What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
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Prep for the Academy Awards with two Best Picture nominees: “Spotlight,” up for six awards and a contender for Original Screenplay, and “Room,” with four nominations including Brie Larson, a favorite for Best Actress. Both rated R.
“Spotlight,” the story of the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molestation by priests, features a superb cast (led by Oscar-nominated Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams) and crisp but unassuming direction. Also on Blu-ray and DVD
“Room,” the stirring drama of a young mother (Larson) who devotes herself to nurturing the spirit of her young son while help captive, transforms a potential horror story into a celebration of love and courage.
Also new: “Youth“ with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel (and an Oscar-nominee for Original Song) (R); the animated, PG-rated “The Good Dinosaur,” also in 3D on participating systems; the thriller “Secret in Their Eyes“ with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts (PG-13); and the sports drama “My All American“ (PG-13).
Nostalgia reigns in the family sitcom “Fuller House: Season 1,” the revival of “Full House” with the grown-up Tanner sisters (Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) teaming up to raise three boys. There are also visits from Dave Coulier, Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Lori Loughlin, but no Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen. 13 episodes.
Michelle Yeoh returns in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” the English-language sequel to the Oscar-winning hit, directed by renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo-ping and featuring Donnie Yen. Streaming same day it plays select IMAX theaters. PG-13.
Amazon Prime Video
All six episodes of “Mercy Street: Season 1,” the PBS drama set in an army hospital in Union-occupied Virginia during the American Civil War, are now available to Prime members.
George Lucas’ “American Graffiti“ (1973) features Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Wolfman Jack, Harrison Ford, and a soundtrack of rock and roll oldies. PG.
“The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones“ (1994-2000), produced by Lucas, presents 21 made-for-TV movies with Sean Patrick Flanery as the teenage Indy.
“Blue Is the Warmest Color“ (2013) is an acclaimed French drama about a teenage girl who finds first love with a self-confident young woman (Léa Seydoux). Rated NC-17.
Channing Tatum gets the band of shirtless brothers back together in “Magic Mike XXL“ (2015), a road trip buddy film about male strippers.
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.