And the winner is… you, the viewer, because there are a plethora of new movies and shows to watch this weekend on Netflix, Apple TV Plus, Disney+ and other streaming services. the Oscars 2022 The broadcast is poised to consume three or more hours of your time on Sunday, but there are also highly anticipated titles debuting or returning.
The range is led by Bridgerton season 2, the drama that mixes Jane Austen and Gossip Girl. While Season 1 followed Daphne Bridgerton’s search for love, the second installment focuses on her brother, Viscount Anthony. For a more modern romance, check out Season 2 of the incredibly charming Starstruck, which features a couple with lots of chemistry and huge lifestyle differences.
Two highly anticipated new series make their premiere: the video game-inspired series Halo and the historical epic Pachinko. And after a four-year hiatus, Atlanta Season 3 returns with two episodes a week. Additionally, Olivia Rodrigo and Lizzo kicked off streaming with new projects.
Here’s a guide to what to watch this weekend.
Bridgerton season 2 (Netflix)
Pour one for the Hot Duke.
My husband Regé-Jean Page will not appear on Bridgerton this season. I guess Simon Hastings is busy brooding elsewhere. His wife, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), however, will be there to support her siblings. His brother, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), fills the role of Handsome Heartthrob as he embarks on a mission to find a bride.
Her gaze lands on Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), a newbie newly arrived from India, but her older sister Kate (Simone Ashley) doesn’t approve of her reputation as a rake. language … and its breathtaking beauty. Can these two crazy kids admit their feelings for each other and get along? This is Bridgerton, so expect to hear the wedding bells.
Stream now on netflix
Pachinko (Apple TV Plus)
The adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel is already hailed by some critics as the best show of the year. Pachinko is an expansive historical saga that chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family spanning four generations. The story takes place in multiple time periods and locations and is told in three languages (Korean, Japanese, and English).
It all begins in a small fishing village during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1920s. As a teenager, Sunja engages in an impetuous romance that takes her to Osaka. As of 1989, eldest Sunja (played by Oscar winner Youn Yuh-Jung of Minari) still lives there with her son. When her high-powered grandson arrives from New York for a business trip, he grapples with still-widespread ethnic hostility, while Sunja reflects on the difficult journey that has brought her to this moment.
Stream now on Apple TV Plus
Halo (Paramount Plus)
Halo the TV show isn’t so much a video game adaptation, but more of an “inspired by” spin-off. The creators said it takes place in its own silver timeline, separate from the video game canon. Sure, well, whatever. The show explores an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
The first episode begins with a brutal battle between rebel soldiers and aliens, which is interrupted by the arrival of the legendary Spartan warriors led by Master Chief. After discovering a nearby Covenant spacecraft, Master Chief unknowingly activates an artifact that triggers a series of cryptic memories. Unsure of what they mean, he disobeys an order from United Nations Space Command to kill the lone rebel survivor, Kwan (Yerin Ha). Instead, they both flee to find out what fates await them.
Stream now on Paramount More
Atlanta season 3 (FX/Hulu)
It’s been a million billion years since we left Atlanta. OK, it last aired in 2018, but even in earlier times, it’s been a long break. At the start of Season 3, it first seems like time hasn’t run out for Earn (Donald Glover), Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), and Darius (LaKeith Stanfield). They and Van (Zazie Beetz) are in the middle of Al’s European tour – but it’s not the same as he was starting when Season 2 ended. Paper Boi is now the headliner and friends have access to cash advances, fancy hotels and drivers.
But Atlanta never plays by convention. The first episode takes a detour to follow a young teenager in a Get Out-style horror story about the foster care system. The second episode checks in with familiar protagonists in Amsterdam… where Al is quickly arrested.
Starstruck season 2 (HBO Max)
“Notting Hill meets Fleabag” is how I describe this charming rom-com, which features lots of rom and a ton of com. Starstruck is the TV equivalent of a macaron – a sweet, air-light treat that quickly disappears. The first and second seasons consist of six half-hour episodes, so you can easily binge in one evening.
Season 2 picks up where the action left off: Jessie (Rose Matafeo) has decided not to return home to New Zealand and is staying in London to explore a relationship with movie star Tom (Nikesh Patel) . But the course of true love never runs smoothly and Jessie is forced to deal with a number of issues on top of having a famous boyfriend, including the fact that she doesn’t have a job or a family. place to live.
Stream now on HBO Max
Olivia Rodrigo: Drive Home 2 u (Disney Plus)
Don’t expect Olivia Rodrigo’s special to look like Billie Eilish’s in-depth, behind-the-scenes documentary The World’s a Bit Blurry. Drive Home 2 u doesn’t explore Rodrigo’s personal life; rather, it functions as an extended unplugged music video for songs from her Grammy-nominated album Sour.
In her vintage blue Ford Bronco, Rodrigo takes a solo road trip from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, a trip she has taken many times as a child performer. She stops at various places where she composes pieces to perform rearranged versions. For the song “good 4 u”, Rodrigo is accompanied by a string section in front of the impressive Monument Valley.
Stream now on Disney+
Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Prime Video)
Now It’s Good as Hell: Lizzo has created a series of reality competitions to seek out “self-confident, mean women” to join her backup dance crew, Big Grrrls. The superstar singer has always advocated body positivity. As she says, “girls who look like me are not represented”.
On this show, they do. Ten hopefuls move into the Big Grrrls House, where they’ll compete in dance challenges featuring guests like choreographer Tanisha Scott, musician SZA and some of the OG Big Grrrls. During the competition, they must prove they have the juice to join Lizzo on an upcoming world tour.
Stream now on First video
Parallels (Disney Plus)
If you’re growing impatient for Stranger Things 4, Parallels might just be the series to tide you over. Sam, Bilal, Romane and Victor, teenage friends, lead a normal life in their mountain village on the Franco-Swiss border when a mysterious event turns their world upside down (but not in the Upside Down).
The universe mixes time, space and reality. The friends are separated and sent to parallel worlds where they must figure out what happened and how to get home before their future is permanently altered.
Stream now on Disney+
The 94th Academy Awards (ABC)
It’s been yet another strange year for the film industry (though not nearly as strange as 2020), which is reflected in the topsy-turvy nature of many of the 2022 Oscar races. I’ve made my picks, if you need help with winning your Oscar prize pool. The grand prize, Best Picture, appears to be due to a veritable photo-finish between main nominee The Power of the Dog and powerful underdog CODA.
The real drama is in the ceremony, which will pre-record eight of the categories and show edited clips instead. Ironic that one of them is in the Best Editing category. The Academy has also added a “Fan Favorite” award, which will be voted on by Twitter users. They already have a chance to do so; it’s called the People’s Choice Awards. Let the Oscars be the Oscars!
Airs Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC (via Fubo)
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