Al Pacino returns as the head of a ruthless (and righteous) band of vigilantes determined to stop a Nazi takeover of the US in the second and final season. Set in ‘70s NYC, this conspiracy-tinged thriller series has a Tarantino-esque pulp sensibility and a great cast, with Udo Kier and Jennifer Jason Leigh joining the ensemble.
The latest installment in Netflix’s Untold series of sports docs focuses on tennis player Mardy Fish, and the negative effects this highly competitive and high pressure sport has on its players’ mental health.
Set to a haunting version of the Cardigans' 1996 hit "Lovefool," the trailer opens with Pamela Anderson, now 55, addressing the controversy over her leaked sex tape with ex-husband Tommy Lee and saying of her image, "I wanna take control of the narrative for the first time." The doc debuts Jan. 31 on Netflix.
A Man Called Otto is a remake, based on a 2016 Swedish film called A Man Called Ové that was itself based on a bestselling book. But aside from hardcore Swede-ophiles (a select group, surely) the draw here is Tom Hanks playing against type as a neighborhood curmudgeon whose insistence on everyone obeying the rules hides a deep sadness. How does Hanks’ casting pan out? Critics are mixed.
“[It] … wears its heart on its sleeve and can be a little soft and gooey at times. But it wins us over in the end, thanks in large part to Hanks delivering the umpteenth memorable performance in his remarkable career.” — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
“We know there are dark roads that Hanks just isn’t going to go down, and some of the early, more caustic scenes of Forster’s film strike a false note. But … Hanks movingly tailors the role to himself.” — Jake Coyle, Associated Press
“If something in you rears up at the directive to ‘Fall in love with the grumpiest man in America,’ then you’ll know to steer wide of this English-language adaptation… That tagline is an accurate summation of the film’s squish-together of cantankerous and cuddlesome …[that’s] turned themes of great love, loss, and the will to keep going into … easy listening.” — Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
Will The Last of Us be the first great TV show to be based on a video game? Everything about HBO’s latest big-budget drama—from its cast to its behind-the-scenes credits—suggests that it could be. Satisfy your curiosity when the sci-fi drama series premieres this Sunday, Jan. 15, on HBO Max. While you’re waiting, discover (or revisit) these great post-apocalyptic series.
This HBO drama premiered at the end of 2021, and the timing made its vision of a post-apocalyptic Midwest where most of the population has been wiped out by a mysterious virus called the “Georgia Flu” all the more eerie. Like the novel it was based on, Station Eleven takes a naturalistic approach to the end of the world, drawing praise from critics for its writing and performances.
Set in a world in which a virus has led to the creation of half-human, half-animal hybrids, the show revolves around Gus (Christian Convery), a half-deer/human hybrid searching for his birth mother alongside Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), a tough, gruff wanderer who becomes his protector.
Rather than sci-fi horror, this cult sitcom takes a comedic view of life after the death of (almost) every human being on the planet. Will Forte stars, with Kristen Schaal, Jason Sudeikis, and others joining in later seasons.