‘The Incredibles 2′: What Are Baby Jack-Jack’s 17 Super Powers?

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(Note: This post contains some spoilers for “The Incredibles 2.”)

In “The Incredibles 2,” the heroic family at the center of the movie boasts a slew of impressive superpowers that apparently stem from their genetic makeup. And the most powerful of all is also the youngest (and tiniest): Infant son Jack-Jack, whose powers were a secret from his family (but not from the audience) in the original “The Incredibles.”

Bob, a.k.a. “Mr. Incredible” (Craig T. Nelson), and Helen, a.k.a “Elastigirl” (Holly Hunter) their super-speed-powered son Dash (Huck Milner) and invisibility-force field generating daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell) spent the entire run of the first “Incredibles” movie thinking baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) was just a normal human. Audiences were in on the joke, though, seeing some of Jack-Jack’s special abilities onscreen toward the end of that movie.

But in “The Incredibles 2,” the jig is up as Bob finally finds out about Jack-Jack’s abilities while on solo dad duty as Helen is out fighting crime. And the baby has a ton of them: later in the movie, when Helen also finally finds out about Jack-Jack’s powers, Bob says he has “17 and counting.”

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So what are those powers? Turns out we’ve seen more or all of them in action between “The Incredibles,” “The Incredibles 2” and Pixar’s short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” which shows what he and his babysitter, Kari (Bret Parker), got up to during the first movie.

Shapeshifting: Jack-Jack shows off repeatedly that he can alter his shape in a variety of ways, including by mimicking other humans. In “The Incredibles 2,” he changes his face and mannerisms to mimic Edna Mode (Brad Bird).

Becoming metal: It doesn’t happen in “The Incredibles 2,” but in the first movie, Jack-Jack turns himself to metal in order to become too heavy for villain Syndrome (Jason Lee) to carry while trying to kidnap the baby.

Becoming squishy: Jack-Jack also makes himself rubbery while fighting the raccoon in “The Incredibles 2,” in order to absorb impacts and avoid sharp objects.

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Demoning out: Another Hulk-like power of Jack-Jack’s is that he can turn himself into an aggressive, very fast and strong pink demon when he’s in trouble or angry. It’s a lot like what happens to Bruce Banner when he turns into The Incredible Hulk.

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Growing huge: In addition to transforming himself into an angry demon baby, Jack-Jack can also grow giant relative to his size. In “The Incredibles 2,” he uses his bulk to crush an enemy, then smash through some walls.

Laser eyes: Bob teaches Jack-Jack how to control the lasers he can shoot from his eyes in “The Incredibles 2,” and they’re pretty powerful — although Kari demonstrates they can reflected with a mirror.

Super durability: Jack-Jack winds up using a ton of his powers while fighting an unlucky raccoon in “The Incredibles 2,” but despite tussling with the creature for quite a while, Jack-Jack finishes the fight without a scratch.

Super strength: Also in the fight with the raccoon, Jack-Jack throws chairs and other objects around with no problems. He’s apparently super-strong, at least in baby terms.

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Levitation: Just like turning into fire or metal, it’s apparently pretty easy for Jack-Jack to untether himself from gravity and go floating around. He pulls that trick in “Jack-Jack Attack” a few times.

Phasing through walls: Physical matter can’t hold Jack-Jack. He can walk, fly or float right through solid objects, and does it quite a bit.

Interdimensional travel: Likely related to Jack-Jack’s ability to pass through solid matter is his ability to pass out of his home reality and into an alternate one. It’s a bit like what happens to another child of a Craig T. Nelson character, in the movie “Poltergeist.”

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Self-immolation: Like the Human Torch, Jack-Jack can summon fire to surround his body, and he can control that fire.

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Sticking to walls: It might be related to his levitation ability, but Jack-Jack also demonstrates in “Jack-Jack Attack” that he can stick to walls and ceilings with no issue — a lot like Spider-Man.

Electricity generation: Though he mostly only does it when he sneezes, Jack-Jack demonstrates that along with creating fire and shooting lasers, he can also generate electricity in “The Incredibles 2.”

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Duplication: Like Multiple Man, Jack-Jack can create multiple copies of himself that run around independent of him, before bringing them back into himself.

Telekinesis: Under stress toward the end of “The Incredibles 2,” Jack-Jack manages to remove Helen’s goggles from her face without actually touching them.

Teleportation: Last but not least, Jack-Jack isn’t bound by the need to physically travel where he wants to go. Instead, he can just appear there by teleporting from one point to another. That might be a version of his interdimensional travel or phasing capabilities, or something altogether separate.

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‘The Incredibles 2′: In What Year Does the Series Take Place?

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“The Incredibles 2” and its predecessor “The Incredibles” take place in a world pretty much like ours, with the key difference being for a while at least, superheroes were as common as they are in comic books. And the similarities to our world have long made fans wonder when, exactly, all this is taking place. The bad news is that both movies are pretty vague about that question. The good news is that they still have a lot of hints and clues that seem to suggest a specific, highly retro time frame. Let’s take a closer look.

The first thing to remember is the context: 15 years before the start of the original film, superheroic activities were made illegal after people hurt during super-events stared suing the heroes for damages. The heroes were then forced into retirement as part of a sort of witness protection program. Furthermore, “The Incredibles 2” picks up right after the end of “The Incredibles,” meaning the two stories happen in roughly the same year.

