What to stream: ‘Green Book’ on VOD, ‘Triple Frontier’ on Netflix, ‘Shrill’ and ‘Free Solo’ on Hulu

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 …

Viggo Mortensen is an Italian-American bouncer who signs on as driver and bodyguard to African-American jazz musician Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) in his tour through the deep South in Green Book (2018, PG-13), which took home Academy Awards for best picture, original screenplay, and supporting actor Ali. On Cable On Demand, VOD, and DVD, and at Redbox.

Triple Frontier (2019, R) stars Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, and Oscar Isaac as Special Forces soldiers who reunite with their buddies to rob a South American drug lord in the heist thriller from director J.C. Chandor and writer Mark Boal. The Netflix Original thriller streams a week after opening in select theaters.

Saturday Night Live veteran Aidy Bryant stars in the comedy Shrill, a new Hulu Original series about a plus-sized Portland journalist that takes on issues of body image and self-worth with humor. It’s based on the memoir by Lindy West, a former writer and editor at the Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger, who developed the series with Bryant. Six episodes streaming on Hulu.

Keira Knightley is Colette (2018, R) in the biographical drama about the early years of the great French author from award-winning director Wash Westmoreland. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

This year’s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo (2018, PG-13), which chronicles Alex Honnold’s rope-less climb up Yosemite’s El Capitan wall, is now streaming on Hulu.

Shoplifters (Japan, 2018, R, with subtitles), a warm but complicated drama of a family of outcasts and small time crooks from filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. On Hulu.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, PG-13), the second film in the Harry Potter sequel series costarring Katherine Waterston, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. Also new:

  • Mortal Engines (2018, PG-13), based on the steampunk novel by Philip Reeve;
  • Piercing (2018, R), a horror film with Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska.

All also on DVD and at Redbox.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the caper action film Finding Steve McQueen (2019, R), based on a real-life heist from the seventies and starring William Fichtner, Rachael Taylor, and Forest Whitaker. Also new:

  • survival drama Iceman (Germany, 2018, with subtitles) set 5300 years ago:
  • science fiction thriller Chimera Strain (2019, R) with Henry Ian Cusick.


Idris Elba stars as a down-and-out hip-hop DJ who takes a job as a manny to his celebrity best friend’s problem-child daughter in the new Netflix Original comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

Girl (Belgium, 2018, not rated, with subtitles), a coming of age drama about a teenage transgender ballerina in training (Victor Polster) as she prepares for her upcoming transitional surgery, earned four awards at Cannes and a Golden Globe nomination.

Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation (Iran, 2011, PG-13, not rated, with subtitles) and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others (Germany, 2006, R, with subtitles) both won Oscars in the foreign language film category.

Also new: Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009, PG-13), starring Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger in his final performance, and the sci-fi horror film Apollo 18 (2011, PG-13).

True stories:Social Animals (2018, not rated) looks at Instagram has impacted the lives of three American teenagers.

More streaming TV: Love, Death + Robots: Season 1, from producers Tim Miller and David Fincher, is an anthology of original animated short films for adult audiences. Also new:

More foreign affairs: crime thriller Burn Out (France, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) with François Civil as a motorcycle racer turned drug runner;

  • romantic drama Dry Martina (Chile, 2018, not rated, with subtitles);
  • military action thriller Paskal (Malaysia, 2018, not rated, with subtitles);
  • Stephen Chow’s hit action comedy Kung Fu Hustle (Hong Kong, 2004, R, with subtitles).

Foreign language TV: a grieving husband and father travels to a parallel universe where his family never died in the sci-fi drama If I Hadn’t Met You: Season 1 (Spain, with subtitles). Also new:

Netflix also adds four new shows from the Middle East: social dramas This Evening: Season 1 (Egypt, with subtitles) and The Confrontation: Season 1 (Kuwait, with subtitles), crime drama Disappearance: Season 1 (Kuwait, with subtitles), and romantic drama Eugenie Nights: Season 1 (Egypt, with subtitles).

Kid stuff: YooHoo to the Rescue: Season 1 is an animated adventure for young kids and Robozuna: Season 2 is animated action for adolescents.

Stand-up: Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits presents the Irish comedian in concert in Dublin.

Amazon Prime Video

Vanessa Redgrave is radiant as Mrs. Dalloway (1997, PG-13), an aging social matron in 1923 whose mind floats back to a summer day 30 years before as she prepares for an elegant party, in the adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel from filmmaker Marleen Gorris.

Mia Wasikowska is Madame Bovary (2015, R) in Sophie Barthes’ adaptation of Flaubert’s novel.

Cult: Guy Maddin’s Careful (1992, not rated) is an utterly surreal tale of the repressed residents of a small alpine village who live in virtual silence for fear that the slightest sound could trigger an avalanche and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979, PG) is a teen rebel classic starring The Ramones.

Streaming TV: Made in Heaven: Season 1 (India, with subtitles) is a romantic drama about two wedding planners who navigate the tensions between modern life and old traditions in Dehli. Also new:

True stories: Time for Ilhan (2018, not rated), a documentary on the campaign of

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and Garbo the Spy (2009, not rated), about the World War II double agent.

Prime Video / Hulu

Tyler Perry directs Taraji P. Henson in Acrimony (2018, R), a thriller about a wronged woman who wants payback from unfaithful husband (Prime Video and Hulu).

Middle Men (2009, R) stars Luke Wilson as a small-time businessman who sees the profit potential in Internet porn and ends up in bed with mobsters, con artists, and porn stars (Prime Video and Hulu).


Wings of the Dove (1997, R), based on the Henry James novel, stars Helena Bonham Carter as British society woman who schemes a way for her lover (Linus Roache) to inherit a fortune by romancing with a dying American heiress.

Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992, R, with subtitles), based on the novel by Laura Esquivel, is a delirious romantic drama strewn through with magic realism.


The four-part documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019, not rated) looks into the murder case explored in the hit podcast “Serial” as it near retrial. New episodes every Saturday night.

Chris Pratt and Bruce Dallas Howard save the dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018, R). Also new is the kid-friendly animated superhero comedy Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018, PG).

Available on Saturday night is The First Purge (2018, R), the prequel to the hit horror franchise.

Showtime Anytime

Helen Mirren stars in horror film Winchester (2018, PG-13), based on the American legend of a haunted mansion inspired by a true story. Streaming on Showtime Anytime.

Acorn TV

Martin Clunes stars as a police detective pursuing a serial killer in Manhunt, a British crime drama making its American debut streaming on Acorn TV.


Bastards of Pizzofalcone: Season 1 (Italy, with subtitles), based on the novels by Maurizio de Giovanni, follows a team of misfit police detective in Naples. New episodes each Tuesday on MHz.


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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