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All the Books With 2023 Screen Adaptations to Add to Your Reading List

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is one of several movies or TV shows based on a book debuting this year. Photo: Murray Close

2023 comes to a close with an impressive array of page-to-screen adaptations. Directors and showrunners have drawn from prestige-y favorites (Eileen), nostalgic choices (The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), and persisting classics (Dracula) for their screen versions. With their textual roots in a wide range of genres — YA books, iconic novels, fictional oral histories, long-running comics — these 90 adaptations’ sources are well worth a read before you see them in the theater or on your home screen.

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A love story and political thriller intertwined, McCarthy-era Washington is the setting for an unusual romance between two men. Hawkins Fuller is a charismatic politician and Tim Laughlin (Bailey) is a young man brimming with idealism. Their romance sparks just as McCarthy branded homosexuality a “threat to the ‘American way of life’.” Spanning the 1960s Vietnam War, the drug-fueled 1970s, and the 1980s AIDS crisis, these lovers face an ever-present series of threats.

Fellow Travelers, starring Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey, and Jelani Alladin, is streaming on Showtime.

The Pulitzer Prize–winning best seller All the Light We Cannot See follows Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a 6-year-old blind girl, as she takes refuge with her uncle in Saint-Malo when Nazis invade Paris. Simultaneously, Werner Pfennig, an intelligent German boy, is brought to an academy for the Hitler Youth for his expertise in radio technology. He ends up traveling to Saint-Malo, the heart of the war, where he and Marie-Laure’s lives converge.

All the Light We Cannot See, starring Aria Mia Loberti, Mark Ruffalo, and Hugh Laurie, is streaming on Netflix.

We get a new perspective on the legacy of Elvis, after Baz Luhrmann’s glossy biopic, with Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla. Based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir, Presley recounts the true life of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll from the perspective of the woman who loved him. The unprecedented insight offers a new side of Elvis, one that includes her teenage crush, the drama of affairs, and private moments out of the spotlight.

Priscilla, starring Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, and Dagmara Domińczyk, is in theaters now.

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In 1870s London society, corsets are tight and upper lips are stiff. However, the arrival of a group of wealthy and ambitious young American women sparks an Anglo-American culture clash. They were sent across the pond to locate a husband and gain a title but these buccaneers end up putting a spanner in the works of tradition. While their suitors remain enamored by aristocratic notions of wealth, these women are in search of something more than an “I do.”

The Buccaneers, starring Kristine Froseth, Alisha Boe, and Josie Totah, will stream on Apple TV+ on November 8.

Continuing the legacy of Suzanne Collins’s smash hit Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen’s mission to survive. At the tenth annual Hunger Games, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is far from the tyrannical dictator we now know him to be. Instead, the odds are against him. He’s set up to mentor Lucy Gray Baird of District 12. His fate is beside Baird’s, but he must ensure he’s not blinded by desire in his fight to survive.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, starring Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, and Hunter Schafer, is coming to theaters November 17.

Real Tigers, by Mick Herron
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Adapting the third book in the Slough House collection, Slow Horses is set to ramp up with the forthcoming season. Jackson Lamb and his team of MI5 spy misfits are tasked to outwit rogue agents when one of their own is kidnapped. They must rise to the very highest levels of British intelligence and even go knocking at Downing Street’s door. The spies find themselves in a web of conspiracy that threatens to expose a secret buried at the heart of MI5.

Season three of Slow Horses, starring Gary Oldman, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, and Jack Lowden, premieres on AppleTV+ on December 1.

Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh
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Eileen is certainly one of the most unconventional Christmas films of the year. The snowy coast of New England is void of seasonal cheer for Eileen, a young woman who’s stuck between being her alcoholic father’s caretaker and being an unappreciated secretary at the boys’ prison. Life is mundane until Dr. Rebecca Saint John arrives as the prison’s new psychologist. A budding friendship begins to morph into something deeper between the two women, but an icy blizzard arrives with sinister results.

Eileen, starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anne Hathaway, and Marin Ireland, is coming to theaters December 1.

A Long Island family vacation descends into apocalyptic chaos when a mysterious blackout plunges them into suspenseful darkness. Two families are left to decide how to survive this crisis, but as the world collapses around them and imminent threats grow, their closest bonds are forever changed. During this time of crisis, Leave the World Behind explores the complexities of parenthood, race, and class that once defined them.

Leave the World Behind, starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke, debuts on Netflix on December 8.

A mother is put in an unimaginable situation when she gives birth to her first child during the midst of a terrifying environmental crisis. London is lost below flood water and this mother is forced out of her home into the ungovernable wild. She must trek north in search of safety and bounce between shelters to give her baby the best chance of life. The dystopian book presents an unconventional tale of new motherhood where endurance is the key to survival.

