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“Amy” profiles Amy Winehouse, the British singer / songwriter whose life was cut short by addiction. Director Asif Kapadia offers an intimate and enlightening portrait of the performer and the person with rare video and audio footage of Winehouse. Rated R for language and drug content. Also on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital formats.
Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “Life” with Robert Pattinson as a magazine photographer assigned to cover James Dean (R), the drama “Every Thing Will Be Fine” with Rachel McAdams and James Franco (no rating), and the holiday comedy “Christmas Eve” with Patrick Stewart (PG).
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Bill Murray is your host for “A Very Murray Christmas,” created for Netflix with filmmaker Sofia Coppola, and guests include George Clooney, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus and Amy Poehler. No rating but family friendly.
“Tangerine” (2015), nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, is a Christmas odyssey across L.A. shot on an iPhone. R.
Documentaries: “Best of Enemies” (2015) revisits the game-changing TV debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal in 1968 and “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” (2014) profiles the schlockmeister studio of the 1980s. Both rated R.
Streaming TV: “Real Rob: Season 1,” a new Netflix exclusive comedy with Rob Schneider, spoofs reality TV. From Britain comes the comedy “Detectorists: Season 1” with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones and “Broadchurch: Season 2” with David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
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Chris Rock directs, writes, and stars in “Top Five” (2014) as a once-edgy comedian trying to remake himself. This personal mid-life comedy channels his uncensored stand-up material into an R-rated film.
“Something’s Gotta Give” (2003) stars Jack Nicholson as an aging playboy who falls for the mother (Diane Keaton) of his girlfriend. Nancy Meyers directs the PG-13 romance for grown-ups.
“The Wiz Live!,” starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and David Alan Grier, is available the day after its network TV premiere.
“Vice Special Report: Countdown to Zero” looks at groundbreaking AIDS research that may lead to a cure.
The spy thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014) with Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson is R for extreme violence.
“The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs,” a documentary on the history and legacy of the intelligence organization, is a candid look into the workings of the modern CIA. No rating.
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.