We mentioned in last week’s introduction that House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power are dominating the cultural conversation right now, and while both series continue to do so as we move towards October, the folks at Disney Plus have it felt appropriate to throw yet another headline-grabbing TV show into the mix.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Star Wars is back. Just three months after the credits for Obi-Wan Kenobi rolled out, Andor – a new adventure starring Rogue One alumnus Diego Luna – has arrived to scratch fans’ intergalactic itches once again.
But this weekend isn’t all about lightsabers and speeder bikes, and below we’ve detailed six other movies and TV shows that are headed to Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, and other streaming services over the next few days.
Andor (Disney Plus)
There really has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. Sure, the sequel trilogy didn’t fare quite as well as Lucasfilm and Disney intended, but the duo are bringing interesting Star Wars set stories to life at a seemingly rapid pace in 2022.
The latest offering is Andor, a 12-episode series chronicling the exploits of rebel-turned villain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his role in the early days of the Rebel Alliance. Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the show finds Cassian on the run from the Galactic Empire before being drawn into a Jason Bourne-esque tale of interstellar espionage.
in the our ratingwe described Andor as “a gory spy thriller that might just be the best Star Wars series yet” – which is high praise indeed given how much we enjoyed the first two seasons of The Mandalorian. Andor Episodes 1-3 are now streaming on Disney Plus, with the remaining nine entries due to arrive every Wednesday.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus.
From Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan comes Reboot, a new comedy series streaming now on Hulu and Disney Plus (depending on region).
This eight-episode series follows a dysfunctional cast of actors who reunite for a reboot of the fictional noughties sitcom Step Right Up, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy and Krista Marie Yu.
Reviews for Reboot have been generally positive so far, with critics praising the series’ cheesy humor and timely satire. The first two episodes are available to stream now, followed by weekly episodes through October 25.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Thai Cave Rescue (Netflix)
For our money, Nat Geo’s The Rescue (available through Disney Plus) was the best documentary of the last year, while Prime Video’s recent dramatization of the same events, Thirteen Lives, was just as moving. Netflix’s job, then, is to prove why its own adaptation of the headline-grabbing 2018 incident should deserve your attention.
Thai Cave Rescue, the streamer’s eight-part limited series, at least shakes things up by telling the events from the boys’ perspective at the heart of this incredible story. It is also the only production to receive likeness rights from the actual Wild Boars football team.
Critics have therefore lauded Thai Cave Rescue for its accuracy and willingness to bring something new to the table – although viewers are advised to watch the series in its native Thai audio (rather than Netflix’s auto-activated English dub).
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Experienced cinematographer Anna Foerster is the name behind the cinematography of several big Hollywood hits (including 2013’s White House Down), but now the specialist becomes a full-fledged feature film director with Lou.
The plot for it new Netflix movie is simple: When a young girl (Ridley Asha Bateman) is kidnapped, her mother (Jurnee Smollett) teams with the mysterious loner who lives next door (Allison Janney) to track her kidnappers.
If that synopsis sounds similar to Taken (but with Janney in the role of Liam Neeson’s character), that’s because it is – but the majority of critics have lauded Lou for holding up as a solid action thriller on its own, nonetheless stand familiar premise.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Meet Cute (peacock)
For various reasons we won’t get into here, Pete Davidson has had a hell of a year. But at least this weekend, the comedian is returning to the big screen in Peacock’s Meet Cute.
A feature-length rom-com from director Alex Lehmann, “Meet Cute” stars Kaley Cuoco (The flight attendant) as Sheila, a troubled young woman who, after discovering a time machine at a nail salon, decides to relive her past and mold her boyfriend Gary (Davidson) into the perfect man. Of course things go wrong and Sheila quickly realizes that her well-intentioned actions could have potentially disastrous consequences.
“Meet Cute” was praised for attempting to shake up the rom-com genre, but most reviewers have described the film as ultimately unfulfilling. sorry peter
Now available to stream on Peacock.
Escape from Kabul (HBO Max)
This week’s documentary is Escape From Kabul, which is the subject of many awards in certain filmmaking circles.
This HBO production – made in collaboration with the BBC – explores 18 hectic days in August 2021, as thousands of Afghan citizens descended on Kabul Airport after the city was taken by the Taliban.
Featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with Afghan citizens, US Marines and even members of the Taliban, Escape From Kabul was described by critics as “terrifying” and “heartbreaking”.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.
Prisma (Prime Video)
There’s always a major streamer whose content offering falls short of the competition each week, and that mantle falls to Prime Video on this occasion.
Nevertheless, the platform from Amazon some new this weekend in the form of Prisma, an Italian-language series exploring the relationships and identities of two identical twins, Marco and Andrea (both played by Mattia Carrano).
We can’t speak for the show’s critical reception just yet, but Prisma looks like an engaging and important conversation starter about gender identity and fraternity nonetheless.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.