Top streams for the week
The limited series "Pachinko" (TV-MA, with subtitles), adapted from the novel by Min Jin Lee, straddles multiple generations in the story of one Korean family from 1915, where young Sunja lives under oppressive Japanese occupation, to 1989, where her American-educated grandson faces prejudice working at a Japanese bank. It's an epic story with an intimate focus told in three languages – Korean, Japanese, and English – over eight episodes. Oscar-winning actress Youn Yuh Jung ("Minari") costars. Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)
The second season of "Bridgerton" (TV-MA), the romantic costume drama set in Regency-era London from producer Shonda Rhimes, shifts focus to Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). As he pursues elegant society newcomer Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), he meets his match in her headstrong older sister (Simone Ashley). The series continues its cultural diversity through color-blind casting, offering an alternate-history of racial inclusion. (Netflix)
Humanity is under attack from an alien threat known as the Covenant in "Halo: Season 1" (not rated), a lavish science fiction series set in the 26th-century universe created of original 2001 "Halo" video game. The violent action thriller stars Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, and Jen Taylor, reprising her role as the voice of the AI from the video games. New episodes on Thursdays. (Paramount+)
Modern western meets supernatural thriller in "Outer Range: Season 1" (TV-MA), starring Josh Brolin as a family rancher at the edge of Wyoming's wilderness battling a takeover from rival ranch when a black void appears in a pasture. Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor, and Will Patton costar. (Prime Video)
Will Smith stars as the father of Venus and Serena Williams in "King Richard" (2021, PG-13), an Oscar-nominated drama based on the complicated early life of the tennis champions and the father who drove them to success. It also earned nominations for Smith and costar Aunjanue Ellis and for its screenplay. (HBO Max)
Guy Ritchie's "Wrath of Man" (2021, R), starring Jason Statham as a security guard with a personal agenda, is a violent, action-strewn revenge thriller woven through an elaborate heist scheme. (Hulu and Peacock)
Netflix announced that it is going to start cracking down on password sharing between separate households and has plans to offer new tiers that include additional households. So far it's just an announcement, but it is currently being rolled out in other countries and could be coming stateside soon.
Amazon purchased MGM, which comes with the rights to thousands of movies (including the James Bond and "Rocky" series) and the potential to spinoff new movies and shows from existing MGM properties. Nothing will happen immediately, but a number of movies and shows may one day become exclusive to Prime Video.
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"The Souvenir Part II" (2021, not rated) continues the story of film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) who works through her loss through her graduation film. Joanna Hogg's drama costars Byrne's real-life mother Tilda Swinton.
The limited series documentary "The Principles of Pleasure" (TV-MA) explores and celebrates women's sexuality.
Streaming TV: "Call the Midwife" (TV-MA) returns with its tenth season.
International TV: a high school teacher is suddenly elevated to the presidency in the political satire "Servant of the People: Season 1" (Ukraine, 2015, TV-14, with subtitles), which has received new interest in recent days.
Kid stuff: "Transformers: BotBots: Season 1" (TV-Y) is a series for young children set in the "Transformers" universe.
Stand-up: "Jeff Foxworthy: The Good Old Days" (TV-14)
The limited series "Have You Seen This Man?" (not rated) is a true crime documentary about the search for John Ruffo, who disappeared after being convicted of fraud and spent 24 years on the run.
"Step Into the Movies with Derek & Julianne Hough" (TV-PG) features the award-winning dancers and choreographers recreating the great dance numbers from iconic movies.
Streaming TV: Donald Glover's rap comedy "Atlanta: Season 3" (TV-MA) features new episodes on Fridays.
True stories: "The Jesus Music" (2021. PG-13) looks at the origins and evolution of Christian Contemporary music and "Captains of Za'atari" (Jordan, 2021, not rated, with subtitles) profiles two best friends in a refugee camp in Jordan with dreams of becoming professional football players.
Kid stuff: "My Little Pony: The Movie" (2017, TV-PG) features the voices of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Liev Schreiber.
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Filmmakers Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin, Kasi Lemmons, Jon M. Chu, Malcolm D. Lee and Michael Mann celebrate their favorite movie moments in "One Perfect Shot: Season 1" (TV-MA).
The Emmy-winning Canadian youth drama "Degrassi: The Next Generation: Complete Series" (2001-2015, TV-PG) is one of the great shows about teenage issues.
International TV: "Lust: Season 1" (Sweden, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows four women in their efforts to better health through great (or at least better) sex.
"Parallels: Season 1" (France, TV-14, with subtitles) follows four friends sent into parallel dimensions after an experiment at the world's largest particle collider. All episodes streaming.
The documentary "Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u" (not rated) profiles the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter.
All six Marvel superhero shows originally created for Netflix have a new home.
Amazon Prime Video
"Red Light: Season 1" (Belgium/Netherlands, TV-MA, with subtitles), created by producers/stars Carice van Houten and Halina Reijn, follows three women from different backgrounds battling prostitution and sex trafficking.
Ten women compete to join Lizzo on her world tour in the unscripted series "Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: Season 1" (2022, TV-14).
The animated fantasy "The Spine of Night" (2021, not rated), featuring Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, and Joe Manganiello, uses old-school rotoscope animation to tell a saga that straddles different eras. (AMC+ and Shudder)
The documentary limited series "Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed" (TV-14) explores accusations of abuse, financial improprieties, and labor exploitation within the global church. (Discovery+)
The fourth season of "Good Karma Hospital" (not rated), the light British medical drama set in India, begins with new episodes on Mondays. (Acorn TV)
"Arrebato" (Spain, 1979, not rated, with subtitles), the cult psychodrama of counterculture cinema from underground filmmaker Iván Zulueta, was unavailable until a restoration in 2021. Pedro Almodóvar calls it "an absolute modern classic." It now streams on Criterion Channel.
"Queersighted: Stage to Screen" spotlights eight queer or queer-coded films adapted from the stage, including "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) with Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, and Katharine Hepburn, based on the Tennessee Williams play;
- "The Balcony" (1963) based on the play by Jean Genet and starring Shelley Winters and Peter Falk;
- "These Three" (1936) and "The Children's Hour" (1961), two adaptations of Lillian Hellman's play by director William Wyler.
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at https://streamondemandathome.com.
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