Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …
Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017, not rated), starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller as the estranged sons of sculptor and retired art professor Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvell as his withdrawn daughter, and Emma Thompson as Hoffman’s current wife, debuts on Netflix the same day it opens in select theaters.
“With this film, Mr. Baumbach has achieved a near-perfect balance between engagement and discomfort,” writes Glenn Kenny for The New York Times. “In The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, something drove him to depict family squabbles with a candor that approached cruelty…. As boisterous and edgy as The Meyerowitz Stories gets, it is a more mellow film, and to my eyes and ears all the better for it.”
The new Netflix original series MINDHUNTER dramatizes the creation of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit in the late 1970s. Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv star and producer David Fincher directs the first episodes.
“(T)he fictionalized story of criminal profiling’s birth does have a dark sense of humor to match its grim, academic nature,” writes Ben Travers for IndieWire. “(I)ts mission is pure, aesthetic outstanding, and hook undeniable.”
10 episodes now available. Queue it up!
And remember that Netflix also has Fincher’s superb Zodiac (2007, R), another true crime story about the hunt for a serial killer, this one before the FBI developed its psychological tools (reviewed on Stream On Demand here).
Amazon Prime’s new anthology horror series Lore, based on the popular podcast that investigates the real-life roots of horror legends, debuts quite appropriately on Friday 13th.
“Although much of Lore involves the paranormal, it is not meant to leave you with questions,” explains Robert Lloyd for Los Angeles Times. It “concerns ordinary people and the point where the limits of human knowledge give way to superstition and mythmaking…. And although it is comically overwrought at times… it is also plenty discomfiting.”
Six episodes. Add to watchlist.
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
Baby Driver (2017, R) brings fresh stylistic energy and musical flair to the speed-demon crime picture. Young lead Ansel Elgort is outmatched by costars Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Lily James but the car chases and stunts are a blast. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.
Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Farrell star in Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled (2017, R), which won the Best Director award at Cannes. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.
Sally Hawkins as Canadian artist Maud Lewis in Maudie (2017, PG-13), a biographical drama co-starring Ethan Hawke.
Also new: gambling comedy The House (2017, R) with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, romantic drama Heartstone from Iceland (2016, not rated, with subtitles), and horror films Wish Upon (2017, PG-13 and unrated versions) with Joey King, House by the Lake (2017, not rated), and Dementia 13 (2017, not rated), a remake of Francis Ford Coppola’s first film.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the prison thriller Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017, not rated) with Vince Vaughn, Jim Sheridan’s drama The Secret Scripture (2017, PG-13) with Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave, horror film M.F.A. (2017, not rated) with Francesca Eastwood, and documentaries Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017, not rated) and 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017, not rated).
The Babysitter (2017, not rated) is part of a satanic cult, which is trouble when she catches her charge (Judah Lewis) spying on her. Bella Thorne, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, and Leslie Bibb star in this Netflix original teen horror film directed by McG.
The dark comedy Middle Man (2016, not rated) won the New American Cinema award at SIFF 2016.
Foreign affairs: Jackie Chan martial arts adventure meets Bollywood in Kung Fu Yoga (China, 2017, not rated, English and Cantonese with subtitles) and from Spain comes the Netflix original comedy Bomb Scared (Spain, 2017, not rated, with subtitles).
Kid stuff: Super Monsters: Season 1 is an animated comedy about the school-age kids of famous movie monsters.
Kate Mara is Megan Leavey (2017, PG-13) in the true story of a misfit soldier in the K-9 unit whose bond with her IED-sniffing dog saved lives in Iraq and became national news back home.
Ethan Hawke stars in Predestination (2015, R), the wily adaptation of a classic Robert Heinlein time travel story (reviewed on Stream On Demand here).
Streaming TV: from Amazon India comes Inside Edge: Season 1 (with subtitles), a sports melodrama set in the high stakes world of professional cricket.
True stories: the award-winning City of Ghosts (2017, R) celebrates the citizen journalists of Raqqa who risked their lives to report on the occupation of ISIS.
Kid stuff: Amazon revives the seventies kids’ comedy series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters right down to the with goofy rubber costumes.
- A Mighty Heart (2007, R) with Angelina Jolie as the wife of kidnapped journalist Daniel Pearl
- Paul Greengrass’s true-life drama Bloody Sunday (2002, R), from Great Britain
- Girl, Interrupted (1999, R) with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie
- Oscar-winning Jane Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility (1995, PG) with Emma Thomson and Kate Winslet (also available in HD edition)
- Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar-nominated Little Women (1994, PG) with Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon
- Oscar-nominated baby boomer classic The Big Chill (1983, R) with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, and William Hurt
- Oscar-winning drama Ordinary People (1980, R) directed by Robert Redford
Amazon Prime / Hulu
Sarah Silverman hosts the Hulu original talk/comedy series I Love You, America, where the comedienne travels the country to talk with folks who have a different point of view. New episodes debut on Thursday nights.
More streaming TV: the second season of Chance with Hugh Laurie is now underway. New episodes arrive on Wednesdays.
Foreign affairs: Olivier Assayas’s delicate Summer Hours (France, 2008, not rated, with subtitles) stars Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Renier in a touching story of family.
Also new: romantic drama Blind (2017, R) with Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, comedies A Long Way Down (2014, R) with Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette and Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016, not rated) with Alex Karpovsky and Wyatt Russell, and crime thriller The Lookalike (2014, not rated) with Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, and Gillian Jacobs
The original documentary Spielberg (2017, not rated) profiles the life and art of the influential American filmmaker.
Available Saturday night is the unrated version of the kinky romantic drama Fifty Shades Darker (2017) with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dorman.
FilmStruck / Criterion Channel
In the run-up to Halloween, FilmStruck presents the 1940s horror films from producer Val Lewton, master of low-budget style and psychological horror, including the moody masterpieces Cat People (1942, not rated) and I Walked With a Zombie (1943, not rated), both directed by Jacques Tourneur.
Criterion Channel goes dark with the confrontational early films of Michael Haneke, including Benny’s Video (Austria, 1992) and The Piano Teacher (Austria, 2001) with Isabelle Huppert, and Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise” trilogy: Paradise: Love (Austria, 2012), Paradise: Faith (Austria, 2013), and Paradise: Hope (Austria, 2013)
New episodes of the recently-revived sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf streams exclusively in the U.S on BritBox within a day of their BBC showings.