This Week's Must List: Stronger, The Good Place, and Fergie
Jake Gyllenhaal is riveting as Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 bombing. Costarring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) as Bauman's girlfriend Erin Hurley, Stronger is a nuanced take on an unexpected hero.
The Good Place
The end to season 1 of this heavenly sitcom makes it tricky to discuss season 2 without spoiling things. Let's just say that afterlife architect Michael (Ted Danson) is still attempting to create his perfect Great Beyond for Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her soulmate, Chidi (William Jackson Harper). If you're not caught up on the finale, get to Netflix, fast! (Airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC)
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Why does the Statue of Liberty appear to be moving forward, mid-stride? In Her Right Foot, novelist Dave Eggers and illustrator Shawn Harris spin a fascinating, engrossing tale out of a seemingly innocuous detail — and in the process, reaffirm a prescient message of inclusion. It's a friendly reminder of how America can be at its best.
Double Dutchess by Fergie
The visual companion to the singer's long-awaited new album features 13 over-the-top music videos, from a 12-minute epic directed by Jonas Åkerlund (who has worked with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga) to an animated clip that finds Fergie hunting down ex-lovers. Careful, Josh!
Origins With James Andrew Miller
Best known for his written oral histories of SNL and ESPN, author James Andrew Miller is turning up the volume on his fascinating stories in a new podcast. With a different multi-episode series each month, Origins will feature interviews with key players on a single topic across film, TV, music, sports, and tech, beginning with Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour on DVD
Whether she's riding a sexy nun like a human surfboard (as one does) or performing stripped-down versions of old classics, no one entertains — or provokes — like Madonna, as this live DVD/CD combo from her most recent tour proves. Get into the groove — specifically the groove in your DVD player's disc tray.
Battle of the Sexes
Steve Carell and Emma Stone hit the court in this feel-good retelling of Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King's Mars-vs.-Venus tennis match. Stone's take on King and her confrontation with her own sexuality are especially poignant. You'll want to cheer — but please contain your excitement to polite claps.
After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry
This stunning, at times harrowing memoir introduces a traumatic life event — the senseless murder of the author's mother — and the questions surrounding it. The scope then expands thrillingly, and from within, the story emerges as an extraordinary family history that doubles as a graceful and powerful memorial.
Who wants to watch a show about good people anyway? Danny McBride and Walton Goggins play two of the worst on this two-seasons-and-done comedy, a gonzo peek into the private lives of mid-tier administrators and their cane swords. It's wicked, sadistic, and hilarious. (Airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO)
The true-crime mockumentary uses a dick-joke-based mystery — who spray-painted 27 you-know-whats onto the cars in the faculty parking lot?! — to deconstruct teen culture. Before you know it, you'll be invested in whether the suspect gets off.