What to stream: ‘First Man’ on VOD, ‘Black Moon Rising’ and ‘Polar’ on Netflix, ‘Four More Shots’ on Amazon

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

Ryan Gosling is astronaut Neil Armstrong in First Man (2018, PG-13), an intimate look at the story behind the first human to set foot on the moon. Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle (La La Land) puts us in the pilot’s seat of this space epic, offering us a very different perspective on the first American space missions. Gosling’s Armstrong doesn’t show much emotion (Claire Foy provides that as his wife) but Chazelle offers a sense of awe and wonder—as well as reminder of the risks that every astronaut undertook at every step of the way—throughout the film.

It was nominated for four Academy Awards in the craft and technical categories, including a nomination for its distinctive visual effects.

On VOD and Cable On Demand, also on DVD and at Redbox.

The political and the personal collide in Black Earth Rising (2018), a BBC limited series starring Michaela Coel as a Rwandan-born lawyer who goes up against her adoptive mother (Harriet Walter), a famed human rights lawyer, in a war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court. John Goodman co-stars in the eight-part series written and directed by Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman). Streaming on Netflix.

The Amazon Original series Four More Shots Please!: Season 1 (India, with subtitles), a drama centered on four twentysomething women coping with love, sex, and career in modern Mumbai, debuts in the U.S. the same day as in India. Ten episodes on Amazon Prime Video.

Mads Mikkelsen is a retired assassin who faces the next generation of professional killers in the Netflix Original movie Polar (2019, not rated). The streaming answer to “John Wick,” directed by Jonas Åkerlund and based on the Black Horse graphic novel, co-stars Katheryn Winnick and Vanessa Hudgens. On Netflix.

News: Netflix is raising prices on all of its plans this month. The basic single screen plan goes up $1 a month, other plans go up $2 a month. You should see these increases on your next bill.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Glenn Close earned an Oscar nomination playing The Wife (2018, R) of a Nobel Laureate (Jonathan Pryce) in this drama of a woman taking stock of a lifetime of choices and compromises. Also new:

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is The King of Thieves (2019, R), a true crime drama from filmmaker James Marsh starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, and Tom Courtenay, and Australian crime drama West of Sunshine (2017, not rated).


Animas (Spain, 2018, not rated, with subtitles), a horror film about a young woman whose intense visions become tangles with the world around her, comes to Netflix from its theatrical run in Spain.

Justice: Season 1 (United Arab Emirates, with subtitles), a legal drama about a young female lawyer who strikes out on her own Abu Dhabi, is the first Netflix series from United Arab Emirates.

Kid stuff: Adam Sandler and friends voice the animated comedy Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018, PG).

More streaming TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4, Part 2 presents the final episodes of the Netflix Original comedy created by Tina Fey;

True stories: the four-part documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger features never-before-heard interviews with the convicted serial killer.

And don’t forget that you can catch up with Roma (Mexico, 2018, not rated, with subtitles), which racked up 10 Oscar nominations this week, including best picture, best director, and best actress, as well as best foreign language film.

Amazon Prime Video

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes on the Trump presidency in Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018, R).

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson star in in the romantic drama turned thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014, R).

Jiggle TV flashback: Baywatch: Seasons 1-9 (1989-1999) with David Hasselhoff and a swimsuit-clad cast, a network show that turned into a worldwide syndicated phenomenon, has been newly restored in HD and rescored with 350 new original songs.

Remakes: Jude Law is Alfie (2004, R), Billy Bob Thornton coaches the Bad News Bears (2004, PG-13), and Guy Pierce travels into the future in The Time Machine (2002, PG-13).


Olivia Taylor Dudley and Michael Peña star in the exorcism horror film The Vatican Tapes (2015, PG-13).


Charlize Theron is an overwhelmed mother of three who, after giving birth, forms a unique bond with her thoughtful, unpredictable, young night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) in Tully (2018, R). The third collaboration from Juno director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody looks at motherhood, marriage, and the strains of parenting in the modern world with a different kind of story of friendship and renewal.

Also new is British drama Brexit stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the man behind the scenes of the “Vote Leave” campaign.

Arriving Saturday night is bro comedy Tag (2018, R) with Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Hamm.

Showtime Anytime

The new original series Black Monday starring Don Cheadle and Regina Hall digs into the story behind the stock market crash of October 19, 1987, the worst drop in the history of Wall Street. New episodes drop every Sunday night along with SMILF: Season 2 and Shameless: Season 9, Part 2.

Acorn TV

Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, and Romola Garai star in the British drama The Hour (2011-2012), about the development of an investigative news show in the Cold War culture of the late 1950s. The complete 12-episode run is on Acorn TV.

Also new is the 2016 Britcom The Rebel: Series 1 starring Simon Callow as a rebellious pensioner.

Facebook Watch

9 Months with Courteney Cox is an intimate look at the pregnancies self-documented by women and couples from across the U.S. New episodes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


A Night with Janis Joplin features Mary Bridget Davies reprising her Tony Award-nominated role in a performance of the Broadway show from 2018.

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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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