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Here’s what’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services, starting Friday.

Top streams for the week

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer (show above, from left) play best friends who get super powers and become “Thunder Force” (2021, PG-13), a superhero comedy that pits the unlikely costumed avengers against colorful supervillains and the challenges of keeping those high-tech costumes laundered. (Netflix)

The documentary “Coded Bias” (2021, TV-MA) looks at how and why facial recognition software and other artificial intelligence algorithms fail women and people of color, and the repercussions it has on human lives. (Netflix)

A Black family is terrorized when they move into an all-white neighborhood in 1950s Los Angeles in “Them” (shown above, not rated). The first season of the anthology series plays out over 10 days as the family faces both human and otherworldly terrors. It’s a mix of social commentary, family drama and horror. (Amazon Prime)

The four-part series “Exterminate All the Brutes” (TV-MA) from filmmaker Raoul Peck mixes documentary, cinema essay, and dramatic scenes to confront the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism in America and Africa and the impact on contemporary society. (HBO Max)

The Oscar-nominated short film “Two Distant Strangers” (2020, TV-MA) uses the time-loop gimmick to tackle all-too-familiar issues of police violence. (Netflix)

Classic pick: Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” (1959), starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, was chosen as the best American comedy in a poll by the American Film Institute. (Amazon Prime)

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Johnny Depp plays a Los Angeles cop investigating the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in “City of Lies” (2021, R).


The limited series documentary “This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist” (2021, TV-MA) dives deep into the daring 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Streaming TV: “Snabba Cash: Season 1” (Sweden, TV-MA, with subtitles) brings the bestselling Swedish crime novels to the small screen.

Music: Iconic performers honor a country music legend in “Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute” (2020, TV-PG).

Kid stuff: “The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You” (2021, TV-Y7) is an animated interactive adventure comedy for young kids.

Amazon Prime Video

A hermit (Robert Duvall) throws himself a wake before he dies in the offbeat comedy “Get Low” (2010, PG-13), costarring Bill Murray. Also available to stream are “Little Women” (1994, PG) with Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon, and Seattle indie comedy “Old Goats” (2012, not rated).

The award-winning limited series “Wolf Hall” (2015, TV-14) stars Mark Rylance as the advisor to King Henry VIII.

Amazon Prime and Hulu

Scarlett Johansson is the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (2003, PG-13) in the fictionalized story of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting.


Oddball high school comedy “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004, PG) became a cult hit for its eccentric characters and skewed sense of humor.

True stories: “Hysterical” (2021, TV-MA) profiles boundary-breaking women in stand-up comedy.


Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black are bird watchers in the comedy “The Big Year” (2011, PG) and Ben Stiller stars in “Night at the Museum” (2006, PG) and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009, PG).

New on disc and at Redbox

“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” and “Skyfire.”

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