Stream on Demand: ‘The Harder They Fall’ features black cowboys, modern music from the old west

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Max and other streaming services.

Top streams of the week

“The harder you fall” (2021, R) draws on real-life characters from the old west to tell a fictional drama about African American cowboys. Jonathan Majors plays the outlaw leader who reunites his gang to take down an old enemy (Idris Elba). It’s a classic western with contemporary music and a top-class cast including Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo and LaKeith Stanfield. (Netflix)

The biographical drama “The Electric Life of Louis Wain” (2021, PG-13) plays Benedict Cumberbatch as the eccentric British artist who became famous in the 1880s for his playful, almost psychedelic cat paintings. Claire Foy and Andrea Riseborough are co-stars. Streams two weeks after their theatrical release. (Amazon Prime Video)

Tom Hanks plays a robot engineer in a post-apocalyptic future who creates a robot (Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of his dog “Finch” (2021, PG-13). The science fiction drama follows the three on an odyssey through the American wasteland. (Apple TV +)

“Dalgliesh” (not rated) Bertie Carvel plays as the enigmatic detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh in a new British mystery series based on the novels by PD James and set in 1970s England. Two episodes available, new episodes on Mondays. (Acorn television)

Pay-per-view / video on demand

A mysterious man (Winston Duke) interrogates souls to find out who has the chance to be reborn on earth in the metaphysical drama “Nine days” (2021, R). Also on DVD.


Keira Knightley is a songwriter and Mark Ruffalo is a music producer who helps develop their sound “Start again” (2013, R).

The Christmas film begins with the romantic comedy “Love strong” (2021, TV-14) with Nina Dobrev and Darren Barnet. Too early?

International television: “Gloria” (Portugal, TV-MA, subtitled) is an espionage drama set in Portugal amid the machinations of the 1968 Cold War.

Real crime: “Catch killer” (TV-MA) sheds light on the investigators behind notorious cases of serial killers.

Amazon Prime Video

The eight-part reality TV series “Tampa Baes” (TV-MA) follows a group of young lesbian friends in a gay hotspot on the Florida coast.


The four-part series “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: Christmas Edition” (TV-14) looks at traditions from the perspective of another immigrant culture and city.

HBO max

“Head of the class” (TV-G) re-starts the 1980s sitcom with Isabella Gomez as the inspirational teacher to a group of high school students.

Apple TV +

A scientist unlocks the brains of the dead in the limited series “DR. Brain” (South Korea, 2021, TV-MA, subtitled) by filmmaker Kim Jee-woon. New episodes on Fridays.

Kid stuff: Jack McBrayer host “Hello jack! The friendliness show” (TV-Y).

Other streams

Elijah Wood plays the FBI analyst who interviewed Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) after his conviction “No man of God” (2021, not rated). (AMC +)

Judge Judy Sheindlin streams her reality court series during the day “Judy Justice” (not rated). New shows with real cases are presented every weekday. Free with advertising. (IMDbTV)

New on disc this week

“Nine Days”, “Pig”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle-based film critic and writer. For his reviews of streaming movies and television, see

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