New TV and film releases this week include Oprah Winfrey’s documentary “Sidney,” about acting icon Sidney Poitiers, and a return to TV as a sequel to the 1989-93 sci-fi series. “Quantum Leap”. Scientists are stuck in the past because their experiments go wrong. And “On the Come Up,” based on Angie Thomas’ 2019 best-selling youth novel, tells the story of a 16-year-old girl with rap ambitions.
Sidney Poitier died in January at the age of 94, less than a year after Oprah Winfrey’s documentary “Sidney” ) Appeared. Premiering Friday on Apple TV+, it’s a poignant portrait of the groundbreaking actor who paved the way for countless black actors in Hollywood and revolutionized how they were portrayed on screen. Mostly filmed by director Reginald Hardlin before Poitiers’ death, “Sydney” was produced in collaboration with the Poitiers estate (several of Poitiers’ daughters appear in the film) and some luminaries . Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, George Nelson, Robert Redford and Halle Berry were all interviewed on “Sydney,” as was Winfrey.detail
“Quantum Leap” is jumping back to television with the sequel to the 1989-93 sci-fi series about a scientist trapped in a failed experiment from the past. Thirty years later, physicist Ben Song (Raymond Lee) joins a team trying to decipher the nature of quantum jump accelerators, but he suffers a similar fate. But his colleagues (including co-stars Ernie Hudson and Caitlin Bassett) are determined to rescue him. Original series star Scott Bakula confirmed online that he’s not connected to NBC’s newcomer, but wished it “good luck and happy jumping!” It debuted this week.detail
Hulu’s “reboot” deftly recreates the cheesy family sitcom of the early 2000s and its former star whose career hasn’t quite flourished. The ensemble cast is attractive — Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Judy Greer, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy and Krista Marie Yu — but the most important name is creator and executive producer Steven Levitan. “Reboot” marks the return of the award-winning “Modern Family” co-creator, who happily makes fun of network TV’s fondness for reruns. The series premiered on Tuesday with three episodes.detail
Diego Luna reprises the renegade character from 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in this new prequel series for Disney+.detail
In “Athena,” director Romain Gavras brings spectacular flashes and long, punchy shots to a panoramic thriller about the police siege of a fictional housing project on the outskirts of Paris. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival and on Netflix on Friday, September 23, the film is a violent film by the young son of Oscar-winning Greek director Costa-Gavras But a dramatic Greek urban tragedy. This is the third entry for the French filmmaker (he also made music videos for Kanye West, Jamie xx and more); he writes with Elias Belkeddar and Ladj Ly, whose 2019 film Les Misérables covers some similar areas.detail
Based on Angie Thomas’ 2019 best-selling youth novel (“The Hate You Give”), On the Come Up is about a 16-year-old girl (Jamila Gray) whose rap ambitions have a sense of urgency (her family needs money) and bitterness (her late father was a hip-hop legend killed by gang violence). The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and airs in Peacock on Friday, September 23, as well as in some theaters.detail