Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment reporters on what’s coming to TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, “The Lost Girl,” scintillatingly adapts Elena Ferrante’s 2008 novel about maternal ambivalence and vacations in Greece. The film, which begins airing Friday on Netflix, stars Olivia Colman as a vacationing teacher whose interactions with a loud and distracting clan (including a young mother in their midst played by Dakota Johnson), recall her own parenting story, seen in flashbacks with Jessie Buckley. âThe Lost Daughterâ was cleaned up last month at the Gotham Awards, which honor the independent film, and topped AP writer Lindsey Bahr’s list of best for 2021. In her review, AP’s Jocelyn Noveck praised the Colman’s “blazing” performance as “one of true layers of onions as she plays Leda, a pungent but extremely vulnerable 48-year-old college student.
In the rush of new year-end movies, it was easy to miss Mike Mills’ tender, shaggy indie gem “C’mon C’mon”. The film, which became available on December 23 for digital rental and video on demand, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a radio reporter who temporarily cares for his 9-year-old nephew (Woody Norman). an open-hearted film about parenthood with personal resonances for Mills, Phoenix and Norman. In his review, Bahr wrote that Mills “has a unique way of mixing everyday banalities with cosmic questions and ideas to create beautiful symphonies of humanity.”
The holiday season might call for a favorite cocktail or a hot fire, but it can, and should, mean a Technicolor movie, too. Luckily, the Criterion Channel brings together titles created with this lush color process so you can browse a scintillating array of options to fill some of winter’s darker days. Drink in “Vertigo”, swim in “The River” or immerse yourself in “The Red Shoes”. Your eyes will thank you.
– AP Screenwriter Jake Coyle
– CBS’s New Years Eve telecast will have a distinctive character this year with the five-hour special hosted in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring 50 performances from the nation’s biggest names. Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert and many more will perform on the CBS special, also airing on Paramount +. Bentley, Hunt and Zac Brown Band will co-lead a free show at Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall, while other performances will be shot at honky tonks and clubs across the city. The show will be hosted by radio and television personality Bobby Bones and “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent Rachel Smith.
– Entertainment writer Kristin M. Hall
The book ends with “Dickinson,” the Peabody Award winning series starring Hailee Steinfeld in a reimagining of Emily Dickinson’s youth. In the series finale now airing on Apple TV +, the poet’s work flourishes, but there are strife within his family and across civil war-torn America. For viewers catching up on the final 10-episode third season, her new and former guest stars include Ziwe as Sojourner Truth; Billy Eichner as Walt Whitman; Chloe Fineman as Sylvia Plath; Zosia Mamet as Louisa May Alcott and, as Death, Wiz Khalifa.
An imminent figure in the canon of “Star Wars” takes on its full meaning. âThe Boba Fett Book,â from Wednesday on Disney +, follows bounty hunter and mercenary Fennec Shand as they attempt to claim the Tatooine lands once controlled by Jabba the Hutt and his criminal syndicate. Temuera Morrison stars as Fett opposite Shand from Ming-Na Wen, with Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez among the producers and directors of the seven-episode series. A trailer gives a glimpse of Fett’s perspective: Stating that he will rule with respect, he makes an offer to former Jabba captains who has a “The Godfather” ring. The episodes come out weekly on Wednesdays.
Richard Gere is the narrator of âEarth Emergencyâ, on a less important aspect of climate change. According to scientists interviewed for the documentary, man-made global warming activates a natural Earth response that releases more greenhouse gases and makes the planet even hotter. Activist Greta Thunberg and the Dalai Lama are among those featured in the film, which uses illustrations, graphics and videos to examine what is called a ‘crucial piece of the climate puzzle’ and the urgency to address it. . The hour-long documentary debuts Wednesday on PBS (check local stations for times) and PBS.org.
– Television screenwriter Lynn Elber.
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