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Hi there! Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is getting a ton of attention for launching Phase 5 of the MCU, but it’s not the only major premiere this weekend. From a wild new Apple TV+ series about timeshares on the moon to Orlando Bloom in Season 2 of Carnival Row, here’s what should get you excited to stay on the couch this weekend!
Billy Crudup continues his reign at Apple TV+ as a moon timeshare salesman in this out-of-time period sci-fi series. Flying to the moon with him are Alison Pill, Hank Azaria, Haneefah Wood, and Nicholas Podany.
Did you forget this got a Season 2 order? We don’t blame you since the Orlando Bloom-Cara Delevingne series premiered in 2019. Dive back into the steampunk world as humans and mythical creatures continue to find ways to co-exist.
Talk about escapism! This docuseries about pro surfers is perfectly timed for the February chill, taking us around the world as the series follows surfers competing for the chance to participate in the World Championship.
If you know about teen spree killers Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, it could be courtesy of everything from Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” to Natural Born Killers. Now comes a four-part docuseries about the couple who killed complete strangers over the course of a few weeks in 1958.
Watchlist alert!: Netflix announced that the prequel series Queen Charlotte will launch on Thursday, May 4. Along with all the new faces, you’ll notice some familiar ones as well: Golda Rosheuvel will reprise her Bridgerton role as the older Queen Charlotte, along with Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury, Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton and Hugh Sachs as Brimsley.
The MCU enters a new phase with none other than Paul Rudd leading the charge and Jonathan Majors debuting villain Kang. Does it give critics high hopes for the future, or is it just a little old “Ant”?
"There was a go-for-broke humor in the first two movies that made them breezy to watch. That appears to have been completely lost by the time Quantumania rolls around. The same quips and self-aware banter are there, but they’re excruciatingly creaky." — Hoai Tran-Bui, Inverse
"Kang is a poorly written character—he's bad, he's mad, he's a genius, he wants to escape the Quantum Realm, and that's pretty much it. There's only so much that the cast or filmmakers can do to make him seem terrifying." — Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"Compared to slogs like Thor: Love and Thunder and most of the MCU television shows, however, Quantumania is certainly entertaining from start to finish, and it’s the first film since Endgame with real stakes." — Matthew Huff, AV Club
Danny Ocean may not have invented the con, but he and Ocean’s 12 certainly brought it into the 21st Century. With Julianne Moore and Sebastian Stan starring as mother-son con artists in new Apple TV+ film Sharper, now streaming, here are more twisty thrillers to enjoy.
I Care a Lot
Rosamund Pike came to our attention thanks to Gone Girl, but watching her carry this scam artist film with nothing but a sharp bob and steely jaw is to see a movie star flourishing. Pike plays a woman who drains the finances from elderly people—until she seemingly meets her match in Dianne Wiest.
Oh boy, is this neo-noir a twisted delight. John Cusack turns his youthful charm into smarm opposite girlfriend Annette Bening and mother Anjelica Huston—though the relationships between these three con artists get murky in shocking ways. One of Bening’s all-time great performances.
For those of us who love our Anne Hathaway firmly in fun mode, this female-centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is top of the list. Hathaway plays a polished con artist who reluctantly takes rough-around-the-edges Rebel Wilson under her wing as they fleece men across Europe.