Diverse content old and new has been racing onto streaming services in recent months, meeting the insatiable demands of a confined public. While stay-at-home restrictions ease, viewers continue to clamor for at-home entertainment. Here’s a rundown of the top latest offerings.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski
Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning patriotic Broadway juggernaut was due to arrive in theaters October 2021, but premiered on Disney+, appropriately, on July 3. Enjoy the original cast in the musical tale of fatherless, brilliant Caribbean immigrant Alexander Hamilton, who becomes an American Founding Father.
Into the Unknown, the Making of Frozen 2 The original series, which launched June 26, goes behind the scenes of the mega-hit animated film. Called “a thoroughly riveting and surprisingly honest look at the process,” the series delves into the lives of the film’s directors, songwriters, actors, merchandising, and more.
The Mandalorian remains on schedule for it’s second season October return, as filming was largely completed in February before the Coronavirus seriously hit the United States. Anticipation is high for the debut of Jedi Ahsoka Tano (rumored to be played by Rosario Dawson), more Baby Yoda, and purported appearances by other characters from the Star Wars universe. Boba Fett anyone?
The One and Only Ivan This animated fantasy adventure is bypassing theaters and going directly to streaming August 21. It is an adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s award-winning book about a special gorilla, voiced by Sam Rockwell. The live-action/CGI hybrid also features Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, and Bryan Cranston.
Palm Springs Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in this original series debuting July 10. Originally intended for theaters, it set the record for a movie sold at the Sundance Film Festival – $17,5000,000.69. The atypical, existential romantic comedy has been compared to Groundhog Day, as the couple experiences events in a repetitious time loop. J.K. Simmons and Peter Gallagher co-star.
Athlete A In the same manner as 2015’s magnificent Spotlight, which exposed sexual abuse by Boston priests, this dramatic documentary follows Indianapolis Star reporters as they reveal the two decade cover-up of abuse within USA Gymnastics. Commentary by the gymnasts’ attorney, and courtroom testimony by the whistle-blowers is riveting. Debuted June 24
Eurovision Song Contest: The legend of Fire Saga This spoof of a real-life international singing contest stars Will Ferrell at his seriously goofy best as Lars, half of an Icelandic singing duo. Rachel McAdams is his partner, while Pierce Brosnan plays his fisherman father. The wigs and costumes alone are worth a look, as is Dan Stevens as an obnoxious competitor. Debuted June 26
Say I Do The creators of “Queer Eye” follow eight couples who dreamed of an ideal wedding, but were never able to make it happen. With the help of interior designer Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer Thai Nguyen, and chef Gabriele Bertaccini, each couple gets the emotional special day they richly deserve. Debuted July 1.
Irresistable Written and directed by former Daily Show host and Monmouth County resident Jon Stewart, this R rated comedic yet acerbic take on money, politics, and those corrupted by them stars Steve Carell, Topher Grace, Rose Byrne, Debra Messing, Natasha Lyonne, and Chris Cooper. Daily Show alum Carell plays a Democratic strategist trying to regain his groove by helping a small town veteran win a mayoralty race. Debuted June 26.