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 …
“The Last Letter From Your Lover” (2021, TV-MA), based on the novel by Jojo Moyes, is a romantic drama that straddles two eras. Shailene Woodley stars as Jennifer Stirling, the wife of a wealthy industrialist who engages in a secret affair in the 1960s and Felicity Jones is a modern-day journalist who falls into her own romance after she discovers Stirling’s secret love letters and chases the mystery. Callum Turner and Nabhaan Rizwan costar and Augustine Frizzell directs. (Netflix)
“Kingdom: Ashin of the North” (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles), a feature-length spinoff of the hit Netflix series from the show’s writer/creator Kim Eun-hee and director Seong-hun Kim, tells the story of Ashin (Jun Ji-hyun), the mysterious heir of the village tribe that battled the undead in the second season, and the origins of the resurrection plant that began the chaos. (Netflix)
The award-winning New Zealand drama “Cousins” (2021, TV-MA) takes on the racism and hardships faced by Maori people through the story of three Maori cousins who were separated in youth and reunite as adults. It’s based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace and director by award-winning Maori filmmaking duo Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith (daughter of the author). (Netflix)
“Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage” (2021, TV-MA) delves into the music festival that was supposed to honor the idealism of the original 1969 concert but instead collapsed into riots, looting and sexual assaults and was branded “the day the nineties died.” It’s the first in a series of music documentaries produced for HBO Max by Bill Simmons and includes interviews with event organizers Michael Lang and John Scher and performers Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Moby, and Jewel. (HBO Max)
“Turner & Hooch: Season 1” (TV-PG), a sequel to the 1989 action comedy, stars Josh Peck as an uptight Deputy U.S. Marshal who inherits a giant unruly dog. Created and written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice). New episodes each Wednesday. (Disney+)
The second season of “Ted Lasso” (TV-MA), a comedy starring Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach managing a London soccer team, arrives a week after the first season was nominated for 20 Emmy Awards. New episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)
Norman Lear’s landmark sitcom “All in the Family: Complete Series” (1971-1979), starring Carroll O’Conner and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker, plus spinoffs “Maude: Seasons 1-2” (1972-1974) and “Good Times: Seasons 1-2” (1974-1975) and the original “One Day at a Time: Seasons 1-2” (1975-1977) stream free with ads. All TV-PG. (IMDbTV)
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
Chris Rock takes the lead in “Spiral” (2021, R), the new installment in the “Saw” horror franchise, as a police detective on the trail of a grisly string of murders. Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson costar. Also on DVD and at Redbox. Also new:
- “Broken Diamonds” (2021, PG-13), starring Ben Platt as a twenty-something writer caring for his mentally ill sister (Lola Kirke);
- feel good apocalyptic comedy “How it Ends” (2021, R) from director and star Zoe Lister-Jones.
The documentary “9to5: The Story of a Movement” (2021, TV-MA), from Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, explores the 1970’s organization of women office workers that inspired the movie “Nine to Five.”
A directionless twenty-something woman (Molly Bernard) becomes a surrogate for an older gay man (Patrick Breen) in the LGBTQ comedy “Milkwater” (2020, TV-MA).
International passport: in “Blood Red Sky” (Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles), a mother with a mysterious illness (Peri Baumeister) unleashes her inner monster when her flight is hijacked by terrorists.
International TV: the second season of the sexy, splashy action thriller “Sky Rojo” (Spain, TV-MA, with subtitles) arrives from the creators of “Money Heist.”
Animation: the fantasy reboot “Masters of the Universe: Revelation: Season 1” (TV-PG), from cult filmmaker and comic book fanboy Kevin Smith, features a voice cast that includes Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Also new:
- “Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans” (2021, TV-Y7), a feature spinoff of “Trollhunters,” “3Below” and “Wizards” from creator Guillermo del Toro;
- “Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop” (2020, Japan, TV-G, with subtitles), a romantic comedy about a boy who speaks in haiku and a bubbly girl who wears a mask.
Amazon Prime Video
Two classic sitcoms arrive: “Diff’rent Strokes: Complete Series” (1978-1986), starring Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as African-American orphans adopted by a white millionaire (Conrad Bain), and “227: Complete Series” (1985-1990) with Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Jackee Henry, and future Oscar- and Emmy-winner Regina King in her screen debut.
Mary Louise-Parker is a newly-widowed suburban mother who turns to dealing marijuana in the comedy “Weeds: Complete Series” (2005-2012, TV-MA) from creator Jenji Kohan. Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Justin Kirk, and Kevin Nealon costar.
The four-part documentary series “Through Our Eyes” (TV-G) explores the lives of American families today from the perspective of children themselves.
“Behind the Attraction: Season 1” (TV-PG) looks at the creation of the most famous attractions at the Disney Parks. All episodes now streaming. Also new:
- “Playing With Sharks” (2021, not rated), a documentary on the life of naturalist, diver, and pioneering conservationist Valerie Taylor;
- “Stuntman” (2018, not rated), a documentary on the life and career of veteran Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun.
A pair of detectives take on a corrupt city to solve a murder in “Ultra City Smiths” (not rated), a stop motion comedy featuring baby dolls playing grownup characters. The voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Alia Shawkat, and John C. Reilly. New episodes each Thursday.
Two new series debut: crime drama prequel “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” (TV-MA) starring Mekai Curtis, Malcolm M. Mays, and Omar Epps and “The Deceived” (TV-MA), a mystery thriller from Ireland featuring Emily Reid. New episodes each Sunday.
Frances O’Connor and Harriet Walter star in the Australian drama “The End: Season 1” (not rated).
“Outlier: Season 1” (Norway, not rated, with subtitles) is a Nordic Noir drama about a criminology student investigating a murder in her hometown. Complete season available.
Phillip Glenister and Keeley Hawes star in “Ashes to Ashes: Complete Series” (2008-2010, TV-MA), a sequel series to eighties flashback cop drama “Life on Mars.”
The Criterion Channel
“World of Wong Kar Wai” collects seven features from the Hong Kong auteur of ravishing imagery, from his debut “As Tears Go By” (1988, not rated) to “2046” (2004, R), a woozy meditation on memory and regret. It includes my two favorite films from the director, the offbeat “Chungking Express” (1994, PG-13) with Brigitte Lin and the Cannes Film Festival winner “In the Mood for Love” (2000, PG) with Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai. All from Hong Kong, with subtitles. Also new:
- “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (2001, R), John Cameron Mitchell’s energetic big screen adaptation of his hit off-Broadway rock musical, presented with supplements from the special edition disc;
- “The Incident” (1967), a thriller starring Martin Sheen and Tony Musante as young hoodlums terrorizing the passengers of late night subway train in The Bronx.
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