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Manhunt trailer shows heart-pounding search for assassin John Wilkes Booth

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The true-crime limited series Manhunt debuts on Apple TV+ March 15.
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Stage actor John Wilkes Booth went on the run for 12 days after he shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head at Ford’s Theatre in 1865. And the new trailer for Apple TV+ true-crimes series Manhunt brings to light this little-known historical fact.

Based on the bestselling nonfiction book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, the seven-part series premieres March 15.

Severance season 2 on Apple TV+ just got a little closer

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Adam Scott plays Mark S. in Severance on Apple TV+.
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One of the most popular, critically acclaimed and flat-out weird shows on Apple TV+ — the darkly comedic workplace thriller Severance — has resumed production on season two after pausing for the recent writers strike.

Apple posted on X (formerly Twitter) about it Monday. Take a look below.

Conspiracy thriller Manhunt stalks Lincoln’s assassin

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Bryan Flynn, left, and Tobias Menzies star in Manhunt.
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Did you know it took authorities 12 days to hunt down John Wilkes Booth after he shot President Abraham Lincoln in the head at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre in 1865? Apple TV+ gave a first look Thursday at Manhunt, the new conspiracy-thriller series depicting the frantic chase.

The seven-part series premieres March 15 with its first two episodes. A new episode follows on Fridays through April 19.

Final Killers of the Flower Moon trailer packs a powerful punch

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone star in the epic historical tale.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone star in the epic historical tale.
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Apple TV+ dropped the final trailer and some fine move-poster images Wednesday for Martin Scorcese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone. And if the powerful video, below, doesn’t make you want to see the film, nothing will.

The streaming service often calls upcoming movies and shows “highly anticipated,” and it’s no exaggeration in this case. The epic historical drama premieres October 20 in theaters, including IMAX screens, and afterward on Apple TV+.

Brace yourself for Hijack’s fiery finale [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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Can Sam Nelson (played by Idris Elba) figure out a way to save Flight KA29?
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TV+ Review Apple TV+’s high-altitude thriller Hijack finally hits the runway in this week’s series finale. Our hero Sam Nelson has a new problem on his hand — and an hour in which to solve it as the rest of the passengers panic anew.

On the ground, Sam’s family is in danger. And in the air, Sam’s running out of options. The episode, entitled “Brace Brace Brace,” serves up as good a conclusion as Hijack fans could hope for.

Sam stokes an in-flight rebellion this week on Hijack [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Sam (played by Idris Elba) rallies his fellow passengers to fight back in the penultimate episode of Hijack.
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TV+ ReviewHit Apple TV+ thriller Hijack nears its final destination this week. Sam Nelson’s family is in danger and he can’t do much to stop the potential devastation.

What he can do is take control of the hijacked airplane. But will the rest of the passengers help him? And will the kidnappers let down their guard long enough to allow him to do so? The episode, entitled “Comply Slowly,” is a white-knuckler.

Things heat up on the ground in Hijack [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Co-pilot Anna (played by Kaisa Hammarlund) wants to help foil the hijackers.
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TV+ ReviewSam runs out of options, and Stuart runs out of patience, in this week’s tense installment of Apple TV+ hostage thriller Hijack.

Stuart’s secrets start to spill out as a desperate move to save someone close to him brings the whole operation dangerously close to failure. While Sam tries to stay a step ahead of everyone, there are just some things he can’t know or understand until it’s too late.

The terrorists start to get nervous this week on Hijack [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Sam (played by Idris Elba) cooks up a new plan this week on Hijack. The terrorists probably should be fretting.
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TV+ ReviewHigh-flying Apple TV+ thriller Hijack deals with a new threat this week even as the last one is still being mopped up in the airplane’s aisles.

As Sam finds himself in bondage, he devises a clever new avenue of contacting the ground and gaining the upper hand without seeming to. There’s panic in Bucharest, Marsha gets a message, and the hijackers are getting jumpy on a perfectly decent installment of the new hit series.