The End We Start From, starring Jodie Comer, Katherine Waterston, and Benedict Cumberbatch, is coming to theaters December 8.

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In 1880s Scotland, medical student Archibald becomes enchanted by Bella, a creature created by a scientist to fulfill his impulsive whims. Archibald develops a desire-filled obsession with Bella and sets out a plot to free her from her scientist master. Though Bella has her own passions that exclude these men around her, she decides she must free herself and find out if love will ever have a place in her life.

Poor Things, starring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, and Willem Dafoe, is coming to theaters December 8.

If you haven’t had nightmares about Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa, I’m jealous. The famous Roald Dahl book showcases Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory of excess, where the grass is sweet and rivers flow with chocolate. The upcoming Wonka, though, focuses on a young Willy as he works to establish his chocolate empire and befriend the Oompa Loompas.

Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet, Calah Lane, and Keegan-Michael Key, is coming to theaters December 15.

The beloved story of Percy Jackson sees the eponymous 12-year-old boy discover he’s a modern demigod and enter the world of Greek mythology. Here, unbelievable monsters and the Olympian gods come alive around him. Thrown into this world, he’s accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt. To prove himself innocent, he’s tasked with returning Zeus’s stolen property and restoring peace to Mount Olympus.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, starring Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri, will premiere on Disney+ on December 20.

Strangers, by Taichi Yamada
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A middle-aged screenwriter is lost to the shadows of the big city. It is embedded within the hustle and bustle that he meets another man whose gentle touch and warm presence are an unexpected comfort that derails everyday life. However, visions of his late parents begin to haunt his consciousness. His mother and father appear to be living — and the same age they were on the day that they died 30 years ago.

All of Us Strangers, starring Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, and Claire Foy, is coming to theaters December 22.

During the summer of 1957, Formula 1 ex-racer Enzo Ferrari was at a crisis point: He was reeling from the death of his son, his marriage was deteriorating, and his company was facing impending bankruptcy. In a last-ditch effort to recover, Ferrari enters his hungry racing team in the iconic Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy.

Ferrari, starring Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley, is coming to theaters December 25.

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A musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, The Color Purple follows the life of a young African American girl named Celie Harris. The story chronicles the lifelong struggles African American women experienced during the early 20th century. Set in rural Georgia with a narrative spanning 40 years, Celie writes letters to God where she details her experiences, the worst of which include domestic violence, child sexual abuse, poverty, racism, and sexism.

The Color Purple, starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia Barrino, is coming to theaters December 25.

The Dark One, a cosmic force of evil in the universe, was destroyed last season … or was it? Turns out the Dark One did not die but was unleashed. With new threats on the horizon, Moiraine’s mission is to defeat the universe’s evil in a world-spanning journey with friends old and new. Shepherd Rand has Moiraine suspicious that he could be the Dragon Reborn with the power to save or end the world.

The Wheel of Time: season two, starring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, and Zoë Robins, is streaming on Prime Video.

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Set in an alternate New York City, the story of one man’s search for his family becomes a surreal horror with unexpected twists. Apollo and his wife, Emma, are settling into parental life. Apollo is committed to being the father he didn’t have, while Emma is struggling with disconnection and exhibiting signs of postpartum depression. Before Apollo can step in, Emma commits a terrible act of violence and flees. Left shattered but with the insatiable desire for answers, Apollo embarks on an NYC odyssey to uncover the truth about the people he loves.

The Changeling, starring LaKeith Stanfield, Adina Porter, and Clark Backo, is streaming on Apple TV+.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe will join the growing canon of LGBTQ+ coming-of-age stories. Set in 1987 in El Paso, Texas, Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante Quintana share a special bond. Both Mexican American teenagers are lonely souls who become acquainted over classical names but quickly grow inseparable. Dante teaches Ari about literature and poetry, but Ari is fascinated by Dante’s swimming ability and heartfelt sincerity. They share journeys of self-discovery as they explore their identities, sexualities, and relationships.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, starring Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, and Verónica Falcón, is not yet available on VOD.

The world of network broadcast morning news is one full of dramatic eventualities. In the Apple TV+ show inspired by Brian Stelter’s behind-the-scenes nonfiction book, a male co-anchor is forced off-air due to allegations of sexual misconduct. In the wake of his downfall, the characters and culture of the morning-news show are put under a microscope. It was March 2020 and COVID-19 was shutting down the world when the last season concluded, but as a new season begins, it seems the network could be in trouble. The drama never ends!

Season three of The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Billy Crudup, is streaming on Apple TV+.

Nella is the only Black person working at the publishing house Wagner Books. The 26-year-old editorial assistant is growing tired of the daily microaggressions, so when she sees that the new hire is also a Black woman, she’s thrilled. Nella is immediately drawn to Hazel, and the pair quickly bond in their side-by-side desk cubicles. However, when some questionable office decisions are made, the connection between Nella and Hazel morphs into something else entirely.