With that context in mind, the two biggest clues aren’t lines or elements from its alternate, superhero-filled history, but real world TV shows that the family of supers watch during the course of “Incredibles 2”: “The Outer Limits” and “Jonny Quest.”

“The Outer Limits,” which appears in the movie to foreshadow the powers of the villain Screenslaver, first aired in 1963 and ran until 1965. The episode airs late at night, and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) catches the show’s famous opening after leaving his crib the night his father Bob (Craig T. Nelson) discovers Jack-Jack has powers. Meanwhile, Dash (Huck Milner) watches an episode of “Jonny Quest” one morning during breakfast. “Jonny Quest” originally aired from 1964 to 1965, and ran in re-runs for the next 20 years.

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“The Outer Limits” and “Jonny Quest” provide the earliest possible year “The Incredibles 2” takes place — 1964 — but we have some other information as to where to place it as well.

Another clue comes from the first “Incredibles” movie, when Edna Mode (Brad Bird) lists several Supers who died in cape-related accidents (it’s why she won’t make capes for the costumes she designs), and even gives years for several of them — 1956, 1957 and 1958.

If the movie took place 15 years after the last death in 1958, though, that would put “The Incredibles” into the 1970s, so it seems likely that some Supers might have been operating after the Superhero Relocation Program kicked off.

There’s one last piece of the puzzle to consider. In “The Incredibles,” Bob is seen reading a newspaper that lists the year “1962” in its date. That’s more of flavor than a hard date, though, it seems. It also seems too early, based on the other evidence in the film.

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So taking all that into account, it seems a fair bet for the year “The Incredibles 2” takes place is at least 1965. It seems more likely that it’s a little bit later, like 1968. That lines up well with the TV shows and the aesthetic vibe of the two movies, while also taking into account the deaths of the other Supers — putting those deaths after Supers were made illegal, but only by a few years. That seems to fit best with all the pieces, without dragging “The Incredibles” into the 1970s, which seems at odds with the old “James Bond”-type feel Pixar is going for.

Of course, if you really must know, writer and director Brad Bird said in a recent interview with Bustle that he didn’t intend for the first movie to have a hard date at all. He just wanted it more to have a 1960s feel, and apparently he didn’t even know that 1962 date was on the newspaper in the original film.

So we don’t know for sure what year “The Incredibles 2” is supposed to happen in, but we do know that while it happens in a completely different world, it shares a lot of similarities with our own.

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‘Incredibles 2’ Is ‘One of the Greatest Superhero Movies Ever Made’ and 6 Other Fantastic Reviews

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The reviews are in for “Incredibles 2” and some critics say it is the best superhero movie to date.

“Prior to this latest effort, Brad Bird made what can unequivocally be called two of Pixar’s best movies,” said CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg. “Now that statement can be updated to say that he’s made three of Pixar’s best.”

The Epoch Times’ Mark Jackson wrote, “‘Incredibles 2 is not only one of Pixar’s best movies ever, but also arguably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.”

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TheWrap’s Robert Abele wrote, “here comes ‘Incredibles 2’ to save the day, the weekend, your summer, and maybe even your Marvel/DC/superhero fatigue.”

All in all, reviewers have given the sequel a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Most of the critics praised the animation, the score and the action, and lauded Bird for being able to pick up right where the original left off 14 years ago.

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Banks and Sophia Bush voice characters in the film. Brad Bird wrote and directed the film. It will hit theaters on Friday.

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See 7 of the best reviews below.

Oliver Jones, The Observer

“‘Incredibles 2’ overflows with ideas–the characters engage in philosophic debates during chase scenes or even while brushing their teeth–while retaining the stylistically spare and refined visuals that made the original film so refreshing. This is the rare sequel that packs constant surprises while still delivering on expectations… Like ‘Black Panther’ earlier this year, ‘Incredibles 2’ is a reminder of what a collective joy it can be when a filmmaker with a singular vision and purpose makes a film of boundless scope and budget.”

Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

“Perhaps most intriguingly, ‘Incredibles 2’ is both pop-culture eye candy and a sly critique of it — albeit one delivered in the form of the bad guy, who rails against the mediation of screens as a poor substitute for unfiltered life experience. I don’t need to tell you who wins here, but it’s refreshing to see a movie sequel that can question its own existence, even as it revels in it. (A movie theater marquee advertises ‘Dementia 113’ in the background of one shot, a sight gag that evokes the kind of throwaway joke you might see on ‘The Simpsons,’ for which Bird once worked.) It’s been a long time coming for ‘Incredibles 2,’ but the punchline is worth the setup.”

Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

“Prior to this latest effort, Brad Bird made what can unequivocally be called two of Pixar’s best movies. Now that statement can be updated to say that he’s made three of Pixar’s best.”

Billy Goodykoontz, The Republic

“It’s good — funny, smart and contemporary. By definition it can’t be as groundbreaking as the first film, but never does it feel like a cash grab. The action is once again astounding, as is the animation. There are plenty of laughs. Without revealing too much, Jack-Jack and Edna Mode (Bird) steal a lot of the scenes.”

