‘Quantum Leap,’ ‘Reboot,’ ‘Sidney,’ ‘Athena’ & more The week’s best TV shows and movie releases – cleveland.com

This combination of photos shows promotional art for "Reboot," a series premiering Sept. 20 on Hulu, from left, "Sidney" a documentary about Sidney Poitier premiering Sept. 23, and "Athena," a film premiering Sept. 23 on Netflix. (Hulu/Apple/Netflix via AP)AP
This week’s new TV and movie releases include “Sidney,” an Oprah Winfrey-produced documentary about acting icon Sidney Poitier, and “Quantum Leap,” which is jumping back to TV with a sequel to the 1989-93 sci-fi series about a scientist trapped in the past by an experiment gone awry. And the film “On the Come Up” is about a 16-year-old girl with rap ambitions that is based on the best-selling 2019 young-adult novel by Angie Thomas.
Less than a year after the death of Sidney Poitier, who died in January at the age of 94, arrives the Oprah Winfrey-produced documentary “Sidney.” Premiering Friday on Apple TV+, it’s a poignant portrait of the groundbreaking actor who paved the way for countless Black actors in Hollywood and revolutionized how they were portrayed on screen. Shot largely before Poitier’s death by director Reginald Hudlin, “Sidney” was made with the cooperation of the Poitier estate (several of Poitier’s daughters appear in the film) and a number of luminaries. Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, George Nelson, Robert Redford and Halle Berry are all interviewed in “Sidney,” as is Winfrey. DETAILS
“Quantum Leap” i s jumping back to TV with a sequel to the 1989-93 sci-fi series about a scientist trapped in the past by an experiment gone awry. Three decades later, physicist Ben Song (Raymond Lee) is part of a team attempting to decipher the nature of the quantum-leap accelerator when he suffers a similar fate. But his colleagues (including co-stars Ernie Hudson and Caitlin Bassett) are determined to rescue him. Scott Bakula, star of the original series, affirmed online he’s not connected with NBC’s newcomer but wishes it “good luck and happy leaping!” It debuted this week. DETAILS
Hulu’s “Reboot” is a clever take on the resurrection of an early 2000s cheesy family sitcom and its former stars whose careers haven’t exactly flourished. The ensemble cast is appealing — Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Judy Greer, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy and Krista Marie Yu — but the marquee name is creator-executive producer Steven Levitan. “Reboot” marks a return to TV for the award-winning “Modern Family” co-creator, and he takes delight poking fun at network TV’s fondness for repeating itself. The series debuted with three episodes on Tuesday. DETAILS
Diego Luna reprises his rebellious role from 2016′s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in this new prequel series on Disney +. DETAILS
In “Athena,” director Romain Gavras brings spectacular flare and long, sinewy shots to a panoramic thriller about a police siege in a fictitious housing project in a Paris suburb. The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and debuts Friday, Sept. 23, on Netflix, is a violent but balletically filmed urban Greek tragedy by the youngest son of the Oscar-winning Greek director, Costa-Gavras. It’s the French filmmaker’s third feature (he’s also made music videos for Kanye West, Jamie xx and others); he wrote with Elias Belkeddar and Ladj Ly, whose 2019 film “Les Miserables” covered some similar territory. DETAILS
Based on the best-selling 2019 young-adult novel by Angie Thomas (“The Hate U Give”), “On the Come Up” is about a 16-year-old girl (Jamila Gray) whose rap ambitions have both urgency (her family is in need of money) and poignancy (her late father was a hip-hop legend killed by gang violence). The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, streams Friday, Sept. 23 on Peacock while also playing in some theaters. DETAILS
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