Streaming in Canada on Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix [July 20-26]
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
Escape from Pretoria
Three political prisoners plan a prison escape in South Africa in 1979.
Escape from Pretoria is based on Tim Jenkin’s 2003 memoir Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison , was co-written and directed by Francis Annan ( Holby City ) and stars Daniel Radcliffe ( Harry Potter franchise) and Daniel Webber ( 11.22.63 ).
Original theatrical release date: March 6th, 2020
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: July 23rd, 2020 Genre: Thriller Runtime: 1 hour, 46 minutes Rotten Tomatoes score: 68 percent (based on 38 reviews)
Stream Escape from Pretoria here.
Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist [Amazon Original]
Jim Gaffigan’s two-part stand-up special was filmed on location in Ontario and Barcelona as part of the comedian ‘The Pale Tourist’ worldwide tour. The idea was that he’d turn his experiences in each country into material for the specific stand-up special he was performing there.
That means that one of the two episodes focuses on Canada and Gaffigan’s opinions on pouting, Saskatchewan, universal healthcare and more.
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: July 24th, 2020 Genre: Stand-up comedy Runtime: Two “episodes” (45 to 50 minutes each) Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
Stream Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist here .
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
A group of unsuspecting teens stumble upon a spooky home.
Based on Alvin Schwartz’s children’s book series of the same name, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was directed by André Øvredal ( The Autopsy of Jane Doe ) and stars Zoe Colletti ( Dark ), Michael Garza ( The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 ) and Gabriel Rush ( Moonrise Kingdom ).
It’s worth noting that the film was shot in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Original theatrical release date: August 9th, 2019
Amazon Prime Video Canada release date: July 23rd, 2020 Genre: Horror Runtime: 2 hours Rotten Tomatoes score: 78 percent (based on 225 reviews)
Stream Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark here .
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