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This weekend’s new streaming releases on pay-per-view, Netflix, Amazon Prime

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Jurassic World” revives the dinosaurs-in-the-modern world franchise with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard taking on prehistoric creatures with genetic enhancements. Great creatures, furious action, dubious decisions, and another lesson in the dangers of cloning ancient predators. PG-13 for “science fiction peril.” Available in 3D from select providers, also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Paper Towns,” based on the young adult novel by John Green, stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne in one last odyssey before high school graduation. PG.

Also new: the historical drama “ Testament of Youth” with Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington and the horror film “ The Vatican Tapes” (both PG-13).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “ Bone Tomahawk,” a western with Kurt Russell and cannibal cave dwellers (no rating, mature audiences), and the drama “ Meadowland” with Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson (R).

Amazon Prime Video

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the top box office hit of 2014, arrives a month before the final film in the franchise debuts on theaters. This chapter delves into the power of propaganda and psychological warfare. Jennifer Lawrence once again sustains the film with her committed performance. It’s also on Hulu. PG-13.

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts try to keep up with twentysomething couple Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried in the comedy “ While We’re Young” (R).


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (2013) is an atmospheric, poetic character piece with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck as an outlaw couple in rural Texas. R for violence.

The indie romantic comedy “ Results” (2015) stars Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce as mismatched personal trainers and Kevin Corrigan as the new client who gets tangled in their lives (R).

Hemlock Grove: Season 3” is the final season of the gory Netflix Original horror series created by Eli Roth.

Kid stuff: Animated heroes go at it in “ Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Season 2” and “ Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered.”


The Librarians: Season 1,” a breezy, lighthearted adventure with magical dimensions, sends a motley team of treasure hunters in search of mythical artifacts. Rebecca Romjin is their FBI handler and Bruce Campbell plays Santa Claus in episode four. 10 episodes.


Now available: the stand-up comedy special “ Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” (TV-MA) and the action thriller “ Taken 3” with Liam Neeson and his very specific skill set (PG-13).

Premiering on Saturday is the comedy “ Bad Words” with Jason Bateman (R).

Showtime Anytime:

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank” profiles the illustrious congressman.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at