With people spending more time at home across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, streaming services are more in demand than ever before. We run through the latest releases to add to your must watch list.
Hollywood – Netflix
This new series takes us to the golden age of cinema in Hollywood, where a group of young actors and filmmakers hustle their way from parties to casting couches to achieve their showbiz dreams. The show is created by Ryan Murphey and Ian Brennan, of ‘Glee’ and ‘Screen Queens’ fame; and stars Jim Parson (best known as Sheldon Cooper in ‘Big Bang Theory’), Samara Weaving, Joe Mantello, and Laura Harrier. Early critic reviews have praised the actors’ performances but questioned some of the artistic license taken in the show.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Disney +
Star Wars fans were delighted when the final chapter in the Star Wars saga was released to stream early, on May 4th, to celebrate Star Wars Day. The release of the movie came some two months earlier than it was expected and marks the first-time viewers will be able to stream the entire saga in one place. ‘Rise of Skywalker’ is the ultimate installment of the saga and brings the conflict between the Jedi and Sith to its climax. The blockbuster is directed by JJ Abrams, and stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Lupita Nyong’o.
Upload – Amazon Prime
This hilarious science fiction comedy is set in 2033, in a technologically advanced future with hologram phones, where food can be printed, Cyber Bingo is daily event, and you can be uploaded to the afterlife of your choice when you die. Robbie Amell (‘The Duff’, ‘The Tomorrow People’) stars as Nathan Brown, a computer programmer who dies in the prime of his life and finds himself uploaded. As he adjusts to this new way of existing, he navigates his relationship with his possessive and still-living girlfriend, Ingrid (Allegra Edwards); and his growing bond with Nora (Andy Allo), his customer service rep or ‘angel’.
Space Force – Netflix
Space Force is a workplace comedy from creators Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell of ‘The Office’ fame. The series stars Carrell as a celebrated four-star general who must team up with eccentric scientist John Malkovich to create a new branch of the US Military. Also billed are Ben Schwartz Diana Silvers, and Lisa Kudrow. Space Force is scheduled for release on 29 May 2020.
The Great – Hulu
This genre-bending comedy drama stars Elle Fanning as Catherine The Great, in the story of her rise from being an outsider to the longest-ruling female leader in Russia’s history. The story starts with a young, naive Catherine arriving in Russia for an arranged marriage to the Emperor.
Anticipating marital bliss, but instead finding danger and depravity at every turn, Catherine resolves to change the way things are done starting with killing her husband. The series plays fast and loose with facts but is hilarious and well-written. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Gwilym Lee and Louis Hynes.