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Stream on Demand: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Cherry Tree Lane

Josh Gad and Chadwick Boseman appear in a scene from "Marshall." (Sony Pictures)
Josh Gad and Chadwick Boseman appear in a scene from "Marshall." (Sony 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

Emily Blunt is Britain’s most famous nanny in “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018, PG), the musical sequel with Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now streaming on Netflix.

Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” (2017, PG-13), a legal drama about the future Supreme Court Justice when he was an NAACP attorney in 1940. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Looking for something to occupy kids in the summer break? Some of the most visually engaging natural history documentaries from BBC Earth are on Netflix, including “Planet Earth” (2006) and follow-up “Planet Earth II“ (2016), “Frozen Planet” (2011) about life at the poles and “Life Story” (2014) about the life cycle of animals across the globe. All are hosted by David Attenborough.

Foreign language pick: Dry wit and playful storytelling help make “Woman at War” (Iceland, 2018, not rated, with subtitles) a serious drama of ecological activism and a warm, winning story of devotion, sacrifice and family. Streaming on Hulu.

Free pick: Before she was Captain Marvel, Brie Larson won an Oscar in the gripping and emotionally layered drama “Room” (2015, R). Streaming on Hoopla, which is available through most public library systems.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

A bullying CEO (Regina Hall) wakes up as her young self in “Little” (2019, PG-13), a comedy co-starring Issa Rae and Marsai Martin. Also on DVD and at Redbox.


Anthony Mackie is an ER nurse who teams up with a wounded criminal (Frank Grillo) in “Point Blank” (2019, not rated), a remake of a 2011 French thriller.

Streaming TV: A Seattle family adjusts to life in a small town in Georgia in the new family-friendly sitcom “Family Reunion: Season 1,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Complete Series” (1993-99) joins the “Star Trek” universe of shows on Netflix.

Amazon Prime Video

Robert Pattinson plays a magazine photographer assigned to cover James Dean (Dane DeHaan) in “Life” (2015, R).

Prime Video and Hulu

Ben Affleck adapts Dennis Lehane’s mystery novel for his directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” (2007, R).


Rami Malek won an Academy Award playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018, PG-13).

Free streams

Ryan Reynolds is a traveling gambler in the buddy road movie “Mississippi Grind” (2015, R), and Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star in the superb drama “A Most Violent Year” (2015, R), now streaming on Hoopla.

New on disc this week: “Little,” “Pet Sematary,” “After,” “High Life,” “Transit”

Now available at Redbox: “Little,” “Pet Sematary,” “After,” “The Professor”

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

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