Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.
Mortal Kombat (Telstra TV Box Office)
Get over here for the action-packed Express Release of MORTAL KOMBAT, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Lewis Tan plays Mixed Martial Arts fighter Cole – bearing the mark of the dragon, but unaware of its significance, the fate of his ancestors and the role he’s destined to play in the fight for humanity’s survival. With the help of Sonya Blade, Aussie mercenary Kano, warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Major Jax, Cole prepares for the ultimate fatality-inducing tournament – to defeat the Outworld champions and defend the Earthrealm from Sub-Zero and the sorcerer Shang Tsung.
Mr Inbetween (Foxtel Now)
Get set for an explosive new season of the award-winning Foxtel Original series, MR INBETWEEN – with new episodes available each Wednesday from 26 May only on Foxtel and Foxtel Now. Still coming to terms with his brother’s death, hitman Ray Shoesmith – played by Logie winner Scott Ryan – is also doing his best to care for his aging dad and conceal who he really is from his increasingly curious daughter. Out on his own after leaving his former boss Freddy, business has never been better – even if it is a bit lonely. But a new connection to crime boss Rafael (played by Jeremy Sims) and a romance blossoming with new workmate Zoe (Emily Barclay) will be sure to keep Ray on his toes.
Power plays, love affairs and cold-blooded killings are on the agenda in the captivating new historical drama series, DOMINA – streaming now, only on Stan. Set in Ancient Rome, the series follows the true story of Livia Drusilla – the innocent young woman who became the ruthless wife and advisor to Rome’s first emperor, Augustus. In a cutthroat world dominated by scheming men, Livia conspired and seduced her way to the top – to carry on her father’s legacy and pave the way for her sons to rule the world. Starring Kasia Smutniak, Liam Cunningham, Matthew McNulty and Isabella Rossellini, all episodes are available to stream now, only on Stan.
The Woman in the Window (Netflix)
Things might not be as they seem in the twisted psychological thriller, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW – streaming now on Netflix. Amy Adams plays Anna Fox, a child psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia – feeling only at ease when she’s locked up inside her New York City brownstone, observing the comings and goings of the neighbourhood from the safety of her window. So when a new family moves in across the street, Anna is happy to make a new friend – played by Julianne Moore. But when she witnesses the woman being attacked one night and calls the police, Anna’s sanity is suddenly called into question when the family denies ever meeting her. Can she believe her own mind? Or is something more sinister at play?
Panic (Amazon Prime Video)
Brace yourself for the hair-raising new series, PANIC – with all ten episodes available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video. In the isolated country town of Carp Texas, there aren’t many opportunities for graduating high school seniors. But for the bravest among them, there’s Panic – an annual game of death-defying challenges, where one winner will receive enough cash to get out of town and start a new life. To play, they’ll need to face their darkest fears, compete against lifelong friends and stay under the radar of the Sheriff and his deputies who are determined to shut it all down. But as players Heather, Dodge, Nat and Ray get deeper into the competition, they find the game might just be rigged against them.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 May:
Nomadland (Telstra TV Box Office)
Winner of this year’s Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress is the profoundly moving NOMADLAND, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Directed by Chloé Zhao and based on the non-fiction book of the same name by journalist Jessica Bruder, the film stars Frances McDormand as Fern – a woman left “houseless” after the death of her husband and the collapse of her employer, the lifeblood of her regional hometown of Empire, Nevada. Packing up her most cherished belongings into a van, she heads off across the vast American landscape to chase seasonal work and join countless others who have chosen a modern-day transient lifestyle. Many of the characters in the film are not actors, but real-life nomads – including Linda May, a grandmother who introduces Fern to a supportive community of vandwellers including guru Bob Wells and Swankie, a woman with terminal cancer who chooses self-reliant adventure over hospice for her final days.
Army of the Dead (Netflix)
Zack Snyder action blockbuster? Check. Zombie apocalypse? You’ve got it. Casino heist caper as well? JACKPOT! When a zombie plague completely consumes Las Vegas, the city is quarantined off to prevent further spread. Leaving his home behind, decorated zombie war soldier Scott Ward (played by Dave Bautista) is working at a greasy spoon on the edge of town when he’s approached by a casino owner (Hiroyuki Sanada) with an irresistible job offer: In 32 hours, the government will drop a nuclear bomb to destroy the city. Before they do, he needs to infiltrate the quarantine zone, break into an impenetrable vault containing $200 million and return the loot to its owner – all while blasting his way through the hordes of superfast and ultra-crafty living-dead former residents.
