What to stream: ‘King Richard’ on HBO Max, ‘tick, tick… BOOM!’ on Netflix, ‘Wheel of Time’ on Prime Video

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 …  

Will Smith plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard (2021, PG-13), a drama based on the complicated early life of the tennis champions and the father who drove them to success, at times to the point of obsession. Aunjanue Ellis and Jon Bernthal costar and Smith produces with executive producers Serena Venus Williams. Available to stream same day as theaters, available for 31 days only. (HBO Max)

tick, tick…BOOM! (2021, PG-13), the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson (creator of “Rent”), stars Andrew Garfield as a struggling theater composer confronting personal and professional challenges as he’s about to turn 30. Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the screen adaptation and Alexandrea Shipp and Vanessa Hudgens costar. (Netflix)

Rosamund Pike takes the lead in the new fantasy seriesThe Wheel of Time (TV-14) as the leader of an organization training five young people in the art of magic in hopes finding the prophesized reincarnation of the Dragon. Based on the novels by Robert Jordan, it’s the latest big-budget take on a sprawling fantasy epic in the wake of “Game of Thrones.” Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Amazon Prime Video).

Jeremy Renner stars as the head of a family of Michigan power brokers in the private prison business in Mayor of Kingstown (TV-MA), a new crime thriller created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon. Diane Wiest, Aiden Gillen, and Kyle Chandler costar. Two episodes available, new episodes on Sundays. (Paramount+)

Titillating title aside, Sex Lives of College Girls (TV-14) from creator Mindy Kaling looks at the complications that come with freedom and sexual exploration for four roommates at an Ivy League college. New episodes on Thursdays. (HBO Max)

Hungry for more Korean TV? Hellbound (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles), a crime thriller with a supernatural dimension, comes from “Train to Busan” director Yeon Sang-ho. (Netflix)

The Great (TV-MA), a satirical, lively take on the historical drama with modern sensibilities, returns for a second season with Catherine (Elle Fanning) taking the throne and becoming Empress of Russia. All episodes streaming. (Hulu)

The stranger-than-fiction documentary series returns for more addictive twists in Tiger King 2 (TV-MA).

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Candyman (2021, R), from producer/cowriter Jordan Peele, reimagines the 1990s horror film set in Chicago’s Cabrini Green.

Keepers of mythical creatures question whether they should display their rare beasts in the animated fantasy Cryptozoo (2021, not rated), featuring the voices of Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Zoe Kazan, and Peter Stormare.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the documentary Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (2021, not rated).


Cowboy Bebop: Season 1 (TV-MA), the live-action remake of the beloved anime sci-fi romp, stars John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, and Daniella Pineda as intergalactic bounty hunters.

Two donut-shaped creatures travel in time from the 19th century to the present and discover they are Extinct (TV-Y7) in this animated comedy. Features the voices of Adam Devine and Rachel Bloom.

International passport: Prayers for the Stolen (Mexico, 2021, R, with subtitles), a drama about three young girls growing up terrorized by drug cartels in rural Mexico, won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival.

More streaming TV: the final episodes of Supergirl: Season 6 (TV-14) now stream along with new seasons of the documentary series The Mind, Explained: Season 2 (TV-14) and reality shows Survivor (TV-14) and America’s Next Top Model (TV-14).

Holiday trimmings: The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (TV-G) features Vanessa Hudgens in three roles and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You (2021, G) turns the song and the storybook into an animated feature.

Netflix Book Club, hosted by Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba, launches on the Netflix Facebook page and Still Watching YouTube Channel.

Amazon Prime Video

The reality series Everybody Loves Natti: Season 1 (TV-14) follows Latin singing sensation Natti Natasha.

Christopher Plummer won an Oscar playing the newly-out father of Ewan McGregor in Mike Mills’ semi-autobiographical drama Beginners (2011, R).

Colin Firth earned an Oscar nomination as A Single Man (2009, R) in the directorial debut by fashion designer Tom Ford.


A Japanese snow monkey guided by the spirit of an American assassin takes on the Yakuza in the animated series Hit-Monkey: Season 1 (TV-MA), based on the Marvel Comic and featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Munn, and George Takei.

The animated sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021, PG) features the voices of Alec Baldwin and James Marsden as the now-adult brothers facing a new boss baby.

The limited docuseries The Curse of Von Dutch (2021, not rated) chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of fashion brand.

Deadpool (2016, R) and Deadpool 2 (2018, R) with Ryan Reynolds bring sex, R-rated violence, and self-awareness to the Marvel superhero universe.

Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams earned Oscar nominations in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012, R).

International passport: a pair of smalltime crooks train a giant fly to carry out crimes in the absurdist Mandibles (France, 2021, not rated, with subtitles) from Quentin Dupieux.


An Asian-American high school basketball phenom living in Queens trying to balance NBA dreams with scholarships, on-court rivals, and a new girlfriend in Boogie (2021, R), written and directed by Eddie Huang.

Sort Of: Season 1 (TV-MA) follows a gender fluid millennial (played by creator Bilal Baig) in a large Pakistani family in Canada.

Trues stories: Simple as Water (2021, not rated) chronicles the lives of displaced Syrian families over the course of five years and Jagged (2021, TV-MA) takes a deep dive into Alanis Morissette’s ground-breaking 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill.”


The TV concert special Adele One Night Only (2021, TV-PG) features songs from her new album and an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery (TV-14) launches with new episodes on Thursdays.

True stories: the award-winning Ascension (2021, TV-MA) looks at how capitalism is driving a growing class divide in China.


James Roday Rodriguez and Dulé Hill are back again in Psych 3: This is Gus (2021, not rated), the third movie spinoff of the mystery comedy.

Longmire: Complete Series (2012-2017, not rated) stars Robert Taylor as the Wyoming sheriff of the Craig Johnson novels. Katee Sackhoff, Cassidy Freeman, and Lou Diamond Phillips costar.

Apple TV+

The four-part documentary The Line (TV-MA) examines a 2018 military case where a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon accused its chief of war crimes.

Acorn TV

Sally Lindsay plays a British antiques dealer who movies to a small town in France and turns detective in the six-part The Madame Blanc Mysteries (not rated). New episodes each Monday.

Sundance Now / AMC +

The limited series crime drama Hollington Drive” (not rated) stars Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling as sisters looking for a lost child. New episodes on Thursdays. (AMC+ / Sundance Now)


Nicolas Cage is a criminal sent to rescue a warlord’s daughter (Sofia Boutella) in the western/samurai/post-apocalypse action thriller Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021, not rated), the English-language debut of Japanese cult filmmaker Sion Sono.


The science fiction anime series Blade Runner: Black Lotus (Japan, not rated, with subtitles) is set between the two “Blade Runner” movies.

The Criterion Channel

Robert Mitchum: Playing It Cool” collects 30 films spanning 50 years in the career of the iconic actor. Just a few highlights: the tough guy played a father in The Red Pony (1949), based on the John Steinbeck novel, an aging rodeo rider in The Lusty Men (1952), a serial killer in a preacher’s collar in The Night of the Hunter (1955), and an underworld veteran caught between the cops and the crooks in the modern crime classic The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973). Also new:

  • three early films by Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund, including the award-winning Play (Sweden, 2011, not rated, with subtitles);
  • the landmark American independent drama The Exiles (1961).

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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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