This week on streaming video, we’ve got a well-received sci-fi drama, a highly acclaimed British drama, and an indie thriller available for purchase. New additions to subscription sites include the entire run of Seinfeld on Hulu, a couple of Certified Fresh picks on Netflix, and both Charlie Chaplin’s and David Lynch’s feature debuts on Fandor, among other things. Read on for the full list:

Available for purchase

 


Ex Machina
92%

Domhnall Gleeson stars as a computer wiz who’s tasked by his company’s reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac) with testing the artificial intelligence of a remarkably lifelike robot (Alicia Vikander); in doing so, our hero begins to question the nature and limits of humanity.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


’71
96%

Jack O’Connell stars in this Certified Fresh drama about a young British soldier fending for himself on the streets of battle-scarred Belfast.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Creep
90%

Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice (also making his directorial debut) star in this thriller about the confrontation that ensues when a man is hired to film another man’s life for a day, and the latter isn’t quite who he claims to be.

Available now on: iTunes

New on Hulu

 


Seinfeld: Complete Series

Jerry Seinfeld’s award-winning NBC sitcom — centered on a fictionalized version of himself and his eccentric circle of friends — comes to Hulu in its entirety, beginning on June 24.

Available now on: Hulu


Another Period: Season One

Two shallow celebutantes snob it up in Gilded Age Newport in this reality series satire.

Available now on: Hulu

New on Netflix

 


A Most Wanted Man
85%

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams star in this Certified Fresh spy thriller about an intelligence officer who methodically lays a trap for a terror suspect.

Available now on: Netflix


Point and Shoot
72%

This Certified Fresh documentary tells the tale of a Baltimore man whose five-year tour of the Middle East included a stint in the Libyan Revolution.

Available now on: Netflix


All the Wilderness
60%

Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, and Kodi-Smit-McPhee star in this drama about a troubled young boy who meets a mysterious new friend.

Available now on: Netflix


Lee Daniels’ The Butler
72%

Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, who recounts his life growing up in Georgia during the 1920s and learning to be a house servant before working under several US presidents. The film follows Gaines as he and his family navigate the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights Era.

Available now on:
Netflix


Curious George
70%

The popular children’s book character gets the big screen treatment, featuring Will Ferrell as the voice of the Man in the Yellow Hat, who meets the titular chimpanzee in Africa, brings him home to the States, and finds his new friend is prone to hijinks.

Available now on:
Netflix

New on Fandor

 


The Kid
100%

Charlie Chaplin stars in his first feature-length directorial effort as the now iconic Tramp, who adopts an abandoned baby and raises it as his own.

Available now on: Fandor


There Was a Father
100%

Another masterpiece from the legendary Yasujiro Ozu, this is a quiet drama about a widowed schoolteacher whose devotion to his son only serves to separate them all the more.

Available now on: Fandor


Laurence Anyways
84%

This Certified Fresh French drama is the story of a writer who asks his fiancée to support his transition into a woman.

Available now on: Fandor


Eraserhead
90%

David Lynch’s feature-length debut is a Kafkaesque nightmare following the life of a man named Henry Spencer (Jack Nance), who seems to suffer paranoid hallucinations.

Available now on: Fandor

This week on home video, we’ve got a little something for everyone, whether you’re looking for some fantastical drama, a bit of sword-and-sandal action, a dash of spy intrigue, or just something to babysit the kids for an hour and a half. Plus, there’s a few smaller releases also worth mentioning, as well as a couple of notable series sets of fan favorite TV shows. Read on for details:



Maleficent

54%

Disney’s Maleficent had a few things going for it: a charismatic, larger-than-life A-lister in the lead role, an intriguing twist on a familiar tale, and a Disney-sized budget for some wild special effects. The only thing it could have used, apparently, was a bit more help in the writer’s room. Angelina Jolie stars as the titular sorceress from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, a fairy once betrayed by the man she loved whose actions are motivated by vengeance. Unfortunately, for every critic who felt it was a novel retelling of the story, there was another who didn’t think there was enough substance to justify the film, despite a winning performance from Jolie and a fair amount of visual spectacle. Maleficent ultimately split critics down the middle, earning a 49 percent Tomatometer score. Bonus features include a handful of short making-of docs and five deleted scenes.



