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“A league apart” (TV-MA) expands on the story of the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, founded during World War II, featured in the 1992 sports comedy of the same name. Abbi Jacobson co-creates the series and stars as Carson, a talented but anxious catcher who becomes the reluctant team leader, but the series includes multiple stories and experiences. Chanté Adams plays a black star who tries out for the team at a time when Major League baseball was still segregated, D’Arcy Carden and Roberta Colindrez co-star as members of the team, Nick Offerman is the trainer and Rosie O’Donnell makes an appearance as the owner of a gay bar. (First video)
Vera Farmiga stars in the limited series “Five Days at the Memorial” (TV-MA), based on the true story of a New Orleans hospital struggling to save patients in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and making sacrifices in the process. John Ridley and Carlton Cuse adapt Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink’s nonfiction book. Robert Pine, Cherry Jones and Julie Ann Emery co-star. Three episodes available, new episodes on Friday. (AppleTV+)
“Day Shift” (2022, R) stars Jamie Foxx plays a single dad in the San Fernando Valley whose pool cleaning job is a cover for his real profession: He’s a licensed vampire hunter who makes his living killing the dead- living. Dave Franco is his junior partner in this mix of action thriller, horror flick and buddy comedy, and Meagan Good, Scott Adkins, Snoop Dogg and Peter Storm co-star. It’s the feature debut of stunt coordinator-turned-director JJ Perry.. (Netflix)
In “13: The Musical” (2022, PG), a teenager (Eli Golden) who moves from New York to small town Indiana plans to throw the ultimate bar mitzvah to win over his new classmates. Tamra Davis is directing the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical and Gabriella Uhl, Debra Messing and Rhea Perlman costar. (Netflix)
A schoolboy (Walker Scobell) discovers that the “Secret Headquarters” (2022, PG) of the world’s most powerful superhero is hidden under his family home in the superhero family comedy from filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Owen Wilson plays the estranged father who may have a secret life. (Primary+)
the anime “Beautiful” (Japan, 2021, PG, English and Japanese soundtracks with subtitles) reimagines the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” as a high school romance drama set in a cyberspace lair where teens can play out a life fantasy with a virtual character. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. (HBO Max)
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Viggo Mortensen stars in David Cronenberg “Crimes of the future(2022, R) as an artist who spontaneously develops new organs and transforms surgery into performance art. Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart starred in this moody mix of sci-fi, horror and conspiracy thriller. Also on DVD.
Jessie Buckley stars in the allegorical horror film “Men” (2022, R) from filmmaker Alex Garland and Winona Ryder to headline the thriller “Gone in the night(2022, unrated) with John Gallagher Jr. On both DVD and Redbox.
True stories: “Fanny: the right to rock” (2022, unrated) returns to the legendary all-girl rock band of the 70s (also on DVD) and “He dreams of giants” (2022, TV-MA) follows filmmaker Terry Gilliam as he finally wraps up his decades of filming “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”
The third and final season of the young adult supernatural horror series “Locke & Key” (TV-14), based on the graphic novel written by Joe Hill, encapsulates the Locke family’s odyssey and the magic keys they possess.
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are “The good ones” (2016, R) in filmmaker Shane Black’s private eye buddy with a comedy twist.
True stories: the three parts “I just killed my father” (TV-MA) delves into the story of 17-year-old Anthony Templet, who shot his father and called 911 to confess. Also new:
• “Stay Aboard: The Leo Baker Story” (2022, TV-MA), a profile of the competitive skateboarding icon and his experiences as a transgender athlete;
• “Bank Robbers: The Last Big Heist” (2022, Argentina, TV-14, with subtitles), which looks back on a notorious 2006 bank robbery with candid interviews with the thieves themselves.
Streaming TV: “I have never” (TV-14) returns with the third season of Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy and the sixth season of “Riverdale” (TV-14) is the weirdest dark take on the classic comic yet.
Reality show: “Instant Dream Home” (TV-G) follows a team of speedy renovators who revamp family homes in just 12 hours and “Iron Chef Brazil” (Brazil, TV-MA, with subtitles) brings the cooking competition series to the emerging culinary talents of Brazil.
International passport: In the political thriller “Code Name: Emperor” (Spain, 2022, TV-MA, with subtitles), an intelligence agent (Luis Tosar) struggles with his conscience when he receives the order to frame an innocent politician.
