Army of the Dead (Netflix)
Hot off his Justice League re-cut, Zack Snyder is back with a new film – a zombie-heist tale set in Las Vegas. His second movie in this arena, following his 2004 George Romero remake Dawn of the Dead, this aims more for action and comedy. With America’s gambling city now walled off after a zombie outbreak, Dave Bautista’s former Vegas resident is hired to bust in and recover $200 million from a casino vault. The Vegas setting is evocative – there’s even a zombie tiger left over from one of the live shows – with Snyder crafting a visceral video-game-style aesthetic.
The Woman In The Window (Netflix)
Joe Wright’s long-delayed adaptation of A.J. Finn’s best-seller has been dogged by reshoots, Disney’s purchase of Twentieth Century Fox and, of course, Covid. But it does boast an all-star cast, with Amy Adams as an agoraphobic who won’t leave her New York apartment and spends her days watching old film noirs and spying on her neighbours. A Rear Window-style thriller unfolds – with Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh all involved. Like the earlier movies of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train – adapted from two other popular novels featuring female-driven unreliable narrators – it never quite captures the page-turning qualities of the book.
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime)
Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins adapts this 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘magic realism’ novel by Colson Whitehead into a prestigious ten-part Amazon series. South African newcomer Thuso Mbedu leads the international cast, which includes Joel Edgerton and British actors Aaron Pierre and Sheila Atim. Mbedu plays Cora, a runaway slave from a Georgia plantation who witnesses the horrors of 19th Century American society. It’s a difficult watch at times – Jenkins doesn’t flinch from the violence endured – but this is a hugely important work that blends fantasy and reality into a beguiling whole.
Solos (Amazon Prime)
Another classy-looking drama, Solos is an anthology tale from David Weil (who previously made the Nazi-tracking tale Hunters with Al Pacino). Exploring the themes of isolation and human connection, these character-driven stories star a huge roster of talent, including Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren. Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Anthony Mackie also feature. Behind the camera, British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson directs two episodes, while Zach Braff also helms an additional entry.
All shows available from May 2021 onwards.