Best Movies & TV (March 15-17)

Best Movies & TV (March 15-17)

Photo illustration: Vulture; Photos: Emily V. Aragones/Netflix, Apple TV+, Vince Valitutti/Peacock, Ashok Kumar/TAS24/Getty Images

We hope you are enjoying the last few days of Pisces season or maybe spring break. The sandworms and pandas of Dune: Part Two and Kung Fu Panda 4 are dominating the box office, but it’s not like there are any other glamorous new movies in theaters this week, unless a drama about Mark Wahlberg and a dog sounds more your speed. I spent the week watching several films premiering at SXSW 2024 and in the presence of Ryan Gosling. And streaming this weekend: the return of a fictional girl pop group, (Disney+) the return of a real pop girl and some girls on a bus. — Savannah Salazar

The first two seasons of this hilarious series aired on the Peacock, which perhaps explains why not enough people have seen or appreciated this portrait of an all-female pop group reuniting 20 years after their heyday. But now that the whole thing, including a brand new third season, has moved to Netflix, let’s hope so Girls5eva it will finally become the phenomenon it deserves to be. If you haven’t seen it yet, really: What are you waiting for five? — Jen Chaney

On a related note, can you guess a Hugh Grant movie that starts with a vowel?

Blondie is taking over Disney+ and now, I guess, you can watch again The Tour of the Ages to your heart’s content, especially after (Taylor’s Version) includes four additional acoustic tracks. Because as with everything Taylor drops, she’ll be dropping again, and again, and with more and more bonus content. — SS

We have all read about the assassination of the Great Emancipator in the history books. But this Apple TV+ series, which focuses on his murder at the hands of actor John Wilkes Booth (played by Anthony Boyle) and the attempt to track down the fugitive killer, brings the story to tense life with the help of an all-star cast including Tobias Menzies, Hamish Linklater and Lily Taylor. — JC

Menzies’ timbre is as gravelly as ever – ASMR to our ears.

What have you done Big Little Lies giving birth? Among other things, more limited series adaptations of Liane Moriarty novels, including this one, her latest, about a wife, mother and former tennis academy owner (Annette Bening) who disappears. Her mysterious absence prompts her children – played by Alison Brie, Jake Lacey, Connor Merrigan-Turner and Essie Randalls – to find out where she is and why their father (Sam Neill) is so evasive about her whereabouts. — JC

It would be nice to forget the 2016 election, but this show won’t let us. Based on the 2018 memoir by Amy Chozik. Pursuing Hillaryon HRC’s campaign reporting, The girls on the bus puts a lively, laugh-out-loud spin on the narrative with a focus on female friendships, the inevitable “reporter sleeping with a source” storyline, and—most wildly—the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson. — Roxanne Hadaddy

Remember dumbest scene ever? This is the bar for journalism as television.

It feels crazy to think I was a freshman in high school when this show debuted. Congratulations to Shonda, Ellen and others for creating network television that has lasted as long as it has. (However, Ellen only returns as the eponymous Gray in four episodes this season.) — Eric Villas-Boas

“Death is just another stage in our lives.” — Grand Elder Guru, Dragon Ball Z
Photo: Toei Animation

I’ve spent too much time this week talking about how upset I was about the death of manga master Akira Toriyama, so Daniel Dockery’s review of dragon ballThe roughest, rowdiest episode of “Kamehamehaaaaa!!!” was a balm. (And no shade of Greybut I looked and reviewed DBZ for years longer.) — EVB

The love is blind they’ll never be able to get together, but at least they have laura baking jerami and sarah ann from spain. —SS

We did our best to unpacking on a mess.

You’ll want to get into at least a basic knowledge of Neon Genesis Evangelion before looking for tickets to see the finale of Hideaki Anno and Kazuya Tsurumaki’s 1997 TV series, but it’s rare that a film this moving and this backstory-heavy is screened in the States. There are still limited tickets available. — EVB

Photo: Vulture

Now that I’ve seen the latest on Netflix movie, Irish desireI realize I was just a hapless pawn in a larger socio-political conspiracy to maintain the status quo, suppress dissent, replace much of the workforce with AI, install a permanent Christian theocratic dictator, and make Ireland look weird for some reason.

Vulture scribe Rachel Handler’s analysis of this damn film is a must-read.

I want more? Read our recommendations from weekend of March 8.

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