The Crowded Room goes from arthouse to madhouse [Apple TV+ recap] ☆☆☆☆

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We finally get inside the head of Danny (played by Tom Holland). It's not pretty.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ limited series The Crowded Room plays its final hand this week, and the show finally broke me the way it reportedly “broke” its lead actor, Tom Holland. Danny finally gets to know all of his personalities at Rya’s behest, though he may have blown his chances at a fair trial already.

The show’s prior attempts at sensitively depicting Danny’s mental illness take a turn for the deeply unserious this week. And for this recapper, there is just no sane way to move forward.

Hijack hits cruising altitude by focusing on suspense [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Airplane passenger Sam Nelson (played by Idris Elba) takes action against terrorists this week on Hijack.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ terrorist thriller Hijack finally takes off this week, introducing real challenges and intense, investigative set pieces as the people on the ground try to figure out if the plane has been taken over, and if so, why — and what can be done about it.

The calm, cool and collected interloper played by Idris Elba takes action as the plane he’s on descends further and further into chaos. The episode, entitled “Draw a Blank,” is the best this show has yet been.

Rya is ready for her close-up in The Crowded Room [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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This week's episode of The Crowded Room finally focuses on criminologist Rya (played by Amanda Seyfried).
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TV+ ReviewCriminologist Rya Goodwin takes center stage in this week’s episode of Apple TV+ drama The Crowded Room. She discovers that the way around the many dead-ends in her life is to crack the case of Danny Sullivan, the man who opened fire in a crowded Manhattan street, and the many personalities living in his head who drove him to murder and mayhem.

Entitled “Rya,” it’s an above-average outing of this oft-frustrating show.

Idris Elba plays it unnervingly cool in new thriller Hijack [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Seemingly nothing can rattle negotiator Sam Nelson (played by Idris Elba) in Hijack.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ limited series Hijack stars Idris Elba as a man caught in an explosive hostage situation in the sky. Elba plays a corporate negotiator on one of the worst days of his life, as armed terrorists seize the airplane he’s flying on from Dubai to London.

He has six hours to foil their plan — and possibly save his marriage. Can he pull off one or the other, or both? And more importantly, will it be thrilling? Time will tell…

The Crowded Room flashes back to Danny’s disturbing childhood [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆

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Emmy Rossum gets to shine this week on The Crowded Room.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ psychodrama The Crowded Room takes a look back at Danny’s childhood this week to examine the start of his troubles and trauma.

Danny’s issues began when he was young, in the presence of a mysterious twin brother, an absent father, a new stepdad and a mom tired of being defeated by life. Add to that a sexual abuse case and Danny’s mental illness, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster — and a show that keeps running right up to the line of greatness before retreating.

The Crowded Room takes a quick, pointless trip to London [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆☆

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Danny (played by Tom Holland) takes a diversionary trip overseas this week on The Crowded Room.
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TV+ Review New Apple TV+ drama The Crowded Room, about a man arrested for crimes he doesn’t have a real understanding of having committed, takes a trip overseas this week. Danny, fleeing from his past and his crimes, heads to London to look for his dad. But he finds another shady father figure waiting for him instead.

A few botched crimes and some bonding lead Danny down more dead ends as Rya interrogates him and hopes he finally sees the light. The episode, entitled “London,” offers a maddening glimpse at the show The Crowded Room could have been.

The Crowded Room tries to get inside a killer’s head [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆

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Despite starring Tom Holland, this is definitely not a Spider-Man movie.
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TV+ Review New Apple TV+ thriller The Crowded Room delves into a crime committed in New York at the end of the 1970s. Spider-Man star Tom Holland plays a troubled teen whose life in a halfway house leads to murder.

The miniseries stumbles a fair bit, but when it gets the steps right it proves quite compelling. Its depiction of lowlife decadence and debauchery almost hits the mark, but Holland can’t quite live up to the task of carrying all 10 episodes.

Idris Elba’s Hijack thriller series flies onto Apple TV+ in June

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Idris Elba in 'Hijack,' premiering globally June 28, 2023 on Apple TV+.
Idris Elba in Hijack, premiering globally June 28, 2023 on Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ revealed the launch date for Hijack, a seven-part thriller starring Idris Elba. When it debuts June 28, the series will follow a hijacked plane in “real time,” with Elba playing a passenger trying to negotiate with terrorists.

