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Things to stream

- By Tymon Smith

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Netflix

Following on from the Oscar-nominated biopic of Bayard Rustin, starring Colman Domingo, this documentar­y delves further into the life and achievemen­ts of the civil rights activist. Rustin’s refusal to hide his homosexual­ity led to him being sidelined within the movement he dedicated so much of his energy to helping.

Full Circle Showmax

Steven Soderbergh directs this very twisty labyrinth noir, loosely inspired by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 classic noir High and Low. Featuring a high-power cast that includes Claire Danes, Timothy Olyphant, CCH Pounder, Dennis Quaid, Zazie Beetz and Jim Gaffigan, it’s a head-scratching high stakes thriller centred on a botched kidnapping in New York that leads to the unravellin­g of several threads linking the lives of a wealthy white family and that of a Caribbean gang lord. Though its complicate­d plot may prove sometimes infuriatin­g, it all holds together thanks to strong performanc­es and smart, atmospheri­c direction from Soderbergh.

Alexander: The Making of a God Netflix

Another entry into the burgeoning Netflix historical docudrama genre, this series takes an in-depth look at the life and times of Alexander the Great. Using dramatic reenactmen­t and input from historians and experts, it tells the story of the remarkable rise of the King of Macedon to becoming a formidable military commander who, by the age of 30, ruled over one of the greatest empires in history.

Essex County Showmax

Molly Parker and Stephen McHattie star in this dramatical­ly engaging Canadian series adapted from the graphic novel by Jeff Lemire about a group of strangers connected through bloodlines, whose lives intertwine in Essex County, Ontario.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith Prime Video

Donald Glover and Francesca Sloane star in this high-jinks action comedy series inspired by the 2005 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie blockbuste­r. When two strangers land themselves a dream job as globe-trotting, wealthy internatio­nal spies, there’s only one catch they must pretend to be a married – couple, which may prove to be the most difficult challenge they face.

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