What to stream: TCM joins FilmStruck, Oscar nominees on VOD, ‘Valerian’ on Amazon Prime, and more

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 …

FilmStruck is expanding its library to feature iconic Hollywood classics from the TCM library, including Casablanca (1942) with Bogie and Bergman, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) with James Dean, A Night at the Opera (1935) with the Marx Brothers, An American in Paris (1951) with Gene Kelly, sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956), and every Astaire and Rogers musical.

TCM will add hundreds of films to the library over the next few months, making most of them available for six months before they cycle out for new titles. FilmStruck will curate collections and spotlight the films as they do with their other offerings and offer exclusive archival extras and bonus material. It confirms FilmStruck, a partnership between TCM and The Criterion Collection, as the leading steaming service for classic movies. The Warner Archive streaming service is shutting down in the transition (current subscribers will be shifted to FilmStruck). There’s a 14-day free trial period if you want to try it out.

The Academy Awards are just a few days away and four major nominated films are newly available on Cable and Video On Demand, including three best picture nominees.

  • The divisive Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, R), nominated for seven Oscars, features best actress nominee Frances McDormand and supporting actor hopefuls Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
  • Coming-of-age dramedy Lady Bird (2017, R), nominated for five Oscars, is also up for actress Saoirse Ronan and filmmaker Greta Gerwig for directing and screenwriting.
  • Gary Oldman is a best actor frontrunner for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017, PG-13), one its six nominations.
  • And Pixar’s Coco (2017, PG) is a favorite in the best animated feature category.

Also on DVD, with Darkest Hour available at Redbox.

Keeping with the Oscars, Hulu presents foreign language nominee The Square (Sweden, 2017, R, with subtitles), a dryly witty social satire set in the privileged world of high art and wealthy patrons that won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017, PG-13), Luc Besson’s lavish, candy-colored space opera based on the “Valerian and Laureline” French comics of the 1970s, is the most expensive French production ever made and it’s all up there is the film’s giddy visual imagination.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Kenneth Branagh directs Murder on the Orient Express (2017, PG-13) and stars as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot with a star-studded cast of suspects.

Also new: comedy Just Getting Started (2017, PG-13) with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones and disturbing documentary Tickled (2016, R), arriving two years after its debut at Sundance

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is offbeat high school comedy Don’t Talk to Irene (2018, not rated) with Michelle McLeod and Geena Davis and horror film Midnighters (2018, not rated).


Ethan Hawke is legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue (2015, R).

French-Canadian zombie drama Ravenous (Canada, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) takes an intimate approach to surviving the undead apocalypse but doesn’t spare the gore.

Mentalist and illusionist Derren Brown shows how an ordinary person can be manipulated to commit a horrific act in his Netflix Original special Derren Brown: The Push (2018, TV-MA).

True stories: Winnie (2017, not rated) lets controversial South African activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandella tell her own story in.

Streaming TV: The CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3 is now streaming just days after the TV finale. Also new:

  • Flint Town, a Netflix original documentary series that follows the Flint, Michigan, police department over two difficult years;
  • Girls Incarcerated, a non-fiction series about the lives of teenage inmates;
  • Canadian sports drama 21 Thunder, about a fictional under-21 soccer academy in Montreal.

The new month brings a new collection of movies. Here are a few highlights:

  • indie science fiction Moon (2009, R) with Oscar nominee Sam Rockwell;
  • family drama People Like Us (2012, PG-13) with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks;
  • Martin Scorsese’s Casino (1995, R) with Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone;
  • the superb horror thriller The Descent (2005, R) from Neil Marshall;
  • comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008, R) with Jason Segel and Mila Kunis;
  • the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 with Bill Murray and friends.

Stand-up: two Spanish language specials debut: Malena Pichot: Estupidez compleja from Argentina and Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial from Chile (both with subtitles).

Amazon Prime

Ben Stiller faces a mid-life crisis when he meets successful old friends while visiting colleges with his teenage son in Brad’s Status (2017, R).

The LGBTQ romantic comedy Signature Move (2017, not rated) is set in the luchador world of masked wrestlers.

Cult: the short film Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986, not rated), a DIY documentary featuring videotaped interviews with Judas Priest fans waiting for a concert, was the original a viral video, spread via bootleg videotapes in the days before streaming video.

