Now Streaming: 'Rocketman': Just try not to sing along
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
• Taron Egerton plays Elton John in “Rocketman” (2019, R), a biographical drama that takes on the rock legend’s rise, his collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), and his drug addiction with movie musical flair. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over “Bohemian Rhapsody” without credit, and written by “Billy Elliot” and “War Horse” screenwriter Lee Hall. On cable on demand, VOD, DVD and at Redbox.
• Smaller and more intimate is “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (2019, R), a poetic and personal drama about family, identity and legacy in the era of gentrification. On cable on demand, VOD, DVD and at Redbox.
• Orlando Bloom is a police detective and Cara Delevingne a fairy warrior in exile in “Carnival Row” (TV-MA), an Amazon Prime Original series that mixes murder mystery, dark fantasy and social commentary in a culture similar to Victorian England. It’s dense and slow moving but visually impressive. Eight episodes streaming on Prime Video.
• “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (TV-PG), a new Netflix Original limited series from The Jim Henson company, is an epic prequel to the 1982 fantasy performed entirely by elaborate Muppet creations. Louis Letterier directs the odyssey of the innocent Gelflings to discover the secrets of the power-hungry Skeksis. The impressive voice cast includes Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alicia Vikander, Awkwafina, Mark Hamill and Simon Pegg. Not for young children. Ten episodes on Netflix.
• Kirsten Dunst stars in “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” a satirical look at the American Dream and the con of multilevel marketing. New episodes arrive on all Showtime platforms on Sunday nights.
• Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and Jean Smart play TV’s favorite interior decorator decorators in “Designing Women” (1986-1993). All seven seasons of the hit sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason are now streaming exclusively on Hulu.
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• “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019, PG-13) offers giant monster spectacle, and the animated “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (2019, PG) presents family-friendly animal comedy.
• An American executive (Christina Milian) wins a rundown New Zealand inn in the Netflix Original romantic comedy “Falling Inn Love” (2019, TV-PG).
• Streaming TV: “The A List: Season 1,” a British supernatural mystery for young adults, arrives from BBC, and “The Good Place: Season 3” is now available.
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• Angourie Rice, Julia Ormond and Rachael Taylor star in the coming-of-age drama “Ladies in Black” (2018, PG) set in 1959 Australia.
• Matthew McConaughey puts his smarmy charm to great use in “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011, R), a meaty legal thriller adapted from the Michael Connelly novel.
• “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2018, PG), the third film in the animated fantasy series, sends its young heroes to save a secret society of dragons.
NEW ON DISC/REDBOX
• “Rocketman,” “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
• 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.
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