Inventing Anna Debuts, Boba Fett Ends

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Sometimes there are weeks where there seems to be something for everyone. It’s one of those weeks. From real-life-based crooks to a robot uprising, to new movies from Steven Soderbergh and Jennifer Lopez – anything floating in your boat is made easy here.

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“Inventing Anna”
Friday, February 11, Netflix

The season of scammers continues! This week’s biggest show is ‘Inventing Anna,’ based on the real-life story of Anna Delvey born Sorokin (played in the film by a comfortably over-the-top Julia Garner), a New York socialite who claimed to be a German heiress but was, in reality, a Russian-born person. Watch her smash her way through glittering soirees, convince some of the most powerful financiers in town to invest in her cockamamie schemes, and burn every bridge she crosses (in her designer heels). It’s a scintillating story, made all the more propulsive and watchable by the fact that it’s ongoing. (We won’t spoil anything, so just Google it after you watch.) Even if you watched last fall’s “20/20” episode detailing the case, you’ll still discover new details here. It’s Shonda Rhimes’ latest production for Netflix (based, in part, on an article in Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine) and might as well share the name of a previous series from the super-producer, because it’s quite the scandal. [NEWS]

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“The Boba Fett Book”
Wednesday, February 9, Disney+

What started out as a somewhat conventional spinoff of Disney+’s wildly popular “The Mandalorian” has turned into something odd precisely because a few weeks ago it just decided to become “The Mandalorian.” Now, with all the characters in the same approximate geographic area and both sides of the street more or less supported, hopefully the actual character of Boba Fett (introduced in “The Empire Strikes Back” and played here by the actor prequel Temuera Morrison) will have its moment of glory. Will he be able to fend off the slimy Pyke Syndicate while engaging in all-out gang warfare (helped by his right-hand man Fennec Shand, played by Ming-Na Wen)? What will become of the mod team, Tatooine’s cuddliest biker gang? And did Pedro Pascal even put on that helmet for a single second of this new show or deliver his lines in his cellphone on the way to the gym? We hope that at least some of these questions will be answered, not necessarily in that order. Whether or not this is the final chapter of “The Book of Boba Fett” remains to be seen. Either way, we’re excited to see how this one ends. [EXPLAINER]

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“KIMI”
Thursday, February 10, HBO Max

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Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of ‘Sex, Lies and Video’ and ‘Erin Brockovich,’ has been on HBO Max’s payroll for a few years, producing underrated gems like ‘Let Them All Talk’ and ‘No Sudden Move. (not to mention the riveting, elliptical choose-your-own adventure TV show “Mosaic”). This time he has a movie with a killer premise and a wonderful lead actress. In “KIMI”, Zoë Kravitz plays an agoraphobic technician working for a SIRI-type start-up in Seattle. One day, while at work, she hears what she believes to be a murder. (Also, it’s set during the pandemic.) This skinny thriller, written by David Koepp, seems like a nifty update to Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Rear Window” for our digitally-obsessed, stay-at-home. pandemic-tormented modern times. Set a SIRI or Alexa reminder to watch. [TRAILER]

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“The Rule of Fallback”
Sunday, February 6 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN

How’s that for a Super Bowl pregame? “The Tuck Rule”, named after the infamous pretext for overturning a crucial play in a hotly contested game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders in 2002 (which would have massive repercussions for both teams) is the last of ESPN’s “30 for 30-inch documentary series. What makes this 50-minute film an even bigger draw is that Tom Brady and Charles Woodson, the two actors amid controversy he long ago, sit down and look at the pictures together. The former college teammates reunite at Brady’s mansion in Miami; after all, it was the game that sent Brady to his first of seven Super Bowl victories. If that’s not a set up for a big drama, we don’t know what is. [TRAILER]

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“Panic Room”
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There’s nothing like a little double feature at home, and we’ve got the perfect cinematic partner for “KIMI” – 2002’s equally claustrophobic “Panic Room.” Jodie Foster plays a recent divorcee who is stuck in the “panic room” of her posh Manhattan townhouse with her diabetic daughter (a pre-“Twilight” Kristen Stewart) while three violent criminals (played by Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam) break in to rob the place. (Urban legends about panic rooms have circulated around town for years. The film made the term mainstream.) around the house with dexterity impossible with terrestrial cameras, “Panic Room” is an all-out blast, whether you’ve never seen it or are watching it for the 10,000th time. (Both films were written by David Koepp.) Hey, if you’re trying to be responsible and stay inside, why not spend it with Jodie Foster and Zoë Kravitz? [WATCH]

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“Fairview”
Wednesday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m., Comedy Central

This new adult animated series, produced by Stephen Colbert, is probably worth watching at least once, if only to soak up the confusing character design and overall aesthetic. The characters more or less resemble Weebles, the wobbling (but not falling) toys. But the tone of the series seems to be closer to that of Comedy Central’s adult animation “South Park” (which aired just before), as it tackles current social issues in an aggressive manner. Will it work? Who could say? But whoever decided that adult animation always had to look so off-putting should be kicked off a plane. [TRAILER]

“The Girl From Before”
Thursday, February 10, HBO Max

Well, that sounds scary! In “The Girl Before,” which has already aired in England, Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Loki” and “The Morning Show”) moves into the absurdly gorgeous house, designed by an elusive architect named Edward (David Oyelowo) . The only problem is that in order to stay in the house, she has to follow Edward’s increasingly bizarre and demanding instructions. Based on the 2016 book of the same name and anchored by performances from some of our best living actors, this could be the perfect cheeky miniseries for those who wished “50 Shades of Grey” was a little more like “Architectural Digest.” “. [TRAILER]

“Star Trek Discovery”
Thursday, February 10, Paramount+

Ready to (re)start boldly? What started out as an expensive X-factor, plagued by production issues and airing on an uncertain streaming platform (Paramount+), quickly became a bright spot, not just in today’s television landscape, but in the entire “Star Trek” mythology. “Star Trek Discovery” returns after a winter hiatus for the eighth episode of the fourth season (and its 50th episode overall), with only a handful of episodes until the finale. Accompany current Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the USS Discovery (including Doug Jones as the bizarre alien of course, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz and national treasure Tig Notaro ) and chart a course into unknown space! To hire! [TRAILER]

“Big Bug”
Friday, February 11, Netflix

Hey, it’s a new film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet! First at home! “Bigbug,” from the visionary director of “The City of Lost Children,” “Delicatessen” and “Amelie,” is about a robot uprising and helpful robot maids trying to protect their masters during the carnage. It’s just the kind of center-left concept, which craves the kind of wild visual inventiveness and offbeat humor the filmmaker is known for, with a vaguely pandemic plot we can all relate to. Each new Jeunet film is a gift. It’s so nice that it was delivered to our house. [TRAILER]

“Marry me”
Friday February 11, Peacock

Looking for a perfectly palatable, straightforward rom-com that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and has production values ​​that far exceed anything on Lifetime? Look no further. “Marry Me,” which is directed by Kat Coiro (who’s responsible for much of the upcoming “She-Hulk” episodes), has a delightfully conceptual rom-com pitch: Jennifer Lopez plays a pop star whose musician her boyfriend (Maluma) cheats on her, tricking her into saying, on stage, that she will marry Owen Wilson, who accidentally holds up a sign that reads “Marry me.” The rest is, without a doubt, romantic comedy gold. Will it do more than make you smile? Who knows. But sometimes that’s enough. [TRAILER]

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