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Stream on Demand: ‘The White Tiger’ flips the ‘Slumdog’ storyline

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 21, 2021

By Sean Axmaker For The Spokesman-Review

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max and other streaming services.

Top streams for the week

“The White Tiger” (U.S./India, 2021, R), produced by and starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, is the flip side of “Slumdog Millionaire.” In this darkly comic social drama, an impoverished young man (Rajkummar Rao) from a village in India takes his cues from the arrogant ruling class in his pursuit of success. Ramin Bahrani directs the fast-paced adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s bestselling novel. (Netflix)

Anna Paquin plays the top spin doctor at a London public relations firm in “Flack: Season 1” (TV-14), a dramedy filled with bad behavior and the brilliant women who cover it up by destroying other lives … including their own. Lydia Wilson, Rebecca Benson and Sophie Okonedo also star in the British production originally shown on Pop TV. (Amazon Video)

The British crime drama “C.B. Strike” (2017-2020, TV-MA), based on the novels written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, stars Tom Burke as London private detective Cormoran Strike and Holliday Granger as his assistant-turned-partner. Originally produced for BBC and shown on Cinemax in the U.S., the complete series (including the new four-part mystery “Lethal White”) is now on HBO Max and all HBO platforms.

A group of young women discover their magical legacies in a school for fairies in “Fate: The Winx Saga: Season 1” (not rated). This live-action version of the Italian animated series (first shown on Nickelodeon in the U.S.), which was developed by “The Vampire Diaries” producer Brian Young, takes a somewhat darker approach to the colorful animated series. (Netflix)

“Derek DelGaudio’s In & of Itself” (2021, TV-MA) presents the celebrated magician’s one-man off-Broadway show, a mix of sleight of hand and confessional memoir. Frank Oz directs the live show and the filmed recording.

Binge alert: “How I Met Your Mother: Complete Series” (2005-2014, TV-14), the hit sitcom starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders, is now on Amazon Prime.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Jason Segel is “Our Friend” (2021, R) who puts his life on hold to help his best friends (Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck) when one of them is given six months to live. Based on a true story.

The dark comedy “The Climb” (2020, R) turns from bromance to portrait of a toxic relationship between lifelong buddies (Kyle Marvin and Michael Angelo Covino).

A retired woman in the mountains investigates the deaths of local hunters in the eco-thriller “Spoor” (Poland, 2017, not rated, with subtitles), directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Netflix

“Radium Girls” (2018, not rated) dramatizes the true story of women in a 1920s watch factory who discover that they are being poisoned by radium paint.

Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver star in “A Monster Calls” (2016, PG-13), drama of loss and healing featuring the voice of Liam Neeson as a (possible?) imaginary playmate.

Jason Statham plays a DEA agent in retirement who takes on a Louisiana crime family in “Homefront” (2013, R), an action thriller scripted by Sylvester Stallone.

The docuseries “Spycraft: Season 1” (not rated) looks at the gadgetry behind some of history’s greatest espionage stories.

International passport: Two women whose infants were switched at birth create a blended family in the dramedy “Daughter From Another Mother: Season 1” (Mexico, with subtitles). Also new is the comedy “So My Grandma’s a Lesbian!” (Spain, 2020, not rated, with subtitles).

Amazon Prime Video

The political drama “Tandav: Season 1” (India, not rated, with subtitles) plays out behind the closed doors of power in New Delhi, the capital city of the world’s largest democracy. The show has suffered a backlash in India for its portrayal of Hindu gods and goddesses.

Fans of British crime drama will be happy that “Grantchester: Season 5” (TV-14), starring James Norton as a clergyman who helps a gruff police inspector (Robson Green) solve crimes in 1950s Cambridgeshire, is now streaming.

Hulu

The four-part series “The Sister” (2020), a British crime thriller with the mood of a horror film, stars Russell Tovey as a man determined to keep his secret buried.

The animated science-fiction adventure “Terra Willy” (France, 2019, PG) makes its American debut after playing theaters around the world.

New seasons of “9-1-1” (TV-14), “9-1-1: Lone Star” (TV-14), and “Grown-ish” (TV-14) stream a day after their respective network debuts.

HBO Max

Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple in London whose separation is halted by COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in “Locked Down” (2021, R), a mix of romantic comedy and heist adventure. Director Doug Liman put the entire production within the past few months.

The four-part nonfiction series “The Event” (TV-14) takes viewers behind the scenes of events catered by Wolfgang Puck.

Musician, actor and painter John Lurie shares philosophical thoughts and watercolor techniques in “Painting with John: Season 1” (TV-14).

Streaming TV: The complete runs of family drama “Everwood” (2002-2006, TV-PG) starring Treat Williams as a Manhattan surgeon who moves his family to rural Colorado and the sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine: Complete Series” (2006-2010, TV-PG) with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Clark Gregg now streaming.

International passport: Three 30-something women navigate life’s crises in “Perfect Life: Season 1” (Spain, TV-14, with subtitles), a hit comedy from Spanish TV imported by HBO Max. Also new is the third season of the Italian crime drama “Gomorrah” (Italy, TV-MA, with subtitles).

Other streams

“Losing Alice: Season 1” (Israel, TV-MA, with subtitles) is a psychological thriller starring Ayelet Zurer as a filmmaker who gets involved with a femme-fatale screenwriter. (Apple TV+)

Four-part true crime documentary series “The Night Caller” (not rated) explores the legacy of Australia’s most notorious serial killer. New episodes each Tuesday. (Sundance Now)

The documentary “Willie” (2020, G) celebrates the life and legacy of Willie O’Ree, the first Black player in the National Hockey League, who broke the color barrier in 1958. (Peacock)

The complete series of “Finding Joy” (not rated), an Irish comedy from creator/star Amy Huberman, and the classic World War II limited series drama “Danger UXB” (1979) starring Anthony Andrews now stream in their entirety. (Acorn TV)

”The Bay: Season 2” (not rated), the British crime drama starring Morven Christie, streams on BritBox.

”Japanese Noir” presents 16 crime films from post-war Japan, spanning 20 years from Akira Kurosawa’s “Stray Dog” (1949, with subtitles) with Toshiro Mifune to Seijun Suzuki’s gonzo “Branded to Kill” (1967, with subtitles). On Criterion Channel, along with:

”Three by Pablo Trapero” including prison drama “Lion’s Den” (Argentina, 2008, not rated, with subtitles) and “White Elephant” (Argentina, 2012, not rated, with subtitles) set in the slums of Argentina’s shantytown;

Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman” (1928), the last great comedy from the silent movie legend.

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

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