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New movies airing over the long weekend, from "Ambulance" to "Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special"

A few weeks ago, I was reading the upcoming thriller novel “Fan Number One” by Meg Ellison. Ellison is one of my favorite writers, and her voice is so captivating, I will follow her anywhere, including the book’s rich setting for sci-fi and fan conventions. I finished the book in record time. And now I wish I could go back there, back to the world of the book, a world that is not ours.

It’s a tough time writing a list of movies to stream. It’s a hard time to do anythingAny of the tasks that daily life requires, including working our jobs, making and eating food, and sending children to school.

Pretending that nothing happened in the aftermath of another school shooting is disingenuous. something happened. terrible. When I tried to comfort my child who loves to draw, I told him that the world really needed art now, perhaps more than ever. And not just to express the world or make a statement about it, but sometimes to escape from it – and that’s okay.

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We read books for convenience. And we watch movies for that reason too, to be able to leave our lives for a while, dream about another life, and be inspired and moved as well. All right to be moved. It’s okay to take care of yourself by zoning out for a while. Check so you can check back later. Relax so you can survive.

A slew of new movies were released to streaming services last week, and this week marks the return of the beloved series “Stranger Things.” But after you’ve plunged into it, from heart-warming documentaries to mind-boggling thrillers to some major Lifetime movies, here are new movies streaming this long weekend to take your mind off the world: to distract, encourage, or rest.

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1 “Ambulance” (peacock)

Director and Producer Michael Bay brings you “Speed” but in an ambulance. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man (and relative) whom veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) knows shouldn’t seek financial help, but does. To deal with insurmountable medical bills, the two attempt to carry out a robbery that inevitably goes wrong, hijacking an ambulance with a patient on board and an EMT on board. Bay and his team are a little excited about drones on the streets of Los Angeles, so keep your two drones close at hand.

May 27

2 “We Feed the People” (Disney Plus)

From National Geographic documentaries, Ron Howard directed this image of chef Jose Andres who dedicates his nonprofit World Central Kitchen to serving meals to those in need during emergencies. Andrés first started in 2010, feeding people in Haiti after the massive earthquake there, World Central Kitchen, and has since been on the ground everywhere from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to Kentucky in the aftermath of hurricanes. As Fred Rogers said: Look for helpers. This documentary may be a place to look.

3 “Emergency” (Amazon Prime)

If you’re in the mood for a dark, intense comedy series that disrupts the campus vibe, maybe sign up for “Emergency,” a film directed by Carrie Williams and written by KD Dávila, adapted from their short film of the same name, which won a Sundance Special Jury Award in The year 2018. When a white girl no one knows is discovered unconscious due to alcohol poisoning, a group of college students of color work to keep her – and themselves – safe. Much misunderstanding, confusion, and tension result in this clever and timely piece.

4 “Elizabeth: Pictures in Part” (Showtime)

Before his death in 2021, director Roger Mitchell filmed this documentary about Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and longest-serving female head of state in history. Although it doesn’t feature the crazy romantic comedy of the movie you might know about Mitchell all too well, “Notting Hill,” this documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Elizabeth, with plenty of archival footage, often candid, and interviews with Brits.

Saturday 28 May

5 “Sister with a Secret” (for life)

Lifetime has many movies that premiere every weekend. This kidnapping movie is the first. A young woman mysteriously disappears, and in the investigation and rush to find her, more secrets are revealed than anyone can bargained for.

Sunday May 29

6 “My sister lied, she told me” (lifetime)

Continuing the sister theme, this unrelated movie showcases everyone’s favorite trope: the twins. Specifically, a woman, Tracy, who has been placed in an institution for mental health reasons and who has taken abuse by her identical twin sister when the sister visits her. Tracy then assumes her identity in a kind of “parent trap” that goes wrong. But her sister’s life as a famous romance novelist is not as easy or drama-free as it seems. Nor the life of Tracy. And she can only continue the charade for so long.

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Monday 30 May

Norm MacDonaldNorm MacDonald appears on stage at the 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AFP)

7 “Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special” (Netflix)

The former comedy “Saturday Night Live” died in September 2021 of leukemia. Fans were shocked, because MacDonald was not public about his illness, but had been battling leukemia for 9 years. Before his death – and at the beginning of the epidemic, while he was at home – he recorded his last comedy. As his longtime producing partner said, “He left this gift to all of us.” We expect to laugh and maybe, because we need to cry.

8 Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (HBO Max)

The fuck continues. After COVID production delays, a major remake of Mads Mikkelsen’s Johnny Depp, and the continuing misadventures of cynical Ezra Miller, the film’s debut hype has focused more on its scandals than the movie itself. This unfortunately played at the box office. It’s the least successful of all the Wizarding World films, and only the sixth highest-grossing movie of 2022. Perhaps Warner Bros. will tell us. She slid onto her streaming platform with little fanfare on the last day of her long weekend.

Anyway, that means it’s time to check out the movie because it was delivered to you via live stream. In the movie, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a host of other magical species to oppose Gilert Greenwald (Mikelsen), who has not only killed a magical creature in order to take away his powers but also killed a plot to take over the position of supreme magistrate. Magical politicization and even an assassination attempt ensued.

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