This new film is based on a New Yorker short story by George Saunders. In a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. There are no bars, no cells or orange jumpsuits. In Spiderhead, incarcerated volunteers are free to be themselves. At times, they’re a better version. Need to lighten up? There’s a drug for that. At a loss for words? There’s a drug for that, too. But when two subjects, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), form a connection, their path to redemption takes a turn, as Abnesti’s experiments start to push the limits of free will.
Out 17th June.
The Lazarus Project, Sky Atlantic
New Sky Original drama The Lazarus Project promises to be a gripping eight-part action thriller from acclaimed writer Joe Barton (Giri/Haji). When George (Paapa Essiedu, Gangs of London) wakes up one day and finds himself reliving a day from months ago, he thinks he’s lost his mind. Worst of all, he seems to be the only one who’s noticed what’s happened. Until he meets Archie (Anjli Mohindra, Vigil), who recruits him for the Lazarus Project – a secret organisation that has harnessed the ability to turn back time whenever the world is under threat of extinction. Then a freak accident harms someone close to George. Lazarus won’t let him turn back time to undo it – unless there is that threat of global extinction. Now George must choose to stay loyal or go rogue.
Out 16th June.
Last Night In Soho, Now
Meet Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer who mysteriously enters the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. Interested? Read our full review here.
Out 10th June.
Mr Good: Cop or Crook, Netflix
This true-crime documentary traces the incredible criminal case against the famous Norwegian policeman Eirik Jensen. The series asks the question that's been gripping the nation since his arrest in 2013: is Jensen the best policeman in Norwegian history or i the biggest drug trafficker Scandinavia has ever seen? With unique access to both Jensen and witness Gjermund Cappelen, the series features charismatic, colourful characters and tells the unbelievable story from the pair’s first encounter in the 90s to their potential downfall in the courtroom in 2020. Viewers will be wondering until the end – who is telling the truth?
Halftime offers an intimate peek behind the curtain, revealing the grit and determination of actor and singer Jennifer Lopez. Focusing on her performance at the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, the film serves as the kick-off to the second half of her life, as she lays bare her evolution as a Latina, a mother and an artist, taking agency in her career and using her voice for a greater purpose.
Out 14th June.
Based on founding Sex Pistols member Steve Jones's memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, Danny Boyles’s new series is the story of a band of spotty, noisy, working-class kids with no future who shook the boring, corrupt Establishment to its core, threatened to bring down the government, and changed music and culture forever. The furious, raging storm at the centre of this revolution is the band Sex Pistols. Jones's hilarious, emotional and at times heart-breaking journey guides viewers through a kaleidoscopic telling of three of the most chaotic years in the history of music.
We Own This City, Sky Atlantic
From the team behind The Wire, We Own This City chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's gun trace task force, revealing the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work. Starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country), Jamie Hector (The Wire) and Josh Charles (The Good Wife), this six-parter is out now.
Out 7th June.
Westworld – Series 4, Now
Based on the 1973 film of the same name, series one of this sci-fi drama took viewers deep into the heart of Westworld, a Wild West-themed playground for rich men with a penchant for shooting and shagging. The objects of their desire? A collection of mechanical but lifelike ‘hosts’ who replay the roles they’re programmed to perform every day. At the end of each session, the visitors go home, and the ‘hosts’ are wiped clean – physically and technologically. We’ve now reached series four, as the Emmy-winning series continues its dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth.
Out 27th June.
Physical – Series 2, Apple TV+
Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin, a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband’s bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image – until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.
Out 2nd June.
Loot, Apple TV+
Billionaire Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph) has a dream life, complete with private jets, sprawling mansion and giga-yacht. But when her husband of 20 years betrays her, she spirals publicly, becoming fuel for tabloid fodder. She’s reaching rock bottom when she learns, to her surprise, she has a charity foundation run by the no-nonsense Sofia Salinas (Pose’s Michaela Jaé Rodriguez), who pleads with Molly to stop generating bad press. With her devoted assistant Nicholas by her side, and with the help of Sofia and her team, Molly embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
Out 24th June.
The Midwich Cuckoos, Now
This is a modern-day reimagining of John Wyndham’s sci-fi classic starring Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley. Midwich is a quiet commuter town where nothing much happens. That is, until the twilight hours of a late summer’s day, when everyone within a set area of the town falls unconscious. The curious incident seems temporary and those affected regain consciousness, but every woman of child-bearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant. As the children of the phenomenon grow, it becomes clear they are not of this world.
Cha Cha Real Smooth, Apple TV+
Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. But if there’s one thing that belongs on his non-existent CV, it’s how to get a party started, which lands him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvahs of his younger brother’s classmates. When Andrew befriends a local mum, Domino, and her daughter Lola, he finally discovers a future he wants – even if it might not be his own. Stars Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett and Leslie Mann.
Out 17th June.
After discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a rocky past abroad, a down-on-his-luck basketball scout (Adam Sandler) takes it upon himself to bring the phenomenon to the States without his team's approval. Against the odds, they have one final shot to prove they have what it takes to make it in the NBA. The film also stars Queen Latifah, Ben Foster and Robert Duvall – and is a must for anyone currently enjoying Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty, HBO’s 80s-tinged deep dive into the NBA.
Out 8th June.
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