Mark Jackson, The Epoch Times

“The movie takes about 10 minutes for the pace and excitement to get rolling, but when it does, it’s an, ahem, incredible ride–the type that keeps you on the edge of your seat consistently throughout the movie. That’s a major accomplishment. ‘Incredibles 2’ is not only one of Pixar’s best movies ever, but also arguably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.”

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David Edelstein, Vulture

“Brad Bird’s ‘Incredibles 2’ is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture. It’s proof that someone (not anyone, mainly Bird) can make a Marvel-type movie that’s fleet and shapely, with action sequences rich in style rather than tumult. He’s a crackerjack filmmaker first and a marvelous animator a close second, and he has made the jazziest hybrid in years.”

Brian Truitt, USA Today

“Pixar doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to sequels, but this follow-up surpasses most everything without ‘Toy Story’ in the title. The animation is stellar and detailed in excellent action sequences, Michael Giacchino’s score swings harder than ever, and the first film’s family-friendly warmth is just as appealing now as it was then, even if ‘Incredibles 2’ isn’t totally incredible itself.”

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Whether you find the dominance of superhero pictures a glut or a bonanza, a cause for artistic concern or a boon to the movie business, the prospect of a sequel to “The Incredibles” always seemed to glide above that fray: Brad Bird’s whizbang 2004 Pixar feature about a nuclear/power family was atomic entertainment that in the years before our Marvel age felt like its own thrilling, funny, stylish universe.

Wanting more of the Parrs at a time when the animation studio was careful about follow-ups, and when Bird was eager to flex his fantasy-tinged stories of exceptionalism with culinary cartoon vermin (“Ratatouille”) and Imagineered live action (“Tomorrowland”), seemed like greediness from us mere moviegoing mortals. (Yes, I’m wink-teasing the whole Bird-is-a-Rand-loving-Objectivist debate, which I don’t quite buy into.)

But lately, with “Finding Dory,” “Monsters University,” “Cars 3” and the upcoming “Toy Story 4,” Pixar’s been quite OK mining its past to mint its present. And now Bird is in greatest-hits mode with “Incredibles 2,” which picks up the action directly after the closing heroics of the original, as if to say “What 14 years? Thank you, computers!”

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The good news is that this continuation is a similarly rousing and savvy adventure that energetically serves up more of what we love — from the sleek retro-futurist designs to the ticklishly severe Eurasian super-clothier Edna Mode — and yet wisely, wittily, reverses the first film’s accommodating traditionalism to make for an even richer, funnier portrait of its tight and in-tights family.

Which means this time around, Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), aka Helen Parr, aka Mom, is the front-and-center superhero, rather than Mr. Incredible/Bob (Craig T. Nelson), whose mission-minded pride triggered the first film’s peril. And while the newly unified family works together at the start of “Incredibles 2” to vanquish the Underminer, who wields a building-sized drill bit, the Parrs are still unappreciated and illegal, reduced afterward to figuring out another normal, law-abiding, identity-shielded existence. It’s even harder now, though, since learning from government ally Rick Dicker (Jonathan Banks) that the Super Relocation program — designed to clean up messes and find supers jobs — is ending.

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A shot at redemption arrives, however, when the wealthy sibling pair behind a telecommunications empire — enthusiastic marketing giant Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and tech-genius sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) — introduce themselves as fans with plans to reverse the anti-super laws. Convinced careful image handling and positive viral video will change hearts and minds, the pair zero in on Elastigirl as their role model hero. (In a ripely funny touch, the Deavors’ data shows that Helen’s crimefighting methods are considerably less costly than her more go-big/destroy-big husband’s.)

When Elastigirl steps up to save a runaway metro train, revealing a new hypnosis-deploying supervillain named Screenslaver, Helen feels a newfound sense of purpose. The campaign works, too, earning the support of a supers-friendly ambassador (Isabella Rossellini).

That leaves Bob — sidelined, jealous, but ready to pitch in — as the overly confident stay-at-home daddy, keeping house in a swanky, starburst-ornamented mid-century modern provided by the Deavors. Of course, Bob eventually realizes that dealing with the roiling emotional life of sullen, invisibility-powered teenager Violet (Sarah Vowell), the math homework of lightning-fast son Dash (Huckleberry Milner), and chasing after baby Jack-Jack, makes family home maintenance a task as tiring as any one-on-one with a nemesis.

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For us, though, it’s a domestic-comedy motherlode, especially when, in a side-splitting riff on toddler terror, the emerging, seemingly uncontrolled, multiple powers of Jack-Jack — first shown at the end of “The Incredibles” — turn him into the de facto ruler of the household. Between his explosively inconvenient gifts (best shown in a raucous tussle with a raccoon) and the animation team’s near-vaudevillian rendering of his googly-eyed reactions and blissful gibberish, Jack Jack is easily the cute-ferocious humor superpower of “Incredibles 2.”

The film’s action engine, meanwhile, gives the Screenslaver room to grow as a mysterious force, but it also introduces us to newly emboldened, fledgling supers, some outlier-cool (like Elastigirl megafan Voyd, who can create dimension holes to make objects vanish and reappear) and some perfectly off-kilter, like Reflux, a lava-vomiting codger who announces, “Medical condition or superpower? You decide!”