Hercules

58%

As long as we’re talking about fantastical tales, we might as well mention Hercules, Brett Ratner’s (After the Sunset, Tower Heist) take on the tale of the legendary demi-god. Dwayne Johnson (The Tooth Fairy) dons the armor here, aided by a misfit gang of mercenaries and his nephew, Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), whose job it is to spread (embellished) word of Hercules’s exploits. When Hercules is hired to train the armies of Thrace to defend against the attack of an invading warlord, he finds himself in the middle of a complicated power struggle. Johnson is almost always fun to watch, and surrounded by the likes of Ian McShane, John Hurt, and Rufus Sewell, among others, he gave most critics what they were expecting, especially in a Brett Ratner film. At 59 percent on the Tomatomter, Hercules performed about as well as anyone could have predicted. Special features include featurettes on the characters, the weapons, and special effects, as well as some deleted and extended scenes, plus more.



Planes: Fire and Rescue

44%

In case you missed it, Disney’s direct-to-video studio, Disneytoon, made a Cars spinoff called Planes last year and released it in theaters, and though most grown-ups saw it for what it was — a fairly standard money grab intended to capitalize on the immense kid-popularity of the Pixar property — most kids saw it for what it also was, namely, “Ooh, talking planes!” No surprise, then, that we got a sequel this year, though it is somewhat surprising that it was actually better-received than the original (and only four percentage points below Maleficent on the Tomatometer). Dane Cook reprises his role as the voice of Dusty the ambitious cropduster-turned-racing plane, who inadvertently sets an airport on fire and subsequently decides to take on a new career as a firefighter. This isn’t top notch animated entertainment or particularly inventive storytelling, agree most critics, but it’s a pleasantly agreeable enough diversion for the kids, if you’re in the market for that. Extras include a handful of animated shorts, a look at some of the real vehicles that inspired the characters, and a few other items, all kid-friendly.



A Most Wanted Man

85%

Depending on what you think of the franchise, it’s almost a little disappointing that the final two screen appearances of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman — an extremely gifted, versatile Oscar-winner — will come in the form of a supporting role in a blockbuster YA series, even if it is The Hunger Games. Thankfully, he also recently starred in a smaller thriller that arguably made much better use of his talents. In the John le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, Hoffman plays Gunther Bachmann, a German intelligence agent on the trail of a Chechen refugee he suspects is a terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda. Following up on a separate lead, Bachmann teams up with another German official and an American diplomat to infiltrate a local network and analyze the threat. A Most Wanted Man is Certified Fresh at 90 percent on the Tomatometer, with critics calling it a smart, thoughtfully told thriller that builds suspense as it moves along. There are only two bonus features: a standard making-of featurette, and a 9-minute interview with le Carré discussing his personal history in intelligence.

Also available this week:

  • The Dog (94 percent), a Certified Fresh documentary about John Wojtowicz, the man whose fascinating story inspired Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon.
  • The Discoverers (88 percent), starring Griffin Dunne in a road trip comedy about a professor en route to a conference with his kids who takes a detour when he learns his father has gone missing.
  • The One I Love (80 percent), starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss in a dramedy about a struggling married couple who retreat to a remote cabin to rekindle their love, only to discover the guest house holds a bizarre, mysterious secret.
  • Frontera (54 percent), starring Ed Harris and Michael Pena in a drama about a Mexican immigrant who is suspected of murdering an Arizona sheriff’s wife.
  • Premature (41 percent), a coming-of-age comedy about a high school senior who discovers he relives the same day over and over again… every time he has an orgasm.
  • Season two of HBO’s The Newsroom (69 percent), starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer, is available on DVD and Blu-ray, ahead of its season three premiere this weekend.
  • Universal is releasing a Complete Series set of the popular NBC show Quantum Leap, which stars Scott Bakula as a quantum physicist whose consciousness jumps through time, temporarily inhabiting the bodies of different people.
  • Fans of the BBC’s Sherlock might be interested in the Sherlock Limited Edition Gift Set, which includes all three seasons of the series to date on DVD/Blu-ray combo discs, new bonus features, collectible busts of both Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson, and a couple of art cards.

