Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— There are many reasons to make time for “Nomadland” when it hits Hulu Friday, the most practical of which is that it is an awards favorite and you don’t want to be left out of the conversation come Oscars time. It’s also one of the loveliest and most spiritually invigorating films in recent memory, an American odyssey about life on the fringes. Frances McDormand gives an all-time performance as Fern, who takes to the road after her spouse dies and the great recession leaves her with nothing. David Strathairn is also terrific as a fellow nomad and writer-director Chloe Zhao is a once-in-a-generation talent who you’ll want to get to know sooner rather than later.
— Anyone who’s seen “Gone Girl” knows that Rosamund Pike plays a top -notch sociopath, which makes J Blakeson’s “I Care A Lot,” on Netflix Friday, immediately intriguing. In the film, Pike plays Marla Grayson, a shark with a severe blonde bob whose evil con is to pose as a conservator and guardian for senior citizen clients who she promptly steals from. Her scam gets even more complicated when one of her clients turns out to be tied to a gangster played by Peter Dinklage. It is a dark and vicious film that is also, somehow, addictively watchable.
— Or if you need something more family friendly, “Sonic The Hedgehog,” featuring the voices of Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey, comes to Amazon Prime and Hulu on Thursday. AP’s Mark Kennedy wrote in his review that it’s “a feel-good buddy movie for both adults and their own little aliens” that’s also “respectful of the rich history of the brand and yet welcoming to newcomers.”
— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr)
— Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, who released their debut in 1988, will return with their fifth album on Friday. The 11-track “Hunter And The Dog Star” was written by Brickell and her bandmates, including Brandon Aly, Josh Bush, Brad Houser and Kenny Withrow. It is the band’s first album since “Rocket,” which was released in 2018 when the group returned following a 12-year hiatus. The new album includes the songs “My Power,” “Tripwire” and “Horse’s Mouth.”