It's been another busy week in the world of Apple TV and here at ScreenTimes, which saw both 'CODA' and 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' receive Oscar nominations. 'CODA' received a nomination for best picture, making it the first film featuring a mostly deaf cast ever to do so. Troy Kotsur also earned a nod for 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' for the film, becoming the first deaf actor to receive a nomination in the category. 'CODA' continues to be one of the most feel-good stories in cinema since its Sundance premiere and subsequent arrival on TV+. We'll be cheering the film and its cast and crew on come Oscars night next month.
With that, here’s our guide to your week ahead on Apple TV.
A musical prodigy struggles with overwhelming grief in this adaptation of the acclaimed novel. Lennie, a teen musical prodigy who is struggling following the death of her sister, finds herself caught between a new guy at school and her sister’s grief-stricken boyfriend. Lennie navigates love and loss through her vibrant imagination in order to create her own song. If you’re looking for emotional valentine’s weekend viewing, you won’t want to miss this one.
Following an intense round of interrogation, the suspects return home and attempt to put their lives back together, but a surprising connection is revealed as the search for Katherine Newman’s missing son continues.
In last week’s episode, we saw Leanne express concern over the Turner family’s continued visits to the local park and Sean’s attempts to help the homeless people living there. In the fourth episode, Leanne continues to be upset by other people and bad luck strikes the Turner brownstone.
As the mystery continues and we edge closer to finding out the truth surrounding Xavier’s fate, everyone’s stories trace back to a high school party from 15 years ago which Walt recounts to Detective Danner. In the process, some big secrets are revealed.
Apple continues to bolster its library of kids content on TV+ and the latest addition sees Mark Duplass voicing a new character, Pretzel - the "world’s longest dachshund”. Pretzel and the puppies are a modern and unique dog family who are always sniffing out ways to “make their bark” on their hometown of Muttgomery and make it a better place for their four-legged friends and neighbours.
The popular tower defense game arrives on Apple Arcade this week. It’s the sixth game in the Bloons Tower Defense series in which you’ll craft from a combination of monkey towers, upgrades, Heroes, and activated abilities in order to pop every last Bloon that comes your way. The Apple Arcade release will also feature some big updates including Game Center-enabled multiplayer, boss events and new trophies to earn.
Last month, Apple rolled out a new 'Collections' feature to Fitness+, consisting of tailored programmes to help users meet specific goals such as running your first 5k or perfecting your yoga balance poses. This past week, a new Collection joined the service designed to strengthen your arms, chest and back in 21 days. The 'Time To Walk' feature continues to go from strength to strength and the latest episode features Ayọ Tometi, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, 'Time To Run' headed to Atlanta this past week with a run curated for Black History Month. We'd love to hear from you on Twitter if you've tried out any of the Collections and if you've managed to earn your Lunar New Year and Unity Challenge awards this month too.
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Jonathan: “Season 1 of Starstruck appeared almost out of nowhere last spring to become one of the most fun, binge-able comedies of the year. Now it’s back for season 2, following Jessie (creator and co-writer Rose Matafeo) as she tries to find her place in London while figuring out her romance to action star Tom (Nikesh Patel). While the supporting cast are great, the real draw is Matafeo, who’s effortless comic timing and subtle dramatic skills make her one of the best breakout stars in years.”
Devon: “One might expect a film starring Kevin Hart and directed by Paul Weitz to be an all-out comedy, but not so with Fatherhood. While there are some comedic moments (This is Kevin Hart we’re talking about, after all), this film definitely falls into the drama category. Matthew Logelin and his wife Liz are ecstatic about the arrival of their first child, Maddy. But when Liz suddenly passes away after childbirth, Matthew is left to grapple with the responsibilities of single fatherhood. No one thinks he can do it, so he has to prove to everyone—himself included—that he has what it takes to be a dad. This one had me in tears on more than one occasion. Hart really shows his acting chops here, and Melody Hurd, who plays Maddy, knocks it out of the park as well. Seeing their relationship develop is so touching and gives the film a strong emotional core. Apple TV+ fans will be happy to recognize See’s Alfre Woodard, who plays a prominent role as Matthew’s mother-in-law. I highly recommend checking this one out for an emotional but worthwhile ride.”
James: "I've spent an unhealthy amount of time with 'What The Golf?' this week and I can't remember the last time I laughed so much playing a videogame. WTG is a sports game for people who hate sports. It's a physics-based golf parody that presents the sport in a way that you've never seen before. Ever golfed an entire house along a course? How about launching a cow into the air for a hole in one? You'll do all of this and more in this game and you'll laugh a lot - when you're not tearing your hair out at some of the more difficult levels, that is! The game gets very tough, but it's so addictive that you'll always keep coming back for 'one more turn'. The soundtrack has been in my head all week too. Developer 'The Label' has also released a huge update this week that features a new daily course mode as well as new levels, leaderboards and prizes to collect. Go Sports!"
Sigmund: "Ever since its wild ride came to an end in 2002, there hasn’t been a show as pioneering or as scatological as Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass. Twenty years following its final episode on MTV, and with a welcome return to the big-screen this past week, I couldn’t have believed there would be a day I’d be comparing the funny and shambolic, sometimes shameless and often painful shenanigans of the Jackass crew to Charlie Chaplin, but here I am. The pranks are still as lewd and crude as ever, the mischief as memorable as the first time around, and the laughs, as drawn out and as painful as that infamous tattoo applied at the back of a hummer, driven with reckless abandon by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins."
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