The Other Black Girl, starring Sinclair Daniel, Ashleigh Murray, and Karina Willis, is streaming on Hulu.

At a Halloween party in Venice, Italy, 13-year-old Joyce claims she witnessed a murder, but when no one believes her, she leaves in a strop. Then, after a few hours, she’s found dead still inside the house. Enter Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, coming out of retirement, to solve the case. Recounting the night of occult trickery (which included a suspicious séance), Detective Poirot is tasked with solving the ghostly death that is haunting the partygoers.

A Haunting in Venice, starring Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen, and Camille Cottin, is streaming on Hulu.

The true story of Redditors plotting to outdo Wall Street with a get-rich-quick scheme is set to become a big-screen comedy-drama. This moment for the history books saw everyday people go head-to-head against billionaires as an online community made mall video-game store GameStop the world’s most exciting company. Initially a tip from Keith Gill, who sunk his life savings into the stock, the internet got ahold of the outlandish dream, and there was no turning back.

Dumb Money, starring Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, and Vincent D’Onofrio, is not yet available on VOD.

A spinoff of the satirical superhero show The Boys, Gen V is set to chronicle the antics of misfits at a superhero college. The Godolkin University School of Crimefighting, run by Vought International, is where the young “supes” fight in battle-royal challenges to prepare them for the big bad world, where danger lurks around every corner. As Godolkin pushes the youngsters to become the best and brightest heroes, the students’ physical, sexual, and moral boundaries are tested to the extreme.

Gen V, starring Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, and Lizze Broadway, is streaming on Prime Video.

The ​​French mystery thriller is a retelling of the story of world-famous thief and master of disguise Arsène Lupin. In the Netflix show, Assane Diop is a cunning teenager inspired by the adventures of the legendary Lupin. The only son of an immigrant from Senegal who came to France, Assane will do anything to avenge his father, who was framed for the theft of a diamond necklace. Assane sets out to take revenge on the wealthy Pellegrini family for their wrongdoings.

Lupin part III, starring Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, and Clotilde Hesme, is streaming on Netflix.

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The upcoming second season of Loki, part of the MCU’s Phase 5, reunites with the titular God of Mischief. The multiverse-traveling sci-fi last saw Loki fighting to control the Time Variance Authority, and with the birth of a new multiverse, the second season will follow Loki building a team, including Mobius and Hunter B-15, to battle for authority. Meanwhile, Loki is on the search for Sylvie, Ravonna Renslayer, and Miss Minutes.

Loki season two, starring Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku, is streaming on Disney+.

Foe, by Iain Reid
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Following the adaptation of Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Charlie Kaufman, Reid’s second fiction book, Foe, is next in line to make it to the big screen. The book charts the lives of a married couple, Junior and Henrietta, living in a wasteland after the country was ravaged by disastrous climate change. They are the only life for miles, so it’s a shock when someone knocks at their door and announces Junior has been selected to venture to a space station and Henrietta will be left with some very familiar company.

Foe, starring Paul Mescal, Saoirse Ronan, and Aaron Pierre, will be streaming on Amazon Prime starting November 7.

In the world of science, chemist Elizabeth Zott is like no other. It’s the early 1960s, and Elizabeth’s Hastings Research Institute team is all men. When she is forced to resign, her love for scientific commentary results in her becoming the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six. A housewife with a penchant for chemicals, Elizabeth’s revolutionary cooking garners the attention of the nation and challenges not only recipes but their opinions.

Lessons in Chemistry, starring Brie Larson, Lewis Pullman, and Aja Naomi King, is streaming on Apple TV+.

Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming Killers of the Flower Moon has an impressively stacked cast. David Grann’s book is an exploration of the Osage Reign of Terror, a period from the early 1920s to the 1930s when white settlers murdered and dispossessed an Osage family’s Oklahoma lands over the oil-rich deposits. The book charts new details from FBI investigations, trials, and convictions of the minds behind this plot of horrific genocide.

Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone, is now playing in theaters.

The story of Dr. Ming Wang is one you have to see to believe. One of the world’s top laser-eye surgeons, Dr. Wang has performed over 55,000 eye procedures for patients from more than 55 countries worldwide. The world-renowned surgeon also wrestled with philanthropy in his work that overlaps faith with science. Dr. Wang’s questioning of his religion and his career led to a biotechnology breakthrough that allowed for the restoration of lost sight.

Sight, starring Terry Chen, Greg Kinnear, and Ben Wang, is coming soon to theaters.

The six-episode Netflix adaptation of The Lying Life of Adults, directed by Edoardo De Angelis, follows protagonist Giovanna as she graduates from childhood to adolescence. With the backdrop of 1990s Naples, Elena Ferrante’s best-selling 2020 novel provides the rich story of a young woman trying to find her estranged aunt — whom everyone says she resembles — and, in turn, her true self.

