Weekend Watchlist: Dear Evan Hansen, Birds of Paradise and Lots More to Watch

We preview all the top film and TV shows premiering this weekend for your viewing pleasure.

We’re back again for the umpteenth time, to recommend and preview the very best of new film and TV content arriving this weekend, all for your viewing pleasure.

Building up to its release by Universal pictures this weekend, Dear Evan Hansen had been one of the most anticipated movies of 2021.

It’s probably the biggest titular debut happening this weekend, and alongside Mayberry Man, here are all the top new movies and shows premiering this weekend.

Mayberry Man (Amazon Prime Video)

Synopsis: A famous movie star is caught in the act of speeding in a small southern town and is sentenced by a judge to attend the town’s Mayberry Fest, a festival celebrating “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Cast: Karen Knotts, Stark Howell, Brett Varvel, Allan Newsome, Rik Roberts, Jakob Winter, Ashley Elaine, et al.

Dear Evan Hansen (Theatres)

Synopsis: A high schooler who is plagued with social anxiety concocts a story to become closer to the family of a deceased classmate.

Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Adam Siegel, Ben Platt, Marc Platt, Steven Levenson, Amandla Stenberg, et al.

The Starling (Netflix)

Synopsis: After Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) suffers a loss, a battle with a territorial bird (the Starling) over dominion of her garden provides an unlikely avenue for her grief and the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity for love.

Cast: Daveed Diggs, Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline, Chris O’Dowd, Theodore Melfi, Matt Harris, Timothy Olyphant, et al

Apache Junction (Select Theatres and Streamers)

Synopsis: Apache Junction is an outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. After big-city reporter Annabelle Angel (Scout Taylor-Compton) arrives to write an article on the town, she becomes a target when notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford (Stuart Townsend) comes to her aid. Now Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past, as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown.

Cast: Ed Morrone, Thomas Jane, Stuart Townsend, Justin Lee, Trace Adkins, Scout Taylor-Compton, Victoria Pratt, et al.

I’m Your Man (Theatres)

Synopsis: In order to obtain funds for her research, Alma (Maren Eggert) is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks she is required to live with Tom (Dan Stevens), a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect life partner for her, tailored to her character and needs.

Cast: Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Annika Meier, Maria Schrader, Jan Schomberg, Maren Eggert, Hans Löw, Wolfgang Hübsch, et al.

Birds of Paradise (Netflix, Prime Video)

Kate Sanders is an ambitious and gifted, if tomboyish, aspiring ballerina from Virginia who, because of her low-income status, is given a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris, France. Upon arriving at the cutthroat, internationally-renowned institution, her confidence and emotional fortitude are tested by a beautiful, mysterious fellow dancer, Marine Durand, who recently lost her brother (and dance partner) to suicide. While confrontational at first, Kate and Marine’s relationship evolves into an emotionally-charged, competitive union beset by lies, sexual awakening and, ultimately, emotional breakthrough as they risk everything to win the school’s ultimate prize: a contract to join the Opéra national de Paris.

Cast: Diana Silvers, Kristine Froseth, Sarah Adina Smith, Jacqueline Bisset, et al.

Intrusion (Netflix)

Synopsis: When a husband and wife (Logan Marshall-Green and Freida Pinto) move to a small town, a home invasion leaves the wife traumatized and suspicious that those around her might not be who they seem.

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Freida Pinto, et al.

TV SHOWS

Goliath – complete season 4 (Amazon Prime Video)

Blood and Water – complete season 2 (Netflix)

Midnight Mass – complete season 1 (Netflix)

If you’ve been following our “Weekend Watchlist,” then you already know that this is the best place to get your weekend movie and TV recommendations. If this is your first time, you’re welcome. See you next week.

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