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‘Tenet’ in theaters, ‘Mulan’ on Disney+, Pixar Fest kicks off, Billy Ocean drops new album [Video]

Tenet in New York and Los Angeles due to coronavirus restrictions. But the early word is out from critics elsewhere who have seen the film — which stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in an enigmatic espionage thriller with world-saving stakes — and they say it’s just as eye-popping, slick, heady… and confusing as we’ve come to expect from the mastermind behind Inception. (Among early viewers has also been Tom Cruise.) As we reported in MayTenet, which moved release dates multiple times, has long been counted on to be the film to save movie theaters crushed from the lockdown, but the film is finally barreling into theaters at a time when many Americans still feel unsafe about sitting in enclosed spaces. It’s a cerebral dilemma in its own right: Is seeing Tenet now, and on the big screen, worth the risks? It’s something moviegoers must decide for themselves. — Kevin Polowy” data-reactid=”27″>Though we usually have the privilege of screening new movies in advance, it’s a new world we’re living in, and Warner Bros. has not been able to show media their highly anticipated Christopher Nolan mind-bender Tenet in New York and Los Angeles due to coronavirus restrictions. But the early word is out from critics elsewhere who have seen the film — which stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in an enigmatic espionage thriller with world-saving stakes — and they say it’s just as eye-popping, slick, heady… and confusing as we’ve come to expect from the mastermind behind Inception. (Among early viewers has also been Tom Cruise.) As we reported in May, Tenet, which moved release dates multiple times, has long been counted on to be the film to save movie theaters crushed from the lockdown, but the film is finally barreling into theaters at a time when many Americans still feel unsafe about sitting in enclosed spaces. It’s a cerebral dilemma in its own right: Is seeing Tenet now, and on the big screen, worth the risks? It’s something moviegoers must decide for themselves. — Kevin Polowy

Fandango for ticket and showtime information.” data-reactid=”32″>Tenet opens in theaters Thursday, Sept. 3; check Fandango for ticket and showtime information.

Mulan remake was so close to opening back in March before the world shut down as we know it that the film had both its press junket and its red carpet premiere. We saw it twice back then. It never made its March 27 bow, and the Mouse House has since announced it will go straight to streaming for a premium fee of $29.99, which has drawn some heat for consumers already subscribed to Disney+. We can safely say the wait — and even that hefty price tag, which makes sense considering its monster budget — is worth it. The film is Disney’s best live action reboot yet — beautiful and absorbing and rich and empowering, with a stellar cast (lead by the transformative Yifei Liu) and breathtaking lensing from Whale Rider director Niki Caro. It’s also Disney’s first battle epic, with hints of films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero — yet still impressively family friendly. — K.P.” data-reactid=”45″>Disney’s live-action Mulan remake was so close to opening back in March before the world shut down as we know it that the film had both its press junket and its red carpet premiere. We saw it twice back then. It never made its March 27 bow, and the Mouse House has since announced it will go straight to streaming for a premium fee of $29.99, which has drawn some heat for consumers already subscribed to Disney+. We can safely say the wait — and even that hefty price tag, which makes sense considering its monster budget — is worth it. The film is Disney’s best live action reboot yet — beautiful and absorbing and rich and empowering, with a stellar cast (lead by the transformative Yifei Liu) and breathtaking lensing from Whale Rider director Niki Caro. It’s also Disney’s first battle epic, with hints of films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero — yet still impressively family friendly. — K.P.

Disney+ Premier Access.” data-reactid=”46″>Mulan is available to rent starting Friday, Sept. 4 on Disney+ Premier Access.

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Amazon Prime.” data-reactid=”54″>Season 2 of The Boys begins streaming Fridayk, Sept. 4 on Amazon Prime.

Amazon.” data-reactid=”61″>Irresistible is available Tuesday, Sept. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray or digital on Amazon.

with the release of the original Toy Story. To mark the milestone, Disney is launching Pixar Fest, a monthlong event featuring movie watch parties, social activations and tons of new merch celebrating the iconic animation studio. Disney+ kicks off the weekly watch-alongs (via #PixarFest on your favorite social platform) on Sept. 5 with Onward, followed by Inside Out (Sept. 12), The Incredibles (Sept. 19), Toy Story (Sept. 26) and concluding with Up (Oct. 3), while Disney Store and other retailers will be flooded with new gear, books, games and toys. Our favorite: the Alien Remix line, featuring the adorable three-eyed Toy Story ETs mashed up with characters from across the Pixar Universe and available in vinyl form from Mattel and Funko and as pins from Loungefly. — M.E.” data-reactid=”74″>Twenty five years ago, in November 1995, Pixar took us to infinity and beyond with the release of the original Toy Story. To mark the milestone, Disney is launching Pixar Fest, a monthlong event featuring movie watch parties, social activations and tons of new merch celebrating the iconic animation studio. Disney+ kicks off the weekly watch-alongs (via #PixarFest on your favorite social platform) on Sept. 5 with Onward, followed by Inside Out (Sept. 12), The Incredibles (Sept. 19), Toy Story (Sept. 26) and concluding with Up (Oct. 3), while Disney Store and other retailers will be flooded with new gear, books, games and toys. Our favorite: the Alien Remix line, featuring the adorable three-eyed Toy Story ETs mashed up with characters from across the Pixar Universe and available in vinyl form from Mattel and Funko and as pins from Loungefly. — M.E.

Disney StoreTarget and Loungefly” data-reactid=”75″>Pixar Fest watch parties run Sept. 5 through Oct. 3. The Alien Remix series is available and other Pixar-themed merch is available beginning Aug. 31 at retailers like Disney StoreTarget and Loungefly

Apple Music.” data-reactid=”82″>Download/stream One World on Apple Music.

Gisselle Bances” data-reactid=”105″>The Netflix docuseries shines a light on the stories of businessmen Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy, Nirav Modi and Byrraju Ramalinga. It uncovers how these men rose to the top, built an empire and ultimately fell. In the series, these so-called “geniuses” are seen posing and rubbing elbows with some of the world’s most wealthy, all while pulling off elaborate cons. The show features insiders and experts reflecting on the way these men carried out some serious financial crimes. “Nirav Modi was defrauding Punjab National Bank $1.8 billion,” says one of the insiders. — Gisselle Bances

died of coronavirus complications this past April. Participants include Todd Rundgren, Nick Cave, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, Joan Jett, Kesha, Maria McKee, Perry Farrell, BØRNS, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, Peaches, Father John Misty and even U2 with Elton John — making it a lovely homage not just to late glam icon Bolan and Class of 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees T. Rex, but to Willner himself. — L.P.” data-reactid=”110″>The star-studded tribute album AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex was the final project overseen by legendary producer Hal Willner before he died of coronavirus complications this past April. Participants include Todd Rundgren, Nick Cave, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, Joan Jett, Kesha, Maria McKee, Perry Farrell, BØRNS, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, Peaches, Father John Misty and even U2 with Elton John — making it a lovely homage not just to late glam icon Bolan and Class of 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees T. Rex, but to Willner himself. — L.P.

Apple Music.” data-reactid=”111″>Download/stream AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex on Apple Music.

Quibi.” data-reactid=”118″>Mapleworth Murders is currently streaming on Quibi.

Apple Music.” data-reactid=”122″>Download/stream Sun Racket on Apple Music.