At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
Boston boy Mark Wahlberg re-teamed with director Peter Berg once again to tell this story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the city-wide manhunt that followed. The action-thriller is available on Digital HD March 14, then March 28 on DVD, Blu-ray, 4k Ultra HD Combo Pack, and On Demand. The DVD includes the bonus features "Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage" and "Researching the Day." The digital, Blu-ray, and 4K include both of those extras, and about half a dozen more behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Check out this exclusive clip with Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, and Michelle Monaghan talking about Wahlberg's bond with Boston:"Silence"
Martin Scorsese directed this story of two Christian missionaries (Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield) who travel to Japan to search for their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) at a time when Christianity was outlawed. The film first arrives on digital platforms March 14, then DVD and Blu-ray March 28. The Blu-ray includes "Martin Scorsese's Journey Into Silence," an in-depth look into the director's quest to make this film, featuring interviews with the cast.
"You Are Wanted" Season 1 (Amazon)
In this Amazon Original drama, from Germany, Matthias Schweighofer stars as a young hotel manager whose life is torn apart after his personal data is hacked, and he ends up accused by the police of being a member of a terrorist organization. Check out the series starting March 17.
Jessica Chastain plays ruthless, brilliant Washington lobbyist Elizabeth Stone, who risks everything when faced with her most formidable opponent yet. The high-stakes political drama arrives on digital March 14, then March 21 on DVD and Blu-ray. The discs include the special feature "Lobbying: Winning By Any Means."
"Striking Out" (Acorn TV)
This Acorn TV Original Series is having its exclusive U.S. premiere on St. Patrick's Day. It's perfect timing for the story of a successful Dublin lawyer, engaged to a fellow solicitor, whose life is turned upside down after she discovers her fiancé in bed with a colleague. So she strikes out on her own, starting an unconventional private practice. Stream Ireland's No. 1 new drama on Acorn.TV starting March 17.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence play two Avalon spaceship passengers who wake up 90 years too early in their planned 120-year trip to another planet. What went wrong, and can they do anything about it? Watch and see when the action-romance arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on March 14. Bonus features include outtakes from the set, "Casting the Passengers," "Creating the Avalon," "On Set With Chris Pratt," and "Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers."
Here's an exclusive clip from the Avalon featurette:"Solace"
Sir Anthony Hopkins plays a retired physician with psychic powers, enlisted by an FBI Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to help solve a series of homicides. Colin Farrell and Abbie Cornish co-star in the thriller, which is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on March 14. Special features include commentary with director Afonso Poyart, and a featurette called "Visions and Voices: The Making of Solace."
Here's an exclusive clip from the making-of featurette, featuring Anthony Hopkins discussing his character's psychic powers:"Fences"
Viola Davis just won an Oscar for her role in this 1950s-set drama, adapted from the play by August Wilson, starring Oscar nominee Denzel Washington, who also directed. The movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand March 14. The Blu-ray includes more than 30 minutes of bonus content, including interviews with the cast and crew, a visit to the Pittsburgh set, a feature on adapting the story from stage to screen, and more.
A successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) questions the universe after a tragedy, writing to Love, Time, and Death. The drama co-stars Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, and Jacob Latimore. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 14, including the bonus feature "A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty."
"Marvel's Iron Fist" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
"Game of Thrones" alum Finn Jones stars as billionaire martial arts expert Danny Rand/Iron Fist in this latest Netflix series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's the fourth show in a series leading up to "The Defenders" crossover miniseries, following "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," and "Luke Cage." The 13 episodes of "Iron Fist" are available for streaming on Friday, March 17.
"Pandora" (Netflix Original Film)
In this 2016 South Korean action-thriller, an earthquake strikes a small town causing explosions at the local nuclear power plan. Things quickly spiral out of control, leading to a nation-wide panic. Watch the catastrophe play out on Netflix, starting March 17.
"Pete's Dragon" & "The BFG"
Disney is dropping two recent adaptations on Netflix this week: "Pete's Dragon," starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, and Oakes Fegley, is available March 14; "The BFG," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, arrives March 15.
TV Worth Watching
"This Is Us" Season 1 (Tuesday on NBC at 9 p.m.)
Grab an entire box of tissues, 'cause it's time for the "This Is Us" season finale. Will we get at least part of Jack Pearson's (Milo Ventimiglia) big story? Apparently the full picture isn't coming until later, but whatever happens is sure to break a few hearts. Here's the synopsis for "Moonshadow": "Jack heads to Cleveland to make things right with Rebecca on the night of her first big gig with the band. Randall, Kate and Kevin make big decisions about their futures."
"The Originals" Season 4 (Friday on The CW at 8 p.m.)
There are 13 episodes to Season 4, and they begin with "Gather up the Killers." Here's The CW's synopsis, beginning "Five years later... On the fifth anniversary of Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) defeat, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is king of the city and welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose an unexpected threat to his rule, leading him to seek counsel from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, as Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) closes in on the cure that will allow her to revive Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and the slumbering Mikaelsons, she faces a final task that will force her to make a ruthless decision."
"Trial & Error" (Tuesday on NBC at 10 p.m.)
A guy allegedly murdering his wife seems like a strange topic for a quirky sitcom starring John Lithgow, but so be it. Lithgow plays a poetry professor arrested for the brutal murder of his wife. His bright-eyed lawyer (Nicholas D'Agotso) comes down from New York to East Peck, S.C., to defend the professor in his first big case. After meeting his "eccentric" client and oddball team, he realizes he's in over his head. The comedy co-stars Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer, and Krysta Rodriguez.
"Cries From Syria" (Monday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
This searing documentary on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and the civil war that has ravaged the country for the past five years, is narrated by Helen Mirren and debuts on the sixth anniversary of the Syrian uprising. After the March 13 premiere, the film will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand, and affiliate portals.
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On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all. Read More
Tragedy strikes on April 15, 2013, when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon. In the aftermath of the attack, police Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) and Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) join courageous survivors, first responders and other investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the suspects and bring them to justice. Read More