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What’s on this week? Whether it’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…
Yellowjackets, Season 2
In the hotly awaited return of the dazzling show about teen survivors of a 1996 plane crash and their traumatized life today, Melanie Lynskey’s Shauna regrets killing the nice boyfriend she mistook for a blackmailer, and Lauren Ambrose joins the cast as her old teammate Van, a character who sounds a bit like Ambrose’s Six Feet Under heroine. Co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco told Entertainment Weekly that Van is “both a serious-minded person and extremely glib, sarcastic, funny and lovable all at the same time.”
Watch it: Yellowjackets, March 24 on Showtime
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Succession, Season 4
In the final season premiere of TV’s most cynically realistic hit, thundering pottymouth patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) celebrates his birthday without the children he recently betrayed before they could betray him. But who will take over their megacorporation? And who gets shivved by Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and/or dad?
Watch it: Succession, March 26 on HBO/HBO Max
Not since The Favourite has Olivia Colman had a role as terrifying and promising as this: the rotting, jilted bride Miss Havisham, bitterly scheming to destroy the happiness of the hero Pip (Fionn Whitehead) and his beloved Estella (Shalom Brune-Franklin) in this six-part miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ripping yarn. There’s a lot of buzz about this one.
Watch it: Great Expectations, March 26 on FX/Hulu
Kiefer Sutherland (24) is a corporate espionage expert who tries to frame a government official and winds up getting framed himself for the guy’s murder, it seems. But nothing is as it seems in this fast-paced show whose hero growls, “In my line of work, it’s best not to trust anyone.”
Watch it: Rabbit Hole, March 26 on Paramount+
Your Netflix watch of the week is here!
The Night Agent
A Russian mole in the Oval Office. Suspicious phone calls in the middle of the night. A conspiracy that reaches all the way to the top. All covered in the 10 episodes of the streamer’s latest spy series. Based on the 2019 novel by Matthew Quirk, it’s about a cub FBI agent (Gabriel Basso) who spends the night monitoring a dusty, long-silent hotline in the basement of the White House that suddenly starts ringing off the hook. Yes, the spy thrillers have definitely been piling up on Netflix lately — Treason, The Recruit, In From the Cold, Kleo — but there’s no such thing as too much espionage, especially on TV.
Watch it: The Night Agent, on Netflix
Don’t miss this: The 10 Best Things Coming to Netflix in March
Your Prime Video watch of the week is here!
Reggie Jackson, the baseball Hall of Famer known as Mr. October, is finally getting his due. This revealing new Prime Video Original documentary explores the life and career of the right fielder whose clutch hitting led to five World Series titles, for the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees.
Watch it: Reggie, on Prime Video
Don’t miss this: The 11 Best Things Coming to Prime Video in March
What’s new at the movies…
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ The Lost King, PG-13
The unsinkable Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) plays Philippa Langley, anxiety-stricken British wife, mother and amateur historian. In Stephen Frears’ stirring fact-based drama, Langley becomes obsessed that the lost corpse of King Richard III — Shakespeare’s real-life uber-villain and alleged child-killer — can be found under a Leicester car park. As pompous academics ridicule her revisionist notions, Langley tilts at her windmill. She believes that there’s an alternative narrative about the murdered 15th century king and that exhuming his corpse will reveal a Plantagenet royal unjustly vilified by his Tudor successors. With the clever Steve Coogan (Philomena) co-adapting Langley’s nonfiction book (and starring as her ex-husband), the result is delightful and thought-provoking. At its core, it’s about one small woman aware that history is written by the victors who discovers that an unstoppable citizen can upend the past by thinking outside the box (the coffin?) and, in the process, rewrite her own life story. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)
Watch it: The Lost King, in theaters March 24
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ John Wick: Chapter 4, R
That cool cat Keanu Reeves has nine lives to the 10th power. As John Wick, Reeves manages to bring a stoner sensibility to a stone-cold assassin. Joining him are Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, the late, great Lance Reddick, Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and Bill Skarsgård as Wick’s effete Parisian archenemy, the Marquis. The latter is a big shot of the criminal cabal the High Table, which excommunicated Wick in the last flick and is committed to the hit man’s liquidation. In magnificently choreographed, violent set piece after set piece — at the Osaka Continental hotel, up and down Sacré-Coeur’s 300ish steps, amid chaotic traffic circling the Arc de Triomphe — the thrills are immersive, particularly in IMAX. It’s a killer night out at the movies, and another high for the ever-nonchalant Reeves. —T.M.A.
Watch it: John Wick: Chapter 4, in theaters March 24
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ A Good Person, R
Actor Zach Braff (Scrubs) is also a darn good indie-style director — see Garden State, his 2004 music-driven melancholy ode to New Jersey, for proof. Braff returns with an emotional chamber drama about addiction and its intergenerational tentacles. An electric Florence Pugh (Don’t Worry Darling) stars as an engaged woman with her entire life ahead of her — until she’s at the wheel in a fatal turnpike accident that kills her future sister-in-law and sends her life into a tailspin, along with her mother (Molly Shannon), her future father-in-law (a searing Morgan Freeman), her fiancé (Chinaza Uche) and his niece (Celeste O’Connor). The intimate story is darkly funny and rich, anchored by Pugh’s unsparing and deeply satisfying performance. Out of darkness, Braff finds hope and the potential for connection among unlikely (yet deeply likable) characters. —T.M.A.
Watch it: A Good Person, in theaters March 24
Also catch up with…
If you liked the academic satire The Chair (and you should), you’ll love Lucky Hank. Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) is William Henry Devereaux Jr., a bitter has-been novelist who chairs the English department at a mediocre university. Loosely based on Richard Russo’s 1997 campus novel Straight Man and his real-life experiences teaching, the show presents the school as a fractious war zone, and Hank’s big mouth does him no favors. Mireille Enos (The Killing) plays his more stable schoolteacher wife, Oscar Nuñez (The Office) his dean and friend, and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) the university’s business-minded president — Hank’s nemesis. Peter Farrelly (Green Book, Dumb and Dumber) directs.
Watch it: Lucky Hank, on AMC+
Don’t miss this: Quick Questions for Bob Odenkirk on AARP Members Only Access
You, Season 4, Part 2
It’s the same old story: Boy meets girl, boy obsesses over girl, boy buries girl alive in the middle of the forest. Somehow, though, Netflix has kept this stalker drama fresh year after year, with its disturbingly charming antihero, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), shuffling from city to city — London this time around — where he always manages to find a new love object to creep out over. The series has been such a hit for Netflix, the streamer is teasing out this latest season by breaking it up into two parts; the first premiered in February (catch up here), with a whopping 64 million hours viewed.
Watch it: You, on Netflix