STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media
In “Brooklyn,” Emory Cohen took the underwritten role of a plumber and turned it into something extraordinary. He works a similar kind of magic in “Stealing Cars,” an effective yarn about a high-schooler who winds up in the Bernville Camp For Boys after committing a number of crimes, including stealing a car.
As with most prison movies, “Stealing Cars” is jam-packed with clichés but Cohen energizes the drama with the sheer force of his personality, shaking up the inmates and defending the weak not unlike Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” There’s great turns by Mike Epps and Felicity Huffman too. On Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Vudu.
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Ip Man 3: One of the best things about the latest chapter in the “Ip Man” series is that director Wilson Yip refrains from using tons of CGI. Instead, thanks to choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (“Kill Bill”), the fight scenes look and feel bone-crunchingly real. As a good man trying to protect his community from gangsters, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) lowers the boom on scores of bad guys including an evil land grabber (Mike Tyson). Best of all, the film pays as much attention to Ip Man’s emotional life as to his physical showdowns. On Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Vudu.
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The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun: Is a cool twist ending enough to redeem a movie that’s otherwise all flash and little substance? That’s the question you’ll ask yourself at the end of this dizzying French thriller about a secretary (Freya Mavor) who takes her boss’s Thunderbird for a joyride and winds up on a trip filled with dead bodies and gun battles. To the credit of filmmaker Joann Sfar, “The Lady” keeps you entertained even when you’re not sure what’s going on. On Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Vudu.
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Fifty Shades Of Black: After starring in and co-writing the “Scary Movie” and “A Haunted House” spoofs, Marlon Wayans takes a crack at sending up “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It’s clearly a case of diminishing returns. This is Wayans’ worst film to date, with unfunny Bill Cosby, Black Lives Matter and Wesley Snipes jokes and performances that never find the right groove. Enough already with the parodies; Wayans needs to move on. On Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Vudu.
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Justice League Vs. Teen Titans (2016, Warner, unrated, $25): If you didn’t get enough of the DC Universe in “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” check out this animated adventure which pits the Justice League against the younger super team, the Teen Titans. In a nutshell, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg face off against Beast Boy, Starfire, Blue Beetle and Nightwing. But only true teamwork will end the reign of the dastardly demon Trigon when he threatens to destroy Metropolis . On Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Vudu.
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The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: In celebration of National Humor Month, Shout Factory TV is presenting a slate full of comedy favorites being interviews by the great Dick Cavett. The funny men run the gamut from Steve Martin and George Carlin to Dennis Miller and Phil Hartman. On Shout Factory TV.
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Haven: The Final Season: In the last season of the Syfy hit, supernaturally-equipped FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and her posse (Luke Bryant, Eric Balfour) have their work cut out for them as the town of Haven is surrounded by a mysterious fog bank. Cue a series of journeys into the past, future, and worlds in between. While “Haven” departs significantly from Stephen King’s original story, the show’s creators conjure up enough creepy goings-on and shifting allegiances to keep you hanging on. On Hulu.
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Hannibal Takes Edinburgh: Fresh from his turn in “Daddy’s Home,” comic Hannibal Buress is the subject of a feature-length documentary which was filmed over the course of 28 days in August 2013. The movie follows Buress as he performs nightly to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest art and comedy festival in the world. The film also blends extended moments from Buress’ stand-up sets with scenes of the comedian waxing philosophic on building his comedy routine, life on the road and the joys of immersing himself in the Scottish culture. On Netflix.