New this week: Chrissie Hynde, loads of zombies & M.O.D.O.K

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This combination of photos shows promotional art for, from left, "Marvels M.O.D.O.K.," premiering May 21 on Hulu, "Army of the Dead," premiering May 21 and Whitstable Pearl, an original Acorn TV six-part mystery series debuting May 24. (Hulu/Netflix/Acorn TV via AP)

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


— In “The Dry,” Eric Bana returns to his native country for a taut, tense thriller set against the parched landscape of drought-stricken Australia. Grippingly directed by Robert Connelly with patient command and adapted from Jane Harper's novel, “The Dry” is one of the sturdiest thrillers I've seen in a while, with a firm grasp of the characters' complicated pasts, their fraught present and an ominous, climate-shaped future. Bana play a big-city federal agent who returns home for the funeral of an old friend, who's believed to have killed his family and himself. That's one of the crimes in play; when younger, Bana's character, and the deceased friend, were nearby when a teenage girl died in a river — a death many in the town have longed blamed on them. The IFC Films release debuts for digital rental Friday while simultaneously opening in theaters. Its barren-earth expanses would be best seen on the big screen, but the movie's powerful atmosphere comes through either way.

— Ah, springtime. When the birds chirp, the flowers bloom and Zach Snyder releases six-plus hours of laden, thundering action content. Two months after the release of his four-hour edit of “Justice League,” the maximalist filmmaker has shifted to Netflix, and returned to zombies. His “Army of the Dead” clocks in at 148 minutes, and comes seven years after Snyder's last stab at zombies in the 2004 George A. Romero remake “Dawn of the Dead.” In it, a group of mercenaries try to pull off a heist in a Las Vegas overrun with zombies. The film, starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick and Ana De La Reguera, debuts Friday on Netflix after a week run in theaters.

— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle


— You can finally drive and listen to Olivia Rodrigo’s new album in your car – so long as you have your driver’s license. The newcomer behind one of the year’s biggest hits is releasing her debut album, “SOUR,” on Friday. It features the multi-platinum hit “drivers license,” the first song to hit one billion total global streams this year. The 18-year-old performed the track as well as new single “good 4 u” on “Saturday Night Live” days ago, and the album also includes second single “deja vu,” another Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

— Chrissie Hynde is pretending to be Bob Dylan, sort of. The Pretenders frontwoman will release a Dylan covers album on Friday called “Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan.” Hynde recorded the nine-track album during the pandemic with her Pretenders bandmate James Walbourne, and it includes new interpretations of Dylan songs like “You’re a Big Girl Now,” “Love Minus Zero/No Limit,” “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” and “Every Grain of Sand.”