7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week
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Welcome to 7 Things To Watch This Week, our guide to the best in entertainment to focus your eyes on for the next seven days.
From Four Kids and It to Meghan Markle’s Elephant documentary on Disney Plus and Save Me Too on Sky Atlantic, we’ve got you covered with bitesize reviews for all the theatrical, home entertainment and streaming releases you should set your sights on this week.
So, without further ado, here are this week’s recommendations…
1. Save Me Too
The critically-acclaimed Sky series returns for a second season as Nelly (Lennie James) continues the hunt for his estranged daughter Jodi. 17 months after she went missing and he uncovered a sex trafficking ring to find victim Grace (Olive Gray), Nelly finds himself caught up in a murder investigation linked to those involved.
Lesley Manville joins the cast as Jennifer, the wife of paedophile Gideon (Adrian Edmondson), who is dealing with the fallout of his criminal enterprise’s discovery. She is a welcome addition to an already impressive cast led by the indomitable James. Binge this as soon as you can.
Meghan Markle lends her voice to Disney nature documentary Elephants, which follows a herd migrating across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. The film focuses on three elephants in particular: Gaia, the Matriarch, Shani, her younger sister and Jomo, Shani’s male calf.
On their journey, the elephants face predators, dwindling resources and a lack of water, which leads to one baby nearly dying in the mud. However, this is a Disney documentary so it never gets too dark. But with some stunning cinematography and the Duchess of Sussex’s sugary narration, this is a fun watch for the family.
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Heather Graham takes the lead in this unsentimental yet relatable family drama from Aisling Chin-Yee. Cami (Graham) is a children’s book writer and single mother living with her teen daughter Aster when her ex-husband dies unexpectedly. After the funeral, Cami takes in the woman he left her for, his wife Rachel and her daughter (Aster’s half-sister) Tallulah, who are in financial difficulties.
The Rest of Us deals with the complexities of relationships and families when heartbreak is involved, but without a heavy hand..
This movie is as much of a wild card as its protagonist. Camila José Donoso's third film is an irreverent mockumentary centred on Nona, a Chilean woman of a certain age who moves to her holiday home in Pichilemu after exacting revenge on an ex-lover. She arrives as a series of forest fires strikes the coast, causing upset to her neighbours.
It’s hard not to love Josefina Ramírez’s Nona, an unapologetic woman as forthright with her opinions as she is with a Molotov cocktail. This movie won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s an intriguing character study that might make you look at your own grandparents a little differently.
This new series from Legion’s Nathaniel Halpern stars Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce, and has a somewhat Twilight Zone feel. The setting is a midwestern town that sits above The Loop, an underground facility designed to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe.
Each episode is grounded by someone connected to The Loop and their tale is in part influenced by its curious machinations. This is a quiet and thoughtful sci-fi series that provides a deeper exploration of human emotion than time and space. The first three episodes are intriguing and will have you hankering to learn more about The Loop’s hold on the town and its inhabitants.
This family comedy is based on Jacqueline Wilson’s novel of the same name about a group of children who find a magical sand fairy with wish-granting powers. The story begins when David and Alice (Matthew Goode and Paula Patton) decide to tell their respective kids about their own new romantic relationship on a Cornish holiday.
Paula’s eldest Smash and David’s daughter Ros are complete opposites but after meeting the Psammead (voiced by Michael Caine) and experiencing his magic, they learn a lot about themselves, each other and are soon forced to act like a family to protect him from a local villain. It’s a bit of light-hearted, inoffensive viewing lifted by Russell Brand’s brand of eccentricity.
Based on New York magazine's 2015 article The Hustlers at Scores by Jessica Pressler, Hustlers tells the story of a posse of former strippers and their millionaire master scam of wealthy Wall Street guys and CEOs in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Constance Wu is on top form as the somewhat unreliable protagonist Destiny but it’s Jennifer Lopez who really steals the show as ringleader Ramona in a career-defining performance. Writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s criminal story provides a basic foundation for bigger, more nuanced themes of enterprising femininity, friendship and empowerment to flourish.