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Get your kicks with ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Master Po and friends in “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
Master Po and friends in “Kung Fu Panda 3.” DreamWorks

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In “Kung Fu Panda 3” (2016), the roly-poly martial arts master Po (voiced by Jack Black) battles an evil warrior from the spirit realm with the help of his newfound family. The colorful, energetic DreamWorks Animation adventure offers likable characters and lessons in teamwork and is fine for young kids. Also on Blu-ray and DVD. PG.

Also new: the comedy “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (2016) with Tina Fey as a combat reporter in Afghanistan and the drone warfare drama “Eye in the Sky” (2015) with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman in his last screen performance. Both R.


Anna Friel stars in “Marcella: Season 1” as a London cop who returns to the high-pressure Murder Squad job after a 12-year break. It debuts stateside on Netflix. 8 episodes.

More streaming TV: the fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1” from MTV, the French-language spy satire “A Very Secret Service: Season 1,” and the Netflix originals “Marco Polo: Season 2” and “Between: Season 2.”

New movies: “Life” (2015) with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as James Dean (R), the “Back to the Future” (1985) trilogy (PG), four “Lethal Weapon” (1987) pictures (R), the original “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) with Eddie Murphy (R), “Working Girl” (1988) with Melanie Griffith (R), and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) with Marilyn Monroe (not rated).

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Brie Larson won the Best Actress Oscar for “Room” (2015), the touching drama of a young mother who devotes herself to nurturing the spirit of her young son while held captive. It’s more uplifting than it sounds. R.

Also new: Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003) and “Volume 2” (2004), Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” (1995), Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980), and Paul Thomas Anderson’s offbeat “Punch Drunk Love” (2002), all rated R.

Available on both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu: six “Star Trek” features (including the swashbuckling “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” 1982, PG), the horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), and the screwball con-man comedy “The Brothers Bloom” (2008) with Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz (PG-13).


From Britain comes “Banished,” about the first English settlers in Australia, and the crime drama “DCI Banks: Season 4.” Also new: the Cartoon Network comedy “Rick and Morty: Season 2” and the complete Disney channel shows “Gravity Falls” and “Dog with a Blog.”


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (2015), the second film in the young adult sci-fi franchise, releases the boys from the maze and into an even more dangerous world. PG-13. Also available: “Game of Thrones: Season 6” finale.

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