What To Watch Online This Month
Causeway, Apple TV+
In Causeway, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence plays Lynsey, a military engineer who has returned to the US from Afghanistan with a debilitating brain injury after an IED explosion. It's a painful and slow recovery as she relearns to walk and retrains her memory, aided by a chatty but tender caretaker (Jayne Houdyshell). But when she returns home to New Orleans, she has to face memories even more painful and formative than those she made in service. Staying with her mother (Linda Emond), with whom she shares a tense relationship, all Lynsey wants to do is return to her work as an engineer. When her truck breaks down, she meets James Aucoin (Brian Tyree Henry), who works at the auto repair shop and offers her a ride home. Slowly they start to rely on each other for company and solace. But James, it turns out, is also suppressing his own trauma.
The Patient, Disney+
This psychological thriller focuses on therapist Alan Strauss, who is held prisoner by a patient, Sam Fortner, who reveals himself to be a serial killer. Headed up by Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson. In order to survive, Alan must unpack Sam’s disturbed mind and stop him from killing again. Alone in captivity, Alan excavates his own past through memories of his old therapist, Charlie and grapples with waves of his own repressed troubles: the recent death of his wife, Beth and the painful estrangement from his religious son, Ezra.
Killer Sally, Netflix
Killer Sally is the story of bodybuilding’s most notorious crime. On Valentine’s Day 1995, national bodybuilding champion Ray McNeil was choking his bodybuilder wife, Sally, when she grabbed a gun and fatally shot him twice. With a documented history of domestic abuse, Sally claimed it was self-defence, a split-second decision to save her life. The prosecution argued it was premeditated murder, the revenge of a jealous and aggressive wife. They called her a “thug”, a “bully”, a “monster”. The media referred to her as the “brawny bride” and the “pumped-up princess”. This complex true crime story examines domestic violence, gender roles and the world of bodybuilding.
Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium, Disney+
Forty-seven years ago, Elton John’s legendary performance at Dodger Stadium launched him to global stardom. This month, he will come full circle, returning to the venue for his final North American show. Streamed live on Disney+ on 21st November, Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime live concert that offers fans from around the world a front-row seat to witness the magic of the Rocket Man in action. The historic three-hour livestream will showcase Elton as audiences have never seen him before, paying tribute to the icon and the seminal moment in 1975 that cemented his success.
The Crown – Series 5, Netflix
With the new decade in its stride, the royal family is presented with its biggest challenge to date as the public openly question their role in 90s Britain. As Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) approaches the 40th anniversary of her accession, she reflects on a reign that has encompassed nine prime ministers, the advent of mass television and the twilight of the British Empire. But trouble is brewing closer to home. Prince Charles (Dominic West) pressures his mother to allow him to divorce Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) – and tensions rise further as Mohamed Al Fayed (Salim Daw) arrives on the scene. Driven by his desire for acceptance of the highest order, he harnesses his self-made wealth and power to try and earn him and his son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla) a seat at the royal table.
Donna Hay Christmas, Disney+
One of SL’s favourite chefs – Aussie Donna Hay – arrives on Disney+ for a festive four-part series. The renowned food stylist and cookbook author will share her favourite tips and tricks for the ultimate festive celebration – providing even the most-seasoned pro with the confidence to create Christmas magic in the kitchen.
The Wonder, Netflix
1862 – 13 years after the Great Famine. English Nightingale nurse Lib Wright (Florence Pugh) is called to the Irish Midlands by a devout community to conduct a 15-day examination of one of their own. Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy) is an 11-year-old girl who claims not to have eaten for four months, surviving miraculously on “manna from heaven”. As Anna's health rapidly deteriorates, Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of a community that would prefer to stay believing.
Winner of best screenplay and best music at Cannes Series TV Festival, this mind-bending series is coming to Sky Atlantic and Now this month. In Stockholm, pregnant pathologist Allie tries everything to prevent her beloved husband and pilot Leo from flying. In Berlin, 25-year-old Linn joins a cult whose members, for a variety of reasons, desperately want to believe in life after death. Meanwhile in a hospital in the middle of Germany, Hanna wakes up after a serious car accident and wonders how her 14-year-old son Jacob managed to save them both from drowning. When, a few days after the accident, Jacob suddenly claims to remember a past life as a pilot of a missing passenger plane, he dramatically changes the fate of the three women. But is he telling the truth?
The White Lotus – Series 2, Now
The award-winning series is back. This time, the seven-part social satire is set in an exclusive Sicilian resort and follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week. The ensemble cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge, Adam DiMarco, Beatrice Grannò, Meghann Fahy, Jon Gries, Tom Hollander, Sabrina Impacciatore, Michael Imperioli, Theo James, Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe, Simona Tabasco and Leo Woodall. We can’t wait to binge-watch this.
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