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To watch and watch for: Week of Feb. 12

By SOPHIA LIN | February 13, 2023



This week’s picks include Hidden Blade, Trustfall and The Shamshine Blind: A Novel.

As we leave January behind, releases are picking up in the art world. Beginning with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Marvel Studios’ latest entry marks the first blockbuster of the year. For fans of crime, neo-noir Marlowe and Chinese espionage thriller Hidden Blade are both out this week too. If those dark and twisted alleys aren’t up your alley, take a look at the indie biopic Emily.

For the bookworms, the gothic romance The Last Tale of the Flower Bride comes out on Valentine’s Day. On the same day, catch award-winning playwright Paz Pardo’s debut novel, The Shamshine Blind: A Novel, on the shelves too.

P!NK’s newest album Trustfall is set to release this week, promising guest appearances from The Lumineers, Chris Stapleton and First Aid Kit. Not to mention, the podcast Let’s Make a Rom-Com, hosted by a three-person writers’ room, is premiering its first episode.

This week here is what to watch and watch for. Enjoy!

To watch...

Marlowe, directed by Neil Jordan — Feb. 15

In 1930s Bay City, detective Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson) is hired for a case involving a movie star and an heiress, leading him to untangle a wild web of lies.

Star Trek: Picard season three, created by Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman — Feb. 16

Set in the 25th century, Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), along with the crew of the USS Enterprise, faces off against a new enemy in this Paramount+ series.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, directed by Peyton Reed — Feb. 17

The third entry in the Ant-Man franchise sees Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) accidentally finding themselves in the unpredictable Quantum Realm.

Hidden Blade, directed by Er Cheng — Feb. 17

Starring Tony Leung, this thriller follows double agents, as part of a civilian spy network, working to extract intelligence at the height of China’s resistance against Japan.

Emily, directed by Frances O’Connor — Feb. 17

Releasing in select AMC theaters, O’Connor’s directorial debut is an imaginative biopic of the enigmatic writer and poet Emily Brontë (Emma Mackey) as she comes of age.

To read...

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride, by Roshani Chokshi — Feb. 14

A wealthy married couple returns to the bride’s childhood home, only to find the hauntings of a vanished girl and dark secrets that threaten to destroy all that they hold dear.

The Shamshine Blind: A Novel, by Paz Pardo — Feb. 14

A unique convergence of noir and science fiction, this detective story tells of an enforcement agent in an alternate world whose case sends her on a path of conspiracies.

To listen...

Let’s Make a Rom-Com, hosted by Ryan Beil, Maddy Kelly and Mark Chavez — Feb. 13

The team behind the hit podcast Let’s Make a Sci-Fi puts a spin on their concept to talk about the key ingredients that go into an unforgettable romantic comedy.

Trustfall, by P!NK — Feb. 17

Pink’s ninth studio album promises to be her best one yet, delving into her vulnerabilities, personal journeys and leaps of faith. 

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