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Stream on Demand: ‘Doctor Strange’ comes to home viewing

UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (Jay Maidment / AP)
Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (Jay Maidment / AP)
By Sean Axmaker For The Spokesman-Review

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

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Benedict Cumberbatch is “Doctor Strange,” the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Comics universe, in the colorful mix of superhero film, magical spectacle, spiritual odyssey and psychedelic journey (PG-13). This is one trippy hero’s journey. Also on DVD and Blu-ray.

Allied” is an old-fashioned romantic thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as beautiful World War II spies in love (R). Also on DVD and Blu-ray and at Redbox.

Also new: Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes film “Rules Don’t Apply” (PG-13), end-of-life drama “Chronic” with Tim Roth (R), and thriller “Shut In” with Naomi Watts (R).

Available before theaters is Walter Hill’s transgender crime thriller The Assignment with Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver (R).

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is the comedy Catfight with Sandra Oh and Anne Heche (R) and thriller The Institute with James Franco (R).

Catch these Oscar winners on VOD and at Redbox: Moonlight (Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, R), Manchester by the Sea (Actor and Original Screenplay, R), Arrival (Sound Editing, PG-13), and Hacksaw Ridge (Editing and Sound Mixing, R).


You can see three Oscar winners on Netflix right now: Zootopia (Animated Feature, PG), The Jungle Book (Visual Effects, PG), and The White Helmets (Documentary Short, not rated).

New March arrivals include Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011, PG-13), animated family films Kung Fu Panda (2008, PG) and Ernest and Celestine (2012, PG), Jurassic Park (1993) and its sequels (PG-13), Oscar-winning musical Chicago (2002, PG-13), Christopher Nolan’s ingenious Memento (2000, R), rockumentary Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (2012, not rated), and cult mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984, R)

Streaming TV: the Oprah Winfrey-produced Greenleaf: Season 1 with Keith David and Lynn Whitfield and the animated Angry Birds: Season 2for kids.

True stories: a suppressed Holocaust documentary in Night Will Fall (2016, not rated), filmmakers kidnapped by Kim Jong-il in The Lovers and the Despot (2016,not rated), and Ken Burns’ America in The Civil War (1990), Prohibition (2011), and The Roosevelts (2014).

Amazon Prime Video

Captain Fantastic (2016) earned Viggo Mortensen an Oscar nomination as a devoted father of a family coming off the grid for a road trip through the world outside their little Walden (R).

Also new: the real-life World War II thriller Anthropoid (2016, R), Australian romantic drama The Dressmaker (2015) with Kate Winslet (R), vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (2014, R), and remake of The Gambler (2014) with Mark Wahlberg (R).

Kid stuff: Nine Lives (2016) with Kevin Spacey as a housecat (PG), the animated fairy tale spoof Hoodwinked (2005, PG), and the Amazon series Annedroids: Season 4.”


Missed the big moment at the Oscars? See the entire The 89th Annual Academy Awards (not rated) and the seven-hour Best Documentary winner O.J.: Made in America (not rated).

The British mini-series National Treasure,” starring Robbie Coltrane as a beloved comedian accused of sexual abuse, makes its stateside debut on Hulu.

Denzel Washington and John Travolta star in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), a remake of the ’70s subway heist classic (R).

There is also a slate of action films from China, Hong Kong, and South Korea, from modern crime thrillers The Man from Nowhere and The Last Tycoonto historical martial arts adventures Tai Chi Heroand Young Detective Deeto action comedy Lost in Thailand.”


The comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) stars Zac Efron and Adam Devine as dateless brothers and Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza as their out-of-control dates (R).

Also new: Tickled (2016), a disturbing documentary about blackmail and humiliation (R), and Eli Roth’s gruesome horror film The Green Inferno (2013, R).

The nonfiction sports series UConn: The March to Madness follows the champion women’s college basketball team through the season. New episodes each Wednesday.

Older titles returning to HBO in March are the cult horror satire American Psycho (2000) with Christian Bale (R), musical Hairspray (2007, PG) action film Live Free or Die Hard (2007) with Bruce Willis (PG-13), original Resident Evil (2002) with Milla Jovovich (R), and Robert Altman’s classic M*A*S*H(1970, R).

New on disc this week

“Moonlight,” “Doctor Strange,” “Allied,” “Rules Don’t Apply,” “The Before Trilogy”

Now at Redbox

“Moonlight,” “Allied,” “Masterminds,” “I.T.”

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

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