Looking for something to watch this weekend? Are you inundated with streaming services, cable channels, and a backlog of movies? Well, wonder no more. We here at JoBlo.com watch our fair share of entertainment and have some recommendations for what you should check out. Come back each week for a fresh selection of recommendations!
Halle Berry’s directorial debut tells the story of an MMA fighter who must re-enter the ring in order to support her son. In many ways, this looks similar to Rocky or Southpaw, but never count this film as a generic copy of those movies. Berry proves she has as much skill as a filmmaker as she does as a performer and may be making a case for herself to get some bigger budget projects in the future.
The third and final season of Hanna brings the coming-of-age story of a young girl trained to be an assassin to a close. While I never thought there was a need for this series after Joe Wright’s awesome action flick, I am glad this exists. A far more intricate tale, the series version of Hanna feels like a detailed adaptation of a novel rather than a high level summary. Great action and stunning turns by Esme Creed-Miles and Mireille Enos, this is a short but sweet farewell to this series.
The last Marvel Studios series to air on Disney+ in 2021 is a Christmas-themed solo outing for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye. Clint Barton has had a rough go of it, but as he spends the holiday with his family, he runs into some old foes from his days as Ronin. Teaming with his potential successor, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), this series should offer a nice chance for Renner to take the spotlight after so many films as a supporting player.
Debuting in theaters and on Showtime the same day, this adaptation of the acclaimed stage play features Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, and Steven Yeun in a character drama about a family during Thanksgiving. A small, intimate character study, this is a very specific type of story that often gets critical buzz and not much fan exposure. Because it will be streaming, this should give a lot more people the chance to check it out.
Kevin Hart has long tried to break away from being labeled just a comedian. From big-budget movies to commercials and more, Hart has proven to be a Hollywood heavyweight. Now, he tries his hand at a dramatic role that caught me completely by surprise. Playing a character that stands alongside duplicitous names like Walter White from Breaking Bad, Hart and Wesley Snipes are an incredibly well-balanced duo in this thriller series. While it covers many things we have seen in crime shows before, it showcases Hart in a way you have never thought he would excel in.
The last time Peter Jackson took archival footage and assembled it into a documentary, we got the stunning World War I film They Shall Not Grow Old. Now, he is taking over fifty hours of never-before-seen footage featuring The Beatles to deliver something truly original. Fans of the Fab Four will be glued to their televisions to watch this new glimpse into a side of the iconic band that no one has seen before. I am very excited to check this out.
The latest anime offering from Netflix is based on the comic of the same name by Mark Millar. Millar’s intense blend of violence and comic action is perfectly suited for the over-the-top style of Japanese animation. I know nothing about this comic or the talent involved in the adaptation (aside from coming from the great studio Bones), but this should be a cool show to appeal to mainstream and die-hard fans alike.
We usually don’t cover procedural shows on this site, but Don Johnson is a favorite of all of us, so we have to include his return to the second franchise he is associated with. Reuniting with Cheech Marin, this one-off movie should appeal to fans of the original series while offering another reminder as to why Don Johnson is so damn cool.
Reality shows are not my thing, but give me a good trivia competition any day. Hosted by Helen Mirren, this looks like a cute way to milk J.K. Rowling’s franchise a little bit more, but in a way that is respectful to the material and the legacy of the books and films. I have tried answering some of these questions before and even I am not nerdy enough to hold my own.
The Hot Zone adapted the acclaimed book into an enthralling dramatic series, which means they had to do it again. While there was no book sequel to adapt, this follow-up looks at another devastating real-life disease. With Daniel Dae Kim leading the cast, this is a scary show that may not be the most appetizing thing to watch on Thanksgiving, but maybe worth checking out over the weekend.
The first exclusive streaming offering from Trey Parker and Matt Stone tackles the pandemic that has divided the country and the world. Only the foul-mouthed Colorado kids could say what we are all thinking and do so in a way that offends everybody. I know it is not a feature film, but it is nice seeing these characters back in a premium format.
While I was underwhelmed by Peacock’s return to Bayside High, people seemed to take to the sequel series featuring all-new high schoolers and familiar faces like Elizabeth Berkeley and Mario Lopez. Season two looks to continue the same blend of nostalgia and post-Millennial issues. At worst, you may get a chuckle out of the hijinks on display.
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