We’ve got big and small puzzles (along with detectives) to help you figure out what to watch.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The content pile is massive and infinite, and you have the entire weekend to figure out how to slice it up. Since we’re in the midst of the ever-intensifying streaming warfare, there are far too many series and movies to choose from, spread among far too many video-streaming providers. Now about This Weekend – What Should You Watch?
As a result, we’ve simplified things for you. Each week, members of the PCMag features team take turns showcasing streaming entertainment that they’re excited to watch or recommend to you. Start watching on your media-streaming device of choice.
On paper, it appears to be a good idea. (Netflix)
A romantic comedy or a horror picture might be made out of meeting a stranger on an airplane. As in Good on Paper, in which a stand-up comedian meets a hedge fund manager, but she doubts his claims about himself.
(Disney+) The Mysterious Benedict Society
If you’ve read the fun series with the same name, you’ll know that The Mysterious Benedict Society is a dark delight. The eight-part series continues where the first book ended, with four orphans answering to a newspaper ad seeking exceptional youngsters for extraordinary opportunities. One of these chances is to save Stonetown and its environs from a calamity known as The Emergency.
Positively False (Hulu)
Ilana is a writer who lives in New York City (Broad City) Glazer’s straight hair, which denotes seriousness, could be the first sign that she isn’t acting like herself in False Positive. She and Justin Theroux play a couple who are able to conceive thanks to the assistance of a fertility specialist (Pierce Brosnan), who has a strong Rosemary’s Baby vibe.
LFG (Maximum HBO) (HBO Max)
Women athletes put forth the same amount of effort as their male counterparts but get far less money. In their own words, this documentary tells the narrative of the US Women’s National Soccer Team’s campaign for equal pay.
Bosch (Amazon Video)
Either you’re all in on Bosch or you’re not. This weekend marks the debut of the seventh and last season of the cop drama. If you’re sorry that the show is ending, don’t worry: a spinoff is in the works.
In Identifying Features, a stunning Mexican drama of loss, remorse, and displacement, filmmaker Fernanda Veladez’s characters are alone—and forlorn—whether seen in painful close-ups or from afar.
Magdalena (Mercedes Hernández) A single mother obsessed with finding her son who has gone missing while attempting to cross the Mexican-American border, embarks on an investigative journey through a dusty, dangerous country of migrant shelters, remote gas stations, vacant homes, and wide-open plains that echo their inhabitants’ lonely sorrow.
Miguel (David Illescas), a young guy who has been deported by the US and now aspires to reunite with his long-abandoned tribe, is one of many lyrical parallels shown in this frightening descent into a national heart of darkness. Despite the lack of communication, Hernández and Illescas’ pained-yet-resolved expressions speak volumes about the suffering and despair of a people tormented by isolation and hunger.
The film’s diabolical nightmarishness is compounded by its stunning formal beauty, as Valadez alternately sets his heroes between expansive landscapes and confining structures to emphasize their lost and imprisoned situation.
In a dramatic late sequence set to an untranslated remembrance of an indigenous speaker, the filmmaker depicts a vision of demonic malice so horrific that it can barely be grasped.
In a series of vignettes marked by static single-take compositions full of muted hues and inviting diagonal visual lines, the film tackles the question of what awaits us on the other side—and what that means for our current Earthly predicaments—with a placid solemnity that is only occasionally relieved by his trademark humor.
Andersson’s meditation on spiritual and literal loneliness, which he achieves utilizing his distinctive manicured, static aesthetics, is full of grief, longing, regret, remorse, and humiliation.
A vision of togetherness sought by so many but achieved by so few soars through the dark sky, high above its many lonesome and drifting individuals. Andersson doesn’t shy away from misery, inspecting his wandering souls with tremendous empathy (and demanding us to do the same), and occasionally finding glimmers of hope for relief from the storm. There you go about “This Weekend – What Should You Watch?”