This week on streaming video, we’ve got some popular television shows, a Netflix revival of a beloved Ricky Gervais character, and a handful of smaller films, as well as a Best Picture contender, some new HBO programs, and a Marvel blockbuster newly available on FandangoNOW. Read on for the full list.


New on Netflix

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (2016) 100%

Rachel Bloom stars in this CW musical comedy series about a career woman who leaves her job and Manhattan lifestyle to find love in California.

Available now on: Netflix


Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) 91%

Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz star in this drama about an actress who is asked to star again in the lesbian drama that made her famous, this time playing the role of the older woman.

Available now on: Netflix


Girl Asleep (2015) 82%

This fantastical coming-of-age comedy centers on a young girl who retreats into bizarre, dreamlike fantasies when her parents invite her entire school to her surprise 15th birthday party.

Available now on: Netflix


David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) 59%

Ricky Gervais reprises his role as former paper company manager David Brent, who now sells feminine hygiene products but assembles a band to embark on a self-financed rock tour.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Amazon Prime

 

The Americans: Season 4 (2016) 99%

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star in FX’s period drama about a pair of Soviet spies posing as a married American couple who must juggle family issues with their clandestine mission.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


The Retrieval (2013) 93%

This Civil War-set drama centers on a 13-year-old boy working with white bounty hunters who unexpectedly finds himself on the run with a runaway slave after he’s been sent to lure him back to the South.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


It Felt Like Love (2013) 84%

This coming-of-age drama follows a teenager spending a summer in Brooklyn determined to catch the attention of a tough older guy.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


The Greasy Strangler (2016) 62%

This odd horror comedy centers on a father-son duo who find themselves at odds with each other when they both fall for the same woman on a disco walking tour.

Available now on: Amazon Prime


New on FandangoNOW

 

Moonlight (2016) 98%

This multiple Oscar-nominated drama offers a gently probing look at one man’s search for meaning across several stages of his life.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (2015) 95%

This HBO true crime series chronicles the web of intrigue surrounding billionaire heir Robert Durst and the three unsolved murders to which he was intimately connected.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Doctor Strange (2016) 89%

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the latest chapter of the Marvel cinematic saga as a famous surgeon who suffers a terrible car crash and seeks healing from a mystical guru who teaches him much more than he bargained for.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Chronic (2015) 77%

Tim Roth stars in this drama about a hospice nurse who gets on well with his patients but suffers from crippling depression in his own life.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Ballers 72%

Dwayne Johnson stars in HBO’s comedy about an ex-NFL player struggling to adjust to life after football who becomes a financial manager for other star athletes.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Allied (2016) 61%

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in Robert Zemeckis’ period spy romance about a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter at the outset of WWII.

Available now on: FandangoNOW


Wayne's World 2 (1993) 61%

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprise their roles as goofy rockers Wayne and Garth, who set out to put together a huge rock festival called Waynestock.

Available now on: FandangoNOW

The biggest home video release this week is a surprisingly satisfying action flick starring Keanu Reeves, but outside of that, most of the big releases received pretty poor reviews. That said, the smaller films on this week’s list are the real highlights, with three acclaimed Certified Fresh picks and another trio of highly rated films. Read on for details:



John Wick

86%

John Wick is about as pure a revenge flick as you’re going to get, and critics were quite pleased with that. The story is simple: Keanu Reeves plays the titular former mob hitman, who’s mourning the death of his wife when the son of a local kingpin breaks into his home, kills his new puppy, and steals his car. This is the last straw for Wick, and he unleashes a most brutal temper tantrum upon anyone foolish enough to stand between him and the puppy-killing car thief. Directed by longtime stuntmen Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, John Wick is a stylish flurry of point blank shots to the face and brooding Keanu Reeves grimaces, and for most critics, the combination was a match made in heaven. Toss in a bit of the much talked-about “world-building” and a colorful cast of side characters, and you have the makings of an action franchise. At 83 percent on the Tomatometer, John Wick surprised a lot of folks and even took home the Golden Tomato Award in the Action/Adventure category.



