Weekly, MobileSyrup describes some of the most notable movies and TV shows to hit Canadian streaming platforms recently.
Our ‘Streaming in Canada’ column generally focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave, and Netflix Canada, but other services such as Apple TV + and Disney + will be mentioned where relevant.
We will also highlight shows or movies that are made in Canada, involve a notable Canadian cast or crew, and / or are filmed in Canada.
Finally, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing many movies to hit digital platforms much earlier than planned, we will take note of the important movies, as well as any other notable news from the streaming service, to be included in this category when corresponds.
Amazon Prime Video
The great escapists [Amazon Original]
He was shipwrecked on a desert island Top gearRichard Hammond and Myth Busters‘Tory Belleci must work together to survive.
Amazon Prime Video is included at no additional cost in a $ 79 CAD / year Amazon Prime subscription.
You can find a full list of movies and shows coming to Amazon Prime Video Canada this month here.
This week in the news from Amazon Prime Video Canada: Amazon has revealed the full list of movies and shows coming to Prime Video Canada in February.
Apple TV +
Palmero [Apple Original]
After a 12-year stint in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to rebuild his life and join a troubled outcast boy.
Palmero was directed by Fisher Stevens (Before the flood) and stars Justin Timberlake (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Ryder Allen (Law and order True crime).
Apple TV + Canada Release Date: January 29, 2021
Execution time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72 percent (based on 46 reviews)
Stream Palmero here.
A subscription to Apple TV + It costs $ 5.99 / month.
Here you can find a breakdown of some of the Apple originals that will be released later this year.
In This Together: A Bell Let’s Talk Day Special
The special features several segments that include topics related to essential COVID-19 workers, parenting in a pandemic, race and mental health, and the mental health of the elderly. #BellLetsTalk pic.twitter.com/BXcNqtoMum
– Tyrone T-rex Edwards (@ mr1LOVETO) January 28, 2021
As part of this year’s Let’s Talk Day initiative, eTalkTyrone Edwards and The socialMelissa Grelo presents this special with Canadians sharing their mental health journey during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Famous guests include Ottawa-born singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette (Serrated pill), Malin Åkerman, raised in Toronto (Thousands of millions) and Toronto-born Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart (“If I Had $ 1,000,000”).
For more information on Bell Let’s Talk, visit this page. Crave also has a mental health awareness collection with mental health shows and movies, including Euphoria, I can destroy you, I know this is true and Rat park. There are collections for both English and French programming.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call toll free 1-833-456-4566 (at QC: 1-866-277-3553), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit www.crisisservicescanada.ca.
Crave release date: January 28, 2021
Execution time: 43 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: N / A
Stream In This Together: A Bell Let’s Talk Day Special here.
Nathan’s married life, which spanned nearly a decade, is turned upside down when Bob, an unwanted face from his past, appears at his front door to deliver shocking news.
Created by Neil Cross (Luther), Sister stars Russell Tovey (Human being), Bertie Carvel (The Miserables), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) and Nina Toussaint-White (Bodyguard).
Original TV broadcast execution: October 2020
Crave release date: January 29, 2021 (first two episodes, last two episodes released on February 5)
Gender: Psychological thriller
Execution time: Four episodes (47 to 76 minutes each)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57 percent (based on 23 reviews)
Stream Sister here. Please note that a $ 19.98 / month subscription to Crave + Movies + HBO is required.
A Crave standard subscription is priced at $ 9.99 / month, Starz costs another $ 5.99 / month, and HBO is an additional $ 9.99 / month.
You can find a full list of movies and shows coming to Crave this month here.
This week in Crave news: Warner Bros. has confirmed that Zack Snyder’s Justice League premieres in Canada on Crave on March 18.
While there isn’t any notable new content on Disney + this week outside of a great episode of WandaVision, there was great news this week.
In case you missed it, Disney unveiled the full list of movies and shows it will launch with Star, its international version of Hulu, when the brand launches on Disney + Canada on February 23.
Read more about it here.
The excavation [Netflix Original]
On the precipice of WWII, a British widow hires an archaeologist to unearth mysterious formations on her land, resulting in a surprising find.
Based on the 2007 John Preston film of the same name, The excavation was directed by Simon Stone (The daughter) and stars Carey Mulligan (Promising young woman), Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s list) and Lily James (Downton Abbey).
Netflix Canada Release Date: January 29, 2021
Execution time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86 percent (based on 73 reviews)
Stream The excavation here.
Penguin Bloom [Netflix Original]
An Australian photographer and his family adjust to his wife’s partial paralysis by caring for an injured Magpie chick back to health.
Based on the book of the same name by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive, Penguin Bloom was directed by Glendyn Ivin (Cookie bag) and stars Naomi Watts (The impossible), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook).
Netflix Canada Release Date: January 27, 2021
Execution time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66 percent (based on 67 reviews)
Stream Penguin Bloom here.
Snowpiercer (season 2) [Netflix Original]
Mr. Wilford sets out to catch his train back while Mel and Layton work to stop him.
Based on the 2013 Bong Joon-Ho film of the same name and the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige (which the film also adapts), Snowpiercer stars Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Jennifer Connelly (An amazing mind), Mickey Summer (Frances Ha), Sean Bean (game of Thrones) and Edmonton’s own Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead).
It’s worth noting that the series was filmed in Vancouver.
Original TV broadcast: January 25, 2021 on TNT (first episode)
Netflix Canada Release Date: January 26, 2021 (first episode, new episodes every Wednesday_
Gender: Dystopian thriller
Execution time: Number of TBA episodes (first episode lasts 48 minutes)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90 percent (based on 10 reviews)
Stream Snowpiercer here.
You can find a full list of movies and shows coming to Netflix Canada this month here.
Premium Video On Demand (PVOD)
The little things
In December, Warner Bros. confirmed that its list of 2021 theaters would launch on HBO Max in the United States and on PVOD services in Canada (in addition to the theaters that remained open amid the pandemic).
Now the first of these movies, The little things, is available from PVOD in Canada.
Set in the 1990s, the film follows two California police officers facing off as they track down a serial killer.
The little things was written and directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) and stars Denzel Washington (Fences), Rami Malek (Mr robot), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Natalie Morales (Dead to me).
PVOD Release Date: January 29, 2021
Execution time: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48 percent (based on 123 reviews)
Ryan don’t know
You are probably wondering why Snapchat is here. After all, it is not a streaming service per se. However, the social media platform is highlighted this week by a new original series starring none other than Vancouver’s own Ryan Reynolds (dead Pool).
The series follows Reynolds as he tries to learn new skills from the experts, including sculpting, visual effects, and ax throwing.
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