New TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week: June 11-17

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This week is pretty much the same – has Jeff Bridges leading a cool -sounding new series, the end of an exemplary season of Bill Hader’s “Barry,” a new show from Robert Redford and George RR Martin (!) And the return of “Evil” that we love. In addition, more new films are streaming this week than in theaters, including a new Chris Hemsworth thriller, a Jennifer Lopez documentary and a pair of buzzy Sundance breakouts – one starring Emma Thompson and the other with Dakota Johnson. So, yes, what a wonderful week!

With television!

“Old Man”
Thursday, June 16 at 9 p.m., FX

Parents – Drawn: Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX

This limited series has a brilliant paperback thriller (and, actually, it’s based on the book of the same name by Thomas Perry) and a good pedigree – this is Jeff Bridges ’first regular role in a television series and the first two episodes are directed by Jon Watts, that last film was a small indie art house called “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” In the limited series Bridges plays a former spy who lives a sleepy life in New England with a dog. When the killer tried to kill him, he was forced out of his retirement, chased by various forces, including an FBI director played by John Lithgow. With an impressive cast that includes Amy Brenneman (as Bridges ’unfriendly partner) and Alia Shawkat (as a junior FBI agent working in Lithgow) and who appears to be an emphasis on the wounded suspense set piece,“ The Old Man ”could be a sleeper . hit for the summer. [INTERVIEW]

“Barry”
Sunday, June 12, HBO

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“Barry” is always dark. Comedy has been threaded with bleakness from the beginning; the title character (played by co-creator and frequent writer and director Bill Hader) is an assassin who tries to put past violence behind him, in part by enrolling in an acting class. But this season (the third) has gotten even darker. Barry is even more unpopular, especially about his relationship with his girlfriend Sally (Sarah Golding). There are also increasingly bloody quarrels between various drug traffickers (including the beloved Noho Hank, played by Anthony Carrigan) and the campaign of former partner Barry Fuchs (Stephen Root) to create a revenge army. It went head -to -head with last week’s episode, which saw Barry embark on an odyssey through the afterlife after being poisoned by one of the Fuchs seeking revenge. While the show has been updated for a fourth season, it is bound to get worse before it gets better. Although the question remains: how darker can “Barry” go? [RECAP]

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“Spiderhead”
Friday, June 17, Netflix

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Director Joseph Kosinski has the hottest film in the world right now with “Top Gun: Maverick,” a blockbuster sequel to the 1986 classic. But considering “Top Gun” is finally finished in the summer of 2020, it’s no surprise that he already has another project – in this case , “Spiderhead,” an existing sci-fi thriller (yes, filmed during quarantine) based on the George Saunders short story that first appeared in The New Yorker. In “Spiderhead,” Kosinski often plays Miles Teller’s collaborator as a prisoner participates in a mysterious medical test performed by a charismatic pharmacy representative played by Chris Hemsworth. (Jurnee Smollett is another prisoner.) Of course, it’s a lot weird when Teller’s character begins to understand what’s going on and Hemsworth continues to push the envelope about a mood -altering experiment. Trading the expansiveness of “Top Gun: Maverick” to a kind of creeping claustrophobia, “Spiderhead” is a wild and woolly blast (it’s written by “Deadpool” lawyers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick), full of sex, violence and yacht rock. classic. [TRAILER]

“Half time”
Tuesday, June 14, Netflix

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How about a new Jennifer Lopez documentary to make things right? “Halftime” uses Jennifer Lopez’s spectacular performance at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show to define Lopez’s life and career at age 50 – where she came from, where she went and all that she has done. (Let’s take a moment and consider that she wasn’t an Oscar nominee for her great work “Hustlers” 2019. And considering it was directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amanda Micheli, you know that won’t be some soft nonsense. And everyone will talk about it. [REVIEW]

“Lovecraft Country”
HBO Max

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HBO

Of course, JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele’s “Country of Lovecraft” is uneven and sometimes incomprehensible. But it’s hard not to appreciate what they do and miss the unrelated weirdness. The Misha Green series, based on a novel by Matt Ruff, takes place in an alternative version of South America, which is filled with witchcraft, magic and inhuman beings. Not everything is possible, but the gamers (including Jonathan Major, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjanue Ellis, Michael K. Williams and Abbey Lee), inventive visual effects and flights of good (including all episodes set during Major’s time in Korea. War, during his time having a relationship with a magical being), makes fun that is often fun and not boring. While the series isn’t shot for a second season (with some due to Green developing a toxic work environment), it’s fun while it’s still there. [WATCH]

“Allah”
Sunday, June 12, Paramount+
One of the best TV series to produce. And we’re sure it’s going to be as bad as ever. “Evil,” created by “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, follows a team of investigators, led by Katja Herbers and including Mile Colter and Aasif Mandvi, who appear to be supposed to be magical occurrences at the behest of the Catholic church. This is a show that grew because of its own bad behavior and this season, the first time the creative team knew it would be streaming on Paramount + rather than network television, it could be even wilder. (“Lost” costar Michael Emerson is a thorn in the side, a strange demon-worshiper.) If you’ve ever seen “Evil,” it’s never too late to be swayed by demonic impulses. [TEASER]

“Dark Winds”
Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m., AMC
An adaptation of Tony Hillerman’s novel Leaphorn and Chee (there are almost 20), “Dark Winds” focuses on a pair of Navajo detectives (played by Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon) who investigate crimes in the 1970s Southwest. (Previously adapted by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris to feature narrative in 1991.) This new adaptation was produced by Robert Redford and “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin and boasts a hooky premise, excellent actor and likely to be a mid -summer breakthrough. [TRAILER]

“Father of the Bride”

Thursday, June 16, HBO Max
Here comes the princess! Another adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel, the original HBO film Max was set in the Cuban-American community and starred Andy Garcia as his fussy father, Gloria Estefan as his wife and Adria Arjona as his bride. (Chloe Fineman is an over-the-top wedding planner, a role immortalized by Martin Short in the 1991 Disney adaptation of the novel.) If the trailer is any indication this would be warmhearted and hilarious. [TRAILER]

“Cha Cha Mulus”
Friday, June 17, Apple TV+
A breakout from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Apple TV + for a whopping $ 15 million, “Cha Cha Real Smooth” focuses on Andrew (writer / director Cooper Raiff), host of a Bar Mitzvah party that falls in love with a young mother ( Dakota Johnson). At Sundance, the film won the Audience Award from the U.S. Drama Competition and was quickly received by critics, who praised its humor and heart. Could this be the next “CODA”? [REVIEW]

“Welcome, Leo Grande”
ana, June 17, Hulu
Another Sundance Film Festival, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” stars Emma Thompson as a retired widow who seeks a lot of pleasure after a boring marriage. She hires a male sex worker named Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) and gets them together. Critics adored the film and Searchlight, Disney’s arthouse arm, took the film to its Hulu premiere. Sometimes you need a little prestige at home. [REVIEW]