Weekend Watchlist: see new films and TV shows coming out this weekend like Reminiscence, The Protégé, Sweet Girl, The Chair and more.
Allow me to bid you welcome to yet another weekend. I hope you have had a fruitful week. Any idea how you’d like to spend the weekend? It’s fine if you have nothing specific in mind yet. Here’s one thing you shouldn’t do, though, you shouldn’t have to go through the stress of figuring out ways to relax. Film and TV entertainment is always an easy answer, and with Weekend Watchlist, I’m here to plug you right on.
“Reminiscence” is a 2021 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by Lisa Joy in her feature directorial debut. Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), a private investigator of the mind, navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). A simple matter of lost and found becomes a dangerous obsession. As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae’s disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy and must ultimately answer the question: how far would you go to hold on to the ones you love? The film debuts in cinemas today, 20 August 2021.
2. The Protégé
“The Protégé” is an American action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and written by Richard Wenk. It stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly, and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves ever tighter. “The Protégé” begins showing in cinemas on Friday, 20 August.
3. The Defeated
“The Defeated” is a German TV series that makes its Netflix debut on 20 August. Police officer Max McLoughlin arrives in Berlin in 1946 to establish a new police force in the wake of the war and hopes to find his brother, who is presumed dead. It stars Nina Hoss, Taylor Kitsch, and Mala Emde. You can enjoy the complete season 1 from the comfort of your home and with your family.
4. The Chair
“The Chair” is an academic drama series streaming on Netflix. The premise goes thus: “At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.” The complete season 1 debuts on the streaming platform today, 20 August 2021, and you won’t even have to move more than a finger to enjoy it.
5. PAW Patrol: The Movie
“PAW Patrol: The Movie” is a 2021 Canadian computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the television series PAW Patrol created by Keith Chapman. Ryder and the pups are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos. Get ready for exciting missions, high-stake rescues, new pups and unique new vehicles making this the biggest Paw Patrol story ever! The film features Dax Shepard, Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian, Iain Armitage, Cal Brunker, Randall Park, and Jimmy Kimmel. It debuts in cinemas on Friday.
6. American Horror Stories
What’s better than eight straight episodes of horror and gore? “American Horror Stories” is a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s award-winning anthology series “American Horror Story.” The weekly anthology series features a different horror story in each episode. The television series sprouted a legion of dedicated fans who anticipate what terrors the next chapter will hold. The season 1 finale airs today on FX, on the streaming platform Hulu.
7. Flag Day
The beloved Sean Penn returns to our screens with this directorial effort. “Flag Day” is a 2021 American drama film directed by and starring Sean Penn, and his daughter, Dylan Penn, is one of the co-stars. In the film, Jennifer Vogel’s father, John, was larger than life, and as a child, she marvelled at his magnetizing energy and ability to make life feel like a grand adventure. He taught her so much about love and joy, but he also happened to be the most notorious counterfeiter in US history. The film stars Hopper Jack Penn, Dylan Penn, Bailey Noble, John Wildermuth, Jez Butterworth and many others. “Flag Day” waves its way into the cinemas today, 20 August.
“Habit” is an American thriller drama film directed by Janell Shirtcliff in her directorial debut. The action begins as L.A. party girl Mads (played by Bella Thorne of “The DUFF”) gets a gig running drugs for Eric, a washed-up Hollywood star. When their cash gets stolen and Eric is slain by a rival drug lord, Mads and her two sexy BFFs hide by dressing up as nuns. But in spite of their costumes, these bad girls are no angels. It stars Aaron Díaz, Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, Josie Ho, among others. The film premieres in cinemas on 20 August 2020.
9. Sweet Girl
“Sweet Girl” is an American action thriller film directed by Brian Andrew Mendoza in his feature directorial debut. Devoted family man Ray Cooper (Jason Momoa), vows justice against the pharmaceutical company responsible for pulling a potentially life-saving drug from the market just before his wife (Adria Arjona) dies from cancer. But when his search for the truth leads to a deadly encounter that puts Ray and his daughter Rachel (Isabela Merced) in harm’s way, Ray’s mission turns into a quest for vengeance in order to protect the only family he has left. It comes out on Netflix today.
“Annette” is a 2021 musical romantic drama film directed by Leos Carax. Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humour who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. Under the spotlight, they form a passionate and glamorous couple. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny, will turn their lives upside down. The film stars Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Bruno Pesery, Ruth Waldburger, Benoit Roland, and many others. It debuts on Prime Video this Friday.
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