The Good Nurse

While battling a serious health condition, overstretched ICU nurse and mum Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) uncovers one of the most sinister serial killers of all time, Charles Cullen, in this unnerving mystery drama. The film is based on the true story of Cullen, who, between the 1990s and 2000s, killed at least 29 people while being employed as a nurse, although authorities believe that number to be closer to 400.

American Born Chinese

“This is Wei-Chen. He’s Chinese like you.” Jin Wang’s schoolteacher isn’t quite right – Wei-Chen is actually Taiwanese. But in all other respects, she’s doing a reluctant Jin a favour by introducing him to his new best friend. This comedy-drama is adapted from a graphic novel by Gene Lueng Yang – it’s a heady blend of immigrant story, coming-of-age drama and metaphysical martial arts fantasy, courtesy of regular and often startling lurches into arcane battles connected to Chinese mythology.

Prehistoric Planet

David Attenborough’s vocal presence gives this spectacular series (now into season two) the feel of a speculative, sci-fi blockbuster version of the kind of glorious natural history programming consistently churned out by the BBC. We’re dealing with Earth’s deep past here, stunningly rendered by the visual effects team behind films such as The Lion King and The Jungle Book. It’s an uncanny and freakishly convincing viewing experience, as triceratops butt heads, tiny T rex babies pop out of eggs and pterodactyls soar above.


For his first leading role in a TV series, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a deadpan but fearsome former CIA operative whose capacity for ultra-efficient violence is only matched by his dry wit. He’s lured out of retirement for one last job – only to find himself working alongside a younger agent Emma (Monica Barbaro) who also happens to be his daughter. Turns out that father and daughter have been lying to each other – neither knew the truth about each other’s work until now. Generation gap hilarity (with a side order of lethal force) follows.

Overmono: Good Lies
Music Album

Knitting garage with techno and chopped-up vocals, the pounding yet poppy debut album from Monmouth brothers Ed and Tom Russell is masterfully done.