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Mystifying events in ‘Midnight Special’

Michael Shannon and Jaeden Lieberher in “Midnight Special.”
Michael Shannon and Jaeden Lieberher in “Midnight Special.” Warner Bros.

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Midnight Special” is a mix of science fiction odyssey and conspiracy thriller grounded in the devotion of a father (Michael Shannon) to a son with inexplicable powers. A moving and gripping alternative to the sprawling superhero genre. Jaeden Lieberher, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver co-star. PG-13. Also on Blu-ray and DVD.

Also new: the action comedy “The Brothers Grimsby” with Sacha Baron Cohen (R), the romantic comedy sequel “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” with Nia Vardalos (PG-13) and Terrence Malick’s drama “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide: sports drama “The Phenom” with Ethan Hawke and Paul Giamatti (not rated), political drama “Septembers of Shiraz” with Salma Hayek (PG-13), and western “The Duel” with Woody Harrelson (R).

Netflix

Spotlight” (2015), the story of the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child abuse by priests, won the Oscar for Best Picture. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Keaton star. Rated R.

Also new: indie drama “The Fundamentals of Caring” (2016) with Paul Rudd (PG-13), Oscar-nominated “Theeb“ from Jordan (not rated, with subtitles), martial arts drama “Ip Man 3” from Hong Kong (PG-13, with subtitles), and comic book noir “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (2014) with Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba (R).

The British natural history series “Life Story: Series 1” (2014) charts the journey from birth to adulthood throughout the animal kingdom. 6 episodes.

More streaming TV: Shonda Rhimes’s “Grey’s Anatomy: Season 12” with Ellen Pompeo, and for kids the animated series “Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 3” and the Disney Channel shows “Bunk’d: Season 1” and “Best Friends Whenever: Season 1.”

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

With the debut of the seventh and final season of “The Good Wife,” the entire series is now on both Amazon Prime and Hulu for summer binging.

Amazon Prime Video

A batch of Miramax titles from the past couple of decades slipped onto Amazon Prime this month, including Oscar winners “The English Patient” (1996, R), “The Crying Game” (1992, R), “Pulp Fiction” (1994, R), “Shakespeare in Love” (1998, R), and “My Left Foot” (2005, R), and the whimsical French comedy “Amelie” (2001, R, with subtitles).

HBO Now

Ted 2” (2015) reunites Mark Wahlberg with his foul-mouthed talking Teddy Bear. It’s definitely R.

The new sports talk show “Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons” debuts this week, with new episodes every Wednesday.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. Find his reviews of streaming movies and TV at streamon demandathome.com.

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