What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
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“ Love & Mercy” explores the life of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boy songwriter who turned surf music into psychedelic pop symphonies, from idealistic young visionary to his spiral into depression. Paul Dano and John Cusack play Wilson young and old, respectively, while a superb Elizabeth Banks plays the hero in this touching true story. PG-13 for language and drug use.
Suburbia meets the new sexual revolution in the racy comedy “ The Overnight” with Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and Jason Schwartzman. R for nudity, drug use, and language.
Canceled last year despite solid ratings on A&E, Netflix comes to the rescue with “ Longmire: Season 4,” new episodes of the modern western crime drama starring Australian actor Robert Taylor as laconic Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming. For those who like their TV crime dramas lean and leathery.
Mia Wasikowska is “ Madame Bovary” (2014) in the new take on Gustave Flaubert’s romantic tragedy with Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, and Rhys Ifans. R for sexuality and nudity.
Also new: Christopher Nolan’s moody thriller “ Insomnia” (2002) with Al Pacino and Robin Williams (R), Julia Sweeney’s one-woman show “ God Said Ha!” (1999, PG-13), and the intimate Iranian mystery “ About Elly” (2009) from Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (Farsi with subtitles, unrated).
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“ Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” inspired by an urban legend, is a sweetly offbeat indie picture about a young Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) on a quest to find the buried loot from the movie “Fargo” in the Minnesota winter. Unrated, no violence, sex, or foul language.
The family friendly documentary “ I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” profiles the “Sesame Street” puppeteer at age 78.
Also: Paul Newman found one of his greatest roles as an easy-going screw-up in the comic drama “ Nobody’s Fool” (1994, R) and Mickey Rourke is underground poet Charles Bukowski in all but name in “ Barfly” (1987, R).
“ The Awesomes: Season 3” offers new episodes of the animated superhero spoof, created for Hulu by Seth Meyers, arriving every Tuesday.
“ Wild,” featuring Oscar-nominated performances by Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, is HBO’s movie premiere of the week. R.
Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at http://streamondemandathome.com.