SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

Reality & Docu-Series

Black Is King

An innovative attempt to celebrate African culture and to promote black voices in the media, Beyoncé’s new documentary will be released in the midst a pivotal moment in American history, the Black Lives Matter movement. Considered an extension to her latest album, The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé’s Black is King is a visually stunning documentary that will be streaming on Disney Plus starting the 31st of July.

Dating Around

An innovative attempt to celebrate African culture and to promote black voices in the media, Beyoncé’s new documentary will be released in the midst a pivotal moment in American history, the Black Lives Matter movement. Considered an extension to her latest album, The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé’s Black is King is a visually stunning documentary that will be streaming on Disney Plus starting the 31st of July.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

“Epstein didn’t kill himself” is a four-word sentence that is found in almost any YouTube comment section, with so many people obsessed with this conspiracy theory. But what led to his mysterious death in the first place? Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is a Netflix docuseries that recounts the disturbing events in the life of the high-profile convicted sex-offender who was convicted of sexually abusing underage girls. While the debate on how Epstein hanged himself with a neck-brace is still ongoing, this documentary explores some scandalous reports that steadily emerged out of his fog-filled life.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

It’s hard to argue with the proposition that the biggest name in pop culture today is ‘Kardashian’. Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which follows the daily events, both grand and tiny, of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, has been a sensation ever since its debut in 2007. We’ve loved to hate them, and then hated loving them, and now we’ve made peace with the fact that we’re simply addicted. Their influence on the media industry has become so remarkable that a multitude of viewers have become interested in the smallest of Kardashian dramas. From eating salads in their fabulous kitchens to getting into hard-core physical fights, this family just keeps us on the edge of our seats.

TV Series

Insecure – Season 4

The fourth season of this HBO comedy series exceeds its earlier seasons in the sharp dialogue, raw characters and laugh out loud events. Insecure is created by and stars Issa Rae as a thirty-something African American woman trying to find her place in the world. Issa and her friends are portrayed in the most honest way, stripped of any cheap laughs and, instead, aiming for sophisticated ones.

Leh Laa’ – Season 1

In Leh Laa’ (Why Not), Amina Khalil stars as Alia, a girl who moves out of her family home seeking independence and ostensibly to participate in a competition offering a scholarship and a financial reward. The series, which is available to stream on Shahid VIP focuses on real-life issues faced by women in Egyptian and Arab societies today, including the generational gap in families which often leads to constant misunderstandings.

The Great – Season 1

Staying true to its name, this semi-biographical series loosely narrates the life of Catherine the Great, the famed Empress of Russia in the 18th Century, and her path to… greatness. Betrothed to Peter, the newly crowned young Emperor of Russia, Catherine starts out as a young wide-eyed ingénue from Germany with big hopes and dreams to make Russia more civilised and peaceful. She quickly realises that she is married to a spoiled psychopath who stands in the way of her aspirations, so she does what any normal girl would do – plan to kill him and take over the throne.

Dark – Season 3

This German sci-fi series is full of clever twists and turns that will keep your brain spinning. Its third and final season has now been released on Netflix after a long wait by fans. The farewell season requires the audience to be fully attentive as the actors play the same characters at different periods of time and varying eras. Building on the concept of parallel universes that was introduced in the second season, Dark’s final season provides an overall conclusion to the story. However, you may need to take notes as you watch so you won’t get lost in the complexity of the show.

Space Force – Season 1

Starring Steve Carell as U.S. Space Force’s first Chief of Space Operations, this series is a lighthearted comedy with the same tone as classic satirical comedies like Mars Attacks and Mr. Magoo, and in a way, it is a mixture of both. With short episodes and a casual dialogue, it doesn’t require much focus or brain squeezing, which makes it perfect for those looking for something easy-breezy and simple to sit back and watch after a long day at work… or maybe even during work. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss.

Ramy – Season 2

The second season of the Golden Globe winning series, Ramy, has officially found its groove. It displays an even path that begins with Ramy completely lost and looking for salvation, seemingly finding his way, only to lose it again. This series asks big questions that most don’t dare to address. It not only demonstrates what it’s like to be an Arab Muslim living in the U.S., but generally portrays the lives of modern-day progressive youths trying to find the right balance in life.

Movies

Sonic the Hedgehog

Hands down one of 2020’s best films, Sonic the Hedgehog is the first real life action-comedy based on the iconic character from the video game and animation franchise. With riffs that aren’t too childish for adults and not too intricate for kids, it will entertain parents as much as the children. Fueled by a master performance from the legendary Jim Carrey, it also showcases Carrey’s classic comedic chops from his days as The Mask.

Irresistible

Steve Carell stars in Irresistible, an American political satire movie. Although it may resonate more with an American audience, this film can still entertain any viewer who enjoys light-hearted comedies with hilarious, soft-headed satire. The film also stars Rose Byrne, who masters the art of deadpan humour in a Kellyanne Conway type of character who is Carell’s rival in the film.

I Still Believe

If you’re looking for some profound romantic vibes with a dying girl and a loyal boyfriend, this movie starring KJ Apa and Britt Robertson is for you. Okay, the plot may seem familiar and unoriginal. However, this familiar story, based on Grammy-nominated gospel singer Jeremy Camp’s life as a young man, stands out from the rest with a genuine message gleaned from the events that shaped his beliefs and changed his life. If you’re like us, and you wear your heart on your sleeve, get that tissue box ready, and start watching.

Onward

Actors Tom Holland and Chris Pratt provide the voices of two elf brothers with opposing personalities who attempt to bring their late father back to life for one day, using mythical and tricky magic. The spell ends up working only half way, and only brings their father’s lower half to life. This blip leads them on an adventure with their father’s moving legs, as they try to bring his upper half to life as well. Although the premise may seem too silly, there is a beautiful message for children as well as adults embedded within.

The King of Staten Island

In what is widely regarded as 2020’s most entertaining flick so far, The King of Staten Island features Pete Davidson as young man who lost his father in 9/11 when he was still a child. Now, nearly 20 years later, he is trying to live up to his family’s expectations. The hearty laughs come from this comedy’s realistic dark humour, which captures the ups and downs of everyday life while adding a joyous element to every situation. The King of Staten Island is currently available on Netflix.

The Invisible Man

In this reimagining of the classic horror film series based on the 1897 novel, Elizabeth Moss plays the role of a woman fleeing from an abusive boyfriend, only to shortly thereafter learn that he committed suicide. Things seem okay for a while, until an invisible force begins to stalk her, leading her to believe that her tormentor isn’t dead after all. This movie works so well thanks to its unpredictable directing approach which makes you feel every bit of suspense throughout the unsettling course of events.