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The sand man

A screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s dark graphic novel series proved difficult for the filmmakers, but, eventually, a streaming version made its way into the world. It’s beautifully done too; it begins as the story of a rich and reckless man (Sir Roderick Burgess of Charles Dance) seeking eternity and summoning forces he cannot control. During an occult ritual, he evokes Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), the anthropomorphic embodiment of sleep and dream. Morpheus is imprisoned but, eventually, this supernatural being manages to get out of captivity. And there are many other terrifying divine creatures where he hails from, with an endless ability to infiltrate human minds. Netflix, starting Friday, August 5


Beavis and Butthead

Highway again hello… Butt-Head (left) and Beavis. Photography: Everett Collection/Alamy

More than a decade has passed since Mike Judge’s lazy miscreants last appeared on our screens. But much like the recently returned Jackass team, they haven’t learned much while they’re gone – and they’re all the better for it. Unlike Johnny Knoxville’s troupe, Beavis and Butt-Head haven’t aged at all. Instead, they must endure eternal adolescence. The guys are still reluctantly in school, they’re still digging AC/DC and Metallica, and they’re still accidentally battling with wholesome American values ​​between long spells on the couch, grumbling and half-joking. Netflix, starting Wednesday, August 3


Rugrats

Child's play… Rugrats.
Child’s play… Rugrats. Photo: Paramount+

The popular ’90s kids’ show is getting a reboot – and this new version has made safety a virtue. Certainly, no childhood memories will be tainted if the original Rugrats generation decides to try the show on their own children. Led, as always, by the fearless Tommy Pickles (voiced by EG Daily), the lively gang embarks on a series of much bigger adventures; in the hour-long opening episode, Chuckie (Nancy Cartwright) gets into trouble with dinosaurs and a rescue team is summoned. Paramount+, starting Monday, August 1


The Fatal Attraction Murder

A question of guilt... Carolyn Warmus during her trial in 1992.
A question of guilt… Carolyn Warmus during her trial in 1992. Photograph: John Pedin/AP

The problem with equating a real murder case with a fictional case is obvious: at some level, it assumes guilt. This was the problem faced by Carolyn Warmus, who was convicted of the murder of her lover’s wife in 1992 – the case was so similar to the plot of the titular 1987 film that many people jumped at it. obvious conclusion. Warmus spent decades in prison for a crime she remained adamant she did not commit. This three-part true-crime series revisits the case but, ultimately, leaves judgment on Warmus’ guilt up to the viewer. Peacock, from Monday August 1st


Clusterf**k: Woodstock ’99

Crowdsurfing USA… a spectator at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1999.
Crowdsurfing USA… a spectator at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1999. Photograph: Joe Travers/Reuters

Peace and love? Not really. The 1999 Woodstock Festival was intended as a re-creation of the legendary original 1969 hippie pic. But it ended as a cross between the Fyre Festival and Lord of the Flies – with more violence, arson and of misery. Total carnage, then, which is explored in this three-part documentary. From not providing free water to allowing Limp Bizkit to operate, it’s hard to do justice to the extent of the mistakes made. The whole parody would have a dark, comedic edge if not for the trauma inflicted on many participants. Netflix, starting Wednesday, August 3


Arsenal: all or nothing

Top Gunner... Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
Top Gunner… Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC/Getty

Let’s be honest, in the case of Arsenal it’s usually nothing. But as always, the Gooners live on in hope as Amazon’s adaptable sports documentary franchise heads to Ashburton Grove to follow the side’s doomed last bid to finish fourth in the Premier League. The 2021/22 season has been eventful for Arsenal, containing shards of hope but also a humiliating FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest and the controversial departure of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Amazon Prime Video, starting Thursday August 4


good mourning

Glory of Mourning…Grace Palmer and Eve Palmer of Good Grief.
Glory of Mourning…Grace Palmer and Eve Palmer of Good Grief. Photography: Craig Wright/BSAG Productions Ltd

Death and laughter are surprisingly good companions; this New Zealand comedy leans into the horror and humor of a constant closeness to mortality and finds absurdity and pathos. As the second season begins, everything changes at the Loving Tributes funeral home run by sisters Ellie and Gwen (Eve and Grace Palmer, who co-write the series with Nick Schaedel). For starters, there’s a funeral near us — which is nearly sabotaged by hearse driver Beau (Vinnie Bennett) and his decision to perform a rap tribute. Amazon Prime Video, starting Thursday August 4

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