The Lying Life of Adults, starring Giordana Marengo, Valeria Golino, and Alessandro Preziosi, is streaming on Netflix.

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In this murder mystery set in 1830, detective Augustus Landor is tasked with investigating some suspicious suicides. Landow’s not alone, though; he’s joined by an intrigued young academy cadet. His name? Edgar Allan Poe. Together, the snooping pair delves into an investigation that leads to secret societies, sacrificial rituals, and more dead bodies. A labyrinth of intrigue, The Pale Blue Eye sees two detectives with their own secrets try to solve a series of disturbing murders.

The Pale Blue Eye, starring Christian Bale, Harry Melling, and Gillian Anderson, is streaming on Netflix.

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Miriam Toews’s 2018 novel was loosely inspired by real-life events at the Manitoba Colony, an ultraconservative Mennonite community in Bolivia whose members were put on trial in 2011 for the rapes of upwards of 100 women. Sarah Polley’s adaptation takes place in a fictional isolated Mennonite colony where women have spent years being abused. The film begins after the abusers have been sent to jail; in flashbacks, Polley’s narrative focuses on the fallout from this trauma.

Women Talking, starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, and Jessie Buckley, is streaming on MGM+.

Following the critically acclaimed first season of AMC’s Interview With the Vampire, the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy is the next in Anne Rice’s canon to be adapted for the screen. The supernatural horror fantasy centers on a family of witches who, generations ago, conjured up a spirit they named Lasher. It’s a self-destructive spell that torments each new descendant. In the present day, Rowan, born into the lineage, discovers a man’s drowned body on the shore and magically revives him. He awakens with powers too. Jumping from the present to the past, Rice’s storytelling is bewitching.

Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, starring Alexandra Daddario, Harry Hamlin, and Tongayi Chirisa, is streaming on AMC+.

Marc Forster’s A Man Called Otto is a remake of the 2015 Swedish film A Man Called Ove, itself an adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name. The story follows the grumpy 60-year-old Otto/Ove, who is forced to retire from his job of 40 years after his wife dies. When he’s faced with this wall of bad news, his loneliness becomes unbearable and he decides to commit suicide. His attempts are interrupted by some lively new neighbors with whom he forms an unlikely friendship. The young family next door not only spoils his plans but shows him that life can become joyous again.

A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, Rachel Keller, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, is streaming on Netflix.

Wolf Pack is a supernatural teen drama about a trio of teenagers who can shape-shift into wolves — some real Twilight vibes. Their freedom is obliterated when a TV crew captures their transformations and one of them, Tora, is captured by scientists. Left behind, her brothers plot a rescue. The only solution is to turn into werewolves, which they are forbidden to do. If they attempt to go to the dark side, will they ever return?

Wolf Pack, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rodrigo Santoro, and Armani Jackson is streaming on Paramount+.

Three young investigators at a psychic-detection agency are the heart of this supernatural YA thriller. Lucy, Anthony, and George make a living by hunting all sorts of London ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters. Taking on a perilous investigation into one of England’s most haunted houses, the trio brush off adult supervision as they attempt to eradicate its supernatural forces. Only young people have the power to see ghosts here, so they face fierce competition from their ilk while they battle dangerous spirits.

Lockwood & Co., starring Ruby Stokes, Cameron Chapman, and Ali Hadji-Heshmati is streaming on Netflix.

The Cabin at the End of the World, about a family vacationing in a remote cabin with no one around for miles, has been adapted into the apocalyptic psychological horror film Knock at the Cabin, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. A friendly stranger appears in the driveway and the family’s 7-year-old child invites the man to play. As they bond, more strangers arrive, and the parents are taken hostage. Packed with paranoia, this gripping tale balances terror and suspense as the family is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Knock at the Cabin, starring Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Ben Aldridge, is streaming on Peacock.

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Twelve-year-old Edward Adler is the only survivor of a devastating plane crash. Without his family and having witnessed unthinkable horror, he finds his life forever changed. In this coming-of-age story about Edward’s life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances, and communities are formed, but the tragedy lingers in the back of his mind with formidable force.

Dear Edward, starring Colin O’Brien, Connie Britton, and Taylor Schilling, is streaming on Apple TV+.

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For many, Winnie-the-Pooh is a beloved character from childhood — the honey-loving yellow bear with an assortment of treasured friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. But A.A. Milne’s 1926 characters are now in the public domain, and so we have Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey. In this upcoming nightmarish interpretation, the wholesome tale turns horrifying. It’s a slasher comedy in which Pooh and Piglet become psychopathic killers after Christopher Robin leaves them behind.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, starring Amber Doig-Thorne, Maria Taylor, and Danielle Ronald, is available to rent on Amazon.

