There are some good new series and movies online this weekend, so let’s get right to it!
There are some good new shows on Hulu, and one of the best is Upstairs, Downstairs, from the BBC Worldwide. It is the later show, taking place after the original, which I thought was better, but the remake is still good, as has some great actors including Claire Foy, star of The Crown and the new movie Unsane. Other stars of the show include Jean Marsh, Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard. And, of course, it’s well-produced and well written. Also newly available on Hulu is Jane, the 2017 documentary about Jane Goodall, world renowned primatologist and studier of chimpanzees at Gombe. It’s directed by Brett Morgan and has music by Philip Glass. And it gets a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. A gem of a movie. Also newly available on Hulu is The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan, in the historical drama from AMC. It’s based on a book by Philipp Meyer and also stars Zahn McClarnon and Jess Weixler. It gets a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, but if you want an epic western, this is for you.
One of the new shows I’m most excited about is Tabula Rasa, a new Belgian series about a woman with memory issues implicated in a missing persons case. It stars Malin-Sarah Gozin,Veerle Baetans and Stijn Van Opstal and so far, it’s great. It gets an 8.2 on IMDb. Another addition is the movie Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander, Dane deHaan and Christopher Waltz. It’s an historical epic about the tulip craze in Amsterdam in the 17th century. But beware, this movie has not gotten great reviews, it gets a 9%(!) on Rotten Tomatoes! But it has great photography, Judy Dench in a cameo role and others like Zach Galifianakis, so I’m watching. If you love historical dramas, you might want to tune in, too. Netflix also has Mango Dreams, a 2016 movie about an older Hindu man with dementia and the Muslim driver he hires. It stars Ram Gopal Bajaj, Pankaj Tripathi and Sameer Kochhar. It’s directed by John Upchurch, and it won awards at various film festivals. And finally, a really interesting addition to Netflix is Go Back to Where You Came From, an Australian show where ordinary Australians agree to live in conditions that refugees and migrants go through everyday. It’s a great idea for a reality show, one of the few I’m interested in and gets an 8.1 on IMDb.
Amazon doesn’t have a lot of new movies released this week, but one is November Criminals, a mystery/thriller starring Ansel Elgort, Chloe Grace Moretz, Catherine Keener, and David Strathairn. It’s a kind of teenage drama, but the cast is really good. But it’s reviews weren’t great. But Variety said “Not that it’s awful, exactly,” so I’m watching. And Logan Lucky is on Amazon, a movie that I had overlooked in the past few weeks, directed by Steven Soderbergh. It stars Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Daniel Craig. It’s supposed to hearken back to earlier Soderbergh films and gets a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I’m going to watch.
So if you’re stuck inside or tired of watching college basketball, sit back and binge this weekend on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.