Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video on demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.
TOP STREAMS FOR THE WEEK
• Emma Thompson plays a TV talk show veteran with a prickly personality and falling ratings in “Late Night” (2019, R), written by Mindy Kaling, who co-stars as a neophyte comedy writer on the show’s all-male writing staff. The comedy’s take on sexism, ageism and other issues isn’t as sharp as it could be, but it is funny thanks to the stars, especially Thompson’s crisply acerbic performance as a comedian who has lost touch with what inspired her initial success. Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video before Video on Demand and DVD.
• Emmy-winning actors Toni Collette and Merritt Weaver play police detectives on the trail of an elusive serial rapist in “Unbelievable,” a Netflix Original limited series based on a true story. Created and co-written by Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) with Michael Chabon, the drama focuses on how the system fails one tormented young victim (“Booksmart” star Kaitlyn Dever) as well as on the small details of real detective work. Eight episodes streaming on Netflix.
• The Amazon Original series “Undone” uses rotoscope animation (which essentially draws over live action footage) to create a slightly surreal, off-kilter reality for a story that is part psychodrama and part time-travel thriller. Rosa Salazar stars as an aimless young woman who starts having visions of her dead father (Bob Odenkirk) after a car accident. From Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, the creators of “BoJack Horseman.” Eight episodes on Amazon Prime Video.
• The five-part true crime documentary series “Murder in the Bayou” (2019, TV-MA), about the unsolved murders of eight women over four years in Jennings, La., puts the focus on the victims and the culture of their town. New episodes each Friday on all Showtime platforms.
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• Will Smith is the big blue genie in “Aladdin” (2019, PG), Disney’s live-action version of its 1992 animated musical, and Keanu Reeves is back in the action thriller “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” (2019, R). On Video on Demand, Cable On Demand and DVD, and at Redbox.
• “Lost” meets “Survivor” when 10 strangers awaken on a deadly tropical island with no memory in the limited series “The I-Land” (2019, TV-14).
• True stories: Emma Stone narrates the nonfiction series “The Mind, Explained,” which uses animation to explore the science behind dreams, memory and anxiety; and Chelsea Handler confronts white privilege with the humor-laced documentary “Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea” (2019, not rated).
• Dev Patel and Armie Hammer star in “Hotel Mumbai” (2019, R), which dramatizes the real-life 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India.
• New episodes of the third and final season of David Simon’s “The Deuce” (TV-MA) are available each Monday.
• “Mr. Mom” (TV-PG) is the first original series from video-on-demand service Vudu. You can watch the first episode for free.
• All nine episodes of the nonfiction series “Couples Therapy: Season 1” are streaming on all Showtime platforms.
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• “Aladdin,” “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” “The Dead Don’t Die.”
• Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at streamondemandathome.com.
This article originally ran on yakimaherald.com.