From Netflix adding the political comedy that catapulted Ukraine’s now Churchillian leader to fame—to big new shows from Apple TV+, HBO Max, and more—there’s a ton of content to stream this weekend that will satisfy just about anyone eager for a fresh series or movie to get hooked on.
Below, we’ve got your usual assortment of new shows plus their descriptions. As well as trailers to enjoy, and links that will take you straight to the series themselves. Or movies, as the case may be.
Netflix has been on a roll for months when it comes to true-crime content. The Tinder Swindler and Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman, were some of the most compelling titles — across any genre, in fact — from the streamer in recent memory. Come Friday, Netflix might just end up doing it again, and get everyone talking about a celebrity restaurateur (the titular “bad vegan”) who became a fugitive after going on the run with, as Netflix teases, “a man who cons her out of a fortune by convincing her he holds the key” to making her dreams come true.
From helping her expand her food empire, to … making her pitbull immortal. Truth is always stranger than fiction, and it certainly makes for better streaming content more often than not. Streaming on Netflix March 16
This is also the week that gives us a Hulu original movie in which a smoldering Ana de Armas cuckolds Ben Affleck, in this film based on the novel by mystery writer Patricia Highsmith. The premise behind Deep Water is that the characters agree to allow de Armas’ “Melinda” to sleep with other lovers, as long as she doesn’t leave her husband (Affleck’s “Vic”) for good. Complicating that open arrangement is the murder of one of the men that Melinda sleeps with. Also, Affleck and de Armas have been in a real-life relationship, which possibly made for no small degree of awkwardness during the publicity for Deep Water. Streaming on Hulu March 18
There was a time when it seemed like WeWork’s co-working spaces were practically everywhere you looked. On prominent street corners and in the urban core of major cities around the world. Now, the brand is at the heart of one of Apple TV+’s new shows. WeCrashed, starring Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto as the charismatic WeWork co-founder with the exotic accent who represented what feels like a now-quaint period in recent history. The era of the tech CEO deification, which in WeWork’s case helped the company grow from a single coworking space. Into — eventually, as Apple’s show summary points out — a global brand worth almost $50 billion in less than a decade. And then, in the space of less than a year? The dizzying fall from grace. Streaming on Apple TV+ March 18
Before the vast majority of the free world came to regard him as the second coming of Winston Churchill, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy played one on TV. And that’s just one of the extraordinary aspects of Zelenskyy’s swift political ascent. In this series, the 10-episode first season of which Netflix just added back to its library for subscribers in the US, Ukraine’s future wartime leader plays a schoolteacher whose rant against corruption goes viral. And then he suddenly becomes president.
In a case of life imitating art, when Zelenskyy announced his run for president in 2019 his political party was named — you guessed it — Servant of the People. Now streaming on Netflix
WarnerMedia describes this four-part limited series from HBO Max as a futuristic drama set during a second US civil war. It’s based on a DC comics series. And its stars include Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt.
From WarnerMedia: “In the near future, America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Leaping off the pages of the popular comic, DMZ chronicles the harrowing journey of fearless and fierce medic Alma Ortega (series star Rosario Dawson), who sets out on a harrowing journey to find the son she lost in the evacuation of New York City at the onset of the conflict.”
Bratt, meanwhile, plays the leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to basically rule this new world. While Alma, meanwhile, contends with gangs, militias, warlords, and more as she tries to hold on to the hope that she can find her son. Now streaming on HBO Max
In this directorial debut from Justine Bateman, Olivia Munn plays a film executive whose inner voice incessantly taunts and makes her doubt herself. That voice inside her head (actually voiced by Justin Theroux) is something she battles throughout this movie in a way that lets Munn’s acting chops shine through quite nicely, and lets Violet begin to regain some measure of control over her life. Debuting on Showtime March 18
Charlie McDowell joked in the Netflix press material for the new film he directed (Windfall) that he and some friends decided to make this movie, which unfolds in a very gorgeous house in Ojai, California, as a way to stay creative during the Covid pandemic. He essentially reverse-engineered the story to fit the space. And as for the story, Netflix describes it as a 90-minute “Hitchcockian thriller.” It follows a wealthy couple — played by Lily Collins and Jesse Plemons — who show up to their vacation home only to find out it’s being robbed. Streaming on Netflix March 18
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