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It’s a new year and we all know what that means: a new slate of TV shows and movies to settle in with. And why not? The end of the year is always so hectic and rushed, so it’s nice to lounge around (maybe in some swanky new pajamas or sweats) and just chill the heck out with our favorite fictional friends.
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With so many streaming services and new TV shows and movies dropping every week, it can be hard to narrow down what you should check out and what you should probably skip. That’s where we hope to help. We’ve already checked out a bunch of January’s new releases, and we have some ideas on what to watch this month.
From the streaming service debuts of buzzy films to anticipated new seasons and TV series, here are 15 titles to check out in January across Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Hulu and HBO Max.
It’s no secret Netflix has been experimenting with different streaming service formats, and this month it’s taking those trials one step further with the debut of Kaleidoscope. The heist series features a group of soon-to-be criminals trying to steal a whopping $7 billion dollars. However, greed, betrayal and a slew of other threats deter them every step along the way. There are many mysteries at the center of the story but the truly unique thing about the show is in how you consume it. The first seven episodes will be presented to viewers in a random order, but everyone gets the same finale.
2. Paul T. Goldman
If you’re looking for something truly unique to check out this month, this stranger-than-fiction story about a man named Paul T. Goldman may pique your interest. The series introduces the author, who wrote a screenplay and book about his marriage and attempts to take down an alleged international crime ring. The entire thing is pretty wild and took more than a decade of shooting. It also hails from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm director Jason Woliner if you want to get an idea of the tone.
3. The Menu
Sink your teeth into this horror-comedy starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes in its streaming service debut this month. Director Mark Mylod serves up a story that’s one part food satire, one part horror, and all parts weird fun. Critics have been raving about this movie since it hit theatres and film festivals late last year. We caught the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival and would put it as one of our own favorite 2022 entries. Essentially, it revolves around a young couple who travel to a remote island for the meal of their lives. Once there, however, things take several deadly twists. Watch for a standout performance from Hong Chau.
The Menu on HBO Max
4. If These Walls Could Sing
Abbey Road Studio has housed some of the biggest creative geniuses of our time. Sir Elton John, Oasis, Kate Bush, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Pink Floyd, Adele, and of course, The Beatles. So it’s about time someone did a documentary about the famed studio and the magic that has happened there. As it turns out, that someone is none other than Paul McCartney’s daughter, Mary McCartney. In this hour-and-a-half film she interviews those who have experienced the magic for themselves, and who are now ready to share why this place is so special.
5. The Rig
Prime Video has been broadening its reach globally, and this month that expansion includes Scotland thanks to this series from creator David Macpherson. The thriller is the first from the streaming service to film entirely in the country, and there are plenty of twists in store. The Rig revolves around a group of workers on a remote Scottish oil rig who become stranded when a mysterious fog envelops them. As all outside communication is cut off, some recede into their minds while others prove deadly. Naturally, there are plenty of themes about the environment, global warming and the effects of humanity to go around. Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) star.
6. Chasing Waves
A few years ago, the sport of surfing made global waves thanks to its inclusion in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Getting ready for that debut was too juicy for the Powers That Be over at Disney, and this documentary about the Japanese surfing team was born. The eight-episode offering explores surf culture in Japan and travels from the indoor wave pool known as Ocean Dome to the icy waters of Hokkaido. This docuseries promises we’ll learn from those who live the surf life in a new and innovative way.
7. The Climb
If you’ve ever tried to rock climb, then you know it can be a super intense and challenging sport. So when host Jason Momoa and the crew behind this series were scouting the best amateur climbers to bring on the journey of a lifetime, you know they checked out some pretty fit individuals. The result is the cast featured in this competition series, one in which amateur climbers of all ages go through a series of mental and physical challenges for a hefty prize. The climbs aren’t for the faint of heart, but thanks to the gorgeous views it’s definitely worth checking out from the comfort of your couch.
8. Vikings Valhalla (s2)
We were big fans of the original Vikings, so when Netflix announced a spinoff starring a new group of conquerors and with new showrunner Jeb Stuart, we had some reservations. Luckily, this series delivers. In the first season, we met famed Greenlander Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett) and his sister Freydis (Frida Gustavsson), as well as the last Viking King, Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter). There were plenty of gripping stories to go around, but we’ve now screened the entire second season and we can safely say the show gets even better. This year religion continues to be a driving force, but there are new locations and bonds to explore, not to mention an epic episode involving a waterfall. All eight Season 2 episodes drop at once.
9. The Drop
Cringe-comedy fans will be all over this alternative comedy, in which a woman (Anna Konkle) accidentally drops a baby during a tropical island wedding. Suddenly, all of her friendships are tested and her partner can’t stop questioning their relationship, leading to plenty of awkward moments and comedic situations. Director Sarah Adina Smith directs the unique flick from a script she co-wrote with Joshua Leonard. Jermaine Fowler and Jillian Bell also star.
10. The Last of Us
It’s been years in the making, but the TV adaptation of the bestselling video game finally makes its anticipated debut this month, introducing the post-apocalyptic story to mass audiences. The heart of the series hones in on a smuggler named Joel (Pedro Pascal) who is tasked with escorting a teenage girl named Ellie (Bella Ramsay) across the States. The danger? A slew of humans-turned-monsters tries to hunt them down. The show is easily one of the most anticipated streaming releases of 2023, and that alone is reason enough to check it out as new episodes drop weekly.
11. That ‘90s Show
People have been buzzing about this That ‘70s Show spinoff for months now, but after all of that leadup, the wait is finally over. The new generation revolves around Leia Forman (Callie Haverda), who spends the summer with her grandparents, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp). There, she meets a new group of friends, but the real headline is that all of the original ‘70s Show stars (except for Danny Masterson, who faces multiple sexual assault allegations) are reprising their original roles.
12. Poker Face
If you’re a Rian Johnson fan and you also like Russian Doll, this new 10-episode mystery series may be exactly what you need in 2023. It’s got the unique vibe Johnson popularized with his Knives Out movies, plus Natasha Lyonne’s honed comedic timing. Johnson writes and directs this story about a woman named Charlie (Lyonne) who can tell when someone is lying. Follow along as she goes on a road trip and solves all kinds of crimes, meeting plenty of strange and quirky characters along the way.
13. Teen Wolf: The Movie
The anticipated follow-up to the MTV series about a pack of teenage werewolves is finally here, and fans have been counting down the days until the movie’s release. No, fan favorite Dylan O’Brien does not reprise his role of Stiles, but Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Crystal Reed and Superman himself, Tyler Hoechlin all return. The movie features the wolves howling once again as a terrifying new evil emerges, and everyone prepares for the deadliest fight. The movie launches on the same day as Paramount Plus’ new angsty werewolf series, Wolf Pack, also written by Teen Wolf scribe Jeff Davis.
14. Shotgun Wedding
It’s always a good month when J-Lo releases a new rom-com, but we are particularly interested in this movie given its sordid history. If you recall, Shotgun Wedding was initially supposed to feature Armie Hammer as the male love interest. Then all of those allegations surfaced and Hammer was axed; Josh Duhamel eventually replaced him. Otherwise, this movie is your basic romantic offering, one that should warm you up as we enter February, a.k.a. the coldest month of the year. It revolves around a couple whose extravagant destination wedding is hijacked by criminals. As the couple in question tries to save their families, they reconnect with the reasons they fell in love in the first place.
Wrap up the month with a new comedy from the creative minds of Ted Lasso (Bill Lawrence, Brett Goldstein) and starring Jason Segel. The series revolves around a grieving therapist (Segel) who begins breaking the rules and telling clients exactly what he thinks. That disregarding of ethics leads to some pretty monumental changes, both for himself and his clients. Harrison Ford, Christa Miller, and Michael Urie also star.
