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What to Watch on TV and at the Movies This Week

The ‘Book Club’ gals — Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen — are back in a fun new chapter!

spinner image (Left to right) Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen in "Book Club: The Next Chapter."
(Left to right) Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen in "Book Club: The Next Chapter."
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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

Don’t miss this: The 10 Best Things Coming to Netflix in May

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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

Don’t miss this: The 10 Best Things Coming to Prime Video in May

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

Don’t miss this: Happy Birthday, Candice Bergen, on AARP Members Only Access

​⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 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

​⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ It Ain’t Over, PG

Baseball season’s in full swing — the perfect time to look back at legendary catcher and slugger Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (1925-2015). The Italian American got the nickname for his tendency to sit cross-legged like a yogi; the Hanna-Barbera cartoon star Yogi Bear appropriated his name but didn’t share royalties. The sturdy sports doc, created with the approval of many in Berra’s family, notches his many achievements: a Purple Heart serving in WWII, 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (almost exclusively with the New York Yankees), 10 World Series rings as a player, plus his tenure as Yankees coach and manager. He wasn’t pretty, but Berra had a beautiful swing and a penchant for catchphrases — aka Yogi-isms — like the tautology that provides the film’s title: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Filled with game footage, home movies and knowledgeable talking heads, It Ain't Over ensures Berra’s exalted status in the annals of America’s pastime. —T.M.A.

Watch it: It Ain’t Over, May 12 in theaters

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Eric Clapton: Across 24 Nights, NR

Now they know how many hits it takes to fill the Albert Hall. In 1990 and ‘91, Eric Clapton, now 78, broke a record by playing the legendary venue 24 nights in a row, with friends like Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Phil Collins (who joins him in a reggae-ified “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”) and the National Philharmonic Orchestra (adding texture to “Layla,” “White Room,” “Lay Down Sally” and more). Edited from the original footage and remastered in Dolby Surround Sound, this concert film directed by David Barnard brings all that magic into one perfect set.

Watch it: Eric Clapton: Across 24 Nights, May 17 in theaters

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Accidental Climber (2020)

Accidental Climber tells the story of retired forest worker and weekend hiker Jim Geiger, who, at 68, attempted to become the oldest American and first great-grandfather to scale Mount Everest. Follow his journey as he pushes his body to the limits — and faces the worst disaster in mountaineering history, which left 16 climbers dead in a tragic avalanche and forever changed Geiger’s life. (The full documentary is available to AARP members through June 2, 2023.)

Watch it: Accidental Climber, on AARP Members Only Access

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⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, PG-13

If Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine deserves an origin story, why not the smart-ass raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper? Why’s he named Rocket? What fiend tampered with his DNA? All is revealed in Marvel’s pop-song-driven Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, as the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), an obsessed Darwinist, plans more fiendish experiments for the masked mammal. Meanwhile, Rocket’s old pals — earthling Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldaña), Drax (Dave Bautista, 54) — and new — Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone, 76) — come to the diminutive genius’s aid. Together, they splatter the cartoony canvas with carnage while wisecracking to pop tunes like Heart’s “Crazy on You.” Of all the Marvel franchises this is the most bighearted and goofiest. For Guardian junkies and kids of all stripes, this two-hour reunion with old character friends will have them singing Peaches & Herb’s 1978 soul classic “Reunited” — and it feels so good. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, in theaters

​⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ What’s Love Got to Do With It?, PG-13

London filmmaker Zoe (Lily James) and Kaz (Shazad Latif) have been besties for life, so when he agrees to marry a girl in Pakistan selected by his parents, she makes a documentary about it. Her friends tease her that it should be called When Harry Was Forced to Meet Sally; she thinks it’s Love Contractually. This Rome Film Festival best comedy winner is a winsome throwback to the rom-com era from the studio that made the Bridget Jones movies and Four Weddings and a Funeral; Latif seems to have borrowed Hugh Grant’s forelock, and Zoe is a serial dater of Mr. Wrongs. Will she realize Mr. Right has been by her side all along? Emma Thompson, 64, is funny as Zoe’s eccentric mom, and the cultural-collision comedy has a sympathetically authentic ring — unsurprising, since it’s written by Jemima Khan, once married to the prime minister of Pakistan. —Tim Appelo (T.A.)

