My watchlist for the weekend- Inventing Anna, Before Valentine Movie, Tall Girl 2, Ghana Jollof and more.

Before Valentine Movie, Tall Girl 2, Inventing Anna and other must-see movies and TV Shows this Weekend.

As another weekend approaches us, I bring you another curated list of the movies, documentaries, short films, and television shows that should be on your watchlist this weekend. As Valentine officially creeps upon us, this week’s list has few rom-com movies on it and while I was all anti-valentine last week which I am still very much, I would be toning down my dislike a little this week in order to let love win for once.

Here is our Watchlist and what you should check out this weekend.

10. Before Valentine Movie

Directed by Michelle Bello and produced by Nicolette Ndigwe-Kalu, Before Valentine Movie will be in cinema this Friday, the rom-com movie revolves around four love stories set among the worker of a hair salon and their shenanigans ahead of Valentine’s Day. From the trailer one can predict it going to be a fun watch-expect nothing too serious from the movie. It is set to star Uche Montana, Meg Otanwa, Ngozi Nwosu, Baaj Adebule, Yvonne Jegede, Inem King, Shaffy Bello and more.

9. Moonfall

Starring Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, Josh Bradley, Kelly Yu, Micheal Pena, and Donald Sutherland, Moonfall follows conspiracy theorist K.C Houseman, who discovers strange findings concerning the Moon which later results in catastrophic events happening on Earth. Alongside two NASA astronauts, they embark on a journey to space in order to save the Earth. The movie was released worldwide last Friday, 4 February 2022, and is currently showing in cinemas. The 2-hour long movie is written and directed by Roland Emmerich and was shot in Montreal and has been cited as one of the most expensive independently produced movies of all time.

8. Head Over Bills

Another Nollywood flick to check out this week, Head Over Bills hits cinema last week Friday. Written and directed by Dabby Chimere, it starts Shaffy Bello as Madam Elizabeth Ofili, a wealthy and successful Matriarch, and her three daughters; Bimbo Ademoye, Ego Nwosu, and Jessica Tse. Other familiar faces in the movie include Anita Joseph, Mofe Duncan, and Prince Nelson Enwerem.

7. Book of Love

Book of Love is a 2022 Prime Video original movie. In this rom-com, an edgy writer is struggling with the failure of his debut novel titled The Sensible Heart.  However, his book becomes a hit in Mexico and he is invited to promote it, not knowing that the book only becomes a hit because his Spanish translator rewrote it as an erotic novel. As the story progress, a love story between the writer and his translator begins. The light-hearted movie is written by  David Quantick and directed by Analeine Cal y Mayor. It stars Sam Clafin, Veronica Echegui, Ruy Gayton, Lucy Punch, and Edwarda Gurrola. The movie is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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6. There’s Something Wrong With The Bamideles

2019 Big Brother Naija housemate Diane Russet continues to push her knack for acting, pursuing mostly short movies. Her latest project, There’s Something Wrong With The Bamideles, is a half an hour-long movie that narrates the story of a couple (Banji and Osas Bamidele) who hires an househelp, played by Diane Russet herself. However, they frame her for the death of their newborn child. The short film shines a light on the issue of postpartum depression and borrows similar attributes to the recently released Damilola Orimogunje For Maria; Ebun Pataki. Shot completely in black and white, the short film is directed by Micheal ‘AMA PSALMIST Akinrogunde and features a cast of Diane Russet, Taye Arimoro, Shalewa Ashafa, Jammal Ibrahim, Oluboyo Ayomiposi Samuel, and Oluwatobiloba Sadiku. The short film is available on YouTube.

5. Tall Girl (2)

Following the mid-success of the first release, Tall Girl is set to return for part 2 this Friday on Netflix. The teen comedy follows the story of 16-year-old Jodi Kreyman, the tallest girl in her school, as she navigates her insecurity about being so tall. It is written by Sam Wolfson and directed by Nzingha Stewart. It stars Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter, Paris Berelc and Luke Eisner. In the released trailer for part 2, we see Jodi still battling with being insecure as she prepares to be in a musical. Tall Girl joins Netflix’s teen romantic comedy like 2018’s The Kissing Booth and To All The Boys I’ve Loved in having more than one part.

4. Disenchantment: Part 4

Netflix’s animated series Disenchantment, from the creator of  The Simpson and Futurama, returned for a part 4 this week. Disenchantment first debuted on Netflix in 2018 with 10 episodes. Set in the fictional kingdom of Dreamland, it tells the story of Bean- a 19 years old Princess with a destructive demon alongside an elf named Elfo, as they navigate different adventures across the kingdom of Dreamland. It features the voice of Abbi Jacobson as Princess Bean, Eric André s Luci (Princess Bean’s destructive demon), and Nat Faxon as Elfo.

3. Inventing Anna

Netflix is the gift that keeps giving. Last week, it dropped The Tinder Swindler; a documentary revealing the story of a con-man who swindled people especially women from the dating app- Tinde. Then, this Friday, the streaming platform is set to debut a new miniseries titled Inventing Anna, loosely based on a New York article by Jessica Pressler which examined how Anna Sorokin, a German-born fraudster, went under the name Anna Devley, a German heiress to commit fraud. Inventing Anna is created by Shonda Rhimes and marks her second project for Netflix following her signing an exclusive multi-year development deal with the streaming platform back in 2017. Inventing Anna will star Emmy Award winner Julia Garner, popularly known for her role in OzarkAlongside Garner, it will also star Anna Chlumsky, Laverne Cox, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, Anna Deavere Smith, and Alexis Floyd.

2. The In-Between

The Kissing Booth star Joey King stars alongside West Side Story actor Kyle Allen in a new supernatural love story set to premiere exclusively on Paramount+ this Friday. Directed by Arie Posin, The In-Between tells the story of Tessa, who, after dying in a car accident, is revived in the afterlife and connects with a love interest Skylar (played by Kyle Allen). The movie will also feature appearances from April Jones Parker, Celeste O’Connor, and Donna Biscoe.

1. Ghana Jollof

First premiering back in October 2021, all 13 episodes of the series is currently available for streaming on Showmax. Ghana Jollof is Showmax’s first Nigerian original comedy series produced by Nigerian comedian-actor Bright Okpocha popularly known as (Basketmouth) and directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba. It follows the character of FunnyBone, Akah Nnani, Buchi, and Basketmouth as they navigate life in modern-day Ghana. The series also stars Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas, Nigeria/Ghanaian comedian Jacinta Ocansey, Portia Freelove, and Mawuli Gavor.

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