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
• “Toy Story 4” (2019, G) reunites the toy box gang for a road trip with new friends. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Annie Potts headline the returning voice cast, and Tony Hale joins as Forky, an arts and crafts project made from a plastic spork who suffers from an identity crisis. Like the previous installments, it’s both funny and poignant and great for the whole family. On cable on demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.
• Also family-friendly is “Missing Link” (2019, PG), an animated adventure about a lonely Sasquatch (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) who goes in search of long-lost relatives across the globe with the help of a famous 19th century explorer (Hugh Jackman) and a lady adventurer (Zoe Saldana). The stop-motion comedy is from Portland’s Laika Studios. Streaming on Hulu.
• “Midsommar” (2019, R), Ari Aster’s follow-up to “Hereditary,” sends a quartet of American students to a Swedish commune for its annual solstice celebration. More unsettling than horrific, it’s filled with loss, anxiety and pagan rituals, and delivered with an edge of absurdist dark humor. It was one of the most polarizing films of the summer. On cable on demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.
• Halloween-themed horror originals keep arriving this month. Hulu offers the zombie comedy “Little Monsters” (2019, R), starring Lupita Nyong’o as a ukulele-playing elementary schoolteacher protecting her kids from an undead attack during an amusement park field trip. Genre veteran Brad Anderson directs “Fractured” (2019, not rated), about a husband and father (Sam Worthington) who battle hospital bureaucracy to find a wife (Lily Rabe) and child who have literally gone missing in the system. It debuts directly to Netflix on Friday.
• Netflix has kept details of “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (2019, not rated) under wraps, with no advance screenings as of this writing. We do know that it’s written and directed by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and that it follows Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after his escape at the end of the series. Jonathan Banks and Charles Baker are also back. Streaming on Netflix starting Friday.
• Classic pick: In advance of Martin Scorsese’s new crime epic “The Irishman,” Netflix adds another of his classics to the library. “Raging Bull” (1980, R) won Oscars for actor Robert De Niro and editor Thelma Schoonmaker and was named the best American film of the 1980s in an AFI poll. Streaming on Netflix.
• International pick: Luis Bunuel’s surreal social satire “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (France, 1972, PG, with subtitles) won the Oscar for best foreign language film. Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier, Stephane Audran and Jean-Pierre Cassel star. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
• Free Pick: “Country Music: The History of an American Art Form” (2019), the eight-part documentary series from Ken Burns, is now streaming in Kanopy, available through local library systems.
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• Judi Dench is “Red Joan” (2019, R) in a drama based on the real-life story of the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Also new is “Annabelle Comes Home” (2019, R), the third film in the “The Conjuring” spinoff horror series.
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• Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick star in “To Dust” (2019, R), a drama of death, loss and faith in the Hassidic community with an edge of offbeat humor.
• Streaming TV: Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip “T.I.” Harris are judges in the music competition show “Rhythm + Flow: Season 1.” Four episodes now available, new episodes each Wednesday.
NEW ON DISC
• “Toy Story 4,” “Midsommar,” “Red Joan,” “The Wedding Guest,” “Light of My Life.”
• “Toy Story 4,” “Midsommar,” “Light of My Life,” “Annabelle Comes Home.”
• Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at streamondemandathome.com.