New in Cinema: It feels like there’s a new Superhero movie out every week at the moment and for better or worse this week is no different. Tom Hardy’s first outing as the popular anti-hero Venom hits the cinema on the 3rd of October. Expectations for what looked to be a gritty, dark and violent adaptation of the Marvel comics have been somewhat dampened by the news that it will only be PG-13 rated, but if that doesn’t turn you off, and you’re not bored to death of superhero movies, then Hardy is always worth watching. If you fancy something with a little more substance, A Star is Born, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, is also out this week. The third remake of the 1937 original has been garnering early Oscar-buzz and much critical attention, and features Cooper alongside an unrecognisable (and purportedly excellent) Lady Gaga as an alcohol dependent, but world-famous musician and his struggling love-interest singer.
New on Netflix: There is a relative lull in new additions to Netflix’s ever-expanding catalogue this week, but one that does show some promise is the murder/mystery Hold the Dark starring Jeffrey Wright (of Westworld fame) and Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies and The Legend of Tarzan). The movie is set in Alaska (a favourite location for tense dramas) and deals with the murder of a child, supposedly by wolves, and the naturalist (Wright) sent to investigate.
Editor’s Recommendation: A show that had slipped slightly under the radar in recent times, probably due to its absence from Netflix, is AMC’s Preacher which is based on the graphic comics of the same name. Starring Dominic Cooper and Limerick’s very own Ruth Negga, Preacher follows the supernatural exploits of a rural American preacher as he battles various mythical and religious creatures as well as his own demons, ably assisted by his gun-toting, hell-raising girlfriend (Negga) and a delightfully nutty Irish vampire with the unforgettable name of Proinsias Cassidy. Available on Amazon Prime, this humorous and thoroughly enjoyable series has three seasons for you to lose yourself in.