REWIND: What We Were Watching in December 2022
We’re finally at the end of the year and if you’re feeling slightly exhausted, we promise you’re not alone. This year has been full of challenges and unexpected twists, but we’re about to wrap it all up with the promise of a fresh new year ahead. But first, we all need to get through the next few weeks.
December is always full of plans with family and friends, not to mention shopping, cooking, baking and planning. In that sense, there’s no better time to unwind at the end of the day with a bit of nog and your favorite streaming services. Whether you sprawl out on the couch or wrap and watch is up to you. What we do know, however, is that there is a ton of great content to indulge in this month — especially if you’re already over Christmas movies.
From the streaming service debut of Top Gun: Maverick to the final season of His Dark Materials, December is full of buzzy movies, shows, documentaries and comedies. Don’t believe us? Read on for our Top 25 picks to stream this month across Disney, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Apple TV+ and more.
Do you love watching rich dudes do their thing? Then you’ll probably want to check out this new, four-part docuseries revolving around Sir Richard Branson’s life. Filmmaker Chris Smith helms this journey, which spans seven decades and includes stories from all kinds of friends, associates and even Branson’s wife, Joan.
2. Sort Of (s2)
Gender fluid millennial Sabi Mehboob (Bilal Baig) is back for a second season of growing pains when this Canadian series returns to HBO Max. Sabi continues pushing the conversation on outdated identities and labels through their smart comedy, but the second season is also all about love — whether that means self-love, loving your friends and family or learning to love your work.
If you love glitzy dramas about highly dysfunctional families (so anyone who’s into Succession, basically) this new drama is in your wheelhouse. The show revolves around a rich Black family who owns a cosmetic conglomerate in England. But when the patriarch dies, he leaves behind all kinds of confusion and bitter rivalry as the family struggles for power and control.
4. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
First we had Will Farrell and Ryan Reynolds team for Spirited, the Apple TV+ musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Now Netflix is getting into the game with this animated take starring Luke Evans, Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and more. It’s safe to say this one is a little more family-friendly than the Apple take, but be warned, it too, contains original music.
5. Slow Horses (s2)
You favorite dysfunctional MI5 agents are back, and this time they’re reuniting to stop threats involving ancient Cold War secrets that have suddenly resurfaced. If you’re new to the Gary Oldman-starring show, it’s based on Mick Herron’s Slough House series. Creatives adapted the first season from the first book, Slow Horses, which means this follow-up centers on the events of the second book, Dead Lion.
6. Three Pines
Louise Penny’s award-winning books about a detective named Inspector Gamache solving murders in the small town of Three Pines gets the TV treatment this month. Two episodes drop weekly until Dec. 23, with a new murder each week to solve. The series stars Alfred Molina as the title inspector, who is to Canadians what Poirot is to the Brits. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Rossif Sutherland (Donald Sutherland’s second son) also star.
7. George & Tammy
Country singer Tammy Wynette knew a thing or two about “Stand(ing) By Your Man,” but now the rest of the world will learn more about her secrets. This dramatized take on the real-life relationship of Wynette and George Jones stars Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon in the lead roles. It opens with Wynette getting her big break by opening for Jones, and tracks their 1969 marriage, musical career together, and their eventual divorce in 1975.
8. His Dark Materials (s3)
The third and final season of this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s books kicks off with a two-episode premiere early this month, then runs through until December 26 with two episodes streaming weekly. When we last left Lyra (Dafne Keene), she was back in the clutches of her mom, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson). Meanwhile, the final season marks the full-time return of Lyra’s father, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy), who is ready to go to war — no matter the cost.
Will Smith’s first feature film since that now-famous slap incident with Chris Rock at the Oscars hits theatres and Apple TV+ this month, and Smith, for one, is hoping it’s moving enough to change the conversation. The film is inspired by a true story and follows an escaped slave (Smith) who travels North to join the Union Army and earn his freedom. At one time, this was considered a serious Oscar contender (Antoine Fuqua directs), but following that Oscars incident, it’s only making slight ripples heading into its debut.
10. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio
Whoever decided 2022 was the year we needed not one, but two new adaptations of Pinocchio must really like puppets. If you feel the same (or if you’re just a fan of horror master Guillermo Del Toro), you might want to check out his take on the tale when it drops on Netflix this month. The stop-motion film is based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian novel and is set in 1930s Fascist Italy. This take isn’t for kids, but it does feature a cool voice cast, including Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard and Cate Blanchett.
11. Baking It (s2)
Andy Samberg is out for the second season of this baking shenanigan, but Amy Poehler joins returning co-host Maya Rudolph for even more fun. The competition series features a new batch of bakers beating and whipping it out over five episodes for a chance to win some serious cash. Peacock promises explosions, destruction, smashes and more, so you might want to invest in a new apron before tuning in.
Octavia E. Butler’s classic, award-winning sci-fi novel is getting the TV treatment with an eight-episode series that drops in full this month. The show follows a young Black writer who moves to L.A. with her husband, but begins experiencing dizzy spells that thrust her into a dangerous, pre-Civil War past. Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock and Ryan Kwanten star.
13. National Treasure: Edge of History
If you caught the Nicholas Cage movies and still feel like you need more treasure-seeking in your life, this adventurous series will hopefully satiate you — at least until the third movie finally gets going. The 10-episode project revolves around a 20-year-old woman named Jess (Lisette Olivera) who embarks on an adventure to discover her true lineage. And, with the help of some key friends, she’ll also be on the hunt for a treasure or two.
The four-part British miniseries hits American streaming services this month, recreating the gripping story of a former Russian spy who solved the mystery of his own murder before he died. The series stars an unrecognizable David Tennant in the title role, plus an unexpected Revenge reunion thanks to the casting of Margarita Levieva as Marina Litvinenko and Barry Sloane as DS Jim Dawson.
Why should horror movies be relegated to October, especially when most of us could use at least a couple of blood-soaked projects to break up all of that sparkly Hallmark snow? Enter this horror thriller from director and writer Nikyatu Jusu. The film revolves around an immigrant nanny named Aisha (Anna Diop) who is trying to create a new life on New York City’s Upper East Side. Except while caring for the child of a rich family, a secret threatens to unveil everything she’s been led to believe about the American Dream.
16. The Recruit
Noah Centineo headlines this action-adventure series from Castle EP Alexi Hawley. In it, he stars as a rookie lawyer at the CIA who gets way in over his head after a former asset threatens to expose her relationship with the organization. What follows is a high-stakes story full of stunts, dangerous twists and plenty of quips, making this a fun and easy watch — especially over the holidays.
If you’re hooked on Yellowstone and sad that the fifth season is taking a break after seven short episodes, consider diving into the prequel series that digs into all kinds of extra Dutton drama. The show, which also hails from creator Taylor Sheridan, stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren as Jacob and Cara Dutton: ranch owners who face a whole new set of challenges in the early 20th century against the backdrop of Prohibition and the Great Depression.
18. Jack Ryan (s3)
It’s been three years since John Krasinski’s take on the Tom Clancy character graced our screens, but he’s back with a vengeance in this full, eight-episode season drop. When we pick up Jack is on the run and trying to stop angry Russians from starting World War III. James Greer (Wendell Pierce) seems to have been sidelined as his former field partner, meanwhile, and is now relegated to office work following one too many health scares.
19. The Best Man: The Final Chapters
This 10-episode miniseries reunites all the beloved characters from the 1999 film (and the 2013 sequel) for another round of dramatic encounters. Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan and Harold Perrineau reprise their roles alongside newcomers Nicole Ari Parker and Brandon Victor Dixon for a story that explores relationships, midlife crisis and the starting of new chapters.
20. Top Gun: Maverick
Whether you missed this buzzy Tom Cruise sequel when it was in theatres or you’re just ready to take flight again, the movie hits Paramount+ just in time for the holidays. In it, Cruise reprises his fan favourite Maverick role 36 years following the original Top Gun. Now the official best of the best, he’s recruited to work with elite graduates on a mission that requires the ultimate sacrifice. Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and Jon Hamm join the crew, including returning cast member Val Kilmer as Iceman.
21. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
If you couldn’t catch this brilliant Knives Out sequel during its limited one-week run in theatres, it finally comes to Netflix this week. We caught the Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) mystery at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and we dare say it might even be better than the original. Glass Onion features the return of Blanc as he’s thrust into a whole new whodunnit — one where actors like Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe and Leslie Odom Jr. play the larger-than-life (and super privileged) characters.
22. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
If you couldn’t make it to London to check out the latest take on Roald Dahl’s classic characters, the good news is that a version of it debuts on Netflix this month. Gather the whole family for some songs and dances as Emma Thompson plays the formidable Miss Trunchbull and Lashana Lynch (who recently earned a ton of critical praise for her role in Viola Davis’ The Woman King) plays Miss Honey.
23. The Witcher: Blood Origin
If you’re eager to see how Liam Hemsworth will fare in Henry Cavill’s recently vacated role of Geralt of Rivia, you’ll have to wait a little longer for the fourth-season return in Summer 2023. The good news is that this prequel series is here to tide us all over. It takes place 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher, and unfolds the story of the very first Witcher and the Conjunction of the Spheres. Michelle Yeoh, Nathaniel Curtis and Lenny Henry star.
24. Letterkenny (s11)
The skids, hicks and hockey players are back for another six-pack of adventures, donnybrooks and brews. This year some of the storylines include influencers, lost dogs, chip flavors and a mystery at the church bake sale, not to mention unwelcomed guests at the beer league. So you know, just your typical day in this small Canadian town.
25. White Noise
Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel is getting the Netflix film treatment with the debut of writer/director Noah Baumbach’s (Marriage Story) adaptation. The dark comedy follows Jack (Adam Driver), a professor of Hitler studies who is also a husband and father to four children. When an airborne, toxic event from a train accident takes over his town, it forces Jack to finally confront his own mortality. Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle and Jodie Turner-Smith also star.
Rewind: What We Were Watching for the Month of November
October’s haunting is over and the holidays are right around the corner, so in November we’re all about chilling inside with our favorite fictional friends before life gets hectic. Besides, what’s better than bundling up inside with a few streaming services and hot cocoa as the temperature drops?
As TV and film lovers, this is the best time of year. Many comedies debut to lighten the mood after all of the horror movies from last month, but now is also the time of year when we can expect some feel-good Christmas movies to start rolling in. No matter what you like to watch though, November’s new-release schedule is packed.
We’ve had a look across all the streamers and cherry-picked some of our favorite new shows, returns and movie debuts. From the return of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown and big political ambitions in Season 5 of Yellowstone, to the new Weird Al “biopic” and a comedic take on A Christmas Carol starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, there’s no shortage of content.
November is when the new Criminal Minds debuts, you can watch Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy expound on that wonderful meal called brunch in his new culinary competition show, and even Sylvester Stallone is making his TV series debut as a leading man with the premiere of Tulsa King (from the guy who brought us Yellowstone).
Wondering what to watch and stream in November? Here are 29 of the most anticipated TV shows and movies to watch this month.
Randall Park heads up an ensemble cast (including Melissa Fumero and JB Smoove) in this workplace comedy about the very last Blockbuster store. All ten episodes drop at once with plenty of antics to go around as store owner Timmy (Park) does whatever it takes to keep his store afloat and his employees paid.
2. Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?
Former Saturday Night Live star and Emmy winner Chris Redd performs his very first hour-long stand-up special for HBO Max this month. The special, which is produced by Conan O’Brien, features Redd digging into therapy, mental health and whether he truly has any room to grow.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as an American soldier who suffers a traumatic brain injury while in Afghanistan in this film from first-time director Lila Neugebauer. As she returns home and adjusts to her new life as best as possible, she strikes up a surprising friendship with a local who is dealing with his own grief (Brian Tyree Henry).
4. My Policeman
Whether you’re a Harry Styles stan or you’ve just been following his publicity train as of late, you’ll probably want to check out the other film he starred in recently. My Policeman comes to streaming this month, unraveling the story of three friends in 1950s England, when gay relationships were illegal. David Dawson and Emma Corrin also star.
5. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
There are parodies, and then there are Weird Al parodies, and as a co-writer on this project, it’s safe to say his biopic is definitely the latter. Daniel Radcliffe stars as the man in question in a biopic that has very little to do with reality and everything to do with making fun of the state of biopics in general. Watch for a fun Yankovic cameo, plus it’s him singing all of the actual songs. Evan Rachel Wood and Rainn Wilson also star.
6. Dangerous Liaisons
This updated take on the 18th-century French novel stars Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton. In case you’re unfamiliar with the tale, this story is all about the fictional romances and backstabbing that went down in the real court of Louis VXI in Paris.
7. The Crown (s5)
The fifth (and penultimate) season of Peter Morgan’s royal drama is here and given everything that’s happened in real life (Queen Elizabeth’s death, Harry’s book), there’s a little more scrutiny on this season than usual. While we’ll wait and see how it all unfolds, note there are some new actors playing the familiar characters in Season 5. Imelda Staunton is Elizabeth, Dominic West is Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki is Princess Diana, Jonathan Pryce is Prince Philip and Lesley Manville is Princess Margaret.
Whether you’ve got kids to distract or you’re just a kid-at-heart who loves Zootopia, be sure to tune into the premiere of this spinoff series. The collection of six shorts each tackles a different TV genre and takes place in the world of the 2016 film.
9. The Big Brunch
Dan Levy’s next project is pretty darned delicious if we do say so ourselves. After all, who doesn’t love brunch? This cooking competition series pits ten chefs against one another in a bid for bragging rights and a cool $300,000 cash prize. Along the way, Levy and his fellow judges get to taste it all, while partaking in a couple of cocktails for good measure.
The Big Brunch
10. The Calling
David E. Kelley presents his latest crime series this month, adapted from the novel The Missing File by Dror A. Mishani. The series follows an NYPD detective who relies on his spirituality to solve cases until one case starts getting the best of him. Jeff Wilbusch stars.
11. Falling For Christmas
Lindsay Lohan makes her big acting comeback in this holiday movie co-starring former Glee star Chord Overstreet. She’s an amnesiac heiress, he runs a ski lodge. If that doesn’t scream holiday romance, what does?
12. The English
This dark western from Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman) is set in 1890s America — specifically in a Wyoming town where a series of unsolved murders is terrorizing the locals. Emily Blunt, Chaske Spencer, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Stephen Rea and Tom Hughes star.
The English – Season One
Given James Corden’s recent Balthazar ban, it’s ironic he plays a Michelin-starred chef in this six-part dark comedy. Regardless, the action picks up as the chef’s world implodes — namely due to shocking discoveries he makes about his pregnant wife. Sally Hawkins, Melia Kreilling and Colin Morgan also star.
14. Mythic Quest (s3)
Everyone but F. Murry Abraham returns for the third installment of this videogame developer workplace comedy. The series picks up following the cliffhanger Season 2 conclusion, in which many employees quit in order to kick off a rival developer.
15. Tulsa King
Sylvester Stallone stars in this series from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, marking the actor’s first scripted TV starring role. He stars as a New York mafia captain who is released from prison, only to head to Tulsa where he fronts a new operation. The first two episodes kick off the premiere, with weekly installments to follow.
16. Yellowstone (s5)
The beloved series returns for a fifth installment, with plenty of politicking, backstabbing and ambitions to go around.
17. The Santa Clauses
Tim Allen is back as Scott Calvin, a.k.a. Santa Claus, for this TV series based on the trilogy of movies. When we return, Scott is adamant it’s time to retire so he can focus on his family, but first he needs to interview for and find the perfect replacement.
