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 …
Bob Odenkirk (fresh from the Emmy-nominated “Better Call Saul”) is Henry “Hank” Devereaux, Jr., an English professor at a mediocre, underfunded Pennsylvania college, in “Lucky Hank: Season 1” (TV-14). As you might guess, the title is ironic. Hank is miserable, in the shadow of a famous father and on the road to a midlife crisis as he tries to teach uninterested students and navigate a department in disarray, and it only gets worse after he unloads on one of his students. Mireille Enos plays his slightly less miserable wife, the Vice Principal of the local high school, and Diedrich Bader costars. It’s based on the Richard Russo novel “Straight Man” and developed for TV by Paul Lieberstein (a veteran of “The Office”) and Aaron Zelman. New episodes on Sundays. (AMC+)
“Up Here: Season 1” (not rated), a musical romantic comedy set in New York City in 1999, stars Mae Whitman as an aspiring writer and Carlos Valdes as an ambitious investment banker, opposites who fall in love and break into song when the emotions get too big. Brian Stokes Mitchell costars in the series created by playwright Steven Levenson (“Dear Evan Hansen”) and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Let It Go”). All episodes streaming. (Hulu)
Elizabeth Banks stars in “Call Jane” (2022, R), an alarmingly timely drama set in 1968 Chicago about the Jane Collective, the real-life volunteer network who helped women seeking abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade. Banks plays a housewife and mother whose pregnancy threatens her life and Sigourney Weaver and Wunmi Mosaku are among the activists who help her secure an illegal abortion when doctors refuse to grant an exemption for her health. Phyllis Nagy directs. (Hulu)
There’s something mysterious—and dangerous—in the skies above a California horse ranch in Jordan Peele’s “Nope” (2022, R). Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer star as siblings who investigate the strange phenomenon in this fascinating (if overstuffed) mix of modern western, alien invasion thriller, and ecological parable. (Prime Video)
True stories: the Oscar-nominated documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (2022, TV-MA) from award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras weaves the story of artist and activist Nan Goldin and her protests to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid crisis with a survey of the cultural history of the New York art underground and its activism during the AIDS crisis. (HBO Max)
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The animated “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (2022, PG) and the horror film “M3gan” (2022, PG-13) are both also available on Peacock and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (2022, PG-13) is also streaming for Disney+ subscribers.
An FBI agent (Gabrial Basso) in the White House basement answers the emergency line and gets caught up in a conspiracy in the political thriller “The Night Agent: Season 1” (TV-MA), costarring Luciane Buchanan and Hong Chau.
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in “Carol” (2015, R), a love story between a society woman and a department store shopgirl in 1950s New York City that earned six Oscar nominations.
True stories: the three-part documentary “Waco: American Apocalypse” (TV-MA) coincides with the 30th anniversary of the bloody 51-day siege.
International passport: three vigilantes take on a Saigon crime syndicate in “Furies” (2023, Vietnam, TV-MA, with subtitles), a prequel to the 2019 action film “Furie.”
International TV: the limited series “Close to Home: Murder in the Coalfield” (German, TV-MA, with subtitles) sends a police officer (Misel Maticevic) back to his childhood time to investigate a mysterious murder.
Kid stuff: the interactive program “We Lost Our Human” (TV-PG) sends two pets to the center of the universe with the help of young viewers.
An elderly Irish woman (Judi Dench) and a British journalist (Steve Coogan) go in search of the son that was taken from her as a young unwed mother in “Philomena” (2013, PG-13), based on a true story.
True crime: the docuseries “The Lesson is Murder” (not rated) follows a graduate criminology class taught by former FBI special agent Dr. Bryanna Fox as they study convicted murderers.
International TV: a video game CEO and his wife take on the criminals who kidnapped their daughter in the limited series “My Family” (Japan, not rated, with subtitles, also in English dub version).
Amazon Prime Video
The documentary “Reggie” (2023, PG-13) looks back on the life and barrier-busting career of five-time World Series champion Reggie Jackson.
Aimee Garcia and Paul Campbell play a married couple who spice things up by solving a murder in the romantic mystery comedy “The Cases of Mystery Lane” (2023, TV-PG).
Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves host the music competition series “My Kind of Country: Season 1” (TV-14).
Originally produced for HBO Max, “Minx: Season 1” (TV-MA) lands a new home at Starz in advance of the second season debut.
The second season of the acclaimed horror thriller “Yellowjackets” (TV-MA) arrives with new episodes on Fridays.
The Criterion Channel
Suzanne Lindon was 15 when she wrote the coming-of-age drama “Spring Blossom” (France, 2021, not rated, with subtitles), which she also directs and stars in.
African filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese directs “Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.” (2019, Lesotho, not rated, with subtitles), a reflection on his native country, and “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection” (2019, Lesotho, not rated, with subtitles), a meditation on the concept of homeland.
“Starring Isabelle Huppert” presents 17 features spanning five decades, from her work with New Waves legends Jean-Luc Godard in “Every Man for Himself” (France, 1980, not rated, with subtitles) and Claude Chabrol “La cérémonie” (France, 1995, not rated, with subtitles) to collaborations with Catherine Breillat in “Abuse of Weakness” (France, 2013, not rated, with subtitles) and Mia Hansen-Løve in “Things to Come” (France, 2016, PG-13, with subtitles). Also features her American debut in Michael Cimino’s restored epic “Heaven’s Gate” (1980, R) and Hong Sang-soo’s comedy “In Another Country” (South Korea, not rated, 2012, with subtitles).
“Ester Krumbachová: Phantom of the Czechoslovak New Wave” includes the only feature directed by the unsung artist, the subversive feminist farce “The Murder of Mr. Devil” (1970), as well as landmark films she collaborated on as a costume designer, art director, and screenwriter. Among the classics are Jan Němec’s devastating World War II drama “Diamonds of the Night” (1964), Věra Chytilová’s cheeky feminist comedy “Daisies” (1966), and Jaromil Jireš’ coming-of-age fairy tale “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders” (1970). All Czechoslovakia, not rated, with subtitles.
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