The first images from the show were also released on Friday.

Big Apple secrets ignite in City on Fire trailer

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Want to watch New York City burn? "City on Fire" debuts May 12 on Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ lit the fuse on upcoming mystery-thiller City on Fire, releasing its first trailer Tuesday. The eight-episode series takes its tale of murder, arson and family drama from the acclaimed novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg.

City on Fire debuts with three episodes on Friday, May 12, on Apple TV+.

How Jennifer Garner found her ‘dream role’ in The Last Thing He Told Me

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Garner plays a new wife and unwanted mom to a teen in the thriller, out Friday on Apple TV+.
Garner plays a new wife and unwanted mom to a teen in the thriller, out Friday on Apple TV+.
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At a screening for the Apple TV+ limited series The Last Thing He Told Me in New York City Tuesday, actress Jennifer Garner revealed why playing Hannah Hill is her “dream role.”

The thriller, based on the same-titled book by Laura Dave that spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, comes out Friday with its first two episodes on Apple TV+.

Silo trailer delves into a deep mystery coming to Apple TV+

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In Silo, if the lies don't kill you, the truth will.
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Silo premieres in May, and Apple TV+ just released the full trailer for the upcoming drama series based on a bestselling trilogy of dystopian novels.

In the series, a few thousand people are left on earth hiding in a mile-deep silo. But what if everything they’ve ever been told about the outside world is a lie?

New Tom Holland thriller hits Apple TV+ in June

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'The Crowded Room' stars Tom Holland in a thriller with a surprise ending.
The Crowded Room stars Tom Holland in a thriller with a surprise ending.
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Tom Holland is coming back to Apple TV+ with The Crowded Room, a 10-part limited series about a very unusual murder investigation.

It was created and written by Akiva Goldsman, best known as the screenwriter of A Beautiful Mind.

Liaison finale brings nasty spy biz to a thrilling end [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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It's all going down this week on Liaison.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ espionage thriller Liaison comes to its breakneck conclusion this week. Alison and Gabriel get Samir and his information to England, but can they make it to the right authorities in time to save the continent from terrorism and extortion? And just who is the right authority, anyway?

Samir and Sabine have an appointment with Antropa, Bob and Didier must pay the piper, and Gabriel has one last trial in which to prove himself. All things considered, the Liaison finale brings a pretty decent conclusion to a star-studded limited series.

Tetris movie squanders a story to focus on deals [Apple TV+ review] ★★☆☆☆

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The hunt for international rights fuels new Apple TV+ movie Tetris.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ movie Tetris is part of a trend I hope goes away — making movies about advances in capitalist innovation. Perhaps the least-interesting subject possible, it’s been done justice precisely once in David Fincher’s The Social Network, because it understood that behind every “genius” is a shell game played by a feckless coward. And trust me, Tetris never reaches the highs of that particular example.

A movie too interested in the destination to enjoy the journey, Tetris tells the tale of the sale of the world’s most ubiquitous video game. The movie, which premieres today on Apple’s streaming service, possesses some small virtues but suffers from big problems.

Liaison’s spy-versus-spy story gets extra-twisty this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Things get ugly this week on Liaison.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ spy thriller Liaison hits a few snags this week on its way to justice and catharsis. A mostly great episode finds Alison, Gabriel, Dumas and Sophie Saint Roche making deals with unlikely allies on their mad scramble to prevent a private war against the whole of Europe.

Didier is desperate, Sabine is growing hopeless, Alison’s father is in critical condition, and Dumas grows a conscience. There’s blood in the water in this episode, entitled “Family Album.” Who will make it out alive?

Liaison unleashes some carnage this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Ulterior motives abound on Liaison.
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TV+ Review Apple TV+ international espionage thriller Liaison recovers from a few body blows this week, in an episode appropriately entitled “Carnage.”

Mark Bolton is dead and Alison might be next, but she won’t roll over for anyone, even with boyfriend and mercenary Gabriel trying to get her to see sense. Sabine wants out, Didier’s in the hot seat, Dumas is getting nervous, and London is still in danger. Liaisons pleasures are major even if it does feel deliberately minor in a lot of important ways.