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Weekend Binge Guide: August 2016

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:   Club de Cuervos See all reviews for Club de Cuervos Yes, I am starting with a bit of a curveball (a cuervball?): a Spanish-language comedy about a Mexican soccer team and the recklessly competitive half-siblings fighting over the club's future. But stay with me. The series is produced and directed by Gary Alazraki, whose 2013 film Nosotros los Nobles took Mexico by storm, and it stars two of the country's most gifted comedic actors. Luis Gerardo Méndez is great, as always, but the MVP is Mariana Treviño, who transforms what could have been just another uptight clichéd businesswoman character. Even if you don't care about soccer (guilty!), this show has enough humor, drama, and family dysfunction to hold your attention. And a strong story that swings from laugh-out-loud comedy to heartwarming drama without dipping into telenovela melodrama.   If you want to cry:   Happy Valley See all reviews for Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire remains somewhat under the radar outside of Great Britain, but her work in this compelling drama proves that she is one of TV's great actresses. And her Catherine is one of TV's great characters. A strong-willed police officer coping with personal tragedy, she is tough and tender, full of rage and compassion. Already on the edge as she fights against the drug epidemic spreading across West Yorkshire, Catherine's world is turned upside down when she finds out about the release from prison of Tommy Lee Royce, the man responsible for raping and impregnating her daughter. Their paths cross in an unexpected way as Catherine investigates a high-profile case. It's pretty dark stuff, but it's also beautifully acted and deeply satisfying storytelling.   If you want to scream:   Stranger Things See all reviews for  Stranger Things During the leadup to Stranger Things , the Netflix series was shrouded in mystery. After watching the show, that strategy makes a lot of sense. After all, it is not the easiest to describe. But here goes: The disappearance of young Will Beyers sets the story in motion, but it expands to bring in a strange and dangerous creature, a mysterious girl with supernatural abilities, and, of course, a shady government group trying to keep everything and everyone quiet. Netflix has really been leaning into the nostalgia craze lately, nowhere more intensely and cleverly than here. Taking place in 1983, there are overt nods to E.T. , Firestarter — even The Goonies . The music and clothing — especially poor Barb's — are a cringeworthy delight. And it stars Winona Ryder! Those blatant shout-outs give the series a sense of fun, but don't get it twisted: creepy monsters are creepy and you may not want to binge-watch right before bed.   If you want to think:   The Honorable Woman See all reviews for  The Honorable Woman This is a complex, compelling, fast-paced thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It centers on Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal in a career-defining performance), a British-Israeli whose father, a Zionist arms procurer, was assassinated in front of her when she was a child. As an adult running her father's company, she has dramatically shifted its focus from supplying arms to creating telecommunication links between the West Bank and the outside world, while her brother runs the company's philanthropic arm. Obviously, this is delicate and complicated work. And a recurring theme in Nessa's life and in the show is trust. Who can be trusted? In Nessa's world, everyone has a secret. Hers is slowly unveiled throughout the eight episodes to great effect.   div.post p { text­align: justify; }

Netflix Renews First Spanish-Language Original 'Club de Cuervos' (Exclusive)

The soccer dramedy stars Luis Gerardo Mendez, who will now be an exec producer on the series.   Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/v-gZYlVhmc8/story01.htm