Now Streaming: Ambitious 'Criminal': multiple stories across 4 countries

Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video on demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.


The new Netflix original crime drama “Criminal” (with subtitles) is a police procedural that spans multiple stories across four countries (France, Spain, Germany and the UK) yet takes place almost entirely inside the interrogation room as investigators probe stories and challenge suspects. Among the suspects grilled are David Tennant, Hayley Atwell, Nathalie Baye and Jérémie Renier. Twelve episodes streaming on Netflix starting Friday.

Peter Jackson brings history to life in “They Shall Not Grow Old” (2018, R), a documentary on the experience of British soldiers in World War I created entirely from archival footage and interviews. The film, which uses state-of-the-art digital effects to restore damaged film footage, was a hit in special event screenings and eventually earned a brief, successful theatrical run. Jackson’s transformation of the footage is incredible and the soundtrack of World War I veteran interviews is compelling. Available on all HBO platforms.

“Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates” (2019, not rated) is a three-part documentary from Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim that focuses on the passions and philanthropy of the Microsoft billionaire, with extensive interviews with Gates himself. Streaming on Netflix starting Friday.

“Surviving R. Kelly” (2019, TV-MA) gives voice to the women abused by the R&B superstar and explores the culture that protected him. The six-episode documentary led to criminal investigations after it aired on Lifetime. It’s now streaming on Netflix.

BET+, a new streaming service devoted to programming from black creators for African American audiences, launches this week with hundreds of hours of movies and TV shows (including the hit sitcom “Martin”) and two new original comedies exclusive to BET+. “First Wives Club,” a TV adaptation of the 1996 movie from “Girls Trip” writer Tracy Oliver, stars Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Michelle Buteau as best friends in New York City. “Bigger” stars Tanisha Long as a single black woman in East Atlanta. Three episodes of each show are available at launch with new episodes arriving on a weekly basis. BET+ costs $9.99 per month.


The latest “X-Men” superhero film, “Dark Phoenix” (2019, PG-13), stars Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.


Zach Galifianakis is back as the most wince- inducing talk show host ever in “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” (2019, not rated). Streaming Friday.

Streaming TV: “Disenchantment: Part 2 (TV-14) continues Matt Groenig’s animated fantasy comedy. Streaming Friday.

Kid stuff: School kids take on zombies and monsters in the animated adventure “The Last Kids on Earth: Book 1.”


“Savage X Fenty Show” (2019) takes audiences behind the scenes of the star-studded 2019 fashion and music event and brings it to your living room.


A ship transporting people from the dying Earth to a Mars colony goes off course in “Aniara” (Sweden, 2019, R, with subtitles).


“Welcome to Marwen” (2018, PG-13) uses animation and fantasy to dramatize the real-life story of artist Mark Hogancamp (played by Steve Carell).


“X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” “Wild Rose.”


“X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” “Above the Shadows,” “Awake,” “The Operative.”

• Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at

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