What to watch this weekend: ‘Succession’ finale, John Wick, Matchbox Twenty, 'American Born Chinese'

Streaming HUBMay 26, 2023

Sure, a lot of people are eagerly anticipating this Sunday’s “Succession” finale. But what if you haven’t followed the Roy family drama? You have so much to do on the go on one device, don’t miss the new television, movies, music and games.

Among the offerings for your time this week selected by entertainment journalists from The Associated Press is the arrival of the latest “John Wick” movie, ending a long drought of new Matchbox Twenty musicals, a video game that lets you play one of . One of the most recognizable characters from Middle Earth and a television adaptation of the graphic novel “American Born Chinese”.

new movies to stream

— It may be hard to believe when corporate people actually make philanthropic gestures, especially ones involving their fortunes, but neither Chris McDivitt Tompkins, the first CEO of Patagonia, nor her late husband, Doug Tompkins , was the founder of The North Face and Esprit. To play by the rules. “Wild Life,” a new documentary from the Oscar-winning “Free Solo” filmmakers, tells the story of the couple, their love of the outdoors, their adventurous spirits and how they made their fortune buying “reinvented” conservation efforts in Argentina and Chile nearly 2.2 million acres. “Wild Life” begins streaming on Disney+ and Hulu on Friday.

— It’s a strong week for Sundance documentaries on streaming as “Victim/Suspect” debuted on Netflix on Tuesday. This film from director Nancy Schwartzman follows reporter Rae De Leon’s investigation into a troubling pattern: that in the United States, women who report sexual assaults often go under the scanner. The film highlights potential loopholes and loopholes in the system that may be enabling chilling trends.

— For more escapism, Keanu Reeves’ relentless killer John Wick returns for a fourth film, which made its way to video on demand Tuesday. This time, Vic goes to Paris. He is still being hunted but has also become aggressive. In his review, AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote that this installment elevates and expands the franchise. “The fourth installment is more stylish, more elegant and more bonkers – just like Paris,” said Kennedy. It also serves as a touching farewell to Continental hotel concierge Charon, played by Lance Reddick, who died shortly before the film’s release.

– AP Film Writer Lindsey Behr

new music to stream

— Pop-rockers Matchbox Twenty ended more than a decade away on Friday with their fifth studio album, “Where the Light Goes.” It’s an upbeat collection that begins with the horn-drenched, sing-along “Friends” – the chorus goes “All My Friends Are Here” and the song includes vocals from band member Paul Duckett’s son – and others. Highlights include singer-songwriter Amanda Shire’s duet “No Other Love” with frontman Rob Thomas and the single “Wild Dogs (Running in a Slow Dream)”, which captures the time in your youth when you finally find yourself. find people.

– Celebrate the end of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” by singing along to an album of music from the fifth and final season. The album includes songs such as “Relax Max” by Dinah Washington, “I Love the Way You Say Goodnight” by Doris Day, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” by Barbra Streisand, and “I Wanna Be Around” by Tony Bennett. There are songs like , Fans will appreciate actor Hank Azaria performing “Nancy (With the Laughing Face)” and the cast singing “Everything Grow!”

– AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy

new series to stream

— Dinosaurs come to life again in the second season of “Prehistoric Planet” on Apple TV+. Executive produced by Jon Favreau and the team behind “Planet Earth,” the documentary uses the latest technology not only to create real-looking dinosaurs, but also to immerse viewers in their habitats. Sir David Attenborough returns to narrate. “Prehistoric Planet” season two is presented as an event series, which debuted Monday and is now out in full.

— Each episode of the “Smartless” podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett features an entertaining conversation with a guest, but one of the best parts about the trio is the banter they have with each other. These longtime friends bump into each other and cuddle like family. These guys take their show on the road in six cities in 2022, hosting a conversation with surprise guests in front of live, sold-out audiences. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to see them live, it turns out the cameras were rolling. “Smartless: On The Road” debuts Tuesday on Max.

New action-comedy series “American Born Chinese” is based on the graphic novel by Jean Luen Yang. It stars Ben Wang as a high schooler trying to survive daily life as a first generation American in a Chinese family. He meets an exchange student from Taiwan and finds himself caught up in a war between ancient Chinese gods. The series strikes a balance between coming-of-age story and mythology with the feel of a graphic novel. It also features a cast that includes Oscar winners Ke Hui Quan and Michelle Yeoh, as well as Chin Han and Daniel Wu. Recurring cast members include Stephanie Hsu, Ronnie Chiang and Jimmy O. Yang is included. “American Born Chinese” premieres Wednesday on Disney+.

– Alicia Rancilio

new video games to play

— You are going to travel to Middle-earth. Which character do you want to be? Frodo? Gandalf? Legolas? Daedalic Entertainment is betting on a more controversial hero with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Instead of wielding cool weapons and enchanting spells, Gollum has to rely on stealth and spider-like climbing skills to survive. He also has to deal with kibitzing his alter ego, Smeagol, the kind hobbit Gollum was before he was corrupted by his “precious” One Ring. German studio Daedalic is best known for story-heavy adventures like its Deponia series, so it could be interesting to see how it tackles a story set in the vast world of JRR Tolkien. Journey of Gollum launches Friday on Xbox X/S/One, PlayStation 5/4 and PC.

– In typical post-apocalyptic video games like Fallout or The Last of Us, there are still lots of people wandering the planet. Private Division After Us isn’t messing around – in its future, humans have been wiped off the face of the Earth. You play as Gaia, the “Spirit of Life” and your mission is to collect the lost souls of all species driven to extinction. Oil-drenched monsters, called devourers, are out to end any hope of revival. Despite the grim setting, After Us looks gorgeous, evoking the haunted wasteland of 2012 classic Journey. And Barcelona-based Piccolo Studio says it’s a story of “sacrifice and hope,” so Earth may not be complete yet. It arrives on Xbox X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC on Tuesday.

Lou Keston


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