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What to watch on October 18: Web series, TV shows and movies

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

Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2020 4:38:22 pm
Trial of Chicago 7, trial of chicago 7, netflixThe Trial of Chicago 7 is written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. (Photo: Netflix)

Film theatres are slowly but gradually reopening across the country, but it is going to take a lot of convincing to get people out of their homes to watch movies with hundreds of people during a pandemic. It will be a few weeks before theatres in the country are fully functional.

For now, streaming services remain the primary source of entertainment for millions of Indians.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of Chicago 7 is one of the most important releases on streaming services this month. It is the only second directorial after 2017’s Molly’s Game and is about the titular Chicago Seven, a group of men who protested against the US involvement in the anti-Vietnam War. The film is a courtroom drama and follows their trial after they were charged with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

The film stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance.

Evil Eye is another big recent release on OTT. It is one of Blumhouse’s film productions made for Amazon Prime Video. In the film, a typical Indian mother fusses over her daughter, who is living in the United States. Unable to secure a good sanskari Indian boy as a match for her despite all the astrology knowledge at her disposal, she is unnerved by the man her daughter does end up liking.

Here are the movies, web series and TV shows on platforms like ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, SonyLIV, ALTBalaji and Voot

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16:38 (IST)18 Oct 2020
After Life: Netflix

After Life has been written and directed by popular British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais. Gervais is known for his snarky, brutally honest style of comedy. And that is what he brings to the table here. Except this time he is not hosting any awards show and offending the rich and famous people of showbiz. In After Life, we see another facet of Gervais — the performer. In the series, he has lost the love of his life, his wife, and he finds it hard to keep up the pretence of normality. That results in some heartfelt, but truly hilarious moments.

16:29 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Annihilation: Netflix

A mysterious quarantined zone is affected by an alien phenomenon that is mutating creatures and landscapes inside it. The zone is surrounded by a shimmering electromagnetic field and it is thus called the Shimmer. The zone is getting larger and larger and the US government believes that it would one day surround the whole world if not stopped. This film has elements of science fiction, horror, and mystery. Its denouement is a gorgeous interplay between mind-bending visuals and incongruous electronic notes.

16:02 (IST)18 Oct 2020
War of the Worlds: Amazon Prime Video

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of HG Wells' novel of the same name, War of the Worlds sees an invasion by the Martians. Tom Cruise stars as a longshoreman who witnesses the invasion directly. Scores of people are disintegrated by the Martian war machines called Tripods that emerge from beneath the earth. War of the Worlds is a non-stop thriller that never lets up.

15:41 (IST)18 Oct 2020
The Fundamentals of Caring: Netflix

This surprisingly sweet film has everything that makes a road trip movie great. Despite using the same old tropes (different personalities travelling together reluctantly) The cast (Paul Rudd - 'nuff said) does a great job of making a strong script and clever dialogues come alive.

15:16 (IST)18 Oct 2020
The Lord of the Rings trilogy: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Compelling characters, story, stunning cinematography, engrossing battle sequences, and fantastic score are just a few reasons why Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is easily the best film trilogy ever made. Even if you have seen the whole thing, it is pretty rewarding to watch the movies again.

14:35 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Jurassic Park: Amazon Prime Video

At a time when 3D animation was still in its infancy, Spielberg’s Jurassic Park came and shattered all expectations with its stunningly designed models and high-quality CGI dinosaurs that still hold up well today. A truly terrifying depiction of the events which materialise when those monstrous reptiles of the bygone era are thrown abruptly in today’s world with the help of advanced genetic technologies. And above all, the devastating consequences of that audacity.

14:16 (IST)18 Oct 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.

13:51 (IST)18 Oct 2020
The Plot Against America: Disney Hotstar

The Plot Against America belongs to the genre of alternative-history. In this show, the fascists took control of USA in the 1940s. The show stars Winona Ryder in the lead role.

13:50 (IST)18 Oct 2020
The Plot Against America: Disney Hotstar

The Plot Against America belongs to the genre of alternative-history where fascists took control of USA in the 1940s. The show stars Winona Ryder in the lead role.

13:30 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Pet Sematary: Amazon Prime Video

Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, is now available on Amazon Prime Video. The film tells the story of a family that moves to a countryside house with his wife and two kids. They discover that their new house is built near a pet cemetery (spelled as Sematary). The said pet cemetery was itself built on an ancient burial ground. Among the two kids, one becomes a little too interested in the cemetery. When their pet dies and comes back, the child is happy. But as we know from horror fiction, when the dead come back, they are never the same. One of the children is also then run over by a speeding vehicle.

