This week’s entertainment highlights include Daniel Radcliffe taking on “Weird Al” Yankovic on film and George Lopez’s return to sitcoms in “Lopez vs. Lopez” with his real-life offspring Mayan Lopez. In her first leading role in four years, Jennifer Lawrence stars and produces in Causeway, a drama film about a US soldier who is rehabilitated at home in New Orleans after suffering a brain injury in Afghanistan. And mystery TV drama Manifest makes its final farewell and hopefully gives us answers on Netflix.
Here’s a collection of the best of what’s hitting theaters, TV and streaming services this week.
In her first leading role in four years, Jennifer Lawrence stars and produces Causeway, Lila Neugebauer’s drama about a US soldier named Lynsey (Lawrence) who is rehabilitating at home in New Orleans after a brain injury sustained while touring in Afghanistan Has. “Causeway,” a gentle indie about trauma and recovery, is bolstered by the warmth of Brian Tyree Henry, who plays a local mechanic with his own painful past who befriends Lynsey. Debuting Friday on Apple TV+.
Elvis, Elton John and Freddie Mercury have all gotten the biopic treatment. Now it’s finally Weird Al’s turn. In Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Daniel Radcliffe plays the parody pro through his life — or at least one version of his life. Yankovic himself co-wrote and co-produced “Weird,” directed by Eric Appel. And, as you might expect, singer-songwriter “White and Nerdy” fills the story with plenty of satirical touches that follow standard music biopic conventions. But it is also full of surprises. In my interview with Yankovic and Radcliffe, Yankovic said, “Weird” “is funny because it shouldn’t exist.” “Weird,” Roku’s first original film, will stream on the streaming device on Friday.
Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is back on the case. The Netflix sequel Enola Holmes 2, which debuts Friday, quickly follows up on the charming 2020 film that adapted the Nancy Springer book series and Arthur Conan Doyle spin-off. The sequel reunites the younger Holmes with her famous detective older brother (Henry Cavill) for a multi-layered mystery that picks up some of the strands of the original (Helena Bonham Carter returns as Enola’s mother) while focusing on the working conditions in 19th century London factories.
George Lopez’s new sitcom is a family affair. In NBC’s Lopez vs. Lopez, the actor and comedian stars opposite Mayan Lopez, a real-life offspring. Her fictional versions of father and daughter are unlikely roommates with a troubled relationship. The 2002-07 comedy George Lopez remains one of the few Latino-led hits on television, which continues to struggle to portray America’s second largest ethnic or racial group behind non-Latino whites. “Lopez vs. Lopez,” starring Selenis Leyva and Al Madrigal in the cast, debuts Friday at 8 p.m.
Abrupt cancellations and unresolved stories used to be a common affront to viewers. Now other platforms can come to the rescue of a canceled series, as is the case with Manifest. After NBC ended its run after three seasons, it redeemed itself in reruns on Netflix and earned a chance for a decent finish. A total of 20 new episodes will be released on the streaming service in two parts, with the first half coming out on Friday. To recap the premise, an airliner lands safely in New York after a bumpy flight, but the passengers’ relief evaporates when they realize five years have passed in a matter of hours. Stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and JR Ramirez are back for the big reveal we finally want.
With patience, even an 18th-century novel can get a TV prequel. It helps that the present book is “Dangerous Liaisons,” an amorality tale that has been repeatedly adapted for stage and screen, including the Oscar-winning 1988 film. In the new Starz version, billed as a “brave opener,” Camille and Valmont are young, in love and in Paris as revolutionary towers. Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton play the couple destined to become the architects of scandal and tragedy as the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont. Lesley Manville co-stars as acting Marchioness in the series, which debuts on 9 p.m. Eastern Sunday.