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Stream on Demand: New Netflix dramedy ‘Atypical’ tells the story of an autistic teen

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.

The Netflix original half-hour dramedy Atypical: Season 1 adds a new family to the sitcom world, this one with Keir Gilchrist as a high school teenager on the autism spectrum struggling to navigate the social cues and emotional turbulence he doesn’t quite understand and Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport as his parents. 8 episodes

Also debuting on Netflix is the feature comedy Naked with Marlon Wayans reliving a nightmarish wedding day on a repeating loop (not rated) and BBC comedy series White Gold starring Ed Westwick and Joe Thomas as cutthroat window salesmen in 1980s Essex (6 episodes).

Here’s the rest of the week’s streaming highlights:

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are Snatched in the comedy of a mother-daughter South American vacation gone horribly wrong (R). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Guy Ritchie adds monsters to the great British myth in King Arthur: Legend of the Swordstarring Charlie Hunnam (PG-13). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” which sends the Heffley family on a road trip (PG), drama The Dinner with Richard Gere and Laura Linney (R), and historical drama Cezanne et Moi from France (R, with subtitles).

Available before theaters is the young adult romantic fantasy Fallen (PG-13) and same day as select theaters nationwide is Pilgrimage,” a medieval road movie about monks escorting holy relics from Ireland to Rome (not rated), and shark-infested Australian thriller Open Water 3: Cage Dive (not rated).


Disney Channel star Shia LeBeouf broke into movies with Holes (2003), the family-friendly adaptation of the award-winning young adult novel. It’s a fitting late-summer film for kids (PG).

Ringo Lam’s Sky on Fire (China, 2016) and Dante Lam’s Operation Mekong(China, 2016) are adrenaline-charged thrillers from two veteran Hong Kong action directors (not rated, with subtitles).

More kid stuff: for young children there’s the debut of the animated series True and The Rainbow Kingdom plus Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3and the pun-filled 22-minute LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled! (2015).

Amazon Prime Video

The romantic drama The Ticket (2016) stars Dan Stevens as a blind man who regains his vision but loses his way when he throws himself into his work (not rated).

Also new: from Britain comes the black comedy Barney Thomsonwith Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson (2016, not rated, with gruesome violence), classic comedy The Smallest Show on Earth (1957) with Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford (not rated), and historical mini-series To the Ends of the Earth (2005) with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Foreign affairs: After the Storm (Japan, 2017) transforms from dysfunctional comedy about a fractured family to a touching drama of redemption (not rated, with subtitles).


The second big screen version of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web (2006) features Dakota Fanning and the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, and Sam Shepard (G).

Streaming TV: new episodes of the comedy Difficult People: Season 3with Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner arrive every Tuesday. Also new: TruTV series Billy on the Street: Season 5with Eichner and FX comedy You’re the Worst: Season 3.”


The documentary Brillo Box (3¢ Off) considers the value and appeal of art through the journey of an Andy Warhol sculpture from living room decoration to record-breaking auction sale (not rated).

Will Smith is a grieving father in Collateral Beauty (2016), a spiritual drama co-starring Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, and Helen Mirren (PG-13).

Stand-up: George Lopez: The Wall — Live from Washington, D.C. (not rated).

Arriving Saturday night is the Harry Potter spin-off / prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), which sends British magic scholar New Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to 1920s New York and unleashes magical creatures into the human world (PG-13).

Showtime Anytime

Hell or High Water (2016) puts the great American anti-hero outlaw story into the modern world of financial crisis and mortgage foreclosure. Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster star (R).

Ray Donovan: Season 5is now underway. New episodes arrive Sunday nights.

FilmStruck / Criterion Channel

Debuting on Criterion Channel is the Tampopo (Japan, 1985), the inventive foodie comedy that billed itself as “a Japanese noodle western” (not rated, with subtitles)

New on FilmStruck are John Huston’s classic The Man Who Would Be King(1975) with Sean Connery and Michael Caine (PG) and a collection of films about life in Tel Aviv, including the acclaimed dramas For My Father(Israel, 2008) and Or (My Treasure)(Israel, 2004) (not rated, with subtitles).

At Redbox:

“The Fate of the Furious,” “Going in Style,” “The Dinner”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at