This weekend we have new series from Netflix and Amazon, five literary adaptations (one’s on Netflix), and a Spike Lee Joint.
Madeline’s Madeline stars Helena Howard, Miranda July, and Molly Parker. A stage play gets out of hand when its young star takes her work too seriously. Indiewire called it a “mind-scrambling masterpiece.”
Vishwaroop 2 is a bilingual (Tamil and Hindi, dubbed in Telugu) action-spy thriller.
BlacKkKlansman is a Spike Lee film about Ron Stallworth, a Black cop from Colorado who infiltrated the KKK in 1979. John David Washington plays Stallworth. Adam Driver is the white man Stallworth sent for face-to-face meetings and Topher Grace plays David Duke (who is afraid the film will make him look stupid, which is great, because he is).
Elizabeth Harvest stars Abby Lee as a young newlywed caught in a web of suspense and suspension.
Making a Killing is a drama about three morticians who engage in a tangled web of deceit over a set of rare coins.
Summer of 84 follows a young boy who is convinced that his neighbor, a cop, is also a serial killer. He enlists his friends to Rear Window his neighbor together they uncover a conspiracy.
Hope Springs Eternal stars Mia Rose Frampton as a young woman who has found fame online and in her community as a terminally ill girl. Now that she’s “cured,” she must decide how to proceed now that she’s leaned-in to her previous identity.
Buybust is an American-Filipino action film. Two anti-drug teams find themselves trapped in Manila when their plan goes awry.
Skate Kitchen follows a teenage girl as she transitions from the suburbs to NYC skate culture. Jaden Smith also stars, but who cares? This is about a girls’ skate crew!
Dog Days stars Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Lauren Lapkus, Thomas Lennon, Adam Pally, Ryan Hansen, Tone Bell, Jon Bass and Finn Wolfhard. The lives of humans intersect through their pets.
The Meg IS ALL OF MY DREAMS COME TRUE. The film is based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (a classic beach read!) by Steve Alten. It’s been in development hell ever since, and this iteration will star (erroneously, I believe) Jason Statham (what about him has ever said, “A serious scientist, committed to truth and environmental conservation” ?!), Li Bingbing, and Rainn Wilson. The plot of this film will hew about as closely to the book as the Sharknado series, but you bet your butt I’m paying real money to see this oversized shark film.
A Prayer Before Dawn stars Joe Cole (Skins) as an Englishman imprisoned in a Thai prison who fights in a series of tournaments to earn his freedom. It is based on Billy Moore’s memoir A Prayer Before Dawn: My Nightmare in Thailand’s Prisons.
The Island is a Mandarin-language “offbeat dramedy” about an office drone who finds himself trapped on a deserted island with his co-workers as a result of a cataclysmic event.
Slender Man follows a group of teenage girls who become victims after they attempt to disprove the Slender Man legend.
Crazy Rich Asians, a romantic comedy adaptation of America’s best beach reads, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. The first major Hollywood film to feature a primarily Asian cast in 25 years, it stars Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Nico Santos, Ken Jeong, Ronny Chieng and Michelle Yeoh. Golding is handsome bachelor Nick Young, who incites tension in his large, wealthy family when he brings his girlfriend (Constance Wu) to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding.
Today on Amazon Prime:
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie!
Out Thursday: The Stinky & Dirty Show—Season 2B. (Trailer not available at press time.)
And on Netflix:
All About the Washingtons
Demetri Martin: The Overthinker
Insatiable, starring Debby Ryan as a once-fat girl who goes on a revenge spree after she gets hot. Because a homeless man punched her and her jaw was wired shut. It’s controversial.
La casa de las flores
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, adapted from the beloved 2008 novel and now branded as a “romantic comedy.”
Voltron: Legendary Defender, season 7
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia, Afflicted, The Ponysitters Club are out on Netflix, too. Trailers were not available at press time.