International television: “School Tales: The Series” (Thailand, TV-MA, with subtitles) is a horror anthology of high school ghost stories and “A model family” (South Korea, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows a college professor who is forced to become a drug courier for the cartel.
” This crazy guy “ (TV-MA) is a half-hour comedy series co-created by and starring stand-up comedian Chris Estrada, who plays a counselor at a non-profit organization that helps reformed gang members and ex-convicts from South Central Los Angeles.
Kid stuff: The seventh season of “Topia Trolls” (TV-Y7) is ending the animated series on Hulu and Peacock.
“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions” (TV-MA) continues the long series of sports documentaries.
Vin Diesel voices the toddler sapling in “I am Groot” (TV-Y7), a series of animated shorts featuring Baby Groot.
Steve Martin plays in comedies “Father of the Bride” (1991, PG) and “Father of the Bride Part II” (1995, PG) with Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and Martin Short.
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Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum star in “The Lost City” (2022, PG-13), a mix of romantic comedy and exotic adventure, and the hyperactive video game mascot is back “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (2022, PG), an action-comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden and the voice of Ben Schwartz. The two also stream on Paramount+ and EPIX.
Reality show: “Cosmic Love” (2022, TV-MA) is a new dating series that matches the couple through astrology.
Streaming TV: the sci-fi comedy “foreign resident” (TV-14) returns with the final episodes of season two.
Classics: Richard Burton is “Beket” (1964), entrusting King Henry II (Peter O’Toole), in the Oscar-winning historical drama.
Rise: “Alyssa Limperis: No Bad Days” (unclassified)
Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in “Respect” (2021, PG-13), a drama about the Queen of Soul’s early years starring Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans. Also new arrivals:
• “candy maker” (2021, R), a reimagining of the cult 1990s horror film set in Chicago’s Cabrini Green from producer/co-writer Jordan Peele;
• Animated comedy “The Addams Family 2” (2021, PG). All three also stream on Prime Video.
Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi star as ‘Gray Nomads’ in Australian road trip drama “Darby and Joan” (unclassified). Two episodes available, new episodes on Monday. (AcornTV)
The four-part series “Africa’s Wild Year” (unrated) offers snapshots of African wildlife across all four seasons. (AMC+)
A juvenile criminal escapes detention and becomes a minister in a grieving small town in the Oscar-nominated drama “Corpus Christi” (Poland, 2019, with subtitles). (MUBI)
The documentary in four episodes “Reel Britannia” (TV-14) looks back at the transformation of British cinema from the 1960s to the 2000s. (Britbox)
“Viagra: the little blue pill that changed the world” (2022, unclassified) looks at the development and commercialization of the drug that transformed the sex lives of millions. (discovery+)
“Breaks” (Iceland, TV-14, with subtitles) is a medical drama centered on three generations of women and set in the starkly beautiful landscape of a small Icelandic village. Three episodes available, new episodes on Tuesday. (MHz)
The 25-film “Hollywood Chinese” series examines the portrayal of Chinese and Chinese-American lives in American films from the earliest silent shorts through the late 20th century. The films encompass the early years, with Caucasian actors playing Chinese lead roles in DW Griffith’s “Broken Flowers” (1919, silent with score) and the Oscar winner “Good Earth” (1937) with Paul Muni and Luise Rainer, to more complex explorations of Chinese culture and identity in David Cronenberg “Mr. Butterfly” (1993, R) and Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet” (1993, R). Also featured in the series is the scorching black Broadway “The sweet smell of success” (1957) starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and featuring the brilliant cinematography of James Wong Howe. It’s featured with bonus documentaries, commentary and interviews from the Criterion Collection special edition disc. (Criterion channel)
The American indie drama is not part of the series but is thematically related “Better Luck Tomorrow” (2002, R), the feature debut of future “Fast and Furious” filmmaker Justin Lin, and “Three Starring Anna May Wong”, including the silent British classic “Piccadilly” (1929, silent with score) with Charles Laughton. (Criterion channel)
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The documentary “Post Malone: Running Away” (2022, PG-13) follows the rapper as he embarks on a new tour in 2019. (Amazon Freevee)
New on disc and at Redbox
“Men”, “Sonic 2”, “Gone into the Night”
Sean Axmaker is a film critic and writer from Seattle. His streaming movie and TV reviews can be found at https://streamondemandathome.com.