Best Movies and TV (March 17-19)
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Welcome to Streamliner, Vulture’s weekly roundup of the best movies, TV shows, documentaries, trailers, TikToks and, in this episode, an absolute parody of those occasionally insightful and always pretentious ‘actor roundtables’. Lots of good stuff to see this weekend including a superhero movie not have multiversal stakes, the second season of a successful YA series and the return of AFC Richmond. If none of this is your thing, don’t worry – we have many more options. – James Grebey
Although the film, directed by Laura Poitras and a former nominee for Best Documentary, failed to win an Oscar, All the beauty and the bloodshed is still an intriguing and restless watch. Thankfully, it’s finally available this weekend to give viewers a glimpse into photographer and activist Nan Goldin’s fight against the Sackler family and the ongoing opioid crisis. – Savannah Salazar
The first Shazam! was a bit of a joy – a DC movie that was not dark and edgy. The sequel will be one of the last DC films of the era before the entire franchise is rebooted (partly so that everything is less dark and less outlandish). Try it to find some superpowers Large Shenanigans and a chance to see Zachary Levi face off against a trio of villains called the Daughters of Atlas. —JG
➽ The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe remains unchanged.
Director Matt Ruskin’s drama is exactly what you think it is: David Fincher lite. Based on the true story of a series of murders of women in Massachusetts, the film stars Keira Knightley as green reporter Loretta McLaughlin, who originally published the story, along with another reporter (played by Carrie Coon). Boston strangler doesn’t quite possess the taut and tight storytelling of Fincher zodiacbut seeing Knightley running about determinedly with pen and notepad makes for a good night’s sleep. —SS
Created by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers, this dark series (Mystery? Thriller? Parable? Horror? Unclear!) is about intense online fandom and the lines between obsession and love, reality and fantasy, violence and…okay, that’s just violence. With Dominique Fishback – always a good sign. —Kathryn VanArendonk
Ted Lasso Season 3 begins with AFC Richmond probably in last place and their opposing team coached by the more ruthless iteration of Nate Shelley (Nick Mohammed). Will Ted’s folksy optimism and dedication to cookie-making somehow help Richmond win, if only figuratively? Probably. – Jen Chaney
➽ In case you need a refresher (because it’s been a thousand years since season two), Nate broke – like, really bad.
Ted Lasso isn’t the only sports-related feel-good show on Apple TV+ premiering this week. monster factory is a documentary series about a wrestling school and the misfits who are there to learn the ropes – specifically, to learn how to bounce off the ropes and destroy their opponents. You’ll learn to love these crazy kids that the Bejeezus could snatch from you. —JG
This streaming adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s YA novels is intimidating given the books; Extensive world building, fictional languages and complicated rules about magic and destiny. A teenager who saves them all, yadda yadda yadda. But in the first season of this fantasy series, creator Eric Heisserer deftly countered a somewhat predictable narrative with stunning aesthetics that include lush production design and detailed visual effects. And any show that embarks on a character called The Darkling knows that what fantasy fans are looking for most is boldness. – Roxana Hadadi
It’s kind of forgotten, which is a shame, but M. Night did more than just bang on booth doors. His Apple TV+ series servant comes to an end after four seasons of eerie twists and turns and some of the most interesting cinematography you will see on television. —JG
➽ Great few weeks for servant Star Lauren Ambrose, who will also make her debut as an adult van in the new season of Yellow jackets next week.
You know like we said above Boston stranger doesn’t exactly have the tight and taut storytelling of zodiac? Well, that’s why it’s never a bad idea to revisit Fincher’s 2007 film – which is as gripping and chilling as ever. —JG
Another Lucasfilm project bites the dust. I can’t tell if this one hurts more or less as it was one of the few projects [stares at whatever happened to Patty Jenkins’s Rogue Squadron] who actually made it into the world. pasture was always an odd choice in a reboot, and I’ll admit I never spent enough time going through everything (am I the problem? Nah), but dammit, Erin Kellyman (of Solo, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and now pasture) needs to step away from Lucasfilm and Disney+ projects at this point. Stop wronging her! —ss
➽ laugh, remember when the game of Thrones People should do one star war?
“Look how they massacred my boy,” Vito Corleone said upon seeing his son’s body, and so did I upon seeing Sebastian “live action.” The little mermaid make new. —JG
➽ Another trailer worth seeing is for blackberryled by a menacingly hilarious Glen Howerton.
Lance Reddick, the brilliant character actor and consummate gentleman, died on Friday. Most of us were introduced to him through roles like The cable, Rand, Bosch, LostAnd John Wick, where he memorably played relatively serious characters – leaders constantly angered by institutional bullshit or shadowy agents embroiled in secret conspiracies. As we wrote in 2021, “Reddick’s signature speaking voice is beautiful, and he can overlay an almost gritty harshness when he really wants to accentuate his power.” In harnessing that power, he leaves a legacy of perfectly calibrated dramatic performances. But anyone paying close attention knew those roles weren’t the limits of what he could offer. For the past decade, Reddick had so much fun with his reputation for playing steely, demanding authority figures – something he’s shown us for years online presencebits like this one from The Eric Andre Showand the clip above from Pursue. In this role of bossy CEO Christian DeVille, he dug his reputation for unwavering authoritarian characters into comedy. Because he enjoys the opportunity so much, it comes into its own: As DeVille, you can practically feel the steam coming out of his ears as he blows his stack. Reddick was involved in every detail, every time. – Eric Vilas-Boas
At what level of irony do we all face each other Shrek? —JG
This should become real actor roundtables Go hard was to musical biopics: fatal. —JG
The last of us is a blockbuster video game with sophisticated gameplay, a nuanced story and heavy themes, adapted into a prestige drama for HBO. merge mansion is a mobile game with fairly simple gameplay and some wild ads. Pedro Pascal is part of both. Verily he is the actor of players. —JG
➽ Speaking of Pedro, once againtraitor the first five Spanish words he would teach Grogu (containing the word “papi”).
Okay, technically Shakira appeared on Fallon’s show last Friday, but it feels wrong not to include this absolute smashing performance. In case you haven’t seen Shakira and Bizarrap The Tonight Show, look at it. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. You can feel Studio 6B tremble as the audience goes wild alongside Shakira and her spiky breakup bop. —SS
➽ Enjoy checking out Cardi B’s BTS bias next.
Everything everywhere at once‘s Harry Shum Jr. trades wearing raccacoonie for James Hong, an acoustic (?) cover of Taylor Swift ahead of her Eras Tour, Lindsay Lohan is pregnant (!) and how to turn your Roku TVs into a cowboy, baby.
want more? Read our recommendations from the weekend from 10.03.