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Taron Egerton stars in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” (Paramount Pictures)
Taron Egerton stars in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” (Paramount Pictures)
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

Taron Egerton plays Elton John in “Rocketman” (2019, R), a biographical drama that takes on the rock legend’s rise, his collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) and his drug addiction with movie musical flair. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over “Bohemian Rhapsody” without credit, and written by “Billy Elliot” and “War Horse” screenwriter Lee Hall.

Smaller and more intimate is “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (2019, R), a poetic and personal drama about family, identity and legacy in the era of gentrification. It won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Both films on Cable On Demand, VOD, DVD and at Redbox.

Orlando Bloom is a police detective and Cara Delevingne a fairy warrior in exile in “Carnival Row” (TV-MA), an Amazon Prime Original series that mixes murder mystery, dark fantasy and social commentary in culture similar to Victorian England. It’s dense and slow-moving but visually impressive. Eight episodes streaming on Prime Video.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (TV-PG), a new Netflix Original limited series from the Jim Henson Co., is an epic prequel to the 1982 fantasy performed entirely by elaborate Muppet creations. Louis Letterier directs the odyssey of the innocent Gelflings to discover the secrets of the power-hungry Skeksis, and the impressive voice cast includes Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alicia Vikander, Awkwafina, Mark Hamill and Simon Pegg. Not for young children. Ten episodes on Netflix.

Kirsten Dunst stars in “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” a satirical look at the American Dream and the con of multilevel marketing. New episodes arrive on all Showtime platforms on Sunday nights.

Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and Jean Smart play TV’s favorite interior decorator decorators in “Designing Women” (1986-1993). All seven seasons of the hit sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason now stream exclusively on Hulu.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019, PG-13) continues the American take on the Japanese giant monster franchise with battles against Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Also new:

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the horror film “Itsy Bitsy” (2019, not rated) with Elizabeth Roberts, Bruce Davison and Denise Crosby.


Christina Milian is an American executive who wins a rundown New Zealand inn in “Falling Inn Love” (2019, TV-PG), the latest Netflix Original to feed the hunger for old-fashioned romantic comedy. From “Cruel Intentions” director Roger Kummel.

The Congress” (2013, not rated), starring Robin Wright as an aging actress who sells her likeness to a film studio, is a science-fiction satire that uses a mix of animation and live action to explore identity, image and moviemaking in the modern era.

True stories:Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly” (2019, not rated) follows the Houston rapper’s rise to fame.

Streaming TV:The A List: Season 1,” a British supernatural mystery for young adults, comes to Netflix from BBC. Also new:

International affairs:Kardec“ (Brazil, 2019, not rated, with subtitles) dramatizes the story of Allan Kardec, the founder of Spiritism. Also new:

International TV: Two young musicians team up in the animated musical drama “Carole & Tuesday: Season 1” (Japan, with subtitles). Also new:

Kid stuff:True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Wild Wild Yetis,” the third season of the animated fantasy series for young kids, along with new seasons of “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” and “Mighty Little Bheem: Season 2.”

Standup:Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” (2019, TV-MA). Stick around after the credits for bonus footage.

Amazon Prime Video

Angourie Rice is a teenage department store clerk in Bruce Beresford’s “Ladies in Black” (2018, PG), a coming-of-age drama set in 1959 Australia co-starring Julia Ormond and Rachael Taylor.

Sofia Boutella stars in the hallucinatory horror film “Climax” (2019, R) from boundary-pushing filmmaker Gaspar Noe.

Oscar Isaac stars as a Mossad agent assigned to bring Adolph Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) to trial for war crimes in “Operation Finale” (2018, PG-13), based on a true story.

Also new: Martin Scorsese’s family-friendly “Hugo” (2011, PG) with Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley;

True stories: the documentary “Trumbo” (2008, PG-13) weaves archival clips with dramatic readings from the letters of the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Prime Video and Hulu

Matthew McConaughey puts his smarmy charm to great use in “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011, R), a meaty legal thriller adapted from the Michael Connelly novel (Prime Video and Hulu).


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2018, PG), the third film in the animated fantasy series, sends its young heroes to save a secret society of dragons.

Matt Smith plays controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in “Mapplethorpe” (2018, not rated).

Captain Fantastic” (2016, R) earned Viggo Mortensen an Oscar nomination as a devoted father of a family coming off the grid to come to grips with the world outside their little Walden.

More streaming TV: action drama “S.W.A.T.: Season 2” with Shemar Moore;


Mortal Engines” (2018, PG-13), based on the young adult steampunk novel by Philip Reeve, is a post-apocalyptic spectacle where cities have become war machines on wheels. Produced and co-written by Peter Jackson.

Available Saturday night is “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018, R), an offbeat drama based on a true story starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant in Oscar-nominated performances.

Other streams

The fifth and final season of “The Affair with Dominic West and Maura Tierney is underway on Showtime. Also new is the music documentary “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” (2019, TV-14).

The sixth and final season of “Power” with Omari Hardwick is now running on Starz. New episodes each Sunday.

Keeping Faith: Series 2,” the mystery series from BBC Wales original starring Eve Myles, makes its U.S. debut on Acorn with new episodes each Friday. Also new is “Thorne: Complete Series” (2010) with David Morrissey.

British Hitchcock” on the Criterion Channel spotlights the early career of Alfred Hitchcock with 13 features, including his silent masterpiece “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” (1927), his debut sound film “Blackmail” (1929) and little-seen classics “Rich and Strange” (1931) and “Young and Innocent” (1937).

New on disc and at Redbox

“Rocketman,” “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

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

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