A very metal coming-of-age story comes to Netflix, a documentary following Tony Hawk hits HBO Max and much more in this week’s guide
‘Metal Lords’ (Netflix)
Metal Lords follows two kids who want to start a heavy metal band in a high school where exactly two kids care about heavy metal. Hunter (Adrian Greensmith) is a diehard metal fan —is there any other kind?— who knows his history and can shred. His dream in life is to win at the upcoming Battle of the Bands. He enlists his best friend Kevin (Jaeden Martell) to man the drums. But with schoolmates more interested in Bieber than Black Sabbath, finding a bassist is a struggle. Until Kevin overhears Emily (Isis Hainsworth) slaying on her cello. The motley crew must contend with school, parents, hormones and teen angst while trying to get along long enough for Skullf*cker to win the Battle of the Bands.
Watch Screen Crusades’ conversation with the stars and makers of ‘Metal Lords’
‘Cursed Films II’ (Shudder)
Cursed Films returns with a new five-episode season exploring the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions. The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary’s Baby, Stalker, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Cannibal Holocaust: Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?
‘Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off’ (HBO Max)
Finally, a documentary celebrating one of the most beloved athletes of all time. This film follows famous skater Tony Hawk’s personal life, career and relationship with skateboarding, including never-before-seen footage and unprecedented access to Hawk, along with interviews with figures from the skateboarding world.
‘See For Me’ (Shudder)
Sophie (Skyler Davenport), a young blind woman, house-sitting at a secluded mansion, finds herself under invasion by thieves seeking a hidden safe. Her only means of defense: a new app called “See For Me.” It connects her to a volunteer across the country who helps her survive by seeing on her behalf. Sophie is connected to Kelly (Jessica Parker Kennedy), an army veteran who spends her days playing first person shooter games. Sophie is forced to learn that if she’s going to survive the night, she’ll need all the help she can get.
Inside a quaint convent, young Sister Agnes (Molly C. Quinn) explodes with an outburst of rage and blasphemy, causing the church to send veteran priest Father Donaghue (Ben Hall) and a younger priest-on-the-rise, Benjamin (Jake Horotwitz), to investigate the incident as a potential demonic possession.
‘Better Call Saul (Season 5)’ (Netflix)
The second to last season of AMC’s hit prequel series to their flagship Breaking Bad is finally on Netflix just as the final season kicks off on air. Season 5 sees Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) AKA Saul Goodman descend further into secrecy and criminality as he regains his law license, much to the dismay of those in his life attempting to set him straight.
‘Let the Right One In’ (Hulu)
Lonely, 12-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Eli (Lina Leandersson), a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night, moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Oskar becomes more aware of Eli’s tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Eli knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.
From the hit-making producers of House Of Wax and Gothika, Ritual is a chiller from none other than Tales From The Crypt. Dr. Alice Dodgson (Jennifer Grey) finds herself traveling to Jamaica when a wealthy American (Craig Sheffer) hires her to treat his mysteriously ailing brother. Immediately upon her arrival, Alice finds herself immersed in the exotic rhythm and harmony of this foreign civilization…and besieged by the locals with terrifying tales of zombies and demonic possession! As her long-held faith in science clashes with her new experiences in the supernatural, Alice must ultimately submit to the strange and sensual native culture to save her patient, while fighting to escape with her own life. Tim Curry also stars.
‘Tokyo Vice’ (HBO Max)
Based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, Tokyo Vice captures young Adelstein’s (Ansel Egort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem. Also stars Ken Watanabe.
‘Summer of 84’ (Shudder)
It’s the summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong (Graham Verchere) begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.
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‘Star Trek: Picard (Season 2)’ (Paramount+)
Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his companions are trapped in the 21st century when reality is broken by Q (John de Lancie) as part of the ultimate trial for Picard. They must race against time to save the future of the galaxy. The second season of the recent Star Trek spin-off show will feature several appearances from The Next Generation characters. The first six episodes are now streaming.
‘The Thing About Pam’ (Hulu)
When Betsy Faria (Katy Mixon) is murdered in small-town Missouri, the police believe it’s an open-and-shut case involving her husband (Glenn Fleshler), who is arrested and found guilty of the crime. However, unanswered questions remain, and the case not only leads to a wrongful conviction but also sets into motion a chain of events that exposes a diabolical scheme involving Betsy’s close friend Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger). Never considered a suspect, even though she was the last person to see Betsy alive, Pam keeps changing her story as she evades questions and leads investigators through a chilling series of unexpected twists and turns. Based on the true 2011 case. The first five episodes are now streaming with the finale arriving next week.
Starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, this series is inspired by actual events — and the love story at the center of it all. WeWork grew from a single coworking space into a global brand worth $47 billion in under a decade. Then, in less than a year, its valuation dropped $40 billion. What happened? The first six episodes are now streaming.
Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, the long-awaited Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. Nobody can save humanity alone-not even the Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber). Meet the heroes who will risk losing everything to come together and protect humankind from the universe’s greatest threat. The first three episodes are now streaming.
‘Atlanta (Season 3)’ (Hulu)
Taking place almost entirely in Europe, Season 3 of Atlanta finds Earn (Donald Glover), Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) in the midst of a successful European tour, as the group navigates their new surroundings as outsiders, and struggle to adjust to the newfound success they had aspired to. The first four episodes are now streaming.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Pachinko is a sweeping saga that chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations. The series stars Soji Arai as Mozasu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Inji Jeong as Yangjin, Minha Kim as teenage Sunja, Lee Minho as Hansu, Kaho Minami as Etsuko, Steve Sanghyun Noh as Isak, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Junwoo Han as Yoseb, Jung Eun-chae as Young Kyunghee, Jimmi Simpson as Tom Andrews, Yu-na Jeon as young Sunja, and Academy Award-winning actress Yuh-Jung Youn as older Sunja. Pachinko is written and executive produced by Soo Hugh (The Terror, The Killing), who created the series and serves as showrunner. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Moon Knight’ (Disney+)
This latest Marvel series follows Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac), a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt. The first two episodes are now streaming.
‘The Girl from Plainville’ (Hulu)
Inspired by the deeply troubling true story of Michelle Carter’s unprecedented “texting-suicide” case, this limited series explores Carter’s (Elle Fanning) relationship with Conrad Roy III (Colton Ryan) and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter. The first four episodes are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star’, ‘Queen of the South (Season 5)’
HBO Max – ‘Batwoman (Season 3)’, ‘Chad’, ‘Man of Steel’, ‘We’re the Millers’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Nightcrawler’, ‘The Call’, ‘Hard Cell’, ‘Our Great National Parks’, ‘Ultraman (Season 2)’, ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’, ‘Choose or Die’
Hulu – ‘American Sicario’, ‘The Hating Game’, ‘Black Death’, ‘Compliance’, ‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’
Shudder – ‘Rocktober Blood’, ‘Puppet Master’, ‘Puppet Master 2’, ‘Puppet Master 3’, ‘Subspecies’, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘Intruder’, ‘The Cellar’
HBO Max – ‘Black Mass’, ‘Gensan Punch’
AppleTV+ – ‘Roar’