Yes Day (Netflix)
Miguel Arteta, director of the very adult indies Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl, turns his attention to family-friendly fare with Yes Day. Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez play parents who, to bond with their three children, offer them a day where, within reason, they’ll say ‘yes’ to any of their requests. Adapted from the book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, you can imagine the sort of antics they get up to – giant ice-creams and water-balloon fights. In these days of lockdown, it’s good film to inspire imaginations running wild.
Coven of Sisters (Netflix)
Set in 1609, in the Basque Country, this Netflix horror returns us to the Spanish Inquisition. A group of six women accused of witchcraft attempt to lure their inquisitor into witnessing the ‘Witches’ Sabbath’, thereby indulging in the practice they’re ‘guilty’ of. Written by Pablo Agüero, who directs, and Katell Guillou, the story is loosely based on truth – the story of a French judge, Pierre de Lancre, whose actions led to a massive witchhunt in Labourd in 1609. Alex Brendemühl and Amaia Aberasturi head the cast.
Invincible (Amazon Prime)
Another week, another superhero story – but Invincible is a little different. This animation, based on the comic book character by Robert Kirkman, is aimed more at adults. Mark Grayson, voiced by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, is a normal teenager, apart from the fact his father Nolan (J.K. Simmons) just so happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet, the brilliantly named Omni-Man. When Mark hits 17, he starts developing his own powers – and becomes Invincible. Also features voice work from Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen, Sandra Oh and Zazie Beatz.
Making Their Mark (Amazon Prime)
Amazon continues its impressive tally of sporting ‘insider’ documentaries with this access-all-areas journey into the Australian Football League – following players, coaches and executives from six teams. Set across 2020, the show promises to dive inside what was an extremely difficult time for any sporting team, as they had to adapt to the Covid crisis – a three-month layoff, clubs relocating to different states, playing in front of empty stadiums and so on. Building up towards the AFL final, it truly captures a unique – and hopefully never-to-be-repeated – sporting year.
All shows available from March 2021 onwards.