This Week's Must List: Harry Styles, The Handmaid's Tale, and Westworld
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The beloved magical saga continues with this epic, emotional two-part play — about Harry’s son Albus’ very different adventure at Hogwarts — that finally lands on Broadway after a smash debut in London. Prepare to be spellbound.
Live at the BBC: Harry Styles
The former One Directioner’s 2017 debut album has only gotten better with age, proven especially true in Styles’ fascinating first solo TV special, courtesy of the BBC and host-slash-BFF Nick Grimshaw. Candid and charming, Styles intersperses interview segments and colorful visits to his Manchester roots with the stuff he loves best: good vibes, great tunes, and even better suits. (BBC America, April 20, 9 p.m.)
The Handmaid's Tale
After an acclaimed, award-winning first season, the dystopian drama returns with no intensity lost (read our review here) for heroines June (Elisabeth Moss), Moira (Samira Wiley), and Emily (Alexis Bledel). “She finds the strength she never knew she had,” says Moss of her formidable character. “She rises like a phoenix and becomes a new June.” (Hulu)
Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel is destined to dominate movie theaters with the first part of this epic superhero team-up (out April 27). The galaxy-spanning adventure includes so many beloved charac- ters, we wrote an A-to-Z guide to ensure you and your super-squad are ready to rumble.
The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden
The actress turns to memoir with this heartbreaking love letter recounting her intimate relationship with her mother. Through tender slices of life, Harden paints a humane but devastating portrait of a woman battling Alzheimer’s.
Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
Three incredible singles and three unforgettable videos (most recently: the poppy, provocative “PYNK”) have solidified Monáe’s third studio album as one of 2018’s most anticipated new releases, bound to generate as much conversation about the genre-fluid artist as it will hours on the dance floor.
After a 16-month hiatus, HBO’s mind-bending sci-fi drama (Sundays at 9 p.m.) returns for its eagerly-awaited second season, full of brand-new worlds and double the android-apocalypse mayhem. Here are three things EW’s James Hibberd learned about the upgraded lineup of episodes:
ALL THE THEME PARK'S "HOSTS" ARE IN FULL REBELLION!
After a debut season in which they were largely stuck in their programmed "loops," the bots are now free to make their own decisions—which means killing any stray human guests unwise enough to have chosen a sex-robot theme park for a vacation. As Thandie Newton, who plays Maeve, puts it: "They're creating Armageddon."
THE SHOW'S SCOPE EXPANDS—A LOT
Expect to see the outside world beyond the park for the first time, and the other Delos Inc. destinations as well (such as the feudal Japan-themed Shogun World, which inspires a standout episode midway through the season). "We're going to see a lot of territory we didn't see the first season," notes showrunner Lisa Joy. "Yet there's also a push into the interior lives of these characters."
DOLORES IS SHOCKINGLY BRUTAL NOW
The Western park's iconic prairie princess (Evan Rachel Wood) now remembers everything that's happened to her over 30 years of servitude—and is, understandably, rather peeved. "The way the writers have described it to me is 'Dolores is not good or bad—she's just right,' " says Wood. "She's just doing what needs to be done so she can be free."
London-born Ronit (Rachel Weisz) fled her strict, ultra-Orthodox upbringing years ago for the bohemian freedom of New York. But when her father dies suddenly, she’s forced to confront her past — and the former lover (Rachel McAdams) she left behind. This English-language debut from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (who just won a Best Foreign Film Oscar for his landmark trans drama A Fantastic Woman) treats a titillating subject with grace and sensitivity, and pulls lovely, nuanced performances from his two big stars.
Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty
Director Harold Ramis’ 1980 sports movie is beloved by golfers and comedy fans alike, and EW’s film critic reveals in his comprehensive history just how the flick’s legendary creators scored such a perfect game.
Married to the Mob
In honor of her 60th birthday (on April 29), go full stream ahead through some of Michelle Pfeiffer’s best movies, starting with this 1988 Jonathan Demme farce that stars the actress as the wise, hilarious widow of a whacked mafioso. (Hulu)