August 2022 was once a quiet month for television.
We’ve already seen the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon and the highly-acclaimed Predator prequel Prey. Neil Gaiman’s epic The Sandman has also been streaming. The MCU’s latest hero, Sheulk: Attorney At Law all arrived on streaming services.
It’s not surprising that August’s final week is quieter than usual. We are however treated to the start of the last run of epic fantasy drama See on Apple TV+. This is a punchy biopic about the life of boxer Mike Tyson, Hulu, and Prime Video’s Samaritan. It seems like there are eight movies in one. The film is led by Sylvester Stallone.
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We’ve collected seven of the most exciting new TV shows and movies available on streaming services for this weekend.
Samaritan (Prime Video)
Prime Video’s new arrival, Sylvester Stallone, features Sylvester Stallone as the headline. This blends the superhero genre with a gritty undertone and some fiery action setpieces.
Based on Marc Olivent’s comic series, Bragi F Schut and Marc Olivent’s comics, the movie sees Stallone portray Mr. Smith, an eccentric resident of the crumbling Granite City.
Smith, a neighbor to Sam Cleary’s teenager, sees Sam being attacked while returning home from school one day and decides to intervene to save him.
Smith’s intervention is astonishing, and Sam begins to suspect that Smith may be Samaritan, a superhuman being who died 25 years ago.
Sam decides to coax Smith into retirement. Despite his protestations that Samaritan has died, Smith won’t accept no for an answer. Granite City is falling into chaos, so it’s just right.
Samaritan is directed by Julius Avery (the man behind the violent, but incredibly fun action-thriller Overlord), and features Stallone’s signature stoicism.
Check out (Apple TV Plus).
Apple’s epic fantasy dystopia is ending with its final and third season.
Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders’ star, created See. It is set in a future where humanity has been forced into a complete loss vision. Any mention of it has been considered heretical.
Two twin girls, Momoa’s Baba Voss and Sibeth Kane, are born blind. Their adopted father must protect them from Queen Sibeth Kane (ruler of the Payan Kingdom). As the fiery finale of the show approaches, it’s a battle that he continues to fight.
Episode 1 is now available on Apple TV Plus. The remaining seven episodes will follow on a weekly basis.
ME TIME (Netflix).
This comedy is a collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Hart. It’s a great laugh for anyone who has been feeling drained at the weekend.
Hart portrays Sonny, a stay at-home dad who suddenly gets some “me” time when his wife offers to take his children on an extended vacation.
He has some time and decides to make a connection with Wahlberg’s Huck, a long-time bachelor who is throwing an epic birthday party for him, which might kill Sonny.
Although this film won’t win any Oscars it looks great and Hart and Wahlberg make for some good laughs.
Untrapped: The Story Of Lil Baby (Prime Vid)
This one is a bit more niche: A deep dive into Dominique Armani Jones’s life, aka Lil Baby.
The documentary is based on years of unreleased footage and charts the rise of the rapper from Atlanta’s streets to stardom around the world. Young Thug and Drake are among the many talking heads.
The trailer, directed by Karam Gil (hotly-tipped), shows us what we can expect from Jones’ lavish lifestyle now. It also gives us a glimpse at his humble beginnings.
Loving Adults (Netflix).
Netflix’s landmark movie Loving Adults is “Loving Adults”. The streamer’s first original Danish-language film is Loving Adults. Borgen/Game Of Thrones’ Dar Salim stars and The Bridge’s Sonja Richter plays the lead role.
Ritcher portrays Leonora, a wife and mother who is enjoying her married life after their son was declared healthy following a long-term serious illness. Her world suddenly collapses when she meets a younger woman and is looking forward to the future.
Leonara is desperate for this to not happen and her thoughts turn dark. Things get very, very complicated.
This classic thriller is great for Friday night entertainment, provided you can understand Danish subtitles or don’t mind subtitles.
Seoul Vibe (Netflix).
We’re heading to South Korea this time for an action-packed set in Seoul, just before the 1988 Olympic Games.
The film, directed by Hellbound’s Yoo Ah-in follows a motley crew consisting of mechanics and drivers, called the Sanggye-dong Supreme Team.
A legion of bad guys decide to make dirty money in the week leading up to the launch. With limited resources, the Sanggye-dong Supreme Team is enlisted to go underground to expose the money-laundering ring.
This looks like a South Korean Netflix winner. It’s suspenseful, thrilling, and has a great soundtrack.
Hulu’s extravagant new view of Mike Tyson, the life and times of Mike Tyson, is the final knockout blow for this week.
The series, which stars Moonlight’s Trevante Rheindes as Tyson, with Harvey Keitel, Russell Hornsby and other supporting characters, documents Tyson’s early life and career, and shows how he got into trouble many times.
The drama does not come with Tyson’s blessing, as the boxer has very publicly stated that is not a hit among critics who have criticized the show for pulling too much punches.