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New streaming movies: ‘Hot Pursuit,’ more on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu

Here’s a look at what’s new on video-on-demand and on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Hot Pursuit ,” an odd couple road comedy with Reese Witherspoon as a by-the-book cop and Sofía Vergara as a widowed drug dealer’s wife on the run from both cops and crooks, plays the situation for pratfalls and PG-13 gags (for some sexual and drug references). Also on Blu-ray and DVD.

In The Hunting Ground ,” documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick delves into rape on college campuses and the resistance from campus officials to investigate and prosecute these crimes. There’s no explicit imagery but the PG-13 film features graphic descriptions of sexual assaults.

Cop Car is a thriller about two boys, a stolen police cruiser, a dead body in the trunk and the corrupt sheriff (Kevin Bacon) on their trail. Also new: Final Girl,” a horror film with Abigail Breslin. Both are rated R.

The nature documentary Enchanted Kingdom” is rated G.


Marion Cotillard earned an Oscar nomination for her intense performance as a woman struggling to save her job in the working class drama Two Days, One Night (2014) from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. It’s in French with subtitles and is PG-13 for “mature themes.”

Doctor Who: Season 8 introduces Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. He faces Daleks, Cybermen, The Master and a robotic Robin Hood with his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman). It’s also on Hulu.

Kid stuff: the new Netflix original animated series Dinotrux is based on the storybooks by Chris Gall.

Amazon Instant Prime

Amazon presents the pilot episodes of two new series hopefuls: Sneaky Pete ,” created by David Shore (“House M.D.”) and starring Giovanni Ribisi as a con man posing as a bail bondsman, and Casanova from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Amelie”), which reimagines the legendary lover (played by Diego Luna) as a royal spy. Free for all Amazon customers, not just Prime members.

The Israeli courtroom drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem confronts the inequities of Israeli law for women. It won the Best Film Award of the Israeli Film Academy.


You’re the Worst: Season 1,” a sitcom starring Chris Geere and Aya Cash as self-destructive singles who wind up falling for each other despite themselves, arrives one month before the second season fires up on FX.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third and final film in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s modest adventure, ends the tale with epic sweep and spectacle.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His work appears in Parallax View, Turner Classic Movies online and Keyframe, and at