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Meryl Streep

New releases: 'Ricki and the Flash' elevates a thin dramedy to an offbeat and affecting film

Ricki and the Flash

Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $34.99

Available on VOD Tuesday

The entire plot of the dramedy could be written on a sticky note, but writer Diablo Cody and director Jonathan Demme — and a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Audra McDonald — all elevate the material into something offbeat and affecting. Streep plays an aging never-was rocker who returns to the husband and kids she abandoned, but only after she hears that her daughter (played by Streep's own kid, Mamie Gummer) is going through a tough time. A lot of exasperated bickering ensues, but the actors and filmmakers keep it from feeling too shrill. This is a movie that...