Lots of good choices on streaming video this week for action fans, including a remake of a beloved 1980s classic, a based-on-true-events story starring Mark Wahlberg, and the latest thriller featuring Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Then, we’ve also got the biggest animated movie of the year so far, another ’80s remake (this time a romantic comedy), a thriller with a creative premise, and an animated feature starring the Justice League. To cap things off, we’ve got a few new noteworthy films on Netflix, and Amazon Prime begins offering some of HBO’s most popular and acclaimed television series. Read on for details:

HBO Collection

All the great HBO shows that everybody’s always talking about will be available for free to all Amazon Prime subscribers starting May 21, including The Wire, Rome, True Blood, Six Feet Under, Treme, Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos, and TV movies like Game Change and Grey Gardens. Don’t plan on leaving your house for a few weeks.

Available on May 21 on: Amazon Prime

The LEGO Movie

Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and an impressive supporting cast lend their voices to this charming, surprisingly thoughtful animated film based on the popular building blocks.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Lone Survivor

Mark Wahlberg stars in the story of an ill-fated mission by a group of Navy SEALs to track down a high-value Taliban target through a mountainous region in Afghanistan — a mission that turns deadly after the soldiers decide against firing on a group of civilians.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


When Detroit detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is badly injured on the job, a military contractor fits him with a robot exoskeleton in an attempt to create the ultimate crime fighter.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Inspired to serve his country after 9/11, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) joins the Marines. After being injured in Afghanistan, Ryan is recruited in the CIA, and soon he’s on the trail of a Russian terrorist plot.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

Grand Piano

Elijah Wood and John Cusack in this Certified Fresh thriller about a concert pianist who must deliver a flawless performance to stave off a sniper.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

About Last Night

This romantic comedy follows Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) from their first meeting to an eventual break up; meanwhile, their friends Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall) share a combustible bond of their own.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman must foil Lex Luthor’s fiendish plan to travel into the past and terminate Supes in this animated feature.

Available now on: iTunes

Stranger by the Lake

Alain Guiraudie’s sexy, Certified Fresh thriller tells the tale of a man who falls for a mysterious stranger who may be involved in a murder.

Available now on: Netflix

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon’s micro-budgeted modern-day reworking of Shakespeare’s comedy features a plethora of Whedon regulars, including Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, and Nathan Fillion.

Available now on: Netflix

Pain & Gain

Based on a bizarre true story, Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the tale of three bodybuilders who concoct a scheme to kidnap a wealthy businessman and wrest control of his riches. However, the plan quickly goes awry, with violent repercussions.

Available now on: Netflix

Free Birds

In this animated action comedy about time-traveling turkeys, pampered Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) and activist Jake (Woody Harrelson) team up to travel back to the first Thanksgiving in order to kill the annual tradition of eating turkeys before it starts.

Available now on: Netflix

Welcome to the Weekly Binge, where we’ll be taking a closer look at the shows that are worth your time. This week, we’re gonna head way down yonder to New Orleans to get acquainted with the good folks of Treme.




What’s the premise? A couple dozen loosely connected residents of New Orleans try to get their lives back to normal after surviving Hurricane Katrina.

What’s it like? New Orleans is nicknamed “The Big Easy,” and that’s often the vibe of Treme: it simmers rather than boils over, and it’s bittersweet rather than sad or angry. That’s not to say the show is particularly lighthearted — after all, it’s about unsettled people dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster. But for fans of The Wire, creator David Simon’s previous series, Treme could seem pretty lethargic — at first, anyway. Think of it as a Robert Altman film in serial form — Nashville, but with jazz.

Where can I see it? It’s on HBO Sundays at 9 pm EST. You can stream the entire show if you have HBOGo; if not, seasons one through three are available for streaming on iTunes, Amazon Instant, and Yidio.

How long will it take? The show is currently on its fourth season; each of the previous seasons were 10 episodes each, at an hour an episode, so give yourself a couple weeks.

What do the critics think? Season four is the first to dip below 100 percent, but it’s still at a healthy 92 percent. The critics have praised Treme for its characters, its atmosphere, and its multi-stranded plotting, all of which add up to a portrait of a troubled but vibrant city. “The show’s beauty is not in big moments, or exquisitely written scenes (though it has both),” wrote the AV Club’s Todd VanDerWerff. “It comes in the pauses between, the semicolons and commas that make up the bulk of many lives, but which TV has trouble giving full heft.” ” It’s to the credit of the show’s creators, David Simon and Eric Overmyer, that these characters have become so familiar and alive in only 30-plus episodes,” wrote Mike Hale of the New York Times.

Why should I watch this? OK, so Treme isn’t as good as The Wire. You know what else isn’t as good as The Wire? Just about every other television show ever produced. WhileTreme is relatively short on fireworks, its languid pace and local color sneak up on you; after a while, you really feel like you know these people, and you really like spending time with them. What helps make it worth your time is its potent sense of place — with its distinctive rhythms and customs, New Orleans is practically a character on the show — and its eclectic cast, which is comprised of likeable HBO vets (Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters, Kim Dickens), outstanding character actors (Melissa Leo, Steve Zahn, David Morse), and musicians playing musicians (Lucia Micarelli, Steve Earle). Oh, and the music is terrific, but you knew that already.

What’s my next step? For a wilder, crazier take on the Crescent City, be sure to watch Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, featuring Nicolas Cage at his unhinged best. If you’re looking for historical context, two well-recieved documentaries — Spike Lee’s If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s Trouble the Water — should fit the bill. And if you’ve never listened to any records by Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, the Meters, or Lil Wayne — well, you’ve got some catching up to do. Check out Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans, a handy four-disc box set of classics from some of the city’s greatest artists.

What do you like about Treme? How would you explain it to a newbie? Get in on the conversation here.

Click here to enjoy a long and lovely sneak peek of "Elizabethtown," which is the new film by writer/director Cameron Crowe. Starring Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of the Rings"), Kirsten Dunst ("Spider-Man"), Susan Sarandon ("Bull Durham"), Alec Baldwin ("The Cooler"), Judy Greer ("Cursed"), and Jessica Biel ("Stealth"), "Elizabethtown" tells the story of an outrageous memorial for a Southern patriarch, in which an unexpected romance blooms between a young woman and man.

Cameron Crowe is the filmmaker behind such well-regarded "people stories" as "Say Anything," "Jerry Maguire," and "Almost Famous," so obviously his next project is met with high hopes and much anticipation — and this lengthy trailer clip is a little bit of loveliness.

"Elizabethtown" opens on October 14th.

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