What to stream: ‘Malcolm & Marie’ and ‘Firefly Lane’ on Netflix, ‘Possessor’ on Hulu, ‘Bliss’ on Amazon

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 romantic drama “Malcolm & Marie” (2021, R) stars Zendaya and John David Washington as a Hollywood couple who spend an evening debating art, representation, and authenticity while the strains of their own relationship start to tear. Directed by “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. (Netflix)

A professional assassin (Andrea Riseborough) hijacks the bodies of innocent people in “Possessor” (2020, R), but when one of the possessed (Christopher Abbott) struggles for control, the reverberations are ferocious. The dark science fiction thriller from filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg is brutal but fascinating. (Hulu)

Owen Wilson is a depressed divorced dad who is convinced that the world is just a computer simulation by a homeless woman (Salma Hayek) in “Bliss” (2021, R). That’s just the beginning of his journey down the rabbit hole in this science fiction psychodrama by filmmaker Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”). (Amazon Prime)

Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke play best friends through the decades in “Firefly Lane: Season 1” (not rated), a soapy drama that jumps back and forth through three eras of their lives, from teenage in the seventies through career girls at a TV station in the eighties to fortysomething woman facing midlife crisis in the early 2000s. (Netflix)

Binge alert: the hit sitcom “Modern Family” (2009-2020, TV-PG) won over twenty Emmy awards, including outstanding comedy series five times. The entire series—all 250 episodes—now streaming on both Hulu and Peacock.

Classic pick: celebrated as the greatest ballet film ever made, “The Red Shoes” (1948), starring Moira Shearer as a ballerina torn between art and love, is a loving and lavish tribute to all the arts and one of the most sumptuous color films ever made. (Amazon Prime Video)

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

The science fiction thriller “Little Fish” (2021, not rated) stars Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell as a Seattle couple trying to survive a global epidemic that makes memories disappear.

Also new this week is the dark romantic comedy “Happily” (2021, R) starring Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé;

  • Falling” (2021, R), an intimate drama directed by and starring Viggo Mortensen;
  • The Go-Go’s” (2020, TV-MA), a documentary about the rock group original made for Showtime.


The documentary “Strip Down, Rise Up” (2021, R) celebrates the liberating power of pole dancing for a group of women reclaiming their bodies and their lives.

Streaming TV: the two most recent seasons of the long-running Canadian family drama “Heartland” (TV-14) are now available.

Kid stuff: the intergalactic animated adventure comedy “Kid Cosmic” (TV-G) is from the creator of “The Powerpuff Girls.”

Stand-up: “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready: Season 2” (TV-MA) showcases a new slate of upcoming comedians.

International Passport: a forbidden affair threatens the future of a free spirit in “The Last Paradiso” (Italy, 2021, not rated, with subtitles), a romantic drama inspired by a true story in 1950s Italy. Also new:

  • Little Big Women” (Taiwan, 2020, not rated, with subtitles), a drama about a family grappling with the death of their estranged father;
  • science fiction adventure “Space Sweepers” (South Korea, 2021, not rated, with subtitles);
  • Invisible City: Season 1” (Brazil, with subtitles), a crime thriller with a supernatural twist;
  • Hache: Season 2” (Spain, TV-MA, with subtitles), a crime drama set in 1960s Barcelona.

Amazon Prime Video

Catch up with the comedy “Coming To America” (1988, R), starring Eddie Murphy as a pampered African prince who travels to look for a bride, before the new sequel debuts on Amazon Prime next month. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and John Amos costar.

Jackie Chan stars in the old west action comedy “Shanghai Noon” (2000, PG-13) with Owen Wilson and Lucy Lui.

The first three seasons of the Showtime drama “Billions” (2016-2018, TV-MA) with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis are now streaming.

International passport: “Ida” (Poland, 2014, PG-13, with subtitles), a drama about a novice nun who discovers a family secret that dates back to the Nazi occupation, won the Oscar for best foreign language film. 

