Watch at Home | By Jim Kiest
Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.
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“Ant-Man and the Wasp”: Humor isn’t alien to Marvel Comics movies: See “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” But in a universe of gung-ho good guys, Paul Rudd’s reluctant yet charming superhero is a welcome diversion. The plot of the “Ant-Man” sequel is comic-booky and complicated. Suffice to say it gives Evangeline Lilly more to do — she’s the Wasp — and adds Michelle Pfeiffer to the mix, both good things. The point of the movie, however, is the fun to be had by making your heroes tiny and, sometimes, very, very big.
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“Three Identical Strangers”: The story of Eddy, Bobby and David was a sensation in the ’80s. At 19, the good-looking, gregarious New Yorkers discovered, by chance, that they were identical triplets separated at birth. The rest of the story — how that came to happen — was less widely reported, and it’s horrific. As one subject of this amazing documentary says, it’s like a Disney movie turned into something much darker. The film is so well made that a tragic twist to the story hits like a punch to the solar plexus even though it’s been hiding in plain sight all along.
Also: “The First Purge,” “Leave No Trace”
“Joan Jett: Bad Reputation”: Joan Jett got her first guitar when she was 13. She turned 60 the day she played this year’s River City Rockfest in San Antonio. From then to now, she’s never compromised, whether being ridiculed as a member of the Runaways, topping the charts with “I Love Rock ’N Roll” or being embraced by younger generations of female rockers — including S.A.’s Fea, which appears on the film’s soundtrack — who see her as a pioneer. She’s lived to rock, and this documentary, according to the Los Angeles Times, “is a case study in how a musician stays relevant.”