Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, Amazon Prime, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …
Cate Blanchett is brilliant as “Tár” (2022, R), a world renowned classical music composer and conductor whose sometimes abusive behavior as director of an important German orchestra comes under scrutiny after the suicide of a former protégé. She’s a complex and sometimes frustrating character in the challenging drama from filmmaker Todd Field, at once charismatic and chilly, and many of her story’s details are suggested or implied. It’s a study in ambition, power, perfectionism, arrogance, and the power of art that demands the much from the audience. It was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, director, and screenplay, and two-time winner Blanchett is the favorite for best actress. (Peacock)
Ryan Coogler’s epic Marvel movie sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (2022, PG-13) focuses on the women of the Kingdom of Wakanda who step up in the wake of their protector’s death (Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from cancer in 2020). Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, and Oscar nominee Angela Bassett star as the warriors and leaders who protect their country from new threats and Tenoch Huerta Mejia costars as Namor, an ally from an underwater kingdom. It earned six Oscar nominations. (Disney+)
“Dear Edward: Season 1” (TV-MA), adapted from the bestselling novel by Ann Napolitano, centers on newcomer Colin O’Brien as the 12-year-old boy sole survivor of an airliner crash struggling to find a way forward under the care of his aunt (Taylor Schilling) while charting the lives others touched by the accident. It’s developed for TV by “Friday Night Lights” creator Jason Katims and costars Connie Britton and Anna Uzele. Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)
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“She Said” (2022, not rated) stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the New York Times journalists who investigate decades of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Also streaming on Peacock.
“True Spirit” (2023, TV-PG) dramatizes the true story of Australian teenager Jessica Watson (Teagan Croft), who became the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Anna Paquin and Cliff Curtis costar.
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (2022, PG) offers an origin story for the “Despicable Me” animated movies with rise of an adolescent supervillain.
Streaming TV: the mockumentary “Cunk On Earth: Season 1” (TV-MA) stars Diane Morgan as a documentary presenter stumbling through the history of humanity. Also new:
- “Freeridge: Season 1“ (TV-14), a spinoff of the comedy “On My Block” that mixes mystery and comedy;
- the first four seasons of the medical drama “New Amsterdam“ (TV-14) starring Ryan Eggold as hospital director trying to change the way hospitals work.
True stories: Pamela Anderson tells her own story in the documentary “Pamela, a love story“ (2023, TV-MA) and the limited series “Gunther’s Millions“ (TV-MA) casts its lens on the world’s richest dog and his handlers.
International passport: “Viking Wolf“ (Norway, 2023, TV-MA, with subtitles) is a murder mystery with a werewolf twist and “Infiesto“ (Spain, 2023, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows two detectives investigating an abduction amidst the chaos of the coronavirus lockdown.
International TV: the teen thriller “Class: Season 1“ (India, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows three scholarship students from a Delhi slum in an exclusive high school where a murder occurs.
Kid stuff: the world’s fastest hedgehog returns in the animated special “Sonic Boom“ (2023, TV-Y7).
The comedy “I’m Totally Fine” (2022, TV-MA) stars Jillian Bell as woman whose recently-deceased best friend (Natalie Morales) suddenly reappears claiming to be an extraterrestrial.
True crime: “Taiwan Crime Stories: Season 1“ (Taiwan, TV-MA, with subtitles) explores four real-life events that shook Taiwanese society.
The documentary “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over“ (2021, not rated) explores the career of the groundbreaking singer.
Michael Keaton stars as a faded star attempting an acting comeback in the satirical “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)“ (2014, R), which won four Academy Awards including best picture.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies“ (2014, R), the third film in Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy, is now offered in an extended version running 20 minutes longer than the theatrical film.
Amazon Prime Video
“Orphan: First Kill” (2022, R) is a prequel to the horror film with Isabelle Furhman playing a 12-year-old version of the homicidal orphan.
Streaming TV: “Harlem: Season 2“ (TV-MA) returns to the four ambitious best friends trying to find their place in mecca of Black culture in America.
Stand-up: “Nate Bargatze: Hello World“ (2023, TV-PG)
The passengers of an interstellar space ship must work together when a deep space collision damages the ship and kills the command crew in “The Ark: Season 1“ (TV-MA).
“Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power“ (2023, not rated) chronicles the struggle for civil rights in a small Alabama community in the 1950s and 1960s.
“Frozen Planet II“ (TV-G) follows up the Emmy-winning natural history series about life at the Earth’s poles. Sir David Attenborough narrates.
The limited series crime thriller “Blackport“ (Iceland, not rated, with subtitles) is based on real-life story of the battle for a small fishing empire in 1980s Iceland.
The Criterion Channel
“Mike Leigh at the BBC” collects eight original television films from the acclaimed filmmakers, from his first BBC drama “Hard Labour“ (1973) to “Grown-Ups“ (1980) with Brenda Blethyn and “Home Sweet Home“ (1982) with Timothy Spall. Presented with a new introduction by the filmmaker.
The documentary “Rowdy“ (2023, TV-MA) profiles the career of polarizing NASCAR driver Kyle Busch. Free with ads.
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