“My Life as Rolling Stone” and “The Sandman”


This week’s entertainment releases include the four-part docuseries My Life as a Rolling Stone, which takes a look at each iconic band member individually. Also, Ron Howard delves into the compelling tale of the 2018 rescue of a boys soccer team from a sea cave in the movie Thirteen Lives. And straight from San Diego Comic-Con, here comes The Sandman. Neil Gaiman, who wrote the acclaimed series of graphic novels, developed and is executive producing the 10-part series, which premieres Friday on Netflix, starring Tom Sturridge.

Here’s a collection of the best of what’s hitting theaters, TV and streaming services this week.

As the title suggests, the four-part documentary series My Life as a Rolling Stone deals individually with band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and the late Charlie Watts. Each is the subject of an hour-long film that draws on new and archived interviews and previously unreleased footage to create “intimate” portraits of the artists. The films also trace how they came together to create a timeless body of work. The chapter on Watts, who died in August 2021 at the age of 80, includes tributes from his bandmates and peers. The series debuts Sunday on the Epix channel with Jagger’s story and will continue on Sundays through August 28.

A master of drama pulled from the headlines, Ron Howard takes on the captivating story of rescuing a boys’ soccer team from Tham Luang Cave in 2018 in new film “Thirteen Lives” this time, coming to Prime Video on Friday, Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen play the English cave divers who travel to Thailand to help with the impossible rescue mission. The film is careful to present a holistic picture of all the different components that came together to make the rescue a success, including the help of the Thai Navy SEALs, caving and water experts and local farmers. As in Apollo 13, it hardly matters that we already know the ending: Howard makes it an exciting, thrilling ride.

Straight from Comic-Con in San Diego comes The Sandman. Neil Gaiman, who wrote the acclaimed series of graphic novels published by DC Comics, developed and is executive producer of the 10-episode series, which debuts Friday on Netflix. Tom Sturridge plays the title character central to all dream control until he is captured and imprisoned for a century and more. His mission: to travel through worlds and time to repair the damage caused by a fall at work. The expansive and eclectic cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Joely Richardson.

Rebecca Hall plays a single mother to a teenage daughter whose busy life is turned upside down when a character from her past, played by Tim Roth, returns in “Resurrection,” bearing “the horrors of her past.” Writer-director Andrew Seman’s film caused a stir at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is available to rent from IFC on Friday. As with Hall’s disturbing twist in The Night House, her performance promises to dig deep into your psyche in this diabolical psychological thriller.

AP contributors Lynn Elber and Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.


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