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 …
In “Turning Red“ (2022, PG), Pixar’s latest animated fantasy, dorky-and-proud adolescent girl Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang) wakes up one morning to discover she has transformed into a giant, fluffy, red panda. It happens every time she gets emotionally overwhelmed, which is often. It makes for an imaginative metaphor for puberty but it’s also the story of a spirited girl story chafing against the expectations of her overprotective mom (Sandra Oh) and a loving tale of friendship, determination, and Chinese-Canadian culture. It’s the feature debut of Domee Shi, director of the Academy Award®-winning Pixar short “Bao.” Debuts directly on Disney+.
Ryan Reynolds is a time-traveling fighter pilot who crash lands in 2022 and teams up his 12-year-old self to save the future in “The Adam Project“ (2022, PG-13). Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, and Catherine Keener costar in the science fiction adventure directed by Shawn Levy. (Netflix)
The limited series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty“ (TV-MA) is a comic look at the legendary 1980s Los Angeles Lakers under the ownership of Jerry Buss (played by John C. Reilly) and the star power of their newest player, Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah). Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody, Gaby Hoffmann, and Jason Segel costar and Adam McKay produces and directs the debut episode. New episodes on Sundays. (HBO Max)
Samuel Jackson stars as a man suffering from dementia who is offered a radical experimental treatment and Dominique Fishback is the orphan teenager who becomes his caregiver in “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey“ (TV-MA), a limited series based on the novel by Walter Mosley. Two episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)
“The Thing About Pam“ (not rated), based on the hit 2019 podcast, revisits the true story of the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, the conviction of her husband, and the strange conspiracy behind it all. Renée Zellweger, Judy Greer, and Josh Duhamel star in the limited series crime drama. New episodes on Wednesdays. (Hulu and Peacock)
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“Red Rocket“ (2021, R) won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Simon Rex’s performance as a washed-up porn star who returns to his rural Texas hometown.
“Scream“ (2022, R) revives the self-aware horror franchise with a mix of new characters and familiar faces (Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette) returning with survival advice.
Jon Hamm is a disillusioned diplomat pulled back in to service to save the life of a friend in “Beirut“ (2018, R), a thriller set in the violence of the undeclared warzone of 1982 Beirut.
Streaming TV: the fifth and final season of “The Last Kingdom“ (TV-MA) about the birth of England;
- the fourth and final season of “Good Girls“ (TV-MA) with Christian Hendricks and Retta;
- “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 7“ (TV-14) of the WB’s time-traveling superhero series.
True stories: the limited series “The Andy Warhol Diaries“ (TV-MA) features excerpts of the artist’s personal journals and “Life After Death with Tyler Henry: Season 1“ (TV-MA) follows clairvoyant medium Tyler Henry.
International passport: the World War II drama “The Bombardment“ (Denmark, TV-MA, with subtitles) arrives from “Nightwatch” director Ole Bornedal.
International TV: the romantic comedy “Once Upon a Time… Happily Never After: Season 1“ (Spain, TV-MA, with subtitles) mixes fantasy and musical in the tale of a separated couple who must reunite in a town where no one can fall in love. It’s from Manolo Caro, from the creator of “The House of Flowers.” Also new:
- “Love, Life & Everything in Between: Season 1“ (Saudi Arabia, TV-14, with subtitles), a pan-Arab anthology series of romantic dramas tinged with dark humor;
- “Queer Eye Germany: Season 1“ (Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles), which exports the makeover series with a new Fab Five;
- “Last One Standing: Season 1“ (Japan, TV-MA, with subtitles), which pits comedians against each other in a competition series;
- anime series “Kotaro Lives Alone: Season 1“ (Japan, TV-14).
Stand-up: “Taylor Tomlinson: Look At You“ (TV-MA)
A college girl comes home to her Indian-American family in New Jersey for a revealing reunion in the comedy “India Sweets and Spices“ (2021, PG-13).
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a civilian who lost both legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in “Stronger“ (2017, R), based on a true story.
“Mark, Mary & Some Other People“ (2021, not rated) is an offbeat a romantic comedy of newlyweds who attempts an open relationship.
