7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend

It’s only the second week of January, but the streaming giants have seen fit to bless our screens with a host of new (and highly anticipated) movies and TV shows over the next few days.

The biggest arrival is Peacemaker, the Suicide Squad spin-off now available on HBO Max, but other additions like The Tragedy of Macbeth and The House should offer plenty of choice for those juggling multiple streaming subscriptions.

Below, we’ve rounded up the seven biggest movies and TV shows available to watch on the likes of netflix, HBO Max, First video and more this weekend.

Peacemaker (HBO Max)

Director James Gunn returns to DC Extended Universe (DCEU) this week with Peacemaker, which sees John Cena reprise his role as Gunn’s titular antihero in 2021’s film, The Suicide Squad.

According to Gunn, the series is “an opportunity to delve into current global issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag” – which means we can expect what Cena’s character continues his misguided quest to uphold justice at all costs.

The first episode is now available to stream on HBO Max in the US, with the remaining seven due to arrive each Thursday. Gunn has promised UK viewers that Peacemaker will be arriving overseas “very soon”.

Now available to stream on HBO Max in the US

The Macbeth Tragedy (Apple TV Plus)

Having released in theaters before arriving on Apple TV Plus This Friday, Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth stars powerhouse duo Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the intriguing Shakespearean couple.

Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for this one, with Washington in particular earning plaudits for its portrayal of the titular king. Presented in an artistic black and white format (similar to that of Netflix Rome), it is also the first film directed by one of the Coen brothers without the participation of the other.

Movie and theater fans should find plenty to enjoy here, especially since the bard’s dialogue remains (for the most part) intact throughout.

Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus

The House (Netflix)

Netflix clearly has a thing for anthology storytelling, but if the success of shows like black mirror and Love, Death and Robots is something to pass on, the streamer’s latest original collection, The House, tickles more than our fancy.

A stop-motion animated anthology from award-winning animation house Nexus Studios, this series tells three surreal stories about three generations of a family living in a mysterious Coraline-esque house. There’s also a starry voice cast, with the likes of Miranda Richardson, Helena Bonham-Carter and Mia Goth.

In our review, we described The House as a “Wallace and Gromit-cum-David Lynch fever dream,” which should be enough to stoke the fires of excitement.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Prime Video)

Arriving on Prime Video this week (after being sold by Sony to Amazon) is the fourth installment in the surprisingly popular Hotel Transylvania series, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

After Van Helsing’s mysterious new invention turns Dracula and company back into humans, the gang must find a way to reverse the effects and return to their gruesome selves before the transformations become permanent.

We don’t expect Hotel Transylvania: Transformania to reinvent the series, but with A-list actors like Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg reprising their roles for the fourth time, we can’t help but think that there must be something new to enjoy here.

Now available to stream on Prime Video

After Life season 3 (Netflix)

The third and (potentially) final season of Ricky Gervais’ comedic and tragic series, After Life, becomes available to stream on Netflix this Friday.

Season 3 will pick up where the dramatic season 2 finale left off, exploring the relationship between Tony – still desperately mourning the loss of his wife and father – and nurse Emma, ​​who stepped in to help him. save from a life-threatening decision.

Current fans will know what to expect from the new episodes of After Life, but Gervais promised “hope is everything” in Season 3. Could a happy ending be on the cards for Tony, after all?

Now available to stream on Netflix

Well done season 2 (Netflix)

Also coming to Netflix this week is season 2 of the Emmy-winning reality series Cheer, which follows coach Monica Aldama and her team of competitive college athletes.

Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that the second season of Cheer wastes no time addressing the elephant in the new episode room. Season 1 star Jerry Harris was arrested and charged with child pornography offenses in 2020 – a specific Season 2 episode documents the reactions of two of Harris’s alleged victims, their families as well as several of his former co-stars.

It’s not all dark and dark, however, and Cheer’s second season should contain plenty of uplifting moments to inspire and entertain new and returning fans alike.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Wolf like me (peacock)

Abe Forsyth, the mind behind Peacock’s latest drama series Wolf Like Me, suggested viewers would be best served by heading into his latest project knowing as little as possible.

Now that makes our job tricky, but here it is: Wolf Like Me is a genre-bending romantic comedy, starring Josh Gad and Isla Fisher, which follows two strangers in suburban Australia whose romantic relationship is hampered by a relationship unique (and possibly obvious) secret.

To say more, as Forsyth suggests, would spoil the show’s biggest surprises, but rest assured this one seems worth the investment in its six-episode story.

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