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Cultures collide in ‘A Hologram for the King’

Horrible time to forget to pack the sunscreen Tom!
Horrible time to forget to pack the sunscreen Tom! Roadside Attractions

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

A Hologram for the King” sends Tom Hanks to Saudi Arabia for a comic drama of second chances. It’s based on the novel by Dave Eggers and directed by Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”). R.

The comic documentary “The Million Dollar Duck” follows six wildlife artists competing to get their painting on a U.S. stamp. PG.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the international thriller “Disorder,” with Diane Kruger protected by a delusional bodyguard (not rated), plus the comedies “Amateur Night,” with Jason Biggs (not rated), and “Joshy,” with Thomas Middleditch (R).


The Get Down,” the most expensive Netflix original series to date, dramatizes the ’70s culture of the South Bronx that nurtured hip-hip, punk and disco. From Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) with help from Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Nelson George and others. Six episodes now available.

The Coen Bros.’s “No Country for Old Men” (2007), starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, earned four Oscars, including Best Picture. Also on Amazon Prime. R.

Also new: the brash PG-13 comedies “St. Vincent,” (2014) with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, and “The Confirmation” (2016), with Clive Owen.

Kid stuff: “Ask the StoryBots: Season 1” is for young tots and “Project MC2: Season 2” (Netflix Original) continues the adventures of four brainy tween girls.

Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

In “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” (2015), the fifth film in the action franchise, Tom Cruise meets his equal in Rebecca Ferguson. PG-13.

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart star in “American Ultra” (2015), which reimagines “The Bourne Identity” as a violent black comedy with a slacker stoner hero. R.

Shaun the Sheep” (2015), from the folks who gave us Wallace and Gromit, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. PG.


Hulu announced that the free, ad-supported section is ending soon, moving to a new streaming TV hub on Yahoo. Hulu is remaking itself as a strictly subscription service with a live streaming TV component.


The Peanuts Movie” (2015) brings Charlie Brown and the gang to the screen with the art of 3-D computer animation. G.

The documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (2015) celebrates the art and legacy of filmmakers and friends Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. PG-13.


Based on a novels of MC Beaton, “Agatha Raisin” is a cheeky new British mystery series starring Ashley Jensen as an amateur sleuth in rural England. New episodes arrive each Monday through August.

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