13:10 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Saving Private Ryan: Amazon Prime Video

A film which became synonymous with the genre, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is considered by many filmmakers as the greatest war film ever made. The first half an hour of the film, which is considered by fans as the best part of the film, shows American soldiers landing on the Omaha beach amid massive artillery and machine gun fire by Germans and suffer heavy losses. The presentation of the scene is harrowingly realistic with limbs flying, water turning red and a traumatic soldier walking with one of his limbs in one hand. It makes you feel as if you are actually there. Saving Private Ryan is the pinnacle of war filmmaking.

12:46 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Coronavirus, Explained: Netflix

Wish to know what is the biggest and most important story of our times -- coronavirus? Look no further. Coronavirus, Explained is a must-watch if you are unfamiliar with the topic or only have a superficial understanding.

12:26 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Narcos Mexico: Netflix

Narcos: Mexico is as gripping as the rise and fall of Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar, thanks in so small part to compelling writing, performances and the intercutting and documentary-style asides that give historical context to the whole thing. It makes you feel this is not just a regular drama that you are watching, that all this stuff actually happened (albeit in a different way).

12:05 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch: Disney+ Hotstar

The best thing about Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, filmed brilliantly by Jeanie Finlay, is although prominent cast members like Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and others appear (there is a scene showing the cast reacting to the show’s wrap up that is bound to make you sentimental), it is mostly told through the perspective of the nameless people who worked tirelessly off-screen to deliver some great, believable visual imagery and scenes that are sure to become iconic in future. This includes production designers, makeup artists, extras, stuntmen and stuntwomen, and so on.

11:30 (IST)18 Oct 2020
Deadwood: The Movie: Disney+ Hotstar

The raison d’être for the Deadwood: The Movie is that many felt the ending of the TV series felt incomplete. And sure enough, the movie gives the perfect closure to the entire story and at no point feels extraneous.

11:09 (IST)18 Oct 2020
The Devil All the Time: Netflix

Directed by Antonio Campos, The Devil All the Time is based on the novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock. The movie boasts of a star-studded cast with Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson.

10:52 (IST)18 Oct 2020
The Trial of Chicago 7: Netflix

Aaron Sorkin's star-studded courtroom drama The Trial of Chicago 7 is based on the trial of the titular group of people who protested against the Vietnam War. It stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton, and Mark Rylance.

16:27 (IST)17 Oct 2020
The Haunting of Bly Manor: Netflix

The Haunting of Bly Manor is the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill Home, which was additionally created by Mike Flanagan. Each are a part of the anthology sequence The Haunting. Whereas Hill Home tackled Shirley Jackson’s iconic horror novel of the identical title, Bly Manor makes use of materials from one other well-known piece of horror fiction, the late Nineteenth-century novella The Flip of the Screw by Henry James.

16:12 (IST)17 Oct 2020
Devs: Disney+ Hotstar

Devs marks Annihilation director Alex Garland’s small screen debut, and it is a confident foray indeed. Equal parts thrilling and uncanny, the TV series builds tension and delivers information in bits – constantly keeping the viewers on their toes.

15:53 (IST)17 Oct 2020
They Shall Not Grow Old: Netflix

They Shall Not Grow Old is an extraordinary experience which has rightly earned plaudits around the world. Director Peter Jackson, best known for directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has used modern post-production techniques, both visual and sound, including voice-acting and colourisation to bring alive World War II in all its terrible glory.

The Indian Express Film critic Shubhra Gupta gave Evil Eye two stars. In her review, she wrote, "You pick on the central theme of the film early enough: misogyny is global, whether it is something that Usha suffered in her early years in Delhi, or Pallavi, losing her independence because of her new love, in the US. The film speaks out loud about daughters looking out for daughters, just in case we missed it, right in the end. But you wish it was done better: it goes back and forth like a metronome, swinging between the two sets of people – Pallavi and her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend and Usha and supportive spouse. Contrivances pop up, and the actors use exaggerated accents which keep slipping, especially Krishnan The ‘South Indian’ Dad underlining his ‘ths’ whenever he remembers to do so. And if you want to lace your film with ‘these superstitious Indians’, then you have to be careful that your characters don’t appear to be stereotypical."

Zakariya Mohammed's Halal Love Story is also streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The Indrajith Sukumaran, Joju George, Sharaf U Dheen, Grace Antony, Soubin Shahir and Parvathy Thiruvothu-starrer received a positive review from Indianexpress.com's Manoj Kumar R. He wrote, "Halal Love Story develops organically into a charming movie about love, faith and heartbreak. And more importantly, it gives us insight into a community and their way of living."