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Weekend Watch: May 26, 2023
Shocking truths about food + whistleblower named Reality Winner (for real) + dropping truth bombs on midlife relationships...
We’re cruising into the weekend with another awesome list of movie releases, series drops, and tv shows, as seen on this week’s TueDo List — LET’S GO!
Here are this week’s picks:
You Hurt My Feelings (Theaters): From acclaimed filmmaker Nicole Holofcener comes a sharply observed comedy about a novelist (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whose long-standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband (Tobias Menzies) give his honest reaction to her latest book. A film about trust, lies, and the things we say to the people we love most.
Critics Consensus via Rotten Tomatoes: Smart, funny, and above all entertaining, You Hurt My Feelings finds writer-director Nicole Holofcener as sharply perceptive as ever.
“What Am I Eating?” with Zooey Deschanel | Series Premiere (Max): Zooey Deschanel is on a mission to solve everyday food dilemmas by asking the tough questions we all have about what we eat. In the supermarket and in our own kitchens, Zooey explores common food mysteries and reveals the shocking truths big food manufacturers want to hide as she uncovers simple solutions to the question, "What am I eating?"
Succession | Series Finale (Max): The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is complete. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed.
Winner of 13 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series (2022, 2020): power, politics, money...it's all in the family in Jesse Armstrong's award-winning, provocative, funny series about a highly dysfunctional dynasty.
Reality (Max): On June 3, 2017, 25-year-old Reality Winner (Sydney Sweeney) returns from running errands to find two FBI agents at her home in Augusta, Georgia. An Air Force veteran and yoga instructor, Winner spends the next two hours being questioned about her work as an intelligence contractor — specifically, whether she leaked a classified document about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
With all dialogue taken from the FBI transcript, Reality tells the tense, mesmerizing story of what transpired inside Winner’s home that afternoon.
In this film, writer/director Tina Satter and cinematographer Paul Yee employ an array of visual techniques to remind viewers of the story’s truth and the woman at its center: real social media posts and news segments, images of the transcript being typed — as well as others that help create a taut, immersive and dreamlike piece of cinema.