18. A Christmas Story Christmas
This sequel to the classic 1983 holiday film brings Peter Billingsley back as Ralphie — only now he’s an adult with kids of his own. When he brings his family back to his childhood home in hopes of giving them the kind of holidays he had growing up, a slew of other returning actors from the first film join in on the holiday fun.
A Christmas Story Christmas
19. Fleishman Is In Trouble
This eight-episode adaptation of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s book of the same name stars Jesse Eisenberg as a recently divorced doctor who is finally ready to start dating again, But then his ex-wife (Claire Danes) disappears, leaving him solo with their two young children. Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody also star.
Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey reprise their Enchanted roles for this movie sequel, in which Giselle and her family move to the suburbs to deal with mean girls and other un-fairy-tale like problems.
21. The People We Hate at the Wedding
Kristen Bell, Allison Janney and Ben Platt star in this comedy about three American siblings who reconnect at a wedding in Britain. Claire Scanlon (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, GLOW) directs the comedy, so be sure to save the
The People We Hate At The Wedding
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell team for this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A
Christmas Carol. And sure, we know it’s a story that’s been told ad nauseam in Hollywood, but something tells us this take, which also hits theatres on November 11, will be the refreshing iteration we need in our lives.
23. Welcome to Chippendales
The real-life story of how the famous strip joint came to be is downright wild, so it was only a matter of time before someone dramatized it. Kumail Nanjiani stars as founder Steve Banerjee, the insightful — and murderous — person who started Chippendales before someone threatened to take it all away. Murray Bartlett, Dan Stevens, Annaleigh Ashford, Robin De Jesús, Andrew Rannells and Juliette Lewis also star.
24. Echo 3
This ten episode, bilingual action-thriller is adapted from an Israeli series and focuses on the disappearance of an American scientist near the border of Colombia and Venezuela. Her brother and husband — both men with military experience — try to track her down, but their complicated pasts get in the way. Jessica Ann Collins, Luke Evans and Michiel Huisman star.
25. Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin
The Pitch Perfect spinoff you didn’t know you needed debuts this month, updating everyone on the antics of one Bumper Allen (Adam DeVine). The character heads to Germany, where one of his songs has unexpectedly become a hit, in an attempt to resuscitate his career. Flula Borg also returns, this time as Bumper’s manager, while Jameela Jamil, Sarah Hyland and Lera Abova join the cast.
This Addams Family spinoff stars Jenny Ortega in the leading role, with Tim Burton behind the camera directing four of the eight episodes. The series follows Wednesday at her school, Nevermore Academy, where she tackles homework and a murderer, not to mention her emerging psychic abilities. Gwendoline Christie stars as the school’s principal and former Wednesday Adams actor Christina Ricca appears as Marilyn Thornhill.
27. Criminal Minds: Evolution
Criminal Minds returns for a brand new season just two years after it ended its 15-year run on network television. This time around the story is serialized and much darker (in part thanks to its new streaming service home). The season revolves around a serial killer played by Zach Gilford, who pieces together a network of serial killers over the pandemic. Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Kirsten Vangsness all reprise their original roles.
28. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
James Gunn returns to write and direct this one-off special based on the Marvel films. The cast, including Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, are also back for a story that sees the Guardians heading to Earth to grab one very special Christmas present: the legendary Kevin Bacon, playing a heightened version of himself.
It’s been two decades, but Warwick Davis is clearly still up for playing his career-defining role of Willow. Here the actor reprises the gig for a TV series sequel to the Ron Howard directed, 1988 fantasy film of the same name. The action picks up with Willow and an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to face their inner demons, and, hopefully, to save the world.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases from October 2022
It’s no surprise that the best new streaming releases of October 2022 were seriously spooky. Horror fans were treated to remakes of cinematic horror classics such as Interview With the Vampire and Hellraiser, while spooky new series like The Midnight Club premiered on Netflix.
Of course, there was plenty of non-Halloween related streaming debut in October, with new TV series, documentaries and movies for fans of science-fiction, true-crime, reality and comedy.
So if you’re still looking for new content, keep scrolling for the top streaming releases of October. We’ve rounded up the best releases from Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock and more popular streaming services.
1. Interview With the Vampire
Anne Rice’s classic book series is becoming a TV show nearly 30 years after Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt starred in the 1994 big-screen adaptation. The eight-episode season kicks off in early October but has already been renewed for Season 2, so if you’re looking for a meaty new drama to sink your teeth into, this one is a good bet. Just don’t go looking for Cruise and Pitt, however. Here Sam Reid takes over the role of Lestat, and Jacob Anderson plays Louis
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2. A Friend of the Family
This dramatized film depicts the real-life story of the Broberg family, and if it doesn’t have you rethinking your inner circle, then we don’t know what will. The story revolves around a family whose daughter was kidnapped not once but twice by an obsessed “friend.” The cast includes Jake Lacy, Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks and Mckenna Grace.
3. Catherine Called Birdy
Lena Dunham steps behind the camera to direct this Toronto International Film Festival entry starring Bella Ramsay, better known as Lady Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones. Based on the book by Karen Cushman, the film follows a young girl whose financially destitute father (played by Andrew Scott, a.k.a. the “Hot Priest” from Fleabag) insists on marrying her off to a wealthy suitor. Of course, Birdy has other ideas and antics ensue. Billie Piper and Mr. Taylor Swift, a.k.a. Joe Alwyn, also star.
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4. Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes
If you’ve finished Ryan Murphy’s highly controversial, dramatized take on the famous serial killer and can’t stop yourself from going further down that rabbit hole, Netflix delivers this month with the Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes. Like others in the Conversations series, this one features actual recorded conversations with the killer. Have a watch, and judge for yourself just how well Evan Peters portrayed in him Murphy’s take last month.
Is it possible to make a good horror reboot? What about one after 10 sequels? The early critics who have caught director David Bruckner’s updated Pinhead flick seem to think so, especially after seeing Jamie Clayton’s take on the Hell Priestess. The action kicks off when a woman struggling with addiction picks up an ancient puzzle box, accidentally summoning the Cenobites and their world where pain and pleasure are the same thing.
6. The Midnight Club
You may instantly recognize this title if you read Christopher Pike when you were younger. The series (which was co-created by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong), is an adaptation of the 1994 book and revolves around five dying teens in hospice. They each try to scare one another with spooky stories, but then, the spooks become way too real.
7. The Mole
They say the third time is a charm. We suppose we’ll see if that’s true when the third iteration of this reality competition series moves from ABC to Netflix. MSNBC’s Alex Wagner takes over as host as a new group of contestants try to work together to win a large sum of money. The only problem? One member is a mole who is only there to sabotage everyone and win the cash for themselves. Unlike most other Netflix series, this one unrolls over the course of three weeks.
8. Avenue 5 (s2)
If you were a fan of Armando Iannucci’s satirical space comedy when it debuted in 2020, you’ll be pleased to know it’s taking off on a second season this month. When we return, Captain Ryan (Hugh Laurie) is on the fence about telling the passengers they’re stuck and running out of food. Meanwhile, customer relations exec Matt (Zach Woods) is trying his best to quell the rising panic, and billionaire Herman Judd (Josh Gad) continues to be the clueless billionaire he is.
9. The Watcher
Ryan Murphy is back with another mini-series this month. This time, he’s leaning away from serial killers and honing in on the weird-but-true story of a couple who were terrorized by an anonymous letter-writer in their suburban New Jersey neighborhood. The story must be mesmerizing; six studios competed to grab the rights to develop it. Here to tell it onscreen is a stellar cast that includes Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Coolidge, Mia Farrow and Margo Martindale.
10. Halloween Ends
Don’t feel like hitting the theatre to catch the final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy? Well good news — it’s also streaming on Peacock the same day. The movie is being touted as the very final chapter in the saga of Michael Myers (Nick Castle) and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), but if we’ve learned anything when it comes to horror, it’s that “final chapter” is kind of a loose term.
