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These are the streaming tips of the week

Hollywood stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt take a breakneck river cruise on the Amazon in “Jungle Cruise” to find a legendary tree. The overview reveals what other streaming highlights the coming week has in store.

The Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, California is home to over 90 different attractions: many of them, such as “Peter Pan’s Flight”, are based on a Disney film. Others, such as “Pirates of the Caribbean”, on the other hand, were themselves models for one or more films. The last variety also includes the boat trip “Jungle Cruise”. The film of the same name, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”), will be released in cinemas on July 29 and will also be available one day later via VIP access in the home cinema on Disney+. What else Netflix, AppleTV+ and Co have to offer in the next few days, you will find out in the overview.

“Jungle Cruise” (Disney+)

At the beginning of the 20th century, a legendary tree with extraordinary healing powers causes the rugged boatman Frank (Dwayne Johnson), the inquisitive researcher Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her brother McGregor (Jack Whitehall) to embark on a life-threatening journey in the middle of the jungle – on the water. But the raging floods and wild animals of the Amazon are not the only threat awaiting the troops.


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Actually, “Jungle Cruise” is the name of one of the most popular and oldest Disneyland attractions, where visitors can admire all sorts of deceptively real animatronic animals and tropical plants on a boat trip. Since 2003, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series has proven that the amusement park amusement rides of the mouse company are ideal for spinning adventurous stories from them. Whether the adventurous and top-class Hollywood hit “Jungle Cruise” can follow in these big footsteps will be shown at Disney+ from July 30 – but only with a paid VIP pass.

“Cruel Summer” (Amazon Prime Video)

In “The Sinner”, Jessica Biel herself was the focus of attention in order to constantly lead the audience on the wrong track. In the Amazon thriller series “Cruel Summer”, the Hollywood star now switches behind the camera to perform a confusion game around two teenage girls:. one a grey mouse (Chiara Aurelia), the other ever-popular cheerleader (Olivia Holt). However, the latter is kidnapped. The nerve-wracking question that always arises: Who can you believe here at all? To find out, each episode will be about the same day in the three consecutive years 1993, 1994 and 1995.

In the USA, where the season finale of “Cruel Summer” flickered across the TV screens in June, the gripping teen series was able to convince both the audience and the critics. The first episode even broke the record for the most watched series launch on the US channel Freeform. No wonder, because the ten-part thriller is packed with goosebumps moments and a good portion of thrills. In Germany, the series starts on August 6 on Amazon Prime Video.

“Judas And The Black Messiah” (Sky Ticket)

As chairman of the Black Panther Party, the 20-year-old African-American Fred Hampton stood for everything the white bourgeoisie of the 1960s feared: his demands for education, nutrition, health and housing – for all – mobilized the masses and persuaded many people to take to the streets against a corrupt, racist system. Through his role as a figurehead of the increasingly popular civil rights movement, Hampton was a thorn in the side of the police and FBI.

“Judas and the Black Messiah”, five-time Oscar-nominated, tells the story of how the executive infiltrated the Black Panthers and thus Hampton’s entourage – with the help of an informer, the black petty criminal William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield). The historical drama keeps close to the true events and thus does not miss the tragic climax of the story: In December 1969, a police officer shot the sleeping Fred Hampton (played by “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya) in his own bed during a police raid. The depressing masterpiece can be seen from 30 July on Sky Ticket.

“Mr. Corman” (AppleTV+)

actually Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was on his way to becoming a successful musician and with ex-girlfriend Megan he could have “built” one of those successful, satisfied lives in the San Fernando Valley that California somehow stands for. But the “Pursuit of Happiness” doesn’t always go smoothly, and so Josh’s life somehow hangs between the poles of disaster and happiness. His job as a teacher is okay, albeit poorly paid. Also about buddy Victor (Arturo Castro) as a good-hearted roommate you can not complain. Nevertheless, Josh sees his life threatened by slipping.

Over its approximately ten hours, “Mr. Corman” is a funny, sad and above all deeply humanistic series, which tells impressively subtle stories and is also in its acting and excellent camera work – not to forget the wonderful sound design and music – among the best you get to see this year in series. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s work is further proof of how much Apple’s streaming service is on the rise in terms of series quality. “Mr. Corman” will be available on Apple TV+ on August 6.

“Val” (Amazon Prime Video)

He is a sensitive and clever human being with the soul of a clown, according to the trailer for the very personal documentary about the life of actor Val Kilmer, which premiered at the Cannes Festival – before revealing the consequences of his throat cancer, which became known in 2017, from which he is still recovering. With a croaking, barely understandable voice, the star of films such as “Top Gun” (1986) and “Batman Forever” (1995) struggles to make a statement. But it becomes clear: More than ever before, Kilmer wants to tell his story – underpinned by scenes from “thousands of hours of video material” that the now 61-year-old has shot all his life.

Among other things: Clips from the early 80s, which show the young Kilmer together with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon, all in his early 20s, on stage. But also a crying, desperate person who is confronted with the terrible diagnosis of throat cancer. “Val” will be available on Amazon Prime Video from August 6.

source: teleschau – mediendienst GmbH

Arjun Sethi
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