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Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services, starting Friday.
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Top streams of the week
The action-comedy “Free Guy” (2021, PG-13) stars Ryan Reynolds (pictured above) as an extremely optimistic and totally cheerful man who discovers he’s a background character in a violent video game – thanks to the intervention of a rebellious gamer (Jodie Comer) who drives him to self-awareness. (Disney+ and HBO Max)
Wes Anderson pays homage to a dying breed of magazine journalism in ‘The French Dispatch’ (2021, R), a playful and comedic anthology of stories from a fictional French town in the late 1960s. is candy-stuffed with a gorgeous cast that includes Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray. (HBO Max)
Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Fan Bingbing play the top agents of rival national agencies who team up in “The 355” (2022, PG-13), an entirely spy squad show female directed by Simon Kinberg. It airs on Peacock the same day it arrives on VOD and DVD. (Peacock)
End-of-the-world comedy “How It Ends” (2021, R) counts down the final days through the wellness odyssey of a young woman who redeems herself. It was shot during the early days of the pandemic and makes good use of the empty streets of Los Angeles. Zoe Lister-Jones stars, co-directs, and co-writes the screenplay. (Hulu and Paramount+)
In “Vikings: Valhalla: Season 1” (TV-MA), a sequel to the hit cable adventure set 100 years later, the legendary Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett) and his sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson) leave the Greenland for revenge against Viking invaders in Europe. (Netflix)
The supernatural thriller “From: Season 1” (TV-MA) stars Harold Perrineau as a sheriff protecting the citizens of a mysterious small town from vicious creatures that attack at night. Three episodes are available, with new episodes arriving on Sundays. (Epic)
NBC is reviving “Law and Order” (TV-14), one of television’s signature crime dramas, with returning stars Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson. New episodes air on Fridays. (Hulu and Peacock)
The heist thriller “The Endgame: Season 1” (TV-14) starring Morena Baccarin as the criminal mastermind and Ryan Michelle Bathé as the FBI agent begins with new episodes airing on Tuesdays. (Hulu and Peacock)
Pay-per-view / Video on demand
Joaquin Phoenix is a radio journalist who temporarily welcomes his exuberant nephew in “C’mon C’mon” (2021, R).
Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and Al Pacino star in ‘House of Gucci’ (2021, R), the scandalous tale of intrigue, betrayal and murder in the famous fashion family. It is also available on DVD and Redbox.
Madea returns in “A Madea Homecoming by Tyler Perry” (2022, TV-MA), a new comedy directed and written by and starring Tyler Perry in drag.
Interactive Programming: The animated trivia game “Cat Burglar: Season 1” (TV-14) arrives from the creators of “Black Mirror”.
The documentary “Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches” (2022, TV-MA) brings to life excerpts from the anti-slavery activist’s speeches.
“Reno 911! Defunded: Season 1” (2022, TV-14) reunites the original cast members of sitcom Comedy Central for a new season. (The Roku Channel)
New on disc and at Redbox
“House of Gucci”, “The 355” and “American Underdog”. !
Axmaker is a film critic and writer from Seattle. His streaming movie and TV reviews can be found at streamondemandathome.com.