Private detective Philip Marlowe is back, and he means business. Returning for a new adventure on the mean streets of Los Angeles in the early 1950s, Marlowe is hungry for a new case. Then a glamorous heiress steps into his office with a mystery about an ex-lover who has suspiciously disappeared. Marlowe sets off to search for the man and follows a bewildering trail of clues leading him to the city’s richest family and an astonishing conspiracy. Along the way, he learns the lengths an estate will go to for self-preservation.

Marlowe, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, and Jessica Lange, is available to rent on Amazon.

Frances O’Connor’s upcoming biographical film about Emily Brontë is not a direct adaptation of the renowned English author’s Wuthering Heights but a tale of how the novel came to be. Emily provides a fictionalized account of Brontë’s inspirations when her sister asks her to reveal them. Between episodes of love, supernatural experiences, and heartbreak, she pens her famous novel with a desire for purpose and preservation.

Emily, starring Emma Mackey, Fionn Whitehead, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, is available to rent on Amazon.

This true story chronicles the roots of a 1970s spiritual awakening as it follows a group of teenage Southern California hippies on a communal quest that becomes a counterculture crusade to bring peace, love, and rock and roll to the nation. Jesus Revolution depicts Greg Laurie meeting street preachers and pastors as he’s welcomed into church with the wandering youths. The fictionalized film adaptation follows a movement that attempts to redefine truth through liberation.

Jesus Revolution, starring Joel Courtney, Anna Grace Barlow, and Jonathan Roumie, is available to rent on Amazon.

This is the story of a young singer coming of age in the ’60s and early ’70s with an angelic voice and big dreams as she joins the Six (a band partly inspired by Fleetwood Mac). Written as an oral history, Daisy Jones & the Six chronicles how Daisy’s presence bolsters the band to fame but also brings drama and tension with its brooding lead singer, Billy Dunne. The band goes on the road for what becomes a legendary journey with sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Daisy Jones & the Six, starring Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, and Suki Waterhouse, is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Integrity, by Egil Krogh
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It’s 1971 in the White House when Egil Krogh and John Ehrlichman, his mentor and a key confidant of President Richard Nixon, meet in a secluded office. They’re tasked with leading the Special Investigations Unit, a.k.a. the notorious White House “Plumbers” who investigated top-secret government leaks in what became one of the most famous conspiracies in presidential history. Krogh’s Watergate memoir peers behind closed doors to uncover how integrity can be soul-destroying.

White House Plumbers, starring Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, and Domhnall Gleeson, is streaming on Max.

Kim Philby is a renowned spy and a fantastic liar. He is so good at double-crossing that his best friend and fellow MI6 officer, Nicholas Elliott, has no idea he’s working for the enemy. They’ve been friends and joined at the hip ever since school, so it seems impossible that Kim could ever be a communist spy. But not everything is how it seems. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, this tale of unbelievable betrayal is at the heart of a complex web of conspiracy.

A Spy Among Friends, starring Damian Lewis, Guy Pearce, and Anna Maxwell Martin, is streaming on MGM+.

The sophomore season of the Netflix fantasy drama will cover both Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, the second and third novels in Leigh Bardugo’s main Grishaverse trilogy. Following the debut season, Shadow and Bone ventures to even darker dimensions with love, power, and heartbreak subsuming this early 19th-century world. Here, half the population is Grisha — people with special abilities to control the elements. The story will continue to follow Alina and Mal’s fight to stop the manipulative Darkling, an evil general, from gaining more power.

Shadow and Bone season two, starring Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, and Archie Renaux, is streaming on Netflix.

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This sequel 2019’s Shazam! (which will end up being one of the last DC movies before a continuity reboot), sees Billy and his foster family adjusting to their newfound superhero abilities. Coming of age as teenagers and coming to terms with their alter egos, the crew is thrown into its first challenge as Atlas’s trio of daughters try to take Shazam’s power, which they believe has been stolen from them. Shazam and his trusty allies must rebuild their superpowers for battle and protect the fate of the world.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods, starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, and Rachel Zegler, is streaming on Max.

In Fast Charlie, an adaptation of Gun Monkeys, Charlie Swift is a well-practiced hitman with a twitching finger on the trigger and an unfazed attitude about lifeless bodies — that is, until his mob boss and entire team meet a disastrous fate. Left to survive on his own, Charlie takes off to run from the omnipresent threat. His friends are dropping like flies, and the danger seems to be creeping closer. With dodgy paperwork in the passenger seat and the woman he’s chasing in the rearview mirror, Charlie must put everything he holds dear on the line.

Fast Charlie, starring Pierce Brosnan, James Caan, and Morena Baccarin, is not currently available to stream.

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Hank Devereaux is not having a good week — that’s the basis of Straight Man, soon to be adapted under the name Lucky Hank. Hank is the chairman of an underfunded English department in a Pennsylvania college, and his life seems to be falling apart. He wonders whether his wife is having an affair with a colleague, he thinks he’s being seduced by a co-worker, he has a fistfight with another teacher, and a goose is on a mission to ruin his life. All this in a single week!

