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New to stream: Steven Soderbergh's crime thriller Kimi and Space Force series two

Kimi: Zoe Kravitz as Angela Childs
Kimi: Zoe Kravitz as Angela Childs

KIMI (Cert 15, 87 mins, Sky Cinema, streaming from February 19 exclusively on Now, Thriller)

Starring: Zoe Kravitz, Devin Ratray, Jaime Camil, Jacob Vargas, Rita Wilson.

OSCAR-winning director Steven Soderbergh helms a tense crime thriller starring Zoe Kravitz as a young woman, who must venture into the outside world in the name of justice.

She plays Angela Childs, a blue-haired tech wizard, who spends her days exercising in a spacious apartment, flirting with a neighbour and slaving over her laptop.

Angela is employed to identify and iron out bugs in the software of the titular virtual assistant.

The simple act of meeting a friend across the street for a bite to eat at a food truck is complicated by Angela's crippling agoraphobia, which renders her a prisoner in her own home.

As she is reviewing a data stream during the Covid-19 pandemic in Seattle, Angela uncovers evidence of a violent crime.

She reports her unsettling find to her company and is met with a wall of bureaucracy and resistance.

Kimi must face her fears by venturing out of her apartment but the streets are filled with protesters after the city council passes a law restricting the movements of the homeless population.

Kimi is a timely thriller of isolation, compromised mental health and social unrest anchored by an excellent lead performance from Kravitz, soon to be seen as the latest big screen incarnation of Catwoman.

Solid support from Devin Ratray and Rita Wilson makes Soderbergh's latest foray a compelling watch.

Rating: 4/5

Space Force series two: Tawny Newsome, Diana Silvers, Don Lake, Steve Carell, Ben Schwartz, John Malkovich and Jimmy O Yang
Space Force series two: Tawny Newsome, Diana Silvers, Don Lake, Steve Carell, Ben Schwartz, John Malkovich and Jimmy O Yang

SPACE FORCE – SEASON 2 (10 episodes, streaming from February 18 exclusively on Netflix, Sci-Fi/Comedy/Drama/Romance)

IN SPACE, everyone can hear you scream with laughter at the second series of the sci-fi comedy created by Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, mastermind of the American version of The Office.

Space Force focuses on highly decorated pilot General Mark R Naird (Carell), who transplants his family from Washington DC to a remote base in Colorado to spearhead a team of misfit scientists dedicated to putting American troops on the moon by 2024.

In these 10 episodes, Narid and his team, comprising lead science adviser Dr Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich), right-hand man Dr Chen Kaifang (Jimmy O Yang), media consultant Tony Scarapiducci (Ben Schwartz) and helicopter pilot-turned astronaut Captain Angela Ali (Tawny Newsome), face an uphill battle to prove their worth to a new administration.

The underdogs encounter myriad interpersonal challenges including inevitable moments of tension between Mark, his wife Maggie (Lisa Kudrow) and their daughter Erin (Diana Silvers).