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What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Great shows and movies you should be streaming on Netflix and beyond.

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week
Marc Chacksfield
30 September 2022

Welcome to the WatchList, the ultimate place to find out the best things to stream this week - what you should be watching at the weekend and beyond.

Each week we will look at some fantastic new things that have landed on the likes of Netflix, Prime Video, NOW, Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus.

We have spent A LONG time watching things on all these streaming services. So, if you want more of an in-depth look at the shows and movies you can stream the please head to the following guides.

Still here? Then what you are after are a handful of recommendations to stop you endlessly scrolling into next week...


Hocus Pocus 2

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

It’s hard to think that Hocus Pocus was a flop when it was first released, given (quite rightly) the popularity of the movie now. Through DVD sales and now streaming, it’s become a cult classic and a Halloween staple. This sequel has a lot of the charm of the original, with plenty of call backs but not to the detriment of its own story. We’re very happy to see the evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) back!

The Old Man

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The Old Man is a superb spy drama which is elevated by having Jeff Bridges on board as an ex-CIA agent whose past is catching up with him. While Bridges is mesmerising (as always) to watch, John Lithgow as an FBI director on his tail is equally fun. This one is streaming weekly, with two episodes available to watch now.

Blonde

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Our recommendation of Blonde comes with a caveat: this is a disturbing drama about Marilyn Monroe and as far from an ordinary biopic as you can get. Director Andrew Dominik really pushes the nightmarish, abusive side to Monroe’s life with scenes that will make you squirm. Centre of it all is Ana de Armas, whose portrayal of Marilyn Monroe is jaw-dropping. We expect her to be in the running when the Oscars come around.

Entergalactic

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

We went into Entergalactic thinking this might just be a promo for rapper Kid Cudi’s latest album but it’s much more than that. Entergalactic is a superb animated love story that’s expertly crafted visually and backed by a superb soundtrack. The voice cast is impressive, too, with the likes of Cudi, Timothée Chalamet, Vanessa Hudgens and even Macauly Culkin lending their dulcet tones. Superb stuff.

This England

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This England is a treat for UK viewers. It’s a Sky Original and tells the true tale of the British government and how they handled the Covid pandemic. Directed by the brilliant Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip), the series has some fantastic actors who are playing famous faces. Of note is Kenneth Branagh who, with the thanks to heavy makeup, is uncanny as former Prime Minister Boris Johnston.


Previously on The WatchList...

Andor

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The first three episodes of Andor are streaming now on Disney Plus and they are nothing short of stunning. Tony Gilroy is showrunner, he was the one that re-jigged Rogue One with reshoots and the like, and his deft eye for detail is on show once more here.

Based on the story of Cassian Andor (played once more by Diego Luna) who we first met in Rogue One, this is a mature Star Wars tale which takes its time but is punctuated with glorious set pieces. We can't wait to see where this one goes.

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (yes, that it is its full title) once again proves that Evan Peters is one of the best actors of his generation. His chameleon-like ability to get into character is on show here, with a chilling performance as real-life serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

It's uneven in places - this is a Ryan Murphy show so that's to be expected - but it's one that puts the victims front and center and it has to be praised for that. As the subject matter suggests, though, this is one bleak ride that's reminiscent of the starkness of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer in places.

A Private Affair

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

If you fancy your serial killer stories a little less lurid, then A Private Affair is for you. This Amazon Prime exclusive a lot of fun, taking place in the '40s and features an unlikely detective team up. The Spanish series has more than an air of Sherlock Holmes about it, as an upper class woman (Aura Garrido) teams up with her butler (Jean Reno) to try and crack the case of a serial killer.

Reboot

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Steven Levitan, the creator of Modern Family, is back with a show based on a show - a reboot of a fictional sitcom called Step Right Up. The cast for this one is fantastic, with Krista Marie Yu, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville and Paul Reiser all starring. It's meta comedy plot is a lot of fun and while it doesn't go quite as far as we would like with its playfulness, we can see this one continuing for a few seasons. It's streaming on Hulu in the US (and fictional Hulu execs star in it) and will be on Disney Plus in the UK later in the year.

Lou

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

We will watch anything with the superb Allison Janney starring (and Jurnee Smollett, for that matter) - especially when she is being badass. And she is certainly that in Lou, a Taken-esque thriller about a mother (Smollett) who enlists help to find her missing daughter.


