This week is really dedicated to Friday, February 18. A slew of content is released that day just in time for the Presidents Day long weekend. Amazon Prime brings viewers the highly anticipated fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, while Netflix has the second season of Steve Carell space force, as well as Rory Kennedy’s documentary about two recent Boeing plane crashes called Fall: the case against Boeing. Not to be outdone, Apple TV Plus will release Ben Stiller’s Charlie Kaufmanesque break, with the right moment Lincoln’s Dilemma. Here is a summary of what is available:
Erax, (Netflix, February 17)
Directed by Hebru Brantley and written by Henry GM Jones, this short 15-minute fantasy drama on Netflix focuses on Auntie Opal and her niece Nina, who are having a sleepover. Together they accidentally free Erax mythical and dangerous creatures from a storybook. The drama unfolds as the duo attempt to bring the monsters back into the book. Brantley is part of Netflix’s first Emerging Filmmaker Initiative (EFI), which gave Brantley and two other filmmakers money to develop, produce and distribute their respective short films on Netflix.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 4 (Amazon Prime, February 18)
Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is back. After establishing herself as a stand-up comedian, Midge is now looking to perfect her act. Tony Shalhoub also stars in the series, which in season 4 will host guest stars such as Kelly Bishop, Milo Ventimiglia, John Waters and Jason Alexander. The first and second seasons were hits with audiences and critics. The third season wasn’t as big a hit with critics, but it had its charms, with press day‘s Verne Gay noting: “There are many, many arc shots – as the camera pans around the characters – to capture the crazy moment, but these never feel redundant or dizzying. They feel necessary – a device to keep us off balance, and in the moment, and savoring the sheer professionalism of what we observe.”
Indemnity (Apple TV Plus, February 18)
Ever wanted to block out your working day? That’s what Mark Scout, played by Adam Scott, seeks to do in Breakup. So, he undergoes a “separation” surgical procedure that resolves all work-life balance issues. While the nine-episode series is directed and produced by Ben Stiller, don’t expect too many laughs. Breakup, which also stars Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walkin and John Turturro, is a thriller with many dark undertones. The first two episodes of the series will be available on February 18
Space Force – Season 2 (Netflix, February 18)
Inspired by Donald Trump’s creation of a real United States space force, this Netflix comedy stars Steve Carell as General Mark R. Naird – a man who has dreamed of leading the Air Force, but instead must lead the new Space Force. While Carell was creating the series with Greg Daniels (Office) the first season got off to a rocky start. Arizona Republic Writer Bill Goodykoontz said of Season 1, “There’s so much talent here and so much to tap into. You yearn for the brilliant savagery of Veep. In the six episodes provided by Netflix for review, it’s not there. Shame. space force is not toothless. But he could use more bite. The hope is that Carell and Daniels read the reviews and make improvements to the second season. With a cast that includes Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Fred Willard, Tawny Newsome, Diana Silvers, Alex Sparrow and Don Lake, there’s always hope.
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing (Netflix, February 18)
Director Rory Kennedy investigates two Boeing 737 MAX crashes that occurred five months apart in 2018 and 2019, killing a total of 346 people. Aviation experts, journalists, former Boeing employees, members of Congress and the families of victims reveal that sometimes the companies, airlines, manufacturers and regulators who are supposed to watch over the public do not pay attention to the central problem of our security. Kennedy exposes Boeing’s decision to focus on its finances rather than public safety. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard served as executive producers.
The King’s Man (Hulu, February 18)
A prequel in the Matthew Vaughn’ Kingsman spy series, The king’s man is an action film that explores the origins of the first independent intelligence agency and follows “a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they come together to plan a war to wipe out millions of people”. The ensemble cast includes an impressive lineup of actors, including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.
Uprooted (Discovery Plus, February 18)
Director Avril Z investigates the unsolved 1986 hanging death of Keith Warren, a 19-year-old black man from Silver Spring, Maryland. Police ruled out suicide at the scene of death, but no autopsy was ever performed and no criminal investigation was ever conducted. open. The three-part documentary series follows Warren’s sister, Sherri, and her 35-year fight against systemic corruption to find out what really happened to her brother.
Lincoln’s Dilemma (Apple TV Plus, February 18)
Jeffrey Wright narrates this four-part documentary series focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s difficult quest to end slavery. The series features the voice of Bill Camp as Lincoln and Leslie Odom Jr. as Frederick Douglass. Based on the book by David S. Reynolds, Abe: Abraham Lincoln in his time, the series features insights from Lincoln journalists, educators and scholars that offer a more nuanced look at the great emancipator. The series was directed by Barak Goodman and Jacqueline Olive.
Free Guy (HBO Max/Disney Plus, February 23)
Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy – a man who discovers he’s not really a bank teller, but actually a background video game character. After realizing, Guy becomes determined to save his world before the game company’s evil CEO (Taika Waititi) destroys it. This Disney/20th Century Studio film defied theatrical box office expectations when it grossed over $28 million in its opening weekend and earned an 80% overall on Rotten Tomatoes. Due to the structure of Disney’s distribution deals, Shawn Levy’s film – which was available to rent in the transactional window – will arrive simultaneously on Disney Plus and HBO Max SVOD.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Disney Plus, February 23)
This animated family comedy originally premiered on the Disney Channel 17 years ago. Now the show about teenage girl Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt) is back, featuring original voice cast members including Pratt, Karen Malina White, Soleil Moon Frye and Alisa Reyes. New additions to The proud family include a gay couple — Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins — voiced by Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto, respectively, and Penny’s new, non-gender-confirming friend Michael Collins (voiced by EJ Johnson).