9 new movies and shows to watch this weekend on HBO Max, Netflix and more
Want to know what to watch this weekend? There are plenty of new movies and shows on Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock, and more from the best streaming services. Maybe you don’t have snow where you live, but a winter weekend is the perfect time to get cozy and binge.
This weekend’s lineup is headlined by Peacemaker, a spin-off from The Suicide Squad that stars John Cena reprising his role as the ultra-violent goon. Other series premiering this week are romantic comedy/horror Wolf Like Me, horror/thriller Archive 81 and teen superhero mystery Naomi.
Returning shows include the third and final season of After Life and the long-awaited second installment of the controversial Cheer. Plus, armchair Oscar pundits will want to catch Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Plus, a few endings on record, including the series finale of The Expanse (…although it might not be the absolute ending), the Station eleven final and the Yellowjackets final. Oh, and a note: HBO Max is 20% off for new and old subscribers up to 10 months!
One more thing: if you haven’t seen it in theaters, you can finally watch Eternals online now that the MCU movie is out on Disney Plus.
Here’s our guide to what to watch this weekend. In other TV news, Outlander Season 6 trailer is here and you’ll be ready to play now. We also have a guide on how to watch Euphoria Season 2 Episode 2 and tips on how to watch the Yellowjackets finale (and the entire series) for free.
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Peacemaker (HBO Max)
A spinoff of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker has the same irreverent and sarcastic tone while spotlighting John Cena’s standout character. The rude, dumb, muscular mercenary still has no more than three brain cells in his head, but bro, is he good at doing violence. If you remember, all he got out of the movie was to bring peace to the world, no matter how many people he has to kill.
The show begins with Peacemaker leaving prison to work for the government. To carry out his special mission, he teams up again with tech genius John Economos (Steve Agee) and NSA agent Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland). They are joined by a new boss, Clemson Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji), and new recruit Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks). And while Peacemaker is still as callous and rude as ever, we also get a glimpse of how he got there, meeting his gruff father (played by Robert Patrick).
Find out why we’re so excited for Peacemaker and why it truly is DC’s first must-watch show.
Stream now on HBO Max
And since we’ve already passed the first one, check out our guide on how to watch peacemaker episode 4 to see just how weird things get for the DCEU show.
The Macbeth Tragedy (Apple TV Plus)
As a former English student, I have read Macbeth at least half a dozen times and have written several thesis-length articles on the Shakespearean play. I’ve seen plenty of adaptations too, with luminaries from Orson Welles to Patrick Stewart to Michael Fassbender in the title role. It seemed impossible to put a new spin on the story, but director Joel Coen does just that with his stripped-down noir version.
Coen is aided by terrific performances from Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the power-hungry and utterly ruthless main characters. Any director lucky enough to have these two actors in a movie can pretty much just sit back and let the fireworks happen. It’s been in theaters for a short time, and my editor (who’s seen it before) raves that it’s amazing.
Stream now on Apple TV Plus
Wolf like me (peacock)
Take a rom-com and add touches of the supernatural and horror and you have Wolf Like Me. The ever-likable Josh Gad and Isla Fisher star as a couple in a baggage-laden new relationship. Gary is a widower and an emotional wreck trying desperately not to mess up while raising his daughter. Mary is a grieving advice columnist and keeping a huge secret.
You can probably guess what it’s about from the title, and the show reveals it very early in the six-episode season. Wolf Like Me explores a mystery – the mystery of love, how it happens and why it brings some people together.
Stream now on peacock
After Life season 3 (Netflix)
The one thing that Ricky Gervais perhaps understands better than anyone is that it’s best to leave the audience wanting more. Looking back, it was smart to hand out small but amazing portions of The Office (UK) and Extras. It follows a similar pattern by concluding its grief comedy After Life after three seasons.
The final set of episodes will see Tony tentatively exploring romance with nurse Emma (Ashley Jensen) and working on a complicated stew of feelings after his father’s death. The real question, as it has been from the very first episode, is whether Tony can overcome his grief and find happiness again.
Stream now on netflix
Oh, and speaking of the big red streaming machine: Netflix just canceled two TV shows.
Archive 81 (Netflix)
Mixing genres is all the rage, it seems. Archive 81 is a series of found horror images with true crime elements, from fearsome masterpieces like Hereditary, cult-driven thrillers like Rosemary’s Baby and haunted house classics like The Shining.
Archivist Ben (Mamoudou Athie) is hired to restore a collection of videotapes recorded in 1994 by a filmmaker named Melody (Dina Shihabi). Melody has fallen down a rabbit hole investigating the strange happenings taking place in the Visser Building. She finds herself facing growing danger – just like Ben as he reviews the footage years later.
Stream now on netflix
Speaking of Netflix, we finally have The Cuphead Show trailer and release date!
Naomi (The CW)
The CW’s Arrowverse has evolved in recent years by focusing on different types of DC Comics characters than the white male heroes who headlined Arrow and The Flash. Batwoman first came as a lesbian. Now we are introduced to Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall), a black teenager and Superman-stan.
After a mysterious event in her small military hometown, Naomi and her friends embark on an investigation to find out who or what is behind the event. As they investigate, she begins to experience strange symptoms – which are just the start of an exciting journey that will change her life as she knows it.
Stream now via TheCW.com
Someone Somewhere (HBO)
If you miss Fleabag, this comedy starring Bridget Everett might just be your bag. The comedian plays Sam, a middle-aged woman who has no answer when her sister asks her, “What the fuck are you doing with your life?”
Sam lives in her Kansas hometown after returning to care for their deceased sister. She has a tedious job that she hates and spends her weekends drinking wine alone in her underwear. The only good thing she has is a friendship with her old classmate Joel (Jeff Hiller), who introduces her to an underground cabaret he hosts for the local queer community. And even though Sam doesn’t have much, she can sing very well.
Airing Sunday (January 16) on HBO Max
Well done season 2 (Netflix)
When Cheer debuted in January 2020, it felt like a beacon of positivity, determination, and spirit. Oh, how quickly things fall apart. Very little time passed before the show began to come under fire for glorifying the sacrifice of a youngster’s health for the “good of the team”. And then it really came unraveled when one of the team’s coaches, Jerry Harris, was arrested on several federal sexual misconduct charges, including soliciting child pornography.
Now, two years later, Cheer is back – and he’s not shy about confronting Harris’ case or the toxicity present in the sport. But the show also spotlights a new wave of contestants with dreams of winning big, and it’s hard not to cheer on these fresh-faced, high-flying youngsters.
Stream now on netflix
Sex Appeal (Hulu)
This main character of this teen comedy seems to need a session of sex education. Avery Hansen-White (Mika Abdalla) takes pride in excelling in everything she does. So when her long-distance boyfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level (read: have sex), she decides to become a sex mistress.
She hires her best friend Larson (Jake Short) to be her test subject, which predictably leads to awkward hijinks and unexpected feelings. Avery soon realizes that there is more to sex than the physical act.
Stream now on Hulu
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