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Best Movies/TV to See in Oct.: ‘Mandalorian’ Season 2, ‘American Utopia’

At some point in the near-future, we’re due to hit a pandemic-induced entertainment drought, when production shutdowns will slow new releases to a trickle. We’re clearly not there yet, however. Though blockbuster movies keep getting pushed back further and further, streaming services are still moving full steam ahead — this October, you can catch a once-in-a-lifetime concert film, an offbeat horror movie about killer hair, an all-star biopic of a highly political court case, a doc on death (sort of) and a stunning Italian adaptation of a Jack London book.

And, on the TV front, it looks like a typically overstuffed October, one that includes an ambitious miniseries based on a Tom Wolfe classic, a new romcom show about from Sex and the City‘s Darren Star, a sci-fi anthology series, a horror anthology series, yet another The Walking Dead spinoff and the much anticipated return of The Mandalorian. There’s a lot to watch, in other words. Here’s what you need to check out this month.

American Utopia (HBO, Oct.17)
If you were lucky enough to catch David Byrne’s Broadway show in 2019 or early 2020, you probably still haven’t stopped talking about it. Staged with clockwork precision and inspired by drum lines and color guard troupes, the performance art-cum-concerts featured Byrne and an expansive (and shoeless) band performing solo tracks, Talking Heads classics and cover songs in an ever-shifting array of formations. Fortunately, the musician brought in no less than Spike Lee to turn the performance into a movie, one that will probably inspire a whole new wave of admirers.

Bad Hair (Hulu, Oct.23)
Almost certainly the first horror film about making a Faustian bargain with a weave, this second feature from Justin Simien (Dear White People) stars Elle Lorraine as Anna, an on-air personality at

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