Best Movies & TV (August 19–21)

house of the dragon; She Hulk.
Photo Illustration: Vulture; Photos from HBO Max and Disney+

This week is just the beginning of a flood of huge IPs hitting TV screens. Not that the MCU is long gone, but the massive franchise is back with another Disney+ show, She Hulkwhile HBO premieres game of Thrones Spin-off series about Daenerys’ ancestors. (And that’s all before we take a trip back to Middle-earth and a galaxy far, far away next month.) Until then, enjoy!

Remember Orphaned? The scary movie with a semi-hilarious, disturbing twist. Well, Isabelle Fuhrman is back as Esther, the (adult) killer posing as a little kid. Orphan: First kill picks up on Esther’s first murderous encounter, alluded to in the 2009 film, when she appears as the missing daughter of a wealthy family. I’m sure it will be a great movie night.

Will house of the dragon give me the same giddy feeling I got from eating five batches of this game of Thrones in college? Well, this Sunday one Episode may not do the trick, but HBO sure hopes it’s new HAVE Prequel about the chaotic Targaryens will inspire the same awe and obsession as its predecessor.

Airing Sunday on HBO and HBO Max

You know what, She Hulk That’s fun! It’s also the first MCU/Disney+ project in a while that actually feels like television – okay, low bar, I know. Released weekly with nine 30 minute episodes that basically tackle the case of the week in the four episodes I watched, She Hulk tells the origin story of Jennifer Walters, Bruce Banner’s cousin, as she navigates her career as a lawyer using her newfound superpowers. Tatiana Maslany smashes (smashes?) it as Jen, though her She-Hulk form doesn’t serve her quite as well. There are also hilarious cameos from Benedict Wong, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth and – yes, finally – Charlie Cox himself.

Before that if I’m honest original sin came out, I was ready to throw it aside. It didn’t quite look like it Pretty little liars old and sonically it seemed scarier and more terrifying than the teen melodrama I wanted, but as soon as I hit the new series I was totally obsessed. It’s a lot of fun. original sin is like when you mixed Pretty little liars with MTV’s Scream Series and added a shot The chilling adventures of Sabrina. Miles away from Rosewood, this new generation of teenage liars is being stalked by a mysterious bogeyman-like figure named A. The whole first season is out now, and believe me you’re in for a fun spree.

Available to stream on HBO Max

Likewise! Read our streaming recommendations from the weekend from 12.08. Vulture’s next list of weekend streaming picks goes live on Friday 26th August.

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