It’s another weekend, a time for you to find some well-earned bit of escapism from harsh realities. With the holiday season almost in full swing, majority of the titles coming to your screens are dramas, films and shows you can enjoy with family. Alongside Will Smith’s ‘King Richard’ and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ here’s a rundown of the best movies that are opening in theatres and streamers this weekend and information on where you can catch them.
Where to watch: Theatres and HBO Max
King Richard is a biopic based on the father of the world’s most popular tennis twins, the Williams sisters. Despite having no tennis background, Richard Williams (played by Will Smith) overcomes tremendous hardship, scepticism and his own troubled past to raise two of tennis’ greatest players, multiple Grand Slam winners Venus and Serena Williams. Expect Will Smith to bring a lot of life to this drama like he did in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness.’
Cast: Will Smith, Tim White, Demi Singleton, Reinaldo Marcus Green, James Lassiter, Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, Trevor White, et al.
Where to watch: Theatres (Limited)
Stephen Graham is chef of the year in this engrossing restaurant drama about handling pressure. On the busiest night of the year at one of the hottest restaurants in London, charismatic, commanding head chef Andy Jones torn in-between balancing multiple personal and professional crises which threaten to destroy everything he’s worked for. A surprise visit from a health and safety inspector sets the staff on edge as the overbooked hotspot begins to fill with guests. Jones alternately berates and cajoles his diverse staff, trying his best to diffuse tensions between management and his crew, while catering to the ridiculous demands of customers.
Cast: James Cummings, Jason Flemyng, Steven Graham, Vinette Robinson, Daniel Larkai, Lourdes Faberes, Ray Panthaki, Philip Barantini, et al.
Where to watch: Theatres
The Ghostbusters franchise is back with another adventure and comedy packed bang. Probably the most anticipated film of the week alongside ‘King Richard.’ After relocating to a new town, a single mom and her two kids discover they’re ancestrally connected the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Cast: Ernie Hudson, McKenna Grace, Jason Reitman, Paul Rudd, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver, Finn Wolfhard, Anthony Russo, et al.
Zeros and Ones
Where to watch: Theatres (Limited)
‘Zeros and Ones’ is one of the few thrillers premiering this weekend. It stars 4-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke in its lead role. Called to stop an imminent terrorist bombing, soldier J.J. (Hawke) desperately seeks news of his imprisoned rebel twin brother, Justin (also Hawke), who holds knowledge that could thwart the attack. Navigating the capital’s darkened streets, J.J. races to a series of ominous encounters, hoping to keep the Vatican City from being blown to bits.
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Abel Ferrara, Cristina Chiriac, Phil Neilson, Diana Phillips, Philipp Kreuzer, et al.
The Wheel of Time (TV Show)
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Prime Video’s highly anticipated adventure fantasy series based on best selling book series of the same title by Robert Jordan is premiering this weekend. Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to wield it, the story follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity.
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, Marigo Kehoe, Darren Lemke, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Josha Stradowski, Madeleine Madden, et al.
Have a watch-filled weekend.