AMERICAN GIGOLO (NEON)
Jon Bernthal stars in this current eight-part update to the cult 1980 film starring Richard Gere.
Released after 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Julian Kaye (Bernthal) tries to reintegrate into society while mending the pieces of his complicated relationship with his former lover (Gretchen Mol), his mother troubled and the people who betrayed him. The cast also includes Wayne Brady and Rosie O’Donnell.
Directed by a charismatic – and buff – Bernthal, Gigolo is an addictive drama filled with memorable characters, visually arresting imagery, and plenty of narrative twists to keep you on your toes.
With a sunny setting that belies this sometimes bleak history, American Gigolo promises to be a go-to spot throughout this spring.
Sacrificing himself to ensure the Rebels get the Death Star blueprints at the end of Rogue One didn’t stop Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) from getting his own 12-part series.
Naturally, events unfold before the thief-turned-spy’s fatal mission to Scarif, focusing on forming the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire.
Created by Rogue co-writer Tony Gilroy, the show’s cast also includes Stellan Skarsgard, Denise Gough, Adria Arjona and Fiona Shaw.
Bold and ambitious, Andor is also a refreshingly old-school action-thriller that, unlike recent Star Wars series, takes its time to introduce its players and their stories and – at this point – doesn’t just intend to complete even more puzzles. puzzle pieces around the all-consuming Skywalker saga that you didn’t know you needed.
Eight great shows to stream this weekend.
* Five fabulous and underrated Melanie Lynskey performances (and where you can watch them)
* No, Bullet Train and Disney+’s Prey among August’s must-see movies
* Return of The Crown, Yellowstone, Handmaid’s among remaining 2022 must see TV
Season 2 of The Capture is now available to stream on TVNZ+
THE CAPTURE (TVNZ+)
A hit when they first appeared in 2019, Chief Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) and the rest of her colleagues are back with another six-part British crime thriller infused with cutting-edge technology.
This time, unseen assassins are stalking London, and Carey and company are drawn into a case involving a rising politician that carries more risk than any of them initially imagined.
“The Capture exemplifies all that can be forgiven when a show is underpinned by a cleverly crafted story”, wrote Dan Einav of the Financial Times.
DERRY GIRLS (NETFLIX)
After a seemingly endless wait, one of Netflix’s best and most beloved comedies is back.
Not only have three years passed since the teenage quintet’s last misadventures of the 1990s at Our Lady Immaculate College in Northern Ireland, we’ve had a delay of almost six months since the airing of this third and final season. of Derry Girls in the UK. .
Luckily, the seven-part series is here now, and I’m thrilled to report that it’s just as risque, hilarious, nostalgic, and cleverly written as the previous installments.
If this is going to be the last we see of these famous five (and given that some of the actors are now twice their characters’ age, that seems likely), then be sure to savor these brilliant final hours.
The Empress is now available to stream on Netflix.
THE EMPRESS (NETFLIX)
Six-part German historical drama that focuses on the love story between Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary and rebellious Bavarian princess Elisabeth von Wittlesbach – the sister of the woman he is supposed to marry.
Completely upending the power structure of the Viennese court, their marriage forces Elisabeth to assert herself against her stepmother Sophie and Franz’s brother Maxi, who also has plans for the throne – and her.
“Ultimately, not only does the series highlight modern themes, but The Empress does what only the best movies and TV series can do – transport you to another time and another place,” wrote MN Miller of Ready Steady Cut.
A FAMILY FRIEND (TVNZ+)
New Zealander Anna Paquin returns to television with this nine-part 1960s true-crime drama that tells the harrowing story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by a charismatic and obsessed family friend.
From the creator of Melanie Lynskey-star Candy and Netflix’s Brand New Cherry Flavor, this series also includes Colin Hanks, Jake Lacy and Mckenna Grace.
“Amid a sea of real-life stories of manipulation, heartbreak and predation turned into TV series, A Friend of the Family is the one that stands out because it’s not constructed that way,” wrote Steve Greene of indieWire.
A Family Friend is now available to stream on TVNZ+.
GASLIT (PREMIUM VIDEO)
Julia Roberts plays Martha Mitchell in this eight-part dramatization of some of the lesser-known stories surrounding the early 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon’s administration.
Inspired by the first season of Slate’s Slow Burn podcast, in particular, it details how Mitchell, a famous socialite and wife of Attorney General John N. Mitchell, was one of the first people to sound the alarm. on the president’s involvement in the infamous cover up.
Like the first seasons of Homeland or Billions, showrunner Robbie Pickering sets his stage brilliantly, filling his impressive cast with fabulous characters like Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin and Shea Whigham. The production design and costumes are top notch, while Sean Penn’s prosthetics (which took him three and a half hours to put on each day) are truly something else.
At the heart though is Roberts. Sassy, strident in her opinions, and unparalleled, her Margaret is a compelling presence whenever she’s on screen. Although she missed out on an Emmy nomination, don’t be surprised to see her among the nominees for the upcoming Golden Globes.
RESERVATION DOGS (DISNEY+)
As the 10-part second season of this award-winning, critically acclaimed American teen comedy opens, co-created by our very own Taika Waititi, the gang is scattered, starring Elora (Devery Jacobs) and Jackie (Elva Guerra) on the road in California and the others in various locations around the reservation.
One member, however, is convinced that all of their misfortune is the result of a curse she made – something she is now determined to fix.
“It blends silly jokes, clever jokes, satire, pathos, social realism, magical realism and tribal lore – not to mention American Indian history – into a fresh, funny and heartfelt series. “, wrote NPR’s John Powers.