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 …
A Black family is terrorized when they move into an all-white neighborhood in 1950s Los Angeles in “Them” (not rated). The first season of the anthology series plays out over ten days as the white neighbors become increasingly vicious in their attacks against the new family, and something inhuman arises amidst the terror as well. The mix of social commentary, family drama, and horror from creator Little Marvin and writer/producer Lena Waithe stars Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ryan Kwanten, and Alison Pill. All ten episodes of the self-contained season now streaming. (Amazon Prime)
The four-part series “Exterminate All the Brutes” (TV-MA) from filmmaker Raoul Peck mixes documentary, cinema essay, and dramatic scenes to confront the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism in America and Africa and the impact on contemporary society. (HBO Max)
The documentary “Coded Bias” (2021, TV-MA) explores the work of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini, looking at how and why facial recognition software and other AI algorithms fail women and people of color, and the repercussions it has on human lives. (Netflix)
Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer play best friends who get super powers and become “Thunder Force” (2021, PG-13), a superhero comedy that pits the unlikely costumed avengers against both colorful supervillains (Jason Bateman and Pom Klementieff) and the challenges of keeping those high-tech costumes laundered. Bobby Canavale costars in the comedy written and directed by Ben Falcone (McCarthy’s husband). (Netflix)
The Oscar-nominated short film “Two Distant Strangers” (2020, TV-MA) uses the time-loop gimmick to tackle all-too-familiar issues of police violence. (Netflix)
Classic pick: Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” (1959), starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as hapless musicians hiding from mobsters in an all-girl band and Marilyn Monroe as the band’s bubbly singer, was chosen as the best American comedy in a poll by the American Film Institute. (Amazon Prime)
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
Johnny Depp plays the Los Angeles cop mired in police corruption while investigating the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in “City of Lies” (2021, R). Forest Whitaker and Toby Huss costar.
The limited series documentary “This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist” (2021, TV-MA) dives deep into the daring 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Streaming TV: “Snabba Cash: Season 1” (Sweden, TV-MA, with subtitles) brings the bestselling Swedish crime novels to the small screen.
International passport: a mobster in hiding falls in love in “Night in Paradise” (Korea, 2020, TV-MA), a gangster drama from director Park Hoon-jung.
Music: Miley Cyrus, Mavis Staples, Katy Perry, Willie Nelson, and Brandi Carlile are among the iconic performers who pay tribute the country music legend in “Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute” (2020, TV-PG).
Kid stuff: “The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You” (2021, TV-Y7) is an animated interactive adventure comedy for young kids.
Amazon Prime Video
Robert Duvall is a hermit who throws himself a wake before he dies in the offbeat comedy “Get Low” (2010, PG-13), costarring Bill Murray.
Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in Joe Wright’s inventive adaptation of “Anna Karenina” (2012, R).
Gilliam Armstrong’s adaptation of “Little Woman” (1994, PG) starring Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, and Susan Sarandon, is considered the definitive screen version by many of the novel’s fans.
Seattle filmmaker Taylor Gunderson follows the meandering lives of three retired friends in the easy-going comedy “Old Goats” (2012, not rated).
The BAFTA-winning limited series “Wolf Hall” (2015, TV-14), an historical drama starring Mark Rylance as the advisor to King Henry VIII, is a nuanced drama of privilege and power.
International passport: Norway reveals is greatest secret in the mockumentary “Trollhunter” (Norway, 2011, PG-13, with subtitles). Also new:
- offbeat romantic comedy “Girl From Monaco” (France, 2009, R, with subtitles) with Fabrice Luchini and Louise Bourgoin;
- Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s haunting horror film “Pulse” (Japan, 2005, R, with subtitles).
- World War II caper “The Great Escape” (1963) with Steve McQueen;
- “The Train” (1965), a World War II drama starring Burt Lancaster;
- brawny adventure “The Vikings” (1958) with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis;
- Robert Mitchum is a demonic con man in preacher man’s robes in “The Night of the Hunter” (1955).
Amazon Prime / Hulu
“Napoleon Dynamite” (2004, PG), the oddball comedy about the quintessential high school misfit, became a cult hit for its eccentric characters and skewed sense of humor.
True stories: “Hysterical” (2021, TV-MA) profiles some of the most boundary-breaking women in stand-up comedy.
Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir star in “The Bridge: Complete Series” (2013-2014, TV-MA), the American version of the Scandinavian crime drama that straddles the border.
Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black are bird watchers in the comedy “The Big Year” (2011, PG). Also newly arrived:
- comedies “Night at the Museum” (2006, PG) and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009, PG) with Ben Stiller;
- “Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale” (1994, PG), a family friendly adventure set in pre-Mayflower America.
“Rectify: Complete Series” (2013-2016, TV-14), one of the best dramas of the last decade, is now on AMC+.
Seven episodes of the new season of the Canadian turn-of-the-20th century series “Murdock Mysteries” (TV-PG) are now available, with new episodes each Monday through May 3.
There’s also a new season of the British crime drama “Death in Paradise” (TV-PG).
“Wonderland: Season 1” (France, TV-PG, with subtitles) is a time travelling romantic fantasy starring Olga Kurylenko and Pierre Deladonchamps.
The Criterion Channel
“The Best of the Marx Brothers” presents 11 comedies starring the great comedy team, from “Animal Crackers” (1930) to “The Big Store” (1941), including their screwball satire “Duck Soup” (1933) and their biggest hit “A Night at the Opera” (1935). Also new:
- “Raining in the Mountain” (Taiwan, 1979, with subtitles), King Hu’s poetic take on the martial arts spectacle;
- a restoration of Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard” (Italy, 1963, with subtitles), featuring supplements from the Criterion special edition disc;
- Gilliam Armstrong’s adaptation of “Little Woman” (1994, PG) starring Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, and Susan Sarandon;
- a double feature of “Shaft” (1971, R) and “Shaft’s Big Score!” (1972, R) with Richard Roundtree;
- “The Maestro: Scores by Ennio Morricone,” a selection of 23 movies with Morricone’s music;
- “The Gamblers,” a curated collection of 18 movies set in the gambling world.
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