The holiday weekend is here! We want to help by taking one thing off your plate. We’ve gone through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ to find the best titles that are suitable for the entire family.
The Matrix Resurrections (HBO Max)
Ready to take the red pill and fall down the rabbit hole once again? The Matrix film franchise gets a reboot – not the kind that’s a do-over, but a literal one. The Matrix Revolutions seemed to turn off the story for good; now, Lana Wachowski has flipped the switch back on. For good or ill? You’ll just have to enter The Matrix yourself to find out. Forgot what happened and want to catch up quickly?
Emily in Paris season 2 (Netflix)
Oui, the rom-com is back for more adventures in the City of Love. Creator Darren Star has seen the revival of his other show about romance in a big city, though he’s not involved with And Just Like That. He’s too busy coming up with more love triangles, social media conundrums and fashion faux pas for the titular Emily (Lilly Collins).
In the second season, the American in Paris tries to shake off her crush on hot chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), who turned out to have a girlfriend. Even worse, Emily is chummy with said girlfriend (Camille Razat). Luckily, she’s got a new paramour to distract her in the form of dashing British banker Alfie (Lucien Laviscount). Plus, she’s still trying to impress her tough-as-manicured-nails boss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu). Add French lessons on top of all that … #MonDieu! – Kelly Woo
Don’t Look Up (Netflix)
Being the Ricardos (Amazon Prime Video)
Nicole Kidman, 54, plays Lucille Ball, whose I Love Lucy ruled 1950s TV. Writer-director Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing), 60, makes the love-and-loathe story between Ball and her onscreen-and-actual Cuban American husband Desi Arnaz (a loose and engaged Javier Bardem, 52) a workplace dramedy unfolding in a single crisis-plagued week. Public accusations that the controlling leading lady has a communist past — and private indications of Arnaz’s sexual infidelity — threaten both the sitcom and their marriage. The dialog is pungent, the pace fast, and J.K. Simmons, 66, steals the show as William Frawley, delivering some of Sorkin’s sharpest lines as the sardonic, hard-drinking actor who played the Ricardos’ neighbor Fred.
Slugfest (The Roku Channel)
DC vs Marvel: The longstanding, contentious competition between the two comic companies goes far beyond whether Superman could beat Captain America. This docuseries, produced by Joe and Anthony Russo (who directed four MCU films, including Endgame), explores the decades-long relationship and rivalry between the creative powerhouses, whose stories have captivated fans around the world.
The series was originally developed for Quibi, but the short-lived streamer’s library was eaten up by Roku. Slugfest is narrated by writer/director and comic geek Kevin Smith and features interviews, archival footage and reenactments.
Encanto (Disney Plus)
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film “Encanto” tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.
The Silent Sea (Netflix)
Hoping to ride on the coattails of Squid Game’s meteoric success is The Silent Sea, which arrives on Netflix this week as the streamer’s latest Korean TV drama.
In this eight-episode sci-fi series, space explorers attempt to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets during a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon. As you’d expect, events don’t exactly go to plan.
Squid Game alumni Gong Yoo and Heo Sung-tae star alongside Sense 8’s Bae Doona in this one, which looks to combine the eerie atmosphere of Alien with the big-budget VFX of Interstellar.
Don’t Look Up (Netflix)
Based on real events that haven’t happened – yet. Don’t Look Up in select theaters December 10 and on Netflix December 24. DON’T LOOK UP tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Written and Directed by Adam McKay.
1000 Miles From Christmas (Netflix)
1000 Miles From Christmas (A Mil Kilómetros de la Navidad) is a Spanish Christmas comedy movie directed by Álvaro Fernández Armero. It tells the story of Raúl (Tamar Novas), a thirty-something who has suffered all the misfortunes of his life during Christmas time, so he really hates Christmas Carols, the Three Wise Men, and everything that remotely smells of Christmas spirit. Every year he spends Christmas time on a far-away beach, but this year his boss has different plans for him: he must attend a business trip to audit a “turrones de Valverde” factory, the most typical Christmas sweet in a town that lives for and loves Christmas – and if this wasn’t enough for Raúl, he will have to share accommodation with local teacher Paula, whose dream is beating the world record of the largest real live nativity scene ever created.