Streaming in Canada on Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix [July 20-26]

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Every week, MobileSyrup reviews some of the most notable movies and TV shows that have recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.Our “Streaming in Canada” column generally focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave, and Netflix Canada, but other services like Apple TV + and Disney + will be mentioned where applicable.

We will also feature shows or films made in Canada, involving a reputable Canadian cast or crew, and / or shot in Canada.

Finally, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing films to hit digital platforms much earlier than expected, we will be taking note of any major films that fall into this category as appropriate.


Amazon Prime Video

Escape from Pretoria

Three political prisoners plan a prison break in South Africa in 1979.

Escape from Pretoria is based on the 2003 memoir by Tim Jenkin Inside Out: Pretoria Prison Escape, was co-written and directed by Francis Annan (Holby City) et stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter franchise) and Daniel Webber (11.22.63).

Original theatrical release date: 6 mars 2020
Amazon Prime Video Canada Release Date:
July 23, 2020
Genre: Thriller in French
Duration: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 68 percent (based on 38 reviews)

Current Escape from Pretoria here.

Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist [Amazon Original]

Jim Gaffigan’s two-part stand-up special was filmed in Ontario and Barcelona as part of comedian ‘The Pale Tourist’ world tour. The idea was that he would turn his experiences in each country into material for the stand-up special he was playing there.

This means that one of the two episodes focuses on Canada and Gaffigan’s views on pout, Saskatchewan, universal health care and more.

Amazon Prime Video Canada Release Date: July 24, 2020
Genre: Standing comedy
Duration: Two “episodes” (45 to 50 minutes each)
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: N / A

Current Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist here.

Scary stories to tell in the dark

A group of unsuspecting teenagers stumble upon a scary house.

Based on the Alvin Schwartz children’s book series of the same name, Scary stories to tell in the dark was directed by André Øvredal (L’autopsie de Jane Doe) and stars Zoe Colletti (Sombre), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Partie 1) et Gabriel Rush (Kingdom of Moonrise).

It should be noted that the film was shot in St. Thomas, Ontario.

Original theatrical release date: August 9, 2019
Amazon Prime Video Canada Release Date:
July 23, 2020
Genre: Horror
Duration: 2 hours
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 78 percent (based on 225 reviews)

Current Scary stories to tell in the dark here.

Amazon Prime Video is included at no additional cost in an Amazon Prime subscription of $ 79 CAD / year.

The full list of movies and shows streaming on Amazon Prime Video Canada in July can be found here.


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The last full measure

The last full measure tells the true story of Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman who investigated a decades-long Medal of Honor claim for Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger to uncover a high-level conspiracy.

The film was written and directed by Todd Robinson (white squall) et stars Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Christopher Plummer de Toronto (The sound of music), William Hurt (Kiss of the spider woman), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) and Peter Fonda (L’or d’Ulee) in his last posthumous movie role.

Original theatrical release date: January 24, 2020
Crave Release Date:
July 24, 2020
Genre: War drama
Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 60 percent (based on 70 reviews)

Current The last full measure here. Note that a Crave + Starz subscription of $ 15.98 is required.

Last christmas

Based on the song of the same name by George Michael, Last christmas follows a disillusioned Christmas store worker who falls in love with a mysterious man.

Last christmas was directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and stars Emilia Clarke (The iron Throne), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) and Emma Thompson (Sauver Mr. Banks), who also co-wrote the screenplay.

Original theatrical release date: November 8, 2019
Crave Release Date:
July 24, 2020
Genre: Christmas, romantic comedy
Duration: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 47 percent (based on 199 reviews)

Current Last christmas here. Note that a Crave + Movies + HBO subscription of $ 19.98 is required.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

An aristocrat begins a forbidden love affair with the woman responsible for painting his portrait.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire was written and directed by Céline Sciamma (Youth) and stars Noémie Merlant (Heaven will wait) and Adèle Haenel (Suzanne).

Original theatrical release date: February 14, 2020 (Canada)
Crave Release Date:
July 24, 2020
Genre: Romantic drama
Duration: 2 hours
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 98 percent (based on 294 reviews)

Current Portrait of a Lady on Fire here. Note that a Crave + Movies + HBO subscription of $ 19.98 is required.

Room 104 (Season 4)

The fourth and final season of 104 room is now streaming on Crave. The series explores characters walking through an American hotel room, with each episode focusing on a different genre.

