The news has, of course, been unrelentingly bad over the last several days — and, if you’re ready to unwind with your favorite streamer of choice now that the workweek is over, we’ve got you covered once again on what to stream this weekend. Below, we’ve brought you some of the best selections of new shows and movies from all the major platforms — from Netflix to Amazon, Apple TV+ and more — in order to give you the best snapshot of what’s new to watch.
This week, the selections include The Adam Project, a high-profile new movie from Ryan Reynolds. Plus a documentary related to the crisis in Ukraine, a new Pixar release on Disney+, and much more.
No recap of what’s new to stream this weekend would be complete without content from the world’s biggest streaming service. And Netflix certainly delivers once again this weekend, with The Adam Project. The film, which also stars Zoe Saldana, doesn’t break any new ground but is still a fun time, no pun intended, regardless.
Speaking of time — The Adam Project is actually a time-travel adventure in which a pilot teams up with his younger self from the past as well as his late father in order to save the future. Directed by Shawn Levy, it has the feel of an E.T./Back to the Future/Goonies kind of film, and wraps an exploration into the universally complicated relationship between fathers and sons inside a sci-fi, VFX-laden exterior. Overall, a sweet, family-friendly celebration of nostalgia. Now streaming on Netflix
In a first for Pixar, a female-led production team has brought another coming-of-age tale to fruition for the studio. Of a sort that Pixar almost always pulls off well, and tugs on your heartstrings in the process. It’s Turning Red, which follows a precocious Chinese-Canadian girl named Mei who has a strange habit: She turns into a red panda anytime she experiences strong emotions.
It’s sweetness, mixed with the complications of growing up, and set in the Toronto of the early 2000s. Mei juggles school responsibilities with hanging out with her friends. While also obsessing over a boy band, and navigating the delicate emotional terrain of parents watching their daughter, slowly but surely, start to leave childhood behind. Now streaming on Disney+
Apple’s addition to our list of what to stream this weekend includes this six-episode limited series. It stars Samuel L. Jackson as Ptomely Grey, an elderly man hovering in the lonely abyss of dementia. Abandoned by his family and friends, as well as a trusted caretaker, Ptolemy finds himself in the care of an orphaned teenager named Robyn.
From Apple’s summary: “When they learn about a treatment that can restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present and future.” Two episodes debut first, on March 11. After that, one new episode hits the streamer each week, on Fridays. Now streaming on Apple TV+
Netflix’s 2015 documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, has taken on renewed significance over the past couple of weeks as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Documenting a 93-day period in the country, this film tells the story of how what started as peaceful student demonstrations turned into a full-throated revolution. Which, ultimately, set the stage for what’s happening in the country now.
So many people have been seeking this documentary out, in fact, that Netflix took the extraordinary step of making it available on YouTube. Which means this is something you can actually stream this weekend for free. And in the span of less than a week since it debuted on YouTube? As of the time of this writing, it’s been streamed close to half a million times. Now streaming on Youtube.
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The finale of NBC’s new comedy American Auto, from Superstore creator Justin Spitzer, is now available to stream on Peacock. And you absolutely should — if, that is, you miss the heyday of the half-hour broadcast TV sitcom from a decade or so ago. This is unpretentious, feel-good TV comfort food, of a sort that’s too often overlooked in the prestige drama of the stream era. Think The Office, but set inside a fictional car company’s headquarters. SNL vet Ana Gasteyer plays the out-of-her-depth CEO — heck, she doesn’t even know how to drive, and takes Ubers home from work — and the rest of the cast is reminiscent of some of the best NBC sitcoms from a bygone era.
A particularly hilarious bit comes early on in the season, when two of the employees are bickering over the “Ooh, baby” that’s required to be uttered before giving a command to the company’s new autonomous car. If there’s any justice in the world, NBC will grant this show a second season. Now streaming on Peacock
If you missed Denis Villeneuve breathtaking and star-studded cinematic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s best-selling novel when it hit theaters back in the fall (or when it began a temporary streaming run on HBO Max), now’s your chance to correct that mistake.
The movie is essentially a hero’s journey about a brilliant young man (Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet), who must fulfill a destiny that requires him to travel to a far-off, dangerous planet in order to grasp his place and role in the universe. “Fear is the mind-killer,” Chalamet as Atreides says at one point in the story. “Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.” Now streaming on HBO Max
As shown above with NBC’s American Auto, our list of what to stream doesn’t have to always include all-new titles. We also like to add new episodes of existing shows, for example. And, along those lines, another to put on your radar is the newest episode of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show-esque Apple TV+ series that hit the streamer on Thursday.
Suffice it to say, this new episode’s deep dive into the issue of climate change is very well worth your time. And this, by the way, is what the erstwhile comedian and faux news show host is all about now. For his TV work this time around, via the high-profile return to the small screen that Stewart executed last year, he’s more biting in his satire and devotes entire episodes to a single issue — talking to experts about it, and probing for solutions.
As a companion to his Apple Original show, Stewart also hosts a podcast that extends the conversations from each episode. “We’re being told the planet is headed towards catastrophe if we don’t fix climate change,” Apple says about the new episode. “What will it take for everyone to change their behavior?” Now streaming on Apple TV+
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