What to stream: ‘Eighth Grade’ on Amazon, twin ‘Fyre’s on Netflix and Hulu, Robert Redford on VOD

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

Elsie Fisher delivers a heartbreakingly vulnerable performance as an awkward, introverted teenage girl enduring the final week of Eighth Grade (2018, R). The directorial debut comedian Bo Burham is an insightful and sensitive comic drama that explores the anxieties of growing up in the social media age with humor and hope. Be warned that it’s R-rated. Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Robert Redford brings his easy charm to the role of a gentleman, octogenarian bank robber who lives for the thrill of the deed in The Old Man & the Gun (2018, PG-13), a strangely sweet and affectionate low key drama co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck. Redford said it’s his last screen performance. On VOD and Cable On Demand, also on DVD and at Redbox.

Streaming TV: Netflix presents new seasons of Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and The Punisher with Jon Bernthal (given the recent Marvel series cancellations, it may its last on Netflix) and Amazon Prime premieres the third season of the gearhead series The Grand Tour.

True stories: remember Fyre Festival, the infamous music festival fiasco in the Bahamas that stranded ticket buyers and launched a thousand lawsuits? Two new original documentaries are here to remind you: Netflix presents Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019, not rated) and Hulu offers Fyre Fraud (2019, not rated), which boasts new interviews with disgraced festival founder Billy McFarland.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018, R) is not a remake but a sequel to the original 1978 horror classic with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, now a paranoid survivalist who is ready for the return of Michael after 40 years. John Carpenter, director of the original, is one of the producers and composes the score. Also on DVD and at Redbox.

Also new: kid-friendly horror film Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018, PG), light British drama The Bookshop (2018, PG) with Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, end-of-the-world thriller After Darkness (2018, R) with Kyra Sedgwick and Tim Daly, and Once Upon a Deadpool (2018, PG-13), a “cleaned-up” re-edit of Deadpool 2.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019, not rated), a crime thriller set in the culture of militia groups, and political thriller An Acceptable Loss (2019, R) with Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis.


Mark Wahlberg is The Fighter (2010, R) in the based-on-a-true-story underdog boxing drama that earned Oscars for supporting actors Melissa Leo and Christian Bale. David O. Russell directs and Amy Adams co-stars. Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.

Noomi Rapace is a counter-terrorist expert hired to protect a young heiress (Sophie Nélisse) in the crime thriller Close (2019, not rated). It’s one of five Netflix Original features debuting this week. Also new:

  • end-of-the-world sci-fi drama IO (2019, not rated) with Anthony Mackie and Danny Huston;
  • Golden Globe-nominated drama Girl (Belgium, 2018, R, with subtitles) about a transgender teenage ballet student;
  • action thriller Revenger (South Korea, 2019, not rated, with subtitles), about a cop out for vengeance against the criminals who murdered his family;
  • Soni (India, 2018, not rated, with subtitles), a cop drama that takes on violence against women in India.

Also new: Becoming Jane (2007, PG-13) with Anne Hathaway as the young Jane Austen and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007, R) with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

Streaming TV: rapper and activist Killer Mike hosts Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, a docu-series about social change in America. Also new:
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace with Edgar Ramírez and Darren Criss;

Kid stuff: Carmen Sandiego: Season 1 revives the nineties kids show about geography as an animated series featuring the voice of Gina Rodriguez. Also new: Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5.

Stand-up: Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry

Amazon Prime Video

Helen Mirren stars in The Debt (2010, R) as a retired Mossad agent recalling a past mission (played by Jessica Chastain in flashbacks).

This colorful new indie take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018, not rated) is relocated to modern Hollywood and stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Finn Wittrock, Paz de la Huerta, and Lily Rabe.

A selection of HBO Original films from years past are new available, including Grey Gardens (2009, TV-14) HBO with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange as Little Edie and Big Edie, You Don’t Know Jack (2010, not rated) with Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian; and Cinema Verite (2011, not rated) with James Gandolfini and Diane Lane.

Kid stuff: more episodes of the animated revival The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Foreign affairs: Footnotes (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) is a throwback musical comedy set during a strike at a luxury shoe factory.

Also newly arrived: cult action drama Coffy (1973, R) with Pam Grier;

  • gangster drama Dillinger (1973, R) with Warren Oates and Ben Johnson;
  • classic westerns Apache (1954) with Burt Lancaster; and Along Came Jones (1945) with Gary Cooper and Loretta Young.

Available on Saturday is Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018, R), Michael Moore’s documentary on the Trump presidency.

Prime Video / Hulu

Alex Roe is a country star who returns to his hometown and the girl he left behind in the romantic drama Forever My Girl (2018, PG). Prime Video and Hulu.


Stephen Frears directs the sweet comic drama The Snapper (1993, R), adapted by Roddy Doyle from his novel.

Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, and Josh Hartnett take the leads in O (2001), Tim Blake Nelson’s take on Shakespeare’s “Othello” set among the teenage students of a prep school.

Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson star in You, Me and Dupree (2006, PG-13), a comedy from Anthony and Joe Russo before they became Marvel movie directors.

Streaming TV: the British drama Butterfly: Season 1 stars Anna Friel and Emmett J Scanlan as the separated parents of an 11-year-old child born male but who identifies as a girl. Also new:


The women call the shots in the comic caper spin-off Ocean’s 8 (2018, PG-13), starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.

Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff star in the third season of True Detective from creator Nic Pizzolatto. Two episodes now available, new episodes each Sunday evening.

Arriving Saturday night is Tully (2018, R), a comic-drama about motherhood and friendship starring Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis, and Brexit with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Showtime Anytime

Amy Schumer is an insecure woman who wakes of from a fall convinced that she’s a model-thin bombshell in the comedy I Feel Pretty (2018, PG-13).

Stand-up: Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club.

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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.