True stories: Spettacolo (2018, not rated) reveals a small village in Tuscany with an unusual tradition: every year they turn their issues and anxieties and lives into an original play.

Among the new batch of films and TV shows this month are these family-friendly options:

  • Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005, PG), the sequel to the original “Jumanji” from “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau;
  • made-for-TV musical Bye Bye Birdie (1995, not rated) with Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams;
  • British mini-series The Color of Magic (2008), a fantasy comedy based on the book by Terry Pratchett.

Amazon Prime / Hulu

The services share a number of notable new films this month. Here are some highlights:

  • indie comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012, R) with Jason Segel and Ed Helms (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • Richard Linkater’s Bad News Bears (2005, PG-13) remake with Billy Bob Thornton (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • extreme sports-meets-secret agent action film xXx (2002, PG-13) with Vin Diesel (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • biopic Chaplin (1992, PG-13), which earned Robert Downey Jr. his first Oscar nomination (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • con man comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988, PG) with Michael Caine and Steve Martin (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988, R), a spoof of seventies “blaxploitation” crime films (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • Earth Girls Are Easy (1988, PG) with Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and an early comedy turn by Jim Carrey (Prime Video and Hulu);
  • cute puppy comedy Fluke (1995, PG) (Prime Video and Hulu) and animated adventure The Secret of N.I.M.H. (1982, G) (Prime Video and Hulu) for kids.


Jeff Daniels and Peter Sarsgaard star in The Looming Tower, a dramatic series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning tome about how American intelligence missed the 9/11 attacks. The first three episodes are now available, new episodes arrive each Wednesday.

Foreign affairs: Pedro Almodovar directs the comedy I’m So Excited! (Spain, 2013, R, with subtitles) and Nine Queens (Argentina, 2000, R, with subtitles) is one of the sharpest con artist films ever made.

A scientist trapped in an underground bunker starts to lose his bearings in the indie sci-fi drama Twenty Twenty-Four (2017, not rated).

True stories: We Blew It (2017, not rated), named for a line from Easy Rider, explores how the idealism of the 1960s and 1970s ended up here.


Notes from the Field (2018, not rated) is a one-woman stage show written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith and recorded exclusively for HBO.

Available Saturday night is Alien: Covenant (2017, R), the sixth film and second prequel in the science fiction series. Katherine Waterston leads the mission and Michael Fassbender plays two roles.

Showtime Anytime

Evan Peters is a rookie journalist who tries to go undercover with The Pirates of Somalia (2017, R) in the fact-based drama co-starring Al Pacino and Melanie Griffith.

Asa Butterfield and Britt Roberson star in The Space Between Us (2017, PG-13), a young adult science fiction romance.

FilmStruck / Criterion Channel

Along with an expanded classics library from TCM, FilmStruck adds a new weekly spotlight: Bette Davis is the Star of the Week. 23 films are now streaming, from tough pre-code films Hell’s House (1932) and Three on a Match (1932) to beloved romantic dramas Dark Victory (1939) and Now Voyager (1942) to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) with Joan Crawford. My personal favorite of the line-up is The Little Foxes (1941) from director William Wyler, featuring a ferocious, Oscar-nominated performance from Davis.

Director of the Week is Fred Zinnemann and the collection includes his debut feature Redes (Mexico, 1936, not rated), hard-edge film noir Act of Violence (1949) with Robert Ryan and Van Heflin, and Oscar-winning classic From Here to Eternity (1953) with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Deborah Kerr.

There’s also a cleverly-curated collection on the “The Art of the Con” that includes such diverse selections as Mel Brooks’ original The Producers (1967, not rated), Orson Welles’ wily documentary/essay film F for Fake (1973, not rated), and Arturo Ripstein’s blackly comic true crime thriller Deep Crimson (Mexico, 1996, not rated, with subtitles).

And a collection of Neo-Noir crime thrillers includes British modern classics Get Carter (1971, R) and Mona Lisa (1986, R), both with Michael Caine, and American films Night Moves (1975, R) with Gene Hackman and Body Heat (1981, R) with William Hurt and Kathleen Turner.

New on Criterion Channel is the tender The Spirit of the Beehive (Spain, 1973, not rated, with subtitles), one of the favorite films of Oscar-nominated director Guillermo Del Toro, and four surreal French comedies films by Luis Bunuel presented with supplements featured on the Criterion disc releases, including Oscar-winner The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, PG, with subtitles).

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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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