Lucky Hank, starring Bob Odenkirk, Jacki Gunn, and Jackson Kelly, is streaming on AMC+.

King Richard III died in battle on August 22, 1485. His body was hurriedly buried and, 50 years later, lost and believed to have been emptied into the local river. It was a shocking discovery, then, when Richard III’s remains were unearthed in a Leicester car park in 2012. The King’s Grave is about the compelling real-life archaeological discovery, focusing on a dedicated researcher who takes on eminent historians in order to prove the whereabouts of a lost king and exhume his long-missing remains.

The Lost King, starring Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, and Harry Lloyd, is streaming on AMC+.

Liv is a human tornado spiraling toward a major health crisis. Upon reaching her breaking point, she abandons her lifestyle of late-night parties and all-day hangovers and begins a 101-day fast and journey of yoga classes, meditation, silent retreats, and group psychotherapy. Throwing her body into this get-“well”-quick scheme, the dramedy questions whether total wellness is even possible.

Wellmania, starring Celeste Barber, JJ Fong, and Genevieve Mooy, is streaming on Netflix.

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The beloved fantasy tabletop role-playing game is undergoing the live-action treatment. With playful imagination, a ragtag band of thieves (including a druid and a ferocious barbarian) and their charming leader, Edgin the bard, embark on an unlikely adventure to hunt down a long-lost relic. Throughout their journey into the great unknown, they encounter a number of dangerous characters who threaten to throw them off course.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Regé-Jean Page, is streaming on Paramount+.

The latest in the Apple TV+ kids’ changemakers initiative, Eva the Owlet, based on the Owl Diaries book series, follows Eva the cute animated owlet as she ventures beyond the nest for the first time. With Lucy, Eva’s best friend and next-door neighbor, Eva sets out to explore the woodland world of Treetopington and all the adventures it holds for them. Her high-flying escapades lead to a journey of self-discovery as she takes her debut flight into the big wide world.

Eva the Owlet, starring Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman, and Jef Kaminsky, is streaming on Apple TV+.

The Silo Series — composed of a trio of books: Wool, Shift, and Dust — chronicles a community that exists in a postapocalyptic, subterranean city. In this society of strict regulations that are believed to protect them, humanity clings to survival. The series begins by following Holston, the sheriff of the Silo, before ongoing story lines further unravel the mysteries behind the Silo and the secrets it holds beneath the surface.

Silo, starring Rebecca Ferguson, Tim Robbins, and Rashida Jones, is streaming on Apple TV+.

With Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern as executive producers, Tiny Beautiful Things (previously adapted for the stage) will follow Clare as she navigates marriage and motherhood while her once-promising writing career slips like sand through her fingers. An old writing pal asks Clare to take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar (Strayed’s real-life column), and a new chapter begins. Finding her voice again through Sugar, Clare extracts the beauty in the struggle of her readers and even herself.

Tiny Beautiful Things, starring Kathryn Hahn, Sarah Pidgeon, and Quentin Plair, is streaming on Hulu.

Owen leaves his wife, Hannah, a note when he disappears: “Protect her,” it says, referring to his 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. She lost her mother as a child and wants nothing to do with Hannah, who is left not only with a child who resents her but also a missing-person report that does not make sense. She quickly realizes that her husband isn’t who he claimed to be and that Bailey just may be the key to discovering the truth of Owen’s past and why he really disappeared.

The Last Thing He Told Me, starring Jennifer Garner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Angourie Rice, is streaming on Apple TV+.

While the titular vampire is the star of most adaptations of the novel, this upcoming dramatization turns its attention to a more alive character: Count Dracula’s deranged but devoted henchman and familiar, Renfield. After centuries of working for the count, he attends an abusive-relationship support group and realizes he wants to begin a new, modern-day life with the possibility of love and laughter. Dracula, however, won’t lose his obedient servant without a bloody fight.

Renfield, starring Nicholas Cage, Nicholas Hoult, and Awkwafina, is streaming on Peacock.

The beloved children’s book follows best friends cheery Frog and grumpy Toad. Historians will call them best friends, but Frog and Toad’s relationship runs deeper; they share a home and complement each other perfectly. The series charts the duo facing journeys and challenges side by side; whether they’re trying to find a long button or going wild swimming, you can guarantee Frog and Toad will do it together.

Frog and Toad, starring Nat Faxon, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Ron Funches, is streaming on Apple TV+.

