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Stream on Demand: ‘Ant-Man’ offers a goofy take on Marvel superheroes

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Superhero movies getting too serious for you? Ant-Man,” with Paul Rudd as an idealistic cat burglar who inherits a high-tech suit that shrinks him to insect size, has humorous banter, comic action, and playful special effects woven through its colorful adventure. Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly co-star. 3-D version available from some providers. PG-13 for “sci-fi action violence.” Also on Blu-ray and DVD.

Minions,” the goofy little yellow henchmen from “Despicable Me,” get their own animated comedy. In 3-D from some providers. PG. Also on Blu-ray and DVD.

Also new: the R-rated horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and the PG-13 action thriller The Transporter Refueled.”

Available same day as select theaters nationwide are the comedies Don Verdean with Sam Rockwell (PG-13) and American Hero with Stephen Dorff (no rating).


Christian Petzold’s Phoenix (2014) is a powerful portrait of a Holocaust survivor (Nina Hoss) who returns to Berlin after World War II to find her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld), who may have betrayed her to the Nazis. Also from filmmaker and two stars is the compelling Barbara (2013), set in East Germany before the fall of wall. Both PG-13, in German with English subtitles.

The Ridiculous 6 (2015), a new Netflix original movie, sends Adam Sandler on an odyssey across the old West with half-brothers Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Luke Wilson, and Terry Crews. No rating, with adolescent humor and ethnic jokes.

Vampire Academy (2014), based on the young adult fantasy novel, combines high school melodrama with supernatural thriller (PG-13). For the younger kids, there’s The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 2 and Phineas and Ferb: Season 4.”

Amazon Prime Video

With “Carol” receiving rave reviews and critics’ awards, you can now revisit the first collaboration between director Todd Haynes and actress Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There. (2007), a freewheeling portrait of the lives (real and imagined) of Bob Dylan. R.

Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers discover a modern fountain of youth in the classic comedy Monkey Business (1952), co-starring young Marilyn Monroe.

Streaming TV: Transparent: Season 2 continues Amazon Prime’s Emmy-winning original series and Falling Skies: Season 5 brings the science fiction invasion drama to an end.


Get Hard,” a prison comedy with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart (available on R and extended unrated versions), and the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows from New Zealand (R) are new this week.

U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris,” which was postponed after the Paris attacks, is now available.

Now available at Redbox:

“Ant-Man,” “Trainwreck,” “Knock Knock,” “Jenny’s Wedding”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at

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