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What to watch this week: A Mammootty horror flick and a murder mystery

Here is a rundown of this week’s releases

What to watch this week: A Mammootty horror flick and a murder mystery
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This week, take a deep dive into the world of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist famed for her introspective self-portraits, and tackle a murder mystery fit for Poirot with Murder Mubarak. A true crime documentary about a disturbing French scandal, a show about a teenage superhero coming to terms with his legacy, and a slow-burn black and white horror-thriller, this week has it all.

Here is a rundown of this week’s releases:

The Outreau Case: A French Nightmare (French)

Netflix’s newest non-fiction offering delves into one of the most disturbing scandals in the history of France. A criminal case of pedophilia, the Outreau case took place between 1997 and 2000 in Outreau in northern France.

The number of alleged child victims, the possibility of a murdered child, and the mass indictment followed by lengthy pretrial detentions fueled a national firestorm. Public opinion became deeply divided due to the case’s sensitive nature and the constant twists and turns during the trials. The documentary dives deep into the case and the ‘most-hated’ couple in France, Myriam Badaoui and Thierry Delay.

Where to watch: Netflix

Murder Mubarak (Hindi)

Homi Adajania’s latest film Murder Mubarak, is a highly anticipated whodunnit murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie.

The plot unfolds within the elite confines of the Royal Delhi Club, where a murder disrupts the events of the day and the facade of the affluent. Enter ACP Bhavani Singh, tasked with unraveling the case. With each member of the exclusive club harboring secrets, the investigation promises a thrilling journey – can the ACP unmask the killer?

Starring: Sara Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Karisma Kapoor, Vijay Varma, Dimple Kapadia, Sanjay Kapoor

Where to watch: Netflix

Iron Reign (Spanish)

Fans of Narcos and Money Heist are in for a treat.

Barcelona’s bustling port, a gateway for 6,000 containers daily, harbors a dark secret. Hidden amongst the legitimate cargo, over 30 tons of cocaine slip through yearly, fueling a ruthless criminal network.

Enter Joaquin Manchado, the iron fist controlling the port’s main terminal. His influence extends far beyond, his web encompassing every facet of the drug trade. But a shipment vanishes, igniting a brutal war. Bloodshed and vengeance erupt as rival factions clash, their fight for control leaving a trail of bodies in its wake.

This gripping miniseries dives into the underbelly of Barcelona, where the lines between wealth and corruption, life and death, blur in the face of a billion-dollar drug empire.

Starring: Eduard Fernández, Chino Darín, Jaime Lorente

Where to watch: Netflix

Invincible (Season 2, Part 2) (English)

Here’s a show that gets better with each episode. If you haven’t climbed up the Invincible bandwagon yet, here is the perfect opportunity.

Mark Grayson, son of Omni-Man, the world’s mightiest hero, has inherited a legacy unlike any other. This thrilling adaptation by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg of the comic book phenomenon, chronicles Mark’s extraordinary rise as Earth’s next champion.

Stepping out of his father’s shadow, Mark embarks on a life-altering quest to forge his own path and uphold the mantle of a true hero.

Starring: Steven Yeun, JK Simmons, Sandra Oh

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Frida (Spanish)

Based on the life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, this documentary won the Editing award at the Sundance Film Festival 2024.

Prepare to embark on a raw and mystical exploration of Frida Kahlo’s life. Narrated in her own voice through personal writings and interviews, the journey delves into the depths of her artistry and the unyielding spirit that fueled it.

Witness the magic unfold as her iconic artwork comes alive through lyrical animation, offering a profound glimpse into the mind and heart of this unforgettable artist.

Starring: Frida Kahlo

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Bramayugam (Malayalam)

Helmed by Rahul Sadasivan, this slow-burn Malayalam horror-thriller entices the audience with its monochromatic look and eeriness.

Lost in the wilds of ancient Kerala, Thevan, a young singer from a cast of folk singers called Paanan, finds himself on the run from slavers.

Stumbling upon a seemingly ordinary house in the heart of the forest, he seeks refuge. Yet, a sinister truth lurks beneath the surface. The benevolent master is no man, but a malevolent goblin of folklore, disguised in stolen human skin. Anyone who enters his lair falls prey to the creature’s darkness, becoming its servant for eternity. Can Thevan, along with the house’s current captive, defy the hold of this ancient evil and break free?

Starring: Mammootty, Arjun Ashokan, Sidharth Bharathan

Where to watch: SonyLIV

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