What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on July 13, 2018
7 min read
What are you watching tonight? Check out the latest movies and TV shows added this week, streaming right now on your Telstra TV.
Ready Player One (BigPond Movies)
For an action packed sci-fi adventure the whole family can enjoy, check out Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, READY PLAYER ONE, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. In the year 2045 when most of the world’s cities have turned into slums, the population escape their bleak reality by immersing themselves in the OASIS – a video-game inspired virtual reality universe where you can become whatever your heart desires. But when the creator of the OASIS dies, he vows to leave control of the virtual world to whoever can find a hidden “easter egg” – spawning fierce competition among the world’s players, including the film’s hero Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan), his friends and a murderous software corporation who will stop at nothing to gain control. Filled with nostalgic 1980s pop culture references and music, this imaginative film is both visually impressive and great fun to watch.
Sharp Objects (Foxtel Now)
New to Foxtel Now this week is SHARP OBJECTS, the latest premium drama miniseries from HBO. Based on the 2006 bestselling novel of the same name, this gritty psychological thriller tells the story of Camille Preaker (played by Amy Adams) – a troubled, alcoholic Chicago journalist who is reluctantly assigned to report on the brutal murders of two young girls in her small hometown of Wind Gap. As she works to unravel the mystery by getting to know the families, the local townspeople and police, she reconnects with those she left behind – including her cold and controlling mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), who sparks flashbacks of Camille’s traumatic childhood and the death of her younger sister. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who won an Emmy for his work on Big Little Lies, the series also offers captivating performances from Chris Messina (from Damages), Matt Craven (NCIS) and Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds).
How It Ends (Netflix)
Direct to streaming this Friday 13 July is the Netflix Original big-budget blockbuster, HOW IT ENDS. After a catastrophic disaster off the coast of California causes the US Government to declare a national state of emergency, young lawyer Will (played by Theo James from the Divergent films) and his army veteran father-in-law (Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker) head off on a treacherous cross-country road trip to find his pregnant fiancée (Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries). With widespread power outages, swirling conspiracy theories and absolute anarchy leading to military retaliation, the pair must fight their way through the chaos to save the day. Exhilaratingly tense, this visually epic film taps into an ominous sense of how easily our fragile civility could turn into civil unrest in the face of catastrophe.
UnREAL (Foxtel Now)
If you’re a fan of shows like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette or Love Island, then you need to be watching UnREAL, with all episodes of season four dropping at once this Tuesday 17 July on Stan – and all previous seasons streaming now for your catch-up binge. Based on what (allegedly) goes on behind the scenes, this slightly unsettling fictional drama lifts the curtain on the tricks-of-the-trade used by reality show producers to manipulate their contestants and stir up drama. Showrunner Quinn (Constance Zimmer) and Producer Rachel (Shiri Appleby) lead the cast as strong, intelligent yet morally dubious characters who will stop at nothing to create compelling television. And this season might just be the best yet, with an all-stars twist that will see some of our past favourite characters return – as well as Rachel doing double duty as both a contestant in front of the camera and a producer behind the scenes.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 6 July:
A Quiet Place (BigPond Movies)
“If they hear you, they hunt you.” If you love a good scare, then strap in for the year’s most talked about horror movie, A QUIET PLACE – streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Written and directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the film alongside his real life wife Emily Blunt, the pair play the parents of a young family surviving in rural America amidst an invasion of blind alien creatures who hunt with incredibly powerful hearing. Doing whatever they can to avoid making a sound, the ever-present tension lies in the constant threat of the family slipping up. A nail-biting, white knuckle ride from start to finish, the film is impressively suspenseful given its simple premise, spare setting and minimal dialogue.
Returning this week exclusively to Stan is season five of the hit crime drama, POWER. From Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also stars in the show, the series follows Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) – the owner of one of New York’s hottest nightclubs and a high level drug dealer catering to the city’s rich and famous. Vowing to leave his criminal enterprises behind to focus on his family and building a legitimate business, Ghost struggles to break free from his suppliers, the former boss he sent to prison and the double life he’s leading with a rekindled former flame who happens to work for the FBI. This season, the drama heats up with twists you won’t see coming, as unlikely new alliances are formed and revenge reigns supreme.
Fans of true crime will be fascinated by the Netflix series, UNSOLVED – a dramatised account of the high profile investigations into the still unsolved hip-hop homicides of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Starring Westworld’s Jimmi Simpson as the Detective searching for Biggie’s killer in the late 90s, and Josh Duhamel (from Love, Simon) who reopens the case ten years later amid discoveries of an LAPD corruption ring, this gripping murder mystery anthology is driven by complex conspiracies, an acute attention to detail and phenomenal performances from its cast members Marcc Rose (as Tupac) and Wavyy Jonez (as Biggie Smalls).
Wentworth (Foxtel Now)
Back for its sixth season on Foxtel Now is the 2018 Logie Award winning Australian drama series, WENTWORTH. Gripping and gritty, the series follows the tough love and savage power-plays among Wentworth Prison’s diverse inmate population – as well as the daily challenges faced by the prison’s roster of officers, some of whom are naively well-intentioned while others are stealthily and sinisterly corrupt. SPOILER ALERT: After last season’s epic conclusion, is Ferguson (2018 Logie Winner, Pamela Rabe) gone for good? Will Vera (played by Kate Atkinson) discover that Will (Robbie Magasiva) and Jake (Bernard Curry) were involved in The Freak’s demise and Franky’s (Nicole da Silva) escape? Will Sonia (Sigrid Thornton) return to Wentworth after Liz (Celia Ireland) poisoned her – and what will Boomer (Katrina Milosevic) do when she finds out? With some new faces this season, how will Kaz’s position as top dog be challenged by the entry of criminal matriarch Marie Winter (Susie Porter)? And what’s the unspoken relationship between hot-headed inmates Rita (Leah Purcell) and Ruby (Rarriwuy Hick)? Tune in Tuesdays from 8:30pm (AEST) to find out.
Apple Tree Yard (ABC iview)
For a psychological thriller with a twist (or two), check out the latest BBC drama series APPLE TREE YARD – with all four episodes streaming now on ABC iview. Based on Louise Doughty’s bestselling novel of the same name, it stars Emily Watson as Dr Yvonne Carmichael – a brilliant geneticist who begins an uncharacteristically risky affair with a mysterious and charismatic stranger (played by Ben Chaplin). As their passion for each other intensifies, the pair seem to be keeping the affair under the radar. That is, until a startling turn of events tears both of their lives apart, with consequences neither could have ever imagined.
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