It’s rare to see a marked absence of franchise IPs in our weekly streaming recaps, but this weekend’s arrivals are a quirky and refreshing bunch.
With the exception of the now-renamed Kardashians returning to Hulu, each of the new movies and TV shows listed below are neither sequels nor spinoffs. From Netflix’s latest horror thriller, Choose or Die, to Amazon’s mysterious Outer Range TV series, there are plenty of untold stories to enjoy this weekend.
So, without further ado, here are the seven biggest new movies and TV shows available to stream on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more over the next few days.
Choose or Die (Netflix)
Sex Education star Asa Butterfield returns to Netflix this weekend with Choose or Die, a uniquely-looking horror-thriller from debut director Toby Meakins.
The film follows Kayla (Iola Evans), a broke college student who, along with her friend Isaac (Butterfield), discovers an obscure 1980s computer game that promises anyone who beats it a $100,000 prize. Naturally, however, the challenge is far from Kirby – and the pair soon find themselves forced to choose between increasingly gruesome scenarios in order to survive.
Eddie Marsan and Robert Englund also star in Choose or Die, which seems tailor-made for fans of the equally gruesome Saw series. Not one for the fussy, we imagine.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Outdoor Beach (Prime Video)
To the appearances of things, Dunes and Marvel movie star Josh Brolin returns to his No Country for Old Men roots in the Outer Range.
Prime Video’s latest thriller series follows Brolin’s Royal Abbott, a rancher struggling for his land in rural Wyoming who uncovers a supernatural mystery – with a little help from curious wanderer Autumn (Imogen Poots) – lurking in the desert.
Critics compared Outer Range to Paramount’s excellent series Yellowstone, with its intriguing mystery and morally complex characters two of its best selling points. Two episodes are available to stream now, with the other six arriving in batches of three over the next three Fridays.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix)
The first of many upcoming Netflix projects from Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelley is a star-studded adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling novel Anatomy of a Scandal.
Like Big Little Lies before it, this six-episode show once again tells a story of alleged sexual assault and the trauma suffered by its survivors. Rupert Friend plays James, a Westminster politician accused of raping his aide (Naomi Scott’s Olivia), whose wife (Sienna Miller) is totally convinced of his innocence. But prosecutor Kate (Michelle Dockery) is determined to prove otherwise.
You’d be forgiven for dismissing this synopsis as standard contemporary dramatic fare, but Kelley — along with co-writer Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards) — has a reputation for subverting expectations into award-winning effect.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
The First Lady (Showtime Anytime)
Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson lead the star-studded cast of Showtime’s The First Lady, which chronicles the personal and political lives of three women who embraced the lead role at different points in American history.
Davis plays Michelle Obama, Pfeiffer plays Betty Ford, and Anderson plays Eleanor Roosevelt — opposite OT Fagbenle, Aaron Eckhart, and Kiefer Sutherland as their respective husbands — in this 10-episode drama series, entirely directed by Susanne Bier (The Undoing).
Reviews haven’t been too kind to this one so far (a exit called the show “a miserable waste of three wonderful actresses”) but The First Lady nonetheless looks like an important showcase of the White House’s oft-forgotten women. UK audiences will have to wait to see it on Paramount Plus later this year.
Available to stream on Showtime Anytime from Sunday.
Kardashians (Hulu, Disney Plus)
Love ’em or hate ’em, the Kardashian-Jenner family knows how to spin a reality TV series.
Despite E! to Hulu and renaming its once-long title, The Kardashians stays true to form by delving into the personal lives of sisters Kourtney, Kim and Khloé (and their stepsisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner). As usual, the episodes will also feature appearances from the girls’ partners and children, meaning viewers can expect to hear Travis Barker for the first time in this new season.
New episodes of The Kardashians will arrive on Hulu in the US every Thursday, while UK viewers can expect to find their weekly dose of domestic drama on Disney+ the same time.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Roar (Apple TV Plus)
After the success of Breakup and CODA Over the past few months, Apple has been on a roll in producing high-quality entertainment — entertainment it hopes to continue with new drama series Roar.
Based on Cecelia Ahern’s best-selling novel and written by GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, this darkly comedic anthology explores, in Apple’s own words, “the female experiences that many women have but talk about rarely”. The likes of Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae and Alison Brie direct the series’ individual episodes, which have been described by critics as “bold” and “imaginative.”
New Apple TV Plus series typically drip feed their episodes weekly, but all eight Roar entries are available to stream now all at once.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Not So Pretty (HBO Max)
In a refreshing turn of events, our pick of this weekend’s new documentaries comes from HBO Max instead of Netflix.
Written and directed by On the Record filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, Not So Pretty goes behind the curtain of the trillion-dollar cosmetics, beauty and personal care industry, exposing its conditions of often unethical work and its huge environmental footprint.
All four 30-minute parts of it are available to stream now on HBO Max in the US, while those in the UK can find Not So Pretty streaming on Sky and Now TV.
Now available to stream on HBO Max in the US and Sky and Now TV in the UK.