Not sure what to watch this last weekend in August? Cheddar recommends a couple of docuseries, a vampire action flick, and the sequel to the video games-to-screen hit "Sonic the Hedgehog."
Welcome to Wrexham - FX/Hulu
By Digital Editor Mike Nam
This docuseries follows the unlikely venture that brought It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney and Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds together to purchase one of the oldest football (soccer) clubs in the world, Wrexham A.F.C., located in Wales. McElhenney, a Philadelphia sports fanatic, realized that his TV money wasn't enough to buy and rehabilitate the team, so he recruits movie star/superhero/liquor baron money in the person of Reynolds. Watch as these American celebrities navigate the local customs and the fierce passion the people have for their sports team that had fallen on hard times.
Day Shift - Netflix
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
So you may have heard the news that Netflix is less interested in expensive passion projects such as Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and more interested in big-budget event movies such as the Russo Brothers' The Gray Man. Another recent example of this shift to popcorn fare is Day Shift, starring Jamie Foxx, which is about a pool cleaner/vampire hunter in the San Fernando Valley. I won't lie to you and say this is the best action flick in the world or even this year, but it feels like a return to the big, silly, high-concept genre fare of the pre-Marvel aughts. It's also directed by J.J. Perry, a famed stunt coordinator, and second unit director. So even if the story doesn't move you, the handful of stellar action sequences will.
The Murder Inc. Story - BET & fuboTV
Picked by Reporter Lawrence Banton
This one is for the hip-hop diehards and people that really like to nerd out on music history. It's a five-part docuseries about the origins of one of rap's most prolific record labels, told from the lens of co-founder Irving Lorenzo aka Irv Gotti. Filled with untold stories and accounts from the music exec and his industry peers including Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Lyor Cohen, and Stephen Hill, viewers are offered vivid accounts of the rise of the label and the roadblocks hit along the way, like a notorious feud with 50 Cent and the infamous FBI raid in 2003.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Paramount+ & Prime Video
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
When my family settled on watching Sonic the Hedgehog 2 this week, I had no expectations; sequels to movies based on 1990's video games aren't my typical genre. I'm happy to report it was entertaining. In the movie, which just hit Amazon Prime after a spring run in theaters and on Paramount+, Jim Carey plays a funny-evil Dr. Eggman who teams up with super-serious Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba) to find the Chaos Emerald. Of course, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and his sidekick Tails (Colleen O'Shaughnessey) are there to stop the dastardly deed. If you're looking for a family-friendly pick, this is a good one, even if the kids have no idea who Sonic is.