There aren’t a whole lot of noteworthy new additions to streaming services this week, but we’ve got a few worth checking out, including a handful of new and old acclaimed TV series and a couple of indie films. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (2016) 95%

Maria Bamford stars in this semi-autobiographical Netflix original comedy about an actress struggling with mental health issues who moves back to Los Angeles and tries to get her career back on track.

Available now on: Netflix


Dementia (2015) 79%

This psychological thriller revolves around a Vietnam veteran who becomes the victim of a sadistic nurse when he falls under her care after a stroke.

Available now on: Netflix


A Girl Like Her (2015) 65%

This drama follows a bullied high schooler who turns the tables on her tormenter with the help of her best friend, who secretly records evidence of the harassment.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (2013) 98%

Steve Buscemi stars in this HBO period drama about a corrupt Atlantic City politician’s bid to rule the criminal underworld during and after the years of Prohibition.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Banshee: Season 2 (2014) 94%

Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic star in Cinemax’s drama about an ex-con who assumes the role of town sheriff when the real sheriff is killed before anyone meets him.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


Available to Purchase

 

Hail, Caesar! (2016) 85%

The Coen Brothers’ latest  follows a day in the life of 1950s movie studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), who must track down a missing movie star (George Clooney) while keeping several other troubled productions afloat.

Available now on: Amazon, FandangoNOWiTunes


Eddie the Eagle (2016) 81%

Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman star in this Certified Fresh retelling of the story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the plucky British ski jumper who finished last in the 1988 Olympics and became a folk hero.

Available 5/27 on: Amazon, FandangoNOWiTunes


The Finest Hours (2016) 63%

Chris Pine stars as Bernard Webber, a Coast Guard officer who leads a small motorboat crew into rough seas to retrieve the survivors of a tanker ripped in half by a powerful nor’easter.

Available now on: Amazon, FandangoNOWiTunes


The Other Side of the Door (2016) 37%

Sarah Wayne Callies and Jeremy Sisto star in this horror film about a family haunted by the spirit of a deceased child.

Available now on: Amazon, FandangoNOWiTunes

The new year is almost upon us, which means most of you have already bought all the holiday gifts you’re going to buy this year. Having said that, this week’s home video releases are a little more off beat than last week’s, even if they aren’t as well-reviewed. Read on for details:



The Equalizer

60%

Little girls in peril really seem to set Denzel Washington on the warpath, don’t they? Washington reunited with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for this gritty thriller based on the 1980s television series of the same name, and though results were less impressive this time around, critics mostly thought The Equalizer was a decent flick. Chloe Grace Moretz plays the damselette in distress, a teenage sex worker named Alina who happens to be pals with ex-black ops agent Robert McCall (Washington). When Alina is beaten by her pimp, McCall takes him out, running afoul of the Russian mob and throwing himself back into a life he swore he’d leave behind. Those looking for a bit of swift, stylish justice meted out by an aging but still effective Denzel will get plenty of that — and, frankly, little else — here, but sometimes that’s okay; critics largely thought it was enough, anyway, awarding the film a 61 percent Tomatometer. It’s another thin week for new releases, so this’ll make a decent watch for action junkies.



Tusk

45%

Kevin Smith?s second foray into horror wasn’t a huge failure, but it wasn’t especially well-received by critics, either. In fact, the story behind Tusk‘s creation is arguably more interesting than the film itself: Smith and fellow Smodcast-er Scott Mosier came across an ad placed for free living space… provided that the tenant dress like a walrus. The ad was later revealed to be a joke, but that didn’t stop Smith and Mosier from conjuring an entire hypothetical story about a man who is held captive and slowly transformed into a walrus by a mad surgeon, and thanks to Smodcast fans who voted to have the tale brought to life on screen, Tusk was born. Critics appreciated the film’s wry self-awareness, but felt that the story’s premise nevertheless was too thin to stretch into a feature-length film, resulting in a mediocre 39 percent Tomatometer. If you’re looking for a bit of ridiculous genre fun, this might do it for you, but don’t expect to be blown away.

