STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media
How good can a film be that’s based on a video game app? Well, pretty good, in the case of “The Angry Birds Movie,” a high-spirited yarn about flightless birds, led by the cranky Red (Jason Sudeikis), who must do battle with egg-stealing green pigs.
Unpretentious and funny, “Angry Birds” fills in the backstory of these colorful creatures but what really puts the wind beneath the movie’s wings is the tonsil power of the cast, which includes Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and a hilariously growling Sean Penn. All the groan-inducing puns are charming too. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
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Women He’s Undressed: Any one with even a passing interest in the Golden Age of Hollywood should snap up this doc about the late costume designer Orry-Kelly, a three-time Oscar winner who created the outfits for such classics as “Dark Victory,” “Casablanca,” and “Some Like It Hot.” Not only does director Gillian Armstrong (“High Tide”) brilliantly break down the particulars of Kelly’s stunning designs but she also delves deep into Kelly’s romance with a then-struggling Cary Grant. Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury and costume designers Ann Roth, Colleen Atwood and Catherine Martin fill in the blanks of Kelly’s brilliant career. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
A Monster With A Thousand Heads: The rare thriller with a lot on its mind, this movie from Mexico’s Rodrigo Pla follows a woman named Sonia (Jana Raluy) who faces off against an uncaring bureaucracy. After Sonia’s husband is turned down for medical treatment, she takes matters into her own hands, confronting a clueless doctor and kidnapping insurance company executives in charge of withholding his pain meds. Anyone who’s ever dealt with customer service representatives will instantly sympathize with Sonia’s dilemma and understand why she’s willing to go to great lengths to get some answers. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
The Affair: Season Two: The reverberations of a secret summer liaison between Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) are still being felt in this intriguing Showtime series which constantly shifts perspectives between Noah and Alison as well as their spurned spouses Helen (Maura Tierney) and Cole (Joshua Jackson). Every episode seems stocked with double-crosses, complex family ties, vengeance and romance. What’s not to like? On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
11.23.63: If you’re a sucker for time travel tales, check out this mesmerizing, eight-hour Hulu series, adapted from a Stephen King novel, about a history teacher (James Franco) who goes back to Dallas in the 1960s in hopes of stopping Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber) from assassinating President Kennedy. There’s lots of complications along the way, including Franco’s relationship with a fellow instructor (Sarah Gadon) and his efforts to avert another murder spree. Even though it occasionally meanders, “11.23.63” is eccentric and passionate enough to keep you riveted. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Think you could make a living DJ-ing? If this doc is any indication, it’s a profession which is harder than it looks. Center stage is Steve Aoki, an electro house icon, record producer and music executive who describes his career as “the ultimate rush, the truest of addictions.” On Netflix.
For The Kids
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Speed Demon: Monster Cars! Monsters Slams! And a Monster Mystery! In this entertaining romp, Shaggy and the gang team up with the stars at WWE for a high-octane original movie. The pals must track down a mysterious racer known only as Inferno before the phantom sabotages a big off-road racing competition. Start your engines for a nifty combination of thrills and spills. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Peppa Pig: In the latest 12 episodes of the popular children’s TV program, the Pig clan take a special family holiday. Join Peppa Pig, her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig as they travel abroad to take in the sights and sounds of Italy. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Puffin Rock: Season 2: Chris O’Dowd and Kate McCafferty lend their voices to this sweet-natured ‘toon about life on lovely Puffin Rock, where puffling Oona, her baby brother Baba and their pals learn about nature, friendship and family. On Netflix.
Ultraman: 50th Anniversary Marathon: If you’re in the mood for a feast of epic proportions, cue up Shout Factory TV’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Japanese show. Airing between 1966 and 196, with a total of 39 episodes, the live-action series followed a high-tech police force and their alien superhero Ultraman as they battled to save the Earth from invading aliens and monsters. On Shout Factory TV.