Top streams for the week
There's something mysterious—and dangerous—in the skies above a California horse ranch in "Nope" (2022, R), Jordan Peele's third film as a director and to date his most ambitious. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer star as siblings who investigate the strange phenomenon in this fascinating (if overstuffed) mix of modern western, alien invasion thriller, and ecological parable, set against the vast open range and clear blue skies that Peele so expertly uses. (Peacock)
An English nurse (Florence Pugh) travels to a remote Irish village in 1862 in "The Wonder" (2022, R) to investigate a miracle: a young girl (newcomer Kíla Lord Cassidy) who has stopped eating yet remains healthy. Tom Burke costars as a London reporter in this adaptation of the novel by Emma Donoghue from filmmaker Sebastián Lelio. Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Brían F. O'Byrne, and Elaine Cassidy costar. (Netflix)
"Disenchanted" (2022, PG), the sequel to the 2007 musical comedy "Enchanted," reunites Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey as Giselle and Robert, now married and living in suburbia which Giselle has magically transformed into a real-life fairy tale. Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden costar. (Disney+)
"Tulsa King: Season 1" (TV-MA), the new original series from "Yellowstone" creator Taylor Sheridan, stars Sylvester Stallone (in his first TV role) as a New York mobster mafia capo who, after a 25-year prison stretch, is sent to form a new cartel in Oklahoma. "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter is showrunner. New episodes on Sundays. (Paramount+)
Jesse Eisenberg stars in "Fleishman is in Trouble: Season 1" (TV-MA) as a recently divorced father of two whose new single life is complicated when his ex (Claire Danes) suddenly disappears and he's left to raise their two children while trying to understand how their marriage unraveled. Lizzy Caplan costars as the father's old friend, a journalist whose reporting serves as a kind of narrator, and Taffy Brodesser-Akner adapts her own novel for the screen.
Two episodes available, new episodes on Thursdays. (Hulu)
Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell. and Octavia Spencer star in "Spirited" (2022, PG-13), a musical comedy twist on the Charles Dickens classic brought up to date. (Apple TV+)
Santa (Tim Allen) discovers that the holiday magic fading and searches for a successor in "The Santa Clauses: Season 1" (TV-PG). Two episodes available, new episodes on Wednesdays. (Disney+)
Peter Billingsley reprises his role as Ralphie Parker in "A Christmas Story Christmas" (2022, TV-14), a sequel to the beloved 1983 holiday comedy with Ralphie now a father himself. (HBO Max)
The romantic comedy "Christmas with You" (2022, TV-PG) stars Aimee Garcia and Freddie Prince Jr. (Netflix
True stories: "Santa Camp" (2022, TV-14) looks at how the New Hampshire retreat tries to expands representation among the professional Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and elves. (HBO Max)
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Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton star in the epic romantic fantasy "Three Thousand Years of Longing" (2022, R) from director George Miller.
"Pearl" (2022, R) reunites filmmaker Ti West and cowriter/actor Mia Goth for a prequel to the hit horror film "X."
A young woman (Daisy Edgar-Jones) raised alone in the marshes of the Deep South is now suspected of murder in "Where the Crawdads Sing" (2022, PG-13), based on the novel by Delia Owens.
Jason Momoa stars in "Slumberland" (2022, PG), a live-action adaptation of the legendary newspaper comic strip fantasy about a child's adventures in dreamland. Marlow Barkley costars with Chris O'Dowd and Kyle Chandler and Francis Lawrence directs.
True stories: "I Am Vanessa Guillen" (TV-14) follows a family's fight for justice for a female soldier harassed and murdered on a US Army base in 2020 and "Stutz" (2022, R), from actor-turned-filmmaker Jonah Hill, deftly introduces audiences to tools offered by psychiatrist Phil Stutz.
Streaming TV: Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are back for the third and final season of "Dead to Me" (TV-MA). There are also new seasons of the animated "The Cuphead Show!" (TV-Y7) and "Inside Job" (TV-MA) and the seasonal "The Great British Baking Show: Holidays" (TV-14).
International passport: a college girl has a secret life as a part-time assassin in the action thriller "The Violence Action" (Japan, 2022, TV-MA, with subtitles).
International TV: passengers on a ship bound for North America are plunged into nightmare when the find a vessel adrift in "1899: Season 1" (Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles), a new series from the creators of "Dark." Also new is "Reign Supreme: Season 1" (France, TV-MA, with subtitles), a musical drama set at the birth and rise of French hip-hop.