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
Based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the magnificent ten-part limited series, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, with all episodes available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video. Bringing to life the metaphorical “underground railroad”, the secret network of people, safe-havens and routes used by enslaved African Americans to reach the free states and Canada, the series follows the perilous journey of Cora Randall (played by Thuso Mbedu) – who flees a plantation in Georgia with the help of the tunnels, tracks and conductors hidden deep beneath the antebellum South. As a fugitive on the run, Cora is tracked across the country by bounty hunter Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton) – who is determined to prove himself after failing to capture Cora’s mother, Mabel. Visually stunning, magnificently performed and heartbreakingly poignant, this is one you won’t want to miss.
The worldwide reality show phenomenon finally reaches our shores with the Stan Original Series, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE DOWN UNDER, streaming each Saturday from 4pm (AEST) only on Stan. Hosted by drag icon RuPaul Charles, with best squirrel friend Michelle Visage and Aussie comedian Rhys Nicholson on the main stage judging panel, this highly entertaining and heartfelt show puts drag artists from Australia and New Zealand through their paces as they compete across a variety of fashion, acting, comedy and improvisational challenges – for a chance to take the crown as Down Under’s first Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $30,000. Vying for the crown are Auckland queens Anita Wigl’it, Kita Mean and Elektra Shock, Coco Jumbo, Maxi Shield and Etcetera Etcetera from Sydney, Karen from Finance and Art Simone from Melbourne, JoJo Zaho from Newcastle and Scarlet Adams from Perth.
Our favourites streaming for the week of May 14:
The Nest (Telstra TV Box Office)
Jude Law and Carrie Coon clash in the tensely riveting drama, THE NEST – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in the greed-fueled 1980s, Law plays the charming yet arrogant entrepreneur, Rory – who convinces his wife Allison to move their family across the pond from America to a sprawling country estate in Surrey, England. As a horse riding instructor, Allison is enticed by the idea of buying a stallion of her own and building a stable on their grounds to keep it in. And as Rory’s ambitions ignite, their lives become wrapped up in a series of prospective client dinners and decadent cocktail parties. But when their costly new lifestyle starts to far outweigh Rory’s incoming business, Allison suspects he’s playing mind games with her and concealing far more than he’s letting on.
Young Rock (BINGE, Foxtel Now)
Fans of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will fall in love with the big man all over again with the brand new comedy series, YOUNG ROCK, streaming this month on BINGE and Foxtel Now. Starring Johnson himself, the Hollywood leading man and former wrestler begins the series – set in the year 2032 – by announcing his Presidential candidacy. Urging voters to get to know him better, he takes us on a journey through the experiences that shaped his life. From his childhood as the cheeky son of a Canadian pro-wrestler, to his rebellious high school years as a 15 year-old with a full moustache and his early adulthood playing college football, one thing remains consistent – the importance of dreaming big, while remaining humble and grounded.
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From Executive Producers Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan comes the glamorously gritty biopic series, HALSTON – with all five episodes streaming from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 14 May on Netflix. Ewan McGregor plays the eponymous fashion visionary, who literally made a name for himself in New York City during the 1970s and 80s, designing gowns for the biggest celebrities of the time including Liza Minelli (played here by Krysta Rodriguez) and building an empire that would make him a household name the world over. Becoming a permanent fixture on red carpets and the Studio 54 party scene, his struggles with addiction, a growing ego and the impending AIDS crisis would all create the perfect storm that would ultimately lead to his tragic downfall.
Without Remorse (Amazon Prime Video)
Bad guys beware: Michael B. Jordan is out for revenge in the action-packed Amazon Original film, WITHOUT REMORSE – streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. Based on the 1993 bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Clancy, Jordan plays Navy SEAL and well-known character from the Jack Ryan series, John Kelly. Following a covert rescue mission to retrieve an American agent taken hostage by the Russian military, Kelly’s colleagues somehow become identified and start being picked off one-by-one. When they come for him at home and his pregnant wife Pam (Lauren London) ends up murdered in their bed, Kelly rightly expects justice. But the CIA are keen to avoid another Cold War, so refuse to act against the Russians. With nothing left to lose, Kelly is on a mission to track down the men responsible. What he didn’t expect to find along the way was an international conspiracy with roots much closer to home.