Amazon’s latest high-profile project is an adaptation of the Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, which was in turn made into an influential Peter Weir film in 1975. This new version, adapted by Larysa Kondracki, Beatrix Christian, and Alice Addison and starring Natalie Dormer, goes a bit longer — the mini-series covers six hour-long episodes — but looks no less excellent. The period thriller is about the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their teacher, who vanish following the titular picnic. Available May 19.
Good news for Anglophiles: Amazon Prime is adding a whole slew of British mini-series to its offerings this month, giving you a wealth of Jane Austen adaptations, witty period dramas, and also the original Office. Have some tea, binge ’til you’re gorged. Available May 1.
An unusually downbeat film from Richard Linklater, Last Flag Flying is the story of a former Navy medic (Steve Carell) who learns his son was killed in action and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Not wanting to go alone, he rounds up two fellow vets he hasn’t seen in some time (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) to make the trip, only to decide that he wants to take his son’s remains and bury them back home. Like all of Linklater’s films, it’s warm and brimming with empathy, and while its subject is a bit darker than usual, it’s still at its core the kind of movie he does best: a story of people moving through space together, connecting in ways they didn’t expect to. Available May 4.
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