Now Streaming: New cast, new drama for Netflix's 'The Crown'


Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in "The Crown."

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


Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies is Prince Philip in the third season of the lavish historical Netflix drama “The Crown.” This season follows the royal family through the tumultuous 1960s and up to the Silver Jubilee with episodes focusing on the drama behind key historical moments. Helena Bonham Carter brings the train wreck that is Princess Margaret to a new level of sardonic chaos. Ten episodes streaming on Netflix.

Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein play overachieving students who throw caution to the wind on the last night of high school in the raunchy and smart buddy comedy “Booksmart” (2019, R). Streaming on Hulu.

The music of Bruce Springsteen crosses the Atlantic in “Blinded By the Light” (2019, PG-13), a rousing high school drama about identity and the creative spirit in a small factory town in 1980s England. On cable on demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.

The Netflix Original anthology series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: Season 1” dramatizes the stories behind the singer/songwriter’s iconic songs. Eight episodes on Netflix starting Friday.

Holiday trimmings: Vanessa Hudgens stars in the Netflix Original film “The Knight Before Christmas” (2019, not rated), a seasonal romance with a time-traveling medieval knight (Josh Whitehouse). Amazon Prime Video presents the animated “Costume Quest: Christmas Special” and the Muppet TV specials “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” (1977) and “The Christmas Toy” (1986).


“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (2019, PG) brings the animated kid series to the big screen for a family-friendly live-

action adventure.


“Suffragette” (2015, PG-13) takes on the violent struggle for women’s voting rights in Britain in the early 20th century. Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter star with Meryl Streep.

True stories: “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” (2019, not rated) profiles the disgraced founder of hot yoga.


The first “Thor” (2011, PG-13) with Chris Hemsworth, the World War II-era “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011, PG-13) with Chris Evans, and “The Avengers” (2012, PG-13) are now streaming.

True stories: “Artifishal” (2019, not rated) looks at the unintended harm of fish farming on wild salmon.


Streaming TV: British limited series dramas “The Accident” (2019) starring Sarah Lancashire and “Apple Tree Yard” (2017, TV-MA) with Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin make their respective stateside debuts.


The 50th season of “Sesame Street” is now underway with new episodes Saturday mornings.


“Blinded By the Light,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Indian Horse.”

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

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