What to stream: ‘Catch-22’ on Hulu, ‘Laugh-In’ on Netflix, ‘Muhammad Ali’ on HBO

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

Christopher Abbott is John Yossarian, a bomber pilot trying to survive both the violence and the insanity of in World War II, in the six-part Hulu miniseries Catch-22. George Clooney produces, codirects, and costars with Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie in the new adaptation of Joseph Heller’s biting anti-war novel. Now streaming on Hulu.

The documentary What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019, not rated) looks at the public life of the boxing champion and his often complex relationship with the media and the country through archival footage and Ali’s own words. Streaming on all HBO platforms.

The tribute special Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate (2019, not rated) features Lily Tomlin, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Ruth Buzzi, and Billy Crystal. The hour-long program was recorded in March and now streams on Netflix.

The Gothic horror We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019, not rated), based on the Shirley Jackson novel and starring Taissa Farmiga and Crispin Glover, is available on Cable On Demand and VOD same day as select theaters nationwide.

Classic pick: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly flirt through the French Riviera in To Catch a Thief (1955), Alfred Hitchcock’s frothiest romantic thriller. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

A young woman (Florence Pugh) in working class English wrestling family gets a shot at the WWE in Fighting With My Family (2019, PG-13), a scrappy comedy based on a true story. Dwayne Johnson is a producer and costars as himself.

Also new Cold Pursuit (2019, R) with Liam Neeson as a grieving father taking revenge with a snowplow;

  • dark-humored horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U (2019, PG-13);
  • science fiction thriller Silencio (Mexico, 2019) with John Noble and Rupert Graves;
  • Valentine: The Dark Avenger (Indonesia, 2017, not rated, with subtitles), an Indonesian take on the superhero vigilante action film.

Mary Harron’s Charlie Says (2018, R), starring Hannah Murray, Suki Waterhouse, and Matt Smith as Charles Manson, is available a week after its limited theatrical release.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is horror comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez (2019, R) with Asa Butterfield and Michael Sheen.

Netflix

Netflix adds two family friendly features this week: feel-good drama Good Sam (2019, not rated), based on the novel by Dete Meserve, and teen time travel thriller See You Yesterday (2019, not rated).

The romantic comedy Take Me Home Tonight (2011, R) stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, and Teresa Palmer as friends having one last blast in the 1980s.

Foreign affairs: an assassin (Cristine Raines) comes out of retirement to protect her family in the crime thriller Maria (Philippines, 2019, not rated, with subtitles).

Streaming TV: the offbeat comedy It’s Bruno: Season 1 follows the everyday adventures of a man and his dog in Brooklyn. Also new:

Foreign language TV: a negotiated marriage blossoms in the romantic drama Well Intended Love: Season 1 (China, with subtitles). Also new:

True stories: the nonfiction limited series 1994 (Mexico, with subtitles) looks the tumultuous year in Mexico’s history. Also new:

  • Weed the People (2018, not rated) on the fight for legal medical marijuana;
  • Dying to Tell (Spain, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) about the experiences of war reporters.

Kid stuff: junior lifeguards compete in Malibu Rescue: Season 1 (2019, not rated), a show for teens and tweens, while Chip & Potato: Season 1 (Netflix Original Series) is an animated show for kindergarteners.

Amazon Prime Video

Catherine Keener plays as a working-class homeowner who takes on the government in Little Pink House (2018, not rated), inspired by the true story of a landmark case.

Angelica Huston stars in her father John Huston’s final feature The Dead (1987, PG), an intimate, sublime adaptation of the James Joyce novella.

Streaming TV: Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns for the second season of her British comedy Fleabag co-starring Olivia Colman. Also new:

Foreign language TV: the acclaimed A French Village: Season 1 (France, 2009, with subtitles) dramatizes a small town occupied by the Germans in World War II.

In an inexplicable turn of policy, Prime Video is now offering incomplete collections of a few vintage TV shows. You can now stream numerous episodes of the courtroom classic Perry Mason: Seasons 1-5 (1957-1962) with Raymond Burr, faith-based drama Touched by an Angel: Seasons 1-9 (1994-2003) with Roma Downey, and sitcoms The Brady Bunch: Seasons 1-4 (1969-1973) and Wings: Seasons 1-8 (1990-1997).

Also new: British drama 100 Streets (2017, not rated) with Idriss Elba and Gemma Arterton;

Foreign affairs: Hong Sang-Soo directs Tale of Cinema (South Korea, 2004, with subtitles) and Andre Techine directs Catherine Deneuve in My Favorite Season (France, 1996, with subtitles).

Prime Video / Hulu

Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, and Anna Paquin make up a romantic triangle in the indie drama The Romantics (2010, PG-13) (Prime Video and Hulu).

Before the Netflix series, there were the feature films The Punisher (2004, R) with Thomas Jane as the gun-toting vigilante antihero (Prime Video and Hulu) and Punisher: War Zone (2008, R) with Ray Stevenson picking up the guns (Prime Video and Hulu).

Hulu

Maxine Peake stars in Funny Cow (2017, not rated), a comic drama about a female comedian fighting the male-dominated stand-up culture in 1970s and 1980s Northern England (delayed from April).

Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp star in Egg (2018, not rated), a comedy about impending parenthood. Also new:

  • British comedy Swimming with Men (2018, not rated) about all-male synchronized swimming team;
  • French disaster thriller Just a Breath Away (France, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) with Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko;
  • Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (2007, R) with Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl;
  • Oscar-winning drama Iris (2001, R) with Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Jim Broadbent;
  • comic-drama Little Voice (1998, R) with Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks.

True stories: One Million American Dreams (2018, not rated) profiles New York’s cemetery for the unclaimed and forgotten.

Streaming TV: TNT crime drama Claws: Season 2 and animated fantasy thriller Angels of Death: Season 1 (Japan).

HBO Now

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish star in the comedy Night School (2018, PG-13) and My Dad Wrote a Porno is live special based on the podcast of the same name.

Showtime Anytime

Adrift (2018, PG-13) stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as a young couple whose solo sailing adventure becomes a survival odyssey when they are caught in a hurricane. Also new: the second season of Our Cartoon President and stand-up comedy special Brendan Schaub: You’d Be Surprised.

Acorn TV

Line of Duty: Season 5, the acclaimed cop drama created by Jed Mercurio and the top rated British show of 2019, makes is U.S. debut on Acorn TV.

Also new: A Voyage Round My Father (1982), adapted by John Mortimer from his semi-autobiographical play, features Laurence Olivier and Alan Bates, along with the final seasons of Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey with Leo McKern, making the entire series available to stream.

BroadwayHD

The filmed performance of the London West End revival of the musical 42nd Street (2018) that showed on big screens in a one-night-only Fathom Event is now streaming exclusively on BroadwayHD.

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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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