Wondering what to watch on all those streaming services you’ve signed up for? Here are the best new picks for the coming weekend.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the term, you likely know or, worse, have dated a fuckboy, defined by Dictionary.com as “that guy…the one who doesn’t respect women, but relies on them heavily. He’s distant, doesn’t care about other people’s time, and won’t commit. He’s self-absorbed, does stupid things, and fucks with others’ emotions.” This dating show from Bachelor-franchise producer Elan Gale puts three women on an island (duh) with a bunch of men with engorged pectoral muscles to determine who’s a “nice guy” looking for love and who’s, you know, not. Pointing out that the premise sounds like something from an episode of 30 Rock, the AV Club’s Danette Chavez writes, “The series certainly acts more like a comedy than the more straightforward matchmaking shows like The Bachelor, but the emphasis is on silly fun.” Streaming now on HBO Max.
Behind the Music
If you watched VH1 in the ’90s, you have fond memories of Behind the Music (and probably still remember random rock trivia, like that Motley Crue Vince Neil killed a friend in a car wreck or that Billy Joel got screwed out of a bunch of money by his manager). The sometimes self-serious documentary series is back for a reboot on Paramount+, with episodes on the careers of Ricky Martin, Duran Duran, Bret Michael, Huey Lewis, and more. Lots of useless knowledge coming your way. Now streaming on Paramount+.
The (formerly) culturally insensitive Disneyland ride is a movie! Critics seem to like Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in lead roles, but several reviews indicate the action-adventure doesn’t quite live up to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Remember: this is a “Premier Access” launch, so it costs $29.99 even with a Disney+ subscription. July 30 on Disney+.
Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage
Last weekend HBO launched what’s essentially the anti-Summer of Soul, a look back at a weekend-long festival characterized by white rage (based in nothing), rioting for the sake of rioting, and rampant sexual assault. Elder millennials will cringe at this dark glimpse at their burgeoning generation. Streaming now on HBO Max.
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Dating just got scarier. On this new Netflix series, superficial singles are done up like hideous monsters to find out if they can find love when all parties involved look disgusting. As Salon‘s Melanie McFarland writes, “Since many of the players’ terminal cluelessness or chronic cases of superficiality bleed through their masks, it is still dressing up unreasonable expectations in impressive special effects makeup.” But, hey, Rob Delaney narrates, so that’s fun. Now streaming on Netflix.
In this Millennial-friendly send-up of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon, Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key play a couple trapped in a musical set in a small town until they find true love. The show really enjoys whacking viewers over the head with jokes about the cliches that abound in classic musicals, but doesn’t have much new to say about the form. Still, as The Hollywood Reporter‘s Daniel Fienberg puts it, “There’s too much talent here for Schmigadoon! to ever be a total waste.” Now streaming on Apple TV+.
Turner & Hooch
Are you, by any chance, a huge fan of that one 1989 movie about a cop and his dog? No, not the one with Jim Belushi and a German shepherd, the one with Tom Hanks and a French mastiff? Well, someone in Hollywood has answered your prayers for a revival with this Disney+ plus series starring Drake Bell and a different French mastiff. The show doesn’t exactly break new ground, but at least man-and-his-dog shenanigans never get old. July 21 on Disney+.
Fear Street Part Three: 1666
We ventured back to the 1970s to unravel the mystery of C. Berman and the Camp Nightwing killer in the trilogy’s second film—which was way better than the first—and now it’s time to head to 1666 (subtle) to get to the root of the Sarah Fier curse. Tune in if only to see how they spend their clearly substantial throwback music budget in a story set in the 1600s. July 16 on Netflix.
If you listened to the podcast, you’re still haunted and mystified by the case of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a spinal surgeon who’s either a drug-addled screw-up, a conniving misanthrope with a God complex, or (more likely) some combo of the two. But as star Joshua Jackson told Vanity Fair this week, the American healthcare system is the real villain of this tale. July 16 on Peacock.
A Classic Horror Story
As advertised, this Italian horror has all the elements of a classic horror story—a sinister house in the woods, creepy masks, cultish townspeople who make the Swedes in Midsommar look like camp counselors—with a meta twist. A few things might leave you scratching your head, but horror fans will want to see what directors Roberto de Feo and Paolo Strippoli are up to. Available now on Netflix.
I Think You Should Leave, Season 2
Chances are you’ve heard someone this week utter the names Karl Havoc or Dan Flashes, but far be it from us to ruin a single sketch from the long-awaited second season of Tim Robinson’s psychotically funny sketch show. Eat an edible. Settle in. Scream-laugh profusely. July 6 on Netflix.
A show about rotten rich kids returns for a new generation, and it’s already inspired a lengthy essay about the difference between “good trash” TV and “bad trash” TV. At the risk of sounding like a tired-ass tweet: Wanna feel old? Fashion blog wunderkind Tavi Gevinson plays a teacher. (And, hey, if the Z-boot isn’t for you, all six seasons of the OG eps are on HBO Max too.) July 8 on HBO Max.
