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NOW STREAMING: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ serves up devastation, not much else

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STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media

Two decades after “ID4” turned destruction into an art form, along comes a follow-up that’s more of the same. A lot more. Will Smith skipped “Independence Day: Resurgence” but many others from the original film are back, including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch.
The newbies include Liam Hemsworth as a maverick pilot and Jessie T. Usher as the son of Smith’s character. As with the original, the emphasis is on spectacle. If you like devastation, director Roland Emmerich delivers the goods. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
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King Cobra: Back in 2007, Luzerne County, Pa., porn producer Bryan Kocis was killed in his Dallas County home by rival producers Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes. This riveting thriller spins out the whole sordid saga beginning with Kocis’ (Christian Slater) decision to take under his wing a 17-year-old named Brent Corrigan (Garrett Clayton). When Corrigan tries to leave Kocis’ stable and go work with Cuadra (Keegan Allen) and Kerekes (an unhinged James Franco), Kocis forbids it and, essentially, seals his fate. A cautionary tale about living beyond your means and spending too much time on the dark side, “King Cobra” has plenty of sting in its tail. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
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Blue Jay: Fresh from her Emmy-winning turn as Marcia Clark on “The People V O. J. Simpson,” Sarah Paulson delivers a hearthbreaking turn in this lovely romantic dramedy about two former high-school sweethearts (Paulson, Mark Duplass) who meet by chance and decide to reconnect. At first, it’s all fun and games as they walk around their home town, munching jelly beans and guzzling beer but as the evening darkens, they begin to pick at the scabs of old wounds. Duplass nails the details of young love beautifully while Paulson delivers arias on the subject of regret. “Blue Jay” feels bruisingly true. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
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Iverson: The most famous and controversial Philadelphia 76er of all time is the subject of an engrossing documentary which begins with a fresh take on his poverty-stricken upbringing in Virginia. Filmmaker Zatella Beatty probes the bowling-alley brawl which landed Iverson in prison, threatening to end his basketball career before it began, and chronicles Iverson’s decision to flout NBA convention with tattoos and corn rows. While there’s very little info on Iverson’s tumultuous marriage, this doc otherwise manages to shed light on an athlete who has always felt misunderstood. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
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Les Cowboys: It’s amazing how much first-time filmmaker Thomas Bidegain crams into 104 minutes: religion, gender, romance and murder. The action begins when a teenage girl named Kelly (Iliana Zabeth) goes missing from an outdoor concert. In the aftermath, her father (Francois Damiens) and brother (Finnegan Oldfield) go to great lengths to track her down. But Kelly is a lost child who might not want to be found. A French spin on “The Searchers,” this wonderfully rich thriller, set in the years before and after 9/11, is a powerful look at a changing world. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
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Satanic: If such a thing as Satanic tourism exists, this howler is a warning against it. After paying a visit to the Sharon Tate killhouse (which was, in fact, bulldozed in 1994), a quartet of spring breakers (Sarah Hyland, Steven Krueger, Justin Chon, Clara Mamet) decide to stalk the owner of an occult bookstore and wind up saving the life of a woman who seems destined for human sacrifice. But, of course, all is not as it seems. Deficient in wit, style, substance, logic and likeable characters, “Satanic” is hellish for all the wrong reasons. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
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Black Mirror: Season Three: Called “a Twilight Zone for the digital age” by the New Yorker, this series uncorks six standalone episodes that expore techno-paranoia. The third season features an all-star cast including Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, James Norton, Cherry Jones, Wyatt Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Michael Kelly and Kelly McDonald. On Netflix
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In a Lonely Place: Now that Criterion has launched its own streaming channel via FilmStuck, you can catch up with thousands of world-renowned films, including this stunner that is, at once, a noir, a tragic romance and an inside-Hollywood expose. Humphrey Bogart is at his world-weary best as a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who’s the prime suspect in the murder of a hatcheck girl. “Lonely Place” unwinds with a maximum of suspense but it also has a strain of melancholy running through it, as Bogie’s affair with a failed actress (Gloria Grahame) slowly begins to crumble under the strain of fear and doubt. On FilmStruck.com
Teen Titles
Be Somebody: Looking for a good love story? Check out this look at a teen superstar (Matthew Espinosa) who’s looking for a little peace and quiet. He gets his wish when, after being chased down by female fans, he finds a perfect hideaway in a cozy small town. Soon he and a high-school art student (Sarah Jeffery) are spending lots of quality time together, proving that opposites do attract. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu
For The Kids
Ice Age: Collision Course: For the fifth movie in the “Ice Age” franchise, Scrat gets himself in trouble yet again, winding up in outer space where he triggers the release of a speeding asteroid toward earth. It’s up to Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), Diego the tiger (Denis Leary) and Buck the weasel (Simon Pegg) to avert disaster and save the world. There’s a few lively new characters and a welcome message about protecting the earth. If your kids enjoyed previous installments, this one is also likely to keep them entertained. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu

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