Tue, 06 February 2024
Fancy a bit of on-screen entertainment? Check out our top recommendations that will keep you entertained whether you’re having a night in or plan on a trip to the cinema.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this 14-episode romantic drama series One Day follows the love story between Emma (Ambika Mod) and Dexter (Leo Woodall) on the same day for many years. They have their ups and downs, but will they always find their way back to each other?
Avatar: The Last Airbender
It’s been a long time coming, but the long anticipated, highly awaited live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender finally arrives this month. The eight-episode first season of the series follows Aang as he trains to be able to control water, earth, fire and air. Avatar stars Gordon Cormier, Ian Ousley, Kiawentiio, Dallas Liu, Ken Leung, Elizabeth Yu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Daniel Dae Kim.
Orion and the Dark
DreamWorks Animation’s Orion and the Dark will be the cutest addition to your youngest Netflix watcher’s lineup this month, and it’s one that the whole family will enjoy no matter the age. The film centres on an average young boy who secretly battles anxiety and a nightly fear of the dark. However, when the Dark takes him on an adventure, he comes to learn there’s nothing to be afraid of at night.
Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who may have clairvoyant abilities. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women destined for powerful futures... if they can all survive a deadly present.
Bryce Dallas Howard is Elly Conway, the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly’s fictional books —which centre on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate — begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organisation, quiet evenings at home become a thing of the past. Accompanied by Aiden (Sam Rockwell), a cat-allergic spy, Elly races across the world to stay one step ahead of the killers as the line between Elly’s fictional world and her real one begins to blur.
Lucifer’s back! Well, kind of. Lucifer star Tom Ellis finally returns to Netflix with the romantic comedy movie Players, and he’s starring alongside Gina Rodriguez. The rom-com also stars Damon Wayans Jr., Joel Courtney, Augustus Prew, Liza Koshy, Ego Nwodim and Marin Hinkle.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Based on the 2005 film of the same name that starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the series follows John and Jane (Donald Glover and Maya Erksine), who have given up their identities to be thrown together as partners — in espionage and in marriage. After they’re matched by a mysterious agency, each episode follows the duo as they take on a new mission and new milestone in their relationship. When the cracks begin to show through, they must fight to stay together. Because in this marriage, divorce is not an option.
The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy
The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy follows Dr. Sleech and Dr. Klak —aliens, best friends and intergalactically renowned surgeons — as they tackle anxiety-eating parasites, illegal time loops and deep-space STIs. Here, they take on a highly dangerous and potentially ground-breaking case and, in doing so, put existence itself in jeopardy. Although considering their dismal personal lives, oblivion might be an improvement.
Shōgun, an original adaptation of James Clavell’s bestselling novel, is set in Japan in the year 1600 at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Producer Hiroyuki Sanada stars as Lord Yoshii Toranaga who is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him. When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis), comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants. Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line.
The series follows both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X from their formative years, where they were moulded by strong fathers and traumatic injustices, to their rich, parallel stories as they shaped their identities and became the change they wished to see in the world. Influenced as children by different upbringings and experiences: King by the Jim Crow-era South and life in the church before finding his voice at Morehouse and Boston University, and X growing up under the constant, deadly violence of the Klan and falling into a life of vice and incarceration where he was introduced to the Nation of Islam and found his voice. The two visionaries ultimately rose to pioneer a movement.