Previously on The WatchList...

Narco-Saints

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

One of the most thrilling series on Netflix right now, Narco-Saints follows a well-trodden path of the 'normal' guy who gets mixed up with drug barons (think Breaking Bad and Ozark and you are getting close). This K-Drama has lots of twists and turns and, amazingly, the show is based on true events. Park Hae-soo (Squid Game) stars but it's Jo Woo-jin as kingpin Byeon Ki-tae who is standout.

Sins Of Our Mother

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The true story of Lori Vallow Daybell is a shocking one, steeped in murder and mystery. This three-part true crime series delves into the reasons as to why Daybell changed from a seemingly perfect mother into someone on trial for murdering various members of her family. Chilling stuff.

Cyberpunk Edgerunners

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The game Cyberpunk 2077 arrived in late 2020 with myriad issues which, quite rightly, put a lot of people off of buying it. Play it now, though, and it's a superb open-world dystopian thriller. This spin-off anime is stunning, taking place in Night City, just like the game, but focusing on different characters. These characters - primarily David and Lucy - are fantastically realised over the show's 10-episode arc.

Handmaid’s Tale: Season 5

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Handmaid’s Tale has a new lease of life thanks to season 5, where the story of June (Elisabeth Moss) finally stars moving forward. The end of the show is in sight (there's just one more season left) and because of this, the storylines feel like they have renewed purpose as the rule in Gilead starts to falter. Yes, it has gone way beyond its source material but we like where this one is going - and its parallels with real life right now are still as pertinent as ever.

Atlanta: Season 4

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

While we had to wait an age for the third season of Atlanta (four years, to be exact), the fourth and final season arrives after just a few months and begins with an enthralling, utterly surreal double episode. It's great to see the core characters back to their normal surroundings after season 3's European jaunt. After seeing the first few episodes, we've got a feeling series creator and star Donald Glover will stick the landing.

On the big screen...

Moonage Daydream

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This compelling documentary of the late David Bowie uses archive material (with a deep dive into Bowie in the '70s) to create a tapestry of one of the greatest musicians of all time. Director Brett Morgen is no stranger to music docs, having created the fantastic Montage of Heck about Kurt Cobain. Here Morgen had unrestricted access to Bowie's back catalog and using his music and narration from the man himself, cropped from myriad interviews with Bowie, and what you have is a mesmerising portrayal of the singer.


Thor: Love And Thunder

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Disney Plus Day brought with it a treat for Marvel fans, the latest Thor movie which has only just left the big screen. A tale of love and loss, with scattershot jokes throughout, Thor: Love And Thunder is not as enjoyable as Taika Waititi's Ragnarok but there is still a certain amount of charm with the film. Plus, it's self contained, so you don't need to worry about watching every single Marvel movie before it. If you did want to, though, then follow our how to watch the Marvel movies in order guide!

The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments Of All Time

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This is exactly the sort of documentary that Shudder, the dedicated horror streaming service, has been crying out for. Yes, we may be biased because we love a list but the first episode of The 101 Scariest Movie Moments Of All Time is glorious, showcasing scary moments from both mainstream and obscure horror movies. These scenes are backed up by some brilliant talking heads from a who's who in the industry.

Pinocchio

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Robert Zemeckis is one of the most visceral filmmakers around and even when his movies fail to hit the mark, they are still a compelling watch. Pinocchio is one of those movies. Yes, it's flawed but we have to praise Zemeckis for making what is a lavish retelling of the Disney classic. Strangely, for a director who has immersed himself in blending CGI with the real world, though, it's this part of the film that's the real let down.

Wedding Season

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The arrival of Wedding Season on Disney Plus may have been drowned out by the bigger movie releases dropping on Disney Plus Day but we urge you to seek it out. This is a macabre show, based on a series of murders that happen on the wedding day of Katie (Rosa Salazar). Wedding Season is a British whoddunit that's constantly entertaining, even if its flashback structure is clunky at times.

Cobra Kai: Season 5

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Cobra Kai is back and while it takes a few episodes to get used to, the fifth season of the Karate Kid spin-off is a joy. After the events in season four, we see Terry Silver adding to his karate empire which has put Daniel Larusso into a bit of a spiral. While the show is obviously nearing the end of old Karate Kid material it can mine for a nostalgia kick, this show is still as entertaining and compelling as ever.

Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

All 4.5 hours of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert are available to watch on Paramount+ and it's fantastic stuff. With stars of the music world paying their respects to the late Foo Fighters drummer and Hawkins' family getting their time to shine - Taylor Hawkins' son Shawn Hawkins playing drums to My Hero is tear-inducing - it's the perfect tribute to a musician who was taken too soon.


The Lord of the Rings: The Rings Of Power

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

One of the biggest shows of the year has arrived on Prime Video, with two episodes currently available to watch right now. The series is epic, and looks every bit the money spent, focusing on a time that’s thousands of years before the events in The Lord of the Rings. While there is a lot of setup in the first episodes, it’s clear that the show is gearing up for an almighty clash between good and evil.

I Came By

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Babak Anvari writes and directs this taut thriller that sees Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville play against type as a rich man with a very hidden secret which is unwittingly revealed by a graffiti artist. George MacKay and Kelly Macdonald also star.

Kleo

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This eight-episode series has a bit of Killing Eve about it - and that's very much a good thing. The plot: with the Berlin Wall dismantled, a former spy killer is set free and decides to embark on a revenge spree against the people who conspired to betray her. It’s not quite as witty as the aforementioned Eve but the '80s setting in Berlin makes for fantastic viewing and Jella Haase as Kleo Straub is mesmerising.

The Patient

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Steve Carrell is fantastic in this psychological drama which sees him as a psychiatrist who is given the task of trying to stop a serial killer from having the urge to kill. Domhnall Gleeson is the killer with a conscience that wants more one on one time with his therapist that he kidnaps him and holds him hostage in his house. Each episode is short, at just 20-odd minutes which makes this a riveting watch.

Rick and Morty season 6

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Season 5 had its moments but we are hoping that season 6 of Rick and Morty really ups the quality. Expect homages to Die Hard, more space shenanigans and plots so convoluted it takes myriad Ricks and Mortys to figure out just what the hell is going on.

  • Stream from Sunday on Adult Swim

See: Final Season

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

See is something of an under appreciated gem on Apple TV Plus. Created by Steven Knight of Peaky Blinders fame, the show, starring Jason Momoa, was one of the first things to land on the streaming service. Now it's on its third and final season, we get to 'see' the conclusion of warrior Baba Voss's story, who is surviving in a dystopian world where humans have lost the sense of sight.

Samaritan

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

With the superhero genre (still) all the rage right now, it's hard to make a suped-up movie that stands out but Samaritan does. It's far from perfect but Sylvester Stallone is a joy, playing a grizzled and grumpy superhero who is forced to come out of retirement.

Lost Ollie

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Toy Story may well be the pinnacle of 'lost toy' stories but Lost Ollie is perhaps the most heartbreaking. A new original series by Netflix, this four-part show is a sometimes bleak look at what loss truly means, told through toys that can communicate with each other and children. Directed by Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) the show blends live-action and animation seamlessly and comes with a huge dollop of heartfelt poignancy.

Welcome To Wrexham

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Nope, it wasn't a fever dream: Hollywood A-Listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney really did buy Welsh football team Wrexham. This show charts the reasons why (and showcases more of comedian Humphrey Ker who was key to negotiations and also the one who taught McElhenney about football) and their plan to transform the club. It's a brilliant real-life story, full of surprise but the biggest one is that the fans of the club are the real stars of this doc, outshining the famous chairmen. Two episodes are available now, with 16 more to come.

Mo

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Comedian Mo Amer is fantastic in Mo, a show loosely based on his life. In the series, Mo is a Palestinian American Muslim who has been living in Huston, Texas with his family since the Gulf War and have been waiting decades for asylum. The eight episodes lead up to the point where the family may family be granted the asylum they have been waiting for. Produced by movie stalwarts A24, this is a fun, engaging and eye-opening comedy drama. More of this, please Netflix!

Pinocchio trailer


This live-action remake of Pinocchio has been directed by Robert Zemeckis and will make its debut on Disney Plus, on Disney Plus Day which is 8 September. The trailer for the movie is fantastic, showcasing what looks to be a rather dark retelling of the puppet who just wanted to be a boy.


House of the Dragon

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The prequel to Game of Thrones is finally here and it is well worth a watch. Focusing on the the Targaryen civil war, which is set some 200 years before the events of GoT, this show is packed with scheming families, bloody fighting and a whole host of dragons. The show has been created by GoT author George RR Martin, with Ryan J. Condal and Miguel Sapochnikas co-showrunners. It stars, among others, Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Emma D'Arcy and Olivia Cooke.

