Best Movies and TV Shows For Streaming This Weekend (May 7-9)
Looking for new movies and TV shows this weekend? Even though more and more people are getting vaccinated and movie theaters are once more playing new releases, most people are continuing to watch their on-screen entertainment at home for now.
Thankfully, May looks like another great month for streaming, as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime will offer plenty of new releases.
Little Fish (2021)
Imagine waking up in a world where a pandemic has broken out, which strikes with no rhyme or reason, and causes its victims to lose their memories. Imagine waking up and not remembering the person you love. This is the world that newlyweds Emma and Jude find themselves in, not long after meeting and falling in love. When Jude contracts the disease, the young couple will do anything to hold onto the memory of their love. But how do you build a future when you keep having to rebuild the past?
Little Fish featuring Olivia Cooke and Jack O'Connell is available for rent or purchase on iTunes, available for rent or purchase on Google Play, available for rent on Microsoft Store, and 1 other. It's a drama and romance movie with a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.9 (1,652 votes).
Shrill: Complete Season 3
While Fran and Annie’s relationship has always been the heart of Shrill, it’s important to see them growing beyond each other after Emily (E.R. Fightmaster) points out that Fran and Annie have become codependent. They’re supporting and loving best friends, but it comes at the cost of being unable to give their full attention to their romantic partner and prevents them from realizing their career ambitions. And while Fran and Annie’s friendship is in no way toxic, it does seem as though they skipped the post-college distancing that real independence necessitates.
Both Annie and Fran are ready to grow, with Fran’s deepening relationship with Emily and Annie’s fledgling courtship with the lovable and large Will (Mindhunter’s Cameron Britton), if they could learn from the mistakes of their pasts. For Annie, this means grappling with her own internalized fatphobia before she can accept Will as a romantic prospect, a plot point that should have been introduced long before now.
The final note of Shrill doesn’t give much insight into Annie or Fran’s uncertain future, both with each other and with their partners, keeping true to the show’s millennial-slice-of-life vibe. Shrill has always been a show about growing up and growing into ourselves. Being a 30-something in this day and age is a precarious business. So it’s more important than ever to see that you can get through it without losing who you are or who you love.
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Robot & Frank (2012)
"Robot & Frank" tells the story of relationship between a retired burglar and a household appliance more relentless than an alarm clock. Frank is a man who lives alone in a bucolic house in upstate New York and is somewhere along the slope into dementia. He's still able to feed and care for himself and walk into town to get books from the library, but he's becoming forgetful. Just how forgetful we don't realize at first.
He lives, we're told, in the "near future," which looks like the present, except for skinny automobiles, big-screen Skype and a present brought to him by his worrywart son. This is a sleek white robot, about 5 feet tall, who has been programmed as a care-giver. The robot has no name, nor does Frank ever give him one, but he's handy around the house; he cleans, cooks, plants a garden, takes Frank on walks in the woods and advises him to cut back on his sodium intake.
The Boy From Medellín – Amazon Original Movie (2020)
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This documentary had a very strong and powerful effect on me. It's about the famous Colombian singer J Balvin and his forthcoming concert in his hometown Medellin in which some of the biggest protests and strikes in the recent history of Colombia are taking place. I don't expect the critics from the U.S to fully grasp the essence of this film, but in countries that deal with dictatorship and people rallying against the government, the role of artists, entertainers, and basically celebrities with a sizeable platform is controversial and disputed. I'd like to quote Fereydoun Farrokhzad, a former showman with Ph.D. in political science in my country Iran who once said: "you can't just separate yourself from the politics. even if you try to not mess up with politics, politics will mess up with you. The two nuclear bombs that nuked Hiroshima and Nakazaki, were political events. You must know politics to predict when the bomb is going to get you."
Set in the year 2242, Breach opens with the premise of a deadly plague wiping out most of humanity, which is an eerie mirroring of real-world events, considering that the film was shot during fall 2019. As most tell-tale sci-fi setups go, Breach presents the Earth as inhabitable due to this catastrophe, spurring a handful of survivors to be shipped to a colony on a planet dubbed “New Earth.” Details about this new home planet remain wholly absent, as Breach zeroes in on a couple, namely a pregnant woman, Hayley (Kassandra Clementi), and her boyfriend, Noah (Cody Kearsley). The two struggle to get aboard the last ship headed to the planet, eventually succeeding in doing so - however, Noah, being a stowaway, poses as a member of the ship’s staff, mainly in charge of cleaning the craft’s bathroom stalls.
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Milestone – Netflix Film
The film follows the story of a recently bereaved, middle-aged truck driver, Ghalib, who is coping with a personal tragedy and the consequences thereafter, while facing the existential threat of losing his job to a young recruit. The events in the story come together as Ghalib's truck touches the 500,000 kilometers mark - a record at his company.
Monster – Netflix Film
“ Monster,” a courtroom drama starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Ehle that's premiering Friday on Netflix isn’t actually new at all.
Yes, it’s adapted from an acclaimed book by the trailblazing author Walter Dean Myers about a Black teen who is in prison for the possible murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2018 and has been sitting on various shelves since. It was acquired by one company, re-titled and planned for a fall 2019 release. But that didn’t pan out and then late last year Netflix swept in and took it.
