What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.
Top streams for the week
The sixth season of the popular Netflix Original series “Orange Is the New Black” sends the inmates of the Litchfield Women’s Correctional Facility to a maximum security prison, where they face serious charges and whole new prison culture for last season’s prison riot and occupation. 13 episodes available to stream on Netflix.
Hulu’s new original show “Castle Rock” offers new stories built around Stephen King’s horror multiverse. It comes from the creators of the excellent cable drama “Manhattan” and stars Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, the original “Carrie” Sissy Spacek, and “It” villain Bill Skarsgård star. Three episodes now streaming on Hulu with new episodes rolling out each Wednesday.
“The Glass Castle” (2017, R), based on the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls, stars Brie Larson as a writer coming to terms with her rough childhood and dysfunctional parents (Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts). Streaming on Prime Video and Hulu.
Steven Spielberg directs the dazzling virtual reality adventure “Ready Player One” (2018, PG-13), based on the young adult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline and starring Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke as teens battling a ruthless corporate power to save their virtual oasis. Spielberg stuffs the colorful (if thin) underdog thriller full of pop-culture references. On Cable On Demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.
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Cedric Klapisch’s “Back to Burgundy” (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles), a sunny drama about three sibling running their family winery over the course of a year, and Arnaud Desplechin’s playful “Ismael’s Ghosts” (France, 2017, R, with subtitles), a multi-layered drama of life, love, and storytelling starring Mathieu Amalric and Marion Cotillard, are engaging alternatives to the usual summer movie fare.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is spy thriller “Damascus Cover” (2018, R) with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby and John Hurt.
Brie Larson earned an Oscar as a devoted young mother raising a son in captivity in “Room” (2015, R), one of a number strong women’s stories on Netflix. Also new is Oscar-nominated coming-of-age drama “An Education” (2009, PG-13) with Carey Mulligan, indie comedy hit “Obvious Child” (2014, R) with Jenny Slate as a struggling comedian, and Lynn Shelton’s arrested development comedy “Laggies” (2014, R), set and shot in Seattle and starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Alien invasion thriller “Extinction” (2018, not rated), starring Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, and Mike Colter, debuts directly to Netflix.
Guy Pearce is a loner survivalist in the Australian outback and Robert Pattinson is his captive “The Rover” (2014, R), a post-apocalyptic survival drama from David Michod.
The animated “Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle” (Japan, 2018, not rated), a sequel to “Planet of the Monsters,” is presented in Japanese and English language versions
True stories: William Friedkin, director of the seventies horror classic “The Exorcist,” profiles a real-life exorcist in Italy in the documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth” (2017, not rated) and Netflix Original documentary “The Bleeding Edge” (2018, not rated) looks into the dangers of the rapidly-growing medical device industry.
Kid stuff: John Travolta voices a canine TV star who believes he’s a real superhero in the animated Disney comedy “Bolt” (2008, PG), and Netflix debuts the goofy animated comedy “Cupcake & Dino - General Services: Season 1.”
Stand-up: “Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial.”
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Ewan McGregor is a software engineer the perfect romantic partner in “Zoe” (2018, R), a sci-fi drama co-starring Léa Seydoux, Theo James, and Rashida Jones. It debuts directly to Prime Video.
Elle Fanning is an alien tourist in London in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” (2017, R), a comedy costarring Ruth Wilson and Nicole Kidman.
Classics: Love film noir? Joseph Losey’s “The Prowler” (1951), starring Van Heflin as an opportunistic cop with the soul of a sociopath, is one of the best. Also check out Otto Preminger’s “Whirlpool” (1949), a psychological noir with Gene Tierney as a troubled kleptomaniac, and noir-shaded western “Day of the Outlaw” (1959), starring Robert Ryan and Burl Ives and set in a snowbound mountain town.
True stories: “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” (2013, not rated) profiles the members of the Russian punk band convicted for “hooliganism” for their defiant, provocative performances.
The documentary “Leaning into the Wind” (2018, not rated) catches up with natural artist Andy Goldsworthy 17 years after the award-winning profile “Rivers and Tides.”
Streaming TV: from the Cartoon Network comes the animated superhero series “Justice League Action: Season 1.” Also new: “Real Humans: Season 2” (Sweden, with subtitles), which was remade stateside as “Humans,” and the family-friendly comedy “The Thundermans: Season 4” about a family of superheroes.
Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson star in the Scandinavian murder mystery “The Snowman” (2017, R), based on the Jo Nesbo novel.
Arriving Saturday night is “Victoria & Abdul” (2017), based on the true story of the friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal).
Sacha Baron Cohen interviews unsuspecting subjects (including Sarah Palin, who took to Twitter to complain that she’d been duped) in his new comedy series “Who Is America?” New episodes each Sunday.
The young adult horror series “Sacred Lies” – based on the book “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” by Spokane author Stephanie Oakes – debuts with three episodes now streaming and new episodes each Friday.
“Star of the Week: Humphrey Bogart” is celebrated with 21 features, from supporting parts in the 1930s to starring roles through the 1940s. Along with his most famous, previously available classics (“The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca,” “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” all previously featured), the collection features his Hollywood breakthrough “The Petrified Forest” (1936) with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis, his early star turn in “High Sierra” (1941) with Ida Lupino, and the FilmStruck debut of the film noir classic “The Big Sleep” (1946) with Lauren Bacall.
TCM Select Pick of the Week is George Pal’s “The Time Machine” (1960) with Rod Taylor and Oscar-winning special effects. It also launches the “It’s About Time” collection of time travel movies, from Chris Marker’s avant-garde classic “La Jetée” (France, 1963, with subtitles) to Terry Gilliam’s offbeat fantasy “Time Bandits” (1981, PG).
Here we go again? Forget “Mamma Mia” and see Abba perform their own songs in “ABBA: The Movie” (Sweden, 1977, G, with subtitles), directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom. It’s part of a collection called “Real Bands, Fake Stories,” which also features The Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and The Clash in “Rude Boy” (1980, R).
New on disc
“Ready Player One,” “The Con is On,” “Operation Red Sea,” “A Matter of Life and Death (Criterion)”
Now available at Redbox: “Ready Player One,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Super Troopers 2,” “The Con is On”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at https://streamondemandathome.com.