What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.
Top streams for the week
Aaron Pedersen reprises his role as Detective Jay Swan, an Aboriginal cop in the Australian Outback, in “Mystery Road,” a TV miniseries spin-off of the 2013 film of the same name. Judy Davis co-stars in the lean, sun-baked mystery as the police chief in a remote community roiling with tensions. All six episodes now streaming on Acorn TV.
The moody new Netflix Original series “The Innocents: Season 1” is a young adult superhero drama about a teenage girl (Sorcha Groundsell) who manifests the power to shape-shift while on the run with her boyfriend (Percelle Ascott). Guy Pearce costars. Eight episodes on Netflix.
Ryan Reynolds is back as the wisecracking mercenary in “Deadpool 2” (2018, R), a cheeky, self-aware, and extremely violent superhero hit now on Cable On Demand, VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray. A longer, unrated “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” is also available.
Gone without a trace: Dozens of classic movies from early 1930s pre-code comedies like “Monkey Business” (1931) to 1950s film noir landmarks like “The Prowler” (1947) were added to Amazon Prime Video catalog over the past few weeks. Without warning or explanation, those films – including the recently featured “Nightmare Alley” and “Ride the Pink Horse” (1947) – were pulled from the service. We apologize for any confusion readers may have experienced.
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Ethan Hawke is a priest facing a spiritual crisis in the provocative “First Reformed” (2018, R), a personal drama from filmmaker Paul Schrader.
Also new: comedies “Action Point” (2018, R) with Johnny Knoxville and “Show Dogs” (2018, PG) with Will Arnett and a cast of talking dogs, and the faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” (2018, PG), the third in the series.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is action comedy “Arizona” (2018, not rated) with Danny McBride and Rosemarie DeWitt.
“Year One” (2009, PG-13) sends a pair of philosophical cavemen misfits (Jack Black and Michael Cera) out of the jungle and into the Biblical world in the final comedy directed by Harold Ramis.
“Follow This: Season 1” is an irreverent non-fiction series following reporters from Buzzfeed investigating new fads and internet crazes.
More streaming TV: NBC sitcom “Great News: Season 1” with Andrea Martin; family friendly sitcom “Young & Hungry: Season 5” from Freeform; real-life detective series “The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 2” with criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas; “Ghoul” (India, with subtitles), a horror miniseries set in a military detention camp in India, produced by American horror powerhouse Blumhouse.
Stand-up: “Bert Kreischer: Secret Time.”
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Claire Foy is a career woman committed to a mental institution convinced that a member of the staff is her stalker in “Unsane” (2018, R), an unnerving, claustrophobic thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Julianne Moore earned an Oscar nomination for her performance opposite Ralph Fiennes and Stephen Rea in the romantic drama “End of the Affair” (1999, R), Neil Jordan’s screen adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.
Cult movie “Liquid Sky” (1982, R) is a bizarre artifact of sex, drugs, and UFOs in the ’80s New York underground art scene.
The documentary “Crime + Punishment” (2018, not rated) puts a spotlight on the fight to expose the illegal policing quotas and the systematic targeting of minority communities in the NYPD.
The coming-of-age drama “A Ciambra” (Italy, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) casts non-actors in a story of life in a Romani community in Southern Italy.
Gary Oldman won an Oscar for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (2017, PG-13), which also earned an award for its astonishing make-up.
Also new: “Esme & Roy,” an animated series from the producers of “Sesame Street.”
Available Saturday night is the comedy “Father Figures” (2017, R) with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as brothers on a road trip to track down their mother’s old boyfriends to find their biological father.
The documentary “Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow” (2018, TV-14) profiles the American band famed for their Southern fried rock style.
TCM Select Pick of the Week is the original “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946) with Lana Turner as a restless sexpot stuck in a roadside diner and John Garfield as drifter who blows into her life. It’s lust at first sight and before long they’re plotting the demise of her frumpy husband, and even under the heavy censorship of 1946 Hollywood their libidinous desires burn up the screen. Turner, in her first femme fatale role, radiates repressed sexuality and uncontrollable passion while Garfield’s smart-talking loner mixes street-smart swagger and scrappy toughness with vulnerability and sincere intensity. Tay Garnett’s direction of James M. Cain’s torrid crime melodrama is subdued compared to the more expressionistic film noirs of the period, but he’s at no loss when he films the luminous Turner in her milky-white wardrobe. It streams through December 27, 2018.
Other spotlights this week: “Director of the Week: Gillian Armstrong” with her early Australian breakthrough “My Brilliant Career” (1979, G); “Franklyn Schaffner at Studio One,” a collection of five live TV dramas from the 1950s including the original version of “Twelve Angry Men” (1954); “Places in the Sun,” seven films of sunny reverie, including “Summertime” (1955) with Katharine Hepburn in Venice and “A Room with a View” (1986, not rated) with Helena Bonham Carter in Florence.
The coming-of-age comedy “Mafia Only Kills in Summer” (Italy, with subtitles) begins, with four episodes now available and new episodes each Tuesday. Also underway are new seasons of the crime dramas “Johan Falk” (Sweden, with subtitles) and “Homicide Unit Istanbul” (Germany, with subtitles) and culture-clash comedy “Turkish for Beginners” (Germany, with subtitles).
PBS Masterpiece / PBS Passport
Lauren Lee Smith and Chantal Riley operate an all-female detective agency in 1920s Toronto in “Frankie Drake Mysteries,” a Canadian series from “Murdoch Mysteries” writers/producers Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci that debuts in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece and PBS Passport. Two episodes now available, new episodes arrive each Monday.
New on disc: “Deadpool 2,” “First Reformed,” “Show Dogs,” “Action Point,” “The Walking Dead: Season 8”
At Redbox: “First Reformed,” “Show Dogs,” “Action Point,” “Bleeding Steel,” “Black Water”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.
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