Fall has officially begun, and with the falling leaves, new movies and shows to watch this weekend on Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and other streaming services. There''s something for everyone, whether you''re a Star Wars fan, a true crime aficionado, or simply want a zany romantic comedy.
The Rogue One prequel follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who is a spy for the Rebellion against the evil Empire. In addition to the meta/tongue-in-cheek comedy Reboot, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is featured in the aboriginal film. Abbott Elementary season 2 is returning for a new school year.
There are a plethora of options to watch this week. Meet Cute pairs Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson in a time-looping romantic comedy. Tyler Perry tells you the story of star-crossed lovers from the Jim Crow-era A Jazzmans Blues. In Lou, Allison Janney gets her John Wick.
This is our guide on what to look out for this weekend.
Andor (Disney Plus)
Rogue One demonstrates that the Star Wars universe had the potential to switch genres, styles, and tone. A grim, gritty war film was about as far away as you could get from Phantom Menace''s pod racing. It also seemed to be a complete story, since (spoiler alert) all of the main characters died at the end.
Andor is the mastermind behind a prequel on Rogue One that would eventually overthrow the Empire. Diego Luna has reprised his role as Cassian Andor, a disaffected thief recruited to be a Rebel spy. This is not just a great Star Wars show, but a fantastic show.
Disney Plus is now available for download (opens in a new tab).
The whole thing in Hollywood is new, but why not do I say it myself? This is what Steve Levitan''s new comedy, which focuses on the reboot of an early-aughts series called Step Right Up. Following the project, producer Rachel Bloom hopes to reunite the cast, including the pretentious Reed Sterling (Keegan-Michael Key), vapid Bree (Judy Greer) and skeevy stand-up Clay (Johnny Knoxville).
Gordon (Paul Reiser), the original artist, discovers a lot has changed in 20 years, and promptly raises his hand in the face when confronted by a much more diverse writing staff.
Hulu is now available (opens in a new tab)
Meet Cute (Peacock)
Meet Cute relives the same day over and over again. Sheila (Kaley Cuoco) is actually responsible for the loop. She uses a magical time-traveling tanning bed which can send her back 24 hours.
Instead of using this amazing technique to get rich or prevent accidents or the like, she maintains on the same day with Gary (Pete Davidson). Think Edge of Tomorrow, but more like Live. Date. Repeat. They converge in a bar and spend a romantic evening together. But so Sheila keeps jumping in the tanning bed to ensure the outcome is exactly what she wants.
Peacock is now streaming (opens in a new tab)
A Jazzmans Blues (Netflix)
Tyler Perry has become a franchise unto himself, so that his name is usually affixed to his movies titles for his latest film. For his first film, he draws away from those name-brand broad comedies and becomes serious. A Jazzmans Blues is actually the first script Perry ever wrote, but he waited more than 25 years to direct his passion project.
The profound tale of forbidden love is set in 1940s Louisiana. As a kid, jazz singer Bayou (Joshua Boone) falls in love with LeAnne (Solea Pfeiffer), who is light-skinned enough to pass white. Their mother keeps them apart by moving their family to Boston. Years later, when they cross paths again, their romance faces the challenges of racism, colorism, and the deep Souths Jim Crow laws.
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Abbott Elementary season 2 (ABC)
In its first season, Abbott Elementary earned an A+ and several Emmys for its feel-good comedy. Now, the teachers and students are all back for new challenges and new hijinks.
Season 2 kicks off with a development week that will allow the teachers to prepare their lesson plans. Janine (Quinta Brunson) is prepared to put her breakup behind her and focus on her work. To that effect, she volunteers to organize the faculty mixer and announces a special celebrity surprise for the kids first day. Meanwhile, Gregory (Tyler James Williams) finds his role as a full-time teacher comes with more responsibility than he expected.
Streaming now via Hulu (opens in new tab)Airing Wednesdays on ABC (via Fubo (opens in new tab)
Sidney (Apple TV Plus)
In this intimate portrait of Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1940s Miami, he starred in the American Negro Theatre in Harlem, and his breakthrough in 1955''s Blackboard Jungle. It follows him through his acclaimed and pioneering career as an actor and later as a director.
Poitier himself discusses his life and legacy as a filmmaker and activist, as well as his wife Juanita Hardy, her husband Joanna Shimkus, and fellow stars Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Spike Lee, Robert Redford, and Barbra Streisand.
Apple TV Plus is now streaming (opening in a new tab)
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)
According to many documentaries and biopics, Netflix''s latest real crime thriller focuses on Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most famous serial killers of all time. His brutal, deadly, frightening spree of 17 murders has been investigated.
Impresario of American Horror Story/Crime Murphy is taking a turn. Evan Peters, a psychopathic killer, is joined by Richard Jenkins and Molly Ringwald as his parents. Glena Cleveland plays a vigilant neighbor who fights for justice for the victims.
Netflix is now streaming (opens in a new tab)
On the Come Up (Paramount Plus)
Jamila C. Gray, a talented teen rapper, has moved behind the scenes to direct this adaptation of Angie Thomas''s novel. She wants to provide her family with the help of her father, a local hip-hop icon, who died in gang violence.
Bri discovers that the music industry is as rigorous and cutthroat as the streets when she receives her first song. She must choose between authenticity and the fame and fortune she''s long dreamed about.
Paramount Plus is now available (opens in a new tab)
John Wick/Takens Bryan Mills... but a woman is a growing subset of action thrillers. Earlier this year, Toni Collette used her particular set of skills in Pieces of Her. Now, Allison Janney gets her chance. Lou believes shes left her dangerous past behind her and hidden all of her secrets.
Even Hannah (Jurnee Smollett) desperately seeks Lou''s assistance on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Despite her vow to never use her special skills again, Lou embarks on a rescue mission that will uncover numerous hidden truths.
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What else to watch this weekend
Season 31 of Dancing With the Stars (Disney Plus) Sixteen celebrities pair with pro partners as the dance competition series enters a new home. Streaming now on Disney Plus (opens in a new tab)
Patton Oswalt: We All Scream (Netflix) The comedian takes on the dangers of ageing, the Baby Boomers, and the list he made (and didn''t follow) in the shutdown. Now available on Netflix (opens in a new tab)
Season 2 of The Kardashians (Hulu) The first family of reality television is returning for more drama, romance, and career shifts. Hulu is now available (opens in a new tab)