Don’t Look Up, Being the Ricardos, National Champions, And Just Like That (Season 1), West Side Story, and more new movies and TV shows to watch this weekend.
If you’ve been looking forward to the weekend, in anticipation of the new entertainment it promises, I am here to tell you that your eagerness is justified. And, I have proof! This weekend brings good tidings in the form of some fresh films and TV series across various media. Without taking too much of your time, let’s have a quick looksie at this weekend watchlist.
1. Don’t Look Up
Adam McKay is the holy trinity on this new Netflix Original which he wrote, directed, and produced. The 2021 American satirical science fiction film tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Leonardo Di Caprio and Jennifer Lawrence star opposite each other in lead roles, with the likes of Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchet, Meryl Streep, Timothy Chalamet, and Chris Evans in supporting roles. If you look up, you will find the film descending into the big screens on 10 December 2021. Go look it up — that is of course if you can’t wait for its Netflix debut next week.
2. National Champions
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring the likes of J.K. Simmons, Lil Rel Howery, Uzo Aduba, and Jeffrey Donovan, among others, National Champions is an American sports drama film. Three days before the college football national championship game, star quarterback LeMarcus James and teammate Emmett Sunday ignite a player’s strike declaring they won’t compete until all student-athletes are fairly compensated. With billions of dollars at risk and legacies on the line, the stakes could not be higher. Now, with only hours until kickoff, the head coach and various power brokers must race against the clock to protect or destroy the prevailing collegiate athletics system. National Champions kicks off showing in US cinemas this Friday, 10 December.
3. Being the Ricardos
This American biographical drama film comes from the mind and lenses of Academy Award-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin about the relationship between I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear, and cultural taboos in this telling glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship. Being the Ricardos takes audiences behind the scenes and to the passenger seat of one crucial production week of the couple’s groundbreaking sitcom, I Love Lucy. It stars Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Nelson Franklin, J.K. Simmons, and more. The movie debuts in US cinemas on Friday before later moving to Prime Video.
4. West Side Story
A Steven Spielberg flick is yet again upon us as we live and breathe. The American musical romantic drama film tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Per the premise, “Love at first sight strikes when young Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their burgeoning romance helps to fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks — two rival gangs vying for control of the streets.” West Side Story begins its cinema ride across the world on 10 December 2021.
5. And Just Like That (Season 1)
If you’ve seen Sex And The City trending lately, it is because of this new HBO MAX 10 episodes series. And Just Like That is a revival of the Sex And The City franchise, and it follows old friends Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, who transition from the friendship they had in their 30s to a more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. The series premiered on HBO MAX on Thursday, 9 December.
6. The Last Son
You will agree this last quarter of 2021 has seen a lot of Westerns. The Last Son adds to the list of the likes of The Harder They Fall, The Power of The Dog, and others. It follows Isaac LeMay, a murderous outlaw cursed by a terrible prophecy, hunting down his offspring to prevent his own murder before targeting his son Cal. All are set on a collision course with bounty hunters and the enigmatic US officer Solomon on their tail. The Last Son features Sam Worthington, Machine Gun Kelly, and Thomas Jane among others. It begins its theatrical run in the US today.
7. Aranyak (Season 1)
Based on a Bengali novel of the same name by the celebrated Bengali author Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, Aranyak is a seven-episode thriller series that debuted on Netflix on Friday. Political ploys, personal agendas, and the myth of a murderous entity all surface as two mismatched hill station police officers navigate a web of suspects after a puzzling murder. It stars Raveena Tandon and Ashutosh Rana in leading roles. One should be able to see this one through in a sitting.
8. American Refugee
American Refugee is an upcoming American horror film directed by Ali LeRoi from a script by Allison Buckmelter and Nicolas Buckmelter. In the midst of societal collapse, Greg and Helen Taylor are faced with protecting their family from the anarchy of the outside world. As a last resort, the family takes shelter in a neighbor’s bunker where their fate lies in the hands of the family patriarch, a survivalist whose mercy lasts only as long as they prove themselves useful. Supplies are scarce, and no one knows who can really be trusted when tensions rise. The film starts showing on Friday… may the dark walls of the cinemas be enough refuge when the fear begins to creep in.
France is a 2021 internationally co-produced drama film written and directed by Bruno Dumont. It follows a superstar TV journalist whose career, homelife, and psychological stability are shaken after she carelessly drives into a young delivery man on a busy Paris street. This accident triggers a series of self-reckonings, as well as a strange romance that proves impossible to shake. Le film, France, est disponible dans les cinémas à partir d’aujourd’hui. Va le voir!
10. The Hating Game
Based on Sally Thorne’s novel of the same name, The Hating Game is an American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Hutchings. Resolving to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, kind-hearted Lucy Hutton embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against her cold-efficient nemesis Joshua Templeton. This rivalry is impossibly complicated by her growing attraction to him. The Hating Game stars Sean Cullen, Gina Torres, Austin Stowell, Claude Dal Farra, and then some. It makes its US debut on 10 December 2021.
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