A list of titles available for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Hulu, beginning the week of Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.
Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Hulu, beginning the week of Friday, Aug. 7.
Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” the second film in yet another young-adult dystopian epic, features the superb Shailene Woodley in a secondhand story full of action and lazy metaphors. It’s PG-13 for violence and adult themes. Also on Blu-ray and DVD.
Carey Mulligan is the headstrong young heiress in the new version of Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd,” with Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge as her suitors. The 19th-century drama is PG-13 for violence and sexuality. Also on Blu-ray and DVD.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide are the thrillers “Dark Places,” with Charlize Theron (rated R) — which opens in Seattle at several theaters — and “The Falling,” with Maisie Williams (not rated).
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The BBC miniseries “Dancing on the Edge,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as the leader of a black jazz band in early 1930s London, mixes jazz and politics for a fascinating period piece. Not rated, some nudity and violence.
Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” (2008), starring Jeremy Renner as head of a bomb-disposal unit in Iraq, won six Oscars, including best picture and best director. Rated R.
Here’s some kid stuff with a side of education: In the new Netflix original series “Project MC2,” four brainy tween girls use science to battle bad guys.
For younger kids, there’s vintage “Reading Rainbow: Season 1” with LeVar Burton; and for the wee ones, there’s “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2.”
Amazon Instant Prime
“A Most Violent Year” (2014), a smart, shadowy tribute to the American crime dramas of the ’70s, features Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain fighting shady politics and mob attacks on their business in early 1980s New York City. R for language and violence.
Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” (1992) won four Oscars, including Eastwood’s first for best picture and best director. A year later, he played an aging Secret Service agent chasing an assassin (John Malkovich) in “In the Line of Fire” (1993). Both rated R.
Larry David’s HBO comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm: Seasons 1-8” (1999-2011) features a “Seinfeld” reunion (cowritten by Jerry Seinfeld) in the seventh season. Features adult language.
Kid stuff: Porkers rule in two G-rated films, the live-action “Babe” (1995) and the original animated “Charlotte’s Web” (1973).
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner are not just “Difficult People” in the new Hulu original sitcom, they’re catty and acerbic. You know, New Yorkers. It debuts this week. Foul-language alert.
Along with its acclaimed original programming, HBO Now features the Oscar-winning best picture “Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)” this month.
Also on disc this week
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” “Far from the Madding Crowd,” “Madame Bovary,” “The Salvation.”