Now Streaming: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ a stand-up series from Amazon

November 30, 2017

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


• Amazon Prime’s new original series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” stars Rachel Brosnahan as a driven Upper West Side housewife who lands in the stand-up comedy culture of late 1950s Greenwich Village. It’s from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of “Gilmore Girls,” and offers a bracing heroine in an overwhelming male culture and an alternate perspective on American social culture than that of “Mad Men.”

• The first Netflix original series from Germany, “Dark” is a blend of supernatural thriller, science fiction and crime drama with a mystery tangled up in a nuclear power plant and events that reach back many generations in the gloomy, remote town. Ten episodes on Netflix, with subtitles.

• Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” (2016, R), adapted from the novel by Shûsaku Endô, stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit missionaries from Portugal in 17th century Japan, where Christianity has been outlawed. Scorsese grapples with faith in the face of persecution in an austere, introspective production on a magnificent canvas. On Amazon Prime and Hulu.


• Channing Tatum and Adam Driver rob a North Carolina NASCAR track in Steven Soderbergh’s red state heist comedy “Logan Lucky” (2017, PG-13). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

• Also new: the historical drama “Tulip Fever” (2017, R) with Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz and the romantic comedy “I Do… Until I Don’t” (2017, R) from director/star Lake Bell.


• Emily Blunt is “The Young Victoria” (2009, PG) in the drama about the early years of the British queen.

• Foreign affairs: The moviemaking comedy “The Queen of Spain” (Spain, 2017, not rated, with subtitles) with Penelope Cruz.

• True stories: “Voyeur” (2017, not rated) follows journalist Gay Talese on the trail of a fascinating story that takes an unexpected turn.


• Any resemblance between “The Circle” (2017, PG-13) and the culture of Google and Facebook is purely intentional in this adaptation of the Dave Eggers satire with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

• Also new: the comedy sequel “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” (1990, PG-13) and the elegiac French crime drama “Man on the Train” (France, 2004, R, with subtitles).


• Cher won an Oscar for the delightful romantic drama “Moonstruck” (1987, PG).

• Three best picture Oscar-winners arrive this month: “Rocky” (1976, PG) (plus four sequels), “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991, R), and “Titanic” (1997, PG-13).


• Michael Pfeiffer is an aging courtesan in La Belle Epoque Paris in “Cheri” (2009, R), and Steve Martin and Michael Caine are “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988, PG).


• It’s Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson against a giant ape in “Kong: Skull Island” (2016, PG-13).

• Also new: the action fantasy “Warcraft” (2016, PG-13) and the documentary “Meth Storm” (2017, not rated).


• “Logan Lucky,” “I Do… Until I Don’t,” “Tulip Fever,” “Rememory.”


• “Kidnap,” “I Do … Until I Don’t,” “Tulip Fever,” “We’ll Never Have Paris.”

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