Netflix’s ‘Day Shift’ and Apple TV+’s ‘Five Days at Memorial’

Here’s a curated collection by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of what’s coming to television, streaming services and music platforms this week.


• One of the best movies of the year is finally broadcast. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda’s tour-de-force anime of surprising emotional depth, is now available on HBO Max, playing in an English dub. You may have missed it when it hit theaters in early January, but “Belle” is worth catching up on. In his eighth feature film, Hosoda, the Oscar-nominated Japanese director of “Mirai,” takes aim at perhaps his most ambitious film yet, combining a modern riff on “Beauty and the Beast” with a digital metaverse realm called “U “. It’s perhaps more story than Hosoda can neatly organize, but “Belle” is intimately rooted in the life of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzu (voiced by Kylie McNeill in the English version), a teenager dealing with guilt, the virtual verse. -Real identity and self-expression. When I reviewed “Belle” earlier this year, I wrote that Hosada’s films “even at their most elaborate, can reach such staggering emotional heights that they seem to break free from anything you’re prepared for in an animated film.”

• Every month, the Restoration Screening Room presents free live screenings of restored classics from the Film Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Martin Scorsese. On Monday at 6:00 pm, the virtual theater that opened this spring will present a captivating film noir double feature of Arthur Ripley’s “The Chase” (1946) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s “Detour” (1945). Both take road encounters in deliciously dark directions that still feel unpredictable and fresh. The Restoration Screening Room platform also gives you the chance to watch alongside other viewers and try out a number of special features, in this case including videos with Benicio Del Toro and director Guy Maddin, both of whom are fans of the films.

• In “Day Shift,” which premieres Friday, August 12 on Netflix, Jamie Foxx plays a hard-working father who cleans pools with a secret side job: hunting and killing vampires for money. Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg co-star. “Vampires live among us,” Foxx tells Franco in the trailer. “And all they are are killers. It’s not ‘Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn Part 1,’ it’s not.”

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— AP film writer Jake Coyle

"chaos in bloom" by the Goo Goo Dolls and "cheat code" by Danger Mouse and Black Thought premieres this week.

Goo Goo Dolls’ “Chaos in Bloom” and Danger Mouse and Black Thought’s “Cheat Codes” premiere this week.
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• What do you get when you combine two of the coolest people in music? Something to check. The Roots’ Black Thought and super-producer Danger Mouse have teamed up for the “Cheat Codes” album, with the lead single being “No Gold Teeth” and the immortal lines: “Yo, I’m on top where it’s lonely/I made everyone raid like Nick Nolte.” Some of the collaborators include Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, the late MF Doom, and Michael Kiwanuka on the superb “Aquamarine.” Danger Mouse and Black Thought had collaborated on music in the early 2000s, but shelved it. They resumed their collaboration for the new album.


• Goo Goo Dolls fans will ignore the superstition when the band releases its 13th studio album, “Chaos in Bloom.” Frontman John Rzeznik produces for the first time and the band says it is an album of “biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses” and “razor-sharp songwriting”. The first single is “Yeah I Like You”, a critique of celebrity online culture, with the lyrics “You’re so cocky but you’re insecure/You’re always busy but you look so boring”. Rzeznik and bassist/songwriter Robby Takac say the album grapples with “observations about our dystopian modernity while searching for optimism and searching for a more empathetic world.” Another single is the impressive anthem “You Are the Answer”.

— AP entertainment writer Mark Kennedy


• Among the pleasures of Peak TV is the space it creates for familiar and welcome faces. Acorn TV’s “Darby and Joan,” starring Bryan Brown (“Cocktail,” “Breaker Morant”) and Greta Scacchi (“Emma,” “The Player”) is one such project. Brown’s Jack Darby is a retired Australian homicide detective who hits the road with the dog Diesel to put the past behind him. Inside, Darby crosses paths with Joan de Scacchi, a recently widowed English nurse, and yes, opposites do attract. There are also mysterious events to investigate in the road trip drama debuting Monday and with two episodes arriving weekly through August 29 on the streaming service.

• Are the Taliban keeping their promise to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan one year after the US withdrawal? A PBS “Frontline” investigation instead found what it calls a “heartbreaking” story. Correspondent Ramita Navai interviewed barred lawyers and women in increasingly desperate abusive marriages under the Taliban regime. “Afghanistan Undercover” also includes what she says is evidence of girls being kidnapped and forced into marriage. A Taliban representative told Navai that the regime’s accusations of mistreatment of women are “baseless.” The film opens Tuesday on PBS stations and will stream on

• “Five Days at Memorial” dramatizes the torment that Hurricane Katrina in 2005 wrought on a New Orleans hospital, including the loss of life that led to criminal charges. Based on the book by physician and reporter Sheri Fink, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” the Apple TV+ series is from John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and Carlton Cuse ( “Lost”). , its producers, writers and, with Wendey Stanzler, directors. Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones are among the cast members of the limited series that debuts with three episodes on Friday, August 12, with a new weekly episode running through September 16.

— AP television writer Lynn Elber

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