The White Lotus
Fans of Enlightened—an anti-corporate comedy that starred Laura Dern as a woman in the wake of a nervous breakdown—will love Mike White’s new social satire about rich people at an exclusive Hawaiian resort. “The series is cackle-out-loud funny at times,” Entertainment Weekly says, “but minor irritations also spiral into tragedy.” July 11 on HBO Max.
Fear Street Part One: 1994
The event elder millennial horror fiction fans (hi) have been waiting for is finally here. The first installment of the film adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Trilogy, set in 1994, follows a group of teens who get wrapped up in a modern-day massacre they think may be linked to a witch who roamed Shadyside in the 1600s. The Guardian calls it the “rarest kind of audacious Hollywood gamble: the kind that, at least after chapter one, appears to have actually paid off.” The next two movies drop on July 9 and July 16. July 2 on Netflix.
The Tomorrow War
In Amazon’s big-budget sci-fi thriller, soldiers from the future enlist civilians—among them a high school science teacher played by Chris Pratt—in the present to travel 30 years in time to help them fight alien invaders. The would-be blockbuster, which isn’t getting a theatrical release at all, isn’t quite getting raves, but Variety called it “rousingly adequate.” July 2 on Amazon Prime.
Summer of Soul
If you were in the mood to make an understatement, you might say the summer of 1969 was eventful. In this new documentary, director and the Roots drummer Questlove Thompson celebrates an event that doesn’t get nearly the attention Woodstock continues to: the Harlem Cultural Festival. The film unearths concert footage that reportedly sat in a basement for 50 years, to wonderfully nostalgic effect. July 2 on Hulu.
This addition to the pregnancy-horror genre plumbs the fraught world of infertility. Starring Ilana Glazer (who also cowrote the script), Justin Theroux, and Pierce Brosnan, the movie is drawing comparisons to genre OG Rosemary’s Baby. The L.A. Times Katie Walsh says, “[Glazer’s character] Lucy is as isolated and afraid as Rosemary Woodhouse, alone in New York City, surrounded only by men and hostile, ingratiating, and untrustworthy women.” June 25 on Hulu.
Bosch Season 7
Iconic L.A. detective Harry Bosch is back to crack a few more cases—among them an apartment building arson and the murders of three unidentified young women—in the series’ seventh and final season. Sad to see him go? Sounds like you don’t have to be: it was announced in March that a yet-untitled spin-off series is coming to IMDB TV. June 25 on Amazon.
The Ice Road
Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburn are daring ice road truckers bent on rescuing a couple dozen trapped Canadian miners in this dad thriller. The New York Times criticized the movie’s “hackneyed plot, poorly visualized stunts and characters whose behavior can defy common sense,” but you could do worse on a Saturday morning. June 25 on Netflix.
Rose Byrne stars in this new ’80s-set Apple TV+ series about a San Diego woman’s rise from housewife to aerobics phenom, which critics seem to agree is about as dark as dark comedies get. As Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter writes, “If you accept going in that Physical is a dark and tormented character study propelled by an ultra-intense performance from Rose Byrne, there are things to be engaged by.” Now streaming on Apple TV+.
Kevin Hart attempts to tug at the ol’ heart strings in this dramedy about a widower raising a daughter on his own, based on the tearjerking, bestselling book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Love and Loss. Following Hart’s real-life dust-up regarding homophobic tweets, the Guardian says the movie can’t help but feel a little manipulative. The New York Times‘ A.O. Scott dinged it for its lack of conflict, writing, “There are invocations of the inherent messiness of parenthood, but spills are mopped up instantly.” June 18 on Netflix.
Jacob Tremblay voices a literal fish out of water in this new charmer from Pixar about a teen sea monster getting his land legs in a seaside Italian village. Some critics have criticized it for being more generic than other Pixar tales, but Andrew Webster of the Verge says, “The predictable nature of Luca never bothered me, because it’s just so charming.” June 18 on Disney+.
Celebrate our new national holiday with a screening of Channing Godfrey Peoples’s 2020 festival darling about a Texas mom who enters her 15-year-old daughter in a local beauty pageant with a big prize. It’s streaming on Kanopy, which is free for Los Angeles Public Library cardholders.
OK, if you’re an MCU fan chances are you’ve already devoured the first ep of this new series starring Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief, which launched on Disney+ on Wednesday. But more reluctant participants in superhero fandom might want to give it a shot too. AV Club calls the premiere “incredibly funny” and predicts the series will be a “hell of a fun ride.” Now streaming on Disney+.
In the Heights
The big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical is finally being released after a yearlong COVID delay. Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday says the movie’s source material doesn’t quite live up to Miranda’s subsequent play, Hamilton, but adds that it overcomes its flaws “with sheer force of gumption and unflagging good cheer,” making for the first really good popcorn movie of the summer. June 11 on HBO Max and in theaters.