New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"The Handmaid's Tale" Season 2 (Hulu Original)
The resistance continues in Season 2 of Hulu's Emmy-winning dystopian hit. The first two episodes start streaming Wednesday, April 25. In Episode 1, "June," Offred (Elisabeth Moss) -- aka June -- "reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead." In Episode 2, "Unwomen," "Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead."
"Fifty Shades Freed"
The final film in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy comes home Tuesday, April 24 on digital/Movies Anywhere, and May 8 on Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Fans can enjoy both the R-rated theatrical version and the special unrated version. There are extensive bonus features, include deleted scenes; "The Final Climax" behind-the-scenes featurette; and the featurette "Christian & Ana By Jamie & Dakota," with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson looking back on their characters.
Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Russell Peters, Clancy Brown, and John Malkovich star in this comedy about a washed up former child star who finds himself broke and desperate. With the hope of turning things around, he teams up with a rag-tag group of former TV actors and comic book artists to rob a comic book convention. The movie is out on digital Friday, April 27 and on DVD June 5. Extras include two commentary tracks, with director Zak Knutson and members of production.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Paddington 2"Curl up with a jar of marmalade and enjoy the sweetness of this sequel, which managed to snare a perfect 100 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The family film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray April 24, featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington the teddy bear, and co-starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Imelda Staunton. Both the DVD and Blu-ray include the featurette "Paddington: The Bear Truth"; the Blu-ray also has several more cute featurettes, plus audio commentary by director/co-writer Paul King.
"Maze Runner: The Death Cure"
The final installment in the "Maze Runner" series arrives on disc this Tuesday, April 24. Fans who buy the movie on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, or DVD get a 24-page prequel origins comic book written by screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. The trilogy boxset is also releasing April 24 on Blu-ray/DVD, and includes the three films in the series and the exclusive comic book. The Blu-ray trilogy will include an exclusive "Maze Runner" bandana chosen by fans. "The Death Cure" discs all feature audio commentary, with the Blu-ray and digital releases also including a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes.
"Den of Thieves"
Gerard Butler's crime drama arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 24. A director's cut is available alongside the theatrical cut, adding nine minutes to the feature. Extras include an alternate ending, commentary with director Christian Gudegast and producer Tucker Toole, outtakes and deleted scenes, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.
"The Week Of" (Netflix Film)Adam Sandler and Chris Rock star in this comedy heading to Netflix this Friday, April 27. "The Week Of" follows a devoted, middle class father (Sandler) determined to pay for his daughter's wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom (Chris Rock). "A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives." Watch the trailer here.
"3%" Season 2 (Netflix Original Series)
Have you seen the first season of this Brazilian series? It's worth a binge. It's like a dystopian cousin to "The Hunger Games," set in a future where the Inland majority live in poverty while those in the Offshore live in virtual paradise. Only 3 percent of candidates -- at age 20 -- manage to pass a series of tests called The Process to get to the Offshore. In Season 2, available April 27, Process 105 approaches and the Offshore and the Cause are increasingly determined to destroy each other. Here's the Season 2 trailer, which is pretty spoilery for Season 1, if you aren't already caught up.
"Bobby Kennedy for President" (Netflix Original Documentary Series)
Netflix is unmatched for docuseries, and this one -- available April 27 -- looks at Bobby Kennedy's ill-fated, and very brief, run for president in 1968. The 42-year-old's campaign only lasted 83 days before he was assassinated on the night he won the California primary. He was killed less than five years after his older brother, JFK, and just two months after the killing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here's the documentary series trailer.
"Candy Jar" (Netflix Film)
This comedy, streaming April 27, follows an introverted high school girl (Sami Gayle) from a working-class background who clashes with her wealthy, debate-team nemesis (Jacob Latimore). "But when they're forced to work together to compete in the state championship, they might discover opposites can attract." The stellar supporting cast includes Christina Hendricks, Uzo Aduba, Helen Hunt, and Tom Bergeron. Check out the movie's trailer.
TV Worth Watching
"The 100" Season 5 Premiere (Tuesday on The CW at 9 p.m.)What's next for Clarke (Eliza Taylor) after she survived that radioactive death wave and the series flashed forward six years? Find out April 24 in "Eden": "In the fifth season premiere, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) struggles to survive on a desolate, scorched earth while her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope."
"Suits" Season 7 Finale (Wednesday on USA Network at 9 p.m.)
Both Meghan Markle (Rachel) and Patrick J. Adams (Mike) are leaving after this season, and their wedding will play out over April 25's two-hour season finale. In the first episode, "Tiny Violin," "An attack against Specter Litt blindsides Harvey and Louis; Mike can't turn his back on the clinic when a class action suit overwhelms Nathan and Oliver." The second episode of the night is called "Good-Bye": "It's all hands on deck as Louis, Donna and Alex defend the firm, while Harvey aids Jessica on a case; Mike and Rachel juggle their commitments to the firm, the clinic and each other."
"Archer" Season 9 Premiere (Wednesday on FXX at 10 p.m.)
The ninth season of "Archer" is also the penultimate season for the series. It's also known as "Archer: Danger Island." In the first episode, called "Strange Pilot," "Archer inserts himself into a domestic dispute; engine troubles threaten to ruin Archer's business."
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