“Black Bird” with Ray Liotta, “The Rehearsal” by Jane Austin and vampires
New entertainment releases this week include novelist Dennis Lehane’s crime drama “Black Bird,” and a tearful road trip when a single dad played by John Cho drives his teenage daughter across the country in “Don’t Make Me Go”. Jane Austen’s final completed novel, “Persuasion,” gets a makeover with Dakota Johnson as the heroine “past her prime.” And what will our favorite crazy vampires and their human sidekick, Guillermo, do next? The answer comes with season four of “What We Do in the Shadows” on FX.
Here’s a collection of the best of what’s hitting theaters, on TV, and on streaming services this week.
“Black Bird,” inspired by true 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 former golden boy turned convicted drug dealer. His shot on a get out of jail card hinges on a confession from a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser). The Apple TV+ series, with episodes Friday through August 5, also features Greg Kinnear and, in one of his final performances, Ray Liotta.
Jane Austen’s last completed novel, “Persuasion”, is revisited by British theater director Carrie Cracknell. Starring Dakota Johnson as “past prime” heroine Anne Elliot, “Persuasion,” which debuts on Netflix on Friday, is still set in Regency-era England, but with distinctly modern flourishes and a subversively comedic voice. The film also introduces audiences to Cosmo Jarvis in a star turn as Anne’s first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant also star.
A single dad, Max (John Cho), and his teenage daughter, Wally (lovely newcomer Mia Isaac) take a cross-country road trip in “Don’t Make Me Go,” coming to Amazon Prime Video Friday. Yes, there’s an element of cancer, and a few tears are guaranteed, but this movie, written by “This is Us” writer Vera Herbert and directed by Hannah Marks, has more heartfelt and comedic moments than the connecting line. couldn’t give it to him. A karaoke scene at the end of the movie might also have you wondering why John Cho hasn’t starred in a musical yet.
Take it from someone who’s seen exactly one episode of “Bob’s Burgers”: You don’t need to have watched the long-running show to enjoy the film, which arrives Tuesday on Hulu and HBO Max. “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” reunites with Belcher’s cast (all original voices) at the end of the school year. The kids are dreaming up summer plans and the parents are trying to save the burger restaurant from financial ruin when a skeleton appears in a pit outside the restaurant and suddenly there’s a mystery to solve. It is also a musical.
What will our favorite crazy vampires and their human sidekick, Guillermo, do next? The answer comes with season four of “What We Do in the Shadows,” the FX mockumentary series about super long-running roommates Nadja, Laszlo, Nandor, and Colin (now baby Colin). Returning from their scattered adventures, they find their Staten Island digs in ruins and with a surprising new guest. As the season begins on Tuesday, Nandor’s search for love looks promising, Nadja focuses on business and Laszlo is in charge of parenthood.
For admirers of Nathan Fielder and “Nathan for You,” the good news is that he’s back with another showcase for his idiosyncratic comedy. Those unfamiliar with his work and open to something oddly revealing and sometimes unsettling can check out “The Rehearsal,” which debuts Friday on HBO and HBO Max. Fielder’s professed mission this time is to help people prepare to face critical events or choices by guiding them through what to expect – as elaborately enacted by the maestro him. -same.
AP writers Lynn Elber and Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report