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New streaming releases: Get a dose of Chelsea in ‘Chelsea Does’

Oddly enough, Chelsea only shows off her apps at the dinner table.
Oddly enough, Chelsea only shows off her apps at the dinner table. Netflix

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Goosebumps” unleashes the stories of kids horror author R.L. Stine to the big screen as a colorful comic adventure, starring Jack Black as Stine and a menagerie of his imaginary creatures. The kid-friendly monster mash is rated PG and is also on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.

Spike Lee’s polarizing “Chi-Raq” takes on street violence in Chicago by way of a satirical musical. Amazon Prime members can stream it free starting February 5. R.

The Assassin,” a graceful period piece from Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiou-Hsien, turns martial arts drama into a gorgeous cinematic poem. Not rated but not explicit.

Also new: “Burnt” with Bradley Cooper as a superstar chef rebuilding a career wrecked by drugs and arrogance (R) and “A Brilliant Young Mind” with Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward prodigy at the International Math Olympics (PG-13).

Netflix

Chelsea Handler hosts the four-part documentary “Chelsea Does,” delving into marriage, racism, technology, and drugs in her usual uninhibited way. For mature audiences.

Turbo Kid” (2015) combines adolescent adventure and eighties B-movies for the story of a comic book-obsessed kid in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of… 1997. Not rated, features gory violence.

The Emmy Award-winning BBC documentary series “Frozen Planet” (2011) studies life in the hostile environments of the Arctic and the Antarctic.

More streaming TV: “Ever After High: Season 4” is an animated series for kids and “From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2” pits gangsters against vampires.

Amazon Prime Video

Missing out on the new PBS series “Mercy Street”? You can stream new episodes of this American drama, set in a military hospital during the Civil War, a week after they debut on PBS.

New movies: “Man of Tai Chi,” a martial arts drama directed by Keanu Reeves (who also does villain duty) (R), and “Mortdecai,” a caper comedy flop with Johnny Depp (R).

Hulu

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1,” a prequel to the hit zombie drama, drops the viewer at ground zero in Los Angeles. The second season begins on AMC in April.

HBO Now

Entourage,” the big-screen sequel to the HBO series, bring back charming actor Vinnie Chase (Adrien Grenier), his foul-mouthed super-agent (Jeremy Piven), and his pack of Hollywood bros. R.

Also new: the horror films “As Above/So Below” and “Unfriended,” both rated R.

Showtime Anytime

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon” chronicles the rise and fall of the famed humor magazine.

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

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