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McConaughey rebels in ‘Free State of Jones’

Matthew McConaughey still struggles to gain that weight back.
Matthew McConaughey still struggles to gain that weight back. Universal Pictures

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Free State of Jones” stars Matthew McConaughey as a disillusioned Mississippi farmer who unites with army deserters and escaped slaves to rebel against the Confederate government. Gary Ross directs this historical drama inspired by real-life events (R). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” with Megan Fox and Will Arnett (PG-13) and the comedy “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” with Seth Rogen and Zac Ephron (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide: the comedy “My Blind Brother” with Jenny Slate and Adam Scott (R), the thriller “I.T.” with Pierce Brosnan and Anna Friel (not rated), and the drama “Goat” with Nick Jonas and James Franco (R).


Zootopia” (2016), Disney’s animated comedy about a bunny cop (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) and a conniving fox partner (Jason Bateman), is one of the biggest hits of 2016 (PG).

The documentary “Audrie & Daisy” (2016) investigates high school sexual assault and cyberbullying (not rated).

Netflix originals: the anthology comedy series “Easy” debuts and “Longmire” returns for season 5.

More streaming TV: “Penny Dreadful: Season 3” brings the Showtime horror series to a close, “Gotham: Season 2” and “New Girl: Season 5” arrive as new seasons begin on TV, and “Luther: Season 4,” “Wallander: Series 4,” and “Call the Midwife: Series 5” arrive from Britain.

Amazon Prime Video

The Witch” (2015), a “New England Folktale” of Puritans in 17th century America, is a primal, unnerving horror film (R).

Days after winning two Emmy Awards, the third season of the Amazon original series “Transparent” debuts.

Also new: “Knight of Cups” (2016) with Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett (R) and the modern Irish fairy tale “Ondine” (2009, PG-13).

Amazon Prime Video / Hulu

The Oscar-nominated “Sicario” (2015) tosses Emily Blunt into the drug war on the Mexican border with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin (R).

Also new: the documentary “Serena“ (2016) on tennis champion Serena Williams (not rated) and the thriller “Captive“ (2015) with David Oyelowo and Kate Mara (PG-13).


The rock-doc “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (2016) streams for Hulu subscribers days after opening in theaters (not rated).


Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and star Leonardo DiCaprio both won the Oscars for “The Revenant” (2015), a brutal tale of survival and revenge on the American frontier (R).

The show biz satire “The Larry Sanders Show,” HBO’s original buzz series, is now available.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. Find his reviews of streaming movies and TV at