Diffusion on demand: there are “Infinite” options, from “Heights” to “Loki”
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Prior to “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda created a Tony-winning stage musical in the predominantly Latin neighborhood of Manhattan in Washington Heights. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu takes “In the heights” (2021, PG-13) onscreen with Anthony Ramos taking the helm of the young first-generation Dominican-American torn between his two cultures. Miranda co-stars with a mix of newcomers and original Broadway actors reprising their roles. The release has been delayed for a year and now airs on June 10, the same day it opens in theaters, for only 31 days. (HBO Max)
“Infinite” (2021, PG-13) stars Mark Wahlberg as a man who discovers that his hallucinations are actually memories of past lives. Armed with the skills of previous identities, he joins others in saving the world from a plot hatched by one of their own (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Toby Jones and Dylan O’Brien star in the action thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua. Originally slated for theaters, it is now making its streaming exclusive debut. (Paramount +)
Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as Norse god of mischief in small screen series “Loki” (TV-14), who finds the MCU villain drafted by a secret organization to help protect the timeline that Loki himself has disrupted in “Avengers: Endgame.Owen Wilson gives the character who steals the stage a run for his money as the agent in charge and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Richard E. Grant costar.New episodes at Wednesdays. (Disney +)
The wait is over: “Lupine” (France, TV-MA, with subtitles), the sleeping hug hit a master thief (Omay Sy) who uses his skills to get revenge on the curve industrialist who supervised his father, returns with new episodes. (Netflix)
Kid stuff: The Animated Sequel “The Croods: A New Age” (2020, PG) discovers that the cave family meets a more evolved tribe on their odyssey to find a new home. Features the voices of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. (Hulu)
International passport: “Pinocchio” (Italy, 2020, PG-13, with subtitles), a live-action version of the classic story starring Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, has been nominated for two Oscars. Cannes Film Festival-winning director Roberto Garrone directs. (Amazon Prime)
Favorite: the Asian new wave western “Tears of the black tiger” (Thailand, 2007, unrated, with subtitles) is an exuberant and over-the-top pop-art confection that both parodies and celebrates the crazy conventions of cinematic melodramas and genre clichés. (Amazon Prime)
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“Queen bees” (2021, PG-13) stars Ellen Burstyn as a fiercely independent senior who runs into a clique of intimidating retired women and finds romance in a retirement community. Also on the bill are James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Christopher Lloyd and Loretta Devine. Another novelty:
• “Bawl” (2021, unrated), a drama about a high school student (Jessica Barden) in a dying town who accepts dangerous work for college money;
• “To the end of the earth” (Japan, 2019, with subtitles), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s drama about an insane young Japanese TV host adrift in Uzbekistan.
Gina Rodriguez stars in “Awake” (2021, TV-MA), a science fiction thriller about a global event that keeps the world awake. Francis Fisher and Jennifer Jason Leigh co-starring.
“Dragon wish” (2021, PG) is an animated family fantasy about a teenage boy in China who inadvertently conjures up a dragon with genius powers.
True stories: “Kitty Love: a tribute to cats” (Netherlands, TV-14) follows the daily life of a group of Dutch cats.
Foodie fun: food critic Daym Drops welcomes Fresh, fried and crispy ” (TV-PG).
International passport: Rural Indian teenager battles sexism to compete in national skateboarding championship in “Skater girl” (India, 2021, PG, with subtitles).
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“The Odyssey” (France, 2018, unrated, with subtitles) dramatizes the story of how Jacques Cousteau funded his research through television documentaries who made a household name. Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou featured.
TV Streaming: Anna Paquin returns as a ruthless publicist in season two of “Flack” (TV-14), and Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti star in season four of “Billions” (2019, TV-MA).
Kid stuff: The Animated Escape Comedy “Chicken coop” (2000, G) come from the creators of “Wallace and Gromit”.
Sam Neill and Michael Caton are brothers and conflicting sheep herders in “Rams” (2021, PG-13), the Australian remake of Icelandic comedy.
Hugh Jackman stars in superhero prequel “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009, PG-13), and “The Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009, PG) is the third film in the prehistoric animated franchise.
time wasters “ (TV-PG), a British comedy about a jazz combo that falls into a time machine, debuts in the US for free streaming with commercials on IMDbTV.
In the fantasy thriller Moloch” (France, unclassified, with subtitles), a journalist (Marine Vacth) and a psychiatrist (Olivier Gourmet) investigate the spontaneous fire of residents of a seaside town. All six episodes available. (Sundance Now) Season Two of the Colorful Australian Series “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries” brings new episodes every Tuesday. (Tele acorn)
The documentary in limited series “The Kings” (TV-MA) presents Roberto Duran, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard, four champions who ushered in a boxing renaissance. All four episodes are now streaming. (Show time)
First at Saturday night is the drama of WWII “A call for espionage” (2020, PG-13) on a trio of Brits female spies (Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic and Radhika Apte) in occupied France. (Show time)
The sports documentary “The greatest race” (2021, unrated) looks back on the swimming events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Peacock)
“The amusement park” (1973/2019) follows an elderly person, disoriented man through a crowded theme park as an allegory of aging in America. Directed by horror movie legend George Romero in 1973 but never released, it was recently rediscovered and restored. (Thrill and AMC +)
“The intermediary” (France, 2019, unrated, with subtitles), starring Mathieu Amalric as a divorced real estate agent who follows the advice of a talking goldfish, is a surreal limited comedy series created by the Israeli author Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen. He made his US debut on Criterion Channel. Another novelty:
• “Mädchen in uniform” (Germany, 1931, with subtitles), a monument to queer cinema banned by the Nazis (featured with optional commentary);
• Proud-to-arms “The Mark of Zorro” (1940) with Tyrone Power;
• Ten films celebrating “Carole Lombard: First Lady of Screwball”, including two of her greatest, “My man Godfrey” (1936) with William Powell and “To be or not to be” (1942) with Jack Benny;
• Six “Starring Judy Holliday” films, taken from the dramatic comedy “The kind of marriage” (1952) at the musical ” Bells are ringing “ (1960) with Dean Martin.
New on disc and at Redbox
“City of Lies”, “Flashback”
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His streaming movie and TV reviews can be found at streamondemandathome.com.