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3 Reasons to Watch: Stellar Apple TV+ music miniseries Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson


Episode 6. Mark Ronson in “Watch the Sound With Mark Ronson,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
The mysteries of modern music production unfold in Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson.
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In this installment of 3 Reasons to Watch, we rewind back to Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, a 2021 miniseries about the ins and outs of modern music production and recording.

With superproducer Mark Ronson (who’s worked with stars like Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga) as our host, we see the ways in which sound can be manipulated — and the ways in which it is already miraculous. Here’s why you should give this must-see Apple TV+ music miniseries a spin.

Prehistoric Planet is the best dinosaur doc in a generation [Apple TV+ review] ★★★★★


Triceratops in Prehistoric Planet season two★★★★★
Triceratops fights are a highlight of Prehistoric Planet season two.
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Season two of Prehistoric Planet will fill the heart of any dinosaur-obsessed child with joy. And adults should watch, too — especially anyone who still thinks dinos are slow-moving, stupid creatures that are just waiting around to go extinct.

These new episodes, which Apple TV+ doled out this week, combine cutting-edge CGI with the latest in paleontology. The result is a series that’s stunningly beautiful, exciting to watch and as scientifically accurate as possible.

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie will inspire and entertain you [Apple TV+ review] ★★★


Michael J. Fox in ★★★
Still stands strong as a stirring portrait of actor Michael J. Fox.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie tells the story of the charismatic actor’s life, his complicated relationship with stardom, and the degenerative disease that hit him at an early age.

Directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala), it’s a fleet, funny, tragic and humane portrait of a man desperate to get everything out of his head while he still can.

Get up close to nature’s behemoths in new docuseries Big Beasts [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


Elephants in “Big Beasts,” premiering Friday, April 21 on Apple TV+.★★★☆☆
What docuseries about gigantic animals could leave out elephants?
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TV+ ReviewA few years after the impressive Tiny World, Apple TV+ delivers its antithesis — Big Beasts, a nature documentary series that serves up a look at the largest creatures on earth.

Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, this playful and awed series is aimed at children ready to be sucked into the drama of the natural world (or a slightly older audience doing laundry). It’s ideal afternoon viewing for both demographics.

Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker traces a tennis star’s epic fall [Apple TV+ review] ★★☆☆


Tennis champ Boris Becker takes aim at a ball in archival footage from sports docuseries ★★☆☆
Nothing could stop Boris Becker's rocket ride to the top of tennis.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ docuseries Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker centers on a famous tennis player embroiled in a scandal. Directed by prolific but utterly predictable documentarian Alex Gibney, the two-part series charts the rise and fall of the youngest Wimbledon champion in history.

Debuting today on Apple TV+, the straight-ahead documentary goes from Boris Becker’s historic wins to his similarly historic losses on the world stage thanks to dicey financial decisions. And it does so in the most formulaic fashion possible. That’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s no ace, either.

Big Beasts prowls onto Apple TV+ for Earth Day


'Big Beasts' prowls onto Apple TV+ for Earth Day
Whales and hippos and ostriches, oh my!
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After the success of Tiny World, Apple TV+ is going to the opposite extreme with Big Beasts. The documentary series puts whales, bears, gorillas and many more in center stage.

Tom Hiddleston is narrator, and the multi-part docuseries premiers on Earth Day. A new trailer gives a sneak peek.

Disgraced tennis star Boris Becker vows ‘new chapter’ in Apple TV+ trailer


Becker's powerhouse tennis career segued to a trainwreck of a life.
Becker's powerhouse tennis career segued to a trainwreck of a life.
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Apple TV+ served up a new trailer Thursday for Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker. It’s a two-part documentary exploring the life of the German tennis legend. He triumphed at Wimbledon at age 17 and won 49 career titles, including six Grand Slams plus an Olympic gold medal. And then he went off the rails, life-wise.

Following an ugly divorce involving infidelity, the troubled celebrity ended up in prison for concealing assets to avoid paying debts. But in the trailer, filled with other tennis stars, Becker says a new chapter in his life is coming. The documentary debuts April 7.

Wrestling doc Monster Factory will body-slam you with truth [Apple TV+ review] ★★★★


David Goldschmidt (aka Goldy) and Hurley A. Jones Jr. (aka Bobby Buffet) in “Monster Factory,” premiering on Friday, March 17 on Apple TV+.★★★★
David Goldschmidt (aka Goldy) and Hurley A. Jones Jr. (aka Bobby Buffet) are just two of the wrestlers we meet in Monster Factory.
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TV+ Review Monster Factory, a surprisingly inventive docuseries about wannabe pro wrestlers, is Apple TV+’s best sports docuseries yet. Over the course of its six breezy and beautiful episodes, set at a wrestling farm school in New Jersey, we meet a cast of eccentrics who share a common dream: to throw people around for a living.

They want to become stars, to go down in pro wrestling history. And with cantankerous Danny Cage as their coach, these ne’er-do-wells learn everything there is to know about wrestling — and they teach us, too.

Binge on award-winning documentaries with best-of-web pricing on Curiosity Stream


Binge on award-winning documentaries with this best-of-web pricing on Curiosity Stream.
Enjoy a lifetime's worth of great documentaries from Curiosity Stream for just $169.
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Netflix (and pretty much any other streaming service) may be the most effective and entertaining way ever invented to kill time. But time is precious, and there’s only so much of it we can spend watching scripted and mindless TV. For those that want more out of their binge-watching sessions, there’s Curiosity Stream.

Real Madrid: Until the End shoots and misses [Apple TV+ review] ★★☆☆


The new three-part documentary debuts March on Apple TV+.★★☆☆
How do you tell an exciting sports story when there's not much going on?
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TV+ Review New Apple TV+ sports documentary Real Madrid: Until the End chronicles one of the world’s most popular football clubs during a treacherous 2021 and 2022 comeback season.

Missing their star striker, reuniting with an old coach, dealing with their best player’s injuries … there are many hurdles for the team to overcome. This three-part series won’t play particularly well for people who aren’t already invested in the fortunes of Real Madrid. But it proves fairly informative and entertaining even to the layman.