Top streams for the week
A coming-of-age story set in Medieval England, "Catherine Called Birdy" (2022, PG-13) stars Bella Ramsey as the spirited 14-year-old daughter of a penniless aristocrat (Andrew Scott) who hopes to marry her off to a wealthy husband. Birdy is a clever, curious, and headstrong young woman in a culture with no respect for women's lives or desires, and director Lena Dunham (who adapts the young adult by Karen Cushman) brings a witty, insightful, and raucous quality to her story. Billie Piper and Joe Alwyn costar. It streams a month after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Prime Video)
An eighties horror landmark gets revived and reinvented in "Hellraiser" (2022, R), a new take on the Clive Barker classic about a puzzle box that summons the sadistic Cenobites, interdimensional beings who feed on intense pleasure and pain. Jamie Clayton takes on the role of androgynous, interdimensional torture-master Pinhead and David Brucker ("The Ghost House") directs. (Hulu)
The animated action comedy "DC League of Super-Pets" (2022, PG) sends Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) on a mission to rescue Superman with a menagerie of super-powered but untrained animals. This family-friendly superhero movie also features the voices of Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, Diego Luna, and John Krasinski as Superman. (HBO Max)
Gael García Bernal is a "Werewolf by Night" (2022, TV-14) in the 52-minute "special" based on the Marvel Comics series. It's a horror movie carved into the MCU, directed in black and white by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino in tribute to classic horror movies. (Disney+)
The limited series true crime drama "A Friend of the Family" (TV-MA) tells the stranger-than-fiction story of a teenage girl kidnapped more than once by a charismatic but manipulative suburban father (Jake Lacy). Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks, Lio Tipton, and Mckenna Grace costar in the production created by Nick Antosca ("The Act," "Brand New Cherry Flavor"). Three episodes available, new episodes on Thursdays. (Peacock)
"Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire: Season 1" (TV-MA) revisits the gothic novel in a new adaptation set decades after the 1994 film, with Eric Bogosian as the journalist and Jacob Anderson as the vampire. This one flashes back to 1900s New Orleans, where the black businessman has his life changed by an encounter with Lestat (Sam Reid). It debuts alongside the last eight episodes of "The Walking Dead: Final Season" (TV-MA). Both stream new episodes on Sundays. (AMC+)
Classic pick: "La ronde" (France, 1950, with subtitles) is a lovely, lyrical roundelay of couples swapping partners in a romantic dance that comes full circle with a continental flair. (HBO Max)
More Streaming Network TV
The new drama "Alaska Daily" (TV-14), created by Tom McCarthy and starring Hilary Swank, debuts on Hulu along with new seasons of "The Good Doctor" (TV-14), "Grey's Anatomy" (TV-14), and spinoff "Station 19" (TV-14). Episodes stream a day after network debut.
Paramount+ features the debuts of cop drama "East New York" (TV-14) and rural firefighter drama "Fire Country" (TV-14), plus new seasons of "Blue Bloods" (TV-14), "S.W.A.T." (TV-14), and "The Equalizer" (TV-14), and the reality series "The Real Love Boat" (TV-14) hosted by Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn, and the 48th season of "Saturday Night Live" (TV-14) streams on Peacock.
Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand
A young mollusk (voiced by Jenny Slate) goes in search of his family in the heartwarming comic odyssey "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" (2022, PG).
"Minions: The Rise of Gru" (2022, PG) offers an origin story for the "Despicable Me" animated movies.
Jaeden Martell and Donald Sutherland star in "Mr. Harrigan's Phone" (2022, PG-13), adapted from the Stephen King novella about a friendship that lasts beyond death by director John Lee Hancock.
A traumatic incident from the past resurfaces in "Luckiest Girl Alive" (2022, R), starring Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, and Connie Britton.
Streaming TV: "The Midnight Club: Season 1" (TV-MA) follows teenagers at a hospice for the terminally ill who make a pact to send a sign from the other side. Also new is a reboot of the reality series "The Mole" (TV-MA) and the Irish comedy "Derry Girls: Season 3" (TV-MA)
True crime: the three-part documentary "Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes" (TV-MA) features newly-unearthed recorded interviews with the serial killer's legal team.
True stories: survivors of natural disasters tell their stories in "The Trapped 13: How We Survived the Thai Cave" (Thailand, TV-14, with subtitles) and "Aftershock: Everest and the Nepal Earthquake" (TV-MA).
International passport: "Old People" (Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles) go on a killing spree in this German horror film.
International TV: a flood threatens a coastal city in "High Water: Season 1" (Poland, TV-MA, with subtitles) and a young woman investigates her boyfriend's disappearance with a UFO hunter in "Glitch: Season 1" (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles).
Stand-up: "Hasan Minhaj: The King's Jester" (TV-MA).
The animated feature "Charlotte" (2021) dramatizes the true story of a young German-Jewish painter (voiced by Keira Knightley) during World War II.
A young married couple on the brink of divorce resort the brutal honesty on a weekend getaway in "The Wheel" (2021, TV-MA)
Intelligence agents from Denmark and England team up to stop a terror attack on British soil in "Red Election: Season 1" (Sweden, not rated), an English language espionage thriller set in an alternate version of London.
More streaming TV: the Emmy-winning sitcom "Schitt's Creek: Complete Series" (TV-14) moves to Hulu this week and the animated "Abominable and the Invisible City: Season 1" (TV-Y) is an adventure fantasy for kids.
"Austin City Limits 2022 Music Festival" (not rated) livestreams for Hulu subscribers through Sunday.
True stories: "Max Steiner: Maestro of Movie Music" (2019, TV-14) celebrates the influential film composer.
The primal horror film "The Witch" (2015, R), set in 17th century America, launched director Robert Eggers and actor Anya Taylor-Joy.
"Spotlight" (2015, R) (HBO), the story of the Boston Globe reporters who revealed the Catholic Church's systematic cover-up of abusive priests for decades, won Oscars for best picture and original screenplay.
"The Simpsons: Season 33" (TV-14) now streams on Disney+.
A young couple (Maika Monroe and Jake Lacy) backpacking in the Pacific Northwest woods discover they are not alone in the science fiction thriller "Significant Other" (2022, R).
"Prince Andrew: Banished" (2022, TV-MA) looks at the controversies in the life of the disgraced royal.
The British crime drama "Sherwood: Season 1" (not rated), starring David Morrisey and Lesley Manville, is inspired by real-life murders around Sherwood Forest. (BritBox)
"L'Opéra: Season 1" (France, not rated, with subtitles) follows three characters—an aging principal dancer, a young, newly-arrive black dancer, and the new company director—navigating life at the Paris Opera. All eight episodes streaming. (AMC+ and Sundance Now)
The recently rediscovered concert documentary "Songs for Drella" (1990, not rated) showcases the 1990 reunion of estranged Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed and John Cale. (Criterion Channel)
The 16 features by "Ishiro Honda: King of the Monsters," director of the original monster movie landmark "Godzilla" (1954), in this collection features two of the best monster mashes of the original film series, "Invasion of Astro-Monster" (1965) and "Destroy All Monsters" (1968), and two trippy science fiction invasion movies, "Matango" (1963) and "Space Amoeba" (1970). All from Japan, with subtitles. (Criterion Channel)
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A mother fights to save her dying daughter in the science fiction thriller "The Deal" (2022, TV-14). (The Roku Channel)
New on disc and at Redbox: "DC League of Superpets"
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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.
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