Sixth-grader Margaret is almost 12 when she moves from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey. Making friends proves tricky, but when she meets Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie, they form a secret club to gossip about the anxieties of girlhood, including bras, boys, and getting their first periods — the important things! While this sense of belonging connects her, Margaret has been raised without religion, so she has a complicated relationship with spirituality. She embarks on a quest to explore her religious identity and begins confiding in God, with whom she shares every single one of her deeply held secrets.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, starring Rachel McAdams, Abby Ryder Fortson, and Kathy Bates, is available to rent on Amazon.

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The third Guardians of the Galaxy movie (and the final one from director James Gunn) reunites the Guardians after the loss of Gamora, and the team rallies together to face off against a villain that may put an end to the Guardians as we know them. With Peter Quill at the helm and their newest member, Cosmo the Spacedog, along for the ride, the Guardians come up against that powerful villain, Adam Warlock, as well as an old foe from Rocket’s traumatic past.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, and Dave Bautista, is not yet available to stream.

A shooting in Central Park on the Fourth of July sets off a chain reaction. With no witnesses and very little evidence, the victim’s death is a total mystery that only grows stranger. As more details emerge, the victim, Samantha, is revealed as the connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the city’s downtown music scene, and a wealthy real-estate family burying their secrets. One detective digs through the clues and tries to connect Samantha’s role in the city’s nightlife.

City on Fire, starring Wyatt Oleff, Chase Sui Wonders, and Jemima Kirke, is streaming on AppleTV+.

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Following the death of her fiancé, one of Mira’s coping mechanisms is to text messages to his old phone number. The number, however, has been taken by journalist Rob Burns, who becomes enamored by Mira’s candid and heartfelt texts. When Rob, a workaholic, is assigned to profile Céline Dion (played by the legend herself!), he ends up confiding in the singer and seeking her assistance in winning Mira’s heart.

Love Again, starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, and Céline Dion, is available to rent on Amazon.

The goddess of war’s purpose is to watch over humanity, but when she is reincarnated into the body of a young girl somewhere in the world, the Knights of Athena are in a race against time to find her. Meanwhile, a headstrong street orphan comes to discover he possesses powers; he might be the only person alive who can protect a reincarnated goddess. He must train like never before, facing brutal threats and his own past, in order to become a Knight of the Zodiac.

Knights of the Zodiac, starring Mackenyu, Madison Iseman, and Famke Janssen, is available to buy on Amazon.

BlackBerry’s industry domination was a moment in time. The smartphone now appears like a fossil from the 2010s, but it was once the hottest device around, and the business, led by Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie in an unlikely partnership, was once the world’s fastest-growing company. What followed was a dramatic and catastrophic demise. This true story of internal feuds and chaotic growth reveals the behind-the-scenes whirlwind that unfolded in the ruthless Silicon Valley.

BlackBerry, starring Glenn Howerton, Jay Baruchel, and Cary Elwes, is available to rent on Amazon.

The new XO, Kitty series, a spinoff of the To All the Boys Netflix film series, plucks side characters from Jenny Han’s original novels for their own focused story lines. Katherine “Kitty” Song Covey — Lara Jean’s younger sister — moves to Korea with the hope of reconnecting with her long-distance boyfriend who attends the same Seoul high school as her late mother. Despite all her young wisdom on romance, Kitty’s perspective on love proves to be much more dramatic when it concerns her own relationship.

XO, Kitty, starring Anna Cathcart, Choi Min-young, and Anthony Keyvan, is streaming on Netflix.

Sci-fi collides with romantic comedy in The Robot Who Looked Like Me. Womanizer Charles and gold digger Elaine are both very busy — to the point where they can’t find time in their schedules to tend to their blossoming romance. In search of a solution, the pair have look-alike robots made to nurture the relationship on their behalf. However, things go awry when the new versions of them plan to run away together.

Robots, starring Shailene Woodley, Jack Whitehall, and Chelsea Edmundson, is available to rent on Amazon.

Jin Wang is your average student who has moved to a new high school and is just trying to keep his head down until graduation. He is in a juggling act, balancing schoolwork with his social life, when he meets Wei-Chen, the new Taiwanese exchange student. However, as the new friendship blossoms, something mysterious is brewing. Jin’s world collides with gods of Chinese mythology as he becomes embroiled in an otherworldly adventure with a figure from Chinese folklore: the Monkey King.

American Born Chinese, starring Michelle Yeoh, Ben Wang, and Yeo Yann Yann, is streaming on Disney+.

Ariel, the youngest of King Triton’s daughters, has wishes that will take her beyond the ocean’s depths. On one of the young mermaid’s trips to the shore, she encounters the dashing Prince Eric and is instantly smitten. The titular Little Mermaid decides to follow her heart and makes a deal with Ursula, an evil sea witch, to grow legs and be able to experience life on land. Leaving behind all her fishy friends without properly reading the whole contract, Ariel’s assimilation with humans proves more than troublesome.

The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, and Daveed Diggs, is now playing in theaters.