As ever, the package is widescreen gorgeous, from the color-popping but realistically lit visuals, to Bird’s classically rigorous framing and shot movement, and, resembling nostalgia for nostalgia, there’s the return of Michael Giacchino’s delectably brassy, spy-movie pastiche score. (Stay through the end credits for the individual, amusingly lyricized themes for our heroes, including a soul-snazzy entry for ice-generating, Samuel L. Jackson-voiced Frozone, who’s back as well.)

And by the time the secrets are revealed, alliances are broken and repaired, while family bonds prove strongest of all. That idea also encapsulates the droll, poignant pleasures of the Chinese cuisine-inspired Pixar short preceding it, “Bao.” Bird has enriched the genre beyond the usual hurrah/comic brio with piquant commentary on fan-cultism, our screen-dependent lives, and gender-role biases.

In other words, here comes “Incredibles 2” to save the day, the weekend, your summer, and maybe even your Marvel/DC/superhero fatigue.



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‘Here and Now’ Canceled at HBO After 1 Season

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HBO’s “Here and Now” will not be getting another season, the network said Wednesday.

“After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with a second season of ‘Here and Now,’” HBO said in a statement to TheWrap. “We thank Alan for his dedication to innovative storytelling, and we look forward to his next endeavor.”

“Here and Now” followed a prominent family in Portland, OR, whose lives get upended. The show was created by Oscar winner Alan Ball, and starred Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, along with Jerrika Hinton, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee, Sosie Bacon, Andy Beam, Joe Williamson and Peter Macdissi.

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Ball executive produced with Macdissi and David Knoller, Nancy Oliver served as co-executive producer, Steve Oster as producer, and Kate Robin as consulting producer.

HBO has a full drama slate with the recent launch of “Westworld” Season 2, and the upcoming seasons of “Succession,” “The Deuce,” “Sharp Objects,” “True Detective,” and “Big Little Lies.”

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Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

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“Get Out” emerged as the big winner of the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca.

Jordan Peele’s racially charged thriller — which captivated the country and became an unlikely indie blockbuster — took Best Feature at the annual show put up by Film Independent. Peele also took Best Director.

Top acting prizes went to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name.” Best Supporting Male went to Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards,” and Best Supporting Female went to Allison Janney of “I, Tonya.” That makes it a virtual clean sweep for the latter two actors on the eve of the Academy Awards.

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Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for her coming-of-age darling “Lady Bird,” while Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani took Best First Screenplay for their autobiographical comedy “The Big Sick.”

Notable below-the-line prizes went to Tatiana S. Riegel, who took Best Editing for
“I, Tonya.”  Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, director of photography on “Call Me by Your Name,” won Best Cinematography.

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (“Big Mouth,” “Oh, Hello”) returned to host the ceremony, an annual splashy gathering of Hollywood stars and indie film luminaries willing to brave the natural lighting of  a rare daytime awards show.

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The complete winners list:

BEST FEATURE
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out” *WINNER
“Lady Bird”
“The Rider”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Columbus”
“Ingrid Goes West,” Director Matt Spicer *WINNER 
“Menashe”
“Oh Lucy!”
“Patti Cake$”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
“Dayveon”
“A Ghost Story”
“Life and nothing more” *WINNER
“Most Beautiful Island”
“The Transfiguration”

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”
Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Good Time”
Chloé Zhao, “The Rider”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” *WINNER
Azazel Jacobs, “The Lovers”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Mike White, “Beatriz at Dinner”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman, “Donald Cried”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick” *WINNER
Ingrid Jungermann, “Women Who Kill”
Kogonada, “Columbus”
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, “Ingrid Goes West”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thimios Bakatakis, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Elisha Christian, “Columbus”
Hélène Louvart, “Beach Rats”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Joshua James Richards, “The Rider”

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, “Good Time”
Walter Fasano, “Call Me by Your Name”
Alex O’Flinn, “The Rider”
Gregory Plotkin, “Get Out”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Shinobu Terajima, “Oh Lucy!”
Regina Williams, “Life and nothing more”

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” *WINNER
Harris Dickinson, “Beach Rats”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Lois Smith, “Marjorie Prime”
Taliah Lennice Webster, “Good Time”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha, “Crown Heights”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Barry Keoghan, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER
Benny Safdie, “Good Time”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

“Mudbound”
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“The Departure”
“Faces Places” *WINNER
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Motherland”
“Quest”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
“A Fantastic Woman” *WINNER
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Lady Macbeth”
“Loveless”

BONNIE AWARD
Chloé Zhao *WINNER

 

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Photographed by Corina Marie for TheWrap at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Producer J. Miles Dale, actors Richard Jenkins and Sally Hawkins, director Guillermo del Toro, actor Octavia Spencer and composer Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water.”

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Actor Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name.”

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50 Actresses Over 50 Who Still Rule Hollywood (Photos)

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Robin Wright, Viola Davis, Julianne Moore, and Laura Linney are among the throng of 50 actresses over 50 currently making waves in Hollywood.

Nicole Kidman (birthdate: 06/20/67)

The Australian Oscar winner appeared in no less than four movies at 2017’s Cannes Film Festival.

