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Stream on Demand: Films bring the world home

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Antonio Banderas and Julieta Serrano star in “Pain and Glory.” Banderas was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his leading role in the foreign language film by Pedro Almodovar. (Manolo Pavón / AP)
Antonio Banderas and Julieta Serrano star in “Pain and Glory.” Banderas was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his leading role in the foreign language film by Pedro Almodovar. (Manolo Pavón / AP)
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

The beautifully photographed “Honeyland” (Macedonia, 2019, not rated, with subtitles), nominated for best documentary and international film Oscars, brings us into the life of a solitary beekeeper in the remote mountains of Macedonia. It streams on Hulu.

“For Sama” (2019, not rated, with subtitles), another Oscar-nominated documentary, is the portrait of a young mother in Aleppo during five years of war. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

“Pain and Glory” (Spain, 2019, R, with subtitles), Pedro Almodovar’s drama about a director reflecting back on his life, earned Oscar nominations for leading actor Antonio Banderas and for best international feature. Cable On Demand and VOD, also on disc and at Redbox.

Patrick Stewart plays Captain Jean-Luc Picard, called back from retirement for new missions, in “Star Trek: Picard” on CBS All Access. New episodes arrive each Thursday.

The complete second season of “Shrill,” based on Lindy West’s book and starring Aidy Bryant, is now on Hulu, along with the terrific rural crime drama “Justified: Complete Series” (2010-2015) starring Timothy Olyphant as a cowboy of a U.S. marshal in Kentucky.

Cult pick: David Lynch directs and stars in the surreal short film “What Did Jack Do?” (2020, not rated) with a talking capuchin monkey. On Netflix.

Free pick: Road trip comedy “Nebraska” (2013, R) won a screenplay Oscar for filmmaker Alexander Payne and a late-career nomination for actor Bruce Dern. Streaming on Kanopy, available through most library systems.


Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie are monster hunters with teenage kids in the comic supernatural fantasy series “October Faction” (2020, not rated). Also new: “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3” and “The Ranch: The Final Season.”

True stories: The six-part series “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” (not rated) explores the ways influenza evolves.

Amazon Prime Video

Acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker Kabir Khan directs the five-episode historical drama “The Forgotten Army” (India, with subtitles).


Episodes of the network shows “9-1-1: Lone Star” and “Outmatched” and the Freeform family drama “Everything’s Gonna be Okay” arrive a day after their respective TV debuts.


A deep space cruise ship goes radically off course in the science-fiction comedy “Avenue 5” (TV-MA). New episodes Sunday nights.

Other streams

Shudder presents “Tammy and the T-Rex: Gore Cut” (1994/2019, not rated), which restores bloody effects to a silly high school comedy starring young Denise Richards and Paul Walker with an animatronic dinosaur.

New on disc

“Zombieland: Double Tap,” “The Addams Family,” “Black and Blue,” “Pain and Glory,” “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”

Now available at Redbox: “Zombieland: Double Tap,” “Black and Blue,” “Pain and Glory”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV are at Visit for more options and recommendations.

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