More streaming TV: Amazon adds more classic sitcoms featuring African-American casts, including “Moesha: Complete Series” (1996-2001, TV-PG) with Brandy Norwood;

For the month of February only, Amazon will make the first season of numerous shows from other services available to subscribers, among them:

  • historical drama “The White Princess” (2017, TV-MA) from Starz, a limited series starring Jodie Comer;
  • Showtime crime drama “City on a Hill” with Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge;
  • PBS Civil War drama “Mercy Street” (2016, TV-14) with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Josh Radnor;
  • Sundance crime thriller “Safe House” (2015, TV-MA) with Christopher Eccleston.

Also available for the month of February are the documentaries “Whitney: Can I Be Me” (2017, not rated), a profile of Whitney Huston from filmmaker Nick Broomfield, and “Burn Motherf**ker, Burn!” (2017, TV-MA) about the roots of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.


Janelle Monáe stars in the horror film “Antebellum” (2020, R) as an author who finds herself in real-life slavery nightmare.

The horror comedy “12 Hour Shift” (2020, not rated) stars Angela Bettis as a black market organ dealer racing the clock for a replacement kidney.

True stories: “The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears” (2021, TV-MA) reexamines the pop superstar’s career in light of her battle with her father over control of her estate and her career.

The comedy “Hello, My Name is Doris” (2016, R) stars Sally Field as a middle-aged cubicle worker who pursues a handsome young workmate (Max Greenfield).

The Oscar-winning “Sideways” (2004, R) stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church as buddies on a road trip through California wine country.


Jason Momoa is “Aquaman” (2018, PG-13) in the fantastical superhero epic about the Prince of Atlantis who must reclaim his birthright to stop a war between the undersea kingdom and the human race.

Gary Oldman is George Smiley in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011, R), the Oscar-nominated adaptation of the John le Carré novel. (All HBO platforms)

Originally made for Japanese television, “Earwig and the Witch” (Japan, 2021, PG) is the first CGI production from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli. Gorô Miyazaki directs the adaptation of the children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones.

Two new limited series documentaries debut: “The Lady and the Dale” (TV-14), the fascinating story of entrepreneur and trans pioneer Liz Carmichael (new episodes each Monday), and “The Investigation” (TV-14), on the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. (All HBO platforms)

The winter crew of an isolated Antarctic research station is found dead or missing when the summer team arrives in “The Head” (TV-MA), a limited series thriller starring John Lynch and Katharine O’Donnelly.

More streaming TV: shot-in-Washington comedy “Tacoma FD: Season 2” (TV-14);

Classic pick: Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland teamed up for the first time in “Captain Blood” (1935), the swashbuckler that made Flynn an action superstar.

Also newly arrived: “Selena” (1997, PG) starring Jennifer Lopez as Mexican-American pop superstar Selena Quinanilla;

  • the original “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974, PG) with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot;
  • Oscar-winning epic “Giant” (1956) with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean.

Apple TV+

The animated series “The Snoopy Show” (TV-G) features short animated cartoons for young kids featuring the iconic comic book character.

Sundance Now / AMC+

The Canadian crime drama “The Murders” (not rated) stars Jessica Lucas as a rookie homicide detective in Vancouver seeking redemption while working with a veteran detective (Dylan Bruce). The entire first season now streaming. (Sundance Now and AMC+)


Luke Evans stars in the three-part crime drama “The Pembrokeshire Murders” (not rated), based on the true story of the hunt for the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history. New episodes on subsequent Tuesdays. Accompanied by the documentary “Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Gameshow Killer” (2021, not rating).

The Criterion Channel

Criterion Channel inaugurates its “Black History Month” offerings with four films “Directed by Gordon Parks,” including his feature debut “The Learning Tree” (1969, PG) and “Solomon Northup’s Odyssey” (1984, not rated), the first screen adaptation of “Twelve Years a Slave,” produced for American Playhouse. Also newly arrived:

  • Three by Madeline Anderson,” the first Black woman to direct a televised documentary film, including the landmark documentary short “I Am Somebody” (1970, not rated)
  • The Killing Floor” (1984, not rated), which dramatizes the true story of the struggle to integrate the meatpacker’s union in the Chicago stockyards in the aftermath of World War I;
  • four melodramas from the 1930s “Directed by John M. Stahl,” including the original screen versions of “Back Street” (1932), starring Irene Dunne, and “Imitation of Life” (1934), starring Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers.

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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.