Helena Bonham Carter (birthdate: 05/26/66)

After starring in 2015’s “Cinderella,” this Oscar nominee reprised a different Disney role as the Red Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

Robin Wright (birthdate: 04/08/66)

A Golden Globe-winning actress, Wright plays Claire Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards” and will appear in 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel.

Halle Berry

(birthdate: 08/14/66)

Aside from the fact that she’s the only black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, she most recently starred in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and will be in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Salma Hayek

(birthdate: 09/02/66)

Salma Hayek has been a household name since forever and it’s no wonder — she’s had notable movie roles  “Frida,” “Desperado,” and “Wild Wild West.”

Viola Davis (birthdate: 08/11/65)

An accomplished SAG and Emmy winner, Davis stars in ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder” and 2016’s “Suicide Squad.”

Gong Li (birthdate: 12/31/65)

After making her American film debut in 2006’s “Miami Vice,” Li helped bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the U.S.

Sarah Jessica Parker (birthdate: 03/25/65)

Following the enormous success of her breakout series “Sex and the City,” Jessica Parker starred in a string of romantic comedies. She stars in HBO’s new with comedy “Divorce.”

Diane Lane (birthdate: 01/22/65)

The Oscar nominee has been busy, voicing the mother in Pixar’s “Inside Out,” playing Cleo Trumbo in “Trumbo,” and Martha Kent in 2013’s “Man of Steel” and 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Vivica A. Fox (birthdate: 07/30/64).

Since the ’80s, Fox has made a name for herself in both film and TV, including appearances in Fox’s “Empire” and reprising her role as Jasmine Dubrow in “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

The ponderous, pontificating Here And Now ought to be six feet under

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Fans of Six Feet Unders beloved Fisher family were likely heartened by the news that Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball’s new supernaturally tinged series, Here And Now, also centered on a West Coast family. Unfortunately, those people are bound to be disappointed, as Here And Now dispenses with the humor and charm of…

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TV Review: Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins in ‘Here and Now’ on HBO

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A HBO series featuring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the new Alan Ball family drama “Here and Now” strands its cast in episodes that are as undercooked as they are interminable. In “Here and Now,” Hunter and Robbins play the well-meaning, progressive parents of four children of different races […]

Oscars 2018: 8 Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Tom Hanks to Denzel Washington (Photos)

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Every year at the Academy Awards, there are inevitably certain nominees that raise eyebrows in surprise and glaring omissions that furrow those eyebrows in anger. 2018 was no different. Here are some of this year’s snubs and surprises.

SURPRISE: Denzel Washington for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”: Washington’s portrayal of a lawyer caught in a moral quagmire left critics lukewarm and didn’t make much of an impact at the box office, yet it has earned the beloved actor his ninth Oscar nomination and sixth in the Best Actor category.

SNUB: Tom Hanks for “The Post”: Many awards prognosticators expected that the Best Actor slot taken by Denzel would have gone to Tom Hanks for his portrayal of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Instead, Jason Robards’ performance in “All The President’s Men” remains the only Ben Bradlee to get an Oscar nod.

SURPRISE: Lesley Manville for “Phantom Thread”: Daniel Day Lewis got much of the press for “Phantom Thread,” but Manville has earned some attention for her performance as Reynolds Woodcock’s devoted sister and business partner, who spends the whole film putting up with Reynolds obsessive nonsense.

SNUB: Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick”: Kumail Nanjiani’s true-story dramedy earned a screenplay nomination, but Hunter, who was considered an early contender for Best Supporting Actress last summer for her performance as Kumail’s tough but loving future mother-in-law, ended up sliding out of the final list.

SURPRISE: Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread”: It feels weird to call it a surprise that an acclaimed filmmaker like Anderson got a nomination for Best Director, but in such a competitive field, not many awards analysts expected him to sneak in and take a nod for his work immersing audiences in Reynolds Woodcock’s meticulous world. That’s especially considering he managed to beat out…

SNUB: Steven Spielberg for “The Post”: With its paean to journalism and not-so-subtle tweak at Donald Trump, it was expected that Academy voters would go ga-ga over “The Post.” Instead, it’s getting the “Selma” treatment, earning a Best Picture nomination but only getting one other nom for Meryl Streep while Spielberg misses out on an eighth Oscar nomination.

SURPRISE: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” for Best Documentary Feature: PBS will get a surprise nomination for their powerful recounting about how a small, family-owned bank in New York’s Chinatown became the only bank prosecuted by the feds in the wake of the 2008 recession.

SNUB: “City of Ghosts” for Best Documentary Feature: Docs about the ongoing Syria crisis have been fertile ground for award winning docs like “Last Men In Aleppo” and last year’s Best Short Doc winner, “The White Helmets.” But the Academy didn’t go for this horrifying but moving tale about Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a team of citizen journalists reporting the abuses of ISIS at the risk of their own lives.

Meet ‘Incredibles 2’ Cast with Side-by-Side Images of Their On-Screen Counterparts (Photos)

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Disney Pixar announced additions to the “Incredibles 2” cast Monday — including “Chicago P.D.” alum Sophia Bush and Italian film star Isabella Rossellini — and shared side-by-side images of its entire voice cast with their on-screen counterparts.

As previously announced, Catherine Keener of “Get Out” and “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk will be joining the Pixar superhero sequel. They will play Evelyn and Winston Deavor, the face of and the brains behind a world-class telecommunications company, respectively.

