What to stream: ‘Pursuit of Love’ on Amazon, ‘Freaky’ on HBO Max, music docs on Apple + and Paramount+

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 …  

Lily James and Emily Beecham play cousins—one rebellious and vivacious, the other shy and careful—who take very different routes to love in the limited series The Pursuit of Love (TV-PG). The handsomely-mounted romantic drama, set in London between two world wars, is adapted from the beloved Nancy Mitford novel and directed by Emily Mortimer, who costars with Dominic West, Dolly Wells, and Andrew Scott. The three-part series originally played on BBC. (Amazon Prime)

Two music documentary series debut. In the limited series Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson (TV-MA), the Grammy-winning songwriter and music producer explores the technology of music with such artists as Paul McCartney, Questlove, King Princess, and Dave Grohl (Apple TV+). Behind the Music: Season 1 reboots the classic VH1 show with profiles of Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Huey Lewis, and others. New episodes on Thursdays (Paramount+).

A serial killer swaps bodies with a high school girl in Freaky (2020, R), a self-aware horror film with a twist of “Freaky Friday” and a heavy helping of dark comedy. Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton have a great time playing the swapped souls in unfamiliar bodies. (HBO Max)

Resort to Love (2021, TV-14) stars Christina Milian as an aspiring pop star whose latest gig is singing at the tropical wedding of her ex-fiancé (Jay Pharoah). The romantic comedy costars Christiani Pitts and Alicia Keys. (Netflix)

Jungle Cruise (2021, PG-13), a splashy adventure comedy inspired by a Disney theme park ride, stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt as partners on a quest through the Amazon jungle. Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti costar in the film, which streams at a premium price same day as theaters. (Disney+)

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Emily Blunt stars in A Quiet Place: Part II (2021, PG-13), the sequel to the alien invasion horror written and directed by John Krasinski. Also on DVD and at Redbox. Also new:

  • indie drama Lorelei (2021, not rated) with Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber (on VOD same day as select theaters);
  • Twist (2021, R), a modern take on “Oliver Twist” with Michael Caine in the Fagan role;
  • documentary Hail to the Deadites (2021, not rated) on fans of the “Evil Dead” films.

Netflix

The three-part series Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean (TV-14) chronicles the rise and fall of automotive icon with new interviews and never-before-seen footage of DeLorean shot by Oscar-winning director D.A Pennebaker.

More true stories: Fantastic Fungi (2019, TV-14) is a playful and informative look at the world of mushrooms.

Jamie Foxx is Django Unchained (2012, R) in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning spin on the spaghetti western. Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio costar.

International passport: the action comedy The Last Mercenary (France, TV-MA, with subtitles) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as an agent forced out of retirement to save his son.

Streaming TV: the tenth season of the zombie apocalypse The Walking Dead (TV-MA) continues the fight for human survival. Also new:

International TV: The Snitch Cartel – Origins: Season 1 (Colombia, TV-MA) follows the rise of two brothers in the Colombia drug trade.

Amazon Prime Video

Kate Beckinsale stars in the violent but derivative action thriller Jolt (2021, R) as a woman with a rare neurological disorder that causes her to  fly into a violent destructive rage when annoyed, and goes completely ballistic when the man she loves is murdered. Stanley Tucci, Jai Courtney, and Bobby Cannavale costar.

Hulu

The Danish ambassador (Ulrich Thomsen) fights the Nazis from his American post in the World War II drama The Good Traitor (Denmark, 2021, not rated, with subtitles), which won three Danish Film Awards.

The Artist (2011, PG-13), starring Jean Dujardin as a silent movie star struggling in the sound era, won five Academy Awards, including best picture, director (Michel Hazanavicius), and actor (Dujardin).

Hulu presents a live stream of the Lollapalooza 2021 music festival between 11am and 9pm from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, August 1.

HBO Max

The Immortal (Italy, 2021, TV-MA, with subtitles), the feature film sequel to the hit crime series “Gomorrah,” continues the story of Naples gangster Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore).

Streaming TV: Ryan Wilder dons the cowl in the CW superhero series Batwoman: Season 2 (TV-14).

Disney+

Turning The Tables With Robin Roberts: Season 1 (not rated) presents interviews with groundbreaking women in entertainment, music, and sports. All four episodes streaming. (Disney+)

The animated shows Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life: Season 1 (TV-G) and The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse: Season 2 (TV-G) debut for young kids.

Peacock

The four-part docuseries Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story (not rated) delves into the real-life story behind the dramatic series currently streaming.

Acorn TV

The fifth and final season of the Australian medical dramedy The Heart Guy (not rated) with Rodger Corser streams in its entirety.

AMC+

Eden: Untamed Planet (not rated) explores six of the last untouched locations on earth. Helena Bonham Carter narrates.

AMC+ / Shudder

Two adolescent boys have to rescue themselves from an abductor in the acclaimed horror film The Boy Behind the Door (2020, not rated). (AMC+ / Shudder)

The Roku Channel

The short-form talk show The Demi Lovato Show (not rated) debuts its ten-minute episodes free with ads.

The Criterion Channel

Film (1967), the surreal short film written by Samuel Beckett and starring Buster Keaton, is presented with Notfilm (2015, not rated), Ross Lipman’s documentary on the unique collaboration. (Criterion Channel) Also new:

  • the recently restored film noir Too Late for Tears (1949) with Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea;
  • James Ivory’s A Room with a View (1985, not rated) with Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, and Daniel Day-Lewis, presented with two documentaries on the film from the Criterion special edition disc;
  • Richard Linklater’sSlacker (1990, R) presented with multiple commentary tracks, featurettes, interviews, and bonus Linklater films from the Criterion disc;
  • Hal Ashby’sBeing There (1979, PG) with Peter Sellers in his second Oscar-nominated performance, presented with featurettes and interviews from the Criterion disc.

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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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