Looking for some fun and different and new movies and TV series coming to iTunes next month? The best variety us from HBO Entertainment. Take your pick . . .
“Ballers: Season 1” (debuts November 2): This series looks at the lives of former and current football players, following former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sunsoaked Miami. Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star. Batter’s up!
“True Detective: Season 2” (November 9): In the eight-episode second season of one of the most-talked-about and most-watched series of the summer, a bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch star. The full season download includes a 30-minute feature that takes an extended look behind the scenes at a pivotal scene from episode four.
“Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop” (November 9): In 2012, Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old NYC police officer, was labeled “The Cannibal Cop” in the tabloid media after he was charged with conspiracy to kidnap, cook and eat a number of female victims, whose information he had gathered through NYPD databases. At trial, Valle’s defense team argued that his plans, posted on a fetish website and uncovered by his wife, were nothing more than fantasy, while the prosecution countered that Valle was a disturbed, potentially dangerous predator who had been stopped before committing heinous crimes. The question facing jurors: Could Valle be convicted for something he had never acted upon? Making her feature documentary debut, director Erin Lee Carr probes into the perverse corners of the human psyche, challenging our fundamental beliefs about the criminal justice system, and the line between right and wrong as it applies to the ever-evolving digital world.
“Strike Back: Season 4” (November 16): From the tropical beaches of Thailand to the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps, Season 4 of the hit Cinemax series “Strike Back” brings the globetrotting adventures of Michael Stonebridge (portrayed by Philip Winchester), Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20 to an end. As the team sets out to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok, they quickly realize that what seems to be a simple kidnapping is actually the first step in a massive terrorist plot with global implications. They soon find themselves crisscrossing Asia and Europe as they battle Japanese Yakuza, Russian Mafia, cyber terrorists, elite mercenaries and other deadly forces.
“Southern Rites” (November 16) This timely film visits Montgomery County, Georgia, one year after the town merged its racially segregated proms, and during a historic election campaign in which a local law enforcement official campaigned to be its first African-American sheriff. Acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub, whose photos first brought the area unwanted notoriety, documents the repercussions when a white town resident is charged with the murder of a young black man. The case divides locals along well-worn racial lines, and the ensuing plea bargain and sentencing uncover complex truths and produce emotional revelations.