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What to watch on November 1: The Mandalorian season 2 is streaming

Here are the movies and shows you can stream on ZEE5, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, Apple TV+ and Voot among others.

Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2020 4:31:37 pm
The MandalorianThe Mandalorian season 2 is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar Premium. (Photo: Disney+)

Film theatres are slowly but gradually opening up after months-long hiatus necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. The attendance is low so far and not many theatres are opened anyway. It may be a month before they are fully operational.

For the time being, streaming services remain the major source of entertainment for most. Movies and TV shows are still coming out, and the drought of new content that is inevitable is yet to set in. One of the new releases include Zee5’s thriller drama Taish. Directed by Bejoy Nambiar, the series stars Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Jim Sarbh, Harshvardhan Rane and Sanjeeda Sheikh.

The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote about the series, “It’s a well-shot, well-produced series, and goes along at a clip, mostly. But, crucially, we don’t really get the reasons behind all the ‘taish’: sure, Sunny is an uncontrollable hothead, but why? What makes him such a one? The insides of Pali, as played by Rane, are opaque, too. Sarbh and Sachdeva, who channels menace nicely, are better options to look at. We stay with the series, but we also end up asking: what, really, is the point of all that male rage and testosterone?”

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16:31 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Dracula: Netflix

Netflix’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Victorian-era Gothic horror novel was a surprisingly clever, well-performed piece of entertainment. While it was a considerable departure from the source material, it remains an interpretation that Stoker himself probably would have been proud of.

16:02 (IST)01 Nov 2020
The Lego Batman Movie: Netflix

This Batman movie is the most Batman-esque movie. In fact, if you see only this movie, you will have a pretty good idea as to what the superhero is all about. Will Arnett's superbly written and voiced Caped Crusader is as much a tribute as a parody of every live-action version of Batman. And it is downright nuts. Voldemort and Sauron are two of the villains that the Joker recruits to take down Batman, for crying out loud, and that is not the craziest thing in this movie. Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes are also part of the film's voice cast.

15:45 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Netflix

Elijah Wood plays an everyman whose life is turned into a veritable whirlwind by a flamboyantly British "holistic" detective; holistic because he believes everything in the universe to be interconnected. And indeed, he has a seemingly preternatural ability. The feel of the show is like from one of the more strange comic-books from the 80s came to life. The story is loosely based on the writings of the great Douglas Adams.

15:16 (IST)01 Nov 2020
The Cabin in the Woods: Netflix

Helmed by Drew Goddard and co-written by him and Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a subversive horror film that takes the hackneyed remote forest cabin premise of so many horror films and turns it on its head. The result is a smartly written and acted movie. Chris Hemsworth plays the role of Curt Vaughan, who is one of the college students who go on a vacation to that forest cabin.

14:38 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan movies

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan celebrates her birthday today. Watch her movies on your favourite streaming service. 

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14:16 (IST)01 Nov 2020
The Haunting of Bly Manor: Netflix

Set in 1980s' England, the followup of Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, chronicles the tale of inhabitants of Bly Manor, the titular creepy house in English countryside. Like apparently all big houses in horror fiction, Bly Manor is haunted as well. Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegel return from the original series.

13:56 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Lootera: Netflix, Eros Now, MX Player

Set in the early ’50s, Lootera tells the story of Varun (Ranveer Singh) and Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha). It has Massey in the role of Singh’s companion who visits Sinha’s house. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the period drama is based on author O Henry’s 1907 short story The Last Leaf. The strength of the film lies in its spellbinding cinematography, superb performances and its soulful music.

13:35 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Serious Men: Netflix

Based on Manu Joseph’s novel of the same name, Sudhir Mishra’s adaptation of Serious Men is a bitingly sharp, satirical look at Aspirational India.

13:21 (IST)01 Nov 2020
The One and Only Ivan: Disney+ Hotstar

The One and Only Ivan revolves around a silverback gorilla (the titular Ivan) who performs for his human master Mack (Bryan Cranston) in a mini-circus inside a mall. A gentle soul whose preoccupations include hanging out with other captive animals and a stray dog that sneaks into the cages once in a while, Ivan, the headliner of the circus, nevertheless has to look fierce and deadly in front of the audience. Because that is how humans imagine gorillas are, which in turn justifies all sorts of cruelties meted out to these animals.

12:50 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Goodfellas: Netflix

This Martin Scorsese directorial is about the rise and fall of mobster Henry Hill (a real figure) and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. The film is easily one of the best Scorsese films if not the best.

12:31 (IST)01 Nov 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Amazon Prime Video

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is funnier than 2006’s Borat. For the entirety of its run-time, it serves up gag after gag right until the last frame. Now, Borat 2 is no Wodehousian comedy. There is nothing classy about the humour here. There are one too many jokes about genitals, for instance. Cohen’s humour in the film is in bad taste. But most of the jokes are genuinely smart and loaded with subtle political and social commentary.

12:10 (IST)01 Nov 2020
10 underrated horror movies: Disney+ Hotstar

Here is a list of top 10 underrated horror movies streaming on Netflix that you can and should watch.

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11:53 (IST)01 Nov 2020
The Mandalorian season 2: Disney+ Hotstar

In the second season of The Mandalorian, the titular Din Djarin or Mando (Pedro Pascal) continues on his quest to reunite The Child with his kind. He is pointed towards a remote town in Tatooine, where we meet Timothy Olyphant’s Marshal who is protecting the town under the guise and armour of a Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian, the first (and only so far) canonical Star Wars live-action series, is also back for its second season. The much-awaited Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's HBO psychological thriller The Undoing has also premiered.

Titled The Marshal, the premiere episode of The Mandalorian is the longest episode in the show yet, and still, it feels quite briskly-paced. There is a lot of action, callbacks, humour and stunning visual effects. The show’s sci-fi-western feel is still compelling, and sky-high production values make everything look cinematic.

The Undoing, based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, has Kidman and Grant playing the role of a wealthy Manhattan couple, the Frasers, who live with their young son. While Kidman’s character Grace Fraser is a therapist, Grant’s Jonathan Fraser is an oncologist. The episode begins in a slow-burn fashion, but the pace picks up soon and by the end, the pilot episode, which shares the same title as the series, has set the stage for a gripping psychological thriller.