CLEVELAND, Ohio — This week’s entertainment highlights include writer Dennis Lehane’s crime drama “Black Bird” and a tearful road trip that sees a single father, played by John Cho, marry his teenage daughter in “Don’t Leave Me Go.” Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion, gets a new twist with Dakota Johnson as the heroine who “is past her best days”. And comedian Nathan Fielder, who has a new season of “Nathan for You” on Comedy Central, makes his HBO/HBO Max debut this week with another series, “The Rehearsal.”


Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion, gets a fresh spin from British theater director Carrie Cracknell. Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson as the heroine “who is past her best,” Anne Elliot, hits Netflix on Friday, July 15 and is still set in Regency-era England, but with some decidedly modern twists flourishes and a subversively comedic voice. The film also introduces audiences to Cosmo Jarvis, who rises to stardom as Anne’s first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant also star. DETAILS

“Do not let me go”

A single father, Max (John Cho), and his teenage daughter Wally (charming newcomer Mia Isaac) take a road trip across the country in Don’t Make Me Go, which premieres Friday, July 15 on Amazon Prime Video Yes, there’s a cancer element and some tears are guaranteed, but this film, written by This is Us writer Vera Herbert and directed by Hannah Marks, has more heart and comedic moments than the logline suggests. A late karaoke scene in a movie might also make you wonder why John Cho hasn’t been in a movie musical yet. DETAILS

‘Black bird’

Inspired by true events, Black Bird is a crime drama with an enviable pedigree: its creator is novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), whose television credits include The Wire. The cast is a match, crowned by Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) as a former golden boy turned convicted drug dealer. His chance of getting his release card depends on getting a confession from a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser). The Apple TV+ series, with episodes airing Friday, July 15 through August 5, also features Greg Kinnear and, in one of his final appearances, Ray Liotta. DETAILS

“What We Do in the Shadows”

What will our favorite crazy vampires and their human sidekick Guillermo be up to next? The answer comes with Season 4 of What We Do in the Shadows, the FX mockumentary series about very long-lived roommates Nadja, Laszlo, Nandor and Colin (now Baby Colin). Back from their scattered adventures, they find their Staten Island dig in ruins and a surprising new guest. As the season kicks off on Tuesday, Nandor’s search for love looks promising, Nadja is focused on business and Laszlo is in charge of parenting. DETAILS

“Nathan for You” and “The Rehearsal”

For fans of Nathan Fielder and “Nathan for You,” the good news is that he’s back on Comedy Central with another showcase for his idiosyncratic comedy. Those unfamiliar with his work and open to something oddly enlightening and at times unsettling can catch “The Rehearsal,” which airs Friday, July 15 on HBO and HBO Max. Fielder’s stated mission this time is to help people prepare for critical events or decisions by guiding them through what to expect – as elaborately staged by the Maestro himself.

“The Bob’s Burger Movie”

You don’t have to have seen the long-running show to enjoy the movie, which is coming to Hulu and HBO Max this week. “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” finds the Belcher crew (all original voices) at the end of the school year. The children are dreaming of summer plans and the parents are trying to save the burger shop from financial ruin when a skeleton appears in a pit in front of the restaurant and suddenly a puzzle has to be solved. It’s also a musical. DETAILS

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