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Stream on Demand: ‘Planet Earth II,’ more ‘Green Gables’ adventures come to home streaming

By Sean Axmaker For The Spokesman-Review

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

Top streams for the week

David Attenborough hosts “Planet Earth II” (2016), the acclaimed six-part documentary that looks at how animals navigate their unique ecosystems. Produced for BBC with state-of-the-art nature photography, the 6-episode series is now on Netflix.

Anne Shirley turns 13 in “Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars” (2016, G), the TV movie with Martin Sheen and based on the beloved L.M. Montgomery novels. Now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Also on Amazon Prime: Robert Pattinson is a Manhattan billionaire watching his empire crumble in “Cosmopolis” (2012, R), David Cronenberg’s fascinating adaptation of Don DeLillo’s satirical novel.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are strangers who must work together to survive a plane crash in “The Mountain Between Us” (2017, PG-13). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new are three horror films: remake “Flatliners” (2017, PG-13) with Ellen Page and Diego Luna, unconventional “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017, R) with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, and more conventional horror sequel “Jeepers Creepers 3” (2017, not rated).


Two Netflix original shows return: the science program “Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2, Part 1” (13 episodes) and time travel thriller “Travelers: Season 2” (12 episodes) with Eric McCormack.

Foreign TV: from France comes the thriller “La Mante: Season 1” with Carole Bouquet as a serial killer who helps her police detective son find a copycat killer. Also new: “Cable Girls: Season 2” from Spain (both with subtitles).

The non-fiction series “Myths & Monsters: Season 1” delves into the history and legacy of the most enduring legends of Europe (6 episodes).

Foreign affairs: the mountaineering adventure “The Climb” (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) stars French comedian Ahmed Sylla as a young suburban man who scales Everest for love.

True stories: Michael Chiklis narrates “Fallen” (2017, not rated), a tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty.

Stand-up: “Todd Barry: Spicy Honey.”

Amazon Prime Video

Foreign affairs: “Once in a Lifetime” (France, 2014, not rated, with subtitles) is based on the true story of a Paris schoolteacher who encourages her students to engage with the Holocaust from a different perspective.

Streaming TV: “Teen Wolf: Season 6, Part 2” brings the young adult supernatural melodrama to a memorable conclusion and the family friendly comedy “Eerie, Indiana: Complete Series“ (1991-1992) offers grade school investigators in the suburban capitol of weird.

Amazon Prime and Hulu

Johnny Galecki and Vincent D’Onofrio star in the horror movie sequel “Rings” (2017, PG-13) (Amazon Prime and Hulu).

True stories: “Banksy Does New York” (2014, not rated) chronicles the legendary street artist’s “31 works of art in 31 days” guerrilla residency in New York City (Amazon Prime and Hulu).

Stand-up: “Anjelah Johnson: Mahalo & Goodnight” (Amazon Prime and Hulu).


Streaming TV: road trip sitcom “The Detour: Season 2” with Jason Jones and Natalie Zea, CNN non-fiction series “United Shades of America: Season 2” hosted by W. Kamau Bell, and Cartoon Network series “Clarence: Complete Season 3.”


Jessica Chastain is “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017, PG-13) in the World War II drama based on a true story.

Arriving Saturday night is “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (2017, PG-13) with Charlie Hunnam.

FilmStruck / Criterion Channel

FilmStruck’s director of the week is Jane Campion and the collection spans from her award-winning short film “A Girl’s Own Story” (1984) to her Oscar-winning “The Piano” (1993, R) to “Holy Smoke” (1999, R) with Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel.

Also debuting on FilmStruck are four comedies starring Fernandel, including “Fric-Frac” (France, 1939, with subtitles) with Arletty and Michel Simon and Julien Duvivier’s black comedy “The Man in the Raincoat” (France, 1957, with subtitles), plus Masaki Kobayashi’s three-film epic “The Human Condition” (Japan, 1959-61).

New on Criterion Channel is “Cherie“ (2009, R) with Michelle Pfeiffer.

At Redbox:

“Dunkirk,” “The LEGO Ninjago Movie,” “Flatliners,” “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” “Jungle”

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

Copyright © 2017 by Sean Axmaker

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