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What’s on this week? Whether it’s what’s on cable, streaming on Prime Video or Netflix, or opening at your local movie theater, we’ve got your must-watch list. Start with TV and scroll down for movies. It’s all right here.
On TV this week …
Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims presents a serious tearjerker about a child (Colin O’Brien) who’s the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed his family. The reverberating emotional consequences change everybody’s life, including his aunt (Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling) and a well-off housewife (Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton, who deserves an Emmy already), who discovers that she’s not just a plane-crash widow: She’s broke, and her husband had a secret life out in Los Angeles.
Watch it: Dear Edward, on Apple TV+ Feb. 3
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Harrison Ford made his historic leap to TV drama last year in the Yellowstone prequel 1923. Now he plays his greatest-ever comedic role, one with emotional depth, as a gruff but kindly psychotherapist recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He’s like a wise father-figure boss to his younger therapist colleague (Jason Segel, also a master of comedy that accommodates sorrow). Created by several Ted Lasso alums, Shrinking may well lasso your heart.
Watch it: Shrinking, on Apple TV+
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Your Netflix watch of the week is here!
Bill Russell: Legend (Netflix Original)
Sam Pollard is a filmmaker whose previous documentaries have explored Sammy Davis Jr. and the FBI’s campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. Now he sets his sights on Bill Russell, the pioneering NBA star of the 1950s and ’60s who led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships over his 13 years in the league.
Watch it: Bill Russell: Legend, on Netflix Feb. 8
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Your Prime Video watch of the week is here!
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Denzel Washington plays Easy Rawlins, a down-on-his-luck Wolrd War II veteran in 1948 Los Angeles who’s hired to find a missing woman — and then becomes the chief suspect when the woman’s best friend is murdered. While Washington is solid in Carl Franklin’s film, based on Walter Mosley’s novel, Don Cheadle steals nearly every scene as Easy’s trigger-happy sidekick, Mouse.
Watch it: Devil in a Blue Dress, on Prime Video
Don’t miss this: The 11 Best Things Coming to Prime Video in February
What’s new at the movies …
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 80 for Brady, PG-13
You had me at Sally Field, Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, the cast of this tribute to women of a certain age and the athlete they revere. Tom Brady, who also produced the film, plays himself. This glossy sports-spectator comedy has the four besties, unified by their love for Brady — among the oldest quarterbacks in NFL history, at 45 — trying to make it to the Super Bowl to cheer him on for the win. There are obstacles, including Tomlin’s character’s cancer recurrence and Field’s clingy husband, played by the always delightful Bob Balaban. But there’s never any doubt that the golden girls are going to be all right. The star-studded affair is the kind of boisterous comedy that makes for a super girls’ night out, and that’s the not-so-subtle plan here: to bring groups of IRL girlfriends back to the theater for giggles. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)
Watch it: 80 for Brady, in theaters Feb. 3
Knock at the Cabin, R
In the latest horror flick by M. Night Shyamalan (Old, The Sixth Sense), a couple and their adopted child (Ben Aldridge, Jonathan Groff and the adorable Kristen Cui) vacationing in their cabin in the woods are confronted by intruders (including Dave Bautista and Rupert Grint) who inform them that they must kill one member of their family or else humanity will be destroyed in an apocalypse. And it does seem that tsunamis, pandemics and planes dropping out of the sky are increasingly common. It’s a metaphor for our conspiracy-haunted times, and it’s likely the big hit film of the week. —Tim Appelo (T.A.)
Watch it: Knock at the Cabin, in theaters Feb. 3
Also catch up with …
You People, R
Who wants Jonah Hill as a son-in-law? Not Eddie Murphy and Nia Long in this Netflix original movie from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Barris and Hill are the writers on this head-flipped Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Watch it: You People, in theaters and on Netflix
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⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Shotgun Wedding, R
Shotgun Wedding is silly in the best possible way: a destination wedding rom-com that never loses sight of how ridiculous such nuptials are at the best of times. Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) has cold feet; Tom (Josh Duhamel) is a groom-zilla. Together they bring their zany, needy and resentful family and friends to a remote Philippines island resort. Enter pirates brandishing automatic weapons. Mayhem, naturally, ensues. Lopez embraces her goofy side, Duhamel plays it straight and the MVP is Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus) as the mother of the groom who’s up for anything, including grabbing guns and going ballistic. Also fun: Cheech Marin as the bride’s father, the great Sonia Braga as his embittered ex and Lenny Kravitz as Darcy’s wildly sexy (and uninvited) ex. It’s the rom-com equivalent of comfort food — like wedding cake with extra frosting washed down with champagne. —T.M.A.
Watch it: Shotgun Wedding, on Prime Video
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Close, PG-13
In the waning summer, 13-year-old besties Rémi (Gustav De Waele) and Léo (Eden Dambrine) thrive in a boyhood paradise, racing bikes down sunny country roads, chasing through fields of flowers, sharing dreams. However, upon entering high school, their bond buckles. The duo’s affectionate ease doesn’t meld with the student herd’s social norms. Outgoing Léo enters and assimilates, making new friends and joining the (brutal) hockey team. Sensitive musician Rémi begins to withdraw. Their connection, so beautiful, caring and authentic, becomes awkward on campus. As Léo acclimates, Rémi retreats — and spirals. The fracture is devastating for the boys and the audience, as Léo realizes the paradise he’s not only lost, but has been complicit in destroying. Belgium’s Oscar contender is a tactile, subtle, moving film about shattered innocence, the pressures of masculinity and how wondrous but fragile that intimate friendship among young boys can be. —T.M.A.
Watch it: Close, in theaters
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ One Fine Morning, R
Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die) brings a luminous naturalism recalling Jean Seberg to this nominee for AARP’s Movies for Grownups award for best foreign language film. While jump-starting her sex life with a passionate affair, pixie-haired Parisian widow, translator and mother Sandra (Seydoux) tends her 8-year-old and her aging father (heartbreaking Pascal Greggory), who’s stricken by a neurodegenerative disease. An adored philosophy professor, he’s losing words faster than Sandra can translate them. It’s a complex portrait of a working woman as she, her sister and mother struggle to find assisted living for the scholar while his mind and body deteriorate. As they move him from one institution to the next, some better, some worse, trying to balance their budgets and his dignity, it appears that when it comes to eldercare, the French social safety net is as challenging as ours. —T.M.A.
Watch it: One Fine Morning, in limited theaters