Dracula Untold

25%

Though ostensibly not part of Universal’s plan to reboot all of their classic monsters in a shared universe (kind of like The Avengers of horror), Dracula Untold doesn’t bode well for the studio’s future efforts in the genre. Untold purports to tell the “origin story” of the famous literary bloodsucker, in which Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans), the prince of Transylvania, enters into a blood pact with a vampire to receive the power necessary to turn back a Turkish invasion and save his son. Critics didn’t buy it, for the most part; while the visuals were sometimes impressive, they also tended toward bad video game imagery, and the narrative lacked both the edge and the necessary dramatic heft to justify its epic scope. At 22 percent on the Tomatometer, Dracula Untold is a poor attempt to put a fresh spin on a familiar tale.



Ouija

6%

As long as you’ve got a working knowledge of horror movie mechanics, a decent cinematographer, and a few million dollars to spare, you stand a chance at making a tidy profit, regardless of what the critics say. At least, that was the case for last year’s Ouija, which was produced for about $5 million and earned a mere 7 percent on the Tomatometer but went on to gross over $95 million at the box office. This PG-13 tale of terror revolves around a group of young friends who use a Ouija board to make contact with a malicious spirit; as the participants of the original séance begin dropping one by one, the remaining survivors struggle to identify the spectre and figure out a way to defeat it. Critics found the film egregiously derivative of better movies, filled with telegraphed jump scares and bland storytelling, even if it did sport a nice professional sheen. This is probably the kind of fluff that teen horror novices might eagerly devour and quickly forget, but more discerning adults will find little in the way of a real scare here.



The Best of Me

12%

Don’t look now, but they’ve gone and made another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, and following recent tradition, it did not perform well with critics. At all. This would-be tearjerker stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as star-crossed teenage lovers Dawson and Amanda, who are reunited after 20 years apart when a mutual friend passes away. Between flashbacks to their past relationship, the pair rekindle their romance, only to discover it’s not so easy to shake off the past and move forward. By now, most folks know where they stand with Sparks’s weepy formula, and critics agree that if you’re a fan, you’re in for more of the same, and you’ll likely be pretty satisfied with the final product. If you’re anyone else, though, you probably already know you’re going to avoid this like a snotty handkerchief, so the 8 percent Tomatometer score is somewhat irrelevant.

Also available this week:

  • Nas: Time Is Illmatic (100 percent), a documentary about the prolific and influential hip-hop artist and the creation of his seminal debut album.
  • Starred Up (99 percent), starring Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn in a Certified Fresh drama about a violent 19-year-old inmate who is transferred to the same prison as his estranged father.
  • The Overnighters (98 percent), a Certified Fresh documentary focusing on the rush to find jobs during the North Dakota oil boom and the hardships experienced by prospective workers there.
  • Dear White People (92 percent), a Certified Fresh satire of race politics about a mixed-race writer and radio show host at a mostly white university who causes a stir when she becomes the head of the all black house on campus.
  • The Retrieval (34 percent), a Civil War-set drama about a 13-year-old boy working with white bounty hunters who unexpectedly finds himself on the run with a runaway slave after he’s been sent to lure him back to the South.
  • ABCs of Death 2 (75 percent), the follow-up omnibus film featuring 26 horror segments — one for each letter of the alphabet — helmed by 26 different directors.
This week at the movies, we’ve got just one new wide release: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson in the latest Marvel superhero adventure. What do the critics have to say?



Captain America: The Winter Soldier

90%

It’s become fashionable in some film-going circles to dismiss the recent spate of comic book adaptations as evidence that Hollywood is bereft of ideas. Critics say Captain America: The Winter Soldier offers a powerful rebuttal, delivering outstanding performances and a thoughtful political undercurrent to complement its visceral thrills. This time out, Captain America (Chris Evans) is working undercover for S.H.I.EL.D., but quickly discovers that the organization is far more secretive than he suspected. Meanwhile, a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier has carried out a series of killings — and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) seems to know more about his identity than she’s telling. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Captain America: The Winter Soldier should please both newcomers and Marvel diehards — it’s slick and action-packed, and most intriguingly, often has the feel of a paranoid thriller from the 1970s. (Check out this week’s Total Recall for a list of memorable superhero franchise part twos..)

Also opening this week in limited release:

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