Charlie Hunnam is back on a bike for this Apple TV+ series, although it’s definitely a different model than the ride he had on Sons of Anarchy. Shantaram is based on the memoir by Gregory David Roberts, a former heroin addict and robber who escaped jail and fled to India. There, he became involved with a mob boss battling Russian criminals, so you know this TV series will be intense.
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12. The Vow Part Two
Ready to dive even deeper into the world of NXIVM, its founder Keith Raniere and those the leader counted among his closest inner circle? Of course you are. The first part, which aired in 2020, shared many shocking details about the cult and its rituals. When the series returns, we’ll get a closer look at the federal trial of The United States versus Raniere, and how it affected those at the top.
13. Inside Amy Schumer
It’s been six years since the last season of Inside Amy Schumer, but the Oscars co-host is finally ready to bring her brainchild back. “The last season was 2016. And that’s not a coincidence,” she recently told Jimmy Kimmel. “I was incredibly depressed since then. I just really didn’t feel like I had anything to say, and I was really too bummed about the election — I don’t know if you guys read about it? It was just all of it. But I felt ready to do it again, and we had the best time.”
14. The Peripheral
William Gibson’s sci-fi mystery novel (which is part of a trilogy) is getting the TV treatment when it debuts on Prime Video this month. Westworld creatives Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan helm the story of Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz), a woman with a struggling career and a sick mother in rural America. When she is offered an opportunity to escape with an experimental virtual reality device, she jumps at the chance, but the lines between reality and fiction quickly blur. New episodes drop weekly.
15. Raymond & Ray
If you’ve ever confused Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke then it might amuse you to learn they play half-brothers in this new Apple TV+ comedy. The movie, by writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, follows the brothers from their father’s funeral to the pair digging his grave together. (Did we mention it’s a dark comedy?)
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16. Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
If you’ve ever been curious about what an episodic horror series from mastermind Guillermo Del Toro looks like, you’ll get some answers this month. These eight episodes are a mixed bag of inspirations and stories: Del Toro developed two, some are adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s works, and others are original takes. It’s worth noting Del Toro doesn’t direct any of these episodes, but there’s a whack of stars attached, including Andrew Lincoln, Peter Weller, Rupert Grint and Crispin Glover. You can’t stream them all immediately, either: Two new episodes unroll each day through the show’s premiere week.
17. The Good Nurse
Another TIFF selection, this film got plenty of buzz when it debuted at the festival in September. The biographical crime drama is the story of a caregiver who was implicated in the deaths of more than 300 hospital patients over his 16-year career, making him one of the biggest serial killers in history. Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain and Noah Emmerich star.
18. Tales of The Jedi
This series of animated shorts from the Star Wars universe hails from creator Dave Filoni. The first six-episode season (which reportedly clocks in at about an hour-and-a-half total) hones in on the origins of Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, as well as the story of Count Dooku — the Jedi who eventually falls to the Dark Side.
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19. The White Lotus: Blossom Circle
Jennifer Coolidge had so much fun in the first quirky season of this Emmy-winning series that she figured she’d return for another run. The White Lotus: Blossom Circle moves from Hawaii to Italy, where a new group of vacationers (and Coolidge’s Tanya character) mingle with the locals. While the show has been keeping many of the details close to the vest, we do know there will be characters played by Theo James (Divergent), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Meghann Fahy (The Bold Type).
20. All Quiet on the Western Front
Many are familiar with the classic 1930 war movie, but this reimagining (also based on the 1929 tome by German novelist Erich Maria Remarque) turns the table. That’s because it’s the first German feature film adaptation of the story, telling the tale from the other side of the line. Daniel Brühl and Felix Kammerer star.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases from September 2022
After a busy summer, we’re finally getting back to routines and schedules. The days are busier, the nights are longer and tons of new TV shows and movies are premiering to help us chill out. It’s one of the many reasons we love September, especially with so many new streaming services offering premium content at a reasonable price. This month’s new streaming releases include highly anticipated new Star Wars series on Disney+ as well as Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe biopic.
Whether you’re a cord-cutter or someone looking to take advantage of streaming services with free trials this September, there are plenty of exciting projects to watch. The anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel series finally makes its debut after years of development. But that’s not all to look forward to.
This month we’re streaming unique TV shows like Wedding Season and Reboot, not to mention sporty docs and the return of a few favorites. Regarding movies to watch in September, we’re curious about the new live-action version of Pinocchio and excited to check out the Toronto International Film Festival offering The Greatest Beer Run Ever when it hits Apple TV+.
Of course, the end of September also ushers in a wave of Halloween-themed programming. This year that includes another project we’ve wanted for years: the Hocus Pocus sequel featuring all three original Sanderson Sisters.
Looking for ideas on what to stream and watch this September? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading to see the best new streaming releases of September 2022, and keep scrolling to see what we were binge-watching in August and July.
AMC’s first animated series drops this weekend to make us all think twice about the concept of artificial intelligence. The show revolves around a young woman who receives messages from an unknown number claiming to be her dead dad. But when she pursues the truth, a more sinister story emerges. Paul Dano, William Hurt, Taylor Schilling, Lara Pulver and Maude Apatow voice the series.
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2. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
It’s been a long time coming, but the prequel series that delves into the story of how those coveted rings were forged, distributed and ultimately destroyed hits Prime Video this month. Sure, there’s no Gandalf or Gollum to invest in when we return to Middle Earth, but at least we’ll see a few familiar elven faces as the episodes unroll.
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3. Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul
You don’t need to be a believer to enjoy this official Sundance selection when it debuts on Peacock this month, but there are also plenty of inside jokes for anyone who has ever wondered about those who guide their faith. Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall star as the couple who once served as heads of a thriving congregation until scandal fell. Now, their every move is captured by a documentary team as they try to rebuild from the ground up.
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One of tennis’ biggest legends (and most notorious hot heads) is the subject at the center of Showtime Documentary Film’s latest project. The film touts itself as the story of a legend as told by the legend himself, but it also includes interviews with the likes of Patty Smyth, Keith Richards, Billie Jean King and Bjorn Borg.
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5. The Murders Before the Marathon
Could the Boston Marathon bombing have been prevented? That’s the question Boston journalist Susan Zalkind seeks to answer in this new Hulu doc. Zalkind, whose friend died that day, explores bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s connections to a 2011 triple homicide in which no one was ever officially charged, posing the question: What if he had been apprehended back then?
6. Last Light
What did it take to bring Matthew Fox out of retirement following Lost? That would be this limited series about a global oil catastrophe. Fox plays petro-chemist Andy Yeats, a man who realizes the world’s oil supply is in jeopardy right before he’s separated from his family. Joanne Froggat and Alyth Ross also star.
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It’s the story of your childhood, only this time it’s told through the
creepiness magic of CGI. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voices the popular puppet-turned boy, Tom Hanks plays his affable old man Geppetto, and an all-star cast including Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key and Lorraine Bracco round out the rest of the cast.
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8. Wedding Season
Think of every wedding rom-com you’ve ever seen and then forget about them all. This anti-trope comedy thriller TV series revolves around two people who fall for each other and begin an affair, even though she already has a fiancé. But the real fun doesn’t start until she goes ahead with the wedding, and everyone but her winds up dead.
9. Cobra Kai (s5)
It’s a new chapter for the famed dojo when the fifth season of this Karate Kid continuation drops this month. With the unexpected outcome at last season’s All Valley Tournament, the characters are at a significant crossroads when we return. However, given Johnny Lawrence’s (William Zabka) newfound career as an Uber driver, the creative decision seems to be paying off in a big way.
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Whether you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for yourself or a female in your life, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are hoping to deliver with their new TV series. The Apple TV+ show follows the women as they travel the globe to speak with “gutsy” women everywhere — famous and not — to get their hot takes on how anyone can make a difference.
