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Stream on Demand: ‘Toy Story 4’ takes the gang on the road (and now into your home)

Tim Allen, Tom Hanks and Annie Potts voice the heroes of “Toy Story 4.” (Pixar)
Tim Allen, Tom Hanks and Annie Potts voice the heroes of “Toy Story 4.” (Pixar)
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

“Toy Story 4” (2019, G) reunites the toybox gang for a road trip with new friends. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Annie Potts headline the returning voice cast, and Tony Hale is Forky, an arts and crafts project made from a plastic spork who suffers from an identity crisis. Like the previous installments, it’s funny and poignant and great for the whole family. On Cable On Demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.

Also family-friendly is “Missing Link” (2019, PG), an animated adventure about a lonely Sasquatch (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) who goes in search of long-lost relatives across the globe with the help of a famous 19th century explorer (Hugh Jackman) and a lady adventurer (Zoe Saldana). The stop-motion comedy is from Portland’s Laika Studios. Streaming on Hulu.

“Midsommar” (2019, R), Ari Aster’s follow-up to “Hereditary,” sends a quartet of American students to a Swedish commune for its annual solstice celebration. More unsettling than horrific, it’s filled with loss, anxiety and pagan rituals and delivered with an edge of absurdist dark humor. On Cable On Demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.

More Halloween-themed arrivals: Hulu offers zombie comedy “Little Monsters” (2019, R), starring Lupita Nyong’o as a ukulele-playing elementary schoolteacher protecting her kids from an undead attack. On Netflix, “Fractured” (2019, not rated) stars Sam Worthington as a man searching for his wife (Lily Rabe) and child who have literally gone missing in the hospital system.

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (2019, not rated), written and directed by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, follows Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after his escape at the end of the series. Streaming on Netflix

Free Pick: “Country Music: The History of an American Art Form” (2019), the eight-part documentary series from Ken Burns, is now streaming in Kanopy, which is available through most library systems.

Pay-Per-View /

Video on Demand

Judi Dench is Red Joan(2019, R) in the drama based on the real-life story of the KGB’s longest-serving British spy.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is crime drama Lucky Day (2019, R) from writer/director Roger Avary with Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev and Crispin Glover.


Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” (1980, R) won Oscars for actor Robert De Niro and editor Thelma Schoonmaker and was named the best American film of the ’80s in an AFI poll.

Streaming TV: Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip “T.I.” Harris are judges in the music competition show “Rhythm + Flow: Season 1.” Four episodes now available, new episodes each Wednesday.

Amazon Prime Video

Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick star in “To Dust” (2019, R), a drama of death, loss and faith in the Hassidic community with an edge of offbeat humor.

Luis Bunuel’s surreal “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (France, 1972, PG, with subtitles) won the Oscar for best foreign language film.


Kate Mara is “Megan Leavey” (2017, PG-13), a misfit soldier in the K-9 unit whose bond with her IED-sniffing dog saved lives in Iraq and became national news back home.

New on disc

“Toy Story 4,” “Midsommar,” “Red Joan,” “The Wedding Guest,” “Light of My Life”

Now available at Redbox: “Toy Story 4,” “Midsommar,” “Light of My Life,” “Annabelle Comes Home”

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 recommendations.

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