Movie News & Reviews

McCarthy means business in ‘The Boss’

Melissa McCarthy and her troop in “The Boss.”
Melissa McCarthy and her troop in “The Boss.” Universal Pictures

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Melissa McCarthy is “The Boss,” a disgraced financial titan who turns a youth cookie drive into a hardball sales campaign. The R-rated comedy is available in an unrated version. Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.

Sing Street,” from filmmaker John Carney (”Once”), tells an age-old story: boy meets girl, boy starts band to impress girl, music is made. PG-13. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: the crime thriller “Criminal” with Kevin Costner as a death row inmate given the mind of a dead CIA operative (R), the comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut” with Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer (PG-13), and “Hardcore Henry,” an action thriller seen entirely through the eyes of a man in extreme situations (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “Into the Forest,” a science fiction thriller starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood (R), and arriving before theaters is the thriller “Edge of Winter” with Joel Kinnaman (R).


The Netflix original movie “Tallulah” (2016) stars Ellen Page as a homeless girl who kidnaps a baby from a negligent single mother and takes refuge with lonely Allison Janney. Not rated.

The underdog sports drama “My All American” (2015) stars Finn Wittrock as real-life college football player Freddie Steinmark. PG.

Foreign affairs: from Norway comes the disaster film “The Wave” (2015) (R, subtitled) and from Israel comes the award-winning family drama “Baba Joon” (2015) (not rated, subtitled).

Kid stuff: The new Netflix animated series “Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh,” a spin-off of the animated feature “Home,” plus “Popples: Season 3” and “LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One: Season 2.”

Amazon Prime Video

Z for Zachariah” (2015) is a science fiction parable starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as survivors of the Apocalypse. PG-13. Also on Hulu.

Streaming TV: The plundering continues on “Vikings: Season 4” from The History Channel and “Defiance: Season 3” is the final season of the SyFy series.


Streaming TV: The CBS cop drama “Blue Bloods: Season 6” and modern Sherlock Holmes spin “Elementary: Season 4” and the FX horror series “The Strain: Season 2” are now available.


Sandra Bullock is an American political consultant in South America in “Our Brand Is Crisis” (2015), a political satire based on real events. R.

Looking: The Movie” (2016) brings closure to the HBO original series set in San Francisco. Not rated.

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