Guilty Sundance Film Festival

Hey, just what you need: More TV to watch! Here's what we're watching right now at Mercury HQ, which is another way of saying here's what we think you should be watching right now.

Wm. Steven Humphrey, Editor-in-Chief
Here's a film from last year you may have missed: The Guilty, a Danish thriller starring the amazing Jakob Cedergren. A police officer who's been demoted thanks to shady circumstances is assigned to the 911 desk, and gets a call from a possible kidnap victim. Buoyed by his own guilt, he nearly goes nuts trying to save this woman even though he's trapped behind his desk. The Guilty has tons of twists and turns and its claustrophobic atmosphere really ratchets up the tension. I loved it, and so will you! (Available via Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Movie Madness)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Universal

Blair Stenvick, News Reporter
Over the weekend my wife and I PAID MONEY to RENT Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. A swift hour and 54 minutes later, the credits rolled, and my wife exclaimed, “That’s it???” Reader, that WAS it, and it was enough! Despite having very little discernible conflict, this FILM did have CHER singing ABBA SONGS and MERYL STREEP as an EFFORTLESSLY DISHEVELED GHOST, and that is always MORE THAN ENOUGH! (Amazon, HBO, iTunes, Movie Madness)

Catastrophe Amazon

Ned Lannamann, Senior Editor
I crushed the fourth and final season of Catastrophe as soon as it went up on Amazon, with Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney as a married couple in London with two young children. While the first couple of episodes were a little poky, the home stretch was just as sharp, honest, and hilarious as Catastrophe's ever been. More than any other show I can think of, it captures the stomach-sick dread (and occasional, fleeting elation) of being strapped into the rollercoaster of life and career and marriage and kids, and the show’s final scene—coming at the end of an episode about the death of Rob’s mother, played in previous seasons by Carrie Fisher—is pitched perfectly, ending this wise, funny show on a just-right grace note. (Amazon)

The Little Hours
The Little Hours Gunpowder & Sky

Kathleen Marie, Art Director
I'm watching and rewatching everything nun-related, thanks to either a leftover Halloween fetish or morbid nostalgia from when I was an alter server. Last year’s horror flick The Nun has a vow-of-enclosure scene that was enough to send me in search of more good and evil, starting with the comedy The Little Hours, a film that's probably closer to how I would be in an abbey, telling monks to “mind your own fucking business.” Back to the dark side, the French drama The Innocents follows ascetic nuns who have been sexually abused by Soviet soldiers at the end of World War II, and the female war nurse who tries to help them. (Set in mountains during winter, there is nothing warm about this movie.) At this point, I’m looking to turn my viewing back to something a little nicer, like Vision, a German biography of Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century nun who spoke with God and drew the map of universe based on the diagram of female genitalia. (The Nun: Amazon, iTunes, Movie Madness. The Little Hours: Amazon, iTunes, Movie Madness, Netflix. The Innocents: iTunes, Movie Madness, Netflix. Vision: iTunes, Movie Madness)