New to streaming: What to watch on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and more

Katie Walsh | Tribune News Service

There’s a wealth of new movies and series hitting streaming services this week, from acclaimed indie films to reboots of classics to intriguing crime stories ready to binge. Here’s a rundown of what’s new to rent, buy, and stream on digital platforms this week.

First up: timed to release with the first big screen adaptation of her most beloved book, “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret,” the warm and lovely documentary “Judy Blume Forever” premiered last week on Prime Video. Directed by Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, the film tells the life story of beloved author Judy Blume, and underlines the radical and influential nature of her writing about the intimate inner lives of girls and women, and how she continues to touch readers with her work.

On Tuesday, two recent indie films became available to rent or buy on digital platforms. Andie MacDowell stars in “My Happy Ending,” about an American movie star contending with a grim cancer diagnosis and finding unexpected support from a group of strangers who relate to her plight. Also available to rent or buy is “Return to Seoul,” the remarkable film by French Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou, starring artist Park Ji-Min as a French woman adopted from South Korea who returns to Seoul in an effort to find her lineage, and herself. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and undoubtedly one of the best films of the year, the vibrant, prickly, and deeply felt “Return to Seoul” is a must-watch.

On Wednesday, stream the new series “Saint X” on Hulu, a juicy crime series based on the novel by Alexis Schaitkin and seemingly inspired by the cases of young women who have gone missing or been murdered on tropical vacations. West Duchovny stars as Alison, who mysteriously dies on vacation with her family, while Alycia Debnam-Carey stars as her younger sister, Emily, who contends with her elder sibling’s death years later. Stream it Wednesday on Hulu.

David Lowery’s “Peter Pan & Wendy” premieres Friday on Disney+. The new take on the beloved children’s book by J.M. Barrie is a live-action remake of the Disney animated feature, with Ever Anderson as Wendy, and Jude Law as Captain Hook. Yara Shahidi co-stars as Tinkerbell, with Jim Gaffigan as Smee in this dark and lyrical take on the well-known adventures of Never Never Land.

Also premiering on Friday is the psychological horror thriller “Clock,” written and directed by Alexis Jacknow, about that elusive “biological clock” that is weaponized against women. Dianna Agron stars in the film, which arrives on Hulu Friday.

And Sunday night gets a new series, with the premiere of “Fatal Attraction” on Paramount+. Joshua Jackson, Lizzy Caplan and Amanda Peet star in this adaptation of the 1987 erotic thriller directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, with Caplan taking on the role of Alex Forrest, which Close made iconic. The first three episodes drop on Sunday, with one episode a week following until the finale on June 4. The original movie is streaming on Paramount+ as well if you need a refresher or comparison point before starting the series.

As always, happy streaming.

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