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Streaming in Canada on Amazon Prime Video, Crave, Disney+ and Netflix [June 22-28]

Beloved Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro are now streaming on Netflix

My Neighbour Totoro

Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the most notable movies and TV shows that recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.

Our ‘Streaming in Canada’ column typically focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave and Netflix Canada, but other services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will be mentioned when relevant.

We’ll also highlight shows or movies that are made in Canada, involve notable Canadian cast or crew and/or are filmed in Canada.

Finally, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing movies to hit digital platforms much sooner than planned, we’ll make note of any major films that fall into this category when applicable.


Amazon Prime Video

Gemini Man

A former hitman is hunted by a younger clone of himself who was sent by the government.

Gemini Man was directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) and stars Will Smith (Ali), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo) and Clive Owen (Inside Man).

Original theatrical release date: October 11th, 2019
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date:
June 25th, 2020
Genre: Action-thriller
Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 26 percent (based on 302 reviews)

Stream Gemini Man here.

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

The full list of movies and shows that are hitting Amazon Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.


Crave

Clemency

A prison warden grapples with the psychological and emotional baggage of carrying out years of death row executions.

Clemency was directed by Chinonye Chukwu (The Dance Lesson) and stars Alfre Woodard (Marvel’s Luke Cage), Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton).

Original theatrical release date: December 27th, 2019
Crave release date:
June 26th, 2020
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent (based on 119 reviews)

Stream Clemency here. Note that a $19.98/month Crave + Movies + HBO subscription is required.

Drag Ball

Pride Toronto has taken its annual Drag Ball event virtual. On Saturday, June 27th at 8pm ET, check out performances by the 12 queens competing in Canada’s Drag Race, which will premiere on Crave on July 2nd.

Drag Ball will be hosted by Etalk‘s Traci Melchor and feature special messages from Canada’s Drag Race judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Stacey McKenzie, plus some secret celebrity guests.

Note that while Crave is presenting the special (and will be streaming the actual Drag Race Canada), Drag Ball will be available for free on YouTube here.

Doctor Sleep

Set several decades after Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny Torrance as he protects a young girl from a supernatural cult while struggling with his own psychic abilities and inner demons.

Doctor Sleep is based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name and stars Ewan McGregor (Fargo), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Fallout) and Kyliegh Curran (The Lion King on Broadway).

Original theatrical release date: December 27th, 2019
Crave release date:
November 8th, 2019 (North America)
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 2 hours, 32 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 77 percent (based on 310 reviews)

Stream Doctor Sleep here. Note that a $19.98/month Crave + Movies + HBO subscription is required.

Doom Patrol (Season 2)

A ragtag group of superheroes who are shunned by society are welcomed into the home of a medical doctor.

Doom Patrol is based on DC Comics’ eponymous superhero team and stars Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), Joivan Wade (EastEnders), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Matt Bomer (Magic Mike), Timothy Dalton (License to Kill) and American-Canadian Brendan Fraser (The Mummy).

Crave release date: June 25th, 2020 (first two episodes, new episodes every Thursday)
Genre: Superhero
Runtime: Number of episodes TBA (around one hour each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent (based on 11 reviews)

Stream Doom Patrol (Season 2) here.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark focuses on true crime author Michelle McNamara’s efforts to investigate and write about one of California’s most infamous serial killers and rapists, the Golden State Killer.

Crave release date: June 28th, 2020 at 10pm ET (first episode, new episodes every Sunday night)
Genre: Docuseries
Runtime: Six episodes (around one hour each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91 percent (based on 11 reviews)

Stream I’ll Be Gone in the Dark here. Note that a $19.98/month Crave + Movies + HBO subscription is required.

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

The full list of movies and shows hitting Crave this month can be found here.


Disney+

Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 [Disney+ Original]

Disney offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Frozen 2 alongside various cast and crew, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (who also wrote the screenplay) and actresses Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Kristen Bell (Elsa).

It’s worth noting that Frozen 2 is also streaming on Disney+.

Disney+ Canada release date: June 26th, 2020 (all six episodes)
Genre: Docuseries
Runtime: Six episodes (29 to 43 minutes each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

Stream Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 here.

A Disney+ subscription costs $8.99/month or $89.99/month in Canada.


