Every week, MobileSyrup outlines 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 many movies to hit digital platforms much sooner than planned, we’ll make note of any major films — as well as other notable streaming service news — that fall into this category when applicable.
Amazon Prime Video
Val [Amazon Original]
Directors Ting Poo (Last Choice) and Leo Scott (Palo Alto) examine the life and career of actor Val Kilmer (Top Gun).
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: August 6th, 2021
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Stream Val here.
An Amazon Prime Video subscription is included at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $79 CAD/year.
The full list of movies and shows hitting Amazon Prime Video Canada this month can be found here.
Mr. Corman [Apple Original]
A fifth-grade teacher struggles to find happiness and meaning.
Mr. Corman was created, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Trial of the Chicago Seven) and stars Gordon-Levitt, Arturo Castro (Narcos), Logic (Young Sinatra), Juno Temple (Ted Lasso) and Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings trilogy).
Apple TV+ Canada release date: August 6th, 2021 (first two episodes, new episodes every Friday)
Runtime: 10 episodes (around 30 minutes each)
Stream Mr. Corman here.
An Apple TV+ subscription costs $5.99/month in Canada.
Death of a Ladies Man
Inspired by the music of the late iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, this drama follows an aging college professor in Montreal as he begins to have surreal hallucinations.
Death of a Ladies Man was written and directed by Montreal’s Matt Bissonnette (Looking for Leonard) and stars Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Montreal’s Jessica Paré (Mad Men), Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate) and Montreal’s Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy).
Original PVOD release date: March 12th, 2021
Crave release date: August 4th, 2021
Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Stream Death of a Ladies Man here. Note that a $19.98/month Crave + Movies + HBO subscription is required.
Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union
Directed by Peter Kunhardt (True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality), this documentary chronicles Barack Obama’s journey from Illinois State Senator to the 44th U.S. President.
Crave release date: August 3rd, 2021
Runtime: Three parts (1 hour, 36 minutes to 1 hour, 50 minutes each)
Stream Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union here. Note that a $19.98/month Crave + Movies + HBO subscription is required.
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom) takes viewers inside the minds of the educators, writers and artists behind Sesame Street, including original creators Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett.
Crave release date: August 2nd, 2021
Runtime: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Stream Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street here.
A standard Crave subscription is priced at $9.99/month, with Starz costing 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.
Pray Away [Netflix Original]
Kristine Stolakis (Where We Stand) profiles survivors of “gay conversion therapy,” who speak about the practice’s ongoing harm on the LGBTQ+ community.
Netflix Canada release date: August 3rd, 2021
Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Stream Pray Away here.
Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified [Netflix Original]
Created by Petr Vachler (Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries), this docuseries various reports and theories related to UFOs in the U.S. and other countries.
Netflix Canada release date: August 3rd, 2021
Runtime: Six episodes (43 to 45 minutes each)
Stream Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified here.
Vivo [Netflix Original]
A tropical rainforest animal embarks on a journey to deliver a love song for an old friend.
Vivo was co-written and directed by Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) and features the voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Ynairaly Simo (Creative Galaxy), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) and Gloria Estefan (“Conga”).
It’s worth noting that Miranda also wrote original music for the film.
Netflix Canada release date: August 6th, 2021
Genre: Animated musical
Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Stream Vivo here.
A ‘Basic’ Netflix subscription costs $9.99/month, a ‘Standard’ subscription (HD-supported) costs $14.99/month and a ‘Premium’ membership is priced at $18.99/month (4K-supported).
The full list of movies and shows hitting Netflix Canada this month can be found here.
Premium video on demand (PVOD)
A truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the man who stole his beloved pig.
Pig was written and directed by Michael Sarnoski (Olympia) and stars Nicolas Cage (Adaptation), Alex Wolff (Hereditary) and Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope).
Theatrical release date: July 16th, 2021
PVOD release date: August 3rd, 2021
Genre: Drama, thriller
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Pig can be rented for $5.99 from PVOD platforms like iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video Store and the Cineplex Store.
What are you planning on watching this week? Let us know in the comments.
For more viewing suggestions, check out last week’s Streaming in Canada column.
Image credit: Netflix