Best Movies & TV (August 12-14)

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The season of Leo has blessed us with many things—Beyoncé’s new album, for example—but thanks to the arrival of director Halina Reijn, the brilliant Bodies Bodies Bodies, we have our Leo anthem, Charli XCX’s “Hot Girls,” which, as I say below, really nails the whole vibe of this movie. But along with Reijn’s new film expanding its release nationwide, we’ve got a pick to honor the late Olivia Newton-John, a pick to rip your guts out with some fools, and a pick to heal your inner (or real) child. These are our recommendations:

The last of the A24 is a little hard to describe. A who? For sure. A slasher? Little bit. But really, Bodies Bodies Bodies is a slightly twisted dark comedy about a group of sharp-tongued rich kids (and Lee Pace) who get together for a hurricane weekend. Rachel Sennott is a riot, Amandla Stenberg is unpredictable and Pete Davidson is hilarious as a rich idiot. My best litmus test for this movie is Charli XCX’s song made for the movie, “Hot Girls.” If you like the song, you’ll have a blast Bodies Bodies Bodies. And if you go, be sure to bring your friends.

Olivia Newton-John’s death this week felt like a blow. He is an absolute star known for many hits, but one of the most notable films in his portfolio was a film that needs no introduction: fat It’s not as peculiar as the cage or her glee cameo performance “physic” with Jane Lynch, but the story of two teenagers in the 1950s is a fine piece of pop culture history. “Hopelessly Devoted to You” is and always will be wonderful.

Available to stream on Paramount+

I snorted this fool, and let me tell you, it was the hardest I’ve laughed while watching a TV show in a long time. Created by comedian Chris Estrada, and based on his own life, this fool follows Julio Lopez (Estrada) as he helps his cousin Luis (Frankie Quinones) re-acclimate to life outside of prison through his non-profit organization Hugs Not Thugs. The highlight? Episode Two, “Putazos,” in which Luis tries to rally his crew to fight his lifelong nemesis, only to hilariously realize that he and his friends are no longer the youth of the blog Anyways, this fool it’s a blast

Available to stream on Hulu

Penny Marshall’s beloved 1992 film is getting a TV retelling directed by Abbi Jacobson and D’Arcy Carden, so naturally I’m in. Interwoven with Jacobson’s character, Carson’s story of joining the Rockford Peaches and flirting with Carden’s Greta is Chanté Adams as Max, a black baseball player desperately trying to break into a league. A League of its own it promises to be weirder and more diverse, and while the premise is set for that, I’ll be interested to see how the series can pull it off.

Available to stream on Prime Video

Third season of I never have has hit such a big groove. Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) is still extremely messy and complicated, albeit this time with Paxton (Darren Barnet) by her side and a more relaxed look (“Oh, my God. That’s why popular people age better”). But that’s teen TV, baby. , so while Team Paxton may be excited for the new season, there’s still more drama to come, including a new potential contender for Devi’s heart, Des (Anirudh Pisharody). And I guess there’s Ben. Although while you’re busy dissecting Devi’s love triangle, I’ll happily be wherever Trent and Eleanor are.

Available to stream on Netflix

The Princess Diana content just keeps coming, and as much as I hate to admit it, I’ll keep eating it up. The latest comes from HBO in the form of a documentary that explores Diana’s life from her engagement to Charles to her death in 1997 through audio and video archives. I doubt it the princess will reveal anything new about her well-documented royal life, but as we know, Diana is an intriguing enough subject to keep you interested.

Available to stream on HBO Max

Maybe I’m not the demo Bluey, but real recognizes real as our own TV critic Kathryn VanArendonk called blue the “best children’s show of our time”. With the third season arriving on Disney+ this week, I took some time to watch an episode (each only eight minutes long) about Bluey and his sister, Bingo, moving into their new rooms, and reader, it is very beautiful. From the music to the sweet and friendly interactions of the family and soft Aussie accents, Bluely is nothing but happiness and comfort.

Available to stream on Disney+

Too! Read our streaming recommendations of weekend of August 5. Vulture’s next weekend streaming picklist will be published online on Friday, August 19.

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