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11. American Gigolo
If you were a fan of the iconic 1980 film, you’ll want to check out this month’s debut of the eight-episode reimagining starring Jon Bernthal. The project follows a male escort wrongfully convicted of murder who spends 15 years in jail before exoneration. As he then reconciles the man he was with the man he’s become, he’ll also discover the horrifying truth behind who sent him to prison. Gretchen Mol and Rosie O’Donnell also star.
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12. The 74th Annual Emmy Awards
Excited to see whether your favorite TV shows will win big at this year’s annual awards show? Looking for ideas on what to watch and stream next? You’ll get all that and more as the Emmys go down this month, with host Keenan Thompson taking the stage to helm the star-studded festivities.
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13. The Handmaid’s Tale (s5)
The Emmy-winning show that put Hulu on the map is finally back for a fifth season, and from the early looks of things, it’s going to get grim. Elisabeth Moss returns as June/Offred for her darkest round yet, as she goes head-to-head with her former tormentor, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).
14. Atlanta (S4)
It’s only been a few months since the third season of Donald Glover’s brainchild series wrapped, but the fourth and final season is already here. If the last season was polarizing for fans, this season can best be described as a nostalgic goodbye. That’s because the action shifts from Europe back to Atlanta for what director Hiro Murai told The Hollywood Reporter is a proper goodbye to the city and the show.
15. Goodnight Mommy
Director Matt Sobel tackles this 2014 Australian horror film remake, in which twin boys arrive at their mother’s house only to discover her entire face is bandaged. But as they spend more time with her and creepy things begin happening, they realize something isn’t right — maybe the woman behind the face wrap isn’t their mom. Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti and Peter Hermann star.
16. Los Espookys
It’s been four years since HBO graced us with this original fantasy horror comedy from the minds of Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres. But now it’s back for a second season, and so far, critics are saying it’s been worth the wait. The show follows a group of horror-loving friends who start a business that offers otherworldly experiences to clients. If you have yet to watch the first season, stream it on HBO Max before the new season kicks off.
17. Best in Dough
Given how delicious this new series sounds, we bet you’ll be ordering multiple times from your favorite pizza place while binging it. Wells Adams (aka the bartender from Bachelor in Paradise) hosts the competition series. In each episode, specific groups (nonnas, college students, etc.) face off for a cash prize and the ultimate bragging rights. It’s pizza, on pizza, on pizza, and we’re hungry just thinking about it.
18. Dancing With the Stars (S31)
There are plenty of changes in store when the 31st season of this celebrity dancing competition kicks off, including the big one: It now streams on Disney Plus rather than airing on ABC. While further surprises are being kept under wraps for now, we’re also getting a new co-host to mark the occasion. Yup, Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) joins Tyra Banks for all the smizing and Carlton-dancing you can possibly handle.
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We’re suckers for meta Hollywood projects, and this comedy is as meta as it gets. Reboot revolves around a dysfunctional cast that’s forced back together to reboot (okay, technically revive) their comedy years after it originally aired. Of course, none of them have grown since their time in the limelight — they’ve backtracked, and now they need to learn to get along. Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser and Rachel Bloom star.
Okay, so we know we included this Rogue One, Star Wars prequel series in our what to watch in August roundup, but hey — premiere dates change. In case you missed our original write-up, this series revolves around the insurrectionist character who fought against the Galactic Republic in the Outer Rim Territories. Diego Luna reprises his 2016 role, and according to the actor, the show features many new characters and places we never even knew existed within the galaxy. Genevieve O’Reilly, Fiona Shaw and Alex Ferns also star.
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21. Meet Cute
Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson team for this rom-com with a sci-fi twist. The story is all about love at first sight, except it isn’t first sight at all. That’s because Sheila (Cuoco) has access to a time machine, and she uses it to go back and fall in love with Gary (Davidson) over and over again… each time she does, she tries to craft him into the perfect man.
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Nothing is what it seems. Or so promises narrator Benedict Cumberbatch in the trailer for this new nature-exploring series from executive producer James Cameron. With the help of scientific innovations and new tech, this series showcases things that happen in nature outside of the naked human eye.
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23. The Kardashians
Do we know more about the Kardashians than we’d care to admit? We sure do. Still, there’s something addictive about watching this family, so we’re glad they’re already back with the second season of their “new” Hulu show. This season we get to see the fallout of Kim’s famous Variety interview, Khloe’s separation, Kourtney’s marriage and Kris’ surgery — among other storylines.
24. Thai Cave Rescue
Following last month’s release of the Ron Howard-directed film Thirteen Lives comes this six-part dramatized take of the 2018 Thai cave rescue. The real-life events, in which 12 boys and their soccer coach were miraculously saved from flooded caves, captured the attention of a nation. The projects, however, couldn’t be more different. While Howard’s film follows the divers at the center of the rescue, this Thai series goes deeper into the other characters involved.
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25. On the Come Up
Sanaa Lathan makes her feature film directorial debut with this month’s release of On the Come Up, which is based on the book of the same name by Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give.) It’s about a 16-year-old aspiring rapper named Bri who goes viral for all the wrong reasons and must ultimately decide who she wants to be.
26. Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles
Whether you want to evoke childhood nostalgia, continue a current obsession or get the younger generation into the world of Pokémon, the franchise delivers yet again with this latest installment. The race to save Sinnoh is on as Ash, Goh, Dawn and Brock take on Team Galactic.
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27. The Munsters
The wait is over, Rob Zombie fans. After plenty of speculation, the performer/director’s take on the classic 1960s series finally debuts this month. This iteration focuses on the early romance between Herman (Jeff Daniel Philips) and Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), despite disappointment from Grandpa/The Count (Dan Roebuck).
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Ready to be offended by Marilyn Monroe? Director and writer Andrew Dominik hopes you are when he debuts this take on the famed performer. In what fans already consider a haunting take, Ana de Armas stars as the woman in question. The creatives behind this flick (including Brad Pitt) waited 10 years to find the perfect lead, so we’re expecting a stellar performance.
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29. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (s2)
Emilio Estevez is out and Josh Duhamel is in when the second season of this hockey-obsessed series returns. It’s summer for the famed quack-attack team, which means the players are now attending a prestigious hockey school. That’s where they’ll meet former NHL player Colin Cole (Duhamel), a charming but hardcore coach.
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30. The Greatest Beer Run Ever
If you thought you knew Zac Efron, he’s about to change your mind in director Peter Farrelly’s TIFF-selected flick. Based on a real-life story, the movie follows a young man named Chickie (Efron) who decides to travel to the frontlines in Vietnam. Why? To bring the soldiers their favorite American beer and to show them their country remains supportive.
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31. Hocus Pocus 2
The sequel to one of the most beloved Halloween movies ever made is finally here, continuing the story of the Sanderson Sisters. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy all reprise their roles for the anticipated film. In it, the trio returns to wreak havoc on Salem, and it’s up to three high school kids to stop them.
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Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases We Watched in August 2022
As we entered the back half of 2022, we saw some of the best streaming releases to date. If you’re wondering what we watcedh in August or are looking for streaming releases you missed, we’ve got you covered.
Last month we cued up some of the best streaming services for anticipated prequel projects like House of the Dragon, Andor and Prey. We checked out the Beavis and Butt-Head revival, braced ourselves for Ron Howard’s early Oscars contender Thirteen Lives and finally watched the Netflix iteration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Somewhere in there was the debut of She-Hulk, the second season of breakout comedy Reservation Dogs and Jamie Foxx’s Day Shift, among others.
1. Arsenal: All or Nothing
The first three episodes of this sports docu-series are out now on Prime Video. If you’re a fan of European football or love a good underdog story (and what sports fan doesn’t?), then you’ll want to put this at the top of your watch list. Arsenal: All or Nothing follows the legendary English football club as it fights for a spot in the elite Champions League. Go onto the field and into the locker room to see how the players and coach cope with the pressure.
