I heard somewhere this week that when you say “Without any further ado”, you have in fact just further ‘adoed’ a little. In that spirit, let’s jump right into business. Some great films and TV shows like Midnight Mass, The Starling, and more are out this weekend, and I’d like you to partake in them. See more below.
1. My Little Pony: A New Generation
It’s been a minute since any major animation debuted, but the wait is over. Premiering this weekend is My Little Pony: A New Generation, a 2021 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Cullen and José Ucha. Per the premise, friendship has been replaced by fear in Equestria. Sunny, Earth pony, and Izzy, a unicorn, embark on an adventure that takes them to faraway lands and challenges them to make new friends as they strive to restore harmony to Equestria. The film comes out on Netflix today 24 September. The perfect content for a weekend family moment.
2. Birds of Paradise
This one is a film adaptation of the 2019 novel Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small. Birds of Paradise was written for screen and directed by Sarah Adina Smith. The lead character Kate Sanders is an ambitious and gifted (tomboyish) aspiring ballerina from Virginia who, because of her low-income status, is given a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris, France. Upon arriving at the cutthroat, internationally-renowned institution, her confidence and emotional fortitude are tested by a beautiful, mysterious fellow dancer, Marine Durand, who recently lost her brother (and dance partner) to suicide. The film will be available on Prime Video today.
3. East of The Mountains
Based on the best-selling novel by David Guterson. East of The Mountains is a drama adventure film that has received high praise from critics upon its premiere at film festivals earlier in the year. Renowned critic, Soren Anderson said of it: “It’s a small-scale intimate movie solidly anchored by Skerritt’s disciplined, deeply felt work. It’s one of the best performances of his career.”
The film follows Ben Givens, a retired heart surgeon and recent widower who learns he has terminal cancer. Determined to navigate his final days on his own terms, he shares the news with no one—not even his daughter—instead, he travels back to his boyhood home in Eastern Washington with only his dog in tow. But the journey does not go as planned; the familiar landscape triggers memories and a connection with a kind stranger inspires new insight. East of The Mountains climbs into cinemas today.
4. Midnight Mass (Season 1)
Netflix debuts the first season of this horror series today. A good opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of gore and tension if horror is your kryptonite. In Midnight Mass, the arrival of a charismatic priest brings miracles, mysteries and renewed religious fervour to a dying town. Hold your rosaries and start reciting your psalms as you get ready to watch this one. It’s about to be an eerie night.
5. Apache Junction
Apache Junction is an Old West outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. When big-city reporter Annabelle Angel arrives in town and becomes a target, notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford comes to her aid. Now, Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past, as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown. This action flick stars, Ed Morrone, Thomas Jane, Stuart Townsend, Justin Lee, Trace Adkins, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Victoria Pratt.
6. Through The Glass Darkly
One year after Charlie’s daughter disappears, another girl goes missing. Convinced there’s a connection, Charlie draws suspicion and contempt from local police and townspeople as she stops at nothing to expose a dark and devastating secret. This Lauren Fash-helmed thriller film stars Lauren herself alongside the likes of Robyn Lively, Shanola Hampton, Michael Trucco, and Judith Ivey. Through The Glass Darkly shows up in cinemas today, 24 September.
7. The Starling
The Starling is a 2021 American comedy-drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Matt Harris. After Lilly suffers a loss, a combative starling takes nest beside her quiet home. The feisty bird taunts and attacks the grief-stricken Lilly. On her journey to expel the starling, she rediscovers her will to live and capacity for love. Starring Daveed Diggs, Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline, Chris O’Dowd, the film makes its Netflix debut today.
8. The Other Two (Season 2)
The Other Two is an American comedy television series created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. It follows two floundering millennial siblings who must grapple with their 13-year-old brother’s overnight fame. If you haven’t seen the first season yet, then you are in for a bumpier ride as the season 2 finale starts streaming on HBO Max today. It’ll be a great use of your weekend if fun is what you’re aiming at.
9. This Is The Year
This Is the Year is a 2020 American comedy-drama film directed by David Henrie in his feature directorial debut. The film stars Henrie as a nerdy high school senior who, in a last-ditch effort to win over the girl of his dreams, enlists his best friends to embark on a road trip with him to see their favourite band at the biggest music festival of the year. On their journey, they realize that elaborate plans never go off without a hitch and that you can find true love in the most unexpected places. All I want to add is, this is the day This Is The Year makes its theatrical premiere. You can watch it here.
10. Foundation (Season 1)
IMDB calls this one a complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. Foundation is an American science fiction drama television series based on the book series of the same name by Isaac Asimov. It follows Dr Hari Seldon and his loyal followers in their attempt to preserve their culture as the galaxy collapses around them. The series stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, and Leah Harvey among others. Foundation is laid down on Apple TV+ today.
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