted directs. Also new:
- sitcom “Open All Hours: Complete Series” (1976-1985) with Ronnie Barker and David Jason;
- “The Mallorca Files: Season 2” (not rated) with Elen Rhys and Julian Looman as mismatched cop partners.
The Criterion Channel
Ann Hui’s drama “Boat People” (Hong Kong, 1982, R, with subtitles) swept the Hong Kong Film Awards and Ousmane Sembène’s social satire “Mandabi” (Senegal, 1968, not rated, with subtitles), a landmark of Black African cinema, was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language.
Also new is a collection of eleven “Black Westerns,” from John Ford’s “Sergeant Rutledge” (1960) with Woody Strode to John Singleton’s “Rosewood” (1997, R) to the documentary “Black Rodeo” (1972, not rated).
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