Streaming on TV: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ and ‘Orphan Black: Season 3’

Martin Clunes is Arthur Conan Doyle in the British TV drama "Arthur & George."
Martin Clunes is Arthur Conan Doyle in the British TV drama "Arthur & George." Photo credit: ITV.

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Jennifer Lawrence's fury and passion sustain "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2," the fourth and final film in the young adult franchise of teen gladiators-turned-rebel liberators. It drags the story out with extended battles and exposition but it's faithful to the grim tone and fatal twists of the book. PG-13 for violence. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

In "Daddy's Home," smooth jazz step-dad Will Ferrell is repeatedly humiliated by his wife's macho, swaggering ex-husband (Mark Wahlberg) in front of his kids. I guess that's what passes for family comedy today. PG-13 for crude humor.

Also new: the acclaimed indie drama "James White" starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon (R) and the killer black comedy "Kill Your Friends" with Nicholas Hoult (not rated, mature audiences).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the post-college comedy "Get a Job" with Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick (R) and the baseball documentary "Fastball" narrated by Kevin Costner (no rating).


Martial arts movie superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li team up for the first and only time in the action fantasy "The Forbidden Kingdom" (2008), an American take on the classic Chinese "Monkey King" legend. PG-13 but aimed at adolescents and teens.

Streaming TV: The British crime drama "Happy Valley: Season 2" and the kids show "VeggieTales in the House: Season 3" are exclusive to Netflix.

The documentary "Batkid Begins" (2015) chronicles the real-life Batman adventure of a five-year-old boy with leukemia thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not rated.

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The British mini-series "Arthur & George" (2015) spins a true story of Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to clear the name of a wrongly-convicted man into a Holmes-like mystery.

Michael Douglas is an arrogant American big game hunter chasing human prey in the Mojave Desert in the thriller "Beyond the Reach" (2014), available in R and unrated versions. Also on Hulu.

Streaming TV: Tatiana Maslany is superb in multiple roles in the clone conspiracy drama "Orphan Black: Season 3." 10 episodes.


"Pitch Perfect 2" sends Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and the Barden Bellas to an international competition for a new round of romance, goofy antics, and friendship through a cappella harmonizing. PG-13.

The documentary "Everything is Copy" is a portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, Jacob Bernstein.

Anna Kendrick and the Barden Bellas in "Pitch Perfect 2." Photo credit: Universal.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at