There are plenty of new movies and shows to watch this weekend to keep us entertained, from a really big blockbuster to the return of a comedy legend.
The most publicized new version is Dune, which hits HBO Max thanks to the date-and-date strategy of its corporate brother Warner Bros. Denis Villeneuve may think you should see Dune on the big screen, but those of us who don’t want to go to the movies right now (for whatever reason) appreciate the opportunity to air the film.
Also on deck, the return of Insecure for its fifth and final season. Issa Rae is wrapping up her dramatic comedy so we’re not ready to say goodbye. Fortunately, we will have 10 weeks to come to grips with it. And Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for an 11th season.
Here’s a rundown of what to watch this weekend on Netflix, HBO Max, peacock and other streaming services.
Dune (HBO Max)
The length and breadth of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi opus made it very difficult to adapt to the screen. David Lynch tried and had an epic failure with his 1984 film. A 2000 miniseries on Sci Fi is doing a little better, but still hasn’t taken off. Now Denis Villeneuve is trying, with the help of virtually every Hollywood star.
So far, Dune seems to be a success. Reviews are mostly positive, praising the gorgeous visuals and oversized action sets. Villeneuve crosses the delicate line between fidelity to the source material and not getting bogged down in the exhibition. What it doesn’t do is try to cut the entire 900-page giant into one movie. Expect an open ending that leaves room for sequels. Here’s everything you need to watch Dune online.
Dune has a runtime of two hours and 35 minutes and is rated PG-13.
Streaming now on HBO Max
Insecurity season 5 (HBO)
Issa Rae’s journey to shine and grow comes to an end. The final season of his criminally under-attributed series returns with the first episode of Season 5, which sees Issa and Molly (Yvonne Orji) attending their 10-year reunion at Stanford. The women spent the last season apart from each other; this weekend brings them together to remember the origins of their friendship.
The remainder of the final season continues to follow Issa and Molly as they pursue their hopes, dreams and ambitions, while grappling with doubt and uncertainty. Oh, and dealing with the different men in their lives. Looks like Issa has Lawrence (Jay Ellis), Nathan (Kendrick Sampson) and a new guy (played by Kofi Siriboe from Queen Sugar) spinning around her. Here’s our guide on how to watch Insecure season 5 online.
Insecure Season 5 consists of 10 episodes, which will air weekly.
Broadcast on Sunday HBO Max
Invasion (Apple TV Plus)
A truly shocking event shakes our planet in the form of a massive alien invasion. The 10-episode sci-fi drama comes from Simon Kinberg (producer of various X-Men films) and David Weil (Hunters) and takes up a page from War of the Worlds.
The arrival of the aliens triggers catastrophic power outages, fires and destruction. The terror and ensuing confusion are told from the perspective of a diverse set of characters across the world, including: a sheriff on the verge of retirement (Sam Neill); a Syrian immigrant mother (Golshifteh Farahan); a soldier (Shamier Anderson); a Japanese aerospace technician (Shioli Kutsuna); and others.
Invasion begins with the first three episodes, then the rest drops off weekly.
Streaming now on Apple TV Plus
Locke and Key season 2 (Netflix)
The supernatural adventures of the Locke family and their magical keys continue in season two (and will continue in season three as well). To sum up: The show revolves around three siblings who move into the mysterious Keyhouse. There, they discover special keys that open different doors and grant powers. An evil figure named Dodge covets the keys, especially the Omega Key, which unlocks a portal to a dimension filled with demons.
At the start of Season 2, Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones) and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) believe they have defeated Dodge. But they don’t know that Dodge has the ID key and is walking around in Gabe (Griffin Gluck) form. Not only that, he teamed up with another demon inhabiting Eden (Hallea Jones) to take control of the Keyhouse.
Streaming now on Netflix
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 (HBO)
Yes, Larry David is still doing Curb Your Enthusiasm. Can you believe the series debuted in 2000? Wild, right? Season 11 takes place in a post-pandemic world, although the global crisis hasn’t changed Larry at all. He’s still so irascible and irritating – maybe more! The first episode starts with a bunch of different threads, teased showrunner Jeff Schaffer GE, which will “all knit together to make an exquisite little shame blanket”.
As always, expect some big guest stars. New faces include Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Tracey Ullman, and Bill Hader. Ted Danson, Jon Hamm and Vince Vaughn make comeback appearances.
Here’s our guide on how to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11 online, which begins with one episode and then airs weekly on Sundays.
Broadcast on Sunday HBO Max
Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez lead this drama, which is the second show of the year about a ’90s girl group who managed to bring the group together again. Much like Peacock’s Girls5eva, they have the idea of reuniting after one of their songs has been sampled by a young rapper. Their manager Eric Jones (Taylor Sele) wants them to perform with Lil Muffin at the BET Awards for quick payout.
Naturally, it won’t end up being a one-off thing, but the group faces major obstacles in regaining their old magic. Naomi / Xplicit Lyrics (Brandy) and Valeria / Butter Pecan (Velazquez) have beef, while Jill / Da Thrill (Naughton) refuses to play suggestive material due to her religious beliefs – while desperately trying to stay in the closet. . And Brianna / Professor Sex (Eve) not only has five children on her arms but a sick and unfaithful husband.
Queens premiered with one episode and the following air weekly on Tuesdays.
Broadcast now via Hulu
The girl in the woods (peacock)
This supernatural thriller from YA definitely has undertones of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The titular daughter, Carrie (Stefanie Scott), is a runaway from a rural cult who claims to guard an ancient gate that leads to a terrifying monster dimension. You know, like Buffy’s Hellmouth.
After arriving in the small town of West Pine, Carrie makes new friends in Nolan (Misha Osherovich) and Tasha (Sofia Bryant). The trio of teens must show bravery when the townspeople begin to vanish, which Carrie assumes is the work of the monsters. The series stars an all-female writing team, and the first four episodes come from director Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones). The full season is available and ready for a frenzy.
Streaming now on peacock
Sex, love and goop (Netflix)
Gwyneth Paltrow’s transformation has covered many roles from Oscar winner to the occasional Marvel cameo to wellness guru and now relationship therapist. The first Netflix series in its Goop empire, Goop Lab, explored things like cryotherapy and the use of psychedelics. An episode focused on female pleasure and this apparently inspired Paltrow to make a second series entirely focused on sex and relationships.
Over the course of six episodes, Paltrow meets couples in groups, then sends individual couples with an expert to delve deeper into their particular issues, whether it’s attraction, communication, or repression. Experts offer a number of treatment ideas, such as experimenting with sex toys or talking about past trauma.
Streaming now on Netflix
The Bachelorette season 18 (ABC)
If it feels like the Bachelor Cinematic Universe has been in constant motion lately, it’s because this year has featured four different seasons of the franchise almost back-to-back. Matt James’ Bachelor installment gave way to Katie Thurston as the Bachelorette, which was followed by Bachelor in Paradise. Now we have a second season of The Bachelorette with Michelle Young.
Bachelor Nation members can be forgiven if they are feeling a bit exhausted. Hopefully they can get a shot of the rose scent adrenaline rush, because Michelle truly is the example they deserve. She’s genuine and gorgeous and really seems to have her shit together. Her cast of men is perhaps the most diverse yet (and strong enough that one of them has already been picked as the next bachelor). In addition, his season is the first to start traveling again. After a few weeks at a resort, Michelle and her suitors will travel to her home state of Minnosota.
The two-hour episodes of The Bachelorette air weekly on Tuesdays. (How to watch The Bachelorette 2021 online)
Broadcast now via Hulu