One of the best rom-com’s to hit the big screen in ages, the chilling finale to the Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix’s newest film takes a lighthearted look at blind dating – all worth a watch this weekend.
ON THE BIG SCREEN: THE BIG SICK
Standup comic Kumail Nanjiani and his partner wrote this film based on real experience (and they are still together), and it makes it all the more enjoyable. The plot of a Pakistani comic who bonds with his almost-girlfriend’s white parents while she’s in a medically-induced coma? It’s not quite one you’d think of, off the top of your head. But it’s genuinely funny and has a tenderness that elevates it beyond been-there-done-that tired formula. I haven’t smiled as broadly at the end of a film in ages.
The Big Sick is in cinemas nationwide now
ON TV: THE HANDMAID’S TALE FINALE
The series finale (for those who haven’t streamed ahead) airs on Channel 4 on Sunday and it’s worth cancelling all your plans for. Janine is sentenced to a brutal punishment for her recent acts of disobedience, which leaves Offred and her fellow Handmaids faced with an unthinkable choice between her life and their own safety. Serena Joy discovers how her husband has been keeping secrets from her, while Moira makes a desperate journey to the Canadian border having escaped imprisonment in Jezebels. And what becomes of Offred? A gripping end to an outstanding series.
The Handmaid’s Tale, episode 10, airs on Sunday, July 29th at 10pm on Channel 4
ON NETFLIX: THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES
Current 2 Dope Queens co-host Jessica Williams stars as aspiring playwright Jessica James, a New Yorker burned by a bad breakup, who makes an unlikely connection with a divorced app designer she meets on a blind date, played by our own Chris O’Dowd.
The Incredible Jessica James is available on Netflix now