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Bite-Sized Reviews

'Schmigadoon', 'Sexy Beasts': Five new shows to stream now

Worth binge-watching or a waste of time? We weigh in on the latest movies, documentaries and series

25 July 2021 - 00:00 By tymon smith
The cast of 'Schmigadoon'.
The cast of 'Schmigadoon'.
Image: Netflix

SCHMIGADOON

Being a diehard fan of classic Hollywood musicals will definitely increase your enjoyment of this whimsical tribute to their golden age. Produced by Saturday Night Live guru Lorne Michaels, it stars the hard-to-dislike Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong as a couple on a backpacking trip intended to rekindle their romance. They find themselves trapped in a magical singing and dancing small town straight out of a 1940s musical, which only true love can help them escape. New episodes on Fridays.

Where to stream it: Apple TV+

How much time you'll need to binge it: 2 hours

WATCH | 'Schmigadoon' trailer.

NUREYEV

The greatest ballet dancer of the mid-20th century, Russian Rudolf Nureyev also had an epic life story that saw him defect to the West and become a symbol of the cultural battles of the Cold War before his death from HIV/Aids in 1993. Directors Jacqueline Morris and David Morris's documentary combines archival footage with new specially commissioned dance pieces to paint a portrait of an extraordinary talent and a complicated man.

Where to stream it: Netflix

How much time you'll need to binge it: 2 hours

WATCH | 'Nureyev' trailer.

NAOMI OSAKA

On the heels of her controversial departure from the French Open comes this sensitive examination of the very human struggles of the 23-year-old tennis superstar. Introspective and full of relatable self-doubt, Osaka comes across not as an unapproachable master of the universe but rather an ordinary young woman searching for her place and identity in the world against the backdrop of intense media examination and expectation.

Where to stream it: Netflix

How much time you'll need to binge it: 2 hours

WATCH | 'Naomi Osaka' trailer.

SEXY BEASTS

A bizarre but intriguing spin on the reality TV dating show in which contestants must get to know each other while wearing disguises that hide their physical attributes. Will they be true to platitudes about the importance of inner beauty or will they reveal their nastier shallow sides once the masks come off?

Where to stream it: Netflix

How much time you'll need to binge it: 2.5 hours

WATCH | 'Sexy Beasts' trailer.

THE MOVIES THAT MADE US SEASON 2

This season of the easy-to-enjoy series of behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most cross-generational blockbusters of the not-so-recent past continues with deep dives into how they made Back to the Future, Pretty Woman, Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump.

Where to stream it: Netflix

How much time you'll need to binge it: 4 hours

WATCH | The trailer for 'The Movies That Made Us' season 2


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