What to stream: ‘Fire Island’ and ‘Pistol’ on Hulu, a new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ on HBO Max, ‘Ambulance’ on Peacock, ‘Sonic 2’ on Paramount+

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 …  

Fire Island (2022) puts a queer spin on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” with a romantic comedy set in a multicultural community of young gay men over their summer vacation. Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang star as best friends facing thirty who vow to make the most of what may be their last annual gathering and end up colliding with a group of wealthy, somewhat arrogant gay men from Manhattan society. Margaret Cho costars. (Hulu)

Eddie Redmayne returns as wizard and Magizoologist Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022, PG-13), the third film in the “Wizarding World” fantasy series set decades before “Harry Potter.” Jude Law plays Albus Dumbledore, Callum Turner, Dan Fogler, and Jessica Williams costar, and Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Grindelwald. Arrives six weeks after its debut in theaters. The first two films in the series are also available to stream. (HBO Max)

Two bank robbers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) steal an Ambulance (2022, R) after a bank heist goes south and they take the paramedic (Eiza González) hostage as they try to escape in a flight across Los Angeles. Michael Bay returns to his roots as a director of high-speed action cinema with this energetic heist-gone-wrong thriller. Garret Dillahunt costars as commander of what appears to be the complete resources of the LAPD in pursuit. (Peacock)

The hyperactive video game mascot is back in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022, PG) to take on the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his animated sidekick Knuckles (voice of Idris Elba) in a revved-up, globe-hopping chase for an all-powerful emerald. Or something like that. James Marsden and Tike Sumpter costar as Sonic’s adoptive parents. (Paramount+)

Danny Boyle takes on the true story behind punk rock legends the Sex Pistols in Pistol (not rated), a six-part limited series that follows the band as impresario Malcolm McLaren (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) recasts them as aggressive rebels led by the sneering Johnny Rotten (Anson Boon) and shamelessly markets them to fame as an anti-establishment phenomenon. Based on the memoir by founding member Steve Jones (played by Toby Wallace) and scripted by Baz Luhrmann collaborator Craig Pearce, it costars Jacob Slater, Talulah Riley, and Maisie Williams. All episodes streaming. (Hulu)

Borgen – Power & Glory: Season 1 (Denmark, TV-MA, with subtitles) revives the brilliant Danish political drama ten years after its final episode, with the former Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) now serving as Foreign Minister as a dispute over oil in Greenland threatens to become an international crisis. Also returning this season are Birgitte Hjort Sorensen as journalist and former political advisor Katrine Fønsmark. The original “Borgen: Complete Series” (2010-2013, Denmark, TV-MA, with subtitles) is also available. (Netflix)

Ben Whishaw stars as a junior doctor navigating the ranks of hospital hierarchy in This is Going to Hurt: Season 1 (TV-14), a British medical drama that uses both drama and comedy to get at the challenges of working in an understaffed health system. Based on the memoir by Adam Kay. New episodes on Thursdays. (AMC+)

Glee: Complete Series (2009-2015, TV-PG) arrives for Pride Month on both Disney+ and Hulu.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

The Outfit (2022, R) stars Mark Rylance as a British tailor in 1950s Chicago who has to outwit violent gangsters when they take refuge in his shop during a mob war. Also streaming for Peacock subscribers.

An Israeli filmmaker struggles against censorship while he presents a film in a small village in Ahed’s Knee (Israel, 2021, not rated, with subtitles).


Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (2022, TV-Y7) is a feature-length spin-off of the animated action series.

A rebellious New York teen (Sky Katz) gets caught up in the surfer world of Australia in the family drama Surviving Summer (2022, TV-PG).

An Army Captain (Elsa Paraky) takes on terrorists who attack a remote missile instillation in Interceptor (2022, TV-MA), the directorial debut of bestselling action author Matthew Reilly.

True stories: the true crime limited series Mr. Good: Cop or Crook? (Norway, TV-14, with subtitles) looks at a decorated policeman suspected of drug trafficking.

Foodie TV: A Nation of Broth: Season 1 (South Korea, TV-PG, with subtitles) explores the history and evolution of Korean soup.

International TV: the limited-series crime thriller The Perfect Mother (France, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows a devoted mother (Julie Gayet) as she tries to prove her daughter is innocent of murder.

Stand-up: Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (TV-MA) was filmed a few months before his untimely death.

Andrew Gardfield is The Amazing Spider-Man (2012, PG-13) in the first reboot of the superhero series, a role he reprised in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”


The Orville: New Horizons (TV-14) continues Seth MacFarlane’s “Star Trek”-inspired science fiction series as a Hulu original show. New episodes on Wednesdays.

Ben Kingsley stars in Intrigo: Death of an Author (Germany, 2018, R, with subtitles) the first in a trilogy of thrillers adapted from the novels of Håkan Nesser by filmmaker Daniel Alfredson.

True stories: Gamestop: Rise of the Players (2022, R) looks at how a bunch of amateur day traders beat Wall Street in 2021 and The Last Tourist (2021, not rated) examines how tourism is unintentionally destroying the environments of its destinations.

Streaming TV: the new family-friendly competition series Dancing With Myself (TV-PG) debuts, along with new seasons of America’s Got Talent,” Fantasy Island,” and Lego Masters.” Episodes stream a day after their respective network debuts.


Grace VanderWaal stars as aspiring singer Stargirl Caraway in Hollywood Stargirl (2022, PG), a sequel to the 2020 young adult romantic drama. Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, Al Madrigal, and Judd Hirsch costar.

Amazon Prime Video

The third season of the dark, violent superhero series The Boys (2022, TV-MA) returns with Jensen Ackles joining the show as the first superhero, Soldier Boy. Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays.

Eric McCormack and Debra Messing play best friends turned roommates in the hit sitcom Will & Grace: Complete Series (1999-2006, TV-14), costarring Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes.


South Park: The Streaming Wars (2022, TV-MA) is the third feature-length spin-off of the animated series.

Acorn TV

Rachel Griffiths stars as a homicide detective in the one and only season of the Australian urban crime thriller Dead Lucky (2018, not rated).

The Criterion Channel

Queersighted: The Musical!” spotlights eight musicals that “queer” the movie musical form, from Hollywood classics The Pirate (1948) with Judy Garland and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe to Tsai Ming-liang’s The Hole (Taiwan, 1998, with subtitles). It’s part of Criterion Channel’s celebration of Pride Month.

Also new for Pride Month is a collection of ten films from the New German Cinema “Directed by Ulrike Ottinger,” including her recent documentary Paris Calligrammes” (Germany, 2020, not rated, with subtitles);

  • a selection of “LGBTQ+ Shorts” spanning 40 years;
  • Hong Khaou’sLilting (2014, not rated, with subtitles), starring martial-arts legend Cheng Pei Pei and Ben Whishaw;
  • queer musical Zero Patience (1993 John Greyson, not rated), inspired by the story of Gaëtan Dugas, the man wrongly blamed for spreading AIDS in North America;
  • Victor and Victoria (Germany, 1933, with subtitles), the original gender-bending musical romance that inspired the hit 1982 remake.

Amazon Freevee

Jennifer Garner stars as an international spy working for a secret agency that has its own agenda in Alias: Complete Series (2001-2006, TV-14).

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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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