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What to watch this weekend: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘King Richard,’ ‘tick, tick … BOOM!’ and more…

Get out the telescope because the stars are really popping in this week’s new movies and TV shows. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Garfield, Will Smith and Nicholas Hoult.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly feature, a quiet drama, or some action-packed thrills, there’s a movie coming out soon that’s perfect for you! We’ve rounded up all the movies you can expect to see this weekend.

 Cowboy Bebop

After much anticipation, the beloved 90s anime series Cowboy Bebop is becoming live-action on Netlfix this weekend. This action-packed sci-fi neo-noir series follows a ragtag group of bounty hunters as they track and chase down criminals across the solar system. Over 10 hour-long episodes, watch cherished characters Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and more come to life, kick ass, take names and save the world — for the right price, of course. This Netflix original is one you cannot miss, so check out Cowboy Bebop, one of the most popular new Netflix shows out now, today!

Where to Watch: Netflix

King Richard

Much like he did for the title icon of “Ali,” Smith disappears into the character of Richard Williams, a devoted but controversial tennis dad dedicated to making champions out of daughters Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton). While the rousing and inspirational 1990s-set story misses chances to delve deeper into its subjects, Smith gives an outstanding performance, as does Aunjanue Ellis as the girls’ steady and quietly strong mom.

Where to watch: In theaters and on HBO Max

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The “Ghostbusters” franchise is one that could use a fresh coat of paint, and director Jason Reitman (original director Ivan’s son) infuses some youth in the new sequel, which focuses on an OG Ghostbuster’s granddaughter (Mckenna Grace) taking on spooks and dark forces in small-town Oklahoma. Yet still, perhaps more than ever, this thing is stuck in the past, bringing back old stars (Murray, Aykroyd and Hudson) as well as stale story beats and plot points for a disappointing new chapter.

Where to watch: In theaters

The Wheel of Time Season 1

The Wheel of Time is a new fantastical adventure series. Based on Robert Jordan’s bestselling book series of the same name, The Wheel of Time follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of a powerful organization of women who can use magic, as she takes a group of five young people around the world. The purpose? One of them is rumored to be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to either save the world or destroy it. But is that really the case, and what would happen if Moiraine finds out which one is the one that hold’s the world’s fate? Full of amazing world-building scenes, breathtaking visuals and insane storylines, The Wheel of Time is finally able to view on Amazon Prime Video this weekend.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

tick, tick … BOOM!

National treasure Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his directorial debut with this vibrant adaptation of “Rent” creator Larson’s autobiographical musical. Garfield stars as a talented New York theater composer approaching his 30th birthday and stressing out about writing the last song in his long-gestating sci-fi rock musical, to the detriment of his personal life. Garfield is amazing alongside a cast featuring Alexandra Shipp, Hudgens and a bunch of Broadway icons in a story about creativity, inspiration and mortality.

Where to watch: Netflix

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

In the third installment of the holiday romantic-comedy series, a priceless star once owned by St. Nicholas is brought to fictional Montenaro for a yuletide party and stolen, and identity-swapping BFFs Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy (both played by Hudgens) enlist Margaret’s troublemaking lookalike cousin Fiona (also Hudgens) and her dashing criminal ex (Remy Hii) to get it back. The high jinks are predictable, and Hudgens gets many chances to play characters acting like other characters.

Where to watch: Netflix

The Great Season 2

Huzzah! The second season of Hulu’s historical comedy The Great is new on Hulu this weekend. A creative reinterpretation of the story behind Russia’s famous empress Catherine the Great, this entertaining dramedy picks back up with Catherine (Elle Fanning) just after she has successfully staged a coup and taken the crown from her husband, Peter (Nicholas Hoult). But if she thought taking over the country was hard, ‘freeing’ and reshaping it to fit her enlightenment-filled vision while pregnant is another thing altogether. Not to mention her hated-husband-turned-prisoner-turned…ally(?) will be there to muddle her heart along the way. Becoming a legend is not supposed to be easy, and this next step towards greatness will outline how “exactly” it was done in Season 2 of The Great on Hulu this weekend.

Where to watch: HULU

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