By Amy Longsdorf - For The Guide

Home Theater: Binge-worthy titles are here for the watching

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Streaming this week are enough binge-worthy series and movies to keep you glued to your couch for days on end as well as some crave-worthy classics just hitting Blu-ray.

Westworld: Rave reviews are pouring in for J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan’s reboot of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name. As in the original, guests are invited to a theme park populated with androids who exist to live out the fantasies of the patrons. In the original, the robots malfunctioned but in this series, it’s the guests who wreck havoc. Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and James Marsden play androids while Anthony Hopkins stars as the park owner, Jeffrey Wright portrays a programmer, and Ed Harris is a man intent on cracking the park’s maze. On HBO Now.

Bill And Ted’s Excellent Collection: Bill and Ted have finally gone Blu and the results are bodacious, dude. Included in this newly remastered set are “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” from 1989 and “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey” from 1991. On the verge of flunking history, our heroes (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) are given a chance to time travel and hang out with Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln and Napoleon. In the sequel, the airheads clash not only with the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) but with evil robot versions of themselves. Sweet. On Blu-ray.

The 13th: Fresh from its spot as the opening night film of the New York Film Festival, this documentary helmed by “Selma” director Ava Duvernay delves into why America has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. Expect a mix interviews with politicians and activists, including Angela Davis, Newt Gingrich, Senator Cory Booker and Henry Louis Gates Jr., and plenty of archival footage. On Netflix.

Banshee: Final Season: Set two years after ex-con-posing-as-sheriff Lucas (Antony Starr) and Carrie (Ivana Millicevic) orchestrated a heist-gone-bad, Lucas is back in Banshee to hunt down a serial killer. But Banshee has changed drastically in his absence, with once minor characters becoming major players, including neo-Nazi Calvin Bunker (Chris Coy). Another big plus of the pulpy final season: the appearance of Eliza Dushka as a very strange FBI agent. On DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon and HBO Now.

The Mindy Project: Season 5: Who will Mindy (Mindy Kaling) choose for her romantic partner? Will it be Danny (Chris Messina) or Jody (Garret Dillahunt)? During a recent press event, Kaling teased a few of the storylines including, according to Variety,appearances from Nasim Pedrad as Mindy’s pediatrician and Rebecca Rittenhouse as another female doctor. On Hulu.

Salem’s Lot: Based on a Stephen King novel, this mini-series from 1979 has been called “one of the last truly great gothic vampire films.” There’s scares aplenty as a writer (David Soul) returns to his hometown to write a book about an old hilltop mansion which has recently been purchased by a mysterious antiques dealer (James Mason) and his creepy, pale-skinned partner (Reggie Nalder). Director Tobe Hopper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) is great at creating an atmosphere of impending doom even as he plays sly homage to “Psycho” and “Nosferatu.” This one’s got bite. On Blu-ray.

Carol: This transporting romance takes you back to 1950s Manhattan when forbidden love blossoms between a New Jersey housewife Carol (radiant Cate Blanchett) and Therese (note-perfect Rooney Mara), a department store clerk attempting to find her place in the world. Hoping to keep their attraction a secret from Carol’s husband (Kyle Chandler), Carol and Therese hit the road together just as they’re beginning to draw closer. Beautifully directed by Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”), “Carol” goes straight to the heart. On Showtime.

Masks: How much should you suffer for your art? German helmer Andreas Marschall grapples with that question in this stylish horror outing about a fledgling actress (Susen Ermich) who enrolls in a Berlin acting school which promises to push its students to their mental limits. A homage to Dario Argento’s “Suspira,” this film, while overlong, scores points for its mesmerizing score by Sebastian Levermann, some freaky plot twists and a nightmarish vibe which has a way of getting under your skin. You won’t easily forget this one. On Blu-ray.

The Bureau: As if the U.S. didn’t stream and broadcast enough top-notch TV, now along comes a French import that’s been hailed as a must-see addition to the policier genre. “Amelie’s” Matthieu Kassovitz stars as French intelligence officer who has returned to France after a six-year stint undercover in Syria. When the series begins, Kassovitz struggles to reconnect with his old life and let go of his undercover identity. “The Bureau” is fascinating stuff. On SundanceNow.

Breaking a Monster: Here’s a intriguing doc about a speed-metal band called Unlocking the Truth, which is made up of three young African-Americans from Brooklyn. After the tweeners’ video on YouTube goes viral, they snag the attention of manager Alan Sacks and Sony Entertainment. But, surprisingly, landing a $1.8 million dollar contract is not the answer to these kids’ dreams. The doc chronicles the first year, as the band goes from playing for fun in Times Square to the very adult world of meetings, tour dates and interviews. On DVD, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu.
Binge-worthy titles are here for the watching

By Amy Longsdorf

For The Guide

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