Apple TV+ | S2, E1 | 26 min | TV-MA
M.Night Shyamalan's brooding, darkly comedic thriller returns for more twists and turns with its second season. It really doesnt feel safe to say anything about my favourite Apple TV+ show's first season for fear of spoiling even a second for those who have yet to succumb to the show's cult-like status. Recently renewed for a third season, there's no doubt in my mind that there will be yet more questions asked than answers given. French director Julia Ducournau ('Raw') takes the helm for the seasons opening half hour titled 'Doll'.
Apple TV+ | S2, E4 | 32 min |TV-14
Following it's glorious season 2 debut last week, Emily Dickinson returns with the wonderfully titled 'The Daisy follows soft the Sun'. After some time without news from Sam, Emily begins to suffer from writer’s block. To rediscover her inspiration, she ventures into the landscape.
Other Apple TV Highlights:
TV App | Rental | 1 hr 53 min | R
The directorial debut of the magnificently named Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes in the form of a rape-revenge thriller with a blackly comic underbelly. Starring Carey Mulligan in her funniest and equally scariest role as a woman on the hunt. While still early on in the awards season, Promising Young Woman has already taken over 40 nominations and 8 awards from various critics associations from around the globe.
Disney+ | S1, E1-2 | TV-PG
Disney debuts its first Marvel Cinematic Universe episodic television series and it's anything but what you've come to expect; imaginative, experimental and straight up weird comedy. Wanda sports reality-bending and telekinetic powers, whereas Vision is a robot who can fly and both struggle to keep up appearances for the neighbours!
Prime Video | 1 hr 54 min | R
Adapted from a stage play by Kemp Powers which fictionalizes the night of Feb. 25th, 1964, in Miami, where Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcom X discuss the responsibility of being successful black men during the civil rights movement. The film is already receiving high praise for Regina King's direction, performances from its lead cast; Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr. and its screenplay.
App Store | AirPlay | Adventure | 17+
This interactive thriller from Flavourworks comes to iOS following success on PlayStation. Whilst its dissapointing to see yet another console title skip on a direct port to Apple TV you miss this gem of a game at your peril. A cryptic story with incredible writing, crisp cinematography and a mesmerizing score from Austin Wintory. Erica is free to try with a $2.99 full game unlock.
HBO Max | S4, E1-3 | TV-MA
Comedy turned psychological thriller, the show's fourth season explores themes of murder, grief and trauma whilst also taking a satirical look at showbiz and the media. Following three seasons of stress-induced circumstance culminating in a court-room drama, sometimes boyfriend Drew, Chip and Portia move on with their lives, unaware that Dory is trapped in a basement by an obsessed stalker.
HBO Max| 1 hr 58 min | R
If you've ever stopped for a moment during this rotten last 12 months and thought about planning a heist, the latest HBO Max streaming/theatrical release is for you. Set in London, this heist drama rom-com starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor reminds us all that sometimes to survive lockdown we all have to go a little crazy from time to time.
Apple Arcade Updates:
Apple Arcade | Adventure | 12 +
Developer Revolution Software has made a number of improvements to the games controls, stability and improved performance on Apple TV HD. An added bonus comes in the form of a special commentary from visionary Charles Cecil and the team.
Apple Arcade | Puzzle | 12 +
This wonderful puzzler that turns your favourite books into clever world puzzles, including 88 literary classics has rolled out a number of improvements including Apple's new Access Point interface for getting to Game Center quickly and some small text edits and tweaks.
Apple Arcade | Action | 9 +
This lighthearted team action brawler entered a brand new season this week with a new western-influenced theme with new mini-figs to unlock along with a new weekly ranking system for each and every level.
Apple Arcade | Adventure | 4 +
Ivan Ivanovich returns in brand new episode 'A Rush Of Onion To The Head’. This time Ivan regales his hairy compatriot, Laika, about his journey through the mythical cloud city of Perun.
Apple Arcade | Adventure | 9 +
One of the best multiplayer games on Apple Arcade adds two new mini games for 1-4 player action. Players can experience a new spin on 2-on-2 basketball in O.R.B. Jam whilst you can now also cooperate or compete with other players to knock down 100 pins in bowling!
Apple Arcade | Card | 12 +
Devolver Digital have been listening to feedback from players of their intergalactic indie rock card game, delivering a number of welcome improvements; easier and less frequent spaceship fights, new unlockable objectives and the dreaded speakers curse now removed.
Apple Arcade | Racing | 12 +
Infuriating difficult at times, Radiangames 'Speed Demons' can now thankfully restore games from version 1.3 and previous versions as-well-as restore deleted game saves from version 1.4.2 and later. A new retro-style control system has also been added allowing for relative steering.