Movie News & Reviews

‘Big Short’ is a humorous look at financial meltdown

Evidently, the only thing that can keep Ryan Gosling’s attention is Eva Mendes.
Evidently, the only thing that can keep Ryan Gosling’s attention is Eva Mendes. Paramount Pictures

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


The Big Short” (2015) is the funniest film you’ll ever see tackle the economic crash of the last decade. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling star. R.

The first two season of the Showtime gothic horror series “Penny Dreadful” (2014-2015) reimagines the characters of iconic 19th century British horror novels in the same shadowy Victorian London of dark magic. Not rated, features explicit material.

More movies: The indie thriller “The Invitation” (2015) (not rated), the Danish drama “A War” (2015) (R, subtitled), the teen sex comedy “Brahman Naman” (2016) from India (not rated), and all seven satirical comedies from filmmaker Albert Brooks, from “Real Life” (1979, PG) to “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” (2006, PG-13).

Netflix exclusive series: the animated “Kuromukuro: Season 1” from Japan and the crime mini-series “NSU German History X: Season 1” from Germany (subtitled).

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

I Saw the Light” stars Tom Hiddleston as country-western legend Hank Williams in the story of his rise to fame and spiral of self-destruction. R. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt are a married couple in crisis in “By the Sea,” a contemplative drama written and directed by Jolie Pitt. R. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: the Oscar-nominated animated fantasy “Boy and the World” from Brazil (PG) and the Mexican crime cartel drama “600 Miles” with Tim Roth (R, in English and Spanish with subtitles).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is Alex Gibney’s documentary “Zero Days,” about the Stuxnet virus and the new world of cyberwarfare. PG-13.

Amazon Prime Video

Hannibal: Season 3“ (2015), starring Mads Mikkelson as Hannibal Lecter, is the final season of the most elegant and unusual crime series on American network TV. This season adapts the novels “Hannibal” and “Red Dragon.” 13 episodes.

The teen horror film “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” (2006) helped launch actress Amber Heard and director Jonathan Levine (”Warm Bodies”). R

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

Terminator Genisys” (2015) brings Arnold Schwarzenegger back to the heavy metal science fiction franchise and adds Emilia Clarke (”Game of Thrones”) as Sarah Connor. PG-13.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga star in “Ardor” (2014), a jungle western from Argentina. R, subtitled.


Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter star in “Suffragette” (2015), about the often violent struggle for women’s voting rights in Britain in the early 20th century. PG-13.

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