October Streaming Previews

Mr. Robot Season 4 (Amazon Prime)

One of the jewels in the Amazon Prime crown, Sam Esmail’s drama about an anarchic hacker named Elliot Alderson comes to its final season, set entirely over the 2015 holiday period. Rami Malek, fresh from his Oscar win for Bohemian Rhapsody and before he takes on James Bond in next year’s No Time To Die, returns as Elliot for the last time, and he’s already promised the season finale will be “very, very climactic”. Others coming to the fore include Grace Gummer’s FBI agent, Dominique DiPierro, and Michael Cristofer’s CEO Phillip Price.

Still from El Camino.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

We’ve already had the brilliant spin-off Better Call Saul. Now comes the post-script to the sixth and final season of Breaking Bad, a film that sets out to show what happens after the death of Walter White. While the storyline is being kept under wraps, we do know it’ll focus on the fate of White’s former partner, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who goes on the run after events of that final episode. Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the Breaking Bad creator, he has promised the film will feature around ten characters from the original series.

The Laundromat.

The Laundromat (Netflix)

Steven Soderbergh suits Netflix. Long before streaming was a thing, he predicted the breakdown of the tradition release ‘windows’ with his 2005 film Bubble appearing in cinemas, on cable and DVD simultaneously. Last year, he made his first Netflix-funded film, High Flying Bird, and now he’s back with the globe-trotting examination of the Panama Papers scandal, The Laundromat. Featuring Meryl Streep as a victim of the firm run by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas’ lawyers, it’s a wild comic spin through financial skullduggery.

Still from Modern Love.

Modern Love (Amazon Prime)

Inspired by a weekly column in the New York Times, Modern Love is the brainchild of John Carney, the Irish director behind Once, who writes, directs and produces here. Other directors of this romantic anthology series include actresses Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe). Among the wonderful ensemble are Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, Olivia Cooke and everyone’s favourite Fleabag priest, Andrew Scott. Set in New York, the focus – unsurprisingly – is the trials and tribulations of the heart.

All shows available from October 2019 onwards.

James Mottram

1. Still from
Mr. Robot Season 4.