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Cop comedy ‘22 Jump’ spoofs itself

Sean Axmaker

What’s new to watch this week on pay-per-view and streaming services:

Pay-per-view and video on demand

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are together again for the bromance cop comedy sequel “22 Jump Street.” This installment, naturally, makes fun of sequels.

More serious is “If I Stay,” based on the young adult novel by Gayle Forman and starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a high school girl caught between life and death after a car accident.

“The Wind Rises,” a lovely animated drama from Japan’s beloved Hayao Miyazaki, was an Oscar nominee last year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt provide voices for the English language version.

Also new: the ultra-violent, graphically stylized pulp fiction crime thriller “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and the storm-chaser adventure “Into the Storm.”

Netflix

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One” is now available. A TV spin-off of the Marvel movies with Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson (miraculously alive after he was killed in “The Avengers,” also on Netflix), the series boasted guest appearances by Marvel movie characters like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders), and Norse goddess Sif (Jaimie Alexander), but ratings dropped off nonetheless. The events of the feature film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (sorry, not on Netflix) recharged the flagging series for the final episodes of the season. Season Two is underway on ABC.

“Sabotage” is a violent action film turned brutal revenge thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the head of a corrupt and out-of-control strike team. It’s directed by David Ayer, whose “End of Watch” is also on Netflix and is a much more compelling cop drama.

Amazon Instant Prime

“Mr. Selfridge Season 2” continues BBC’s urban answer to “Downton Abbey,” set in a London department store created and run by a populist American entrepreneur (Jeremy Piven) who breaks down class barriers in the early 20th century.

Other streams

Fandor, a subscription streaming service that specializes in independent and foreign films, has added a rotating collection of films from the Criterion Collection. Seven new films arrive each week and run for 12 days. The initial offerings include Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” and the original “Lord of the Flies” and such foreign classics as the grueling “The Wages of Fear” and Ingmar Bergman’s “Through a Glass Darkly.” A new collection appears every Tuesday.

Hulu Plus, meanwhile, is the permanent home of the streaming side of the Criterion Collection, which features many films not yet available on disc.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His work appears in Parallax View, Turner Classic Movies online and the “Today” show website. Visit him online at seanax.com.
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