Girl from Nowhere: Season 2 – Netflix Original
The official trailer for the second season of the hit Thai series “Girl From Nowhere” has finally been unveiled. Netflix Philippines dropped the over two-minute clip via its official YouTube channel on Monday, the same week that it is set to have its global premiere. “Based on 8 real news stories where justice wasn’t served, ‘karma’ is back to rewrite the stories in the form of a strange new girl in ‘Girl From Nowhere’ season 2,” Netflix wrote in the trailer description.
“Girl From Nowhere,” which enjoyed success in Thailand and Southeast Asia, is a fantasy thriller centered around Nanno, an unconventional teenager played by Kitty Chicha Amatayakul who moves to different schools to serve her own brand of vigilante justice. For its second season, Nanno tackles even bigger social injustices that take her beyond school grounds. But, this time, she is no longer the only vigilante around as another enigmatic girl follows in her shadow, forcing her to face her greatest challenge yet.
Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix Original
The first generation of superheroes has kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must live up to their legacy in an epic drama that spans decades and navigates the dynamics of family, power and loyalty.
"Sleepless" is one of those movies that needed to be a lot better or a lot worse to make much of an impression. This story of a Las Vegas police officer trying to recover his kidnapped son from bad guys is frustratingly not-terrible. The action sequences, the characterizations, the performances, all could have come together to form a dandy example of what used to be a called a B-movie: a genre film that doesn't have much money to play with but compensates with ingenuity and style. And yet "Sleepless" somehow quite never gets to that level. Its rare moments of quality only make the rest of the movie—a mishmash of conspiratorial plotting and close-quarters fistfights and gunfights—seem lamer. As directed by Baran bo Odar (2010's "The Silence") and scripted by "World Trade Center" writer Andrea Berloff, this remake of the 2011 French film "Sleepless Night" is funny sometimes but not funny enough, exciting sometimes but never exciting enough, and inherently emotional (mainly due to the hero's anguished desire to save his son) yet never willing to run with the emotionalism and turn into a full-blown action melodrama.
Mine – Netflix Original
Mine is an upcoming internationally licensed Netflix Original K-Drama series written by Baek Mi Kyung and directed by Lee Na Jung. Fans of Love Alarm will be familiar with Lee Na Jung’s work as she worked as the director on both seasons of the popular romantic drama.
During 1932, 10-year old Yankees fan Yankee Irving is a big fan of Babe Ruth and dreams about becoming a professional baseball player one day, despite being lousy at being a novice. One day, during a visit at the Yankee Stadium with the help of his father working as a janitor there, he gets to see Ruth's special baseball bat. However, he is shooed away by an unknown security officer - who is really Lefty Maginnis, a pitcher for rival team Chicago Cubs - employed by Napoleon Cross - the owner of his team who wishes to make the Yankees lose against his team - by stealing Ruth's precious lucky bat. Lefty manages to do so, indirectly causing Yankee's father to lose his job and endangering Yankee's family to live out on the streets during the Great Depression. Knowing full well who did the deed, Yankee embarks on a journey to recover the bat and return it to Babe Ruth while dealing with Lefty and Napoleon.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
The film’s story is loosely adapted from the classic Coming of Galactus story arc, in which the Fantastic Four find themselves up against an omnipotent cosmic force. This force has a name – Galactus – and a herald, in the form of a flying silver alien. In the film, the alien comes to the heroes’ attention when he starts transforming matter all over Earth and leaving great craters everywhere from New York to the Thames. More scarily, every other planet he’s done this on before has been destroyed within eight days
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When her grandmother is diagnosed with dementia, skateboarder Carrie McLaughlin (Tammin Sursok) is forced to leave the pavement of the big city behind to go live with her estranged father Hank (Patrick Warburton) on his horse ranch in Wyoming. With her skateboard tightly in hand, and no ramps or cement insight, Carrie feels completely alone and is determined to make it back to the city. While putting in her time at the ranch, Carrie makes an unlikely friendship with a wild horse named Flicka who is just as unhappy and alone as Carrie. When Flicka is taken away and her life is in jeopardy, Carrie will stop at nothing to bring Flicka home safely where she belongs
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is a family drama recounting the true story of Sonora Webster, a runaway orphan who picks up some work with a travelling stunt show. She works hard and dreams of becoming a ‘diving girl’. When she asks her boss Doc Carver to help her fulfill her dream he declines because of her age and lack of experience. But Sonora is a feisty girl with a lot of determination and Doc eventually agrees to give her a go. Just as Sonora is teetering on the brink of the success she has worked for and dreamed of, fate steps in with other ideas…
Big Shot: Episode 104
After getting ousted from the NCAA, a men’s basketball coach is given a chance for redemption with a coaching position at an elite private high school. He soon learns that the teenage players require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn (John Stamos). By learning how to connect with his players, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The players learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and oﬀ the court.
Disney Wander over Yonder: Seasons 1 and 2
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Wander is an eternally optimistic intergalactic traveler who likes to do good things for others. His best friend is a quick-tempered, loyal horse named Sylvia. They travel throughout the cosmos together and go on adventures, making new friends — and enemies — along the way. The pair battles evil on the journey, including Lord Hater, the biggest evildoer of them all, and his army of Watchdogs. The animated comedy series was created by Craig McCracken, who also created such animated hits as “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.”
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: Episode 107
Nearly 30 years after first taking flight, “The Mighty Ducks” returns in a brand new chapter starring Lauren Graham and Emilio Estevez in the iconic role he originated as legendary Coach Gordon Bombay.
In the 10-episode season set in present-day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay, they rediscover the joys of playing just for the love of the game.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Episode 102
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
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