What to stream: ‘Y: The Last Man’ on Hulu, ‘Scenes from a Marriage’ revisited and ‘Cry Macho’ on HBO Max, Dan Brown on Peacock

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

Y: The Last Man: Season 1 (TV-MA) offers a new twist on the post-apocalyptic series: every human and animal with a Y chromosome dies suddenly except for a young man named Yorick (Ben Schnetzer) and his capuchin monkey. Diane Lane stars as a congresswoman elevated to president, trying to keep country in shock from descending in chaos, and Olivia Thirlby, Ashley Romans, and Amber Tamblyn costar. Based on the award-winning comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Three episodes available, new episodes on Mondays. (Hulu)

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a married couple on the verge of collapse in Scenes from a Marriage (TV-14), a five-episode limited series adapted from the 1974 Ingmar Bergman series by Israeli writer/director Hagai Levi (creator of “In Therapy” and “The Affair”) and updated to contemporary America. New episodes on Sundays. (HBO Max)

The Lost Symbol: Season 1 (TV-14), based on the bestselling thriller by Dan Brown, stars Ashley Zukerman as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (the role played by Tom Hanks in “The Da Vinci Code”) as a young man. When his mentor (Eddie Izzard) is kidnapped, he has to decode a mystery that leads to a conspiracy. New episodes on Thursdays. (Peacock)

Clint Eastwood, at the age of 90, directs and stars in Cry Macho (2021, PG-13). Based on the 1975 novel by N. Richard Nash, the drama of redemption stars Eastwood as a one-time rodeo star and horse breeder who takes a job taking a boy home from Mexico back to his father in Texas. Streams same day it opens in theaters, available for 31 days from September 17. (HBO Max)

Based on both a true story and a hit stage musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021, PG-13) is a lively working class fantasy about a teenager (Max Harwood) in a clue collar English town with dreams of becoming a drag performer. Call it “Billy Elliott” with sequins. Richard E. Grant costars as his mentor, a drag queen named Loco Chanelle. (Amazon Prime)

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

The animated comedy The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021, PG) features the voices of Alec Baldwin and James Marsden as the now-adult brothers facing a new boss baby.

Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein write and star as fictionalized version of themselves in the self-aware The Nowhere Inn (2021, not rated). Also new:

  • comedy Best Sellers (2021, not rated) with Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine;
  • The Killing on Kenneth Chamberlain (2021, not rated) starring Frankie Faison as real-life bipolar war vet killed by police officers;
  • indie drama Last Night In Rozzie (2021, not rated) with Neil Brown Jr. and Jeremy Sisto;
  • supernatural buddy comedy Lady of the Manor (2021, R) starring Melanie Lynskey and Judy Greer,
  • 23 Walks (2020, not rated), a gentle romantic comedy from New Zealand with Dave Johns and Alison Steadman.

Netflix

A child is held prisoner in the apartment of a witch (Krysten Ritter) in the family-friendly horror fantasy Nightbooks (2021, TV-PG), produced by Sam Raimi and based on the books by J.A. White.

Bear Gryllis stars in the interactive adventure You vs. Wild: Out Cold (2021, TV-G).

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds are CIA agents on the run in the action thrillerSafe House (2012, R).

Streaming TV: Lauren Ash is the voice if Chicago Party Aunt: Season 1 (TV-MA) in the animated comedy for adult audiences. Also new:

International passport: the crime thriller The Stronghold (France, 2021, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows three cops in Marseille whose new case puts them in harm’s way.

True stories: My Heroes Were Cowboys (2021, PG) profiles Robin Wiltshire, an immigrant who finds meaning and redemption through the art of horse training.

International TV: Squid Game: Season 1 (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows a series of players in a children’s game that turns out to have deadly consequences.

Kid stuff: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 1 (TV-Y7) reboots the animated fantasy based on the action figures.

Amazon Prime Video

Mélanie Laurent directs, writes, and stars in the historical drama The Mad Women’s Ball (France, 2021, not rated, with subtitles) as a passionate woman committed to an asylum by her family.

