What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Streaming Platforms This Weekend

Whether you’re standing in the theater lobby or curled up in bed, deciding what to watch next is often the most difficult part of any pop-culture junkie’s day. And with dozens of films in theaters on any given weekend, plus virtually endless layers of streaming purgatory to sort through in search of your next binge-watch, there’s more out there—and tougher decisions to make—than ever.

Fortune‘s here to help you navigate the week’s latest offerings, boiling all the entertainment out there down into three distinct recommendations: should you see it, stream it, or skip it? Find out below.

SEE IT: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ (In theaters)

If there was ever a cultural figure who lent themselves to on-screen consecration, it was Fred Rogers, the beloved TV show host. With his warm smile, sense of decency, and interest in the emotional and moral well-being of children, Rogers still stands—more than 50 years after Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood made its TV debut—as an icon of human possibility, an aspirational figure who found his place and way in the world through investing in kindness.

Last year’s luminous documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? presented Rogers through his work, and it played as welcome hagiography, a shrine to what Rogers came to symbolize throughout a lifetime of quiet, patient virtue. This wasn’t always easy, the documentary made clear—goodness was a discipline like any other, and Rogers worked at it constantly—but the sincerity he brought to the Neighborhood made the man feel almost alien in his moral clarity.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a new film by the great director Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), is no exposé. It is not out to shatter (thank God) or frankly even interrogate this image of Fred Rogers as a patron saint of children’s television. As embodied by Tom Hanks, perhaps the only man left in Hollywood nice enough to play him, Rogers is still the soothing, soft-spoken do-gooder who’s been fully canonized in our cultural memory. In Heller’s film, Hanks slips in and out of the red cardigan and sneakers with an astonishing ease—and eerie accuracy—that reaffirms him as one of our best working actors; the studied slowness of Rogers’ speaking style (with its all-important pauses), the guileless curiosity with which he taught children to inspect the world, is all replicated without appearing a lifeless work of th

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Leading White Democrats Court Black Voters—And Some Find Trouble

Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display.

From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the lone black woman in the race chiding white, upstart Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the dynamics in Atlanta highlighted the push for crucial black and other minority support with less than three months before primary voting begins. They further underscored some candidates’ vulnerabilities in trying to assemble the coalition necessary to win the nomination — and defeat President Donald Trump in the general election.

Warren electrified a raucous and racially diverse crowd in the Clark-Atlanta University gymnasium as she tries to expand her support beyond the white liberal base that boosted her in the primary polls this summer. But the Massachusetts senator had to endure protests of a black school-choice group that threatened to overshadow her message aimed squarely at black women — Democrats’ most loyal faction.

Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who leads caucus polls in overwhelmingly white Iowa, spent the day defending remarks relating his experience as a gay man to the systemic racism facing African Americans. Kamala Harris, the California senator and only black woman in the race, blasted his approach as “naive.”

Like Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders invoked his biography, as the child of an immigrant family with casualties in the Holocaust, to connect with African Americans’ struggle against oppression and white supremacy. Harris, still lagging the front-runners, has not criticized the way Sanders talks about race, but the Vermont senator still must prove he can get more black votes than he did in losing the 2016 nominating fight.

All those contenders are trying to catch Vice President Joe Biden, whose considerable lead among black voters leaves him atop most national polls. Biden spent Thursday meeting with black Southern mayors, led by Atlanta’s Keisha Lance Bottoms, one of his top campaign surrogates. But it wasn’t all smooth for Biden, as immigration activists interrupted him in South Carolina demanding he pledge to halt deportations on his first day in office. Biden refused.

For those chasing Biden, Warren offered perhaps the strongest display Thursday.

Before an energetic crowd at Clark-Atlanta, the senator c

Read more: https://fortune.com/2019/11/22/white-democrats-black-voters-2020/

Europe’s Silicon Valley Doesn’t Exist

The mood in Europe is gloomy, and it has nothing to do with Brexit (or the dreary weather). Over and over at the Fortune Global Forum, which concluded earlier this week in Paris, Europeans lamented their continent’s lagging performance in the digital economy. Globally dominant tech behemoths hail almost exclusively from the United States and China, much to the chagrin of Europe’s policymakers and business champions.

“We missed the boat,” said Prince Constantijn van Oranje, a member of the Dutch royal family and a proponent of Europe’s technology community, speaking on a panel about Europe’s “Silicon Valley,” which doesn’t exist. Europe has the smarts and the wealth and the market to be a tech leader. As Constantijn pointed out, the continent was a leader in GSM, yesteryear’s mobile-phone standard. What it needs now is a more vibrant entrepreneurial and venture-capital culture.

Instead, Europe has innovation in a less-than-helpful area for entrepreneurs: regulation. A trio of European regulators disagreed with the assertion, but there’s no escaping the fact that Europe is pioneering data protection with its landmark GDPR requirements even as it lags in digitalization. (And under the expanded powers of the European Union’s top digital regulator, Margrethe Vestager, the continent is about to double down on the former.)  Said Constantijn: “We shouldn’t put ourselves on the back foot too quickly on GDPR. We should have much more flexible regulation.”

Regions with less mature regulatory regimes might make for better investments. Andre Maciel, a Brazilian managing partner in Softbank’s $5 billion Latin American fund, says he is focused on Brazil and Mexico, two markets with tech-savvy young consumers and better-than-average growth opportunities. And lightly regulated labor markets.

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This edition of Data Sheet was curated by Aaron Pressman.

Read more: https://fortune.com/2019/11/22/europe-silicon-valley-innovation/

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