Watch it: What’s Love Got to Do With It?, in theaters

Love Again, PG-13

Devastated by her fiancé’s death, Mira (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) sends a bunch of romantic texts to his work phone number, which has been reassigned to journalist Rob (Sam Heughan). Wanting to meet the mysterious romantic-text woman, Rob persuades his latest profile subject, Celine Dion (who plays herself in her first film role), to help out. Dion also contributed five songs to the film.

Watch it: Love Again, in theaters

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix Original)

In a prequel spin-off of Bridgerton, we get the origin story for Golda Rosheuvel’s sharp-tongued, snuff-sniffing Queen Charlotte (Rosheuvel, 53, with India Amarteifio as young Charlotte) — from her days as a teenager when she wed King George III (the British monarch against whom the Americans revolted). Expect more swooning romance, witty dialogue and anachronistic song choices.

Watch it: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, on Netflix

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Amy Poehler, 51, hosts the Scandinavians behind the best-selling book about getting rid of stuff so your heirs don’t have to. They help eight people declutter their lives. “This is not a show about death,” says Poehler. “It’s about life."

Watch it: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, on Peacock

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White House Plumbers

Nixon’s henchmen E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson, 61) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux, 51) try to save his presidency and nuke it instead by incompetently burglarizing his political enemies. But we’re most eager to see Kathleen Turner, 68, as the hellraiser lobbyist Dita Beard, who drank like a fish, swore like a sailor, did dirty deeds, faked a heart attack and got off scot-free while others went to jail.

Watch it: White House Plumbers, on HBO

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In the Citizen Kane of road-rage dramas, a contractor stressed about bad luck (Steven Yeun) and an entrepreneur stressed about selling her business for millions (Ali Wong) have a parking-lot dispute that turns into an escalating feud — the perfect metaphor for our infuriated society. Find out what the fuss is about in Netflix’s most surprising, enduring spring smash hit.

Watch it: Beef, on Netflix

​⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Little Richard: I Am Everything, NR

Audiences will be dancing to “Tutti Frutti” and toe-tapping to “Lucille” as this Oscar-bound documentary about “Little Richard” Penniman unfolds. Performance footage dominates, alongside family photos, archival clips and insightful talking heads, from John Waters, 77 (Richard inspired his pencil-thin mustache), to Billy Porter, 53, to Mick Jagger, 79. The experts explicate his larger-than-life legacy from a queer and Black perspective, his struggle to reconcile his homosexuality with his Christian beliefs, and his impact on American music. The preacher’s son from Macon, Georgia, with an ecstatic performance style and raucous piano playing influenced the Rolling Stonesthe BeatlesDavid Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown — and Elvis. However, the movie also shows how he came to feel shortchanged and insufficiently recognized. This is just one contradiction among many in this rock ’n’ roller who wildly wiggled his pelvis long before Elvis swung and swayed. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Little Richard: I Am Everything, on Prime Video and other streamers

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret , PG-13

Oh, joy! The lifesaving 1970 YA novel by Judy Blume, 85, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret springs to life in a bighearted, faithful adaptation. When tweener Margaret (a sweet and spunky Abby Ryder Fortson) moves to suburban New Jersey with her mixed-faith parents (a generous Rachel McAdams and Bennie Safdie), she leaves her darling Jewish grandma (Kathy Bates, 74) in Manhattan. The timing couldn’t have been worse, as she’s a city kid entering junior high and the danger zone: puberty. She makes new friends quickly, but can she survive mean-girl antics, interfaith confusion, playing spin the bottle — and the mystery that is menstruation? The beloved book that got so many grandmothers, mothers and daughters through the fraught narrows of the preteen years with love, laughter and easily digestible life lessons is now a film with a terrific cast, a light touch and genuine affection. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Somewhere in Queens, R

More than a comedian, Ray Romano, 65, won raves in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, and he’s superb in this partly autobiographical film about a doting, dysfunctional blue-collar dad, which he cowrote and directs. It’s like a funny (but deeper and more dramatic) takeoff on Everybody Loves Raymond—T.A.

