Friday 22 November 2019

Sweet streams: online highlights for November

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have been de-aged for The Irishman
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have been de-aged for The Irishman
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

November presents a particularly strong month for streaming with Martin Scorsese's highly-anticipated crime epic The Irishman, the third season of The Crown, and The King, starring Timothée Chalamet, landing on Netflix. The second season of Jack Ryan also drops on Amazon Prime Video, while Sky Crime and streaming service NOW TV have The Disappearance Of Susan Cox Powell. Here are some highlights for November...

Jack Ryan, Season 2

Amazon Prime Video, from today

The second season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan sees the CIA operative tracking a shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle. His investigation threatens to uncover a conspiracy prompting the President of Venezuela to launch a counter-attack, which sees Ryan and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the US, UK, Russia and Venezuela. This season sees Noomi Rapace, Wendell Pierce, Harriet 'Harry' Baumann and the brilliant Michael Kelly joining John Krasinski among the cast.

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The King

Netflix, from today

Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Joel Edgerton, The King stars Timothée Chalamet as Hal, the reluctant heir to the English throne, who elects to live among the people until he is forced, after the death of his father, to become King Henry V. Suddenly, he must navigate palace politics and manage his father's war. The film co-stars Edgerton, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.

American Son

Netflix, from today

The Broadway play gets the small-screen treatment with Kerry Washington in the lead role as Kendra Ellis-Connor, the South Florida-based mother of a missing teenage boy, who is trying to piece together what has happened with police. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles in the film, which charts the dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

The Disappearance Of Susan Cox Powell

Sky Crime/ NOW TV, 9pm Sunday, November 3

This two-part documentary seeks to find answers to a tragic unsolved mystery. Susan Cox Powell was 28 when she went missing from her Utah home in 2009. Her husband Josh Powell was named as a suspect, but was never charged with any crime. More than two years later, Josh killed himself and his and Susan's two sons in an explosion at his home. The documentary looks beyond Josh and Susan to her father-in-law Steven Powell, who took home-recorded footage of Susan which paints a disturbing picture of a man with a shocking obsession.

The Devil Next Door

Netflix, Sunday, November 3

This is the true story of John Demjanjuk, a retired Ukranian-American autoworker who was living a quiet life with his family in Cleveland Ohio in the 80s when he was identified by a group of Holocaust survivors as cruel Nazi death-camp guard 'Ivan the Terrible'. The guard tortured and killed nearly one million Jewish prisoners during WWII. Demjanjuk is extradited to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity.

A Lie To Die For: A Marriage Bed Of Lies

Sky Crime/NOW TV, 9pm, November 15

This new crime docuseries explores the lies people attempt to protect at any cost - even murder. Each episode is a stand-alone case and, in the opener, two high-school sweethearts, Lori and Mark, are a seemingly happy couple with a baby on the way and Mark about to start med school. However, under the façade is a lie that will result in murder.

Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

Netflix, November 20

Bikram Choudhury arrived in Beverly Hills from India in the early 1970s and quickly built a celebrity following for his hot yoga. However, numerous sexual abuse allegations emerged in the 2010s, along with stories of aggressive, cult-like training practices. Soon lawsuits began to mount. Oscar winner Eva Orner directs this film which tells the stories of the women who took Choudhury down.

The Irishman

Netflix, November 27

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese's "epic saga of organised crime in post-war America". The film spans decades and charts the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, as told through the eyes of WWII vet Frank Sheeran. There has been much speculation about the impact of the technology used to de-age the key cast, but reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

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