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Stream on Demand: Christie mystery ‘Ordeal by Innocence’ comes to Amazon Prime

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 2:56 p.m.

By Sean Axmaker For The Spokesman-Review

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

Top streams for the week

Ordeal by Innocence,” a three-part murder mystery based the Agatha Christie novel, stars Anna Chancellor as a wealthy philanthropist and murder victim and Bill Nighy, Matthew Goode and Alice Eve in the cast of suspects. The British production debuts in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Video.

Lily James is a young author in post-World War II England who finds an eccentric community and a mystery in the Channel Islands in the romantic heartwarmer “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (2018, not rated). Comes to Netflix from British theaters.

Shia LaBeouf is perfectly cast as brash American tennis player John McEnroe in “Borg vs McEnroe” (2017, R), a drama about the rivalry between the two young athletes at Wimbledon in 1980. Streaming on Hulu (delayed from July).

Orson Welles’ brilliant “Touch of Evil” (1958/1998, PG-13) is a grimy, baroque film noir set on the US/Mexico border starring Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh. Netflix presents the revised version reedited according to Welles’ instructions.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

The Rider” (2017, R), a personal, intimate drama about a Native American rodeo rider (Brady Jandreau) at a crossroads after a debilitating fall, draws its fictional story from the lives of its cast of non-actors. Also on disc and at Redbox.

Also new: back-to-school comedy “Life of the Party” (2018, PG-13) with Melissa McCarthy; thriller “Breaking In” (2018, PG-13) with Gabriel Union; British drama “On Chesil Beach” (2018, R) with Saoirse Ronan; and horror film “Revenge” (France, 2017, R, with subtitles).


Family sitcom “All About the Washingtons: Season 1” stars hip-hop icon Rev. Run of Run DMC and his real-life wife Justine playing fictionalized version of themselves.

Ralph Fiennes stars as a dispassionate British diplomat who uncovers a conspiracy in “The Constant Gardener” (2005, R), based on the novel by John Le Carré.

Amazon Prime Video

The romantic drama “Keep the Change” (2018, not rated) is a warmhearted story of two lonely people with autism played by autistic actors.

Newly arrived classics include comedies “Monkey Business” (1931) with the Marx Brothers and “The Awful Truth” (1937) with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, and cult horror film “Island of Lost Souls” (1932) with Charles Laughton.


Streaming TV: Ewan McGregor plays rival siblings in the inventive third season of the darkly comic crime drama “Fargo.”


Martin McDonagh’s divisive “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017, R), earned Oscars for actors Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.

New on disc and at Redbox: “Life of the Party,” “Breaking In,” “The Rider, “On Chesil Beach,” “Revenge”

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

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