We never thought we’d say this, but it’s high time for another Disney remake. Both Aladdin and The Lion King came out almost three years ago now, and while Mulan’s live-action story hit Disney+ in 2020, its release was so badly marred by the global pandemic that you’d be forgiven for missing it completely.
Thank Hercules, then, for Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, a bold reimagining of the classic animated TV series of the same name. Other new releases this week include Amazon’s latest space sci-fi show, Night Sky, and the return of acclaimed Netflix anthology series Love, Death and Robots.
Below, we’ve rounded up the seven biggest new movies and TV shows available to stream on netflix, First video, HBO Max and more this weekend.
Love, Death and Robots Season 3 (Netflix)
We may have led the intro above with a spiel about Disney’s famous detective duo, but Season 3 of Love, Death and Robots seems by far the most interesting of this week’s streaming arrivals.
Now available on Netflix, the series’ nine new episodes tell tales of alien-hunting marines, beast-fighting fisherman, swarms of angry rats, and a host of other fictional villains. Season 1’s trio of rude robots also return to the fray, and it’s a safe bet that copious amounts of sex and violence will once again be present throughout.
Love, Death and Robots proved to be one of best Netflix shows in recent years, so we don’t expect the third outing in the series to disappoint. To refresh your memory on his often shocking topic, check out our ranking of the 26 episodes released so far.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers (Disney Plus)
If Disney had released Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers a few years ago, we’d almost certainly have called it soulless money – but in 2022, we’re actually very happy to rediscover ourselves with the titular chipmunks.
This feature-length adventure, set in a Roger Rabbit-framed Who-style live-action setting, finds the pair called back into action when their former teammate, Monterey Jack, mysteriously disappears. John Mulaney and Andy Samberg voice Chip and Dale respectively, while JK Simmons, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Bana, Will Arnett and Seth Rogen make up the rest of the film’s surprisingly star-studded cast.
Early reviews have been pretty good for this one too. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers has been described as a “vivid and very lovable black rodent that turns out to be a delightful surprise” – so we’d advise against treating it as mindless, kid-friendly fodder.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus.
Night Sky (Prime Video)
Night Sky, the latest in Amazon’s long-running line of usually trippy sci-fi series, is coming to Prime Video to almost zero fanfare this weekend.
Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons play Irene and Franklin York, a seemingly ordinary couple whose seemingly ordinary house harbors a secret portal to a distant planet. The pair have managed to keep the portal hidden for almost a decade, but the arrival of a curious young man threatens to end their spatial habits.
Newcomers Holden Miller and Daniel C. Connolly lead this eight-episode show, which feels as unique and intriguing as Amazon’s equally twisty sci-fi thriller, To meet.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Jackass 4.5 (Netflix)
Get ready for more stunts and silliness with Jackass 4.5, an all-new feature film starring the whole crew! Here’s a little taste of what you can expect when it premieres on Netflix on May 20… It’s the Swingset Gauntlet! pic.twitter.com/IdJDl10mnkApril 19, 2022
We’ll admit it: we had no idea Jackass 4.5 was a thing (although given the release of Jackass 2.5 and 3.5 in previous years, perhaps we should have expected that).
This Netflix-exclusive sequel to Jackass Forever (now streaming on Paramount More) features material shot for the film that was ultimately omitted from the final cut. Along with the group’s dangerous hijinks, fans can also expect cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and plenty of typically hilarious shots.
There’s no trailer for this one, so we’ve attached a snippet of preview footage (shared on Netflix’s Twitter account) above. But let’s be honest: you know exactly what to expect from Jackass 4.5.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
The Ipcress file (AMC Plus)
First shown on ITV in the UK last month, Cold War spy thriller series The Ipcress File arrives on AMC Plus in the US this weekend.
A serialized adaptation of the 1962 novel (and 1965 film) of the same name, the series follows the exploits of secret agent Harry Palmer (Joe Cole), a former smuggler who finds himself embroiled in an undercover mission to prevent nuclear secrets do not fall into the wrong hands.
This synopsis may sound like standard Cold War fare, but The Ipcress File – which also stars Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander – received rave reviews ahead of its UK release in April. Kingsman fans, take note.
Now available to stream on AMC Plus in the US and BritBox in the UK.
Once in a while (Apple TV Plus)
Apple TV Plus continues its critically acclaimed content march with Now and Then, a bilingual thriller chronicling the fallout of a murder among a group of college graduates.
Like Showtime’s Yellowjackets, this eight-episode series swings between the past and the present (hence the title), exploring, according to Apple, “the differences between the aspirations of youth and the reality of adulthood” in the light of the murder in question.
It all sounds like exceptionally heavy stuff, but Now and Then has been almost universally praised by critics for being a mature, polished mystery in the vein of a Harlan Coben novel. Given Apple’s recent successes, this one is also an easy recommendation.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO Max)
This week’s documentary pick is a two-part look at the life and career of comedy legend George Carlin.
Considered one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, Carlin was dubbed “the doyen of counterculture comedians” and even hosted the very first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. This generally in-depth feature comes from directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, both of whom credit Carlin with influencing their work.
Both parts of George Carlin’s American Dream are available to stream now on HBO Max, while UK viewers will likely have to wait a few weeks for this one to arrive on Sky and Now TV.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.