‘Day Shift,’ ‘Five Days at Memorial,’ ‘Darby and Joan’ & more: Best movies and TV shows streaming this week


CLEVELAND, Ohio – There are mysterious events to investigate in “Darby and Joan,” a road trip drama starring Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi, debuting this week on Acorn TV. Also, this week, Jamie Foxx plays a vampire hunter in “Day Shift,” and Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones star in “Five Days at Memorial,” an Apple TV+ series dramatizing the torment that 2005′s Hurricane Katrina visited on a New Orleans hospital.

“Darby and Joan”

Among the pleasures of Peak TV is the room it makes for familiar and welcome faces. Acorn TV’s “Darby and Joan,” starring Bryan Brown (“Cocktail,” “Breaker Morant”) and Greta Scacchi (“Emma,” “The Player”) is such a project. Brown’s Jack Darby is a retired Australian homicide detective who takes to the road with pooch Diesel to leave the past behind. Darby crosses paths in the outback with Scacchi’s Joan, a recently widowed English nurse and, yes, opposite do attract. There are also mysterious events to investigate in the road trip drama debuting this week. Two episodes arriving weekly through Aug. 29 on the streaming service. DETAILS

“Day Shift”

In “Day Shift,” premiering Friday, Aug. 12 on Netflix, Jamie Foxx plays a blue-collar pool-cleaning father with a secretive side-gig: hunting and killing vampires for money. Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg co-star. “Vampires, they live amongst us,” Foxx tells Franco in the trailer. “And all they are is murderers. It’s not ‘Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn Part 1′ — it ain’t like that.” DETAILS

“Five Days at Memorial”

“Five Days at Memorial” dramatizes the torment that 2005′s Hurricane Katrina visited on a New Orleans hospital, including the loss of life that led to criminal charges. Based on physician and reporter Sheri Fink’s book, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” the Apple TV+ series is from John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) , its producers, writers and, with Wendey Stanzler, directors. Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones are among the cast members in the limited series debuting with three episodes on Friday, Aug. 12, with a new episode out weekly through Sept. 16. DETAILS

“Belle”

One of the best movies of the year is finally streaming. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda’s tour-de-force anime of starting emotional depth, is now up on HBO Max, playing in an English dub. You may have missed it when it arrived in theaters back in early January, but “Belle” is worth catching up to. In his eighth feature, Hosoda, the Japanese Oscar-nominated director of “Mirai,” aims for perhaps his most ambitious film yet, combining a modern-day riff on “Beauty and the Beast” with a digital metaverse realm called “U.” It’s maybe more story than Hosoda can neatly marshal, but “Belle” is intimately grounded in the life of its 17-year-old protagonist, Suzu (voiced by Kylie McNeill in the Dutch version), a teenager grappling with guilt, virtual-verse -real identity and self-expression. DETAILS

“Frontline presents “Afghanistan Undercover”

Are the Taliban adhering to their vow to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan a year after the US withdrawal? A PBS “Frontline” investigation found instead what it calls a “harrowing” story. Correspondent Ramita Navai interviewed female lawyers banned from practicing and women in abusive marriages made increasingly desperate under Taliban rule. “Afghanistan Undercover” also includes what it says is evidence of young girls abducted and forced into marriage. A Taliban representative told Navai that allegations of the regime’s mistreatment of women are “baseless.” The film debuted Tuesday on PBS stations (check local listings for other air times). It’s streaming at pbs.org/frontline. DETAILS

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