Must Watch Movies and TV Shows this Weekend. This weekend, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad leads the film charge this weekend, arriving on HBO Max and challenging everything you thought you knew about comic book films.
Elsewhere, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make a television return on Apple TV Plus, Val Kilmer will release a 40-year-in-the-making autobiography on Amazon Prime Video, and Paris Hilton will host a Netflix cookery show.
We’ve compiled a list of the most popular movies and television shows available to stream over the next several days.
Must Watch Movies: Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad is one of the Must Watch Movies, directed by James Gunn, is now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max for 30 days. It deviates from the tried-and-true superhero template with a stylish and anarchic take on some of DC’s most bizarre characters.
A sequel-but-not-sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 film, Gunn’s reimagined Task Force X assembles the likes of Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, and Captain Boomerang alongside Bloodsport and King Shark in order to take down the impossibly massive, telepathic starfish Starro.
That may sound insane, but the film has received near-universal praise for its no-holds-barred attitude and for (mostly) rectifying the shortcomings of its predecessor.
While it may not be to everyone’s taste, we believe The Suicide Squad is worth watching.
Mr. Corman, created, directed, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his first major television role since 2001, is the story of a failed musician who becomes a fifth-grade teacher and struggles to find meaning in his life.
It’s another comedy-drama series commissioned by Apple TV Plus for 2021 (preceding The Shrink Next Door in November) and based on our evaluation, it’s a terrific return to form for Levitt and a relatable dose of TV escapism. Debra Winger, Juno Temple, and Hugo Weaving also appear, with the latter routinely stealing his parts.
Three of Mr. Corman’s ten episodes are available to stream immediately, with the remainder appearing monthly.
Val Kilmer has had a wild old life. From starring in blockbuster films such as Top Gun, Batman Forever, and Heat to battling throat cancer in his fifties, the American actor’s path to stardom has been fraught with ups and downs.
As it turns out, he filmed the entire 40 years. Val, which has been whittled down to 109 minutes, sees Kilmer tell the story of his “magical life” through decades of video footage. The film will be available on Amazon Prime Video this weekend following a brief theatrical run in the United States. Regrettably, it does not appear to have been released on Prime Video in the UK – only in the US.
Must Watch Movies: Cooking with Paris
Netflix decided to commission a show in which Paris Hilton cooks for her famous friends for some reason. We say ‘cook,’ but the term is best used loosely in this instance.
In Cooking with Paris, the sequined socialite basically goes food shopping, invites a celebrity over for dinner (like Kim Kardashian), and attempts to create an edible meal. Apparently, this might prove enjoyable TV for some.
In fairness, it’s been described as “a glorious glimpse into a life lived entirely without common sense” – so maybe there is some fun to be had here?
Perhaps the more intellectually stimulating of this week’s Netflix offerings is Vivo, a Sony-produced original animated musical led by the voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gloria Estefan.
It follows the colorful journey of a kinkajou, Vivo, who travels from Cuba to Miami to deliver a love song to an old friend. With shades of Miranda’s own In the Heights and Pixar’s Coco, this one is definitely for those who value soundtrack over storytelling and looks to be a vibrant adventure for audiences young and old.
Short Circuit season 2
Joining Vivo in this week’s roster of animated adventures is Short Circuit, Disney’s under-the-radar anthology of short films which returns for a second season.
Basically, it’s Love, Death, and Robots without all the love, death, and robots, instead of showcasing the work of the studio’s experimental animators, who all employ different visual styles to tell their own quirky stories.
Interestingly, anyone within Disney can pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create their own short for the series, so there’s definitely an abundance of creativity to be found here.
Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings Of Miami
Of course, it wouldn’t be the weekend without the arrival of a new Netflix documentary, and Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings Of Miami delivers all the true-crime drama we’ve come to expect from the streamer’s now-customary exposés.
This one chronicles the rise of Miami drug kingpins Sal Magluta and Willy Falcon, who would become two of the most prolific cocaine dealers in US history.
Expect jealousy and jet-skis from this six-episode series, which seems like a good prep for the upcoming season of Narcos: Mexico.
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