What to stream: Hulu is ‘Golden,’ ‘Crazy Ex’ on Netflix, ‘Americans’ on Amazon Prime, and more

Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty star in 'The Golden Girls'

Thank you for being a friend: Hulu now has all seven seasons and 180 episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom The Golden Girls with Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty showing that there is life after 50.

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Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguist making first contact with an alien race, is both an intelligent, conceptually challenging science fiction drama and a touching human story. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards (PG-13).

Hailee Steinfeld is a teenage mess on The Edge of Seventeen, a perceptive and sympathetic coming-of-age comedy about the emotional turmoil of growing up out of step. Woody Harrelson costars as her sardonic but supportive history teacher (R).

Also new: Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk adapted from the bestselling novel (R), true-life boxing drama Bleed for This with Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart (R), indie thriller Priceless with David Koechner (PG-13), romantic drama Somewhere in the Middle (not rated), and political thriller The Great Game from France (not rated, with subtitles).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is In Dubious Battle, adapted from the John Steinbeck novel and directed by James Franco, who stars with Nat Wolff, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Selena Gomez (R).

Also same day as theaters is the all-female helmed horror anthology XX featuring short film directed by Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, and Jovanka Vuckovic (R).


Juliette Binoche is brilliant in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) as a 40-something actress struggling with a new role and Kristen Stewart is just as good as her savvy assistant (R). Reviewed on Stream On Demand.

Sean Penn won an Oscar for Milk (2008), Gus Van Sant’s moving drama about the life of Harvey Milk (R). Reviewed on Stream On Demand.

Also new: thriller Before I Go to Sleep (2014) with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth (R), porn industry drama King Cobra (2016) with Christian Slater and James Franco (not rated), romantic comedy Operator (2016) with Martin Starr and Mae Whitman (not rated), and romantic thriller Girlfriend’s Day with Bob Odenkirk and Natasha Lyonne (not rated).

Streaming TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 arrives from the CW less than two weeks after the network season finale. Also new: the Netflix foodie series Chef’s Table: Season 3.

Kid stuff: the live-action Project MC2: Part 4 and the animated DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 4.

Stand-up: Katherine Ryan: In Trouble

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Shotgun Stories (2007) is the debut feature from filmmaker Jeff Nichols, director of this year’s Oscar-nominated Loving, and stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon in his first of five collaborations with Nichols (PG-13).

The Americans: Season 4, the superb series about two deep cover Russian agents (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) in Reagan-era suburbia, arrives a month before the season 5 debuts on FX.

True stories: Author: The JT Leroy Story (2016) explores the literary scandal around author Laura Albert creating a fictional persona to pass fiction off as memoir (R) and It Came from Connemara (2014) profiles the Irish studio that Roger Corman opened in the 1960s (not rated).

Foreign affairs: Daniel Auteuil directs and stars in Marius (France, 2014) and Fanny (France, 2014), the first two films in Marcel Pagnol’s “Marseilles” trilogy (not rated, with subtitles).

Kid stuff: the PBS educational programs Arthur: Season 19, Cyberchase: Season 2, Nature Cat: Season 3, Peep and the Big Wide World: Vol. 2, and Word World: Seasons 2 and 3 join the Amazon Prime line-up of children’s programming.

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The acclaimed documentary American Teen (2008) looks at the social life of high school kids and their cliques in a small Indiana town (PG-13). (Amazon Prime and Hulu)


The second half of The Mindy Project: Season 5 kicks off, with new episodes every Tuesday.

True stories: Kampai! For the Love of Sake (2015) explores the history and culture of the Japanese rice wine (not rated).


Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in the action comedy Central Intelligence (2016), which shows in an extended, unrated cut.

The documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) profiles the American band caught in the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks (not rated)

The final season of Girls and the new season of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver kicked off and The Young Pope concluded this week.

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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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