Sofa surfer! 7 new TV shows and films
Anyone up for movie night? Here are six new feature-length flicks landing on the box this week, as well as a brand new Netflix mini-series you'll love.
Rebecca (Netflix, 21 October)
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Ooh, I love a good opening line, don’t you? This October, Daphne du Maurier’s classic is getting a 21st century revamp, and an updated eye-candy cast courtesy of Armie Hammer and Lily James, with Kristin Scott Thomas playing the looming Mrs Danvers. Don’t expect this to go the way of the famous Hitchcock adaptation either – reportedly this version is true to the book (if you know, you know).
Over the Moon (Netflix, 22 October)
Moana and Frozen fans will love this Netflix original, which has all the hallmarks of a classic kids’ animation. Tragic loss of a parent – check; adorable animal sidekick – check; absolute belting tunes – check. Over the Moon follows heroine Fei Fei as she embarks on a mission to fly a rocket to the moon to meet the mythical goddess Chang’e, and prove to her father that her mother’s spirit lives on in the process. A hit if ever we saw one.
The Queen’s Gambit, Season 1 (Netflix, 22 October)
If anyone can make playing chess look stylish, it’s Emma‘s Anya Taylor-Joy in this brand new Netflix series based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name. Set in the Fifties and Sixties, and jumping everywhere from Kentucky to Moscow, this mini-series examines how genius and madness often go hand in hand – plus the supporting cast is stellar.
The Secret Garden (Sky Cinema, 23 October)
A classic tale given a fantasy twist and a shiny new CGI scrub-up to match, this new adaptation of The Secret Garden stars newcomer Dixie Egerickx as Mary Lennox, Colin Firth as Mary’s distant uncle Archibald Craven, and Julie Walters as stern housekeeper Mrs Medlock. A slice of escapism that’ll have you planning the garden for next spring.
The Grudge (Sky Cinema, 24 October)
If you’re a proper horror fan, then this remake of the Japanese cult fave will be just the thing to chill the bones this October. Starring John Cho and Andrea Riseborough, this 2020 spiritual successor treads familiar ground – a house is cursed by a vengeful ghost, and anyone who enters ends up dying violently (expect gore by the bucketload).
The Lighthouse (Sky Cinema, 25 October)
If you can’t quite wait for Robert Pattinson’s turn as eyeliner-wearing Batman, then this bonkers art-horror film shot in black and white 35mm might keep you entertained in the meantime. Robert plays opposite Willem Dafoe in an atmospheric tale of two lighthouse keepers going slowly mad in 1890s Maine. Slightly baffling, very haunting, lots of cheekbones.
Parasite (Amazon Prime, 23 October)
Haven’t managed to catch Oscar-winning Korean flick Parasite yet? Now you have no excuse, as it lands on Amazon Prime this Friday. The film follows the members of the poverty-stricken Kim family who all pose as qualified employees to infiltrate the house of the obscenely rich Park family. A dark comedy that’ll leave you thinking.