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Cozy up to Mom with ‘Mother’s Day’

Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston in “Mother’s Day.”
Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston in “Mother’s Day.” Open Road Films

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

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Mother’s Day,” the final film from director Garry Marshall, features Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Julia Roberts among the mothers and daughters. It received horrible reviews. PG-13. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Out of the mainstream: “The Lobster” is a strange and surreal love story with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz (R), and “April and the Extraordinary World” is an animated steampunk adventure (PG). Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Also new: the comedies “Keanu,” with Keegan-Michal Key, Jordan Peele and a kitten (R); “The Bronze,” with Melissa Rauch (R); and “Meet the Blacks,” with Mike Epps (R).


The Little Prince” (2016), an animated version of the beloved Antoine de Saint-Exupery novel, arrives straight to Netflix. Features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. PG.

Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” a 50-minute spoof of Trump’s 1987 book with Johnny Depp as the blowhard mogul, is now exclusive to Netflix.

Also new this month: Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006) (PG); the franchise-launching “The Fast and the Furious” (2001), with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker (PG-13); and the Paul Newman dramas “From the Terrace” (1960, not rated), with Joanne Woodward, and “The Verdict” (1982), with James Mason (R).

Kid stuff: The new Netflix animated series Beat Bugs: Season 1” features the songs of Lennon and McCartney covered by contemporary artists.

Amazon Prime Video

The Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013) stars Oscar Isaac as an aspiring folk singer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. R.

Also new: the Oscar-winning “The Piano” (1993), with Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel (R); the elegant ghost story “The Others” (2001), with the elegant Nicole Kidman (PG-13); and the science-fiction classic “The Matrix” (1999, R).

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

Mr. Holmes” (2015) stars Ian McKellen as the iconic detective in retirement at age 93, trying to recall his fateful final case while facing old age and memory loss. PG.

The original “Cloverfield” (2008) is an American Godzilla movie for the camcorder generation (PG-13).


Streaming TV: the legal drama “Silk: Season 3” from Britain and the American comedies “You’re The Worst: Season 2” and “Adam Devine’s House Party: Season 3.”


The HBO original documentary “Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?” (2016) visits big-money donors on both sides of the political spectrum. Not rated.

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