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New TV series’ and movies to watch in February 2021 on Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime Video…

New TV series’ and movies to watch in February 2021 on Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime Video…

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Text: Emily Heng


Space Sweepers

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, and Yoo Hai-jin.

Premise: A ragtag crew comes together to protect a humanlike robot from the clutches of the (spoiler alert: evil!) governing authorities. Twists, mishaps, and hijinks occur along the way, reinforcing familial bonds and new friendships alike.

First impression: Guardians of the Galaxy, except we're spared from Chris Pratt's corny one-liners and Dave Bautista's tired jokes. The flashy action scenes are further tempered by stellar performances brimming with chemistry.

What the Internet is saying: Lots of space-related puns, where it's been touted as "a blast" (ha) and "out of this world." It's a win in our books, seeing how it successfully encapsulated the spirit of zany-yet-lovable intergalactic classics such as Cowboy Bebop. Add it to your must-stream list, stat.

Release date: 5 February.


Bliss

Cast: Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, and Nesta Cooper.

Premise: A recently-fired and -divorced Greg (Wilson) meets Isabel (Hayek), who convinces him that the world he lives in is actually a computer simulation. The conspiracy plot thickens as Greg further delves in this strange new reality.

First impression: There's nothing typical about this love story, alright. Give this one a go if conventional V-Day movie picks aren't your speed.

What the Internet is saying: Uh, is this an extended Black Mirror episode? No? Prepare to be confused and intrigued in equal measure.

Release date: 5 February.


To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centino, and Janel Parrish.

Premise: Lovebirds Lara-Jean and Peter Kavinsky enter their final year of high school, bringing about a new set of challenges and obstacles they have to face as a couple.

First impression: Overwhelming in its sincerity and earnestness without resorting to trite tropes. We're erecting it into the rom-com Hall of Fame as we write this.

What the Internet is saying: A heartwarming end to a brilliant series, the final installment has been garnering praise for sticking the landing — and we couldn't agree more.

Release date: 12 February.


Vincenzo

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been, and Kwak Dong-yeon.

Premise: A vigilante tale centring around Vincenzo Cassano; a former lawyer to the Italian mafia who decides to bring his brutal methods to Korea. His warped ideals of justice soon have him wrapped up in a world of trouble and corruption.

First impression: There is a lot going on in the trailer, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't distracted by the sight of Song Joong-ki donning some very tailored, form-fitting suits. Does the content really matter, at this point?

What the Internet is saying: It's been a hot minute since we've seen Song Joong-ki in an action flick, so everyone is (naturally) falling over themselves at the resurgence of the commanding presence he channeled in Descendants of the Sun. Never mind that he's, uh, on the wrong side of the law, this time.

Release date: 20 February.


Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry

Cast: Billie Eilish, Finneas, and Trevor Smith.

Premise: An inside look of the ongoings of Billie Eilish's life as she navigates the complexities of stardom; her relationship with her fans; and more.

First impression: The trailer doesn't give much away, but we trust the singer will be bringing her raw, unfiltered sentiments to it - as she does with all of her work, really.

What the Internet is saying: Eilish has since stepped forward to talk about how re-watching the documentary brought her to tears, so we say you should get those tissues ready.

Release date: 26 February.


January
Pieces of a Woman

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LeBeouf, and Ellen Burstyn.

Premise: A couple is forced to navigate the complexities of grief and vengeance after a negligent midwife causes a mishap with their home birth. What comes next is a raw, searing portrayal of neonatal death; an in-depth study of the stigma and trauma that tends to follow.

First impression: We suspect this one will pack as much of an emotional gut punch as Sophie's Choice, so be sure to get the tissues ready.

What the Internet is saying: Critics are already lauding Kirby's skillful performance, which has been credited as "intensely physical" and told primarily through body language. There have, however, been stirrings of a boycott of the movie thanks to the controversy surrounding LeBeouf's alleged abusive behaviour.

Release date: 7 January.

 

One Night in Miami

Cast: Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

Premise: Regina King's directorial debut chronicles what would happen if influential Black figures: Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Browne were to meet. Based upon a play, it centres around a night of celebration between the four after Ali wins out against heavyweight boxing champion, Sonny Lison, at the Miami Convention Hall.

First impression: While utopian in its premise, One Night in Miami proves to be a timely flick that addresses current issues in the vein of racial injustice, social upheaval, and civil rights.

What the Internet is saying: We foresee an Oscar nomination — or heck, win, seeing the rave reviews that are already rolling in.

Release date: 15 January.

 

Fate: The Winx Saga

Cast: Abigail Cowen, Danny Griffin, and Elisha Applebaum.

Premise: Yup, the Nickelodeon animated-series surrounding magic-wielding fairies is getting a live-action reboot. Our lead, Bloom, specialises in fire magic, a skill she is further taught to hone as she enrolls in Alfea, a prestigious magical boarding school.

First impression: When are we going to stop with the grimdark interpretations of beloved children's comics and cartoons? No, seriously, wasn't Riverdale enough?!

What the Internet is saying: All the fairy transformation sequences have been axed, which is causing a great deal of distress to fans. We can't say we blame 'em.

Release date: 22 January.

 

The White Tiger

Cast: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, and Rajkummar Rao.

Premise: A poor village boy turned chauffeur recounts his rags to riches journey, detailing how he employed his wit and cunning to outsmart the rich masters he works for.

First impression: The White Tiger has all the makings of highly-rated films such as Parasite and Get Out; a commentary on the struggles and issues we face today (see: wealth disparity, racial tension, social inequality) with a darkly humorous spin.

What the Internet is saying: This one is guaranteed to be a game-changer as long as it doesn't veer too far from the source material (i.e., the book it was based on).

Release date: 22 January.

 

Palmer

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, and Alisha Wainwright.

Premise: Former high school football legend, Eddie Palmer, returns home after a stint in jail to discover his mother caring for a neighbour's child. Against all odds, he begins to form an unlikely bond with the socially awkward Sam, but runs into challenges and resistance from the town who insist on holding him to his past mistakes.

First impression: We're not sure what's more surprising — JT's return to the big screen, or the fact that the makeup team managed to transform the stunning Juno Temple into a meth addict. Wonders will never cease.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone is more caught up with the fact that this was the movie that nearly caused the dissolution of Justin's and Jessica Biel's marriage. See: the public apology he issued via Instagram after he was caught getting handsy with his costar. Eep.

Release date: 29 January.

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