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

Top streams for the week

Amy Schumer writes, directs, and stars in "Life & Beth: Season 1" (TV-PG), a half-hour dramedy about a woman with a successful in a job and a long term relationship who realizes that she's not happy. As she tries to reorient her life, she flashes back to her adolescence (played by Violet Young) and explores a possible new romance (Michael Cera). Schumer draws inspiration from her own life for this personal and often intimate project. Michael Rapaport and Laura Benanti costar. (Hulu)

Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway star as WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann and his enigmatic wife Rebekah in "WeCrashed" (TV-MA). The limited series takes on the meteoric rise and hard fall of one of the most notorious startup flameouts of the last decades and the big-spending power couple whose disconnection from reality dooms the enterprise. Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)

"Minx: Season 1" (TV-MA) is a comedy with Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson as unlikely partners in the creation of the first erotic magazine for women in 1970s Los Angeles. (HBO Max)


The animated comedy "Human Resources: Season 1" (TV-MA), a spinoff of "Big Mouth" about the world of the Hormone Monsters, is sort of like an adult version of "Inside Out" as a workplace comedy. Features the voices of Nick Kroll and Maya Rudolph, among others. (Netflix)

"Master" (2022, R) combines social commentary with horror movie with the experiences of three African American women—a new dean of students (Regina Hall), a literature professor (Amber Gray), and a freshman student (Zoe Renee)—at a predominantly white Ivy League college built on the site of the Salem witch trials. They all feel the reverberations of the past in everyday encounters and eerie supernatural echoes. It debuted at Sundance earlier this year and streams same day as theaters. (Amazon Prime Video)

The erotic thriller "Deep Water" (2022, R) stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas as a married couple in a deeply dysfunctional relationship of mind games, flagrant affairs, and toxic jealousy. Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, and Finn Wittrock costar in this adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith, directed by Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction"), his first feature in twenty years. (Hulu)

The private sex tape of a high school teacher is hacked and uploaded to the web in "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" (Romania, 2021), a bawdy social satire of mob hysteria, prejudice, and hypocrisy from director Radu Jude. It's also set during the pandemic, which only enhances the sense of chaos. It won the top prize at Berlin. (Hulu)


Episodes of the new seasons of "Young Rock" (TV-PG) (Hulu / Peacock) and "Mr. Mayor" (TV-PG) (Hulu / Peacock) stream on Wednesdays.


Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

"The Matrix Resurrections" (2021, R) reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as heroes Neo and Trinity for a self-aware return trip to the virtual world 20 years after the original trilogy. Jada Pinkett-Smith and Lambert Wilson also return and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra, and Neil Patrick Harris join the cast. Lana Wachowski directs this one solo. Also new:

  • "The Humans" (2021), a darkly comic family drama starring Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yuen, and Amy Schumer;
  •  "Measure of Revenge" (2022, not rated) starring Melissa Leo as a Broadway star who goes an odyssey to find the people responsible for her son's death.

Netflix

A thief (Jason Segel) breaks into a vacant vacation home, only to be surprised by the tech billionaire owner (Jesse Plemons) and his wife (Lily Collins) in "Windfall" (2022, R). Director Charlie McDowell developed the story with Segel while Andrew Kevin Walker scripts.


An awkward twentysomething looks for love with the help of his uninhibited inner voice in the romantic comedy "Eternally Confused and Eager for Love: Season 1" (India, TV-MA).


A state trooper teams up with a shelter pup to join an elite K-9 unit in "Rescued by Ruby" (2022, TV-G), a family friendly drama based on a true story.


"Dunkirk" (2017, PG-13), Christopher Nolan's immersive drama of the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, won three Academy Awards. Also newly arrived:

True stories: the limited series "Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives." (TV-MA) revisits the story of a celebrity restaurateur Sarma Melngailis and con man Shane Fox, who stole $2 million to invest in his cons.


