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Binge This Week: ‘Cobra Kai’ on Netflix, ‘Ted Lasso’ on AppleTV+, Yelle’s new album and more

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  • Film: A Hidden Life

    Despite its subject matter—the reign of Adolf Hitler and its effect on the bucolic Austrian mountain town of Radegund—you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful film streaming right now. Directed by Terrence Malick, it’s the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, a farmer conscripted into the army and forced to swear allegiance to the führer. Morally against the war, Jägerstätter refuses, leading to his imprisonment and the ostracization of his family in the small town. Clocking in at three hours, the film’s a quiet meditation on what it means to stand on principle and accept the consequences. HBO. –Genevie Durano

  • TV: Ted Lasso

    It shouldn’t work: a fish-out-of-water comedy about an American college football coach (Jason Sudeikis) recruited to coach an English Premier League soccer team, based on a series of NBC Sports commercials, screening on Apple’s afterthought of a streaming service. Yet this good-natured, unassuming comedy is one of the best shows of this long, frustrating year. Instead of playing Lasso as an oblivious Yank, Sudeikis finds a balance of optimism, smarts and old-fashioned decency in the character. He lifts up the team, and the viewer, too. AppleTV+. –Geoff Carter

  • TV: Cobra Kai

    Why is this two-year-old YouTube show suddenly blowing up on Netflix? Is it the constant callbacks to 1984’s Karate Kid, in the form of flashback footage, waves of returning characters (played by their original actors) and cleverly reused dialogue? Or is it the many ’80s references, from obscure hair metal shirts (and accompanying soundtrack) to clips from Iron Eagle? Yes and yes, but Cobra Kai succeeds as more than ironic fan fiction because it has what made the OG film endure: heart. The characters—not just leads Johnny

    Lawrence (played by William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) but also some of their teenage karate students—are full, flawed humans, working stuff out in ways we wouldn’t have guessed when we tuned in to laugh and reminisce. Netflix. –Spencer Patterson

  • Concert: The Righteous Brothers Livestream

    The Harrah’s Las Vegas headliners—Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Medley and his singing partner since 2016, Bucky Heard—opened an exciting new series of livestream concerts produced at the Space this week and also became the first big-name act on the Strip to take the show online during the pandemic. But this pay-per-view event, returning Wednesdays throughout the month, is something new built for the times, a nostalgic trip through the epic musical journey of The Righteous Brothers from their 1964 breakthrough, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” through the Phil Spector and Verve Records eras and beyond. Expect storytelling and special guests along the way. September 16, 23 & 30, 6 p.m., $30. or –Brock Radke

  • Music: Yelle: L'ere du Verseau

    They’ve played Coachella three times, and you’ve still probably never heard of them. French electro-pop duo Julie Budet and Jean-François “GrandMarnier” Perrier have been making incandescent, dopamine-boosting music since 2005, when MySpace featured breakout single “Je Veux te Voir.” Despite singing solely in French, Yelle- has built a worldwide fanbase with its futuristic melodies and bright rhythms. If you’ve been feeling down lately, new album L’Ère du Verseau—the pair’s first in six years—is ready to lift your mood. –Leslie Ventura

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