What to stream: ‘Dune’ on HBO Max, ‘Found’ on Netflix, ‘Invasion’ on Apple TV+

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 …  

Denis Villeneuve directs Dune (2021, PG-13), an epic science fiction story of royal intrigue, betrayal, rebellion, and giant sand worms on a desert planet that provides the rare spice that enables interstellar travel. Timothée Chalamet stars as a prince who flees a conspiracy targeting his family and joins the indigenous people of the planet. The star-studded cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya. It’s the third screen adaptation of the dense and complex landmark novel by Frank Herbert but covers only the first half of the book; the story concludes in the announced “Part II.” Available to stream same day as theaters, available for 31 days only. See it on the big screen if you can but if you are still (understandably) wary of going to movie theaters, turn out the lights and really engage with this imaginative odyssey. (HBO Max)

Found (2021, PG) follows three Chinese-born girls adopted by different American families who discover they are cousins thanks to DNA tests and travel to China to connection with their ancestry. The documentary explores issues of identity, family, and the long-term effects of China’s one-child policy. (Netflix)

The science fiction thriller Invasion: Season 1 (TV-MA) follows an alien invasion of Earth from different perspectives around the world. Shamier Anderson, Golshifteh Farahani, Sam Neill, and Firas Nassar star in the series from creators/producers Simon Kinberg and David Weil. Three episodes available, new episodes every Friday. (Apple TV+)

A teen runaway (Stefanie Scott) finds a mysterious door in the woods that leads to an alternate dimension filled with monsters in The Girl in the Woods: Season 1 (TV-MA), a supernatural young adult drama set in the Pacific Northwest. Misha Osherovich and Sofia Bryant costar her best friends and partners in battling monsters. Krysten Ritter directs the first four episodes, written by an all-woman writing team. All eight episodes available. (Peacock)

The savagely satirical, Emmy-winning seriesSuccession (TV-MA) returns with new episodes of corporate warfare and family dysfunction on Sundays. (HBO Max)

Halloween Highlights

A wounded park ranger (Monique Rockman) is taken in by a mysterious father and son living off the grid in Gaia (2021, R), an eco-horror thriller set in dense Tsitsikamma Forest of South Africa. (Hulu)

In the teen vampire thriller Night Teeth (2021, TV-14), a college student and part-time chauffeur (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) is hired by a pair of seductive but hungry vampires (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry). (Netflix)

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as the paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021, R), the third film in the successful horror movie franchise (not counting spinoffs). (HBO Max)

Snoop and Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween (not rated) is a baking competition special with seasonal treat challenges hosted by Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart. (Peacock)

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old (2021, PG-13) is a thriller about people trapped on a remote beach where they age at an alarming rate.

Maggie Q stars as a contract killer raised by a master assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) in the action thriller The Protégé (2021, R) costarring Michael Keaton. Also on DVD and at Redbox. Also new:

  • drama Joe Bell (2021, R) starring Mark Wahlberg as a father raising awareness about high school bullying;
  • action movie prequel Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021, PG-13) starring Henry Golding.

Available a week after select theaters nationwide is Bergman Island (2021, R) starring Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth as a filmmaking couple on a retreat at Faro Island, where Ingmar Bergman drew inspiration.

Netflix

Inside Job: Season 1 (TV-MA), an animated comedy for adults, features the voices of Lizzy Caplan and Christian Slater as members of a team keeping conspiracies a secret.

​​ Dame Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria once again in Victoria & Abdul (2017, PG-13), based on the true story of the monarch’s friendship with a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal). Stephen Frears directs.

Streaming TV: the second season of Locke & Key: Season 2 (TV-14), based on the graphic novel by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, continues the story of the Locke family and the magic keys handed down to their children. Also new:

International passport: French comedian and actor Dany Boon directs and stars in Stuck Together (2021, France, TV-MA, with subtitles), a comedy set during the pandemic lockdown in Paris. Also new:

  • In for a Murder (2021, Poland, TV-14, with subtitles), a mystery comedy about a stay-at-home mom who investigates a murder in her small town;
  • romantic comedy Little Big Mouth (South Africa, TV-14) about the power of music to bring a fractured family back to life.

International TV: Misfit: The Series: Season 1 (Netherlands, TV-Y, with subtitles) is a Dutch high school musical. Also new:

True stories: the limited series documentary The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea (Singapore, TV-MA, with subtitles) recounts the hunt for a serial killer in Seoul in the 2000s.

Kid stuff: the limited series animated adventure fantasy Maya and the Three (TV-Y7) follows a Mayan warrior princess (Zoe Saldana) on an odyssey to save humanity from the vengeful gods of the underworld. The all-star voice cast includes Diego Luna, Gale Garcia Bernal, Rita Moreno, Danny Trejo, Rosie Perez, and more.

Hulu

Toni Collette plays a pub owner who rallies her small Welsh community to raise a thoroughbred to race in Dream Horse (2020, PG), a low-key drama based on a true story.

Chef David Chang hosts the foodie docuseries The Next Thing You Eat: Season 1 (TV-PG) about the future of food production.

Episodes of the new ABC drama Queens (TV-14) and the reality show The Bachelorette (TV-14) stream a day after their respective network debuts.

Hulu / Peacock

Episodes of the new reality series “Home Sweet Home” (TV-PG) (Hulu / Peacock) from producer Ava DuVernay and the new season of “The Blacklist” (TV-14) (Hulu / Peacock) stream a day after their respective network debuts.

HBO Max

The documentary Four Hours at the Capitol (2021, TV-MA) chronicles the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2001.

Kid stuff: the animated Teen Titans Go!, Seasons 1-6 (TV-PG) is a colorful, lively superhero series for young audiences.

Showtime Anytime

A psychiatric nurse (Rudi Dharmalingam) in an Australian hospital starts to question the line between reality and madness in Wakefield: Season 1 (TV-MA).

Acorn TV / AMC+

Martin Clunes stars in the four-part miniseries “Manhunt: The Night Stalker” (TV-MA), based on the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious d serial rapist. New episodes each Monday. (Acorn TV / AMC+)

Discovery+

The two-part documentary The Men Who Sold the World Cup (2021) tells the story of how one of the biggest sporting events in the world was sold to the highest bidders.

The Criterion Channel

True Crime” offers a selection of 29 films based on (or at least inspired by) real-life events, from Fritz Lang’s brilliant sound cinema debut M (Germany, 1931, with subtitles) with Peter Lorre through Try and Get Me! (1950) and In Cold Blood (1967) to David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007, R) and Polytechnique (2009, with subtitles), an early feature from Denis Villeneuve which won 9 Genie Awards in Canada. Also new:

  • film memoir Film About a Father Who (2020, not rated) plus seven earlier short films by filmmaker Lynne Sachs;
  • After Life (Japan, 1998, not rated, with subtitles), Hirokazu Kore-eda’s gentle celebration of memory, mortality, and the power of cinema, presented with supplements from the special edition disc release;
  • Hollywood classicA Raisin in the Sun (1961) with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, presented with supplements from the special edition disc release.

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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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