Also available this week:

  • Stephen King’s A Good Marriage (37 percent), starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia in a thriller about a woman who discovers what may be her husband’s darkest secret while he is away on business.
  • Last Weekend (29 percent), starring Patricia Clarkson in a dramedy about a family matriarch who gathers her sons to their vacation home for a final weekend together before she sells it.
  • Elsa & Fred (25 percent), starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in a comedy about two aging romantics who find each other.
  • Season four of Showtime’s Shameless (100 percent), starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum in a dark comedy centered around a highly dysfunctional family, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Season two of Cinemax’s Banshee (89 percent), about an ex-con who assumes the identity of a murdered local sherriff, is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

This week on streaming video, we’ve got a Denzel Washington action flick, a Liam Neeson action flick, a Cinemax drama, and a sitcom from Starz. Then, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated biopic of Wall Street swindler Jordan Belfort highlights a slew of new choices available to stream on Netflix. Read on for the full list:


The Equalizer
60%

Denzel Washington stars as McCall, a man with a mysterious past who’s trying to keep a low profile. However, when he stumbles upon Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz) a troubled young woman under the thumb of heartless mobsters, McCall decides to take matters into his own hands.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


A Walk Among the Tombstones
68%

Liam Neeson stars as a private investigator who’s tasked with finding those responsible for the murder of a drug trafficker’s wife. He soon learns that the killers are likely to strike again, and vows to hunt them down and stop them before they do.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


Banshee: Season Two

Cinemax’s well-received crime drama follows an ex-con who assumes the identity of a small-town lawman. Its second season finds him dealing with the repercussions of a shootout and investigating a murder involving the local Amish community.

Available now on: Amazon


Survivor’s Remorse: Season One

Starz’s new sitcom focuses on a young professional basketball player who moves to Atlanta to play ball but can’t escape his greedy, opportunistic relatives.

Available now on: Amazon


The Wolf of Wall Street
79%

Martin Scorsese’s over-the-top comedy about the rise and fall of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who was imprisoned for fraud, earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

Available now on: Netflix


Mystery Road
92%

Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten star in this Aussie thriller about the investigation into the murder of a girl in a small town.

Available now on: Netflix


Get Santa
79%

Santa is stranded (and imprisoned) in London while his reindeer run loose in this holiday family comedy from the UK, starring Jim Broadbent as Saint Nick himself, as well as Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner, Rafe Spall, and more.

Available now on: Netflix


Fanny
56%

Daniel Auteuil and Victoire Bélézy star in this drama about a woman who marries a rich man before the father of her child realizes he loves her.

Available now on: Netflix


Family Guy: Season Twelve

For those who can’t get enogh of the various goings-on in Quahog, Seth MacFarlane’s popular cartoon series keeps rolling along.

Available now on: Netflix

Russell Crowe was arrested in New York City after he hurled a broken telephone at a hotel concierge early Monday, hitting the man in the face.The Oscar winning actor, who is currently gracing screens across America as boxing champ Jim Braddock in Cinderella Man, earned the charge of second degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon (the phone). Crowe was apparently enraged when his calls to Australia did not go through, leading to the incident. In his defense, Crowe’s lawyer pointed out that this was the action star’s first arrest in America; judging by Crowe’s volatile history of drunken brawls and shoving incidents, he’s been pretty lucky so far.

In an effort to combat the tidal wave of media snooping that has hounded Angelina Jolie of late, the actress is reportedly requiring any and all interviewers to sign an agreement to stick strictly to the topic of her upcoming movie. NY Post’s Page Six reports that this contract gives Jolie the right to leave any uncomfortable interview and sue if anything negative is written. While this is unlikely to curb any of the rampant rumor-slinging revolving around Jolie and her rumored affair with the Mr. to her Mrs. Smith, co-star Brad Pitt, the tabloids might think twice before publishing any more lawsuit-inviting gossip, a la Cameron Diaz.

Here’s some food for thought…Lindsay Lohan, Oscar winning actress? According to columnist Liz Smith, the July issue of Elle Magazine boasts cover girl Lohan, with an interesting thought proposed by her mother, former Rockette Dina Lohan:

‘Five years from now Lindsay will get the kind of roles that Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow got so she can win that Academy Award.’

Granted, the teen queen has recently made public her longing for more serious roles and has signed on for Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion. But is Herbie: Fully Loaded the next Mystic Pizza or even the next Emma? Is there an Erin Brockovich or a Shakespeare In Love in Lohan’s future? Only time will tell.

And finally, the much maligned critical and box-office disappointment, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, has been once again hit where it hurts the most: the numbers. Original Exorcist author William Blatty has filed suit against Morgan Creek Productions for failure to pay him $750,000 for the Paul Schrader-directed second prequel, which was notoriously canned and re-shot by director Renny Harlin (as per the 1996 agreement, Blatty was paid $930,000 for the Harlin film). As you may recall, Schrader’s version of the demonic tale garnered a paltry 26 percent on the Tomatometer, which eclipsed Harlin’s woeful 11 percent, but grossed only $246,708, leaving us wondering just how Blatty will ever get his due.

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