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