Home Entertainment Guide: November 2023 | TV/Streaming

Now streaming on: “Justified: City Primeval” In Summer 2023, Sony, FX, and Hulu collaborated to bring Raylan Givens back to life. The hero of FX’s excellent “Justified” rode off into the sunset in 2015, but he returned in this great eight-episode mini-series that took Elmore Leonard’s character and grafted him onto another Leonard novel title, City … Read more

Max’s Bookie isn’t a TV Comedy Bet Worth Taking | TV/Streaming

The aforementioned producer is Chuck Lorre, the man behind the massive CBS comedies “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory,” along with Emmy darling “The Kominsky Method” over on Netflix. He finally gets to Max with “Bookie,” the story of an L.A. gambling facilitator named Danny (Sebastian Maniscalco) who has issues beyond … Read more

FX’s Fargo Gets Back on Its Feet In Its Assured Fifth Season | TV/Streaming

And so it goes with the fifth season of Hawley’s strange, fascinating reinvention of the Coen’s neo-noir impulses, one of the series’ most assured and entertaining yarns. It helps that the show moves back up to the Upper Midwest after spending some time down in Kansas City last season; we’re back to basics, with a … Read more

Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is a Phenomenal Stand-Alone Anime Addition | TV/Streaming

“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” retells the classic story with more loyalty to the source material than the abridged film, and the entire movie cast reprising their roles, O’Malley and co-writer BenDavid Grabinski pull a “Connor’s Wedding,” drastically changing the variables to service a bolder new take with all its familiar players.  The series starts similarly to … Read more

Apple TV+’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Doesn’t Have a Big Enough Footprint | TV/Streaming

The best special effect in “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is purely genetic as creators Chris Black and Matt Fraction had the brilliant idea to cast Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell as the same character, the younger actor playing the iconic one in flashbacks. Both Russells are great, underrated performers, and it’s fun to … Read more

As The Crown’s Final Season Begins, The Netflix Hit Slips Fully into Melodrama | TV/Streaming

A feeling of impending doom looms over these first three episodes, each glimmer of a brighter, more independent future for Diana and Dodi interrupted by the flash of paparazzi cameras or another overbearing phone call from Mou Mou. The second episode, “Two Photographs,” frames the Diana-Charles dichotomy as a public-relations battle between “scandal” and “dignity,” … Read more

Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar is Essential For Fans of the Legendary Star | TV/Streaming

Lo, who Lee hated, directed Lee in “The Big Boss” (1971) and “Fist of Fury” (1972) and from that limited, and Lee would suggest over-valued experience, Lo believed he could replicate Lee’s persona as easily as simulating his name: just marry some combination of grim determination with berserker rage, add yips liberally and watch the … Read more

Nathan Fielder, Emma Stone Want You to Suffer Through the Hysterical, Cringe-Inducing The Curse | TV/Streaming

“The Curse” stars Fielder, the fearless comedian behind the “The Rehearsal,” as Asher Siegel, a New Mexico resident who is starring in and producing a new reality show with his wife Whitney Siegel (Emma Stone). They are presented as unforgettably in denial about their place in the world, the kind of people who proclaim themselves … Read more

Max’s Rapsh!t Returns for a Moody Second Season | TV/Streaming

Now an official rap group, Mia Knight (KaMillion) and Shawna Clark (Aida Osman) are set to open on white rapper Reina Reign’s (Kat Cunning) tour. Their manager Chastity (Jonica Booth) is with them, though she is struggling to define her role or worth in the face of smarmy opposition from Reina’s producer Francois (Jaboukie Young-White, … Read more

Apple TV+’s The Buccaneers Shakes Up High Society | TV/Streaming

The young American women in this story who provide its name are a rock ’n’ roll band of friends and sisters, and along with bringing jokes and snowball fights to their new home, they say what’s on their minds. That’s in stark contrast to what the English do, which is, as Guy perfectly puts it: “We English have … Read more