What to Stream This Weekend: ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘In From The Cold,’ ‘All of Us Are dead’

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Wondering what the best shows and movies are to watch this weekend on all those streaming services you’ve signed up for? These are our picks for the best titles to check out now, from HBO Max’s moody, uber-violent mafia drama Gomorrah to Netflix’s new spy series In From The Cold and much more.


Gomorrah (Season 5)

 

In the Bible’s Old Testament, Gomorrah is one of two cities so wicked that God destroyed it with fire. In the HBO Max series of the same name, Gomorrah is not a place, but an idea. A pun, to be more specific, alluding to both the sinfulness of the ancient city as well as the Camorra – the mafia-like Italian crime syndicate that maintains a brutally efficient hold over certain aspects of life in modern Naples via “the system.” As depicted over five seasons now in this HBO Max original (the fifth and final season debuts on Thurs., Jan. 27), that system (“il sistema”) refers to the complex interplay between street-level drug sales, the enforcers and soldiers surrounding that criminality, the attendant labs and logistics operations, and the institutional corruption that keeps it all going.

Forget whatever pop culture you may have consumed up to this point about the mafia. Gomorrah — starring Salvatore Esposito and Marco D’Amore, in unforgettable turns as, respectively, gangsters Genny Savastano and Ciro Di Marzio — manages to make the mafiosi in The Sopranos look like a bunch of wiseguys who sell used cars. Based on journalist Roberto Saviano’s bestselling book of the same name, the HBO Max show’s Season 5 promises more of what it’s already perfected. The authentic Neapolitan dialect, the moody visuals of the Scampia slums and apartment blocks, the betrayals, ever-shifting alliances, and the staggering, chaotic violence are just some of what make Gomorrah a series with few, if any, equals. Season 5 Now streaming on HBO Max in the US.

In From the Cold (Season 1)

 

Espionage stories in pop culture tend more often than not to offer the viewer basically a sausage fest – a la protagonists like Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, James Bond, and so on. “In From the Cold,” premiering on Netflix this weekend, deserves props for at least taking the narrative road less traveled. “Jenny,” played by actress Margarita Levieva, is a plainly-dressed suburban New Jersey mom — who, we come to find out, is actually a retired Russian superspy and one-woman killing machine. She’s forcibly brought out of retirement, as it were, so that her skills can be put to work to stop a terrorist threat. With a title that calls to mind spy novelist John le Carre’s most celebrated work (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), this series seems to have positioned itself to attract anyone who loves a propulsive thriller about spooks and their secret world. Streaming on Netflix starting January 28

All of Us Are Dead – Season 1

 

Netflix has enjoyed fantastic success with Korean dramas (see last year’s “Squid Game”) and horror genre content. This new series, about a group of high school students trapped amid a zombie invasion, combines both. Based on a Naver webtoon of the same name, season one has 12 episodes — and represents the first major Korean release of the year for Netflix, which has also teed up at least two dozen more Korean-language titles still to come over the rest of 2022. Streaming on Netflix starting January 28

We Need to Talk About Cosby (Episode 1)

 

This four-part Showtime docu-series from writer/director W. Kamau Bell tracks the sickening descent of comedian and star of “The Cosby Show” Bill Cosby from the pinnacle of sitcom success — to the sexual assault allegations that more than 60 women brought against him. “Bell, who grew up idolizing Cosby, unpacks how Cosby’s desire for power, which propelled his professional success, could be the same driving force that motivated his alleged crimes against women,” reads an official synopsis for the series. Premieres on Showtime Sunday, January 30

Afterparty (Season 1)

 

Apple TV+ on January 28 is debuting a star-studded murder mystery series that takes place at a high school reunion. One additional narrative gimmick the creators throw at viewers? Every one of the season’s eight episodes is told from the point of view of a different character, with visual stylings that match that character’s personality. From the Oscar-winning duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord – whose credits include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Lego Movie – the cast here includes Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Jamie Demetriou and Dave Franco. Debuts on Apple TV+ January 28

American Auto (Episode 6)

 

This new half-hour NBC comedy feels like the spiritual cousin to Superstore, another sitcom in the same vein. But whereas the latter was focused on the shop floor, this one is all about the top floor, so to speak. Particularly, on a slightly kooky new CEO (played by Ana Gasteyer), who’s been brought in to lead a Detroit-based car company. Fans of “Superstore,” by the way, ought to love this fresh take on a workplace comedy since — well, it actually comes from the creator of Superstore, Justin Spitzer. New episodes added weekly to Peacock

Help

 

This emotional, critically acclaimed Covid drama from the UK is making its US debut on the AMC-owned and British content-focused streaming service Acorn TV. It stars Emmy winner Jodie Comer as an employee in a care home for the elderly, who’s especially close with one of the residents — a middle-aged man with early onset Alzheimer’s. Added to the mentally and physically draining nature of her work is the pandemic that arrives in March 2020. This movie is an affectionate portrait of the health care workers who’ve been so crucial during the Covid crisis. Streaming in the US on Acorn TV starting January 31


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