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Get set for a week of great telly from the latest fantasy DC comic adaptation to Disney Pixar’s Lightyear and the latest remake of Father of the Bride.

Pick of the week: Thirteen Lives, Amazon Prime, 5 August

You’ll no doubt remember the story of the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave after an unexpected rainstorm in 2018 and the desperate rescue mission to save them. And now the real-life event is the basis of a new film that focuses predominantly on the desperate attempts to keep them alive and the crucial race against time as the world watched on. Starring Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton and Tom Bateman it does air a little on the long side, it’s a mini movie marathon of 2 1/2 hours. But thankfully, it’s not had too much of an over-sentimental Hollywood gloss put on it and also looks at the impact on the local Thai community.

Lightyear, Disney+, 3 August

The critics weren’t exactly blown away by this spin off film focusing on one of the Toy Story franchise’s favourite characters, but then again, film buffs aren’t exactly its target audience! Instead, the is one for all the family as it follows the origin of Buzz Lightyear who is marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years away from Earth. His mission (besides heading to infinity and beyond) is to find his way home travelling through space and time. To help him along the way, he’s robot cat, Sox, and together, they must defeat his nemesis, Zurg and his robot army.

The Sandman, Netflix, 5 August

Not one to watch if you suffer with insomnia but if you’re fascinated by dreams you’ll enjoy this film based on the award-winning DC comic. You’ll escape into a dark fantasy world into a place called the Dreaming, where humans go when they sleep. This ‘world’ is ruled by The Sandman, (Tom Sturbridge) who controls people’s dreams. But when he’s captured it triggers disaster across the waking, and sleeping, worlds. To restore order, The Sandman must travel across different worlds and timelines to change the chaos his absence has caused. It’s not quite as complicated to understand as it sounds, but you’ll need to concentrate – so put your phone down to watch this.

Father of the Bride, Now, 5 August

A story so good it’s already been told twice before (in 1950 and 1991) but the latest remake staring Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia brings the romantic comedy to a new generation with a Cuban-American twist. The plot still circulates around the build up to a wedding – this time it’s Sofia’s who has dropped the bombshell she’s moving to Mexico while her parents Ingrid and Billy are desperately trying to keep the secret that they’re getting divorced. It may be cheesy and silly at times but often that’s all a film needs to be.

Luck, Apple TV+, 5 August

With the school holidays now in full swing, this is one to entertain the kids for a few hours. Simon Pegg stars in this animated comedy about fate and opportunity as he voices Bob a talking black cat. It follows the story of perpetually unlucky Sam, (Eva Noblezada) whose life seems to been on a rotator of mishaps until she finds a lucky penny as is transported to the Land of Luck. In this new magical world she can’t help but causes more mayhem. As Sam grows concerned she’s condemned to live a life of bad luck she, along with the help of Bob, decides it’s up to her to change her fate. 

La Brea, Paramount+, 1 August

If you’re hungry for a series that has you as hooked as Lost didsci-fi show La Brea may satisfy some of your cravings. Set in LA, this survival story sees hundreds of people fall into a giant sinkhole and as they enter further into its depths they find themselves in a primeval land. The only option is to band together in a fight for survival. The drama centres around the Harris family who are torn apart when mother and son, Claire and Josh, fall into the hole leaving the dad, Gavin and daughter Izzy, to search for answers in LA. A little odd at times, but a good series to dip in and out of. 

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