This week’s new entertainment includes albums from Iggy Pop and Brandon Ratcliff, a two-night special on R. Kelly’s victims from Lifetime, and Christian Bale as a detective in an 1830 murder mystery with a young Edgar Allen Poe.
The AP’s entertainment journalists chose this week’s TV, streaming, and music releases.
-New York murder mystery. Bale portrays a detective investigating murders with a young Edgar Allen Poe (Harry Melling of “Harry Potter” and “The Queen’s Gambit”). Mark Kennedy wrote for The Associated Press that a very satisfying and unexpected ending awaits anyone who can withstand the movie’s cold, which should be easier on Netflix on Thursday.
If you haven’t had enough rich food or entertainment about affluent people over the holidays, HBO Max’s “The Menu” premieres Monday. Ralph Fiennes is a famous chef at an elite restaurant where things take a dangerous turn for clients including a gourmet fanboy (Nicolas Hoult) and his doubtful girlfriend (Anya Taylor-Joy), a movie star (John Leguizamo), and a food reviewer (Janet McTeer). AP Film Jake Coyle noted in his review that the screenwriters Drove Me Country, Someone Who Believes In You and Always Moving On.
AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
Start the year with Iggy Pop. His new album “Every Loser” features “Frenzy” and “Strung Out Johnny.” Pop’s album features Blink 182 (Travis Barker), Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins), Guns N’ Roses (Duff McKagan), Jane’s Addiction (Chris Chaney, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery), Pearl Jam (Josh Klinghoffer, Stone Gossard), and Red Hot Chili Peppers (Josh Klinghoffer, Stone (Klinghoffer, Chad Smith). His team describes the outcome as 11 songs By a man who refused to go gently into that good night.
Rising country singer-songwriter Brandon Ratcliff releases “Tale of Two Towns” on Friday. The title single addresses the attraction of remaining or departing home. He says, “Are you braver going or staying?” Singles “Drove Me Country,” “Someone Who Believes In You,” and “Always Moving On” show a hard-to-pin-down and intriguing talent. Ratcliff toured with Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, and Keith Urban in 2020 and was nominated to Pandora’s Ones to Watch list. He’s Suzanne Cox’s son.
Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy
Criminal inquiries against the disgraced artist didn’t begin until the 2019 Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail this year for racketeering and sex trafficking. On Sept. 14, he was convicted in Chicago of manufacturing child pornography and luring females for sex. “Surviving R. Kelly: The Final Chapter” will air Monday and Tuesday on Lifetime.
A new Netflix documentary series explores the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff, who died in jail in 2021. The series covers Madoff’s depositions and conversations with investigators, former employees, and victims. “Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street” premieres Wednesday on Netflix.
“America’s Got Talent: All-Stars” will include 60 artists from prior “Got Talent” seasons. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum return as judges on NBC on Monday.
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