In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever. [more inside]
When the Primm family (Constance Wu, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley) moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt. That changes when he discovers Lyle - a singing crocodile (Shawn Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music-living in the attic of his new home. [more inside]
On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew. [more inside]
True Detective: The Final Country Season 3, Ep 7
Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell's best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man. [more inside]
True Detective: Hunters in the Dark Season 3, Ep 6
Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten, and take another look at Tom Purcell and Lucy's cousin, Dan O' Brien; the glitter of Amelia's book release is tarnished by a voice from the past. [more inside]
True Detective: If You Have Ghosts Season 3, Ep 5
Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge in the Purcell case. Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation. Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperiled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy. [Official synopsis] [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: Goodwill Season 4, Ep 8
Everyone is terrible.
Halt and Catch Fire: Who Needs a Guy Season 4, Ep 7
Bos interrupts Cameron's frantic coding session for something very important. Gordon spends the day making increasingly larger repairs at Comet. Donna takes some time off for "R&R". Joe argues about the future of Comet and goes to an unlikely source for clarity.
Halt and Catch Fire: A Connection Is Made Season 4, Ep 6
Joe tries to find a brand for Comet. Donna has a tough decision to ensure the future and success of Rover.
Halt and Catch Fire: Nowhere Man Season 4, Ep 5
Donna feels something is fishy with the sudden Rover breakthroughs and puts Boz and the team on the spot. Gordon watches Sneakers for the nth time with a special someone. Cameron gets an unexpected visit in the Airstream. Joe tries to make sense of things.
Halt and Catch Fire: Tonya and Nancy Season 4, Ep 4
Joe cuts his hair and brainstorms with Gordon the next step for Comet as they deal with the internet's growth. Cameron has a number of small accidents that changes her life. Rover's team struggles with differences, until Donna steps in and Boz gets some help from an old friend.
Halt and Catch Fire: Miscellaneous Season 4, Ep 3
Gordon gives Joe an eerily prescient lecture about train safety and Joe one to Cameron about tidyness. As CalNect is faced with no room to grow and losing theirs to AOL, Joe and Gordon sell and make their next move, and have a first taste of what the internet is about to become. Cameron gets bad news from Atari and the gaming industry in general. Donna struggles with a casual dinner and the development (and implications) of their web-crawler.
Halt and Catch Fire: So It Goes + Signal to Noise Season 4, Ep 1
Gordon and Joe fight for their place in the internet. Donna rules hers. Cameron designs a new adventure game in the age of Mortal Kombat. [two episode premiere]
A successful, charismatic four-star general, Glenn McMahon, leaps in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist's no-holds-barred exposé. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: NeXT Season 3, Ep 10
While Donna's vision inspires a spirited discussion about the next big thing, the end result may not make everyone happy. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: NIM Season 3, Ep 9
Donna tries to bring everyone together at Comdex with her vision of the internet's future. Gordon faces a strong-willed Joanie. [more inside]
Halt and Catch Fire: You Are Not Safe Season 3, Ep 8
Diane, Bos and Donna hit the road in hopes of building support for Mutiny. Everyone else awaits the big day. Joe approaches Cam for a favor.
Halt and Catch Fire: The Threshold Season 3, Ep 7
Joe and Ryan face the consequences of Joe's decision. Gordon experiences a crisis of conscience. Donna and Cameron fight about the future.
Halt and Catch Fire: And She Was Season 3, Ep 6
An offer to purchase Mutiny creates tension. Gordon and Cameron bond over video games while Donna has a weekend to herself. Joe faces off against the board.
Halt and Catch Fire: Yerba Buena Season 3, Ep 5
Donna and Gordon treat themselves to a vacation at home instead of camping. Joe and Ryan have a revelation. Cameron and Bos return to Texas.
Halt and Catch Fire: Rules of Honorable Play Season 3, Ep 4
A game of laser tag teaches Gordon the importance of teamwork. Donna and Cameron disagree on their acquisition.
Halt and Catch Fire: Flipping the Switch Season 3, Ep 3
Gordon and Donna's personal life bleeds into work, causing tension at the office. Joe meets with the MacMillan board.
Halt and Catch Fire: One Way or Another Season 3, Ep 2
Cameron and Donna have a hard time finding venture capital; Joe hires a key coder and leaves the rest of the team at a loss.
Halt and Catch Fire: Valley of the Heart's Delight Season 3, Ep 1
Donna and Cameron explore their options to expand beyond chat. Gordon settles in at Mutiny. Joe launches his latest product. [more inside]
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. [more inside]
The pick for this coming Wednesday is a "crossover" pick. It's 2010's Monsters by Gareth Edwards (whose Godzilla remake hit screens this summer.) [more inside]