What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.
Top streams for the week
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” (2017, not rated), starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller as the estranged sons of art professor Dustin Hoffman, comes direct to Netflix from the film festival circuit. Elizabeth Marvell and Emma Thompson are the often-sidelined women of the family.
The new Netflix original series “MINDHUNTER” dramatizes the creation of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit in the late 1970s. Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv star and producer David Fincher directs the first episodes. 10 episodes now available.
Amazon Prime’s new anthology horror series “Lore,” based on the popular podcast that investigates the real-life roots of horror legends, debuts quite appropriately on Friday 13th. Six episodes.
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
“Baby Driver” (2017, R) brings fresh stylistic energy and musical flair to the speed-demon crime picture. Young lead Ansel Elgort is outmatched by costars Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Lily James, but the car chases and stunts are a blast. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.
Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell star in Sofia Coppola’s remake of “The Beguiled” (2017, R), which won the Best Director award at Cannes. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.
Also new: “Maudie” (2017, PG-13) starring Sally Hawkins as Canadian artist Maud Lewis, gambling comedy “The House” (2017, R) with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, romantic drama “Heartstone” from Iceland (2016, not rated, with subtitles), and horror films “Wish Upon” (2017, PG-13 and unrated versions) with Joey King, “House by the Lake” (2017, not rated), and “Dementia 13” (2017, not rated), a remake of Francis Ford Coppola’s first film.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the prison thriller “Brawl in Cell Block 99” (2017, not rated) with Vince Vaughn, Jim Sheridan’s drama “The Secret Scripture” (2017, PG-13) with Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave, horror film “M.F.A.” (2017, not rated) with Francesca Eastwood, and documentaries “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” (2017, not rated) and “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene” (2017, not rated).
“The Babysitter” (2017, not rated) is part of a satanic cult, which is trouble when she catches her charge (Judah Lewis) spying on her. Bella Thorne, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell and Leslie Bibb star in this Netflix original teen horror film directed by McG.
The dark comedy “Middle Man” (2016, not rated) won the New American Cinema award at SIFF 2016.
Foreign affairs: Jackie Chan martial arts adventure meets Bollywood in “Kung Fu Yoga” (China, 2017, not rated, English and Cantonese with subtitles), and from Spain comes the Netflix original comedy “Bomb Scared“ (Spain, 2017, not rated, with subtitles).
Amazon Prime Video
Kate Mara is “Megan Leavey” (2017, PG-13) in the true story of a misfit soldier in the K-9 unit whose bond with her IED-sniffing dog saved lives in Iraq and became national news back home.
Ethan Hawke stars in “Predestination” (2015, R), the wily adaptation of a classic Robert Heinlein time travel story
Streaming TV: from Amazon India comes “Inside Edge: Season 1” (with subtitles), a sports melodrama set in the high stakes world of professional cricket.
True stories: the award-winning “City of Ghosts” (2017, R) celebrates the citizen journalists of Raqqa who risked their lives to report on the occupation of ISIS.
Kid stuff: Amazon revives the 1970s kids’ comedy series “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” right down to the with goofy rubber costumes.
Also new: “A Mighty Heart” (2007, R) with Angelina Jolie as the wife of kidnapped journalist Daniel Pearl; Paul Greengrass’s true-life drama “Bloody Sunday” (2002, R), from Great Britain; “Girl, Interrupted” (1999, R) with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie; Oscar-winning Jane Austen adaptation “Sense and Sensibility” (1995, PG) with Emma Thomson and Kate Winslet (also available in HD edition); Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar-nominated “Little Women” (1994, PG) with Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon; Oscar-nominated baby boomer classic “The Big Chill” (1983, R) with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, and William Hurt; and the Oscar-winning drama “Ordinary People” (1980, R) directed by Robert Redford and starring Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland.
Amazon Prime and Hulu
Sarah Silverman hosts the Hulu original talk/comedy series “I Love You, America,” where the comedian travels the country to talk with folks who have a different point of view. New episodes debut on Thursday nights.
More streaming TV: the second season of “Chance” with Hugh Laurie is now underway. New episodes arrive on Wednesdays.
Foreign affairs: Olivier Assayas’s delicate “Summer Hours” (France, 2008, not rated, with subtitles) stars Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jérémie Renier in a touching story of family.
Also new: romantic drama “Blind’ (2017, R) with Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin; comedies “A Long Way Down” (2014, R) with Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, and “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” (2016, not rated) with Alex Karpovsky and Wyatt Russell; and crime thriller “The Lookalike” (2014, not rated) with Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, and Gillian Jacobs.
The original documentary “Spielberg’ (2017, not rated) profiles the life and art of the influential American filmmaker.
Available Saturday night is the unrated version of the kinky romantic drama “Fifty Shades Darker” (2017) with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dorman.
FilmStruck / Criterion Channel
In the run-up to Halloween, FilmStruck presents the 1940s horror films from producer Val Lewton, master of low-budget style and psychological horror, including the moody masterpieces “Cat People” (1942, not rated) and “I Walked With a Zombie” (1943, not rated), both directed by Jacques Tourneur.
Criterion Channel goes dark with the confrontational early films of Michael Haneke, including “Benny’s Video” (Austria, 1992) and “The Piano Teacher” (Austria, 2001) with Isabelle Huppert, and Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise” trilogy: “Paradise: Love” (Austria, 2012), “Paradise: Faith” (Austria, 2013), and “Paradise: Hope” (Austria, 2013)
More affirming is the classic Hollywood romantic drama “History Is Made at Night” (1937) with Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer.
New episodes of the recently-revived sci-fi comedy “Red Dwarf” streams exclusively in the U.S on BritBox within a day of their BBC showings.
At Redbox: “Baby Driver,” “The Mummy,” “Wish Upon,” “Maudie,” “Once Upon a Time in Venice”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.