New entertainment releases this week include a Jennifer Lopez documentary leading up to her 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance and a remake of “Father of the Bride” starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan. Plus, the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” fame are on a new adventure with “Duck Family Treasure,” a 10-part series debuting on the Fox Nation streaming service.
Here’s a collection of the best that’s hitting theaters, TV, and streaming services this week.
Netflix also has some high-profile movies for this week. First up is the Jennifer Lopez documentary “Halftime,” which begins airing Tuesday. The documentary focuses on the months leading up to her Super Bowl halftime performance in 2020 and promises candid and vulnerable moments, including the morning she found out she didn’t get an Oscar nomination for “Hustlers.” .
The sci-fi thriller “Spiderhead” opens on Friday. Based on a short story by George Saunders, Chris Hemsworth stars as an eccentric scientist who runs a state-of-the-art penitentiary and administers experimental emotion-control drugs to inmates (Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett among them). It is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who is flying high after the success of “Top Gun: Maverick”. The AP review says the film is “a little unsure of what it is or what it’s supposed to be.”
Here’s the whazzup: It’s been 30 years since “Martin” debuted, and BET+ is celebrating the anniversary with “Martin: The Reunion.” Original cast members Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carly Anthony Payne II revisit the 1992-1997 sitcom with music and celebrity guests including Snoop Dogg, Brian McKnight, Tracy Morgan and Marla Gibbs. Debuting Thursday, the show includes a tribute to the late Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy Strawn on the Fox series. It was a network hit, but marred by Campbell’s sexual harassment allegations.
Streamers have an embarrassment of riches to offer movie fans this week, starting with some lovely highlights from this year’s Sundance Film Festival: “Good Luck You Big Leo” Debuts on Hulu June 17 , and “Cha Cha Real Smooth”. ”, also begins streaming on Apple TV+ on Friday. “Cha Cha” looks at post-grad malaise through the eyes of 22-year-old Andrew (played by writer-director Cooper Raiff), who befriends a single mother (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter (Vanessa Burghardt) while working as a starter. of a bar mitzvah party. “Big Leo” focuses on a character in a different stage of life: Emma Thompson plays a 50-something widow and retired teacher who hires a handsome young sex worker (played by Daryl McCormack) to lift her out of depression. her. She is much sweeter than she seems.
And on HBO Max, there’s a new version of “Father of the Bride” on Thursday. Andy García and Gloria Estefan play the parents of the bride (Adria Arjona). Not only do the parents have their own marital problems, but Sophie’s fiancé, Adam (Diego Boneta), is Mexican, leading to some cultural clashes with his Cuban family. The stars have said that they were excited to be part of a story that represents different Latino cultures without stereotypes.
Queen Elizabeth II had her big Platinum Jubilee extravaganza, and now Queen Elizabeth I would welcome your attention to her 16th-century backstory. “Becoming Elizabeth,” premiering this week on Starz, stars Alicia von Rittberg as the teenage orphan who is destined for the English throne, but not without a fight, as series creator and writer Anya Reiss describes it. When King Henry VIII is succeeded by her 9-year-old son, Henry (Oliver Zetterström), the boy, Elizabeth, and her sister Maria de Ella (Romala Garai) are caught up in a fight between the English and the Europeans. to control the country.
The Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” fame is on a new adventure with “Duck Family Treasure,” a 10-part series premiering Sunday on the Fox Nation streaming service. Brothers Jase and Jep Robertson take center stage as they search for, yes, buried treasure, including artifacts and gems, with the help of Uncle Si Robertson and his friend Murry Crowe. The brothers’ wives and other family members will be a part of the show, along with “people, places and lessons” they encounter along the way.
AP writers Lynn Elber and Lindsey Bahr