The Watch List: “The Handmaid’s Tale” And “Westworld” Return For Spellbinding Second Seasons

Plus: Amy Schumer is full of boundless confidence in "I Feel Pretty."

In Theaters

  • Renee (Amy Schumer) suffers from low self esteem, but after she bumps her head falling off a SoulCycle, she radically changes her mindset-and her life. (April 20, STX)

  • William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist (and gay classics Cruising and Boys In The Band) filmed Father Gabrielle Amorth, the real Exorcist for the Diocese of Rome, as he tries to cast out the demons plaguing a woman. (April 20, The Orchard)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

  • Cas

    This compilation features three shorts about gay throuples: Cas sees a Dutch couple’s seven-year relationship threatened by the arrival of couch-surfing; A couple’s threeway could go terribly wrong in Tri-Curious; and Bed Buddies sees gay friends contemplate taking things to the next level. (DVD, Dekkoo)

  • In this psychological drama, roadtrippers Nick (Alex Pettyfer) and Sam (James Freedson-Jackson) claim to be brothers. But it’s clear that something is off about their relationship—and things only get darker from there. Co-directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein based the film on their equally haunting 2011 short. (DVD, Vertical Entertainment)

TV/Streaming

  • The androids in this Wild West simulation—including Thandie Newton’s cunning Maeve, Evan Rachel Wood’s rebellious Delores, and Jeffrey Wright’s conflicted Bernard—return for Season Two of HBO’s compelling sci-fi series. But will we get to visit some of the other theme parks glimpsed last season—or even the outside world? (April 22, HBO)

  • Dystopia gets even darker when the acclaimed adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel expands its scope to reveal more of the nation of Gilead, as pregnant Offred (Elisabeth Moss) plots an escape. Out actresses Cherry Jones and Clea DuVall join the series, which has been bumped up from 10 to 13 episodes. (April 25, Hulu)

  • When 50-something gay man Brian (Kevin Spirtas) loses his partner (Mitchell Anderson), friends help him find a new start at life and love. Presented as eight 11-minute episodes. (April 24, Amazon Prime)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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