STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media
After winning a Golden Globe for best new series, “Mozart in the Jungle” returns with another batch of episodes and it’s still making beautiful music.
The third season centers on Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal), a classical music conductor in charge of the New York Symphony who, along with his musicians, heads to Europe for an extended tour. Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Jason Schwartzman co-star in the acclaimed series. On Amazon.
Also New To Streaming
The Complete Pedro Almodovar Collection: Curated together for the first time, all 19 of the Spanish master’s feature films will be made available in the U.S. on iTunes. The movies included in the collection are “Pepi, Luci, Bom”; “Labyrinth Of Passion”; “Dark Habits”; “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”; “Matador”; “Law Of Desire”; “Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown”; “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”; “High Heels”; “Kika”; “The Flower Of My Secret”; “Live Flesh”; “All About My Mother”; “Talk To Her”; “Bad Education”; “Volver”; “Broken Embraces”; “The Skin I Live In” and “I’m So Excited!” On iTunes.
Fuller House: Season 2: Everyone’s favorite extended family from the 1980s is back for another season, only 10 months after the first season aired. The latest trailer suggests that the action will revolve around Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) and Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin). According to the L.A. Times, the new episodes will also feature the return of Girl Talk, the band started by the gals along with Gia (Marla Sokoloff). On Netflix.
The Secret Life of Pets: One of the year’s biggest animated hits is an energetic comedy that pivots on a Jack Russell terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) who grows jealous when his owner (Ellie Kemper) adopts sloppy mongrel Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Max and Duke eventually get mixed up with a bunny (Philadelphia native Kevin Hart) organizing abandoned pets to take revenge on their careless owners. Never fear: there’s a happy ending. But before you get there, expect a very funny yarn involving heroic hawks, curious rodents and a tattooed pig. Allentown-reared Chris Renaud directed. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
In Order of Disappearance: Shot through with humor and humanity, this tundra noir from Norway’s Hans Petter Moland is the first action movie in eons which never stops surprising you. Stellan Skarsgard delivers a towering turn as a snowplow driver who vows to get even with the vile gangsters responsible for his son’s death. While “In Order” might start off as a standard-issue payback film, it quickly grows in stature as it goes along. The wintry landscapes, Moland’s attention to detail and the performances of Skarsgard and Bruno Ganz (as a Serbian mob boss) help turn the thriller into a masterfully engineered look at good vs. evil. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
The Frontier: In the mood for a diabolically entertaining thriller? Check out this yarn about a drifter (Jocelin Donahue) who turns up at a deserted Arizona motel run by a faded actress (Kelly Lynch) and stumbles into gang of thieves planning to divvy up millions in stolen money. With the help of some sleeping pill-laced margaritas, Donahue hopes to escape with the pilfered cash. A feast of dingy motel rooms, sun-baked landscapes and faces weary from a lifetime of hustling, “The Frontier” is a pulp fiction-lover’s paradise. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Dekalog: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s mesmerizing mini-series shot for Polish television centers primarily on the everyday lives of the residents of a housing complex in Communist Poland. There are ten 60-minutes films, each illustrating a Ten Commandment. The masterpiece of the bunch is Episode Six, which was expanded into a feature film called “A Short Film About Killing.” It’s as powerful an argument against capital punishment as has ever been filmed and well-deserving of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, which it received in 1988. On FilmStruck.
For The Kids
Cirque Du Soleil: Luna Petunia: Aimed at pre-school kids, this new series chronicles the adventures of a youngster named Luna Petunia who, with help from her magic toy chest, enters the fantastic land of Amazia, where adventures, friendship and learning await. On Netflix.
The Land: New music from Nas, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly and French Montana helps fuel this inner-city saga about four teenage buddies (Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Ezri Walker, Rafi Gavron) who find themselves in a tricky situation after one of their illegal schemes leads them to double-cross a Cleveland crime boss (Linda Emond). “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams co-stars in this drama, which is set against Cleveland’s hip-hop underground. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Dead Rising: Endgame: Fresh from its debut on Crackle, this follow-up to “Dead Rising: Watchtower” stars Jesse Metcalfe as a reporter who is desperate to uncover a government conspiracy. But first he has to go back to the quarantined zone of East Mission City, Oregon to slice, hack and bludgeon his way through scores and scores of zombies. Dennis Haysbert and Ian Tracey co-star. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Jennifer Lopez Dance Again: Here’s a documentary which tags along with the actress/singer as she goes on her first world tour to 65 cities on five continents. There’s interviews with Lopez and her friends as well as some lively concert footage capturing the singer performing some of her biggest hits. On Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.