Only Murders In The Building: S2 finale

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This season of Only Murders In The Building has been an absolute blast, with the trio of true murder fans (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) finding themselves once more at the center of a murder investigation. There have been twists galore, so we can't wait to find out how the season is going to end. The last episode will be streaming from Tuesday 23 August.

The Sandman: Bonus Episode

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Well, this is a massive and very welcomed surprise. The Sandman is undoubtedly one of the shows of the year and this bonus episode focuses on two of the most beloved stories of the Sandman saga: A Dream of a Thousand Cats and Calliope. The first is an animated delight, where the animation looks like an oil painting. The second stars Arthur Darvill, Nina Wadia, Amita Suman and Derek Jacobi. While this is one hour-long episode, it has two distinct stories within - and both of them are fantastic.

Day Shift

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

You can leave your brains at the door for this one, but Day Shift is a fun sun- and blood-soaked dive into the world of vampires and vampire hunters in LA. Jamie Foxx is great in the lead as a pool boy who has a secret job killing the great undead. Helped by a brilliant support cast - including Snoop Dogg and Dave Franco - this one of the better Netflix Original movies of recent times.

She-Hulk: Attorney At War

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

She-Hulk is streaming weekly so there's only one episode to watch at the moment but it's an impressive debut, where Tatiana Maslany's fourth-wall breaking Jennifer Walters is a delight. She is fantastic as the attorney who gets Hulk powers, thanks to a car crash she is in with her cousin Bruce Banner. Unlike her cousin, though, Walters can seemingly manage her rage as She-Hulk and isn't completely taken over by the monster.

Funnier than most Marvel shows and with CGI that looks far better than it did in the trailers, She-Hulk is far more fun than we were expecting it to be.

Bad Sisters

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Sharon Horgan proves once again that she is one of the best TV writers in the business with Bad Sisters, a devilish comedy about the five Garvey sisters who are out to kill one of their horrible husbands. While the concept isn't all hers (it's been adapted from the Belgium series The Out-Laws), it's an extremely witty, funny and excruciating take on revenge and how best to serve it.


Previously on The WatchList

The Black Phone

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

We weren't expecting this one to crop up on TV quite so soon but if you have Peacock in the US, then you can watch this delightfully nasty horror thriller. Based on a story by Joe Hill, The Black Phone is about a teenager who is kidnapped by a sadistic killer. With no way out of his sound-proof basement, a disconnected phone starts to ring and on the other end are the previous victims of the killer. Ethan Hawke is superb as the murderer but it's Doctor Strange's Scott Derrickson's direction that really shines here.

If you are outside the US, then the movie is currently available to rent on Premium Video On Demand.

Locke & Key: Season 3

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Netflix has done its thing again and that is cancel a show that really needed another season or two. Nevertheless, Locke & Key has been a fun ride and while the third season doesn't quite feel like the ending we all deserve, the fantasy centred on keys that open up magical doors is still a fun watch.

Uncoupled

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Sex and the City creator Darren Star has already had a huge Netflix hit, with Emily In Paris. He's now hoping Uncoupled will garner the same-sized audience. All the ingredients are there: the show follows newly single Michael Lawson (Neil Patrick Harris) who tries to continue with his real estate job and pretend that all is okay after a messy break-up. This is a far meaner show than we were expecting but Patrick Harris excels in the lead role.

A League Of Their Own

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson has created a fantastic series here. Based on the 90s comedy drama of the same name, which starred Madonna and Geena Davies, A League Of Their Own focuses on an all-female baseball team in the 40s. The team is created to bring in money during the war and each character gets their chance to shine. The show stars, among others, The Good Place's D’Arcy Carden.

The Box

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This chilling true tale is one of a number of crime documentaries on Paramount Plus right now. Here, detective Chris Loudon re-opens the cold case murder of a 16 year old in 1976. With the help of DNA analysis a suspect is found as is a box that's hiding some potentially terrible truths.

I am Groot: Groot’s First Steps

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This charming series of shorts doesn't add anything to the MCU, but you will have a lot of fun watching them. We dare you not to smile when Groot gets into a fight with a bonsai tree or surfs on some soap. In all there are 5 shorts to watch but the whole thing clocks in at just 20 minutes. Perfect if you like your fun bite-sized.

