What to stream: The ‘Souls’ of Fonda and Redford and Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ on Netflix

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now, FilmStruck, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite in Our Souls at Night (2017), which comes to Netflix direct from the Venice Film Festival. Fonda is widow Addie and Redford widower Louis, lonely souls and longtime neighbors who turn to one another for company.

“As gentle as a moth’s wing, as soft and sweet as the flesh of a marshmallow, Our Souls at Night chronicles the blossoming of a December-December romance,” writes New York Times critic A.O. Scott. “[T]he stars have humanity to spare, and very little left to prove. With her careful diction and a bearing that conveys starchiness and sensuality in perfect, improbable balance, Ms. Fonda turns middle-class maturity into a bewitching form of charisma…. [Redford] is one of the great minimalists of American cinema, an actor who can dazzle you by opening the tiniest window onto a character’s inner life.”

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Netflix celebrates with their three earlier collaborations: thriller The Chase (1966, not rated) with Marlon Brando, Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park (1967, G), and modern western The Electric Horseman (1979, PG).

Carla Gugino stars in Gerald’s Game (2017, not rated), adapted from the Stephen King thriller and directed by horror veteran Mike Flanagan. “He has made just about the best version of “Gerald’s Game” that could result from not majorly overhauling the book, and delivered a film, premiering today on Netflix, that stands as the best King adaptation of the year so far,” writes Brian Tallerico (not a fan of the novel) for RogerEbert.com. “[He]e knows that less is more, never resorting to the techniques that a lot of filmmakers would have used to make up for the lack of story. ” Bruce Greenwood co-stars. It debuts directly on Netflix.

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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017, PG-13), the sixth film in the action franchise of giant robot wars, adds a little gravitas to the cast: Anthony Hopkins joins Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel. And of course a platoon of giant mechanical monsters that fold themselves like origami. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.

Also new: thriller 47 Meters Down (2017, PG-13), which strands Claire Holt and Mandy Moore in a shark cage at the bottom of the sea; seventies-era coming-of-age drama Lane 1974 (2017, not rated); and comedy Crash Pad (2017, R) with Thomas Haden Church and Christina Applegate.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is romantic comedy Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017, not rated) with Justin Long and Cobie Smulders, sci-fi thriller The Sound (2017, not rated) with Rose McGowan and Christopher Lloyd; and horror film Don’t Sleep (2017, not rated) with Cary Elwes and Drea de Matteo.


The Bad Batch (2017, R), the second feature from indie filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, is a dystopian horror film about cannibals in the Texas wastelands. Jason Momoa and Keanu Reeves co-star.

Álex de la Iglesia directs the Tarantino-esque thriller The Bar (2017, not rated, with subtitles) from Spain.

Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson star in the comedy Bachelorette (2012, R).

Streaming TV: Netflix debuts the animated comedy Big Mouth (Netflix Original), featuring comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as sex-crazed, pubescent teenagers, plus Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip, a car show hosted by a celebrity chef, and The Magic School Bus Rides Again, a revival of the popular animated kids show.

True stories: education and inequity is focus of Night School (2016, not rated) and Teach Us All (2017, not rated).

Stand-up: Def Comedy Jam 25 (2017) celebrates 25 years of the comedian showcase.

Amazon Prime

Tim Roth stars in Amazon Original crime drama Tin Star as an alcoholic small town police chief with a violent alter ego serving in the Canadian Rockies. Christina Hendricks costars in the series created by Rowan Joffe (who wrote 28 Days Later). 10 episodes now available.

Parkland (2013, PG-13) dramatizes the assassination of JFK with a cast that includes Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, and Paul Giamatti.

True stories: Elián (2017) is Elián González, who in 1995 was a 5-year-old Cuban boy in Florida at the center of a political struggle between the U.S. and Cuba.

Cult movies: a whole batch of Japanese crime thrillers arrive, including Takashi Miike’s gonzo gangster apocalypse Dead or Alive (1999, R, with subtitles), Sonny Chiba as Doberman Cop (Japan, 1977, not rated, with subtitles), and girl gang freak-out Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Japan, 1970, not rated, with subtitles).

More streaming TV: British sitcom Father Ted: Seasons 1-3 and the first season of the 1960s American road show drama Route 66.


Streaming TV flashback: Hulu now has the complete runs of the original Full House and other ABC family sitcoms of the eighties and nineties, including Home Improvement with Tim Allen, Perfect Strangers with Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker and Family Matters with Jaleel White as Urkel.

Also new: Starz crime drama Power: Season 3 and Disney kid show Miles From Tomorrowland: Season 2.

Jesse Eisenberg meets his doppelganger in The Double (2013, R), a dark drama inspired by the Dostoyevsky novella.

Hulu gets a jump-start on Halloween with the original Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In (2008, R, with subtitles), and the anthology films V/H/S (2012, R) and V/H/S 2 (2013, R).


Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in the video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed (2016, PG-13).

Arriving Saturday night is the comedy Why Him? (2016, R) with James Franco and Bryan Cranston.

FilmStruck / Criterion Channel

FilmStruck celebrates the work of pioneering independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke with a collection of recent restorations, including her innovative drama The Connection (1962), landmark documentary Portrait of Jason (1967), and Oscar-nominated short Skyscraper (1958).

Debuting this week on The Criterion Channel are Lucrecia Martel’s drama The Headless Woman (2008) from Argentina and the warm Japanese character comedy Mr. Thank You (1936) from director Hiroshi Shimizu.

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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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