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Watch Play Stream: ‘Dear White People’ battles ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ this week

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The weather might be getting warmer, but there will be plenty of new content coming to your devices this week to keep you inside. Hulu and Netflix will be launching their brand-new Spring series this week, and there will be a few season-finales that you might not want to miss on television. The box-office should bounce-back to life with “The Circle” hitting theaters on Thursday, but if you need to stay in, “Mario Kart 8” is coming to the Nintendo Switch at full-speed.

Coming to Theaters

This week most moviegoers will find three new choices launching at their local cinemas. The big-release this week will be “The Circle” starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt, and the story follows a young woman as she unravels the mysteries of a giant tech company. If you’re looking for a comedy, then head into “How To Be A Latin Lover” with Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, and Rob Lowe. The film was directed by Ken Marino, and centers around a man picking up his life after a recent divorce. The film is only opening in about 1,000 locations, so check your local listings to see if its playing in your area. “Sleight” a sci-fi mystery film about a young street magician. The film was written and directed by J.D. Dillard, and stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, and Dulé Hill.

TV (Coming and Going)

Monday night will host several finales on television, so be sure to avoid any-and-all spoilers on social-media. You can catch the very last episode of “Bates Motel” on A&E, and the season finale of “APB” on FOX. “Who Do You Think You Are?,” on TLC, will also be airing its season finale. The Travel channel will be kicking off “Booze Traveler: Best Bars” on Monday night, and “Vegas Rat Rods” will premiere on the Discovery Channel.

SYFY fans can watch the season finales of “Cosplay Melee” and “Face Off” on Tuesday night. That’s the same night that TLC will air the season finales for “Long Lost Family” and “My Big Fat Fabulous Life”. The shows “Outsiders,” “Stranded with a Million Dollars,” and “The Detour” will also be airing their season finales on Tuesday. Reality-show fans can tune into “The Bad Girls Club” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” both shows will be airing their special ‘reunion episodes’ on Tuesday night.

“Gomorrah” will premiere on Wednesday on the Sundance Channel, settle in though, it will be over two-hours long. Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, “Gomorrah” picks up moments after the end of the first season.

“Kicking & Screaming” will air its season finale on Thursday, but “Married at First Sight: Second Chances” and “MasterChef: Junior” will start their seasons on the same night. On Friday you can catch the season finales of “Bring It!” and “Rosewood,” and the season premiere of “Ginormous Food” and “Marriage Boot Camp”. On Saturday TBS will air the Samantha Bee special “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” Special.

NETFLIX

“Dear White People” is the big release on Netflix this week (April 28), the show is set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university. Netflix describes the new series stating, “Dear White People is an hilarious send-up of “post-racial” America that weaves together the universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path.” That’s the same night that the film “Rodney King” will release on the video-streaming service, as will “Small Crimes” and “Casting JonBenet”.

HULU

Set a couch date for April 26, that’s the day “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere on Hulu. The series startss Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel, and is based on the Margaret Atwood novel.

AMAZON PRIME

On April 27 “American Honey” will land on Amazon Prime, as will “Catastrophe” season 3.

VIDEO GAMES

The big release this week is “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” for the Nintendo Switch. “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” will launch on April 28 (available on Amazon for $59). Nintendo is adding more characters, karts and tracks (all unlocked from the start) than any other game in Mario Kart history. Both traditional racing and the newly redesigned battle modes can be played in Local Wireless mode with up to eight players, and in Online or LAN mode with up to 12 players. Nintendo will also be hosting two Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online tournaments in-game.