Best Movies, TV Shows: Mickey Mouse, Will Ferrell/Ryan Reynolds Movie, Jordan Peele’ ‘Nope’ – The Morning Call | Episode Movies

This week’s entertainment releases include a documentary on how Mickey Mouse became popular with children and adults alike, an ATM for Disney’s burgeoning entertainment empire, and Chris Hemsworth puts himself and his body to the test in National Geographic’s ‘Limitless’. One of Netflix’s biggest forays into family movies is Slumberland, a $90 million fantasy adventure from Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. And Fox Nation’s four-part series spanning the 150-year history of Yellowstone National Park has the fitting host in Yellowstone star Kevin Costner.

Here’s a collection of what’s hitting TV and streaming services.

He was born Steamboat Willie in a 1928 animated short, but like many older stars, he was renamed to a more catchy name. He finally gets the documentary treatment with Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, out Friday on, of course, Disney+. The product of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination, Mickey was loved by children and adults alike and a money mouse for Disney’s burgeoning entertainment empire. The Chipper Mickey also proved to be an adaptable icon, as detailed in the film by director Jeff Malmberg and producer Morgan Neville (both working on the Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?).

With “Nope” Jordan Peele has once again created a rarity in Hollywood: an absolutely original film that was also a box office hit. In his third film as writer/director, following Get Out and Us, Peele expands his darkly unsettling oeuvre into science fiction. The film, which arrives on Peacock Friday after a theatrical run in theaters this summer, is about a mysterious alien force that hovers in the clouds over a California ranch. The film reunites Peele with Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, whose character runs a family horse-bargaining business with his sister (Keke Palmer). In her review, AP film writer Lindsey Bahr said, “No,” “offers a lot to chew on, which is more than most big summer extravaganzas can promise.”

Family movies have rarely been in theaters lately, but they are proliferating on streaming services. One of Netflix’s biggest forays into this space is Slumberland, a $90 million fantasy adventure from Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. The film, which debuts on Netflix Friday, is about a young girl (Marlow Barkley) who enters the dream world of Slumberland, where a villain named Flip (Jason Momoa) helps her find her late father. It is loosely based on Winsor McCay’s early 20th century comic stream Little Nemo in Slumberland.

This image released by Apple TV+ shows Ryan Reynolds (left) and Will Ferrell in a scene "Spirited." (Claire Folger/Apple TV+ via AP)

The holiday films are already happily making their way onto home screens. “Spirited,” a riff on “A Christmas Carol” starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, debuts Friday on Apple TV+. A lavish song-and-dance musical that modernizes the classic by Charles Dickens and reinterprets it from the ghosts’ perspective. (Ferrell plays “Present.”) In her measured rather than humbug review, Bahr said “Spirited” “falls short as a musical” but is “still quite entertaining.”

Chris Hemsworth, aka “Thor”, challenges himself in National Geographic’s “Limitless” to find out how resilient the human body is and how best to deal with aging. Accompanied by friends and presumably nervous family members, Hemsworth takes on challenges including swimming through a near-freezing arctic fjord, climbing a 100-foot rope that hangs over a canyon, and living with a simulation of what his body would be like in the Age of almost 90 years could look like . Created by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, the six-part series debuts Wednesday on Disney+.

Fox Nation's four-part series "Yellowstone: One Fifty" marks the 150-year history of the magnificent park.

Fox Nation’s four-part series, which chronicles the 150-year history of the magnificent Yellowstone National Park, has a fitting host in Kevin Costner, star of Paramount+ drama Yellowstone. In Yellowstone: One-Fifty, which debuts Sunday, Costner follows the path of an 1870s geological expedition in the western region that later became the first US national park; visit Yellowstone during a harsh winter with temperatures dropping to minus 40 degrees and explore the park’s thousand-year history.

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