Plus, Long-awaited Outer Banks returns for new season on Netflix 🌊
Hi there! It’s all about intrigue on Netflix and Hulu this week, with premiere slates dominated by scandalous true-crime tales, paranoid thrillers, and powerful crime dramas. Unless you’re just too tired to sleuth, which is totally understandable and easily treatable with some sexy summer escapism. Either way: enjoy!
The vibe is Get Out meets Don’t Worry Darling in this Netflix original thriller. Ashley Madekwe (a.k.a. Ashley Davenport from Revenge or Tituba from Salem, pick your reference) stars as a pampered suburbanite whose manicured life starts to fall apart with the arrival of two mysterious strangers.
The sixth and final season of Hulu’s show about the rise of crack cocaine may be the bleakest crime drama since season five of The Wire. (That’s a compliment, of course.) Damson Idris returns as kingpin Franklin Saint, now disgraced and on the run.
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Sure, this is more of a terrifying cautionary tale, but you have to admit the technology is pretty cool... Netflix’s mind-bending series taps into the collective unease about our ever-advancing modern world.
During the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, an unlikely trio — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it.
The haunting trailer for Hulu’s Boston Strangler begs the question of the cost of a life. Two-time Oscar nominee Kiera Knightley and Emmy nominee Carrie Coon star as real-life reporters who piece together a series of deaths in the Boston area as being connected to a serial killer. It premieres March 17.
Pandemic-era fave Outer Banks returns for a third (and hopefully even more ridiculous) season on Netflix tomorrow. And if the Pogues chilling on an idyllic island makes you long for more steamy summer drama and adventure, look no further.
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If you’re ready to take your Timothée Chalamet fandom to the next level, then check out this under-the-radar movie from indie distributor A24. Maika Monroe co-stars in this stylish thriller, about a teenager with perfect cheekbones (that’d be Chalamet) who gets in over his head dealing drugs during a sultry summer in Cape Cod.
Remember when Matthew McConaughey was a mere movie star who specialized in playing goofy rom-com himbos? Go back to a simpler time in which he plays a frequently shirtless dude whose obsession with sunken treasure almost ruins his marriage to Kate Hudson.
This teen-centric sci-fi survival thriller is one of those shows that grew a small but devoted army of fans before being unceremoniously dumped in its second season. (Critics loved it, too.) Prime Video isn’t deleting canceled series from its platform yet (side-eye to you, HBO Max), so there’s still time to stan a hidden gem.