Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— If you’ve heard about Netflix’s “Cuties” at all, it’s probably because of the poster, which became the target of internet petitions accusing it of sexualizing young girls. Forget the poster, though. The film from director Maïmouna Doucouré is a thoughtful and poignant coming-of-age drama about Amy, an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant living in Paris. While her home life is falling apart, Amy finds herself drawn to a group of girls in her class who dance, make trouble and wear tight clothes and wedge heels. This Sundance award-winner became infamous before audiences could even see it. Don’t judge “Cuties” by its cover and give it a chance when it starts streaming Wednesday.
— “Unpregnant”: The always wonderful Haley Lu Richardson stars in this comedy/drama, streaming on HBO Max Thursday, about a teenager in Missouri who is seeking an abortion and has to cross more than a few state lines to get one in New Mexico. And only adding stress to the journey is the fact that she has to team up with her ex-best friend (played by Barbie Ferreira) on the road trip.
— “Women Make Film: Episode 2”: Turner Classic Movies’ ambitious Women Make Film series continues Tuesday night with another installment of Mark Cousins’ 14-hour documentary, focusing on believability, introducing character and the meet-cute, at 8 p.m. ET, along with a full night of programming anchored by Spanish filmmaker Ana Mariscal’s “El Camino,” at 9:15 p.m. (no, not the “Breaking Bad” movie) and including Nicole Holofcener’s sharp portrait of a very complicated family of women, “Lovely & Amazing,” at 12:30 a.m.
— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
— On Monday, Janelle Monae is releasing a new song called “Turntables,” which is featured in the Amazon Studios documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy.” The political track is Monae’s first new original music since 2018, when she released her critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album, “Dirty Computer.” “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” about voter suppression in the U.S., premieres in select theaters Wednesday and will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 18.