September 26, 2023

Sydney Sweeney plays a real-life whistleblower in ‘Reality,’ new docuseries unravels bizarre mystery of adoptee Natalia Grace, Sundance breakout ‘Past Lives’ arrives in theaters

The It List is Yahoo’s weekly roundup of the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. Here are our picks for May 29 – June 4, including the best deals we could find on each.

WATCH IT: Polish up The curious case of Natalia Grace

Here’s yet another example of how truth can so often be stranger than fiction. In 2010, Kristine and Michael Barnett adopted Natalia Grace, who they believed was a 6-year-old Ukrainian orphan who suffered from a rare bone condition. But then the new parents began to suspect something sinister was going on with their adopted child… starting with the fact that she might not have been a child. (And if this sounds like the horror movie Orphanjust remember the movie came out in the year for Natalia Grace’s Adoption.) The three-part ID series, The curious case of Natalia Grace, reopens the case with new interviews with the Barnetts and the people who knew them and Natalia. This exclusive clip from the series features one of the family’s neighbors remembering that something strange was going on in the neighborhood. — Ethan Alter

The curious case of Natalia Grace premieres Monday, May 29 at 9 p.m. on ID and airs three consecutive nights.

LOOK AT IT: Past lives is a romance for all ages – all of them

Assuming you didn’t marry your best friend since childhood, have you ever thought about what your life would be like if you had? Nora (Greta Lee) and Hae Sung (Teo Yoo) are both faced with the question of when they will get back together as adults. The two were separated when her family left South Korea and emigrated to America. Now they have a week to say and do all the things they have thought about for so long. The public will see them not only as the adults they are now, but as the children they once were, which makes their reunion all the more meaningful, not to mention beautiful. —Raechal Shewfelt

Past lives premieres Friday, June 2 in theaters; visit Fandango for ticket and showtime information.

STREAM IT: Sydney Sweeney is not euphoric in the HBO drama Reality

Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney drops out of high school for Reality – a film adaptation of a 2019 off-Broadway play based on the true story of Reality Winner: The United States Air Force leaked a classified intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. That election, of course, resulted in Donald Trump losing the presidency won against Hillary Clinton, and rumors of Russia’s behind-the-scenes role haunted him throughout his stint in the White House. Winner was arrested by authorities in 2017, given a five-year prison sentence and released in 2021. Sweeney speaks Winner’s actual words in the film, as the script uses the real interrogation transcript that preceded her imprisonment. — EA

Reality premieres Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. on HBO and continues to stream max.

LOOK AT IT: Lynch/Oz explores the Eraser head author’s fascination with the Land of Oz

David Lynch can be Wild at heartbut he is also a total Ozhead. Inspired by the iconoclastic director’s admission that he’s constantly thinking about the 1939 Judy Garland classic, director Alexandre O. Philippe delves deep into Lynch’s filmography, seeking the echoes of the Emerald City’s resident wizard in all his work, from Eraser head Unpleasant Twin Peaks. This is definitely not Straight story, but it’s catnip for Lynch’s devoted fans. — EA

Lynch/Oz premieres Friday, June 2 in theaters; visit Fandango for ticket and showtime information.

LOOK AT IT: Thelma and Louise drive to The Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection

(Image: The Criterion Collection)

“You get what you settle for,” one of our heroines famously says in Thelma and Louise, Ridley Scott’s 1991 classic about two women (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) who hit the road after serving as a vigilante. It may have taken 32 years, but the movie is finally getting its optimal home entertainment treatment with a new release on Criterion. Scott oversaw a new 4K resolution for the release, which also includes two audio commentaries, new interviews with Scott and screenwriter Callie Khouri, storyboards, deleted and extended scenes, and more. — Kevin Polwy

Thelma and Louise: The Criterion Collection is out on Tuesday, May 30 Amazon.

WATCH IT: Cheers to immigrants — and their delicious food — inside Lidia celebrates America: flavors that define us

The new special from Emmy award-winning TV chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich follows her across the country as she discovers the inspiring stories of a handful of the 46 million immigrants who share their h
eritage in their adopted home through food. “Whether they come for security, opportunity or a better way of life,” says Bastianich, who came here from Italy, “Immigrants like me have contributed to America’s rich and diverse tapestry of culture, religion and food. I am fortunate that welcomed my family to the United States, a place where I was able to become an American and share my Italian heritage.” She talks to some of the country’s newcomers about their reasons for coming here, their challenges, triumphs and, of course, their food. — RS

Lidia celebrates America: flavors that define us premieres Tuesday, May 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

WATCH IT: Underrated Sylvester Stallone thriller Cliffhanger gets new life on 4K Ultra HD

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(Image: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Sylvester Stallone will always be best known for the rocky, Rambo And Consumables movies, but is there any doubt that Cliffhanger is one of his most successful works ever, franchise entry or not? Stallone starred as a rock climber who gets caught up in the search for stolen money in the Rocky Mountains (okay, hey, it’s kind of rocky movie), with John Lithgow taking a simmering turn as the Big Bad, in this cliff-edge thriller. The film celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with a 4K Ultra HD release featuring extras including commentary from Stallone and director Renny Harlin, deleted scenes and more. — KP

Cliffhanger releases on 4K Ultra HD Tuesday, May 30 at Amazon.

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