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PSA: On the Rocks, Letter to You, more debut on Apple TV+


Bill Murray and director Sofia Coppola reunite for On the Rocks.
Bill Murray and director Sofia Coppola reunite for On the Rocks.
Photo: Apple TV+

It’s a packed Friday for Apple TV+ with the debut of Sofia Coppola’s movie On The Rocks, plus a new episode of Tehran and Long Way Up. There’s also the new Bruce Springsteen documentary Letter to You, which was due to debut Friday, but wound up debuting Thursday after a tweet sent out by The Boss (and, no, we don’t mean Tim Cook).

Here’s what to expect from this week’s new arrivals.

On the Rocks

On the Rocks reunites Coppola with star Bill Murray for the first time since 2003’s classic Lost in Translation. That film won an original screenplay Oscar for Coppola, and received an acting nomination for Murray. A bit like Lost, On the Rocks revolves around a young/old relationship — in this case that of a father and daughter. It tells the story of a young mom, played by Rashida Jones, in New York, who has doubts about her marriage. As she makes sense of everything, she goes on an adventure with her dad.

The movie debuted on a limited release in theaters earlier this month. So far, the movie has received positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a critical score of 86 percent from 177 critical reviews. The user score is 63 percent from 92 reviews. The consensus reads: “On the Rocks isn’t as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy — and offers high proof of Bill Murray’s finely aged charm.”

Letter to You

Meanwhile, the Bruce Springsteen feature documentary Letter To You details the making of his first studio album recorded live since 1984’s Born In The U.S.A. In the documentary, Springsteen also talks about his earlier work. The film includes never-seen-before archive material and previously unreleased compositions dating back to the 1970s.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently has a critical score of 94 percent based on 16 reviews. You can check out our review here.

Apple TV+ shows

There is also a new episode of spy series Tehran. You can check out Cult of Mac‘s very positive review of the “superior spy drama” here. The preview for episode 7, “Tamar’s Father,” reads as follows:

“The incident at the commune leaves Tamar shattered. Kadosh tries to help her recover so they can set the power plant operation in motion.”

Then there’s a new episode of the Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman-fronted travelogue Long Way Up. Episode 8, titled “Ecuador,” has a preview that reads:

“Ewan and Charley experience the beauty of Ecuador, the sixth country on their trip, before facing a travel setback in Columbia.”

Available to watch on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available for $4.99 per month, or for free for one year if you buy a new iPad, iPhone, Mac or Apple TV. (Apple recently added an extra three months for customers.) It will also be part of Apple’s bundle subscription service Apple One, which includes Apple TV+ as part of a broader collection of services for a knock-down price. It will make its debut later this fall.