This week on streaming video, we’ve got a sequel to a popular thriller, a feelgood sports drama, a Certified Fresh sci-fi movie, a not so Fresh sci-fi movie, and the Sharknado sequel. In addition, Netflix has also added a couple of Woody Allen films, a beloved sci-fi spoof, an iconic romance from the 1980s, and more. Read on for details:


The Congress
73%

Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel star in this half-animated, half-live-action, all Certified Fresh fantasy about the movie business.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Million Dollar Arm
64%

Jon Hamm stars as J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent whose clientele is short on major league stars. So he travels to India and holds a contest to find two strong-armed cricket bowlers who have the stuff to become big league pitchers.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


The Purge: Anarchy
57%

Like its predecessor, The Purge takes place during a 12-hour stretch during which all laws are suspended and criminals run wild; this time, a grizzled cop (Frank Grillo) defends several law-abiding citizens while seeking to avenge the death of his son.

Available now on: iTunes, Vudu


Sharknado 2: The Second One
61%

Yep, they made a sequel to Sharknado. Nope, it’s not quite as good.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Earth to Echo
50%

A group of kids discover a small, adorable, owl-like robot from another planet; together, our heroes embark on a coming-of-age journey to return Echo to his home planet and save their hometown in the process.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Galaxy Quest
90%

Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver star in this loving homage to classic sci-fi films; when they’re mistaken by aliens for real heroes, the cast of a popular space TV show is forced to contend with a cosmic threat.

Available now on: Netflix


Bananas
83%

In this early comedy from Woody Allen, a neurotic New Yorker inadvertently becomes the leader of a South American country, and hilarity ensues.

Available now on: Netflix


Big Ass Spider!
78%

This throwback to creature features of old is the story of two guys trying to stop a huge arachnid from destroying Los Angeles.

Available now on: Netflix


Alice
71%

Mia Farrow, Joe Mantegna, William Hurt, June Squibb, and a whole bunch of other notable thespians team up for this magical realist dramedy from Woody Allen.

Available now on: Netflix


Dirty Dancing
69%

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in this dance-tastic drama that ushered several mini-generations of teen girls into adulthood.

Available now on: Netflix


Documented
75%

This documentary chronicles the tale of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who admitted to being an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay in 2011.

Available now on: Netflix


14 Blades
69%

Donnie Yen stars in this period martial arts film about an assassin who goes on the run after being betrayed by his men.

Available now on: Netflix


Carrie
50%

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as the title character, a teenage outcast with a demanding mom and telekinetic powers. Will the snobby kids at Carrie’s school learn not to mess with her?

Available now on: Netflix


The Originals: Season One

Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gilles, and Claire Holt star in this Vampire Diaries spinoff, about New Orleans’ original vampire family.

Available now on: Netflix

Two weeks before the release of the final Star Wars movie where we finally get to see Anakin Skywalker giving over to the dark side of the Force, three new wide releases will try to tempt us into forking over our money this weekend. Orlando Bloom headlines Ridley Scott’s (“Gladiator”) epic tale about a blacksmith who goes on to achieve great fame in “Kingdom of Heaven.” Elisha Cuthbert (“24”) tries her luck in yet another horror remake, “House of Wax.” Sandra Bullock teams up with Don Cheadle and an ensemble cast in “Crash,” a drama about race relations. We’ll see which of these new releases will be able to seduce the nation’s print, online, and broadcast critics.

Billed as the first great movie event of the summer, “Kingdom of Heaven” is the first film in which Orlando Bloom receives top billing. It’ll be a good measure of Bloom’s drawing power at the box office. Of course, it helps to have the “master of the modern epic” Ridley Scott, who directed “Gladiator” to commercial and critical success, at the helm. “Kingdom of Heaven” is about a peasant (Bloom) who becomes a renowned knight, falls in love with a princess, and saves a kingdom – somewhat in that order. Critics didn’t fall in love with the film though, despite giving good marks for cinematography and technical achievements. The film’s lethargic pacing, messy and hollow story left many critics dissatisfied. “Kingdom of Heaven” scores an earth-bound 44% on the Tomatometer. Despite this, Orlando Bloom’s average Tomatometer is a still healthy 74% because of the “Lord of the Ring” films.

Horror remakes are the latest fad in Hollywood these days. Although they have generally performed well at the box office, most of them have been panned by critics. “House of Wax,” a “re-imagining” of the 1953 horror classic, doesn’t buck that trend. Elisha Cuthbert and Paris Hilton headline this remake about a group of college buddies stranded in a town with a house made entirely out of wax, populated with remarkably life-like wax sculptures. Critics think it’s a routine, albeit slick horror film where intellectually challenged college kids meet gory and bloody ends. Its Tomatometer melts to 26% – not much better than the 23% by the recent horror remake “The Amityville Horror.”

Sandra Bullock hasn’t headlined a Fresh film in almost a decade – 1996’s “A Time to Kill.” Taking a break from her romantic comedies, she finally gets good marks for her latest drama, “Crash.” It helps to have critics’ darling Don Cheadle in your film. “Crash” also features Brendan Fraser, Larenz Tate, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Thandie Newton, and Ludacris. It explores the racial complexities of Los Angeles from the perspectives of eight racially diverse groups of people: a Brentwood housewife and her DA husband; a Persian store owner; two police detectives who are also lovers; a black television director and his wife; a Mexican locksmith; two car-jackers; a rookie cop; and a middle-aged Korean couple. Critics think it’s an intricate, provocative, and sometimes funny exploration of racial and class divisions in America. The film scored an excellent 83% on the Tomatometer, the second best reviewed film in wide release behind “Kung Fu Hustle.” Because it’s above 75% on the Tomatometer, it also earned the Certified Fresh designation. “Crash’s” Tomatometer is almost double that of Sandra Bullock’s average Tomatometer of 44% and is significantly higher than Don Cheadle’s 66% average.

In summary, don’t go into the Certified Fresh “Crash” expecting “Miss Congeniality 2,” the uneven “Kingdom of Heaven” expecting “Gladiator,” and the routine “House of Wax” expecting originality.

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