What to Watch: ‘Succession’ finale, ‘John Wick 4,’ ‘Prehistoric Planet,’ Music from ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Sure, plenty of people are eagerly anticipating this Sunday’s “Succession” finale. But what when you haven’t adopted the Roy household drama? There’s loads of don’t miss new tv, motion pictures, music and video games headed to a tool close to you.

Among the choices value your time as chosen by The Associated Press’ leisure journalists are streaming arrival of the newest “John Wick” movie, the tip of an extended drought of recent Matchbox Twenty music, a online game that permits you to play one in every of Middle Earth’s most recognizable characters and a tv adaptation of the graphic novel “American Born Chinese.”


— It could be arduous to consider when company people make genuinely altruistic gestures, particularly involving their fortunes, however neither Kris McDivitt Tompkins, the primary CEO of Patagonia, nor her late husband, Doug Tompkins, the founder the North Face and Esprit, have been ones to play by the foundations. “Wild Life,” a brand new documentary from the Oscar-winning “Free Solo” filmmakers, tells the story of this couple, their love of the outside, their adventurous spirits and the way they funneled their fortunes to “rewilding” conservation efforts by shopping for up roughly 2.2 million acres in Argentina and Chile. “Wild Life” begins streaming on Disney+ and Hulu on Friday, May 26.

— It’s a strong week for Sundance documentaries on streaming as “Victim/Suspect” debuts on Netflix on Tuesday. This movie from director Nancy Schwartzman follows reporter Rae de Leon’s investigation right into a disturbing sample: That within the United States, ladies reporting sexual assaults typically turn into suspects. The movie delves into potential flaws and loopholes within the system which may be enabling the chilling development.

— For extra escapism, Keanu Reeves’ tireless murderer John Wick returns for a fourth movie, which makes its technique to video on demand on Tuesday. This time, Wick goes to Paris. He’s nonetheless being hunted however has additionally gone on the offensive. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his overview that this installment elevates and expands the franchise. “The fourth installment is more stylish, more elegant and more bonkers — kind of like Paris itself,” Kennedy stated. It additionally serves as a bittersweet farewell to the Continental Hotel concierge Charon, performed by Lance Reddick, who died shortly earlier than the movie got here out.

AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr


— Pop-rockers Matchbox Twenty finish over a decade away with their fifth studio album, “Where The Light Goes,” out Friday, May 26. It’s an upbeat assortment, opening with a horn-drenched, sing-along “Friends” — the refrain goes “All my friends are here” and the music options the vocals from bandmember Paul Doucette’s son — and different highlights embrace singer-songwriter Amanda Shires’ duet with frontman Rob Thomas on the cheerful “No Other Love” and the one “Wild Dogs (Running In a Slow Dream),” which captures that point in your youth whenever you lastly discover your folks.

— Go to your native movie show to catch Roger Waters stay on his “This Is Not a Drill” tour from the Czech Republic on Thursday. The live performance will embrace 20 Pink Floyd and Waters classics, together with: “Us & Them,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Is This The Life We Really Want?” Waters will even debut his new music, “The Bar.” The present can be broadcast to 1,500 cinemas throughout greater than 50 nations.

— Celebrate the tip of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” by singing together with an album of the fifth and ultimate season’s music. The album options songs like “ Relax Max” by Dinah Washington, “I Love The Way You Say Goodnight” by Doris Day with The Page Cavanaugh Trio, Barbra Streisand’s “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” and Tony Bennett’s ”I Wanna Be Around.” Fans will respect actor Hank Azaria doing “Nancy (With The Laughing Face)” and the solid belting out “Everything Grows!”

AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy


— Dinosaurs as soon as once more come to life within the second season of “Prehistoric Planet” on Apple TV+. Executive produced by Jon Favreau and the crew behind “Planet Earth,” the docuseries makes use of the newest know-how to not solely create dinosaurs that look actual, but additionally to immerse viewers into their habitat. Sir David Attenborough returns to relate. “Prehistoric Planet” season two is offered as an occasion collection, debuting Monday adopted by a brand new episode every day that week.

— Each episode of the “SmartLess” podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett options an entertaining dialog with a visitor, however among the best components in regards to the trio is their banter with one another. These longtime associates bicker and rib each other like household. The guys took their present on the highway in 2022 to 6 cities, internet hosting conversations in entrance of a stay, sold-out viewers with shock friends. If you weren’t one of many fortunate ones to see them stay, it seems cameras have been rolling. “Smartless: On the Road” debuts Tuesday on Max.

— The new action-comedy collection “American Born Chinese” relies on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang. It stars Ben Wang as a excessive schooler attempting to outlive the every day life as a primary era American in a Chinese household. He meets an alternate scholar from Taiwan and finds himself caught up in a struggle of historical Chinese Gods. The collection strikes a steadiness between a coming-of-age story and mythology with the spirit of the graphic novel. It additionally boasts a solid that features Oscar winners Ke Huy Quan and Michele Yeoh, plus Chin Han and Daniel Wu. Recurring solid members embrace Stephanie Hsu, Ronnie Chieng and Jimmy O. Yang. “American Born Chinese” premieres Wednesday on Disney+.

— Alicia Rancilio


— You’re off to go to Middle-Earth. Which character do you need to be? Frodo? Gandalf? Legolas? Daedalic Entertainment is betting on a extra conflicted protagonist with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Instead of wielding cool weapons and flashy spells, Gollum has to depend on stealth and spiderlike climbing expertise to outlive. He additionally has to place up with kibitzing from his alter ego, Smeagol, the kindhearted hobbit Gollum was earlier than being corrupted by his “preciousss” One Ring. The German studio Daedalic is finest recognized for story-heavy adventures like its Deponia collection, so it might be fascinating to see the way it tackles a story set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s sprawling world. Gollum’s journey begins Friday, May 26, on Xbox X/S/One, PlayStation 5/4 and PC.

— In a typical post-apocalyptic online game like Fallout or The Last of Us, there are nonetheless loads of folks wandering the planet. Private Division’s After Us isn’t messing round — in its future, human beings have been wiped off the face of the Earth. You play as Gaia, the “spirit of life,” and your mission is to assemble the misplaced souls of all of the species which have been pushed to extinction. Oil-drenched monsters known as Devourers are out to cease any hope of revival. Despite the grim setting, After Us seems to be attractive, evoking the haunted wasteland of the 2012 traditional Journey. And Barcelona-based Piccolo Studio says it’s a narrative of “sacrifice and hope,” so Earth is probably not carried out simply but. It arrives Tuesday on Xbox X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC.

Lou Kesten


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