“Five Days at Memorial” (eight episodes, each 39-47 minutes, streaming on Apple TV+) Brutal, cruel, often horrifying and difficult to watch, this incredibly relevant and skillfully-crafted miniseries chronicles the impact of the Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a New Orleans hospital where, when the city’s levees break, floodwaters rise, power goes out, heat soars and exhausted caregivers are forced to take decisions that follow them for the years to come. Based on the 2013 book of the same name by Sheri Fink. Starring Cherry Jones, Vera Farmiga, Robert Pine, Cornelius Smith Jr.; developed, written and directed by John Ridley and Carlton Cuse.
“Loot” (10 episodes, each 23-30 minutes, streaming on Apple TV+) This up-and-coming sitcom series is about the seemingly perfect life of billionaire Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph), which falls apart when her 20-year-old husband betrays her. Rebuilding a life comes upon learning that she has a charitable foundation that encourages her to think of others, not herself. With Machaela Jae Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Nat Faxon, Adam Scott, Ron Funches; created by Matt Hubbard and Alan Yang.
“The Swearing Jar” (unrated, 1 hour, 51 minutes, on demand) A multi-layered romantic comedy, screening this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, about a high school music teacher who, while reminiscing with her husband, unearths a long-buried lie about their seemingly perfect relationship. With Adelaide Clemens, Douglas Smith, Kathleen Turner; directed by Lindsay MacKay.
“Out of Office” (Comedy Central) This is an ensemble comedy about the blurring lines between working from home and potential private life/should center on a woman (Milana Vayntrub) who finds that keeping her job is somehow bound to help his boss (Ken Jeong) navigate his rapidly failing marriage. Starring Jason Alexander, Cheri Oteri, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah; written and directed by Paul Lieberstein.
“Black Bird” (TV-MA, six episodes, 54-60 minutes each, Apple TV+) Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton), high school football star and son of a police officer, who turns to drug trafficking after college teams are no longer interested in him, is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum-security prison, where he has the choice of entering a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriending the suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) in an effort to extract a confession, which will allow Jimmy to go free or stay where he is and serve his full sentence. Based on the autobiographical novel “In with the Devil” by James Keene. With Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta; created by Dennis Lehane.
“Bandit” (R, 2 hours, 6 minutes, on demand, September 23) A career criminal escapes from a Michigan prison and heads to Canada, where he takes on a new identity, falls in love with a social worker and exploits his knack for robbing banks and loan sharking, until a relentless detective decides to stop the crime spree. Based on the true story of the so-called Flying Bandit. With Josh Duhamel, Elisha Cuthbert, Mel Gibson; directed by Allan Ungar.