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What’s on this week? Whether it’s what’s on cable, streaming on Prime Video or Netflix, or opening at your local movie theater, we’ve got your must-watch list. Start with TV and scroll down for movies. It’s all right here.
On TV this week…
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, R
“Still” may be the last adjective we’d use when discussing Back to the Future's kinetic Michael J. Fox, 61. The Canadian actor found domestic TV success at 16 — and then had three years of Hollywood poverty before stealing the show on the hit American sitcom Family Ties. In this bio-doc he addresses the youngster who topped out at 5 foot 4 inches, and the wall he hit in 1991 when at 30 he received a diagnosis: Parkinson’s disease. Now, decades later, still married to former costar Tracy Pollan, 62, and with four grown children, the ’80s icon faces the camera, revealing how he copes with pain and muscle tremors, and how his priorities shifted when forced to confront the stillness beneath the shaking surface. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)
Watch it: Still, May 12 in theaters and on Apple TV+
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Your Netflix watch of the week is here!
The Mother, R (Netflix Original)
You could send your mom flowers, or serve up breakfast in bed, but why not celebrate Mother’s Day with an action thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, 53, as a deadly assassin who goes to increasingly violent lengths to protect the preteen daughter she gave up at birth from a bunch of shadowy bad guys?
Watch it: The Mother, on Netflix
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Your Prime Video watch of the week is here!
Academy of Country Music Awards
One year after Amazon Prime became the first streaming platform to livestream a major awards show, the ACMs return to Prime to honor the best of the year’s country music. Dolly Parton, 77, is back in the saddle as host for the second year in a row, joined by another Nashville legend, Garth Brooks, 61.
Watch it: Academy of Country Music Awards, May 11 on Prime Video
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What’s new at the movies…
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Book Club: The Next Chapter, PG-13
The stylish seniors have returned: salty Candice Bergen, 77, sex-bomb Jane Fonda, 85, flibbertigibbet fashionista Diane Keaton, 77, and down-to-earth Mary Steenburgen, 70. When Fonda’s swinging single decides to finally tie the knot with dapper Don Johnson, 73, her best bookish buddies grab their chardonnay and plan the over-the-top confab of fictional fantasies. They head to Tuscany, land of Under the Tuscan Sun (and so many other Italian escape fantasies). Once there, the women are ogled, robbed, wine-drunk and, yes, jailed! It’s all in good fun, though, and short on snark, as the old friends celebrate ushering their soul sister to the altar amid the twists and turns of woman’s romance fiction. This chapter’s a boisterous bachelorette party – hold the hangover. —T.M.A.
Watch it: Book Club: The Next Chapter, May 12 in theaters
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⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ BlackBerry, R
BlackBerry charts the rise and fall of Canada’s original smartphone before it was overtaken by Apple’s iPhone, only to become the tech equivalent of the AMC Gremlin. The handheld device’s genius inventor is the prematurely white-haired Mike Lazaridis (a quietly astonishing Jay Baruchel). The uber-nerd and his partner Doug (comic Matt Johnson, who also directed) create a game-changing communication tool. But they’re clueless at manufacturing and marketing. Enter Jim Balsillie (Glenn Howerton), a recently fired corporate shark who makes a sketchy deal to co-lead the novice company. Cue the Jaws music. The suspense ramps up as the young creatives get outplayed by middle-aged corporate predators, with strong support from Saul Rubinek, 74, Cary Elwes, 60, and Michael Ironside, 73. The human-scaled case study illustrates the enormous potential of human creations, and capitalism’s tendency to maximize profit at the expense of innovation. —T.M.A.
Watch it: BlackBerry, May 12 in theaters
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