At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what’s new on Netflix and TV, we’ve got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
“Westworld” Season 2 (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
Finally! A year-and-a-half after “Westworld” Season 1 froze our motor functions, Season 2 is ready to amp up the stakes big time. (Shogun World!) Bring yourself back online for a “Westworld” Season 1 marathon this Sunday, April 22 on HBO2 before the Season 2 premiere starts that night at 9 p.m. on HBO.
“Scandal” Series Finale (Thursday on ABC at 10 p.m.)
“Scandal” heads “Over a Cliff” for its series finale. That’s the name of Season 7, Episode 18, the last episode for Olivia Pope to handle. How will fans handle saying goodbye forever?
“The Originals” Season 5 (Wednesday on The CW at 9 p.m.)
As “Scandal” says goodbye, “The Originals” says hello to its final season — which is not all about Klaroline, although fan service will be paid. Season 5 starts with “Where You Left Your Heart,” as the now older Hope resorts to drastic measures to bring her father Klaus back to New Orleans.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
The rebellious rabbit and friends bring their mischief to Digital/Movies Anywhere on Friday, April 20, then Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra HD on May 1. The all-star voice cast is led by James Corden as Peter, with Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor, and Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley as Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail. Blu-ray/Digital extras include the”Flopsy Turvy” Mini Movie; the Shake Your Cotton-Tail Dance Along; and peeks behind-the-scenes with the cast, director, and animators.
Dame Helen Mirren stars as heiress Sarah Winchester in this haunted house horror thriller arriving on Digital Tuesday, April 17, then on DVD/Blu-ray/On Demand May 1. Extras include the featurette “Driven by the Spirits: The Making of Winchester.”
“And Then I Go”
Melanie Lynskey, Justin Long, Tony Hale, Carrie Preston, Melonie Diaz, Arman Darbo, Sawyer Barth, and Royalty Hightower star in this drama available on Digital and On Demand April 17. Here’s the trailer.
“In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school daily, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. Based on the acclaimed novel ‘Project X’ by Jim Shepard, this unflinching look at adolescence explores how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death.”
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Director Steven Spielberg wrangled Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks for this Oscar-nominated historical drama about the Pentagon Papers. The film arrives on DVD/Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD on Tuesday, April 17. Extras include 90 minutes of bonus content on the real life events and the journey to bring it to the big screen.
You don’t want to mess with Liam Neeson on his daily commute. Watch what happens in this action thriller costarring Vera Farmiga, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth McGovern, and Sam Neill. The film arrives on Blu-ray/DVD/4K Ultra HD on April 17. Extras include two making-of featurettes.
Geoffrey Rush plays Albert Einstein in this 10-episode journey into the life of the legend. Emily Watson and Johnny Flynn also star in the series, which arrives on DVD April 17. Extras include behind-the-scenes the featurettes “Meet the Characters,” “Einstein’s Love Life,” “Einstein’s Escape from Hitler,” “The Making of Genius,” “Behind the Scenes with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer,” “Behind the Scenes with the Cast,” “Costumes and Makeup,” “What Does ‘Genius’ Mean?” and “Two Einsteins.”
New on Netflix
“Dope” Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Netflix likes to drop its originals on Fridays, and this Friday is 4/20. So what better way to celebrate than with “Dope”! The second season of this docuseries continues to follow the war on drugs from the perspectives of dealers, users, and the police.
“Dude” (Netflix Film)
Here’s another one for 4/20. Lucy Hale, Alex Wolff, Alexandra Shipp, Awkwafina, and Kathryn Prescott star in this comedy/drama about four friends riding the highs of high school who bond over relationships, drugs, and living their best lives. Check out the trailer.
“Mercury 13” (Netflix Original)
This documentary tells the true story of the women who fought for their place in the 1960s space race, only to see their dreams dissolve when only men were selected to become astronauts. Here’s the trailer; the doc drops this Friday.
“Spy Kids: Mission Critical” Season 1 (Netflix Original)
This animated spinoff of the “Spy Kids” franchise premieres April 20. Brother-and-sister team Juni and Carmen Cortez attend Spy Kids Academy, a top school for kid agents, and must battle the diabolical forces of S.W.A.M.P. (Sinister Wrongdoers Against Mankind’s Preservation) without the help of their super-spy parents.
“Kodachrome” (Netflix Film)
Ed Harris, Jason Sudekis and Elizabeth Olsen star in this father/son bonding road trip movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall and will be released by Netflix on April 20. The drama is set in the final days of the photo processing system Kodachrome, as a dying photographer and his estranged son try to reach a Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors forever. Here’s the trailer.
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