What to stream: ‘Shirley’ on Hulu, ‘Fuller House’ and ’13 Reasons Why’ conclude on Netflix, ‘Dear…’ on Apple TV

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

Elisabeth Moss is Shirley Jackson in “Shirley” (2020, R), a Gothic psychodrama costarring Michael Stuhlbarg as her combative husband and Odessa Young and Logan Lerman as the young couple forced to endure their bickering and mindgames. The indie drama from filmmaker Josephine Decker, originally slated for theaters, debuts on Hulu and on Cable on Demand and VOD.

The nonfiction series “Dear…” (2020, not rated) profiles iconic figure from American society, among them Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinman, Spike Lee, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, through letters written by people whose lives were changed by their work. Streaming on Apple TV, new episodes each Friday.

Two popular Netflix shows aimed at teens and families come to end this month. The family sitcom “Fuller House: The Farewell Season” (TV-PG) and the young adult drama “13 Reasons Why: Season 4” (T V-MA), based on the novel by Jay Asher, bring each respective series to a close.

True stories: “Spelling the Dream” (2020, not rated) follows four Indian-American students as they compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee (streaming on Netflix) and “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” (2020, not rated) chronicles the improv hip-hop group that featured “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (streaming on Hulu).

Classic pick: The original, multi-Oscar-winning version of the acclaimed musical “West Side Story” (1961) with Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer is now streaming on Netflix and Criterion Channel. See it before Steven Spielberg delivers his upcoming remake.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Mia Wasikowska is puppeteer who takes revenge on her violent husband and the rotten town where they perform in the darkly comic “Judy & Punch” (2020, not rated).

The Infiltrators” (2019, not rated) mixes documentary and drama in the story of undocumented youths who get deliberately detained to infiltrate a for-profit detention center.

Available direct to VOD is “Becky” (2020, R), an action thriller about a father and daughter (Joel McHale and Lulu Wilson) on vacation terrorized by escaped convicts;

  • the cop drama “Body Cam” (2020, R) with Mary J. Blige;
  • crime drama “The Collini Case” (Germany, 2019, not rated, with subtitles).


Near-future thriller “The Last Days of American Crime” (2020, not rated) stars Edgar Ramirez, Anna Brewster, and Michael Pitt as a team plotting the perfect heist before the government uses a form of mind control to stop all crime.

Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On: Season 1” (not rated) tells the story of the country superstar’s life and career.

Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated directorial debut “Lady Bird” (2017, R) is a funny and touching drama of a high school rebel (Saoirse Ronan) and her stormy relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf).

James Franco directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist” (2017, R), a stranger-than-fiction comedy based on the true story behind the creation of the midnight movie phenomenon “The Room.”

Hannibal: Seasons 1-3” (2013-2015, TV-14) with Hugh Dancy as profiler Will Graham and Mad Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter is both gruesome and beautiful.

More streaming TV: “Can You Hear Me?: Season 1” (not rated, with subtitles) follows three friends in a low-income neighborhood in French-speaking Canada. Also new:

  • Queer Eye: Season 5” (TV-14), which takes the Fab Five to Philadelphia;
  • Supernatural: Season 15” (2019-2020, TV-14), which was supposed to bring the series to a close before Covid shut production down.

International cinema: Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution” (Taiwan, 2007, NC-17, with subtitles) is a tastefully erotic espionage thriller set in 1942 Shanghai.

Helen Mirren earned an Oscar playing Queen Elizabeth in “The Queen” (2006, PG-13) form director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Peter Morgan, who went on to create “The Crown.”

Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982, PG), a science fiction adventure filled with childhood wonder, is back for kids and families.

Need some comedy? These movies are new to Netflix this month: “Observe and Report” (2009, R), a surprisingly dark comedy with Seth Rogen as a bi-polar mall security guard;

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007, R), a parody of “Walk the Line” and other music biographies from producer Judd Apatow;
  • the remake of “Bad News Bears” (2005, PG-13) with Billy Bob Thornton as a misanthropic little league coach;
  • Clueless” (1995, PG-13), a witty and cute update of Jane Austen’s “Emma” set in 1990s Los Angeles high school culture with Alicia Silvestone.