“Impeachment: American Crime Story“ (2021, TV-MA), the third season of the Fox anthology series featuring Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, makes its streaming debut along with the first two seasons of the series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson“ (2016, TV-MA) with John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr. and “Gianni Versace“ (2018, TV-MA) with Edgar Ramirez and Penelope Cruz. More streaming TV:
- “Pose: Complete Series“ (2018-2021, TV-MA), a drama from creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk set in the underground ball culture of late 1980s New York;
- an “International Women’s Day” special from the cult Canadian comedy “Letterkenny“ (TV-MA);
- the new competition show “Domino Masters: Season 1“ (not rated) and new seasons of “Good Trouble“ (TV-MA) and “The Masked Singer“ (TV-PG) (episodes stream a day after their respective network debuts).
“Dune“ (2021, PG-13) (HBO), the epic science fiction spectacle of royal intrigue, betrayal, rebellion, and giant sand worms on a desert planet directed by Denis Villeneuve, is nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
True stories: “The Beauty of Blackness“ (2022, TV-14) chronicles the first cosmetics brand created exclusively for Black women and “Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall“ (2022, TV-14) revisits the story of a journalist who went missing after interviewing an entrepreneur on a submarine.
Streaming TV: the Drew Carey incarnation of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Complete Series“ (1998-2007, TV-PG) is now streaming.
Kid stuff: a team of teenagers battles a secret society using dark magic “Theodosia: Season 1“ (TV-PG), based on the young adult books by Robin L. LaFevers.
“Weekend Family: Season 1“ (France, TV-PG, with subtitles) is the comedy of a new stepfamily whose weekend get-togethers take a different turn with father begins a new relationship.
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Dolly Parton hosts “The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards“ (not rated), which features 20 performances.
“Harina: Season 1“ (Mexico, 2022, not rated, with subtitles), a cop comedy about a bumbling duo’s search for a serial killer, is based on a hit sketch comedy.
The comedy “Bust Down: Season 1“ (TV-MA) follows four casino employees (Jak Knight, Langston Kerman, Sam Jay and Chris Redd) with dead-end lives in middle America.
True stories: “Perfect World: A Deadly Game“ (TV-MA) chronicles how a group of gamers tracked down an internet troll who claimed to have killed two family members.
More streaming TV: the reality series “The Courtship: Season 1“ (TV-PG) is a romance competition in a Regency setting. There are also new seasons of Canadian medical drama “Transplant“ (TV-14) and competition show “Weakest Link“ (TV-PG). Episodes stream a day after respective network debuts.
“That Dirty Black Bag“ (not rated) with Dominic Cooper and Douglas Booth is a limited series old west action thriller of bounty hunters, bandits, and violent frontier towns that pays tribute to classic spaghetti westerns. New episodes on Thursdays.
“The Chelsea Detective: Season 1“ (not rated) stars Adrian Scarborough and Sonita Henry as detectives solving murders in London’s Chelsea neighborhood. New episodes on Mondays.
“Last Exit: Space“ (2022) is a new documentary pondering the future of humans in space from filmmakers Werner Herzog and his son Rudolph.
The Criterion Channel
“The Gospel According to Pier Paolo Pasolini” spotlights 11 films by the often controversial Italian filmmaker, from his Biblical classic “The Gospel According to St. Matthew“ (1964) to the bawdy medieval tales in his Trilogy of Life: “The Decameron“ (1971, R), “The Canterbury Tales“ (1972, NC-17), and “Arabian Nights“ (1974, NC-17) (all from Italy, with subtitles).
“Directed by Radu Jude” collects five films from the director of “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn,” from his breakthrough “Aferim!“ (2015) to the documentary theater piece “Uppercase Print“ (2020) (all from Romania, not rated, with subtitles).
Also new: the collection “Naked Truth: Five Documentaries by Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi” from Japan;
- Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry“ (1999, R) featuring Hilary Swank in her first Oscar-winning performance;
- a Cyd Charisse double feature of musicals: “It’s Always Fair Weather“ (1955) with and Vincente Minnelli’s “The Band Wagon“ (1953) with Fred Astaire.
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