What To Screen and What to Stream This Weekend

Summer is officially here. The scorching temps may have been your first signal. Another trusty sign is the arrival of

What To Screen and What to Stream This Weekend

Summer is officially here. The scorching temps may have been your first signal. Another trusty sign is the arrival of the Hollywood blockbuster. Yeah, we still see you Top Gun and Jurassic World: Dominion. You may still be crushing the box office, but let's face it, we need something new to talk about.

Rather than blather on about the same movies you’ve no doubt seen ad nauseam on your social media, I choose instead to bring to your attention to some lesser known, but equally entertaining projects, that are hitting the screening and streaming in the coming week. So grab the remote and get into your pj's, we've got some great stuff for you.

Cristela Keeps It Coming With The Comedy

First up is the new standup special from comedian Cristela Alonzo. The comedian, actress and show-runner is taking to the stage for her latest comedy hour Middle Classy. In this followup to her first special, Lower Classy the Latina comedian talks money (as in having more of it), new teeth and getting Covid on her birthday.

For the ladies out there Alonzo shares her first ever experience with her gynecologist and it is both humbling and humiliating. Fellas, don’t worry there is a bunch of toy talk and playing games for ya. Cristela is wildly relatable and hugely entertaining.

Ditch The Dinos and Get on The List

Also steaming is The Terminal List. Chris Pratt has put civilian dinosaur hunting aside and instead joined the military. Pratt is Navy Seal Commander James Reese in this eight episode drama season filled with action.

Pratt is forced home by the Navy after his entire team is ambushed and killed, leaving him as the only survivor. When Reece returns home his loved ones become collateral damage in a plot that is thicker than Pratt’s biceps. Not helping the matter is the fact that he is marred with overlapping memories and commander-sized confusion.

He soon discovers that there is more at play. But proving it, is another story. The Terminal List also stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) and Constance Wu (Hustlers). The series is based on the book of the same name by former Navy Seal Jack Carr. The book engrossed Chris Pratt so much that he optioned the rights to it before it ever hit stands, and that was back in late 2014.

This is not a show that you can casually watch – it requires your full attention. While the show does start off slow the pace picks up quickly and is worth the drag off the top.

A Gordita Sized Helping of Charm

The Gordita Chronicles is up and ready for your viewing pleasure. Based on the book of the same name, this charming comedy is nothing but lightness and fun for your summer streaming.

At the center of this 10-episode season is first time actress Olivia Goncalves as Carlota 'Cucu' Castelli. The chubby and charismatic Cucu along with her family move from the Dominican Republic to Miami. The eccentric family turns navigating a new country and new relationships into a fun and warm-hearted family friendly watch for all.

Created by Claudia Forestieri, who’s real life inspired both the book and the series, has brought in some other Latina heavyweights. Eva Longoria directs and produces along with Zoe Saldana.

Everybody Loves Elvis

And finally, for those wanting nothing more than a big bucket of popcorn in an air conditioned theater with a drink so big you can swim in it, I’ve got a recommendation for you.

Elvis is a must see this weekend. It stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker. The film is about the legendary performer who started as a truck driver and ended up being one of the most celebrated entertainers in history.

This is not your average biopic. Director Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge) tells the story from the point of view of Col. Tom Parker and it is worth every single minute – all two hours and 39 of them. Austin Butler is mesmerizing as Presley and is just terrific. Expect to hear his name a lot this awards season.