This week on streaming video, we’ve got a pretty amazing selection of new films and additions to Netflix, starting with the hit sequel to a Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill buddy cop comedy and not one, but two of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final screen appearances. In addition, we’ve got a Joe Swanberg comedy, a Quentin Tarantino western, and the penultimate season of Sons of Anarchy, among other things. Read on for the full list:


22 Jump Street
84%

Two cops (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) go undercover (this time at a college) in order to foil a drug ring. Once again, they learn a bit about themselves (and each other) in the process. And once again, their boss (Ice Cube) is constantly up in their business.

Available now on: iTunes


A Most Wanted Man
85%

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams star in this Certified Fresh spy thriller about an intelligence officer who methodically lays a trap for a terror suspect.

Available now on: iTunes


Happy Christmas
75%

Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey star in Joe Swanberg’s latest comedy about a party girl who moves in with her older brother and helps her sister-in-law loosen up a bit.

Available now on: iTunes


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
90%

After winning the Hunger Games in part one, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have become wildly popular figures for the nation’s beleaguered underclass. Fearing that revolution is nigh, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) contrives a plan: the two young champions will have to compete against an all-star lineup of past Hunger Games victors.

Available now on: Netflix


Django Unchained
86%

Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a runaway slave who teams up with a bounty hunter in an effort to rescue his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a diabolical slaveholder, in Quentin Tarantino’s epic, bloody western.

Available now on: Netflix


A Brony Tale
80%

My Little Pony voice actress Ashleigh Ball takes the viewer on a tour of the Internet-famous subculture of dudes who obsess over the new incarnation of her show.

Available now on: Netflix


E-Team
82%

This Netflix original documentary takes a closer look at the lives and work of four dedicated human rights workers.

Available now on: Netflix


The Carrie Diaries: Season Two

Anasophia Robb stars as Carrie Bradshaw in the CW’s prequel series to HBO’s Sex and the City, which follows the aspiring journalist during her high school years. This is the second and final season of the show, which was cancelled earlier this year.

Available now on: Netflix


Sons of Anarchy: Season Six

As the boys of the SAMCRO prepare to ride off into the sunset, you can get (mostly) up to speed by streaming the penultimate season.

Available now on: Netflix

This week at the movies, we’ve got a legendary warrior (Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Joseph Fiennes), a brainy heroine (Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman), and a curmudgeonly guardian (And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton). What do the critics have to say?



Hercules

58%

He was the son of a god. He had bulging biceps. He battled all manner of oversized, multi-headed mythological beast. Hercules was essentially an action hero two millennia before the birth of cinema, and critics say much of the fun of Hercules is in its commitment to swashbuckling escapism — this may not be the brainiest flick on the block, but at least it never feels like a dull classics lecture. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Herc, who, after completing his fabled labors, assembles a crew of fighters to topple a bloodthirsty megalomaniac. The pundits say Hercules isn’t particularly deep, but it never takes itself too seriously, either, and the result is a surprisingly hearty sword-and-sandal popcorn movie. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Johnson’s best-reviewed films.)



Lucy

67%

Luc Besson, the director of such cult favorites as Léon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, has never been one for subtlety or nuance. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though critics say his latest, Lucy, works a lot better as a stylishly eccentric thrill-ride than as a heady sci-fi trip. Scarlett Johansson stars as a student who’s kidnapped and forced to act as a drug mule. When she unintentionally consumes the drug, she quickly morphs into a hyper intelligent, telekinetic killing machine. The pundits say Lucy is short on logic and well-developed characters, but it’s slick, briskly-paced, and often quite entertaining.



And So It Goes

18%

Not every summer movie has to be a pulse-pounding explosion-fest, but a little energy is always nice. Unfortunately, critics say the combined talents of director Rob Reiner and stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton can’t do much to elevate And So It Goes‘ predictable script and slack pacing. Douglas stars as a misanthropic realtor who is suddenly tasked with caring for a granddaughter he never knew existed. Eventually, our hero takes a shine to the tot — and develops a kinship with his charming neighbor (Keaton). The pundits say And So It Goes feels more like a sitcom than a film, and only the stars’ considerable talents keep it from being a complete waste of time. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames for a gallery of dysfunctional movie families.)

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