Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Meltdown: Three Mile Island, Sheryl and More: This Week’s Best Movies and TV Shows Streaming

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — This week’s new releases include a new documentary about Sheryl Crow, described as an “intimate story of song and sacrifice,” and a four-part documentary about the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. Also on the small screen is “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” a Paramount+ series that aired during the pre-capt. Kirk years on the USS Enterprise. If creepy satire is more your thing, check out Hanna Bergholm’s Hatching, a Finnish body horror fairy who pokes holes in the nagging fear of all perfectionists, especially girls on the verge of puberty.

“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds offers another twist in the space saga that keeps coming. The Paramount+ series takes place during the pre-capt. Kirk years on the USS Enterprise as Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) commands the ship on his quest for new worlds. Also in the cast: Rebecca Romijn as Number One, Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock, Jess Bush as Nurse Christine Chapel and Celia Rose Gooding as Cadet Nyota Uhura. Akiva Goldsman (“Star Trek: Picard”) wrote and directed the series premiere of the 10-episode season, which debuts weekly beginning Thursday. DETAILS

“Meltdown: Three Mile Island”

“Meltdown: Three Mile Island” explores the 1979 Pennsylvania nuclear power plant disaster. The four-part documentary uses re-enactments, archival footage, home video and interviews to detail the deadliest accident in US commercial nuclear power and the plant’s operating history. “Meltdown” draws on the perspective of engineer and whistleblower Richard Parks and members of the community who witnessed the partial meltdown of a plant reactor. Directed by Kief Davidson (“The Ivory Game”), the docuseries premiered on Netflix on Wednesday. DETAILS

‘Sheryl’

A documentary about Sheryl Crow is described as an “intimate story of song and sacrifice” detailing her life and career through interviews with the Grammy winner and friends and collaborators such as Laura Dern, Emmylou Harris and Joe Walsh. “Sheryl,” which debuts on Showtime on Friday, May 6, includes footage from two decades of touring that explores the obstacles she has encountered through sexism in the music industry, her urgent need for perfection, and her struggles with depression and Cancer. Her influential legacy and late motherhood also feature in the film, directed by Amy Scott. DETAILS

‘Hatching’

The suppressed emotions and fears of a seemingly flawless 12-year-old girl reach monstrous proportions in Hanna Bergholm’s “Hatching,” a Finnish body-horror tale that airs on Hulu starting Friday, May 6. In the film, young Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), whose mother runs the artificially jazzed-up video blog Lovely Everyday Life, hides a dead bird egg in her bedroom that grows unusually large and from which a very metaphorical platypus hatches. In her review, AP film writer Lindsey Bahr praised “Hatching” for “poking holes in the nagging fear of all perfectionists, especially girls on the verge of puberty, that behind that pretty veneer lies something ugly or worse.” DETAILS

Richard Linklater tribute

If the radiant Apollo 10 1/2 recently released on Netflix reminded you of the warm and wistful joys of Richard Linklater’s deceptively humble films, a new Criterion Channel series will be a welcome sight. Beginning May 1st, the Criterion Channel will host a 15-part film series dedicated to the Austin, Texas auteur, streaming films from Linklater’s breakthrough breakthrough “Slacker,” who defined Generation X, to his long-running Oscar-nominated hit “Childhood.” If you haven’t seen her yet, keep an eye out for some lesser-known gems like acclaimed backstage drama “Me and Orson Welles” and black comedy “Bernie,” starring a tour-de-force Jack Black. DETAILS

‘With on the journey’

Sofia Alvarez has written two critically acclaimed teen romcoms for Netflix based on Jenny Han novels: 2018’s To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved and the 2020 sequel To All the Boys: PS I still love you”. Alvarez makes her directorial debut in Along for the Ride, which premieres Friday, May 6 on Netflix. Adapted from Sarah Dessen’s 2009 novel set in a seaside town in the summer, it stars Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli as two insomniac teenagers who meet on moonlit walks. DETAILS

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