'Black Bird,' 'The Rehearsal,' 'Persuasion' & more: Best movies and TV shows streaming this week - Upsmag - Magazine News

‘Black Bird,’ ‘The Rehearsal,’ ‘Persuasion’ & more: Best movies and TV shows streaming this week

CLEVELAND, Ohio — This week’s new entertainment releases include the crime drama “Black Bird” from the mind of novelist Dennis Lehane, and a tearful road trip when a single father played by John Cho drives his teenage daughter across the country in “Don’t Make Me Go.” Jane Austen’s last completed novel, “Persuasion,” gets a fresh spin starring Dakota Johnson as the “past her prime” heroine. And comedian Nathan Fielder, who has a new season of “Nathan for You,” on Comedy Central, makes the HBO/HBO Max debut this week with another series, “The Rehearsal.”


Jane Austen’s last completed novel “Persuasion” gets a fresh spin from British theater director Carrie Cracknell. Starring Dakota Johnson as the “past-her-prime” heroine Anne Elliot, “Persuasion,” debuting on Netflix on Friday, July 15, is still set in Regency-era England but with some distinctly modern flourishes and a subversively comedic voice. The film also introduces audiences to Cosmo Jarvis in a star-making turn as Anne’s first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant also stars. DETAILS

‘Don’t Make Me Go’

A single father, Max (John Cho), and his teenage daughter, Wally, (charming newcomer Mia Isaac) take a road trip across the country in “Don’t Make Me Go,” coming to Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 15 Yes, there is a cancer element, and some tears are guaranteed, but this film, written by “This is Us” writer Vera Herbert and directed by Hannah Marks, has more heart and comedic moments than the logline might give it credit for. A late movie karaoke scene also might have you wondering why John Cho hasn’t starred in a movie musical yet. DETAILS

‘Black Bird’

“Black Bird,” inspired by real events, is a crime drama with an enviable pedigree: Its creator is novelist Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone”), whose TV credits include “The Wire.” The cast is a match, topped by Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) as a onetime golden boy turned convicted drug dealer. His shot at a get-out-of-prison card depends on drawing a confession from a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser). The Apple TV+ series, with episodes out Friday, July 15 through Aug. 5, also features Greg Kinnear and, in one of his last performances, Ray Liotta. DETAILS

‘What We Do in the Shadows’

What will our favorite madcap vampires and their human sidekick, Guillermo, get up to next? The answer arrives with season four of “What We Do in the Shadows,” the FX mockumentary series about very long-lived roomies Nadja, Laszlo, Nandor, and Colin (now baby Colin). Back from their scattered adventures, they find their Staten Island digs in shambles and with a surprising new guest. As the season begins Tuesday, Nandor’s search for love looks promising, Nadja is focused on business and Laszlo is in charge of parenting. DETAILS

‘Nathan for You’ and ‘The Rehearsal’

For admirers of Nathan Fielder and “Nathan for You,” the good news is he’s back with another showcase for his idiosyncratic comedy on Comedy Central. Those unfamiliar with his work and open to something oddly revelatory and at times unsettling can check out “The Rehearsal,” debuting Friday, July 15, on HBO and HBO Max. Fielder’s professed mission this time is to help folks prepare to face critical events or choices by walking them through what to expect — as elaborately staged by the maestro himself.

‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’

You don’t need to have watched the long-running show to enjoy the movie, which comes to Hulu and HBO Max this week. “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” finds the Belcher crew (all original voices) at the end of the schoolyear. The kids are dreaming of summer plans and the parents are trying to save the burger joint from financial ruin when a skeleton turns up in a pit outside the restaurant and suddenly there is a mystery to be solved. It’s also a musical. DETAILS

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