Netflix

Athlete A [Netflix Original]

This documentary puts a spotlight on the athletes who were abused by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and the journalists who helped bring their stories to light.

Netflix Canada release date: June 24th, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 100 percent (based on 23 reviews)

Stream Athlete A here.

Dark (Season 3) [Netflix Original]

In the third and final season of Netflix’s acclaimed German sci-fi series, the story comes to a conclusion in a strange new world filled with striking similarities and disturbing differences.

Dark was created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese (Who Am I — No System is Safe) and stars Louis Hofmann (Land of Mine), Oliver Masucci (Er Ist Wieder Da) and Jördis Triebel (One Breath).

Netflix Canada release date: June 27, 2020
Genre: Sci-fi, thriller
Runtime: Eight episodes (57 to 73 minutes each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 80 percent (based on five reviews)

Stream Dark (Season 3) here.

Eric Andre: Legalize Everything [Netflix Original]

In his first original stand-up special for Netflix, comedian Eric Andre riffs on fast-food icons, autofill and the “Cops” theme song.

Netflix Canada release date: June 23rd, 2020
Genre: Stand-up comedy
Runtime: 51 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

Stream Eric Andre: Legalize Everything here.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga [Netflix Original]

A small-town Icelandic singing duo get the chance to represent their country in the world’s biggest song contest.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga was directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and stars Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), London, Ontario’s own Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) and Dan Stevens (Legion).

Netflix Canada release date: June 26th, 2020
Genre: Musical-comedy
Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 57 percent (based on 63 reviews)

Stream Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga here.

Home Game [Netflix Original]

This docuseries showcases some of the most unique and dangerous traditional sports from around the world, such as Scotland’s Highland Games, freediving in the Phillipines and Texas’ Roller Derby.

Netflix Canada release date: June 23rd, 2020
Genre: Stand-up comedy
Runtime: Eight episodes (23 to 36 minutes each)
Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

Stream Home Game here.

Studio Ghibli films

Twenty of Studio Ghibli’s beloved animated films are now streaming on Netflix Canada.

Here’s the full list:

  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Only Yesterday (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Ocean Waves (1993)
  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Tales of Earthsea (2006)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2014)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)

Netflix Canada acquiring the rights to Studio Ghibli’s films is particularly notable, given that the Oscar-winning Japanese animation company’s works hadn’t ever been on a Canadian streaming service before. Instead, they had only been available to purchase individually on digital platforms like iTunes and Google Play since December.

Around this time, Canadians had to watch as Ghibli distributor Gkids confirmed that the films would make their way to HBO Max in the U.S. and Netflix internationally, with the Great White North seemingly being left out.

It’s important to note that 2013’s The Wind Rises — Ghibli co-founder and legendary director Hayao Miyazaki’s most recent film — is set to hit Netflix Canada on August 1st. That said, there’s been no word on whether Grave of the Fireflies, Ghibli’s beloved 1988 WWII drama, will make its way to Netflix Canada as well.

Check out all of the Ghibli films on Netflix here.

A ‘Basic’ Netflix subscription costs $9.99/month, a ‘Standard’ subscription (HD-supported) costs $13.99/month and a ‘Premium’ membership is priced at $16.99/month (4K-supported).

The full list of movies and shows hitting Netflix Canada this month can be found here.


Video on demand (VOD)

Irresistible

A Democratic strategist tries to help a candidate win an election in a small right-wing town.

Irresistible was written and directed by former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart and stars Steve Carrell (The Office), Rose Byrne (Damages), Chris Cooper (Adaptation), Topher Grace (That ’70s Show), Vancouver’s own Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Ladner, B.C.’s Will Sasso (Mad TV).

The political comedy was originally supposed to release in theatres but Focus Features has brought the film straight to VOD due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VOD release date: June 26th, 2020
Genre: Political comedy
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes score: 40 percent (based on 120 reviews)

Irresistible can be rented on iTunes and Google Play for $19.99.


What are you planning to stream this week? Sound off below!

Check out last week’s Streaming in Canada column here.

Image credit: Studio Ghibli

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  • Bradly Shankar

    Graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University's journalism program. While I'm always fascinated by technology as a whole, I'm most interested in the art of video games. In particular, I'm passionate about covering Canada's world-class gaming industry and the many talented developers we have here.

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