Plot details are scarce, with Pixar only sharing that Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) will take center stage as “a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot.” Her husband, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), will stay at home and navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life with baby Jack-Jack and his emerging superpowers.

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Bush will also join the cast as Voyd, who is described as “a young, overeager ‘wannabe’ Super and a mega-fan of Elastigirl.” She has the ability to divert and manipulate objects around her by creating voids that allow objects to appear, disappear and shift in space.

“Breaking Bad” star Jonathan Banks plays Rick Decker, the head of the official Super Relocation Program, tasked with helping the central family keep their superhero identities a secret.

They’ll also be joined by Rossellini, whose character is only identified as Ambassador and described as a foreign official committed to the support and legalization of superheroes.

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“Incredibles 2” will hit theaters June 15. Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson and director Brad Bird also star.

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All 12 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Directed by a Woman, From ‘The Piano’ to ‘Selma’ (Photos)

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In the history of the Academy Awards, only five women have gotten a Best Director nomination. But a dozen films with a female director have scored Best Picture nods — particularly since the Academy expanded the lead category to include more than five nominees.

Randa Haines’ “Children of a Lesser God” (1986)  •  Haines’ drama about a teacher at a school for the deaf earned five nominations, and won one for Marlee Matlin’s breakout lead performance. But Haines herself didn’t get a nod.

Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings” (1990)  •  The Robert De Niro-Robin Williams medical drama picked up three nods, including for Steven Zaillian’s script — but no love for Marshall.

Barbra Streisand’s “The Prince of Tides” (1991)  •  The directing snub for Streisand, who also produced and starred in this tear-jerking drama, prompted that year’s Oscar host, Billy Crystal, to quip: “Seven nominations on the shelf, did this film direct itself?” (It went home with no trophies.)

Jane Campion’s “The Piano” (1993)  •  Campion became only the second woman nominated as Best Director (after Lina Wertmuller) and took home an Oscar for her screenplay. The film earned eight nominations in total, and won three — including for Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin.

Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” (2003)  •  Coppola’s two-hander earned four nominations in all. While she did earn a directing nomination, like Campion she was only rewarded for her screenplay.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)  •  Once again, this oddball family dramedy earned a Best Picture nod but nothing for its co-directors. The film took home two Oscars in all, for supporting actor Alan Arkin and screenwriter Michael Arndt, out of four total nominations.

Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” (2009)  •  Bigelow’s war drama earned nine nominations and took home six awards — including Best Picture. She also became the first woman to win Best Director (and beat her ex-husband and “Avatar” auteur James Cameron).

Lone Scherfig’s “An Education” (2009)  •  In the first year in which the Academy expanded the Best Picture field to 10, Scherfig’s British indie scored three nominations, including for its breakout star, Carey Mulligan.

Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” (2010)  •  Cholodenko’s drama about a long-standing lesbian couple picked up four nominations, including for actors Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. But the Academy showed no love for Cholodenko’s direction.

Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” (2010)  •  Jennifer Lawrence earned her first Oscar nomination for her breakout role in this indie, which picked up a total of four nominations.

Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012)  •  Bigelow’s Gulf War drama snagged five nominations — though not for directing — but only took home a prize for its sound editing.

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” (2014)  •  DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic picked up two nominations, and won Best Original Song for Common and John Legend’s stirring “Glory.”

 

Golden Globes Weekend Party Scene: AFI A-Listers Hit the Red Carpet (Photos)

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Time’s Up, the new initiative to combat sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace, launched just four days ago (Mon. Jan 1). By Friday’s AFI Awards lunch at the Four Seasons, one of the densest star-packed Hollywood events of the year, “The Post” screenwriter Liz Hannah was already sporting a t-shirt for the mission. Here, she poses with Amy Pascal, Greta Gerwig, and Stacey Snider.

Hannah told TheWrap that she picked up the shirt by making a donation at a fundraiser at the Peninsula Hotel. The location appears to be symbolic as much as much as it is convenient – across the street from the home of the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton. For years, the Peninsula was the favored haunt of Harvey Weinstein.

Hannah’s fashion statement rang loudly in a room of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists of 2017. The AFI brought the creative ensembles of the top 10 films and TV shows together at the Four Seasons for this event. The crowd included Gerwig, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and Reese Witherspoon….

Steven Spielberg, Holly Hunter, and Guillermo del Toro…

The masterminds behind “Game of Thrones” with Emilia Clarke…

And unlikely pairings of standout performers, like “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon making a Tom Hanks sandwich.

This is it, folks. The 200 people who entertained the entire world in 2017.  Every studio head, prestige network chief, filmmaker, showrunner, or star from the marquee productions was distilled to this luncheon.

Timothée Chalamet, you have arrived. In addition to his Globe-nominated performance in “Call Me By Your Name,” he also played in fellow honoree “Lady Bird.” He’s having the breakout year Jessica Chastain had in 2011 where he is suddenly everywhere.

Even Spielberg is on the Chalamet train. The famed director joked that they should pose for a two shot on the carpet on the way in.

Beyond Chalamet, co-lead Armie Hammer is nominated for a Globe. Michael Stuhlbarg plays Chalamet’s father in the film.

