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What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Max, and other streaming services.
Top streams of the week
In the young adult thriller “Panic” (2021, not rated), high school graduates play a dangerous game that requires them to face their deepest fears in a series of challenges to earn enough money to escape their rural Texas town. This year, the stakes are dead. Lauren Oliver adapts her own novel, and Seattle-based filmmaker Megan Griffiths is one of the directors on the episode. (Amazon Prime)
“Friends: Reunion” (TV-14) was originally scheduled a year ago, but events prevented a large rally. It is now airing to celebrate the first anniversary of the hit sitcom’s arrival on HBO Max with an impressive lineup of guest stars joining original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, together on screen for the first time since 2004. Alongside creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, guests include BTS, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, James Corden, Mindy Kaling, Tom Selleck and Reese Witherspoon. (HBO Max)
Three favorite Netflix shows return with new seasons. The third and final season of “The Kominsky Method” (TV-MA) stars Michael Douglas as a drama teacher trying to recharge his career. Lena Waithe takes the helm of season three of “Master of None” (TV-MA), which goes from comedy to drama and is directed entirely by creator Aziz Ansari. The second half of the fifth season of “Lucifer” (TV-14), a mix of murder mystery and comedy starring Tom Ellis as the Lord of Hell solving crimes in the City of Angels, adds Dennis Haysbert to the cast as God, Descended to deal with family issues. (Netflix)
“Plan B” (2021, not rated) joins the small but slowly growing genre of bad behavior female comedies / teenage buddies. Kuhoo Verma plays the straight-A college girl having her first sexual encounter, and Victoria Moroles is her crazy best friend who joins her in a mad hunt for the morning after pill in a conservative small town in South Dakota. Natalie Morales directs this comedy that both takes teenage sex life seriously and has fun. (Hulu)
Emma Stone stars in “Cruella” (2021, PG-13), the live-action prequel to the debut of ‘101 Dalmatians’ villainous Cruella de Vil, as a punk-inspired fashionista in 1970s London. It co-stars Emma Thompson as the title haute couture designer and showcases a wild sense of costume design. Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”) directs this collision between “The Devil Wears Prada” and Tim Burton. It debuts on Disney + for a premium price of $ 29.99 on the same day it opens in theaters.
Classic choice: Ryan O’Neal stars in comedy “Moon Paper” (1973, PG) with his real daughter Tatum O’Neal (who won an Oscar) as a pair of crooks in depression. (Amazon Prime)
News: HBO Max introduces a new level of discounted subscription with ads priced at $ 10 / month, including everything in the full price option except Warner movies. HBO promises that it will have fewer ads than any other ad-based streaming service. The new option will be launched in June.
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Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star in “March of chaos” (2021, PG-13), a sci-fi drama set on a distant frontier planet where a young woman crashes into an all-male society where inner thoughts can be seen and heard. Doug Liman directs the adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness “The knife of never letting go”.
A group of orphans take part in the world’s largest fishing tournament with a stranded boat captain (Dennis Quaid) to save their orphanage in “Blue Miracle” (2021, TV-PG), a drama based on a true story. Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Bruce McGill and Raymond Cruz are also on the bill.
Single mom (Sienna Miller) in the Rust Belt struggles to raise grandson when teenage daughter goes missing in drama “American woman” (2018, R), with Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks.
Will Smith is a grieving father “Collateral beauty” (2016, PG-13), a spiritual drama starring Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren.
Foodie fun: food writer Stephen Satterfield presents the culinary limited series “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America” (TV-MA).
Real Crime Documentary: “Nail Bomber: Manhunt” (TV-MA) explores the 1999 London bombings by a far-right extremist.
Music: “Sam Smith: Love Goes – Live At Abbey Road Studios” (2021, TV-G).
More TV Streaming: Robots Raise Animated Series’ Last Human Child “Eden” (Japan, TV-PG).
International passport: rogue detective leads unorthodox investigation into high school massacre “Black space” (Israel, TV-MA, with subtitles). Also new:
• Romantic comedy “Crazy for each other” (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles);
• The second season of supernatural thriller “Ragnarok:” (Norway, TV-MA, with subtitles).
Stuff for children: animated comedy “Home” (2015, PG) follows the interstellar journey of a misfit alien (voiced by Jim Parsons) and the adventurous human girl (Rihanna) with whom he befriends.
Amazon Prime Video
“War on Drugs” (China, 2013, R, with subtitles) is a skinny and stylish gangster drama
True Stories: Oscar Winner “Man on Wire” (2008, PG-13) is a real-life caper drama as an artistic stunt: the illegal tightrope walker between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
A young man (Dave Davis) faces a demonic creature “The vigil” (2019, PG-13), a supernatural horror film set in the Brooklyn Hasidic community and steeped in ancient Jewish traditions.
TV Streaming: New Seasons of the Fox Animated Series “Duncanville” (TV-14) and the FX thriller “Monsieur in between” (TV-MA) aired a day after their respective television debuts.
After a long break, “Processing” (TV-MA) returns with Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) taking on the role of therapist and a new collection of patients (including John Benjamin Hickey, Joel Kinnaman and Anthony Ramos). New episodes on Sunday.
“Launching ramp” (not rated) is a collection of original short films created by young filmmakers from under-represented backgrounds. The first six are inspired by the theme “Discovery”.
Comedians Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso play fictional versions of themselves in the comedy “Flatbush offenses” (TV-MA). New episodes on Sunday. There are also new seasons of “Black Monday” (TV-MA) with Don Cheadle and “The Chi” (TV-MA). (Show anytime)
“Whitstable Pearl” (unrated) is a mystery series based on the novels by Julie Wassmer about a single mother and restaurant owner (Kerry Godliman) who opens a detective agency, which she runs from the family restaurant. New episodes on Mondays. (Acorn TV)
The documentary limited series “Between black and blue” (not rated) explores the decades-long battle of two New York detectives to clear their names from a murder charge. (Sundance Now and AMC +)
A supernatural serial killer is on a revenge mission on the streets of São Paulo in “Skull: the mask” (2020, Brazil, unrated, with subtitles), a horror film inspired by pre-Columbian mythology. (Thrill and AMC +)
Two limited-series crime dramas arrive from Germany: “Fox” (TV-14, with subtitles), with Lina Wendel as a former Stasi spy who teams up with an Arab importer to solve crimes, and “Charlotte Link” (Germany, TV-14, with subtitles), a mystery trilogy based on the novel by Charlotte Link. New episodes every Tuesday. (MHz)
New on disc and at Redbox
“Raya: The Last Dragon”, “Chaos Walking”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His streaming movie and TV reviews can be found at streamondemandathome.com.