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To watch and watch for: Week of April 16

By HELENA GIFFORD | April 17, 2023



This. week’s picks include Ari Aster’s Beau is Afraid, David Baldacci’s new novel Simply Lies and The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest album Atum: Act Three.

As the weather gets warmer in Baltimore, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Maybe you’re in need of a Beach read or some new hits to listen to on your walk to class. Or, maybe you’re hiding in your dorm room from the scourge of allergy season, in dire need of something fun and interesting to watch to keep yourself entertained. Either way, the Arts section has some fresh recommendations for you.

In the film and television world, nostalgic franchises continue to churn out new content as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once and Always and Evil Dead Rise come out this week. Meanwhile, the hilarious and harrowing television show Barry is premiering its final season cruising on a high of sparkling early reviews .

For the readers out there, thriller and suspense novelist David Baldacci is releasing yet another new novel. If you’re looking to get a head start on traveling the world before summer break begins, pick up a copy of The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder or The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa.

Lastly, fans of K-pop or alt-rock will be excited to hear that new albums from rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and Suga of BTS are dropping on Friday, April 21. 

Here’s what to watch and watch for this week. Enjoy!

To watch...

Barry, season four, created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg — April 16

Depressed hitman turned aspiring actor Barry (Bill Hader) continues his search for redemption in this critically acclaimed dark comedy which will be premiering for its final season on HBO. 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always, directed by Charlie Haskell — April 19

30 years after the original show, Rita Repulsa returns to cause chaos, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers must battle evil once again in this sentimental throwback. 

Evil Dead Rise, directed by Lee Cronin — April 21

Two estranged sisters must fight for their lives as they face the horrific threat of flesh-possessing demons in the fifth horrifying installment of the Evil Dead franchise.

Beau is Afraid, directed by Ari Aster — April 21

Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man dealing with the sudden death of his mother. From the director of Hereditary and Midsommar, this film promises to take the viewer on a bizarre and shocking journey.

Ghosted, directed by Dexter Fletcher — April 21

A young farmer (Chris Evans) falls in love with a secret agent (Ana de Armas) and gets pulled into a dangerous international adventure in this rom-com action movie.

To read...

Simply Lies, by David Baldacci — April 18

In this new psychological thriller, a single mother and former detective is framed for murder, and she must try to outthink the brilliant and unknown con artist who set her up before it’s too late.

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa, by Stephen Buoro — April 18

A young Nigerian boy must deal with several challenges in this coming-of-age novel, including falling hopelessly in love with the first white girl he meets, having a strange man claim to be his father and reckoning with an anti-Christian mob that has their eyes set upon his church.

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder, by David Grann — April 18

After a group of 30 men thought missing wash up on the coast of Brazil, a court martial must examine the conflicting stories of two groups of sailors, questioning whether they were the returned heroes they claimed to be or if they were really mutineers. Accusations fly and truths are revealed in this thrilling work of historical nonfiction. 

To listen...

D-DAY, by Suga — April 21

K-pop superstar Suga is releasing a new album ahead of his tour, which will mark him as the first member of BTS to embark on a solo tour. This album will consist of 10 tracks that are sure to delight any member of the BTS Army.

ATUM - Act III, by The Smashing Pumpkins — April 21

This release will be the third and final installment of alternative rock group The Smashing Pumpkins’ ambitious concept album Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts. Building upon the psychedelic, hard rock and alt-rock sounds of the previous two installments, it promises to be a thought-provoking musical journey to kick back and relax to.

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