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8 films and TV series we’re watching right now

From the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on the big screen to the tantalising new instalment of The Crown, we’ve got your next binge-watch sorted.

Written by High Life North
Published 16.11.2022

MOVIES

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Out now in cinemas 

We love a good superhero adventure and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever promises to be epic.

The nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T’Challa. When a new enemy surfaces to threaten their nation, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) must find a way to move forward and heal from the loss of their beloved son and brother.

At the same time, they’re dealing with a new foe in the form of Namor (Tenoch Huerta). As Wakanda strives to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of M’Baku (Winston Duke), War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Aneka (Michaela Coel), as they forge a new path for their kingdom.

 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

Out 25th November in cinemas   

Matilda is getting another outing on the big screen.

Based on the classic 1988 novel by Roald Dahl, this fresh rendition stars newcomer Alisha Weir as Matilda alongside No Time to Die’s Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, and the amazing Emma Thompson as the monstrous Miss Trunchbull. Rounding out the cast are Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough as Matilda’s parents.

We follow this intelligent little girl who, despite being stuck with her horrible parents, is armed with a sharp mind and extraordinary powers,  as she dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

This is sure to become a new classic.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Out 23rd November in cinemas and 23rd December on Netflix  

For those of you who love a good ‘whodunnit’, this sequel to Knives Out could be right up your street.

This nail-biting murder mystery sees former James Bond star Daniel Craig return as Benoit Blanc: a detective who takes on a brand-new case.

Directed by Rian Johnson of Star War’s The Last Jedi fame, the setting for Glass Onion is a lavish estate on a Greece island, where Blanc meets a group of friends who gather at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron for their yearly reunion…

 

She Said

Out 18th November in cinemas  

She Said is a biographical drama directed by Maria Schrader and is based on the book of the same name by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: two journalists working for The New York Times, who managed to expose the dark history of abuse in Hollywood and the sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein.

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) and Zoe Kazan play Twohey and Kantor. This powerful story helped pave the way for the #Metoo movement, and broke decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood and the horrors women faced in their dealings with the mogul. An important watch.

TV SERIES

 

The Crown

Out now, Netflix 

The Royal saga returns for a fifth series. This time, Imelda Staunton takes over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and covers the Queen’s reign as it reaches the contentious 1990s. But the real focus of this new series is on the deteriorating relationship between Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki).

The Royal family face their biggest challenge yet, as the public begin to question their role in ‘90s Britain. As the Queen approaches her 40th anniversary on the throne, she finds herself reflecting on her reign. Yet new challenges begin to surface, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, there is trouble closer to home to contend with…

Expect plenty of controversy.

 

The English

Out now on BBC Two and iPlayer 

Make sure you don’t miss this epic Western staring Emily Blunt. She plays Conelia Locke: an Englishwoman who arrives in the American West in 1890 on a mission for revenge and who forges an unlikely friendship with a native American Eli Whippe, a Pawnee ex-cavalry scout who is trying to make his way home.

Together, they face danger at every turn. This ambitious take on the genre could be one of Emily Blunt’s best performance to date.

Dead To Me: Season 3

Out 17th November on Netflix 

This is the third and final season of Netflix’s Dead to Me. This smash-hit black comedy is about the unlikely friendship that forms between Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) – a tightly-wound real estate agent and a free spirit who harbours a shocking secret.

Season 3 begins with the friends trying to cover up a murder they never really intended to commit…

 

Mammals

Out now on Amazon Prime 

This must-see new series is a comedy drama penned by Jez Butterworth, writer of the James Bond film Spectre.

We follow Corden, a Michelin-starred chef whose life goes off the rails when he finds out shocking secrets about his pregnant wife. He soon turns to his brother-in-law Colin Morgan (of Merlin fame) for help, although this turns out to be no more straightforward.

This six-part series takes a look at relationships in freefall. Make sure you don’t miss it.

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