So you signed up for a SonyLIV subscription to watch Scam 1992. Understandable, but what do you watch now that you’ve binged the Hansal Mehta show? Sure you could watch the ongoing India tour of Australia, but if you’re not a cricket fan, here are 10 movies and shows we recommend:
Sam Mendes’s war epic, which follows two young British soldiers on a mission to deliver a crucial message across enemy lines, is seamlessly shot and edited to seem like one long, winding journey through the horrors of battle. Based partly on the experiences of Mendes’ grandfather, it stars George MacKay and Dean Charles-Chapman.
TVF’s five-episode series, about a squabbling middle-class and their crumbling house, is sweet, funny and gentle. Starring Geetanjali Kulkarni, Jameel Khan, Vaibhav Raj Gupta and Harsh Mayar, it unfolds not as one, long story, but as a series of anecdotes narrated by their piggybank.
The Help (2011)
Based on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name, the Tate Taylor film follows an aspiring journalist (Emma Stone) in 60s Mississippi, who begins documenting the racial abuse black maids working for white families in the town face.
Glenn Close plays a ruthless lawyer mentoring a law school graduate (Rose Byrne) as they take on major cases involving murder, insider trading and Ponzi schemes in this five-season American thriller series.
Dark Waters (2019)
Based on a true story, Todd Haynes’ gritty environmental drama stars Mark Ruffalo as an Ohio attorney who squares off against a major chemical manufacturing company that contaminates the town with carcinogenic chemicals.
Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot (1989-2013)
Each of this British mystery show’s gripping 70 episodes is based on an Agatha Christie short story or novel that features detective Hercule Poirot, played by David Suchet, as he unravels cases of murder in his medthodical manner.
Mind Your Language (1977-1985)
An English teacher (Barry Evans) is hired to teach the language to a motley crew of foreign exchange students. Only chaos can ensue. The sitcom, directed by Stuart Allen, is sharp, witty and genuinely funny.
When The Boston Globe’s investigative unit begins looking into systematic child sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in the area, what they uncover is both staggering and devastating. The Tom McCarthy film is based on true events and stars Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020)
The 12-episode musical-comedy series stars Jane Levy as a computer programmer who can hear people’s thoughts as if they were songs. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a likably inspired musical dramedy boasting a strong cast led by a never-better Jane Levy”.