Here’s what’s new on Video on Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other services.
Top streams of the week
Hugh Jackman plays a private detective who helps clients recover lost memories in “Reminiscence” (2021, PG-13). Rebecca Ferguson co-stars as his new client. Set in the near future (where rising sea levels are drowning Florida), it’s a mix of private-eye thriller, romantic drama and science-fiction odyssey. Streams for 31 days only on HBO Max beginning Aug. 20, the same day it opens in theaters.
The surreal, tragic musical “Annette” (2021, R), from Leos Carax and the pop duo Spark, stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a glamorous couple whose baby has an exceptional gift. The operatic romantic drama has been polarizing audiences and critics since it debuted at Cannes. (Amazon Prime)
“Sweet Girl” (2021, R) features Jason Momoa as a widower whose quest for vengeance against a pharmaceutical company puts him and his daughter (Isabela Merced) in harm’s way. (Netflix)
In “The Chair: Season 1” (TV-MA), Sandra Oh plays the first woman of color serving as chair of the failing English department of an Ivy League college. The satirical drama uses humor to explore the complicated issues of respect, inclusivity, sensitivity and social justice roiling in academia and in the culture at large. (Netflix)
Nicole Kidman plays host in “Nine Perfect Strangers: Season 1” (TV-MA), a drama set at a boutique resort that promises healing and transformation to the strangers of the title (among them Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Bobby Cannavale and Regina Hall). Three episodes are available; new episodes on Wednesdays. (Hulu)
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Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson team up again in the action comedy “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (2021, R), with Salma Hayek joining the duo. Also on DVD and at Redbox.
Taylor Kitsch is an American cop assigned to help create a new police force in Berlin in the aftermath of World War II in “The Defeated: Season 1” (Germany, TV-MA).
Kid stuff: “The Loud House Movie” (2021, TV-Y7), a feature-length spinoff of the animated Nickelodeon series, sends the sprawling family to Scotland.
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Martin McDonagh’s dark-humor crime drama “In Bruges” (2008) stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hit men in hiding.
Indie drama “The Hate U Give” (2018, PG-13) stars Amandla Stenberg as a Black teenager who witnesses the shooting death of a childhood friend by a white patrolman.
The two biggest movie monsters around go toe-to-claw in “Godzilla vs. Kong” (2021, PG-13).
The documentary “In the Same Breath” (2021, TV-MA) looks at the earliest days of the novel coronavirus in both China and the United States.
“Growing Up Animal: Season 1” follows the journeys of baby animals from womb through infancy.
“Heels: Season 1” (TV-MA) stars Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig as brothers in the professional wrestling world of Georgia. New episodes on Sundays. (Starz)
Episodes of “The Walking Dead: Season 11” (TV-MA) stream a week before their respective cable debuts. (AMC+)
Sean Bean and Stephen Graham star in the limited series prison drama “Time” (not rated). (BritBox)