Stream on Demand: Libraries give free access to online movies

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.

Top streams for the week

Free streams: If you have a library card, you may be able to watch movies, documentaries, and other programs through Kanopy and Hoopla. Most major library systems in the country (college and public both) offer access to one or the other, some offer both.

Kanopy,which is available to students and staff at Gonzaga, Eastern and Washington State universities, includes a big selection of international classics from the Criterion Collection and offers up to five free streams a month. Hoopla favors recent foreign and independent films and British TV and offers up to 10 titles a month. Both include plenty of family-friendly programs. Visit or for more information.

The great character actor Harry Dean Stanton stars in Lucky (2017, not rated), a charming little character piece about a laconic old man confronted with his mortality. He was 90 when he played the role, which was only his second turn as a lead in his long career, and it’s a lovely tribute to the actor who died soon after completing the film. David Lynch takes a rare acting role in another filmmaker’s movie as his best friend and Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, and James Darren co-star. Now streaming on Hulu.

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