Stream on Demand: Dragons Return for ‘GOT’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’
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Here, there are still dragons. “House of the Dragon” (TV-MA), set 200 years before “Game of Thrones”, chronicles an earlier war of succession when the Targeryan line (the ancestors of Daenerys, Queen of the Dragons) ruled the Seven Kingdoms. Paddy Considine is the king who upends tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) heir to the Iron Throne and Matt Smith is his younger brother, a brutal warrior and decadent royal who believes the throne should be his. Like the original series, it’s full of palace intrigue, bloody battles, sex and nudity, and of course dragons, but early episodes lean towards exposition and world-building. Author George RR Martin is directly involved in the development of this prequel, based in part on his novel “Fire & Blood”. Emma D’Arcy plays the adult Rhaenyra in later episodes and Rhys Ifans, Eve Best and Olivia Cooke co-star. New episodes on Sunday. (HBO Max)
Trevante Rhodes plays Mike Tyson in “Mike” (TV-MA), a limited series drama that explores the thrilling career and tumultuous personal life of the boxing legend, whose victories in the ring have often been overshadowed by his violence outside. Harvey Keitel stars as Tyson Cus D’Amato’s trainer and Russel Hornsby is Don King. It comes from the creators of “I, Tanya”. New episodes on Thursday. (Hulu)
The romantic comedy-drama for young adults “All I Know About Love” (TV-MA) follows four friends in their twenties as they navigate their early adult years in a shared flat in London. Based on Dolly Alderton’s novel, it stars Emma Appleton and Bel Powley. All episodes available. (Peacock)
Kevin Hart plays a stay-at-home dad who receives “Me Time” (2022, R) and sets off with his former pal (Mark Wahlberg) for what turns out to be a much wilder time than he anticipated. Regina Hall stars in director John Hamburg’s comedy (“I Love You, Man”). (Netflix)
True stories: “Katrina Babies” (2022, TV-14) revisits the impact of the devastating 2005 hurricane on New Orleans families and communities through archival footage and interviews with survivors who, as children, were evacuated and displaced by the disaster. The documentary also explores the systemic racism and government neglect that African American communities face. (HBO Max)
“It’s Love” (2022, TV-14) is the streamer’s latest rom-com, this one involving a dashing Spanish chef.
“Disobedience” (2017, R) stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as women in love with London’s Orthodox Jewish community, but this film is less romance than a compassionate drama about family and identity.
Streaming TV: “Partner track” (TV-MA), based on the novel by Helen Wan, follows a young partner (Arden Cho) competing to become a partner at an elite New York law firm.
Also new: “Mo” (TV-MA), a comedy-drama starring Arab-American comedian Mo Amer as a Palestinian refugee in Texas; mockumentary “Chad and JT Go Deep” (TV-MA) about pals using pranks to spread positivity.
Reality show: “Queer Eye: Brazil” (Brazil, TV-14, with subtitles) takes the makeover show to South America with a Fab Five.
International passport: the robbery thriller “Seoul Vibe” (South Korea, 2022, TV-MA, with subtitles) sends a team of drivers and mechanics after a money laundering ring in the days leading up to the 1988 Olympics.
Also new: “loving adults” (Denmark, 2022, TV-MA, with subtitles), a dark thriller that revolves around a love triangle; “Watch out, we’re crazy” (2022, Italy, TV-14, with subtitles), a remake of the Italian action comedy starring Edoardo Pesce and Alessandro Roja.
International television: “Under Fire: Season 1” (Belgium, TV-MA, with subtitles) is a first responder drama about a team of firefighters.
Kid stuff: the toy searches the countryside for the young boy who lost him in the limited series “Lost Ollie” (TV-PG), a fantastic family inspired by the children’s book “Ollie’s Odyssey.”
“Little demon” (TV-MA) is a bloody animated comedy about a 13-year-old girl whose desire for an ordinary life is thwarted by her father, who happens to be Satan. Features the voices of Danny DeVito, Aubrey Plaza and Lucy DeVito.
The reality series “Welcome to Wrexham” (TV-MA) follows a struggling Welsh football club after Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney take possession.
Animated Spy Parody Season 13 “Archer” (TV-MA) starts.
Bradley Cooper stars as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” (2014, R), directed by Clint Eastwood.
Streaming TV: the sitcom “Abbott Elementary School” (TV-PG), nominated for seven Emmys, is now streaming on HBO Max as well as Hulu.
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“Samaritan” (2022, PG-13) stars Sylvester Stallone as a recluse who turns out to be a former superhero who is brought back into action by a young neighbor to save his town.
True stories: “Untrapped: The Lil Baby Story” (2022, R) charts the rise of the Grammy-winning rapper.
In “The End is Nye” (uncategorized), scientist Bill Nye examines potential planet-wide natural disasters and how we can survive them.
The last seasons of “Kevin can kill himself” (TV-MA) with Annie Murray (AMC+) and the sci-fi thriller “See” (TV-MA) with Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard (Apple TV+) start this week.
The horror movie “Observer” (2022, R) plunges the audience into the paranoia of an American (Maika Monroe) in Bucharest who breaks down as a mysterious stranger stalks her. (AMC+ and thrill)
The limited series drama “Anne” (unrated) stars Maxine Peake as a mother searching for answers to her son’s death at a football game in 1989. (Acorn TV)
Based on a true story, the limited series “The thief, his wife and the canoe” (unrated) stars Eddie Marsan as a former teacher who fakes his death for insurance payouts and drags his wife into a spiral of lies and deceit. (Britbox)
A German mother travels to Hong Kong to visit her son in “Wood and Water” (Germany, 2021, unrated, with subtitles), a sensitive drama of self-discovery. (Criterion Channel)
Twelve movies “With David Gulpilil” celebrate the legacy of the great Australian actor and First Nations artist who died last year, since his debut in Nicolas Roeg’s film “Stroll” (1971) to “Charlie’s Country” (2013), co-written by Gulpilul with director Rolf de Heer. Highlights of the collection include Peter Weir’s metaphysical thriller “The Last Wave” (1977), historical escape drama “Rabbit fence” (2002), and Australian Western “Proposal” (2005). Also includes two bonus documentaries.
Woman recalls tumultuous love affair in drama “My king” (France, 2015, with subtitles, unclassified) with Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot and an abandoned tire plot becomes homicidal in the surreal “Rubber” (France, 2010, R, with subtitles). (MUBI)
Sean Axmaker is a film critic and writer from Seattle. His streaming movie and TV reviews can be found at https://streamondemandathome.com.