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New On Screen: June 2021

Dads and father figures are in the spotlight this month!

By Yong Shu Chiang      2 June 2021

Loki

Out 9 June, Disney+

Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Brother of Thor and Asgard’s God of Mischief, Loki – specifically an alternate version of him created when Loki stole the Tesseract during Avengers: Endgame – finds himself trapped by the shadowy Time Variance Agency. An agent (Wilson) tells Loki that he is compelled to help them fix the “proper flow of time”. The predicament for Loki is that he needs to trust the TVA to keep him from being erased from reality, even if he doubts that he himself can be trusted.


Tom Hiddleston: Loki Who’s Talking

He played a supporting role with such memorable aplomb that Tom Hiddleston’s career has soared, just as the popularity of the iconic anti-hero Loki rises even further.

He has played several illustrious roles in his career, on both stage and screen.

They include historical and literary figures such as Romulus, Corialanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Captain Hook and F Scott Fitzgerald.

But Tom Hiddleston has been known for a decade now, and long may be remembered, as the actor who embodied the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s God of Mischief, Loki.

In his early career throughout the 2000s, he worked mostly on stage, television and radio, winning awards for his theatrical roles.

In 2011, he had roles in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, around the time he gained wider recognition with his scene-stealing turns as Loki in Thor and in The Avengers the following year.

He would later appear in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015) and win a Golden Globe for his lead performance in the acclaimed 2016 mini-series The Night Manager.

But Hiddleston, now 40, won’t soon be relinquishing his most well-received character.

Having reprised his role in four more Marvel movies, he will again assume the part of Loki for the new streaming series of the same name.


My Spy

Out now, HBO Go

Stars: Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Kristen Schaal

JJ, a gruff CIA operative (Bautista) with a habit of blowing things up is demoted after he botches a mission. Placed in a surveillance operation because of his lack of people skills, JJ is discovered and blackmailed by the 9-year-old whose family he is watching. Sophie (Coleman) convinces JJ to teach her to be a spy and he soon grows close to both her and her mother. An improbable father figure, JJ has to dispatch the bad guys while keeping Sophie safe.


Cruella

Available now: Disney+

Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong

A rebellious young woman from an impoverished background (Stone) has ambitions of rising up in the fashion world during the punk-rock era of 1970s London. Estella gets by on her street smarts and with the help of her thieving friends. However, her transformation from Estella to her new identity of Cruella – she with a penchant for Dalmatian fur – only takes place after her tutelage under and, later, rivalry with the haughty haute fashion legend Baroness von Hellman (Thompson).


Girl From Nowhere, Season 2

Out now, Netflix

Stars: Chicha Amatayakul, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Chanya McClory

“Hello. I’m Nanno. Today is my first day here. I’m a new student. Please take care of me.” This innocent introduction, or some variation of it, is uttered by the angelic-faced title character each time she appears as a transfer student in a new school. Wherever Nanno (Amatayakul) goes, strange happenings arise, as she is invariably involved in exposing the wicked intentions and misdeeds of those around her, and instrumental in delivering comeuppance.


Lupin, Season 2

Out 11 June, Netflix

Stars: Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Herve Pierre

A resourceful jewel thief, who fancies himself a modern-day incarnation of the famed literary gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, continues on his mission to clear his late father’s name and wreak revenge on those responsible for his death. The mysterious thief, Assane (Sy), also a caring divorced dad, has to evade capture from both his enemies and the police. As he plots his next move, the authorities close in, and he is suddenly unable to locate his son.


Fatherhood

Out 18 June, Netflix

Stars: Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd, Alfre Woodard

A recently widowed man (Hart) grapples with the trials of single fatherhood after his wife dies unexpectedly soon after giving birth. Despite his grief and feeling overwhelmed, he is determined to raise his daughter (Hurd) as best he can, with the love, support and sometimes off-the-mark advice of his friends and family. In time, he discovers that he is not alone on this journey and that doing his best could turn out just fine. Based on a true story.

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