What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.
Top streams for the week
Ryan Gosling is astronaut Neil Armstrong in “First Man” (2018, PG-13), an intimate look at the story behind the first human to set foot on the moon. Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) puts us in the pilot’s seat of this space epic, offering us a very different perspective on the first American space missions. Gosling’s Armstrong doesn’t show much emotion (Claire Foy provides that as his wife) but Chazelle offers a sense of awe and wonder – as well as reminder of the risks that every astronaut undertook at every step of the way – throughout the film. On VOD and Cable On Demand, also on DVD and at Redbox.
The political and the personal collide in “Black Earth Rising” (2018), a BBC limited series starring Michaela Coel as a Rwandan-born lawyer who goes up against her adoptive mother (Harriet Walter), a famed human rights lawyer, in a war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court. John Goodman co-stars in the eight-part series written and directed by Hugo Blick (“The Honourable Woman”). Streaming on Netflix.
The Amazon Original series “Four More Shots Please!: Season 1” (India, with subtitles), a drama centered on four twentysomething women coping with love, sex, and career in modern Mumbai, debuts simultaneously in the U.S. and India. Ten episodes on Amazon Prime Video.
Mads Mikkelsen is a retired assassin who faces the next generation of professional killers in the Netflix Original movie “Polar” (2019, not rated). The streaming answer to “John Wick,” directed by Jonas Åkerlund and based on the Black Horse graphic novel, co-stars Katheryn Winnick and Vanessa Hudgens. On Netflix.
News: Netflix is raising prices on all of its plans this month. The basic single screen plan goes up $1 a month, other plans increase $2 a month. You should see these increases on your next bill.
Hulu, meanwhile, is lowering the price of its entry-level, ad-supported service by 25 percent to $6 a month. The price of the ad-free product will stay at $12. Its cable-TV alternative, Hulu + Live TV, will rise by $5, to $45 a month. The changes take effect Feb. 26.
Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand
Glenn Close earned an Oscar nomination playing “The Wife” (2018, R) of a Nobel laureate (Jonathan Pryce) in this drama of a woman taking stock of a lifetime of choices and compromises. Also new:
indie drama “The Hate U Give” (2018, PG-13) with Amandla Stenberg and Regina Hall (also an Oscar nominee for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk”);
satirical feminist fairy tale “I Am Not A Witch” (2017, not rated, with subtitles) set in modern-day Zambia;
comedy sequel “Johnny English Strikes Again” (2018, PG) with Rowan Atkinson.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “The King of Thieves” (2019, R), a true crime drama from filmmaker James Marsh starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, and Tom Courtenay, and Australian crime drama “West of Sunshine” (2017, not rated).
“Animas” (Spain, 2018, not rated, with subtitles), a horror film about a young woman whose intense visions become tangles with the world around her, comes to Netflix from its theatrical run in Spain.
“Justice: Season 1” (United Arab Emirates, with subtitles), a legal drama about a young female lawyer who strikes out on her own Abu Dhabi, is the first Netflix series from United Arab Emirates.
More streaming TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2” presents the final episodes of the Netflix Original comedy created by Tina Fey;
soccer comedy “Club de Cuervos: Season 4” (Mexico, with subtitles);
historical drama “Medici: The Magnificent - Season 2” (Italy).
Kid stuff: Adam Sandler and friends voice the animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (2018, PG).
True stories: “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” a four-part documentary series from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, features never-before-heard interviews with the convicted serial killer from Seattle.
And don’t forget that you can catch up with “Roma” (Mexico, 2018, R, with subtitles), which earned 10 Oscar nominations this week.
Amazon Prime Video
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes on the Trump presidency in “Fahrenheit 11/9” (2018, R).
Olivia Taylor Dudley and Michael Peña star in the exorcism horror film “The Vatican Tapes” (2015, PG-13).
Charlize Theron is an overwhelmed mother of three who, after giving birth, forms a unique bond with her thoughtful, unpredictable, young night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) in “Tully” (2018, R). The third collaboration from “Juno” director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody looks at motherhood, marriage and the strains of parenting in the modern world with a different kind of story of friendship and renewal.
Also new is British drama “Brexit” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, the man behind the scenes of the “Vote Leave” campaign.
The new original series “Black Monday” starring Don Cheadle and Regina Hall digs into the story behind the 1987stock market crash. New episodes drop Sunday nights along with the return of “SMILF” and “Shameless.”
Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, and Romola Garai star in the British drama “The Hour” (2011-12), about the development of an investigative news show in the Cold War culture of the late 1950s. The complete 12-episode run is on Acorn TV.
Also new to Acorn TV is the 2016 Britcom “The Rebel: Series 1” starring Simon Callow as a rebellious pensioner.
On Facebook Watch, “9 Months with Courteney Cox” is an intimate look at the pregnancies self-documented by women and couples from across the U.S. New episodes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
BroadwayHD presents “A Night with Janis Joplin” featuring Mary Bridget Davies reprising her Tony Award-winning role in a performance of the Broadway show from 2018.
New on disc
“First Man,” “The Wife,” “The Hate U Give,” “Johnny English Strikes Again,” “I Am Not a Witch”
Now available at Redbox: “First Man,” “Johnny English Strikes Again,” “The Hate U Give,” “The Lego Movie”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.
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