Art by Catherine Ferguson
After spending so many days at home over the past year, you may feel there is nothing left to binge; however, here is what you have to look forward to or catch up on this year in the world of film and television.
Whether you’re a movie lover, TV binger or just need a movie-cation, this list is for you.
For the one who is in love with Timothee Chalamet, Tom Holland and/or Ryan Reynolds:
The remake of a sci-fi classic starring Timotheé Chalamet and Zendaya, “Dune,” was one of the dozens of movies rescheduled to come out in 2021 rather than 2020.
“Cherry,” starring Tom Holland, is the latest drama from the Russo Brothers, whom you know from directing many of past Marvel movies like “Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War.” From the trailer, it includes lots of Tom Holland’s American accent, so it’s sure to be fantastic.
“Free Guy” is an action comedy from the perspective of a background character in a video game, played by Ryan Reynolds. It’s dazzled with Reynolds’s classic brand of humor with a charmingly creative plot that looks promising.
For the superhero geek:
You may know “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) from its breaking the internet with Baby Yoda memes, but in 2020 it came out with an even more exciting second season. Though it’s nice to have background info on the Star Wars universe, it can also easily stand alone as a quirky sci-fi western.
The Marvel Universe’s “Phase 4” is debuting this year with a series of TV shows, starting with “WandaVision,” then “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki” and “What If,” all of which are on Disney+.
The first episodes of “WandaVision” recently premiered, and they are unique, funny and keep you on the edge of your seat.
“Black Widow,” which was supposed to come out in May 2020, is finally making its debut a full year later. Though quite different from this year’s “Wonder Woman” sequel, they’re both sure to leave every woman feeling empowered.
There will be a remake – not sequel – of 2016’s “Suicide Squad.” Though “The Suicide Squad” will feature a returning cast, DC decided to reboot the franchise in hope for positive feedback not just from fans but also critics.
The sequel of the original “Ghostbusters” movies, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” stars Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace and Paul Rudd.
For the one who loves to laugh:
“Middleditch and Schwartz” (Netflix) is a completely improvised comedy special from Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Recreation”) and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”). There are three hour-long episodes with long-form improv performances that are each hilarious and unique. With a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, this special is sure to entertain any viewer.
By now, it would be completely unacceptable if you haven’t seen Pixar’s latest tear-jerker and masterpiece “Soul” (Disney+) with stars Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. If you’re looking for something to make you happy, this is what you need.
For the one who wished Gossip Girl was still on Netflix:
“Bridgerton” (Netflix) is the new “Gossip Girl” that we’ve all been waiting for. Though set in the 1800s, this show is not your normal period piece. From the plot to the wardrobe, “Bridgerton” is sure to mesmerize you.
There is also a “Gossip Girl” reboot (HBO Max) in the works that we don’t know much about yet, but is sure to include the drama that we all know and love from the original.
The third movies in both the “Kissing Booth” and “To All the Boys” sagas are also coming to Netflix sometime in 2021, as well as the third season of “You.”
For the fan of slow-burn dramas:
If you haven’t heard of “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix, you have probably been living under a rock. Not only is it brilliant, but it also brought back chess (Mr. Soun couldn’t be happier). It’s slow but worth it.
The same goes for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), the fourth season of which is coming this year as well.
For the fan of unique dramas with a comedic edge:
New seasons of Bill Hader’s “Barry” (HBO Max), Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” (Hulu), and the Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” (Netflix) are all coming out this year, and my fellow bingers could not be more excited. Plus, if you haven’t seen any of the earlier seasons, you’ve got plenty of time to catch up now.
For the action lovers:
If you love John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and/or the first A Quiet Place, buckle your seatbelts but don’t make a sound for “A Quiet Place II.”
“No Time To Die,” the latest James Bond, is scheduled to premiere this year, though you might have already jammed out to Billie Eilish’s accompanying anthem of the same name.
“Red Notice,” whose trailer has not even debuted, is coming to Netflix with a star-studded cast of Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds. With this cast, you’re sure to have a good time no matter what.
For the film connoisseur:
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) is Chadwick Boseman’s last film and embodies his beauty and talent wonderfully, especially with Viola Davis shining alongside him. It is adapted from August Wilson’s play of the same name and offers a look into the recording of singer Ma Rainey’s 1927 record.
Another extremely well-done play adaptation is “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Prime), directed by Regina King and written by Kemp Powers (co-writer of Pixar’s “Soul”).
“Malcolm and Marie” (Netflix), starring Zendaya and John David Washington, whom you know from “BlackkKlansman” and “Tenet” and as the son of Denzel Washington, is a black-and-white deep dive into a couple’s relationship.
Though little is known about it, “Don’t Look Up,” with Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, is also coming to Netflix.
For the one who knows every word of The Office but is currently in a show hole:
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (Hulu) is a funny musical sitcom, in which Zoey (Jane Levy) starts seeing the world in the form of songs. It’s fun and an easy binge.
Jason Sudeikis’s “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV) is heartfelt and quirky, sure to make you laugh and is coming out with a second season this year.
And finally, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a new comedy series on NBC called “Young Rock,” where we see different times of his life in sitcom form.
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