Bluey: Season 3

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Hopefully Bluey needs no introduction. This cartoon perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being a parent and striving to do the best for your child. It's so lovely that you will come away from the show with the warmest of feelings, whether you have kids or not. Given the popularity of the show, it's hard to believe that there were just two seasons available - thankfully there is now a third and it's just as brilliant as you would expect. Lovely stuff.

Prey

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This fantastic prequel to The Predator is everything you want in a predator movie and the best of the lot since the original. Set some 300 years in the colonial past of America, a Comanche warrior (Naru, played by Amber Midthunder) pits herself against the alien foe to save her tribe. The testosterone-fueled masculinity of the 1987 Arnie classic is replaced here with a ferocious display of wits and willpower. Director Dan Trachtenberg gives the audience what they want, making the pursuit of hunter and prey a thrill ride and a welcome one that puts this franchise back on track.

Lightyear

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Lightyear is not quite the movie you expect. Yes, it’s a space tale that features the ‘real life’ Buzz Lightyear that Andy’s toy was based on (this time voiced by Chris Evans) but it’s not one big joy ride. Pixar shoehorns a much sadder tale about loss and redemption into the mix and it doesn’t always work. When it does, though, it soars - just not quite to infinity and beyond as you hope. The new cast of characters - voiced by Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer and Peter Sohn - are a joy to watch, though, and while we wanted the movie to play more on its film-in-a-film trope, there’s still fun to be had.

The Sandman

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

After much delay, The Sandman has finally gotten the adaptation it deserves, with Netflix turning the seminal graphic novel into a gripping, transcendental show. It’s a faithful adaptation of Dream and his quest to get back what he lost after being imprisoned. The cast here are outstanding, lead by a brilliant Tom Sturridge.

Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Like Fyre before it, about the festival that went viral due to how awful everything was, Woodstock ‘99 plays out like a disaster movie. Based on the ill-conceived nu-metal slathered Woodstock, which was meant to celebrate 30 years of the original festival, Trainwreck charts the rioting, misogyny and violence that occurred to mar the music that was on show.

It’s a hard watch, but one that showcases what happens when a festival errs on the side of greed, as well as the horror that happens when a frat-boy culture is whipped up into a frenzy.

Paper Girls

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

If you are looking for something to fill a Stranger Things-sized hole, then Paper Girls is it. This brilliant adaptation of the comic-book series, sees a group of teenage girls in the 80s transported to the present day, thanks to getting caught in the crossfire of warring time travellers. It’s a lot of fun and feels like a mix of Yellowjackets and the aforementioned Hawkins lot.

All Or Nothing: Arsenal

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The All or Nothing franchise goes from strength to strength, this time with the focus on Arsenal and their manager, former player Mikel Arteta and his ‘unique’ training practises. As with previous seasons which starred Man City and Spurs, we already know the outcome of the 2021/22 season but it’s the incredible access behind the scenes that's on show here.

Thirteen Lives

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

This true - and fairly recent - tale of a Thai soccer team, who were trapped in a cave they were exploring thanks to a huge rainstorm, is directed by Ron Howard and is a gripping look at the amateur cave explorers who came to the team’s rescue. This is the sort of the film that belongs on the big screen - its cast is great, with Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen starring as cave divers - but it’s a Prime Video exclusive, so you will have to settle for watching it in your living room. It’s well worth it, though.

The Gray Man

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The Gray Man is a star-studded thriller about warring assassins, which stars Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling and has been written and directed by the crew behind Avengers: Endgame. It should be more fun than it is but, given the money spent on the film (some $200m), it looks fantastic. Netflix will be hoping that this is one movie of many, aiming to create a franchise out of the story.

Prize Fighter: The Life Of Jem Belcher

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It's rare you see a sports movie that's also a period piece but that is exactly what you get with Prize Fighter: The Life of Jem Belcher, about a bare knuckle fighter in 19th Century Bristol, England, who turns professional. Belcher was a working class hero and one that's name checked in both Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle's stories which adds a nice bit of weight to this heavyweight story.

Here he's played by Matt Hookings and is trying to make a living and a name from himself boxing, something his grandfather (Russell Crowe) also did. To help him to supposed riches is shady trainer Bill Warr, played by Ray Winstone, who arrives on the scene.

Despite being low budget, there is enough here to like - even if pretty much every scene of the film has a sense of familiarity to it. The filmmakers have turned magpies, taking bits from other sports movies here and there to make their own film.

