What to stream this weekend: Broadchurch, Rogue One, and more
Not sure what to binge this weekend? We’re here to help: Each Friday, the EW staff reveals which TV shows and movies, new and old, they’ll be streaming once work’s over. Below, check out our picks for the weekend ahead.
Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker was just announced as the Thirteenth Doctor, making now the perfect time to binge this British mystery series to prep for her Doctor Who debut. Created by Chris Chibnall — who is taking over Doctor Who next season — Broadchurch begins with the murder of a young boy and then follows the emotional and legal aftermath of his death. With stellar performances from Whittaker and costars like David Tennant and Olivia Colman and a script that focuses both on the family’s grief and the detectives’ hunt to find the killer, Broadchurch is a gripping mystery and intriguing exploration of small-town life. —Nivea Serrao (@NiveaSerrao)
Rogue One (Netflix)
Now you only need a Netflix account to take you to a galaxy far, far away. Rogue One came to the streaming service earlier this week, introducing the Rebels who stole those original Death Star blueprints. This first Star Wars standalone movie picks up right before the original 1977 film, following a ragtag band of Rebels that includes Felicity Jones’ tough Jyn Erso, Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, and Alan Tudyk’s sarcastic security droid K-2SO. Some of it works (like Ben Mendelsohn’s Imperial baddie with a majestic cape), and some of it doesn’t (like the CGI resurrection of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin), but overall, it’s a thoughtful, thrilling war movie that’s darker than any of its predecessors.
The final battle on the tropical planet Scarif is especially breathtaking, capturing the gorgeous but sinister vibe of World War II’s Pacific Theater. (Gotta love Jakku and Tatooine, but it’s always nice to get out of the desert and explore a different corner of the galaxy.) But the best part of Rogue One? The return of film’s most iconic, heavy-breathing villain. Darth Vader hasn’t been this scary since The Empire Strikes Back. —Devan Coggan (@devancoggan)
O.J.: Made in America (Hulu)
With O.J. Simpson being granted parole this week, I’ve decided to remain inside where the air conditioning is this weekend and enjoy this Oscar-winning seven-hour documentary about the life of The Juice and the intersection of race and celebrity. It’s the perfect time for a refresher on the trial of the century. —Chancellor Agard (@chancelloragard)
Take Me (Netflix)
Forget day trips to the beach; kidnapping is the new weekend getaway in the indie dramedy Take Me, which sees Netflix star Taylor Schilling tackling one of her wildest (and best-acted) roles yet as Anna St. Blair, a headstrong professional who hires the floundering founder (director-star Pat Healy, sporting a fabulously absurd toupee) of a boutique abduction business to whisk her away as the willing victim of a staged criminal plot. With deep pockets and a high threshold for pain (she actively wants him to slap her around), Anna’s requests gradually intensify as the film progresses, culminating in a sobering conclusion that offers fresh perspective on the tried-and-true formula of self-exploratory cinema: In order to find ourselves, sometimes we have to, uh, forcibly take another soul along for the ride. —Joey Nolfi (@joeynolfi)
Faking It (Hulu)
I genuinely cannot get enough of The Bold Type, Freeform’s new gem of a dramedy. So, since I’ll have to wait until Tuesday to get another dose of my new favorite trio of leading ladies, I’m going to dive into one of their previous series. Katie Stevens stars in MTV’s romantic comedy Faking It, in which she and her BFF (played by Rita Volk) convince their classmates that they’re the school’s first out lesbian couple. The combination of high school hilarity with short, 21-minute episodes will be the perfect counter-programming to all our fun Comic-Con coverage this weekend. —Breanne L. Heldman (@BreanneNYC)
Train to Busan (Netflix)
Thanks to the blockbuster success of series like The Walking Dead, zombies are everywhere these days — but you’ve never seen zombies like this. In Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 film, zombies are fast and unrelenting; once there are enough of them, they become a huge mass of bodies capable of breaking through doors, glass, and any other barrier. The relationship between a father and daughter (Gong Yoo and Kim Su-an) provides the devastating emotional anchor, but Yeon also spices up the typical zombie formula by setting most of the action on a speeding train — normal trips in and out of shadowy tunnels suddenly take on life-and-death significance as the remaining humans try to escape the zombies’ attention. —Christian Holub (@cmholub)