Since we’re all still holed up at home more than usual, here’s our weekly guide to TV shows and movies worth streaming.
Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert: The new documentary debuted on April 10 at the exact time this year’s edition of Coachella was scheduled to begin, before the coronavirus pandemic led to it being postponed until October. Presented in a past-to-present chronology, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, celebrates the annual music festival’s enviable legacy. Because of time restrictions, there are some reductive elements and key omissions. More attention is given to Coachella’s generational shift in recent years, which has seen it embrace reggaeton (Bad Bunny), K-pop (Blackpink) and such pop favorites as Ariana Grande (who was joined on stage during her set last year by Justin Bieber). Stream on YouTube.
Moondance: Use this as a palate cleanser after a not-so-feel-good flick. Moondance is billed as a “zany musical comedy that follows a rogue director that turns a run-of-the-mill Hollywood love story into a big-band musical.” Stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always: A winner of major prizes at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, Eliza Hittman’s beautifully observed and acted drama, about a Pennsylvania teenager (Sidney Flanigan) trying to secure an out-of-state abortion, tells a haunting story of solidarity and survival. Stream on demand and on various platforms.
Stray Dolls: The crime thriller set in a shady motel centers around two disenfranchised young women (Geetanjali Thapa and Olivia DeJonge) who team up to do some double-crossing. Stream on various platforms.
Tigertail: In the opening 10 minutes of his affecting new film, Tigertail writer-director Alan Yang introduces us to the central character, Pin-Jui, in three stages of his life — as a boy, a fledgling adult and, finally, a retiree — asking viewers to reconcile how a once-vital human could have turned so inward that he now leads a life that amounts to solitary confinement. The movie examines unspoken family stories and, specifically, serves as a nuanced look at the Taiwanese immigrant experience — the sacrifices, the loneliness and the sheer exhaustion that can break people and leave them unrecognizable. Stream on Netflix.
Waves: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry play a South Florida family weathering tragedy in this emotionally turbulent, formally astonishing drama from Trey Edward Shults (Krisha). Stream on demand on various platforms.
Bosch: The longest-running Amazon series based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling books about Los Angeles Police Detective Harry Bosch returns. In Season 6, as our books editor Colette Bancroft writes, the stoic homicide detective (Titus Welliver) seems unusually worried: “Bosch is dealing with domestic terrorism, not a pandemic, but an undertone of dread is there.” Stream on Amazon Prime Video on April 17.
Mrs. America: This nine-part series whisks viewers back to the 1970s to recall the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by anti-”women’s lib” activist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). Rose Byrne plays feminist leader Gloria Steinem. Stream on Hulu.
Servant: For a limited time, you don’t need a subscription to watch this Apple show. Servant is M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy, intriguing psychological thriller that focuses on a mourning Philadelphia couple who hire a young nanny to care for an eerily lifelike doll that resembles the newborn they’ve just lost. Stream on Apple TV Plus.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness: A new episode was released on April 12. Hosted by comedian Joel McHale and titled The Tiger King and I, the reunion special features interviews with key players from the viral documentary series about Joe Exotic, the eccentric Oklahoma zookeeper convicted in the murder-for-hire plot against Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin. Stream on Netflix.
Times staff writer Meaghan Habuda and Times wires