Watch it: Somewhere in Queens, in theaters

Don't miss this: Ray Romano on His Directorial Debut at 65: ‘This Is the Story I Want to Tell'

Barry, Season 4

Do not miss the final season of this inspired, touching, grisly comic thriller about a hit man (Bill Hader) sent to prison by his beloved acting teacher (Henry Winkler, 77, in one of his best roles), plus the hit man’s awful actress ex-wife (superb Sarah Goldberg), his ex-handler (still more superb Stephen Root, 71), and the funniest, most original foreign gangster you ever saw (Anthony Carrigan). And keep your eye peeled for some fun guest stars, like director Guillermo del Toro, 58, as a crime lord.

Watch it: Barry, on HBO and HBO Max

Tiny Beautiful Things

In a show inspired by Wild author Cheryl Strayed’s real-life advice column, Kathryn Hahn, 49, plays a 49-year-old advice columnist whose life is a mess and haunted by the death of her mother (Merritt Wever) years before. Hahn says it’s nice to star in a show involving “women’s bodies that are older, that can feel deep, complicated [things], not the butt of the joke, and that are interesting, funny, illuminating and powerful. In all ways.”

Watch it: Tiny Beautiful Things, on Hulu

Don't miss this: Quick Questions for Cheryl Strayed on AARP Members Only Access

Schmigadoon!, Season 2

In the new season of the Broadway musical parody show, set in magical yet crime-ridden Schmicago, Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Jane Krakowski, 54, Kristin Chenoweth, 54, Fred Armisen, 56, and Alan Cumming, 58, spoof Cabaret, Chicago, Hair, Pippin, Company, Sweeney Todd and more.

Watch it: Schmigadoon!, on Apple TV+

Don’t miss this: Quick Questions for Jane Krakowski on AARP Members Only Access

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Air, R

The best movie directed by Ben Affleck, 50, since 2012’s ArgoAir is a funny, stirring, All-American triumph about the intersection of passion and capitalism. Matt Damon, 52, delivers gritty humor and unexpected insight as Sonny Vaccaro, Nike’s in-house basketball zealot, who persuades company co-founder Phil Knight (Affleck) that signing Michael Jordan could turn his running-shoe empire into an NBA powerhouse. Lacking the early-’80s sporting-world cachet of Converse or Adidas, Vaccaro and his Nike colleagues — a skeptical marketing whiz (Jason Bateman, 54) and an exuberant baller turned executive (Chris Tucker, 51) — must try to seduce MJ with a brand that reflects his hardwood genius: “Air Jordan.” Affleck can be too New Age-campy as Knight. But Matthew Maher, as a visionary footwear designer, brings eccentric soul to heels and soles, and Viola Davis, 57, understates to perfection as Jordan’s mom, who conjures a business plan that empowers athletes and transforms the industry. The result is a film that salutes and embodies entrepreneurial art. —Michael Sragow (M.S.)

Watch it: Air, in theaters and on Prime Video

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Reggie Jackson, the baseball Hall of Famer known as Mr. October, is finally getting his due. This revealing new Prime Video Original documentary explores the life and career of the right fielder whose clutch hitting led to five World Series titles, for the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees.

Watch it: Reggie, on Prime Video

Lucky Hank

If you liked the academic satire The Chair (and you should), you’ll love Lucky Hank. Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) is William Henry Devereaux Jr., a bitter has-been novelist who chairs the English department at a mediocre university. Loosely based on Richard Russo’s 1997 campus novel Straight Man and his real-life experiences teaching, the show presents the school as a fractious war zone, and Hank’s big mouth does him no favors. Mireille Enos (The Killing) plays his more stable schoolteacher wife, Oscar Nuñez (The Office) his dean and friend, and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) the university’s business-minded president — Hank’s nemesis. Peter Farrelly (Green Book, Dumb and Dumber) directs.

Watch it: Lucky Hank, on AMC+

Don’t miss this: Quick Questions for Bob Odenkirk on AARP Members Only Access

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