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Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Disney/Lucasfilm

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

When you see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“ on your Cable On Demand menu or listed on iTunes or Amazon, know that this is for digital purchase. There is no streaming rental yet but you can rent it on disc at Redbox or at your local video store (if you still have one), and of course you can buy it on DVD and Blu-ray.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “Mr. Right,” a romantic comedy with Anna Kendrick as an oddball romantic and Sam Rockwell as a professional assassin on the run. R.

Also new: “One More Time” with Christopher Walken as a washed-up crooner and Amber Heard as his estranged daughter (not rated) and the horror film “The Invitation” (not rated).


God’s Pocket” (2014), a drama of petty crime and shady characters, features Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final screen roles. R.

A deaf woman battles a masked killer in the low-budget horror “Hush” (2016), available weeks after its successful debut at the SXSW Film Festival. R.

More new arrivals: “Elizabeth” (1998) starring Cate Blanchett as the 16th century Queen of England (R); Spike Lee’s sly heist film “Inside Man” (2006) with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen (R); the hilarious Hollywood lampoon “Bowfinger” (1999) with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy (1999) (R); Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) with Johnny Depp (PG); and Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. (1982).

Amazon Prime Video

Catastrophe: Season 2,” Amazon’s British-American sitcom about a mismatched couple brought together by pregnancy, jumps ahead to find odd couple Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney elbows-deep in parenthood. Six episodes.

More streaming TV: “Star Trek: The Original Series – Fan Favorites Vol. 1” presents 10 of the most famous and beloved episodes of the cult show, from Spock in heat to trouble with tribbles.

The Transporter Refueled” (2015) reboots the action franchise with Ed Skrein behind the wheel and a cargo of four female assassins (R), and “Nasty Baby” (2015) is darkly comic drama with Kristen Wiig (R).


The final episode of “11.22.63,” the original mini-series adapted from Stephen King’s bestselling novel, is now available, which means you can stream the entire series at your own pace.


Amy Schumer writes and stars in the raunchy and hilarious “Trainwreck,” playing a foul-mouthed, binge-drinking professional more interested in sex than romance. HBO offers the unrated version.

Showtime Anytime

Colin Hanks directs the documentary “All Things Must Pass” (2015), about the life and death of Tower Records.

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