All of these heavyweights came together as the guest of AFI President/CEO Bob Gazzale (right).

Over the last 24 hours, young Brooklynn Prince has found a new friend in “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot.  Producer Zack Snyder joined the group shot.

Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” table anchored the right side of the room, near Jordan Peele and the “Get Out” crew.  Alessandra Mastronardi plays Francesca.

Sterling K. Brown, nominated for “This is Us” at the Globes, represented one of only two network shows to earn AFI honors. The other is “The Good Place,” also an NBC show.

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35 Streaming TV Shows You Can Binge Watch in a Weekend (Photos)

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Stuck at home for a weekend? It’s a perfect time to binge some great TV, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime. But sometimes you want something short, rather than to get sucked into a seasons-long TV show. Here’s a list of binge-worthy shows you can finish in just a couple days.

“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Ozark” follows a financial planner who launders money for a drug cartel. To avoid getting himself and his whole family murdered, he concocts a scheme to head to Missouri to launder a huge amount of money as fast as he can. If you’re craving the sort of dark, crime-ridden drama you need to check out Netflix’s “Ozark” — it’s like “Breaking Bad” if the whole family was involved.

“Glow” (Netflix)
Jump back to the 1980s to follow the creation of the “Gorgeous Women of Wrestling” in Netflix’s latest comedy. Alison Brie of “Mad Men” and Betty Gilpin of “Nurse Jackie” lead a hilarious cast of inexperienced women trying to figure how to wrestle, under the leadership of an extremely unrefined Marc Maron. It’s a quick and funny run at 10 episodes.

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Season 2 of Netflix’s 1980s-inspired horror series isn’t due till October, which means you’ve got plenty of time to burn through the first eight episodes. The series takes a page from ’80s movies like “The Goonies” and “ET,” and its great cast plays well with the show’s many takes on supernatural horror.

“Westworld” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO kicked off its robots coming to life series last year with a bang. With mind-bending plots focused on artificial intelligence, sentience, and morality — plus lots of confusing timelines to work through — “Westworld” offers a lot to dig into. If you haven’t started the show yet, you can still get lost in its mysteries on HBO Go and HBO Now.

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“Luke Cage” (Netflix)
Spinning off from “Jessica Jones,” Luke Cage takes superheroes to Harlem with a different tone from Netflix’s other Marvel series. There will eventually be more of Luke Cage, but for now the complete first season is a contained story that expands the Marvel universe with perspective that’s especially poignant in the current American political climate.

“Travelers” (Netflix)
Time travelers are popping up in 2017, hoping to stop an apocalyptic future. Netflix grounds the show in the personal struggles of a dedicated team of temporally displaced scientists who are completely out of their elements. “Travelers” also does a great job of giving just enough information to build a fascinating world that leaves a lot of mysteries to solve later on.

“The Night Of” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO’s short miniseries starts with an accusation and a murder, and spirals from there. Naz is a Muslim kid arrested for a murder he can’t remember if he committed, and even before his trial, the situation ripples out to affect everyone even remotely related to him or the crime. It’s a dark and dramatic look into the criminal justice system that goes beyond the usual police procedural.

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“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Netflix)
Looking back into the American zeitgeist of 1994, FX’s drama adaptation of the trial of the century is an enthralling 10 episodes. It’s brilliantly cast and captures the moment, with all its bizarre and upsetting ins and outs, extremely well.

“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix)
The book series of the same name contains 13 volumes, but for the moment it’s possible to get through the first four in one binge sitting. Netflix’s adaptation has an amazing cast and is funny throughout for kids and adults. Even though the story isn’t finished by the end of Season 1, it’s worth digging into the plight of the Baudelaire children in one go.

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“Shut Eye” (Hulu)
An organized crime drama that’s kinda funny and a bit supernatural. “Shut Eye” is about grifters posing as psychics in Los Angeles, until Jeffrey Donovan (FX’s “Fargo”) hits his head and starts to see the future. Family drama gets out of control, as do murderous crime bosses.

“3%” (Netflix)
The first Brazilian Netflix original imagines a post-apocalyptic world where people compete for a chance to go somewhere better. Only 3 percent of candidates make the cut, and they often have to do so by screwing each other over. The possibility of entering utopia pushes the characters to their brinks and beyond, especially as they decide what they’re willing to do to get there.

“The OA” (Netflix)
Diving deep into the “strange and mysterious serialized show” category is “The OA,” about a kidnapped blind woman who returns to her hometown with the ability to see. The series gets even weirder after that, constantly posing mysterious questions about the woman’s powers and her kidnapping. The strangeness only escalates, so binge now for a mystery to solve ahead of the show’s second season.

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“Black Mirror” (Netflix)
There are actually four seasons’ worth of episodes of “Black Mirror” available on Netflix, but at only six episodes each, the series is just contained enough that you can get through the whole thing in a long weekend without much to do. It’s addictive enough to happen, as “Black Mirror” puts a “Twilight Zone” twist on modern technology and human relationships.

“Fleabag” (Amazon Prime)
British comedy “Fleabag” is only six episodes long, which makes it a perfect binge for a snowy Saturday or a lazy Sunday. Following Fleabag, a cynical, apathetic, perverted woman fighting to deal with modern life in London, the show gives a different take on modern comedies and dealing with issues like depression.