Truth And Lies: The Last Gangster

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While this one hit Hulu a while back, The Last Gangster has come to the UK, thanks to Disney Plus, and is a riveting documentary that is a rare look behind the scenes of the mafia in the US. Real-life former hit man Sammy “The Bull” Gravano explains all about the inner workings of The Gambino family and the cost being in the mafia had on him and others.

The Last Movie Stars

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Ethan Hawke turns his hand to directing, helming this fascinating documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, a rare Hollywood power couple who stayed together for some 50 years, until the death of Newman.

Hawke's documentary is a 6-part look at the couple and their time in Hollywood, using archival footage, interviews (over Zoom which dates this as a pandemic creation) and clips from Newman and Woodward's many movies.

The most fascinating part here, though, is that Hawke has the transcripts of what was meant to be Newman's autobiography - and he gets his Hollywood friends to 'act out' the action from these scripts, including George Clooney. It makes for an intimate documentary, one that Hawke is open to admitting he is figuring out as he goes along - which makes it even more intriguing.

South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2

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The advent of Paramount Plus means that we are getting more South Park than ever before. This second part of Streaming Wars is the conclusion of what is a mad-cap South Park movie of sorts. Written and directed by Trey Parker, the first part of this special was about a town suffering from a drought, which turned many of the inhabitants in to a 'bunch of Karens' (in short, it's a thinly veiled snark at the current online streaming wars that Paramount Plus is now part of). The second part takes aim at the celebrity-endorsed crypto world and, boy, do they go for it with the likes of Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and even Larry David getting both barrels.

Victoria's Secret: Angels and Demons

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Another damning expose of what was one of America's most prestigious brands (see also the recent doc, White Hot, which is all about the rise and fall of Abercrombie & Fitch) and this one is hard to watch. With the likes of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jean-Luc Brunel name checked throughout, this is a lurid look at what happens to women in a billion dollar industry that's almost exclusively run by men.


Previously on The WatchList...

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

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If you didn’t catch this one on the big screen, the The Bob’s Burgers Movie is well worth your time on the small. Even if you haven’t yet caught up with the adventures of the Belcher family, who are trying to run a burger restaurant, the makers of the movie have done well to make this as accessible as possible to those new to the show. If you are a fan, though, there’s many an Easter egg to spot in its tale of money woes, sink holes and mysterious murders.

Also available on Hulu and HBO Max in the US

What We Do In The Shadows: S4

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

The UK crowd will have to wait a bit longer for this one (which isn’t fair given half the cast is British) but the fourth season of the fantastic What We Do In The Shadows is now streaming and it’s an absolute joy. Season 4 sees the gang deal with a dilapidated mansion and all the the other struggles the undead have to endure.

Better Call Saul: S6 Part 2

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

Better Call Saul is back and the show continues to outpace Breaking Bad in its character development and ingenuity. We are inching closer to Bad territory, though, with Saul Goodman exposed more to the seedy underbelly of Albuquerque. After the shocking scenes that ended the first half of season 6, it’s fair to say that anything could happen now - and nobody is safe.

Resident Evil

What to watch: new movies and TV shows to stream this week

We weren’t expecting to like this one as much as we did, but the new Resident Evil TV series manages to pack enough gore and cliff hangers into its episodes that you will come back craving for more. The plot tries to stay faithful to the video games, with The Umbrella Corporation’s Dr Albert Wesker played by the ever-excellent Lance Reddick. We get action in both 2022 and 2036, showing the aftermath of a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City and the events leading up to it. While it’s a bit of a mess in places, there’s fun to be had.

The Baby

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One of the strangest things (yes, stranger than Stranger Things) you will see this year, The Baby is about a baby that (literally) falls into the arms of someone who hates that her friends are all having kids. Natasha (Michelle de Swarte) is the reluctant guardian of the child but does what she can to pass the baby on to the authorities, For some reason, though, the baby just keeps coming back. Part supernatural thriller, part comedy - underneath the schlocky storyline is a serious, timely message about motherhood and choice... or the lack of.

The Boys: S3 finale

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The Season 3 finale of the The Boys doesn't go the way you think it will - and that is very much a good thing. This season of The Boys has cemented it as one of the very best shows out there at the moment. It's also one of the most controversial - you don't call an episode Herogasm without expecting some flack. Here's to season 4!

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