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Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination in Jackie as the widow of JFK in the days after his assassination. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain brings his passion for political and social history to his American film debut and his perspective is illuminating. Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt co-star (R). Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.
Disney’s animated musical adventure Moana sends a different kind of Princess on a quest with a demigod (voices by Dwayne Johnson) in ancient Polynesia. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote the original songs (PG).
Also new: the action drama Man Down with Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara (R), horror film Incarnate with Aaron Eckhart (PG-13 and unrated versions), and documentary Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe (not rated).
The Nicholas Sparks romantic drama Safe Haven (2013) stars Julianne Hough as a mysterious beauty and Josh Duhamel as a ruggedly handsome widower (PG-13).
Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez star in the real-life boxing drama Hands of Stone (2016, R) and Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green are in the frontier revenge drama The Salvation (2014, R) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here).
The Iron Giant (1999) is, simply put, one of the great American animated movies (PG).
The Monkey King 2 (2016) continues the fantasy adventure saga of ancient China with Aaron Kwok as the wily hero and Gong Li doing villain duty (you can see the first The Monkey King here) and Beyond Redemption (2015) is a Hong Kong action thriller relocated to Vancouver, Canada (both not rated, with subtitles).
Streaming TV: All four seasons of the superb but largely unseen Sundance original series Rectify are now available. Also new: the second season of Netflix’s original romantic comedy Love, the first season of the post-apocalyptic martial arts odyssey Into the Badlands, and the new animated kids show Buddy Thunderstruck.
Stand-up: Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
The second and final season of the Amazon series Hand of God: Season 2 puts Ron Perlman’s vigilant judge on trial for murder. Dana Delany and Garret Dillahunt co-star.
With Amy Schumer’s new stand-up comedy special on Netflix, it’s a good to remember that all four seasons of her acclaimed Comedy Central sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer are now available.
Stand-up: Tom Papa: Human Mule
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy mentor the next generation of heroes to save mankind from the world’s first mutant (Oscar Isaac) (PG). Reviewed on Stream On Demand here.
The documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble profiles an international meeting of musicians (not rated).
Also recently arrived: Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer (2010, PG-13) (reviewed on Stream On Demand here), David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997, R), and the documentary Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016, PG).
The Criterion Channel
Guy Maddin’s absurdist mockumentary My Winnipeg (2007) tells an alternate history of the Canadian city.
Also new: seven classic Japanese films by Yasujiro Ozu, including the college comedy I Graduated, But… (1929), silent gangster drama Dragnet Girl (1933), and the gentle family drama The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) (with subtitles).
Midsomer Murders: Series 19, Part 1 presents the stateside debuts of four new feature-length mysteries with Neil Dudgeon as Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby in the murder capital of Britain: the sleepy villages of Midsomer County.
Rake: Series 1 features Richard Roxburgh as an Australian criminal barrister with a self-destructive streak.