To stave off possible boredom while at home, every week Marhaba delves in to the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books and music.

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Did you miss The Hargreeves? This dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes is coming back to Netflix for a second season on 31 July. Thanks to its new trailer, it seems like the series is leading fans to Dallas in the ’60s (spoiler alert if you haven’t finished Season 1 yet) where the siblings have been scattered after the events of the finale. They now have to reunite to face a nuclear threat, and it’s down to Five to bring the Umbrella Academy back together. Reviews of some websites are already out, and it seems like this live-action series adapted from the Gerard Way-Gabriel Ba Dark Horse Comics series is taking critiques on board to make a second season with a tighter story, cleaner execution, and stronger performances.


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Another Netflix offering that you should watch out for is Project Power. This electrifying thriller features the story of an ex-soldier (Jamie Foxx), a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on a mission to hunt for the source behind a dangerous pill that grants users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes. The film is scheduled to be released on 14 August 2020. The trailer seems extremely promising – take a look for yourself:


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The Book of Lost NamesBest selling author Kristin Harmel is back with another story from World War II. The novel draws parallels with The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, with central character Eva Traube forging documents to help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis to neutral Switzerland. Years later, Eva comes across an article in a magazine about the looting of libraries by the Nazis during WWII and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them. It is an accompanying picture of a book in the article that catches Eva’s attention – a book she recognises as The Book of Lost Names. The book, now housed in the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin library, appears to contain some sort of code. It turns out that Eva, with the help of her partner Remy, created this code to preserve the real names of the children and entered into this religious text during WWII. When the book is found years later, will Eva be able to decode it and help reunite those lost during the war?

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TAYLOR SWIFT FOLKLORE‘Swifties’ from all over the world were surprised by Taylor Swift’s brand new record made in isolation, folklore. If you are not listening to it yet, Swift’s eighth album is a largely melancholy and wistful collection of 16 songs, different from her previous country and pop music montage. It is a lengthy, emotionally-wrought indie album with a lot of deep reflection, gorgeous string and piano arrangements, and a startling collaboration with Bon Iver. In Swift’s own words, the album is ‘a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness’. Historically, the singer-songwriter uses her songs as a way to confess something about her personal life, so it’s up to fans to now decipher or break down every lyric. After all, Swift already announced in advance that she buried plenty of Easter eggs in her words for her fans to find at will.


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