An explosion of various new originals and returning series are available to stream this week, from sci-fi thrills to moving documentaries
‘Don’t Worry Darling’ (HBO Max)
Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950’s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Chris Pine) – equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach – anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause. But when cracks in her idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in this paradise?
Mandrake follows probation officer Cathy Madden (Deirdre Mullins), who is given the task of rehabilitating notorious killer ‘Bloody’ Mary Laidlaw (Derbhle Crotty) back into society after twenty years of jail. Cathy has always believed that every client deserves a shot at redemption, but her beliefs are firmly tested when two children disappear near Mary’s farm.
‘The English’ (Amazon Prime Video)
An epic chase Western, The English takes the core themes of identity and revenge to tell a uniquely compelling parable on race, power, and love. An aristocratic Englishwoman, Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), and a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout, Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), come together in 1890 middle America to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood. Both of them have a clear sense of their destiny, but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past. They must face increasingly terrifying obstacles that will test them to their limits, physically and psychologically. But as each obstacle is overcome, it draws them closer to their ultimate destination—the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming.
‘The Crown (Season 5)’ (Netflix)
It’s a new decade, and the royal family are facing what may be their biggest challenge yet: proving their continued relevance in ‘90s Britain. As Diana and Charles wage a media war, cracks begin to splinter the royal foundation.
‘Warrior Nun (Season 2)’ (Netflix)
Alongside new allies, Ava (Alba Baptista) and the sisters of the Order band together and set out to take down a false prophet hell-bent on world domination; the angel, Adriel.
‘Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell’ (Shudder)
Alternately known as “The Japanese Evil Dead,” this legendary, sought after independent Japanese cult film will enjoy its first ever North American release in any format and features new bonus content. Trapped inside a haunted house, a body builder must survive a blood soaked night of insanity to save himself and his friends from a demonic ghost that is hell-bent on revenge.
‘Fire of Love’ (Disney+)
From National Geographic Documentary Films comes the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived — capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes.
‘Ancient Apocalypse’ (Netflix)
What if everything we know about prehistoric humans is wrong? Journalist Graham Hancock visits archeological sites around the world to uncover whether a civilization far more advanced than we ever believed possible existed thousands of years ago.
‘Mythic Quest (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)
Ian (Ron McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) navigate the gaming world and their partnership at the newly formed GrimPop Studios, Dana (Imani Haki) is forced to play mediator to her bosses’ incessant bickering. Back at Mythic Quest, David (David Hornsby) settles into his new role as the boss where he truly finds himself in charge for the first time with Jo (Jessie Ennis) returning as his assistant — more loyal and militant than ever; and Carol (Naomi Ekperigin) attempts to figure out where she fits in after a new promotion. At Berkeley, Rachel (Ashly Burch) struggles to balance her morals with capitalism, while a post-prison Brad tries to return to society as a reformed man.
‘Capturing the Killer Nurse’ (Netflix)
This documentary reveals how investigators proved ICU nurse Charles Cullen was killing patients — and how close he came to getting away with murder.
CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:
‘Atlanta (Season 4)’ (Hulu)
The final season is at hand for Donald Glover’s television magnum opus. Season 4 finds Earn (Glover), Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) back in their hometown. But the question is, has Atlanta changed or have they? All episodes are now streaming.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 5)’ (Hulu)
In the fifth season of this harrowing dystopian epic, June (Elisabeth Moss) will faces consequences for her actions while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. She and Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) are still joined in their mission to save Hannah and get her out of Gilead. Meanwhile, Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) wants to protect her baby at all costs. All episodes are now streaming.
This series explores a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero. The first ten episodes are now streaming.
‘Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War’ (Hulu)
After a ten year hiatus, the hit anime Bleach is returning to finally finish its story in a big way. Ichigo and his friends return to save their world and the Soul Society once again, with the threat this time around being the mighty Quincies. The final arc begins now, and it’s going to be a bloodbath. The first five episodes are now streaming.
‘The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans’ (Shudder)
Your favorite drag monsters are back to compete in a grand championship of drag artistry and physical challenges for a $100,000 grand prize, along with the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour and the first ever “Dragula Titans” crown and title. The first three episodes are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Angels & Demons’, ‘FIFA Uncovered’, ‘The Railway Man’, ‘Lost Bullet 2: Back For More’, ‘Goosebumps (2015)’, ‘Is That Black Enough For You?!?’
Hulu – ‘Nektronic’, ‘War Dogs’, ‘Warm Bodies’, ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘Code Name Banshee’
Shudder – ‘Evil Dead Trap’, ‘Evil Dead Trap 2’
HBO Max – ‘The Big Brunch’
Paramount+ – ‘Transformers: EarthSpark’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, ‘Stutz’, ‘Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Hidden Adventure’, ‘R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned’, ‘Run for the Money’, ‘In Her Hands’, ‘Racionais MC’s: From the Streets of São Paulo’, ‘The Wonder’, ‘1899’, ‘Dead to Me (Season 3)’, ‘Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?’, ‘Inside Job (Part 2)’, ‘Somebody’, ‘The Cuphead Show! (Season 3)’, ‘The Good Detective (Season 2)’, ‘The Violence Action’
Hulu – ‘Catch the Fair One’, ‘10.0 Earthquake’, ‘2:22’, ‘Ghost Team’, ‘The Dinner’, ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’, ‘My Old School’, ‘The Forgiven’
Shudder – ‘Slash/Back’, ‘Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon’, ‘The Last Broadcast’
HBO Max – ‘Master of Light’, ‘Santa Camp’, ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls (Season 2)’
Amazon Prime Video – ‘The People We Hate at the Wedding’
Disney+ – ‘Limitless with Chris Hemsworth’, ‘The Santa Clauses’, ‘Atlas of Cursed Places’, ‘Ultimate Survivor WWII’, ‘World’s Deadliest Snakes’, ‘Disenchanted’, ‘Mickey: The Story of a Mouse’, ‘Virus Hunters’, ‘Genoa Bridge Disaster’
Apple TV+ – ‘Spirited’
Paramount+ – ‘Tulsa King’, ‘The Amazing Race’, ‘Trial by Fire’, ‘Blue’s Big City Adventure’