Stephen King’s short story “The Boogeyman” is a creepy tale that follows high-school student Sadie Harper as she mourns the death of her mother. Will, her therapist father, and Sawyer, her younger sister, are struggling with the devastating loss. One of Will’s clients arrives at the household and unpacks not only their issues but also a terrifying supernatural entity. The being preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims, leaving the Harper household in peril.

The Boogeyman, starring Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, and Vivien Lyra Blair, is now playing in theaters.

Across the Spider-Verse picks back up with Miles Morales a year after the events of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as he and his love interest, Gwen Stacy, embark on a multiverse mission to save every universe of Spider-People from catastrophic disaster. They stumble upon a Spider-Society led by Miguel O’Hara, also known as Spider-Man 2099. Miles and Miguel find themselves at odds as they both try and fight against a mounting collection of villains.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, starring Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jake Johnson, is now playing in theaters.

It’s the summer of 1979 when Billy Milligan is arrested in Manhattan. His harrowing case begins to receive national attention for its gruesome and unthinkable details, leading to a landmark trial. Tormented by his memories, Billy pleads insanity caused by dissociative-identity disorder. One investigator is tasked to follow Billy’s case as it’s labeled the most remarkable case of dissociative-identity disorder ever recorded.

The Crowded Room, starring Tom Holland, Amanda Seyfried, and Emmy Rossum, is streaming on Apple TV+.

Frito-Lay’s factory janitor Richard Montañez may seem trapped in a dead-end job, but one addictive idea is about to catapult him into greatness: He’s about to take his future into his own hands with the creation of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. But not everybody in the food industry is keen on opening the doors to the son of a Mexican immigrant. When his employer makes an attempt to kill his idea before the scrumptious snack makes it to shelves, Montañez is forced to take his creation and brave it alone.

Flamin’ Hot, starring Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez, and Emilio Rivera, is streaming on Hulu.

Secret Invasion, the latest MCU television show, follows Nick Fury and his allies as they uncover an underground conspiracy: a group of shape-shifting Skrulls who are prepared to infiltrate the world. Fury, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director, must thwart the takeover of humanity. It’s a race against time that also reveals more about Fury’s past and how that may inform his future.

Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Cobie Smulders, is streaming on Disney+.

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Forty-year-old Jenna Jones is at a crossroads in her life: The former “It”-girl fashion editor has just been dumped, she’s desperate for a job, and her bank account is drying up quick. When she finally has a second chance to land back on her feet, she realizes she’s totally out of her depth, but Jenna finds another reason to come to work: Eric Combs. He’s her charming but much younger co-worker — and her boss’s son. Jenna has to weigh up whether this intense secret romance is worth risking her comeback.

The Perfect Find, starring Gabrielle Union, Keith Powers, and Gina Torres, is streaming on Netflix.

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The third season of The Witcher is set to predominantly focus on monster-hunter Geralt and the prophesied child, Ciri. The latter is a powerful sorceress who can battle monsters and demons but also prejudices in their fantastical, medieval-inspired world. Geralt is tasked with hiding Ciri from the monarchs and beasts that are trying to kidnap her. This third season will be Henry Cavill’s last; he’s passing the baton — or, more accurately, the long, blond wig — of Geralt over to Liam Hemsworth.

The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Eamon Farren, is now streaming on Netflix.

Published in 2020, stand-up comedian and actress Michelle Buteau’s first book is now the basis of her new Netflix show, Survival of the Thickest. The essay-styled memoir chronicles Buteau’s bumpy road to success. Capturing Buteau’s lively zest, Survival of the Thickest follows a newly single woman getting back on her feet after a devastating breakup. Her journey charts her encountering the possibility of a new romance and carving the stepping stones to rebuild her career.

Survival of the Thickest, starring Michelle Buteau, Tone Bell, and Tasha Smith, will debut on Netflix on July 13.

The sophomore season of The Summer I Turned Pretty — featuring music from Taylor Swift — returns to Isabel “Belly” Conklin’s coming-of-age story as the 16-year-old faces another dramatic decision. Her mother’s childhood best friend Susannah has two sons — Conrad and Jeremiah — and Belly finds herself wrapped up in a troublesome dual romance. As the love triangle becomes more pointy, Belly must also deal with maintaining their friendships and helping her ill mother.

The Summer I Turned Pretty season two, starring Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, and Rachel Blanchard, debuts on Amazon Prime Video on July 14.

Season three of Sweet Magnolias continues to depict the strong bond of women’s friendships. The three South Carolina ladies — newly divorced Maddie, chef Dana, and lawyer Helen — are lifelong friends who have been by each other’s sides through love, heartbreak, joy and longing. In Sweet Magnolias, this trio of women come up against more challenges in their pursuit of happiness. However, there’s drama on the horizon as a new generation faces romantic conflict, and the terrifying car crash that ended season two is revisited.