Each week, MobileSyrup highlights some of the most notable movies and TV shows that have recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Our “Streaming in Canada” column typically focuses on new content from Amazon Prime Video, Crave, and Netflix, but other services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ are mentioned when relevant. Premium video-on-demand (PVOD) platforms are also fair game, as movies continue to come to digital format early amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lastly, we will highlight shows or movies made by Canadian companies, involving a notable Canadian cast or crew, and/or being filmed in Canada.
Amazon Prime Video
In 1973 California, a 15-year-old actor falls in love with a 20-something photographer’s assistant. See the article : What’s new on Netflix and the top 10: July 26, 2022.
Licorice Pizza was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) and starred Alana Haim (the Haim gang) and Cooper Hoffman (son of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman) in their film debuts, as well as Sean Penn (Milk ), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) and Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems).
It’s worth noting that Licorice Pizza was one of nine films nominated for Best Picture at the most recent Oscars.
Original Theatrical Release Date: November 26, 2021 Amazon Prime Video Canada Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Comedy-Drama Runtime: 2 hours, 13 minutes
Thirteen Lives [Amazon Original]
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs this film about the 2018 incident in Tham Luang, Thailand, in which a youth soccer team and their coach were trapped in a cave for nearly three weeks. See the article : Streaming in Canada on Prime Video, Crave, Disney+ and Netflix [March 27th]. June to July 3].
Thirteen Lives stars Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Joel Edgerton (The King) and Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons).
Amazon Prime Video Canada Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Biographical Drama Runtime: 2 hours, 27 minutes
An Amazon Prime Video subscription is included at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $79/year.
The full list of movies and shows coming to Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.
Luck [Apple Original]
Sam Greenfield is the unluckiest person in the world until he arrives in the mysterious Land of Luck and teams up with magical creatures to change his fortune. This may interest you : MLB Dominates Old Time, Even With Regional Sports Network Viewership Flat Year-Over-Year.
Luck was directed by Peggy Holmes (The Pirate Fairy) and features the voices of Eva Noblezada (Yellow Rose), Simon Pegg (Star Trek trilogy), Jane Fonda (Grace & Frankie), and Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act).
Apple TV+ Canada Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Animated, Family Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
An Apple TV+ subscription costs $5.99/month in Canada.
In the 1930s, a 16-year-old girl who dreams of becoming the world’s first female firefighter must save her father from a serial arsonist who can hypnotize people.
Fireheart was directed by Laurent Zeitoun (The Intouchables) and Theodore Ty (Lilo & Stitch) and features the voices of Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Montreal’s William Shatner (Star Trek), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) and Kenneth Brangh (Belfast).
It’s worth noting that the film was co-produced by Montreal-based L’Atelier Animation.
Crave Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Animated, Family Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Two single pregnant women meet in a hospital and form a close bond.
Parallel Mothers was directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory) and starred Penélope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona) and Milena Smit (Cross the Line).
Original North American theatrical release date: December 24, 2021
Crave Release date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Drama Duration: 2 hours
A standard Crave subscription is priced at $19.99/month, with Starz costing an additional $5.99/month. A mobile-only subscription is also available for $9.99/month.
Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation [Disney+ Original]
The full list of movies and shows coming to Crave this month can be found here.
While planning a surprise vacation for his friends, Finn meets the spirits of Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Leia, who share their own story about a vacation gone wrong.
Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation was directed by Vancouver’s Ken Cunningham (Lego Marvel Avengers) and features the voices of Omar Miller (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Weird Al Yanokovic (“White and Nerdy”), James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), and Anthony Daniels (Star Wars series).
It’s worth noting that Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation was produced by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons (Lego Star Wars: Holiday Special).
Disney+ Canada Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Animated, Family Runtime: 48 minutes
Stream Lego Star Wars: Summer Break here.
A young astronaut named Buzz Lightyear is marooned on a hostile planet with his commander and crew, forcing him to find his way back home while facing a deadly universal threat.
It should be noted that, somewhat confusingly, Lightyear is a Toy Story spin-off about an in-universe movie that Andy, one of the characters from the main Toy Story movies, is said to have seen.
Lightyear was co-written and directed by Angus MacLane (Finding Dory) and features the voices of Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Peter Sohn (Ratatouille), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Dale Soules (Orange is the new black).
Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Ms. Marvel [Disney+ Original]
Original theatrical release date: July 17, 2022
Disney+ Canada Release Date: August 3, 2022 Genre: Animated, Family Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the critically acclaimed Ms. Marvel Disney+ series, with Markham, Ontario’s Iman Vellani (Ms. Marvel), directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige , and more.
Prey [Star Original]
Disney+ Canada Release Date: August 3, 2022 Genre: Documentary Running Time: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Stream Assembled: The Making of Ms. Marvel from Marvel Studios here.
Set on the Comanche Nation in 1717, this prequel to the Predator series chronicles the battle between a skilled warrior and a highly evolved alien.
Prey was directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) and starred Amber Midthunder (Roswell, New Mexico), Dakota Beavers (debut acting role) and Dane DiLiegro (American Horror Stories).
It’s worth noting that Prey was filmed in Calgary.
Disney+ Canada Star Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Sci-Fi Action Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie [Netflix Original]
A Disney+ subscription costs $11.99/month or $119.99/year.
The full list of movies and shows coming to Disney+ Canada this month can be found here.
Picking up after Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Turtles must protect the world from a terrifying alien species known as the Krang.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie was directed by Ant Ward and Andy Suriano (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and features the voices of Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog), Omar Miller (Lego Star Wars: Holiday Special ), Brandon Mychal Smith (Sonny With a Chance), and Josh Brener (Star Wars Resistance).
The Sandman [Netflix Original]
Netflix Canada Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Animation, Superhero, Comedy Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Stream Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie here.
Free from prison, Morpheus, also known as The King of Dreams, travels across worlds to restore his power.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s DC Comics series of the same name, The Sandman was developed by Gaiman, David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) and stars Tom Sturridge (Orphans), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Vivienne Acheampong (The Witches), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who).
Netflix Canada Release Date: August 5, 2022 Genre: Fantasy Drama Length: 10 episodes (about an hour each)
A “Basic” Netflix subscription is $9.99/month, a “Standard” subscription (HD compatible) is $16.49/month, and a “Premium” membership is priced at $20.99/month (4K compatible).
The full list of movies and shows coming to Netflix Canada this month can be found here.
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