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Comedian Aziz Ansari’s life inspires Netflix creation of ‘Master of None’

“Ahhhh…Why can’t I be funny?!”
“Ahhhh…Why can’t I be funny?!” K.C. Bailey

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In “Inside Out,” feelings have feelings too. Emotions are the main characters in the playful yet sensitive animated feature from Pixar about the inner life of a preteen girl unable to express her unhappiness. It’s bright and clever and funny and sad, filled with inventive metaphors and imaginative mindscapes and directed with compassion. PG, available in 3D from some providers. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone reporter (R), and the comedy reboot “Vacation,” with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate on another disastrous family road trip (R).


Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari draws on his own life for inspiration in his Netflix original comedy “Master of None: Season 1,” playing a 30-year-old actor of immigrant parents dealing with relationships, a struggling career and a lack of direction in the bustle of New York City. 10 episodes.

Nonfiction: “Last Days in Vietnam” (2014) earned an Oscar nomination and “Do I Sound Gay? (2014) features Tim Gunn and George Takei among its expert witnesses.

Streaming TV: “The 100: Season 2,” the CW show about attractive young adults in an unforgiving world, and the Bravo series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 1,” with Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo.

For teens and anime fans comes “Seven Deadly Sins: Season 1,” an animated fantasy from Japan (TV-14), and for younger kids there’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” (2004) and the Netflix original revival “Care Bears & Cousins: Season 1.”

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (2009) is another dive into dark fantasies and phantasmagorical dream worlds of Terry Gilliam. Heath Ledger died during production and his role was completed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell in an ingenious rewrite. PG-13.

Woody Allen’s time-travel fantasy “Midnight in Paris” is one of his most likable movies ever. PG-13.

Holy flashback! Tim Burton’s “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992) present Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight, while Antonio Banderas is a different kind of masked hero in “The Mask of Zorro” (1998). All PG-13.


Fifteen James Bond films starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby, spanning “From Russia With Love” (1963) to “Licence to Kill” (1989), arrive as “Spectre” hits theaters.


The Leisure Class,” the feature film produced on HBO’s “Project Greenlight: Season Four,” is now available to view, along with the season finale.

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