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Melanie Lynskey brilliantly stars as another troubled, disgruntled housewife and mother in the five-part true crime drama.
Sporting a Pauline Parker-style haircut, her Betty Gore has an air of quiet desperation akin to Yellowjackets’ Shauna Sadecki as she struggles to cope with her baby’s demands.
From its Emmy-nominated Saul Bass-esque opening title sequence to the thematically perfect period music (David Soul’s Don’t Give Up on Us Baby, an early standout), this evocative and provocative story set in 1980 it quickly becomes truly immersive. thanks to the fabulous production design, the cleverly constructed narrative, and the terrific acting from Lynskey and Jessica Biel.
The latter is virtually unrecognizable with her Dorothy Michaels-esque curls and face-framing glasses, but the more time we spend with Candy, the more compelling, complicated, and seemingly intriguing she becomes.
I AM GROOT (DISNEY+)
Vin Diesel is back to show off his range in this animated series of five shorts centered around the beloved Guardians of the Galaxy character.
“Over the course of roughly 20 minutes, Groot comes face-to-face with another arboreal creature, invested in fashion design, creating a masterpiece for his family. [the Guardians, of course!]disturbing a small alien species and exploring strange noises on the Milano in the middle of the night,” wrote Tessa Smith of Mama’s Geeky.
“A shout and a shout, this series is so much fun. [They are] Standalone adventures that don’t really connect to the larger MCU, but are worth checking out!
Eight great shows to stream this weekend.
* Five fabulous and underrated performances by Melanie Lynskey (and where you can see them)
* No, Disney+’s Bullet Train and Prey among August’s must-see movies
* Return of The Crown, Yellowstone, Handmaid’s among the remaining 2022 must-see on TV
Never Have I Ever Season 3 is now available to stream on Netflix.
I’VE NEVER DONE IT (NETFLIX)
Partially based on Indian-American creator and comedian Mindy Kaling’s own childhood, this coming-of-age comedy-drama centers on a high school student dealing with the death of her father.
Now in its third 10-episode season, the series has starred Canadian teenager Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and given a new role to former tennis star John McEnroe, who provides the show’s lead narration.
“It’s really all about Maitreyi Ramakrishnan… She’s so relaxed in the role and so effortless that it’s hard to believe Never Have I Ever marks her first professional acting job,” wrote Matthew Gilbert of the Boston Globe.
THE OLD MAN (DISNEY+)
Liam Neeson finally has some competition. It seemed the Northern Irishman had had a vicious grip on the roles of mature gentlemen with a “very particular set of skills” for over a decade. But as his drawing power, range of motion and, most notably, scripts have dwindled of late, audiences have wondered who could usurp him for the aging action man crown. Enter perhaps an unlikely contender: the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges.
In his first on-screen role since 2018’s Bad Times at the El Royale and making his debut as a recurring television character, the 72-year-old is electric and compelling as Dan Chase in this seven-part thriller.
Chase, a former CIA agent, is suddenly shattered when he kills an assassin who breaks into his home in upstate New York.
What follows is truly absorbing and addictive viewing.
The Outlaws season 2 is now available to stream on Prime Video.
THE GUNS (MAIN VIDEO)
Now in its second season, this Bafta-nominated crime comedy centers on seven lawbreakers who argue and discover a bag of cash while doing their community service in Bristol. However, it turns out that they are not the only ones interested in him.
This latest batch of six episodes opens a few months later, with the group still facing time to serve their sentences and the criminal underworld not yet done with them. The impressive cast includes Stephen Merchant, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dolly Wells, Darren Boyd, and Rhianne Barreto.
“Delivers an increasingly tense and fast-paced conclusion to the main character saga that’s lighter on laughs but full of strong performances and clever twists,” wrote Rick Marshall of Digital Trends.
THE RESORT (TVNZ+)
Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper and Nick Offerman star in this eight-part comedy thriller from the creator of Palm Springs, Groundhog Day-esque.
It centers on a marriage, which is put to the test, on an anniversary trip, when a couple finds themselves embroiled in one of the strangest unsolved mysteries of the Yucatan from 15 years prior. That involved the disappearance of two young adults, a murder and a once-in-a-century hurricane.
“The show is also a genre puzzle: part mystery, part wacky comedy, part old-fashioned Romancing the Stone adventure, part love story. Part of the fun is figuring out how weird The Resort is willing to be with their answers,” wrote Paste magazine’s Annie Lyons.
Inspired by a pair of real-life murders in Nottinghamshire in 2004, this might be the UK’s most compelling crime drama since Broadchurch.
Creator and screenwriter James Graham (Quiz), whose town was traumatized by those murders, has created a truly addictive character study, mystery, and police procedural that you can’t help but try to debate and solve for yourself.
It’s been 30 years since the infamous miners’ strike of 1984, but tensions are still high here, with neighbors and sometimes even families divided between those who crossed the picket line and those who followed the edict of the national union and they subdued the “scabs” verbally. and occasionally physical abuse. Even the police aren’t exactly welcome either, their handling of the conflict is still seen as heavy-handed. That makes the investigation into the crossbow death of a striking former miner particularly sensitive.
This is a drama populated by a truly impressive and deep bank of seasoned talent: everyone from David Morrissey, Joanne Froggatt, and Alun Armstrong to Lesley Manville, Robert Glenister, and a virtually unrecognizable Stephen Tompkinson.
FAILED TRAIN: WOODSTOCK ’99 (NETFLIX)
Woodstock 1969 promised peace and music, but its 1999 revival brought days of anger, riots and real damage. This three-part documentary series asks: why did it go so terribly wrong?
Through a series of promoter missteps, prevailing culture and excitable youth, a 30th anniversary tribute to one of the world’s most revered music festivals turned into a farce. It was an ill-conceived and ill-fated mass gathering that turned into an evolving crisis.
“An energetic and often terrifying timepiece, Trainwreck is effective at building tension and creating a sense of dread and impending doom,” wrote Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian, while Liz Shannon Miller of Consequence thought it was “a somber look at the humanity, but the bulk of their desolation is not centered on the attendees, but on the behind-the-scenes problems that exacerbated the situation.”