Top 7 New Movies and TV Shows This Weekend on Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus, And More
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Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus
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Disney's highly anticipated animated feature is premiering exclusively on Disney Plus Premier Access this weekend. Raya and the Last Dragon takes place 500 years after the dragons of the fantasy world of Kumandra sacrificed themselves to save humanity from an evil force, yet now that same evil has returned. Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran voices Raya, who must find the legendary last dragon (voiced by Awkwafina) and save the world. Expect beautiful visuals and a tug on your heartstrings.
Streaming now on HBO Max
Genera+ion wants to be the voice of its generation (Z), much like Hannah Horvath proclaimed for herself for the previous one (millennials). Much like its HBO cousin, Euphoria, the new series focuses on the daily micro interactions and emotions of precocious GenZ teens. They speak in hashtags and are attached to their phones. When they’re not texting, they’re tweeting; when they’re not tweeting, they’re ‘gramming. But they face the same things as teens of all generations — falling in love, suffering a broken heart, wrestling with their sexuality, giving birth in a bathroom. Genera+ion doesn’t seem that far off from My So-Called Life or even Beverly Hills, 90210. It just has that annoying + styling that indicates it’s a child of the streaming era.
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of WandaVision
Starts streaming Friday, March 12 on Disney Plus
WandaVision is (sob) over, but Marvel is soothing us with one last treat. This making-of documentary chronicles how Marvel’s first Disney Plus series came to be, from concept to costumes to special effects. Fans may be surprised by some of the behind-the-scenes details, like how the first episode was filmed in front of a studio audience and the crew used old-fashioned wires to depict Wanda’s magic. Cast members Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn and Teyonah Parris talk about character development. Plus, get a peek into how songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez came up with the extremely catchy “Agatha All Along.”
It might not technically be new on Netflix this weekend, but the hottest new Netflix-original film is all we can talk about going into this weekend! Titled Moxie, the teen comedy film centers on a 16-year-old girl who, fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo ruling her high school, takes a page out of her mom’s book and anonymously publishes a zine, sparking a school-wide neofeminist coming-of-age revolution. Based on the Jennifer Mathieu acclaimed 2017 novel of the same name, Moxie is one of the top movies out on Netflix this month and is directed by Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec) and stars Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ike Barinholtz, and more.
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal
Streaming now on Netflix
While 2019 feels like a different lifetime, it wasn’t all that long ago that we were riveted by the college admissions bribery scandal that took down celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. They were paying a man named Rick Singer to game the system and get their children into elite universities. Director Chris Smith was also behind Netflix’s Fyre Festival doc (and produced Tiger King), so he’s adept at digging into juicy gossip. In this instance, he deploys a mix of dramatizations — with Matthew Modine playing Singer — and interviews with talking heads. Operation Varsity Blues ends up providing an incisive and fairly scathing indictment of the faux meritocracy that college admissions pretend to be. This goes beyond “eat the rich” — more like, eat the system that ensures the rich stay that way.
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Starts streaming Friday, March 12 on Apple TV Plus
Tom Holland keeps trying to tap into his dark side. He tried it out in Netflix’s The Devil All the Time and he’s doing it again in this addiction drama, which reunites him with Avengers filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo. Holland plays the titular character, a young man who pinballs from hard partying in college to the army to prison. He becomes addicted to opioids and starts robbing banks. The Russos put an oddly glossy spin on a gritty story (adapted from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical book), while Holland goes hard-core in his performance.
Coming 2 America
In this long, long-awaited sequel to the 1988 film Coming to America, Eddie Murphy is back as the soon-to-be-king of Zamunda, Akeem Joffer, and is once again headed to Queens, this time to find his lost heir. Alongside Arsenio Hall as Semmi – as well as much of the cast of the original – this is one for those who want to feel a little nostalgia this weekend and have missed Murphy’s style of comedy lately. Critical reception is mixed on this one, but hey, it might be worth a look if your watch list is looking empty.
Now streaming on Amazon Prime
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