International passport: a squad of soldiers in a post-apocalyptic future carry a mysterious package into enemy territory in "Black Crab" (Sweden, 2022, TV-MA, with subtitles), starring Noomi Rapace.


International TV: a journalist goes after a demonic CEO in "The Cursed: Season 1" (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles), a mix of tech thriller and supernatural horror. Also new:

https://www.netflix.com/title/81551869

  • "Standing Up: Season 1" (France, TV-MA, with subtitles), a dramedy of four young comedians in Paris from the creator of "Call My Agent!";
  • "Soil: Season 1" (Belgium, TV-MA, with subtitles), about an entrepreneur with a plan to import soil from Morocco for the funerals Belgian Muslims, from "Bad Boys for Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah;
  • "Cracow Monsters: Season 1" (Poland), a fantasy about a team of gifted students who investigate supernatural activity and fight demons.

Kid stuff: "Team Zenko Go: Season 1" (TV-Y) follows four adolescent best friends who quietly solve the problems in their town


Stand-up: "Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous." (TV-MA)


Hulu

"Welcome to Flatch: Season 1" (TV-14) is a comedy about a documentary crew meeting the eccentric personalities in a small Midwestern town. Seven episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Hulu)


True stories: "You Can’t Kill Meme" (2021) explores how memes have become a new and powerful form of political communication.


Streaming TV: the fourth and final season of the TNT drama "Claws" (TV-MA), set in the competitive world of Florida nail salons.


International TV: "Alternative Therapy: Season 1" (Argentina, not rated, with subtitles) follows an unorthodox couples therapist facing a particularly challenging case.


HBO Max

A desperate mother (Rosario Dawson) ventures into the war-torn Manhattan of a near future dystopia to find her lost son in the limited series "DMZ" (TV-MA), based on the DC graphic novel. It's produced by Ava DuVernay, who directs the pilot, and costars Benjamin Bratt and Hoon Lee. (HBO Max)


True stories: "Phoenix Rising" (TV-MA) follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she speaks out against domestic violence and lobbies for the rights of fellow survivors.


"Halloween Kills" (2021, R), the sequel to the 2019 revival of the classic horror film, is presented in the extended edition.


More streaming TV: the animated "Blade Runner: Black Lotus: Season 1" (TV-14), set in 2032 Los Angeles, was originally created for Adult Swim and "Game Theory with Bomani Jones: Season 1" (TV-MA) is a weekly sports-centered news and commentary series (new episodes on Sundays).


Disney+

Gabrielle Union, Zach Braff, and Erika Christensen star in "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2022, PG), a new take on the classic family comedy (this one is a blended family of twelve children), written and produced by "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris.


True stories: "More Than Robots" (2022, not rated) follows four teams of teenagers from around the world as they prepare for the 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition.


Other streams

"Love After Love" (China, 2021, not rated, with subtitles), a romantic drama set in pre-war Hong Kong, is the latest feature from Hong Kong New Wave master Ann Hui. Features cinematography by Christopher Doyle and a score by Ryuichi Sakamoto. (Mubi)


The five-part documentary series "Veleno: The Town of Lost Children" (not rated) examines the decades-long saga of a pedophile network uncovered in rural Italy in the late 1990s. (AMC+ and Sundance Now)


"The 75th EE British Academy Film Awards" (not rated), better known as the BAFTAs, streams exclusively in the U.S. on BritBox.


"The Paradise: Season 1" (Finland, with subtitles) is a murder mystery set in the Finnish community of the Mediterranean island of Málaga. (Acorn TV)


Anna Torv and Sam Reid star in the Australian drama "The Newsreader: Season 1" (TV-MA) set in the world of 1986 broadcast news. Free with ads. (The Roku Channel)


35 "Foreign-Language Oscar Winners" are collected at Criterion Channel, from Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thieves" (Italy, 1948) and Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" (Japan, 1950) to Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" (Iran, 2011, PG-13) and Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" (Italy, 2013, not rated). All with subtitles. (Criterion Channel)


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


Copyright © 2022 by Sean Axmaker


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