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Brainerd Dispatch • October 25 - 31, 2020 •19 By Dana Simpson TV Media WHAT'S NEW ON NETFLIX "Holidate" (2020) Grab your plus one this holiday season and catch "Holidate," new to Netflix as of Wednesday, Oct. 28. When, during every holiday social event, her family intensely nags her about finding a boyfriend, Sloane (Emma Roberts, "The Art of Get - ting By," 2011) decides on a clever alternate arrangement so she will never have to fly solo to any event ever again. Inspired by a scheme devised by her fun-loving Aunt Susan (Kristin Chenoweth, "Four Christmases," 2008), Sloane takes on a like-minded stranger named Jackson (Luke Bracey, "The Best of Me," 2014) as her official platonic date for every possible holiday. But as the two spend increasingly more time together and come to depend on each other's company for all of their celebratory occasions, Sloane and Jackson begin to wonder if their little "holidate" game is, in fact, the one playing them. From Tiffany Paulsen, the writer of "Tur - key Drop" (2019), this heartwarm- ing holiday romantic comedy also stars Jessica Capshaw ("Grey's Anatomy") as Abby and Francis Fisher ("Titanic," 1997) as Sloane's meddling mother, Elaine. "Bronx" (2020) Try not to get caught in the cross - fire as rivals forces duke it out in "Bronx," coming to Netflix on Fri- day, Oct. 30. Also known by the title "Rogue City," this new film is set in Marseille, France, immedi- ately following a gang shooting at the local hub, Bar du Telephone. Richard Vronski (Lannick Gautry, "David Nolande," 2006), an off- beat police officer working for the gangs unit, finds himself heading up the shooting's subsequent investigation and, when he begins to uncover sensitive information regarding police corruption in his own department, the investigation gets tricky, forcing Vronsky and his team to work quickly and smoothly to avoid making more sacrifices than they had originally bargained for. Directed by popular French ac- tor and filmmaker Olivier Marchal ("36th Precinct," 2004), this crime drama also stars Stanislas Merhar ("The Count of Monte Cristo," 1998) and the legendary Jean Reno ("Léon: The Professional," 1994). "The Day of the Lord" (2020) Come to the dark side with "The Day of the Lord," available Friday, Oct. 30, on Netflix. Also titled "Ménendez: The Day of the Lord," this Mexican horror film recounts the story of the tortured Father Ménendez (Juli Fàbregas, "[Rec] 2," 2009), a retired priest who lives in quiet seclusion and remains haunted by his past. Doing his best every day to try to deal with his past sins, Ménendez gets pulled back into the dark side of Christianity when his friend Sebastián (Hector Illanes, "Dodo," 2014) begs for his help in exorcizing his troubled daughter. While Sebastián is aware of the priest's controversial meth- ods and Ménendez struggles with the idea of getting involved again, he finally agrees to help his friend, seeing it as a chance to redeem himself and start anew. Written in part and directed by Santiago Alvarado ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," 2006), this Spanish- language possession film also stars Dolores Heredia ("Vantage Point," 2008), Ximena Romo ("This Is Not Berlin," 2019) and Oscar Gordillo ("El Señor de los Cielos," 2015). "Subbura" Season 3 Put your fight face on and prepare yourself for Season 3 of "Suburra," coming to Netflix on Friday, Oct. 30. If there's one thing this popular Italian series has taught us, it's that the romantic city of Rome isn't always just about sunshine and pasta. When the first season debuted in 2017 and began to tell the story of the epic battle for seaside land outside of the Italian capital, all manner of deceptive fac- tions joined in on the war — from crime lords to corrupt politicians, even the Vatican: everyone wanted a piece of the action! Now, three years later, the fight wages on for one final season. Based upon Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini's Suburra book series and written as a prequel to Stefano Sol- lima's 2015 action film of the same name, this series stars Alessandro Borghi ("Devils"), Giacomo Fer- rara ("Guarda in alto," 2017) and Eduardo Valdarnini ("Qualcosa di nuovo," 2016) in leading roles. WHAT'S NEW ON DISNEY+ "The Mandalorian" Season 2 May the Force guide you to Dis- ney+ on Friday, Oct. 30, as "The Mandalorian" Season 2 makes its debut on the streaming platform. Following the immense popular- ity of its first season, Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" stars Pedro Pascal ("Narcos") in the title role alongside the adorable — and now-famous meme icon — "Baby Yoda," or, officially, The Child. While Disney is, understandably, remain- ing very secretive about the new season's specifics, the coming eight episodes will focus largely on The Child's origins and, at some point, we know that the bounty hunter will finally meet villain Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad") up close and personal. Cre- ated by superstar actor-director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," 2008), this Star Wars spinoff series also stars Carl Weathers ("Rocky," 1976) as Greef Karga, Gina Carano ("Fast & Furious 6," 2013) as Cara Dune and consists of several cameo per- formances from the ranks of Holly- wood's finest — Season 1 featured episodes with the award-winning German director Werner Herzog ("Into the Abyss," 2011), famed actor Nick Nolte ("The Ridiculous 6," 2015) and quirky New Zealand director Taika Waititi ("Jojo Rabbit," 2109), to name a few. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010) Double, double toil and trouble. Get out your cauldron and watch "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Friday, Oct. 30, on Disney+. Based on the Goethe poem of the same name from 1797 (titled "Der Zauber- lehrling" in the original German) — and also sharing the name of a segment in the 1940 animated Disney musical "Fantasia" — this magical film takes place in modern- day New York City as master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicholas Cage, "National Treasure," 2004) seeks out a living descendent of the great Merlin, who bears the overwhelmingly ordinary name of Dave (Jay Baruchel, "How to Train Your Dragon," 2010), to help him defend the city against his nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina, "Spider-Man 2," 2004). When the dark sorceress Morgana la Fée (Al- ice Krige, "Thor: The Dark World," 2013) also rises to hatch an evil plot of total supernatural domination, Balthazar and Dave must present a united and powerful front to defend their city and the world beyond. Directed by Jon Turteltaub ("While You Were Sleeping," 1995), this family-friendly film also stars Teresa Palmer ("I Am Number Four," 2011) and James A. Ste- phens ("Sherlock Holmes," 2009) as Merlin. WHAT'S NEW ON PRIME "Truth Seekers" Prepare yourself to dig up some scary truths with "Truth Seekers," coming Friday, Oct. 30, to Prime. This new series, directed by Jim Field Smith ("The Wrong Mans"), bears a striking comedic resem- blance to British cult film favorites "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007) — as it should, given that the series was written by the same creative team, includ- ing funny men Nick Frost ("Paul," 2011) and Simon Pegg ("Run, Fat Boy, Run," 2007). Over the course of eight hilarious episodes, a team of part-time paranormal investi- gators (and full-time tech geeks) — played by Frost, Samson Kayo ("Timewasters") and Emma D'Arcy ("Wanderlust") — use homemade devices to connect with spirits and share their encounters online. When their adventures begin to get more terrifying and border on too intense to handle, the team must push through their fears to help uncover a very real apocalyptic con- spiracy. Pegg, Malcolm McDowell ("A Clockwork Orange," 1971) and Susan Wokoma ("Crazyhead") also star in supporting roles. Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in "Holidate" Pedro Pascal in a scene from "The Madalorian" Emma D'Arcy, Nick Frost and Samson Kayo star in "Truth Seekers"

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