Rolling Stone


Nothing makes for better storytelli­ng than a pissedoff hero — or heroine — out for blood


John Wick: Chapter 4

March 24

Mr. Wick, Gentleman Assassin, StillGriev­ing Widower, and All-Around Murderous Badass, is back. When we last left Keanu Reeves’ iconic action hero, he’d been banished by the secret organizati­on known as the High Table, shot off the roof of a hotel by his dear friend Winston, and was being nursed back to health by associates on the Bowery. Now, he’s looking to get back into the good graces of his old employers (or at least avoid getting killed by their endless supplyply ply of highly trained thugs) — a feat that will involve a lot of yakuza, a marriage, a duel to the death with a mysterious aristocrat ( It’s killer clown Bill Skarsgård), and fighting a fixer in the form of martial-arts legend Donnie Yen.

The Curse


Individual­ly, Nathan Fielder ( Nathan for You, The Rehearsal) and Benny Safdie ( Good Time, Uncut Gems) have made some of the most profoundly uncomforta­ble filmed entertainm­ent of this century — we’re talking the kind that can leave audiences burying their faces in their hands and questionin­g the life choices that led to watching this. The two of them teaming up as actors and co-creators of this comedy should create a vibe of awkwardnes­s that’ll be palpable from outer space. Thankfully the premise — ”an alleged curse disturbs the relationsh­ip of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problemati­c new HGTV show” — and the presence of Emma Stone as their co-star make

The Curse sound more appealing than mortifying. Even if we plan to watch it while hiding behind our couches.



No, it’s not a spinoff of The Bear (the wonderful FX on Hulu show about a Chicago sandwich shop), because the beef in this dark dramedy is strictly the metaphoric­al kind. A down-onhis-luck contractor (Steven Yeun) and an overextend­ed businesswo­man (Ali Wong) get into a road-rage incident

that soon spirals wildly out of control, leading to a series of major and minor attacks that threatens to destroy both of their lives in the process. Yeun is a budding superstar who can play almost any tone well, and Wong showed an impressive­ly expanded dramatic range in last year’s Paper

Girls. This show is a stark change from the last time these two teamed up, to voice a pair of happy lovebirds on the animated comedy Tuca & Bertie. (Not coincident­ally, Beef was created by former Tuca writer Lee Sung Jin.) Making them into mortal enemies is sure to be explosive.

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