Tune in each week as Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


Star Wars: Visions
Disney+, 22 September

Star Wars: Visions is a nine-part anthology, with each episode telling a completely original story. They’re all short — the longest is 22 minutes long, and some clock in at just 13 minutes but they take fans on a fascinating journey, with Star Wars’ iconic imagery slotting beautifully into Japanese animation styles. Different anime studios have infused each of the anthology’s nine episodes with their own style and tell their own story — much like 2003’s Matrix-inspired Animatrix. It’s all available in Japanese and English, so dubs and subs fans will be satisfied.

If you finish all nine episodes early, you might want to continue your watching with the trending Korean series Squid Game, now streaming on Netflix. It features 456 people, who are all struggling financially and are invited to play a mysterious survival competition for a USD38.5 million jackpot prize. They all need to participate in a series of traditional children’s games but with deadly twists, with eliminated players being executed on the spot. Spoiler alert: brutal and bloody.


The Starling
Netflix, 24 September

Facing the prospect of being ripped apart by the tragedy of losing their child, The Starling explores how Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) and Jack (Chris O’Dowd) experience grief in their own, very different, ways. As Lilly attempts to find her way through her grief, she finds herself in a constant battle with the starling that has claimed dominion in her backyard and reportedly becomes comically obsessed with how to rid herself of it. Whilst this blend of humour and emotional depth might surprise some, it’s Lilly’s quest to kill her nemesis that sees her cross paths with psychiatrist-turned-veterinarian, Larry (Kevin Kline), who decides to help her with her mourning process, as well as her bird problem.

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Perhaps the most anticipated book this season (at least among the millennial set), Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.

Official book overview reads:

‘Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?’


Alessia Cara
In The Meantime, 24 September

Alessia Cara’s third studio album In The Meantime will be released this Friday via Def Jam Recordings. The album, which follows up 2018’s The Pains of Growing, will feature the recently released singles ‘Sweet Dream’ and ‘Shapeshifter.’ Cara described the album as the best thing she has made so far.

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Author: Weslee Dizon

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