Streaming is ideal way to watch Ken Burns' Vietnam documentary series


Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available on streaming services.

Video on Demand

“The Little Hours”: Alison Brie (“Community”), Kate Micucci (“Garfunkel and Oates”) and Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) star as a trio of naughty nuns in this outrageous medieval comedy very loosely based on “The Decameron.” Sexually frustrated and incredibly foul-mouthed, they live a rather boring existence until a man on the run (Dave Franco) becomes a new groundskeeper at their convent. Almost entirely improvised by the actors with a supporting cast that includes Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly, your appreciation for this one will depend entirely on your tolerance for raunchy humor. The jokes do start to wear a little thin, but with a merciful running time of 90 minutes, it all wraps up before wearing out its welcome. (Digital and cable VOD)

Also on streaming services

“Gaga: Five Foot Two”: Director Chris Moukarbel (“Me at the Zoo”) followed pop star Lady Gaga for nearly a year during the creation and release of “Joanne,” her fifth full-length album. Relatively unfiltered, Gaga reportedly only restricted the filmmakers from shooting a few intensely private moments. Covering everything from a relationship on the rocks to her Super Bowl performance, this is her “Truth or Dare.” (Netflix)

“The Lost City of Z”: James Gray followed up “The Immigrant” with this adventure film based on David Grann’s book about Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon in 1925 while on the hunt for an ancient civilization. Fawcett is portrayed here by “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam. Tom Holland, the newest Spider-Man, plays his son, Jack. Originally planned as a bigger Hollywood project with Brad Pitt, Gray still ended up getting the picture financed and shot for $30 million, and it became a hit on the arthouse circuit earlier this year. (Amazon, available in 4K Ultra HD)

“The Vietnam War”: Some may count this as a television series, but an 18-hour documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is the kind of event that streaming is perfect for. Being able to tackle this on your own time through the PBS app is easy, and they’ve served up four different versions to choose from. You can watch the broadcast version that has been edited for language and extreme images, an uncut explicit language version, a version in Spanish, and even one that has been subtitled in Vietnamese. All 10 parts of the series are now available to stream online through the network’s app, and it can also be purchased from most digital providers. (PBS)







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