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2. Industry (Season 2)
You don’t need to be an investment banker to follow the high-stakes drama presented in this series. In it, the young and hungry Pierpoint & Co employees return to trade for another day, with lots of sex, drugs and backstabbing in between. The action picks up with Harper (Myha’la Herrold) returning to her desk post-COVID and atoning for her actions at the end of Season 1. As she chases a fancy new client (played by Jay Duplass), things at her desk are also in jeopardy with the arrival of a young hot shot, played by Alex Alomar Akpobome.
3. Reservation Dogs (Season 2)
This comedy about four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma was a sleeper hit when it debuted last August. When it returns for a second season this month, it’s with a two-episode debut, followed by two episodes weekly. Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor all return to their Season 1 roles. The action picks up where we left off, with the criminal gang disbanded and on the outs.
4. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
You may not have needed more Beavis and Butt-Head in your life but let’s be honest: They were a formative part of your youth, right? Even if they weren’t, the animated duo return with a brand new and updated series, in which they endlessly mock TikTok videos and go on wild adventures, including one with an actual, talking dumpster fire.
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Whether you loved the Predator films or you’re just a completist who needs to see it all, the prequel film comes to the streaming world this month to unravel even more history and backstory to the classic creatures. An origin story, it takes place in the early 18th century in Comanche Nation, with Amber Midthunder playing a female warrior who fights to protect her tribe against one of the first Predators to land on Earth. Dane DiLiegro, Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat and Dakota Beavers also star.
6. The Sandman
Neil Gaiman’s popular work is finally getting the dramatized treatment after years in development for a feature film. This week the creator unrolls a TV show depicting the story of Morpheus (played by Tom Sturridge) as he attempts to restore his rule. This one is set in the present day and also features Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, with the likes of Vivienne Acheampong, Patton Oswalt, Mark Hamill and Joely Richardson also stopping by to get in on the action.
Kevin Bacon heads up the cast on this horror, which puts a whole new spin on the real-life terror that is conversion camps. The Blumhouse flick tells the story of Whistler Camp, where a fresh group of campers are promised “a new sense of freedom” by leader Owen Whistler (Bacon). But when the psychological tactics prove to be too much and a murderer shows up, it’s clear the real horror is just beginning.
8. Thirteen Lives
Ron Howard’s latest big-screen project is already receiving all kinds of Oscars buzz, and this month you can finally see why for yourself. The dramatized retelling of the real-life rescue of a soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018 is based on the headlines. However, it quickly goes even deeper, peeling back the layers of this historic rescue one tension-filled twist at a time. The all-star cast includes Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton and Viggo Mortensen.
9. Day Shift
Jamie Foxx is trading in his comedic chops for drama in this action-filled romp, in which a blue-collar dad works hard to provide a good life for his daughter. However, it turns out this pops is only in the pool cleaning business as a front: His real gig is hunting and killing deadly vampires. Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Karla Souza and Meagan Good also star.
10. Five Days at Memorial
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, it left plenty of destruction in its wake. This dramatized retelling of real-life events hones in on one particular place that was devastated by the damage: Memorial Medical Center. The hospital was severely damaged at the time, trapping workers and patients without resources for five days. But if you thought that was the worst of it, learning what happened within those walls during that time may have you thinking differently.
11. A League of Their Own
There’s still no crying in baseball when this anticipated TV series follow-up to Penny Marshall’s beloved 1992 film debuts this month. The Prime Video series is said to take a deeper dive into the All American Women’s Baseball League while exploring themes of racism, gender and misogyny. Naturally, there’s also going to be a lot of baseball. Co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson received Marshall’s blessing for this take before the director’s death in 2018, and original star Rosie O’Donnell appears as a local bar owner named Vi. Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden and Nick Offerman also star.
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12. Tales of the Walking Dead
If you’re still into this long-standing franchise but are more interested in the origin stories behind the fall of civilization as we know it, the latest Walking Dead take is here to entertain you this month. This episodic anthology spinoff features six different stories that take place as the Walkers begin their rise, with characters new and old entering the mix. Terry Crews, Anthony Edwards, Parker Posey and Poppy Liu star.
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13. Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers
If you were into the dramatized version of the rise of the L.A. Lakers, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, when it bowed earlier this year on HBO, this doc may be for you. The 10-part miniseries hails from director Antoine Fuqua, as it tracks the basketball team’s rise to glory in the 1980s. Only in this take, there’s no John C. Reilly in a questionable hair piece.
14. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
The MCU’s next anticipated TV series is here, this time with Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, the cousin to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who inherits some of his green powers after receiving a blood transfusion from him. In this series, she’s coupling her new powers with her skills as an attorney to bring down the bad guys. Charlie Cox returns as Daredevil and Tim Roth is back as Abomination.
15. House of the Dragon
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, this series takes the “historical” book and goes deeper to showcase what really happened nearly 300 years before Daenerys Targaryen hatched her way into the hearts of Game of Thrones lovers. Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best star.
If you count yourself a Ramy fan then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar for the debut of comedian Mo Amer’s series this month. The actor, who appeared in Ramy and co-created this project with Ramy Youssef, stars as a Palestinian refugee now living in Houston. There, he attempts to co-exist with his mom and two siblings.
17. The End Is Nye
Bill Nye (the science guy) is just as concerned about the state of the planet as you are. That’s why he’s unrolling this new six-part series dedicated to covering all of the potential natural disasters that could possibly wipe us out. Think viruses, volcanos, asteroids and chemical warfare, among other catastrophic topics to explore.
Sylvester Stallone may be 76, but Sly is still in top form as an aging superhero in Prime Video’s latest action thriller. Here he plays the mythical character Samaritan, who was thought to have disappeared more than two decades ago after an epic battle. But when a boy discovers the legend is still around and kicking, Samaritan’s cover is blown. Martin Starr, Javon Walton, Dascha Polanco and Pilou Asbæk also star.
19. The Patient
There have been plenty of TV series about therapy over the years, but none have ever quite been like this. From the creators of The Americans comes this intense drama starring Steve Carell as a psychotherapist who recently lost his wife and is trying to get a grip on his own issues. But those issues only intensify when a serial killer (played by Domhnall Gleeson) kidnaps him and holds him captive in a bid to curb his own homicidal urges. If you’re getting Misery vibes, you’re not alone.
The Cassian Andor Star Wars series you didn’t know you needed is here to fill the void while you wait for next year’s return of The Mandalorian. As the title implies, this series revolves around the insurrectionist character who fought against the Galactic Republic in the Outer Rim Territories. It’s a prequel series to Rogue One and features Diego Luna reprising his 2016 role. According to the actor, it features many new characters and places that we never even knew existed within the galaxy. Genevieve O’Reilly, Fiona Shaw and Alex Ferns also star.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases We Watched in July 2022
Summer arrived, and despite getting food with friends and living our best outdoors lives, we still made time to hang out with our favorite fictional friends inside. There were plenty of buzzy shows and movies to watch and stream in July, which keep us plenty busy during the heat waves.
There were the final two Season 4 episodes of Stranger Things, of course, as well as Ray Liotta’s final TV project, Black Bird. But there was also the anticipated Derek Jeter doc, new seasons of spicy reality shows, a $200 million film starring Ryan Gosling and an animated movie from the Moana director. Truly something for everyone on all of our favorite streaming services.
Read on to see what we watched in July.
1. Stranger Things (S4 P2)
The final two episodes (or mini movies, given the 85- and 139-minute runtimes) are finally here. After a month-long hiatus the fourth season of this beloved period drama wraps in full, bringing us even closer to the final season. For now, star Joseph Quinn promises the Season 4 finale will be “carnage,” so if you’re holding out hope for all of your favorite characters to make it out alive, now is a fine time to start adjusting those expectations.