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“The Jinx” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
The story of Robert Durst is a strange one, filled with disappearances, murder, dismemberment, and bad disguises. The six-episode documentary miniseries goes through the story of Durst’s early life and the disappearance of his wife, through two other deaths, and ends with a possible bombshell break in the case. It’s the kind of binge watch material that’s hard to pull away from.

“The Fall” (Netflix)
This British police procedural about a detective hunting a serial killer stars Gillian Anderson of “X-Files” fame and Jamie Dornan of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Though it covers three total seasons, the shorter series of BBC shows means the grand total is just 17 episodes.

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“Band of Brothers” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced this drama that follows the 101st Airborne through the European Theater in World War II. Intense, personal and powerful, the 10-part series tells the story of the war in a way that few other movies or series have captured.

“The Crown” (Netflix)
Delving into the story of the English royal family, “The Crown” finds all sorts of drama as Queen Elizabeth II struggles to bear the weight of royal succession. Despite covering the queen’s life over more than 60 years, you’ll still be able to make it through its 10 episodes in a couple days.

“Making a Murderer” (Netflix)
This intensive documentary series covers the story of Steven Avery, who was exonerated of a rape accusation before being arrested for murder. The documentary covers the sorted story of the crime, the investigation, and the prosecution over 10 episodes, raising plenty of questions about whether Avery is guilty along the way.

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“Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)
“Lady Dynamite” teams comedian Maria Bamford and “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz to bring a version of Bamford’s comedy to Netflix. The surreal series follows a version of Bamford after she tries to rebuild her life and comedy career after getting treated for bipolar disorder, and with more episodes on the way, it’s a good one to spend a weekend on.

“Crazy Head” (Netflix)
British horror-comedy “Crazy Head” is about two women who can see demons. At first they think they’re crazy — but then they realize the demons are real. Over six episodes, Amy and Raquel battle the forces of evil, making it a funny experience that’s easy to knock out in a hurry.

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“11.22.63” (Hulu)
Adapting Stephen King’s novel of the same name, “11.22.63” sends James Franco back in time from 2016 to the 1960s. The plan: stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy and rewrite the entire future of America for the better. The entire story is perfect weekend material, covered in just eight episodes.

“Iron Fist” (Netflix)
The fourth of Netflix’s Marvel superhero shows is out now, and it’s the last story before the streaming service’s three heroes come together for “The Defenders.” That makes it essential backstory for fans of “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones,” and binge watch all 13 kung-fu-filled episodes pretty quickly.

“Top of the Lake” (Netflix)
Mix up your police procedurals with a New Zealand perspective with “Top of the Lake.” Its two seasons star Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men,” with some heavy hitters including Holly Hunter and Nicole Kidman. The two seasons are relatively short, with the whole series totaling 13 episodes.

“Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)
Drew Barrymore finds herself sliding toward being an undead cannibal in this Netflix comedy. Killing and eating people shouldn’t be so funny, but her uptight but supportive suburban family make the enterprise of trying to live as a zombie a pretty good time.

“13 Reasons Why” (Netflix)
High school drama “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of a girl who commits suicide, and the tapes she leaves behind for the various people in her life that drove her to that decision. Delivered like a mystery, the show is great weekend binge watch material as it drags you from episode to episode to find out what happened to Hannah Baker.

“Big Little Lies” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO’s scandal- and rumor-fueled dark comedy “Big Little Lies” also became a whodunit as its drama unfolded. With a star-studded cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern, and clocking in at only seven episodes, “Big Little Lies” is a quick, high-quality watch.

“The Young Pope” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
Jude Law is the first American pope in a dark comedy about religion, authority, politics and backstabbing. “The Young Pope” has its surreal moments as Law’s Pius XIII tries to deflect the machinations of the cardinals around him and figure out what to handle being His Holiness.

“Designated Survivor” (Hulu)
Kiefer Sutherland’s spin as a cabinet member who rises to the presidency after a terrorist bombing wipes out the government mixes a lot of conspiracy theory action with some political drama. The result is a mix of “24” and “The West Wing” that’s exciting and optimistic, especially when scandals swirl in the real-life government.

“Dear White People” (Netflix)
Exploring the realities of navigating race and being Black in America, “Dear White People” delves into the lives of student activists at an Ivy League college that thinks it’s successfully become post-racial. In addition to digging into some tough subjects, the show is also constantly hilarious as each episode focuses on specific characters’ lives and relationships to race.

“Timeless” (Hulu)
NBC’s history-rewriting time travel show adventure show has been rescued from cancellation, securing a second season thanks to fan demand. That means it’s a great time to catch up on “Timeless” while there’s still one season, which is available on Hulu.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Set in a dystopian future in which women are subjugated in America and treated as breeding stock, Hulu’s powerful series can be hard to watch. With an incredible cast that includes Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale” provides a glimpse into a near-future that sometimes feels a little too possible.

“The Keepers” (Netflix)
Netflix’s latest lengthy true crime documentary sets out to try to find the killer of Sister Cathy Cesnick, a Catholic nun and teacher who died in 1969. The show quickly uncovers a sprawling, horrific tale of sexual abuse at a Baltimore Catholic school that might have led to Sister Cathy’s murder, and possibly a cover up.