Russell Crowe is the Biblical Noah (2014, PG-13) in Darren Aronofsky’s film about the great flood.

True stories: three nonfiction productions explore 20th century Black history in England: Uprising (2021, not rated) from director Steve McQueen, Black Power: A British Story of Resistance (2021, not rated), and Subnormal: A British Scandal (2021, not rated).

International TV: a boy’s high school goes co-ed in 1963 in the teen drama Voltaire High: Season 1 (France, not rated, with subtitles), originally called “Mixte” in France.

Kid stuff: Kristen Bell produces and stars in Do, Re & Mi: Season 1 (TV-Y7), an animated musical series for preschoolers.

Bride and Prejudice (2005, PG-13) is a Bollywood-style take on the Jane Austen novel from director Gurinder Chadha.

Three outcast schoolgirls form a punk rock band in We Are the Best! (Sweden, 2014, not rated, with subtitles).

Hulu

The anthology comedy The Premise: Season 1 (not rated), created and hosted by B.J. Novak, uses humor to engage with serious issues. New episodes on Thursdays.

Mads Mikkelsen stars in the revenge thriller Riders of Justice (Denmark, 2020, not rated, with subtitles).

The historical drama High Ground (2021, not rated) with Simon Baker and Aaron Pedersen takes on Australia’s troubled racial history.

Colette (2018, R) stars Keira Knightly as the beloved French author in late 19th century Paris.

HBO Max

The complete first seasons of two recent CW shows are now available to stream: Superman & Lois (TV-14) starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch and the youth-skewing reboot Walker (TV-PG) with Jared Padalecki as the Texas Ranger.

Kid stuff: the animated Little Ellen (TV-Y) looks at the world through the eyes of seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres.

Peacock

My Son (2021, not rated), Christian Carion’s English-language remake of his 2017 French thriller, stars James McAvoy as a father who will do anything to find his young son, who has gone missing.

Paramount+

The adult animated comedy The Harper House: Season 1 (not rated) follows a family of oddballs living in a fixer-upper Victorian home. New episodes on Thursdays.

Acorn TV

In the darkly-comic drama Finding Alice: Season 1 (not rated), a woman (Keeley Hawes) struggles with grief when her partner of 20 years dies unexpectedly. All episodes available.

BritBox

Seasons 10 and 11 of the hit murder mystery Vera (TV-14) starring Brenda Blethyn and Welsh-language crime thriller The Museum: Season 1 (not rated, with subtitles) with Nia Roberts are now streaming.

AMC+ / Sundance Now

Crime drama “Cheyenne & Lola: Season 1” (France, with subtitles) stars Veerle Beatens as a parolee who gets involved with a murderer (Charlotte Le Bon) in the North of France. (AMC+ and Sundance Now)

MHz

Spanish supermodel Vanessa Incontrada stars in the mystery series Captain Maria: Season 1 (Italy, TV-14, with subtitles). New episodes on Tuesdays. Also new:

  • Wara: Season 1 (Senegal, TV-14, not rated), a drama set in near-future West Africa;
  • Fire in the Sky (Finland, 2021, TV-PG, with subtitles), a documentary on the Northern Lights.

The Criterion Channel

Maggie Cheung plays Chinese silent screen superstar Ruan Lingyu in Center Stage (Hong Kong, 1991, not rated, with subtitles), Stanley Kwan’s drama about her tragic life. The newly restored classic makes its streaming debut.

China Lost and Found: Eight Films by Jia Zhangke” includes his international breakthrough Platform (China, 2000, not rated, with subtitles) and his recent Mountains May Depart (China, 2015, not rated, with subtitles), which won awards all across the globe. Also new:

  • Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s award-winning Flowers of Shanghai (China, 1998, not rated, with subtitles), presented with supplements featured on the Criterion special edition disc;
  • Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Old Enough (1984, not rated) from filmmaker Marisa Silver.

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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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