We never thought we’d say this, but it’s high time for a new Disney remake. Both “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” were released almost three years ago, while the live-action retelling of “Mulan” was successful DisneyPlus in 2020 its release has been so badly impacted by the global pandemic that you will be forgiven if you missed it entirely.
So thanks to Hercules for Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, a bold reimagining of the classic animated series of the same name. Other new arrivals this week include Amazon’s latest sci-fi show Night Sky and the return of acclaimed Netflix anthology series Love, Death and Robots.
Below we’ve rounded up the seven biggest new movies and TV shows available to stream Netflix, Prime video, HBO Max and more this weekend.
Love, Death and Robots Season 3 (Netflix)
We may have kicked off the intro above with a game about Disney’s famous detective duo, but Season 3 of Love, Death and Robots looks to be by far the most interesting of this week’s streaming arrivals.
Available now on Netflix, the nine new episodes of the series tell tales of marines hunting aliens, fishermen fighting beasts, swarms of angry rats and a host of other fictional villains. Season 1’s trio of foul-mouthed robots also return to the fray, and it’s a safe bet to expect plenty of sex and violence to return.
Love, Death and Robots has proven itself as one of the The best Netflix shows in recent years, so we don’t expect the third entry in the series to disappoint. To refresh your memory on the often shocking subject, check out our Ranking of all 26 episodes released so far.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney Plus)
If Disney had released Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers a few years ago, we’d almost certainly have branded it a soulless cash heist — but in 2022, we’re actually pretty excited to be re-introducing the eponymous chipmunks.
Set in a Who Framed Roger Rabbit-style live-action setting, this feature-length adventure finds the pair back in action when their former castmate Monterey Jack mysteriously disappears. John Mulaney and Andy Samberg voice Chip and Dale, respectively, while JK Simmons, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Bana, Will Arnett and Seth Rogen make up the rest of the film’s surprisingly quality cast.
Early review was pretty good for this one too. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers has been described as “swift, utterly loveable rodent noir that turns out to be a delightful surprise” – so we’d caution against writing it off as mindless, kid-friendly fodder.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus.
Night Sky (Prime Video)
Night Sky, the latest in Amazon’s long line of usually over-the-top sci-fi series, arrives on Prime Video this weekend with little fanfare.
Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons play Irene and Franklin York, a seemingly ordinary couple whose seemingly ordinary home houses a secret portal to a planet far, far away. The pair have successfully kept the portal hidden for nearly a decade, but the arrival of a curious young man risks putting an end to their space hopping.
Newcomers Holden Miller and Daniel C. Connolly helm this eight-episode series that looks as unique and intriguing as Amazon’s similarly twisted sci-fi thriller. To encounter.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Donkey 4.5 (Netflix)
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We have to admit, we didn’t know Jackass 4.5 was a thing (although perhaps, given the release of Jackass 2.5 and 3.5 in recent years, we should have expected it).
This Netflix-exclusive sequel to Jackass Forever (now streaming Outstanding plus) contains material shot for the film that was ultimately omitted from the final cut. However, fans can expect cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and plenty of typically hilarious outtakes along with more dangerous antics from the group.
There’s no trailer for this one, so we’ve attached a snippet of preview footage (shared with the Netflix Twitter account) above. But let’s face it: you know exactly what to expect from Jackass 4.5.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
The Ipcress File (AMC Plus)
First airing on ITV in the UK last month, Cold War-themed spy thriller series The Ipcress File hits AMC Plus in the US this weekend.
A serial adaptation of the 1962 novel (and 1965 film) of the same name, the show follows the exploits of secret agent Harry Palmer (Joe Cole), an ex-smuggler who is involved in an undercover mission to prevent nuclear secrets from being leaked light come the wrong hands.
This synopsis might sound like standard Cold War fare, but The Ipcress File – which also stars Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander – received rave reviews ahead of its UK release in April. Attention Kingsman fans.
Now available to stream on AMC Plus in the US and BritBox in the UK.
Now and then (Apple TV Plus)
Apple TV Plus continues its critically acclaimed march of content with Now and Then, a bilingual thriller that chronicles the aftermath of the murder of a group of college grads.
Like Showtime’s Yellowjackets, this eight-part series jumps back and forth between past and present (hence the title) and, according to Apple, examines “the differences between adolescent aspirations and the reality of adulthood” in light of the murder in question.
It all sounds like exceptionally heavy stuff, but Now and Then has been acclaimed by critics almost universally for being a mature, polished Harlan Coben-style crime thriller. Even given Apple’s recent successes, this is an easy recommendation.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO Max)
This week’s documentary is a two-part look at the life and career of comedy legend George Carlin.
Considered one of the most important and influential stand-up comics of all time, Carlin has been dubbed “the dean of counterculture comedians” and even hosted the very first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975, directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, both of whom Credit Carlin for the influence on her work.
Both parts of George Carlin’s American Dream are available to stream now on HBO Max, while UK viewers will likely have to wait a few weeks for this to arrive on Sky and Now TV.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.