Amazon Prime Video

The Oscar-nominated “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010, PG) turns the series of storybooks by Cressida Cowell into a lively animated adventure of a meek but inventive Viking lad named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who befriends an injured dragon.

Robert Redford is a middle-aged baseball rookie in “The Natural” (1984, PG), based on the classic Bernard Malamud novel. Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Kim Basinger costar.

Available through the month of June only are the first season of more than a dozen TV shows available through Amazon Channels, including:

  • thriller “Liar” (2017, TV-14) with Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffud (from Sundance Now);
  • dramas “The L Word” (2004, TV-MA) and its sequel series “The L Word: Generation Q” (2019, TV-14) (from Showtime Anytime);
  • British comedy drama “Doc Martin” (2004, TV-14), a PBS favorite with Martin Clunes (from Acorn TV);
  • The Saint” (1962) with Roger Moore (from Shout! Factory TV).

Stand-up: “Gina Brillon: The Floor Is Lava” (2020, not rated)

Prime Video / Hulu

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974, R), the final “Frankenstein” film from England’s Hammer films, is a strange but intelligent film and a fitting cap to the series (Prime Video and Hulu).


Miss Snake Charmer” (2018, not rated) is a documentary on the oddest high school beauty pageant you’ve ever seen.

Streaming TV: the live action comedy “Children’s Hospital: Complete Series” (2008-2016, TV-14) and animated “Mike Tyson Mysteries: Complete Seasons 1-3” (2014-2018, TV-14) from Adult Swim are now available on Hulu.

Two 1990s classics arrive this month: Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” (1995, R) with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the Vegas mob scene and the buddy action drama “Thelma & Louise” (1991, R) with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.

Keanu Reeves is a cursed demon hunter in “Constantine” (2005, R). He’s not much like the comic book character but he’s still a fascinating character. Director Francis Lawrence went on to direct most of the “Hunger Games” film series.


Natalie Portman is an astronaut “Lucy in the Sky” (2019, R), the feature directing debut of novelist and TV creator Noah Hawley (“Fargo”).

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence are a part of “X-Men: First Class” (2011, PG-13), the 1960s-set prequel to the hit superhero series.

Warren Beatty stars in a trio of terrific films of the 1970s: conspiracy thriller “The Parallax View” (1974, R) and Robert Altman’s frontier western “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” (1971, R) and romantic comedy “Heaven Can Wait” (1978, PG), both with Julie Christie.

James Coburn stars in the spy spoof double feature “Our Man Flint” (1966) and “In Like Flint” (1967).

Kid stuff: is it time to introduce magnificent animated adventure “The Iron Giant” (1999, PG) and the live-action adolescent treasure hunt adventure “The Goonies” (1985, PG) produced by Steven Spielberg to new audiences of children?

Streaming TV: the original British “The Office: Complete Series” (2001-2003, TV-MA) from creator Ricky Gervais and costar Martin Freeman and the miniseries version of “Pride and Prejudice” (1995, TV-PG) with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are perfect shows for binge watching.


Tom Hanks earned an Oscar nomination playing influential children’s TV host Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (2019, PG), a drama about his friendship with a cynical magazine writer (Matthew Rhys).


Trackers” (South Africa, not rated), a six-part crime thriller set in Cape Town and shot entirely in South Africa, debuts on all Cinemax platforms. New episodes on Friday nights.


Marie Gillain stars as a TV announcer in 1950s Paris who solves crimes in “Speakerine” (France, TV-14, with subtitles). New episodes each Tuesday on MHz.

The Criterion Channel

The legacy of French colonialism haunts “Zombi Child” (France, 2019, not rated, with subtitles), Bertrand Bonello’s drama that weaves voodoo ritual, Haitian history, and modern French culture. New on Criterion Channel. Also newly arrived:

  • eight classic Hong Kong action comedies “Starring Jackie Chan“;
  • two features and six shorts “Directed by Cheryl Dunye,” a trailblazer in queer cinema;
  • And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead” (2015, not rated), a documentary on beat poet and activist Bob Kaufman by Billy Woodbury;
  • Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho” (1991, R) with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.

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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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