Jennifer Lawrence “Causeway”, the movie Weird Al by Daniel Radcliffe
New entertainment releases this week include Daniel Radcliffe taking on “Weird Al” Yankovic in the movies and George Lopez’s sitcom returns in “Lopez vs. Lopez” opposite his real-life offspring, Mayan Lopez. In her first starring role in four years, Jennifer Lawrence stars in and produces “Causeway,” a drama about an American soldier in rehab at his home in New Orleans after sustaining a brain injury in Afghanistan. And mystery TV drama “Manifest” begins its final farewell and hopefully gives us some answers on Netflix.
Here’s a collection of the best of what’s hitting theaters, on TV, and on streaming services this week.
In her first starring role in four years, Jennifer Lawrence stars in and produces “Causeway,” Lila Neugebauer’s drama about an American soldier named Lynsey (Lawrence) in rehab at his New Orleans home after sustaining a brain injury during a a tour in Afghanistan. Soft indie about trauma and recovery, “Causeway” is carried by the warmth of Brian Tyree Henry, who plays a local mechanic with his own painful past who befriends Lynsey. Debuts Friday on Apple TV+.
Elvis, Elton John and Freddie Mercury all got the biopic treatment. Now it’s finally Weird Al’s turn. In “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” Daniel Radcliffe plays the lifelong parody pro — or, at least, a version of his life. Yankovic, himself, co-wrote and co-produced “Weird”, directed by Eric Appel. And, as you’d expect, the “White and Nerdy” singer-songwriter fills the narrative with plenty of satirical touches that nod to the usual musical biopic conventions. But it’s also full of surprises. In my interview with Yankovic and Radcliffe, Yankovic said that “Weird” “is funny because it shouldn’t exist”. “Weird,” Roku’s first original movie, premieres Friday via the streaming device.
Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is on the case again. Netflix’s sequel “Enola Holmes 2,” which debuts Friday, is a quick follow-up to the charming 2020 film that adapted Nancy Springer’s book series and Arthur Conan Doyle spinoff. The sequel pairs young Holmes with her famous detective older brother (Henry Cavill) for a multi-threaded mystery that picks up some of the strands from the original (Helena Bonham Carter returns as Enola’s mother) while expanding on the terms of 19th century London factory work.
George Lopez’s new sitcom is a family affair. In NBC’s “Lopez vs. Lopez,” the actor-comedian stars alongside his real-life offspring, Mayan Lopez. Their fictional versions of father and daughter are unlikely roommates with a rocky relationship. The 2002-07 comedy “George Lopez” remains one of the few Latino-led TV hits that continues to struggle to represent America’s second-largest ethnic or racial group behind non-Latino whites. “Lopez vs. Lopez,” starring Selenis Leyva and Al Madrigal in the cast, debuts Friday at 8 p.m.
Abrupt cancellations and unresolved storylines were once a common affront to viewers. Now, other platforms can come to the aid of a truncated series, as is the case with “Manifest”. After NBC finished its three-season run, it redeemed itself in repeats on Netflix and earned the chance for a good finish. A total of 20 new episodes will air in two parts on the streaming service, with the first half on Friday. To sum up the premise: an airliner lands safely in New York after a rough flight, but the passengers’ relief vanishes when they realize that five years have passed in a matter of hours. Stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and JR Ramirez are back for the big reveal we want, finally.
With patience, even an 18th century novel can get a TV prequel. It helps that the book at hand is “Dangerous Liaisons,” a tale of amorality adapted for stage and screen several times, including the Oscar-winning 1988 film. audacious prelude”, Camille and Valmont are young, in love and in Paris as the revolution looms. Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton play the duo destined to become the architects of scandal and tragedy as, respectively, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont. Lesley Manville stars as the reigning Marchioness in the series, which kicks off at 9 p.m. on Sunday Eastern.