2. The Terminal List
Think you can handle eight episodes of action star Chris Pratt? Then be sure to catch him in this adaptation of Jack Carr’s best-selling novel of the same name when it drops in full July 1. The series revolves around a SEAL agent who survives an ambush only to return home and realize dark forces are still conspiring against him. Antoine Fuqua directs and Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough and Jai Courtney also star.
The Terminal List
Dominic Monaghan, Joe Manganiello and Emma McDonald are the trio aboard this flight when it shuttles off to begin its six-episode first season, setting the stage for a futuristic utopia on a lunar colony. But when a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler is accused of a crime and marooned on the site, it opens her eyes to the true and more sinister happenings around her.
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4. Black Bird
There are several reasons to tune into this based-on-real-life miniseries, such as the compelling story and the short format. However, it’s worth noting this is also Ray Liotta’s final TV role before his death in May 2022. The show tells the story of a high school football hero and the son of a decorated policeman who was sentenced to 10 years for his involvement with drugs. However shortly after he was locked up, he was given the dangerous but rare opportunity to go undercover and expose a serial killer in exchange for his freedom.
5. The Sea Beast
Chris Williams, no stranger to animated family films thanks to his previous work on Moana and Big Hero 6, directs this anticipated film that already has parents everywhere giddy. It revolves around a sea monster hunter and the young stowaway who unexpectedly joins him, and features a notable voice cast that includes Karl Urban, Jared Harris, Zaris-Angel Hator and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
6. How to Build a Sex Room
Hey, you don’t know what you don’t know. All these couples know is they need to add more spice to their lives, so they ask luxury interior designer Melanie Rose to enter their personal space and create a stylish but functional sex room. In each episode, she’s joined by general contractor Mike, whose responsibilities may or may not include ensuring certain pieces of furniture are tightly enough installed.
7. Sky Med
This Canadian acquisition drops in full this month, charting out the story of an air ambulance service in remote Northern Canada, where high-stakes medical rescues, heartbreaks and personal trials and tribulations are a part of the everyday grind. Natasha Calis, Morgan Holmstrom, Praneet Akilla, Aason Nadjiwan and Mercedes Morris star.
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8. Better Call Saul (S6 P2)
It’s… here. One of the most critically acclaimed and nominated shows currently on-air is wrapping a monumental run with the back half of its sixth and final season. There are just six episodes to go and anticipated cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Carol Burnett to look forward to, so don’t miss any of the weekly action if you don’t want to be spoiled.
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9. The Bob’s Burger Movie
The first feature film revolving around the Sunday night staple hits two streaming services at once this month after a short theatrical run. In the big-screen story, a sinkhole opens right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance and ruining the family’s big plans for the best summer ever.
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10. How to Change Your Mind
Michael Pollan’s non-fiction book examining psychedelics and drug-assisted therapies has become a handbook of sorts for those advocating for advances in the community itself. Now he’s examining the history and future behind these mind-altering substances (LSD, MDMA, mescaline, and psilocybin) with an eye-opening, four-part series.
11. What We Do in the Shadows (S4)
If you have yet to sink your teeth into this brilliant comedy and its quirky vampire ways, know that it’s so beloved it has already been renewed for two additional seasons. For those who are in the know, the fourth season picks up on a cliffhanger and features the vampires returning to Staten Island, where their mansion is on the verge of collapse. In other words, vamps doing home renos may be your next favorite show premise.
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12. Resident Evil
If you’ve already burned through the seven live-action movies and the animated series based on this popular video game, perhaps it’s time to give the franchise’s first-ever live-action series a shot. In this dual timeline, we follow the characters in the present day as well as 14 years after a virus caused an apocalypse. Ella Balinska and Lance Reddick star.
13. Don’t Make Me Go
John Cho plays a father in this tear-inducing film about a man who learns he has a terminal illness, so he uses the time he has left to bond with his teen daughter (Mia Isaac) during a cross-country road trip that’s also meant to help her reconnect with her mother.
Don’t Make Me Go
14. The Rehearsal
Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You, How to With John Wilson) is back and ready to bring us more episodic TV that may very well sit with you long-term. In this six-episode offering, he uses a construction crew, actors and unlimited resources to allow ordinary people to rehearse for life’s biggest moments via simulations. It’s all in the name of reducing risk and uncertainty, but at what cost?
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15. The Captain
Learn everything you ever needed to know about former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and then some when this new seven-part docuseries drops. The project includes unseen footage and in-depth interviews with the five-time World Series champ. Along the way expect chats with those who know him best, as well as plenty of inside baseball peeps (pun intended).
16. The Gray Man
Everyone may be busy talking about Ryan Gosling’s upcoming turn as Ken in the 2023 Barbie movie, but for now, fans can catch him in this spy thriller that’s co-written and directed by the Russo brothers. Adapted from Mark Greaney’s book of the same name, the story revolves around a CIA agent who becomes a wanted target following signs of a conspiracy. Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Wagner Moura, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Regé-Jean Page also star in the $200 million production.
17. Love Island
In need of some steamy content to match your steamy summer? The Islanders have got you. This American iteration of the popular U.K. series returns for its fourth season this month with a new home: Peacock. Pretty much everything else about the show remains the same but when these new men and women come aboard for their chance at love and money, expect raunchier content to make it to air given the new streaming service home.
18. The Last Movie Stars
If old Hollywood is your thing, you and Ethan Hawke may have more in common than you realized. The actor steps behind the camera to direct this six-part docuseries, which goes in-depth on the relationship between legendary Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
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19. Rap Sh!t
Issa Rae (Insecure) brings her comedic stylings to this latest series, although for now, she’s hanging out behind the scenes. This series revolves around two former high school friends (played by Aida Osman and KaMillion) who reunite to form a hip-hop group. A two-episode drop kicks it all off, with weekly installments to follow.
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20. Anything’s Possible
Billy Porter makes his directorial debut with this trans-coming-of-age story that adds some much-needed representation to the space. Writer Ximena García Lecuona unfolds a high school story revolving around a trans girl named Kelsa (Eva Reign) as she navigates her senior year. But when her classmate Khal (Abubakr Ali) forms a crush, he musters up the courage to ask her out even though he knows it can cause all kinds of drama.
21. The Resort
If you’re looking for something with serious White Lotus vibes, this dramedy revolves around an unhappily married couple on an anniversary trip to the Yucatan. There, they become embroiled in a mystery from 15 years earlier. William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti, Nick Offerman and Skyler Gisondo star.
22. Harley Quinn (S3)
The popular DC Comics character returns for a third season of animated mayhem. Kaley Cuoco returns to voice Harley Quinn and is joined by the likes of Lake Bell, Ron Funches, Alan Tudyk, Tony Hale, Jason Alexander and Christopher Meloni.
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23. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
The spinoff no one knew they needed is here after a lengthy development process, introducing us to a new group of Little Liars (played by Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles and Maia Reficco). Thanks to some secret deeds committed by their parents two decades ago, these teens are now being punished by an unknown and potentially deadly force. The series hails from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) and in our experience, that means we should expect anything and everything to happen in the upcoming storylines.
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Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV for this comedy about starting over from Darren Star, aka the creator of Sex and the City and Emily in Paris. In it, Harris plays a 40-something New Yorker whose idealistic life screeches to a halt when his husband of 17 years suddenly leaves him.
25. Paper Girls
This 1988-set adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comics revolves around four newspaper delivery girls (played by Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky and Fina Strazza). All is well until one fall morning when the quartet heads out on their routes, only to come into contact with time travelers who throw them into the future. Now, they must figure out where they are and how to get back, hopefully saving the world in the process.
This eight-part psychological drama delivers all the twisty turns you’d want from a big-budget show. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Sophie, a woman who is dealing with memory loss and head trauma reportedly caused by a suicide attempt she can’t remember. However, as she begins to put her life back together more questions arise than answers, leading her down a dark rabbit hole. Stephan James, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ari Graynor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Millie Brady also star.
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