The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV]
Justin Theroux stars in the miniseries adaptation of his father’s book, released 40 years ago. (The novel was earlier adapted for a 1986 film starring Harrison Ford.) Theroux is “a radical idealist and brilliant inventor” on the run from the U.S. government with his family in Mexico. This may or not be a departure from the source material, which follows a family dragged to Cental America by its problematic patriarch. You can tell the series is gritty because the interior shots are dark and poorly lit. Melissa George and Kimberly Elise also star in the series.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines [Netflix]
It’s The Incredibles with more dysfunction and zero superpowers. The Mitchell family are struggling to connect (like most families); however, they have to figure it out fast as circumstances have made them the world’s last hope against a robot apocalypse. This Sony animated film looks like a fun time-waster and has a terrifically fun voice cast including Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, and Academy Award winner Olivia Colman.
Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Sldier [Disney+]
It may have not had the cultural impact of Wandavision, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was a series full of the revelations and action that the MCU is known for. And if you want to go behind the scenes than the newest episode of Marvel Assembled is right up your alley. Interviews and effects secrets are just the beginning as then curtain is pulled back.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Tina Fey’s spark resistant 22 from the delightful animated hit Soul returns for a Disney+ short where 22 trains some of her fellow pre-humans to join her in boycotting life in 22 vs. Earth.
- Harlan Coben’s twisted thrillers have made for great screen adaptations for ages now. The latest comes from Spain and looks just as engrossing as four strangers who made specific poor decisions in the past find their fates inexorably intertwined in Netflix’s The Innocent.
- The farcical misadventures of a magician accidentally entangled in criminal schemes continue (and presumably multiply) in the second season of the Colombian Netflix import The Unremarkable Juanquini.
- Jack Ryan himself has been played by multiple superstars, so why would it be different for his sidekick Agent John Clark. In the past, he has been portrayed by Liev Schreiber and Willem Defoe, and the parade of master thespians continues with Michael B. Jordan playing the role in Amazon Prime’s Without Remorse.
- An Indian drama from Chaitanya Terhane, produced with the extra help of Academy Award-winning Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), The Disciple tells the struggles and triumphs of a classical vocalist against the backdrop of an overcrowded, chaotic city.
- It’s a great Friday for animal programming as Pet Stars debuts on Netflix. Not to be confused with the classic low-budget, but superfun talent show with Mario Lopez that blessed the world with Spaghetti Cat, this reality show follows the clientele and proprieters of a Hollywood pet casting studio. Also, on The CW, the “Funniest Videos” universe sprouts another branch as the special World’s Funniest Animals: Spring Fling debuts.
- Let’s end this at our regular joint, that little cafe smack dab in the middle of the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex. Tonight, we’ve got familiar sounding Daddy’s Little Perfect Girl and you know, we’re not even gonna touch that one. Click the title for the synopsis, and maybe even a trailer.