Kid stuff: Tituss Burgess hosts the revival of "Teletubbies: Season 1" (2022, TV-Y).
Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes are wealthy Americans in Morocco who cover up the accidental killing of a young boy in "The Forgiven" (2022, R), an adaptation of the Lawrence Osborne novel by filmmaker John Michael McDonagh.
Native American boxer (Kali Reis) goes undercover to find her missing sister in "Catch the Fair One" (2021, not rated), a revenge thriller inspired by a true story.
True stories: "My Old School" (2022), the strange but true story of a gifted high school student in 1993 Glasgow with a secret, features dramatic recreations starring actor Alan Cumming.
"Master of Light" (2022, TV-14) profiles classical painter George Anthony Morton as he restarts his career after serving ten years in federal prison.
"Limitless with Chris Hemsworth: Season 1" (TV-14), created by Darren Aronofsky, explores new research into the body’s superpowers to fight illness, perform better and even reverse the aging process.
More true stories: "Fire of Love" (2022, TV-14) profiles French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who lived and died studying volcanoes together and "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" (2022, TV-PG) explores the birth and evolution of Walt Disney's signature cartoon character.
Arriving Sunday night: the concert event "Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium" (2022, TV-PG), featuring special guests Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee, and Brandi Carlile, livestreams Sunday at 8pm PST.
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Kristen Bell and Ben Platt are dysfunctional American siblings at an English wedding in the raunchy comedy "The People We Hate at the Wedding" (2022, R).
Coming-of-age drama "Autumn Beat" (Italy, 2022, not rated, with subtitles) follows two Milan brothers in the world of rap over three decades. Hamed Seydou and recording artist Abby 6ix star.
Streaming TV: Mindy Kaling creates, writes, and stars in the sitcom "The Mindy Project: Complete Series" (2012-2017, TV-14), costarring Ike Barinholtz, Ed Weeks, and Chris Messina.
"Pickled" (2022, not rated) is a TV special featuring celebrities (among them Will Ferrell and Emma Watson) competing at pickleball for charity. Stephen Colbert hosts.
Kid stuff: "Blue's Big City Adventure" (2022, TV-G) brings the stars of the kids show to New York City.
"Interrupting Chicken: Season 1" (TV-Y), an animated preschool series based on the books by David Ezra Stein, introduces children to creative writing.
A gang holds hotel guests hostage in the action thriller "Crossfire" (not rated), a limited series from producer/star Keeley Hawes. (BritBox)
Dozens of cooking shows hosted by Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, and others are now available to stream on BritBox.
A divorced mom opens a bakery to launder five million euros in the crime comedy "Dough: Season 1" (Sweden, not rated, with subtitles). New episodes on Thursdays. (Topic)
The Robin Hood team of the corporate world returns to take on the corrupt and the criminal in "Leverage: Redemption: Season 2" (2022, TV-14). New episodes on Wednesdays. Free with ads. (Amazon Freevee)
"30 Years of Art-House Hits: A Tribute to Sony Pictures Classics" spotlights 30 films from the first two decades of the celebrated production company and distributor, from international break-out "Run Lola Run" (Germany, 1998, R, with subtitles) and romantic martial arts epic "House of Flying Daggers" (China, 2004, PG-13, with subtitles) to Pedro Almodóvar's "Volver" (Spain, 2006, R, with subtitles) and the animated "Persepolis" (France, 2007, PG-13) to Oscar-winning foreign films "The Lives of Others" (Germany, 2006, R, with subtitles) and "A Separation" (Iran, 2011, PG-13, with subtitles) to acclaimed documentaries "Winged Migration" (France, 2001, R) and "Searching for Sugar Man" (2012, PG-13). (Criterion Channel)
Ten films "Starring John Garfield" are presented with an introduction by Garfield’s daughter, actor and acting instructor Julie Garfield, and include film noir classics "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946) with Lana Turner, "Force of Evil" (1948), and "The Breaking Point" (1950). (Criterion Channel)
An aspiring poet (Benjamin Voisin) in 19th century Paris succumbs to the lure of easy money in "Lost Illusions" (France, not rated, 2021, with subtitles). (MUBI)
The cult miniseries "The Kingdom I" (Denmark, 1995, with subtitles) from filmmaker Lars von Trier plays out in a haunted hospital. (MUBI)
New on disc and at Redbox:
"Three Thousand Years of Longing," "Gigi & Nate"
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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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