Home video: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ now streaming
Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.
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“Crazy Rich Asians”: It took 25 years after “The Joy Luck Club” for Hollywood to release another major movie with an all-Asian cast. The next one will come much quicker thanks to the success of this sumptuous adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-seller; a sequel is in the works. Constance Wu stars as a Chinese-American woman who is surprised to learn that her unassuming boyfriend (Henry Golding) is a member of one of Singapore’s wealthiest families.
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“Papillon”: If it does nothing else, this remake of the 1973 prison escape movie should amplify the awards buzz surrounding Rami Malek’s performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody” by proving his range. He’s more than effective as the wealthy but frail forger (the Dustin Hoffman role) who bonds with unbreakable thief Papillon (Charlie Hunnam, in the Steve McQueen role) after agreeing to finance his attempted escape from a French penal colony in return for protection. The movie, especially the suspenseful escape plot that dominates its second half, is solid but won’t supplant memories of the iconic original.
Also: “BlacKKKlansman,” “Christopher Robin,” “Incredibles 2”
“The Other Side of the Wind”: Speaking of range, Netflix, home of the new Adam Sandler stand-up special (It’s getting good reviews!), also is appealing to cineastes with Orson Welles never-released final film, pieced together decades after the fact from available footage. Shot in the ’70s, it’s about an aging director (John Huston) trying to finish his final film. Netflix also has a companion documentary, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.”