Some of the stars of this season include Dave Bautista (guardians of the galaxy), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Jillian Bell (Brittany runs a marathon) et Shannon Purser (Strange things).

104 room was created by Jay (Transparent) and Mark Duplass (The league).

Crave Release Date: July 24, 2020 (first episode, new episodes every Friday)
Genre: Anthology
Duration: 12 episodes (approximately 21 to 29 minutes each)
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: N / A

Current 104 room (Season 4) here. Note that a Crave + Movies + HBO subscription of $ 19.98 is required.

A standard Crave subscription costs $ 9.99 / month, Starz adding an additional $ 5.99 / month and HBO an additional $ 9.99 / month.

The full list of movies and shows hitting Crave in July can be found here.


Netflix

Fear City: New York against the Mafia [Netflix Original]

This documentary series examines how a group of federal agents attempted to take down the five Mafia families who ruled New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.

City of fear features firsthand testimonials from Rudolph Giuliani, as well as FBI agents and former gangsters.

Netflix Canada Release Date: July 22, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Duration: Three episodes (44 to 63 minutes each)
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 71 percent (based on 14 reviews)

Current Fear City: New York against the Mafia here.

Good Girls (Season 3)

Beth, Ruby and Annie grapple with their new business after the events of Season 2.

Good girls was created by Jenna Bans (Grey’s Anatomy) et stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Straight ahead (Parks and recreation), Mae Whitman (Parenthood) et Reno Wilson (Mike et Molly).

Note that Season 3 has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like many other shows.

Original TV broadcast: February to May 2020 (NBC)
Netflix Canada Release Date:
July 26, 2020
Genre: Drama
Duration: 11 episodes (approximately 41 to 44 minutes each)
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 100 percent (based on five reviews)

Current Good girls (Season 3) here.

Jack Whitehall: Just kidding [Netflix Original]

Actor-comedian Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) shares fun stories about happy couples, hotel life, human stupidity, and his father.

Netflix Canada Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Standing comedy
Duration: 58 minutes
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: N / A

Current Jack Whitehall: Just kidding here.

The kissing booth 2 [Netflix Original]

With Noah at Harvard, She returns to high school for her senior year and develops feelings for a new classmate.

The kissing booth 2 was co-written and directed by Vince Marcello (The kissing booth) and features returning cast members Joey King, Joel Courtney, Joel Elordi and Molly Ringwald, as well as newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Taylor Perez (Integrated).

Netflix Canada Release Date: July 24, 2020
Genre: Romantic comedy
Duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 29 percent (based on 14 reviews)

Current The kissing booth 2 here.

Love on the spectrum [Netflix Original]

This documentary series explores the dating challenges faced by people with autism.

Netflix Canada Release Date: July 22, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Duration: Five episodes (38 to 46 minutes each)
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 100 percent (based on five reviews)

Current Love on the spectrum here.

Street Food: Latin America [Netflix Original]

Chefs from six different Latin American countries tell the story of their unique dishes.

Some of the places featured include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Salvador, Brazil; Lima, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia.

Netflix Canada Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Docu-series
Duration: Six episodes (29 to 34 minutes each)
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: N / A

Current Street Food: Latin America here.

A “Basic” Netflix subscription costs $ 9.99 / month, a “Standard” subscription (HD compatible) costs $ 13.99 / month and a “Premium” subscription costs $ 16.99 / month (4K compatible) .

The full list of movies and shows streaming on Netflix Canada in July can be found here.


Video on demand (VOD)

White lie

A university student in Hamilton, Ont., Lies about cancer for his care and financial gain.

White lie was written and directed by Yonah Lewis of Montreal and Calvin Thomas of Calgary (Amy George) and stars Kacey Rohl from Vancouver (Hannibal), Amber Anderson (The riot club), Martin Donovan (Weeds) et Connor Jessup de Toronto (Locke and key).

The film was shot in Hamilton and Toronto.

VOD release date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Drama
Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Score de Rotten Tomatoes: 100 percent (based on 11 reviews)

White lie is available on Google Play for rental ($ 4.99) and purchase ($ 9.99) and iTunes for rental ($ 5.99) and purchase ($ 9.99).


What do you plan to watch this week? Let us know in the comments.

For more suggestions on what to broadcast, you can find last week’s Streaming in Canada section here.

Image Credit: Neon

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