The weekend is here, so why not treat yourself to some TV time? There’s plenty to choose from again this week, with films like the fictional Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde starring Zac Efron The Greatest Beer Run Ever, fresh off the festival circuit and available to stream on Netflix and Apple TV Plus respectively.
Elsewhere, the Sanderson sisters return in Hocus Pocus 2, which is streaming to Disney Plus now for some early Halloween treats, and US Prime Video subscribers can catch up on Michael Bay’s latest Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul Mateen II inform.
As for TV shows, there’s new British drill-drama Jungle on Prime Video, as well as a new season of Ramy on Hulu. Also, on HBO Max, you can now watch all five seasons of the Batman spin-off series Gotham, about James Gordon’s early days as a cop.
Blonde – Netflix
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After a limited theatrical release, Blonde is now available on Netflix. Ana de Armas stars in this fictionalized version of the life of Marilyn Monroe, directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The film also stars Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, the playwright and Monroe’s third husband, along with Bobby Cannavale as Monroe’s second husband Joe DiMaggio and Julianne Nicholson as her mother.
Jungle – Prime Video
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Set in a version of near-future London, the new six-part series follows the connected lives of a group of strangers through the prism of British rap and drill music. As the strangers’ worlds begin to unravel, they realize that every action, no matter how small, has consequences. The cast includes British rappers such as RA, IAMDDB and M24, as well as newcomer Ezra Elliot in the series’ lead role.
Hocus Pocus 2 – Disney Plus
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The first Hocus Pocus film was released way back in 1993 and in the 28 years since then it has achieved something of a cult classic status. In the sequel, three young women will accidentally bring the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) back to modern-day Salem and try to stop them from wreaking more havoc. Anne Fletcher, who previously directed iconic ’00s films such as Step Up, 27 Dresses and The Proposal, directed the sequel.
The Greatest Beer Race Ever – Apple TV Plus
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After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, The Greatest Beer Run Ever has arrived on Apple TV Plus. The war comedy stars Zac Efron as John “Chickie” Donohue, a Marine Corps veteran living in 1960’s New York who decides to embark on a mission to sneak into Vietnam and give his friends on the front lines some support – and beer – to deliver line. Russell Crowe and Bill Murray also star.
Ambulance – Prime Video
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If you missed the last round of Bayhem in theaters, now’s your chance to catch up on Prime Video if you’re in the US. Directed by Michael Bay, Ambulance stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as adoptive brothers who hijack an ambulance and take two paramedics hostage after a bank robbery goes wrong. As you might expect, the action is relentless, the stunts are outrageous, and you can count on sitting on the edge of your seat.
Gotham Seasons 1-5 – HBO Max
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All five seasons of Gotham are now available to stream on HBO Max. The series, which originally aired on Fox between 2014 and 2019, follows James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) beginnings as a detective with the Gotham City Police Department following the murder of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents. as well as the origin stories of famous Batman villains like The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).
Ramy Season 3 – Hulu
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Ramy Season 3 is now streaming on Hulu, and all 10 episodes have been released on the platform at once for the perfect binge-watch weekend. Ramy Youssef returns as the title character, and he also created, wrote, and executive produced the comedy series. Actors such as Succession’s Hiam Abbass, who plays Ramy’s mother, and Moon Knight’s May Calamawy, who plays his sister Dena, are also back for Season 3, while Bella Hadid has a guest role.
If there’s nothing here that captures your imagination, you might need to start looking into each streaming service’s back catalog, which can be a daunting task given the many titles they host. But fear not…if you’re a TV fanatic, then we’ve got you covered with our lists of the best Netflix shows, best Disney Plus shows, and best Amazon Prime Video shows.