What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
“ Beasts of No Nation,” the harrowing drama of a child soldier in West Africa, is directed by Cary Fukunaga (who helmed the first season of “True Detective”) and stars Idris Elba as a brutal rebel leader. It earned rave reviews on the film festival circuit and was snapped up by Netflix, which is releasing it in select theaters nationwide the same day it debuts online. It’s not rated but includes violence involving children.
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Dwayne Johnson takes on earthquakes in the disaster movie “ San Andreas,” saving his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) and their daughter (the fetching Alexandra Daddario) as Southern California falls into the Pacific. It’s PG-13 for disaster action and mayhem and available in 3D from some providers. Also, it has Daddario.
“ Tomorrowland,” the latest movie based (sort of) on a Disneyland attraction, pits George Clooney and Britt Robertson against robots from the future and an impending apocalypse. PG for sci-fi action and peril.
The poignant documentary “ Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (2014) profiles the music legend on his final tour as he struggles with Alzheimer’s. PG.
“ Jane the Virgin: Season 1,” a sunny, funny, American take on the telenovela starring Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez as a single young woman mistakenly artificially inseminated during a routine exam, was one of the breakout hits of last season.
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Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are millionaires who lose it all and land in “ Schitt’s Creek: Season One” in the Canadian sitcom that also stars Levy’s son, Daniel.
“ Mad Monster Party?” (1967), an animated goof on the classic movie monsters, is a Halloween movie for little kids and adults with a nostalgic streak.
“ Casual,” a comedy about dating, sex and modern relationships that stars Michaela Watkins as a newly divorced mother, is Hulu’s newest original series. New episodes debut every Wednesday.
Amy Berg’s documentary “ Prophet’s Prey” (2015) examines the legacy of Warren Jeffs, who took control of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is serving a life sentence for rape and child sexual assault.
Paramount has 150 films, classic and contemporary both, available for free on its Paramount Vault You Tube Channel.
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.