This space is usually reserved for our Netflix recommendations, but this week we’re tackling the world of streaming on Netflix and beyond. This week and next sees the arrivals of a number of noteworthy new movies and TV shows you need to know about. When you’re channel wandering into oblivion on Saturday night, remember, we tried to help.
1. Forever (2018)
Starring: Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen
Release date: Available now on Amazon Prime
Just released this week, Forever is a new comedy series starring old pals Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen. The two SNL veterans play a married couple whose life of routine is upended after taking a spontaneous ski trip. From Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, Forever hinges on the talents of its two stars. If you’re fans like we are, you should be all in.
2. American Horror Story: Cult (2017)
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Alison Pill
Release date: Available now on Netflix
The seventh season of FX’s horror anthology series just arrived on Netflix a few days ago. Set after the events of Donald Trump’s election, the show follows a woman (Paulson) so distraught by the poll results her phobias are triggered and she’s suddenly haunted by killer clowns. It also centers on Peters’s character, a man invigorated by Trump who jumps into politics himself. Cult isn’t the greatest season of AHS, but they’re all worth seeing. If you’re scared of clowns, however, it’s probably best you avoid this one.
3. Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018)
Release date: September 20 on Hulu
Before people were chiseling Banksy’s stencils off buildings in hopes of big payoffs, they were looking for Basquiat’s work on the streets of New York City. Get to know one of America’s greatest modern artists in Boom For Real, the new documentary about the artist’s meteoric rise from the street to gallery darling in the early ’80s.
4. Maniac (2018)
Starring: Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Justin Theroux
Release date: September 21 on Netflix
This new limited series from Netflix stars Superbad sweethearts Hill and Stone as strangers who enter a mysterious drug trial. They’re promised the moon, but soon realize the trial is more experimental than anything else. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it does give us a glimpse of the show’s dark humor. Whatever happens, we’re onboard thanks to the talent alone.
5. The Shape of Water (2017)
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Release date: September 21 on HBO
No introduction needed, right? Last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner makes its streaming debut this weekend on HBO. If you aren’t familiar with the plot, the movie is set in 1962 where a female janitor at a government facility discovers an Amphibian Man being kept under lock and key. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the story evolves into an unlikely Beauty and the Beast story that proves the power of love.
6. Nappily Ever After (2018)
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield
Release date: September 21 on Netflix
We’ll see just about anything with Sanaa Lathan. She leads the way here as a woman whose “perfect” life is symbolized by her devotion to her hair. After the man she loves disappoints her and her career flounders, she cuts it all off for a fresh start. Lathan really does shave her head in the movie, but the real reason to have faith in this one is the direction of Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi filmmaker to break through.
7. The Walking Dead – Season 8 (2017-’18)
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Release date: September 23 on Netflix
Walking Dead fans who missed out or gave up on the series after Season 7 can now catch up fully. The newest season of TWD arrives on Netflix Sunday just in time for the Season 9 premiere on AMC on October 7. All-out war has taken over the series as the Survivors battle the Saviors for post-apocalyptic supremacy. By the end, only Rick or Negan will be left standing.
8. Gemini (2017)
Starring: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, Ricki Lake, John Cho
Release date: September 24 on Hulu
OK we’re cheating a little. You have to wait until Monday to see this one. Hopefully, it’ll be worth it. Gemini stars Kirke (Mistress America) as an assistant to a huge Hollywood star named Heather Anderson (Kravitz). But, when Heather turns up dead, the cops turn their attention to the young apprentice and we learn about the events that led up to the tragedy.
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