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Stream on Demand: Family drama, revenge and humor fill top picks

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in “Marriage Story.” (Wilson Webb / Netflix)
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in “Marriage Story.” (Wilson Webb / Netflix)
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

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star in “Marriage Story” (2019, R), Noah Baumbach’s unflinching drama of a grueling divorce as a professional couple battle for custody of their child. Now streaming on Netflix after a brief theatrical release.

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (2019, R) is a poetic and personal drama about family, legacy and our connections to our roots in the era of gentrification. It won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Hulu’s new original series “Reprisal” (TV-MA) is a dark modern noir thriller starring Abigail Spencer as a woman out for revenge after her brother and his gearhead gang leave her for dead. All 10 episodes now streaming on Hulu.

Amazon Prime’s most popular show is back. The third season of the award-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” sends the taboo-breaking comedienne (Rachel Brosnahan) out of New York for a national tour. On Amazon Prime Video.

Classic pick: Rod Steiger earned an Oscar nomination in the powerful drama “The Pawnbroker” (1964, not rated). Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Cult pick: “Phase IV” (1974, PG) is an unusual and inventive science-fiction thriller that pits scientists against a colony of intelligent ants. Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Pay-Per-View /

Video on Demand

Hide and seek is a killer in the darkly comic thriller “Ready or Not” (2019, R).


The five-part true crime documentary “The Confession Killer” (2019, not rated) explores the story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

Streaming TV: An ancient virus unleashed by the melting ice caps turns humans into vampires in “V Wars: Season 1” (TV-MA), and a nurse practitioner (Alexandra Breckenridge) moves to a small California town in the romantic drama “Virgin River: Season 1.”


“Nobody’s Fool” (1995, R) offers Paul Newman one of his greatest roles as an easy-going screw-up who finally starts to grow up.


The superhero movie gets a blast of adolescent energy in “Shazam!” (2019, PG-13) starring Zachary Levy.

Other streams

The whimsical comedy “Diamantino” (Portugal, 2019, not rated, with subtitles) took home two awards at the Cannes Film Festival. On Criterion Channel.

“Thor: Ragnarok” (2017, PG-13) gives the Norse God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) a sense of humor missing from previous solo films. On Disney+.

DC Universe gives supervillain sidekick “Harley Quinn: Season 1” (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) her own adult-audience animated series. New episodes each Friday.

New on disc

and at Redbox

“The Goldfinch,” “Ready or Not”

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

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