Sun, 07 January 2024
It’s a new year and with it comes the need for a new TV checklist. Curl up on your sofa and check out our top recommendations for the month.
The Brothers Sun
From Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk and Byron Wu, The Brothers Sun centres on Bruce Sun (Sam Song Li), who lives in Los Angeles and receives a visit from his older brother Charles (Justin Chien). He’s surprised to learn of his early life in Taipei, Taiwan and his family history, including the sacrifices his mother (Michelle Yeoh) made for him.
Emmy-nominated Modern Family star Sofía Vergara returns to television playing the title character in the limited series Griselda, based on Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. The series takes place in the 1970s and 1980s in Miami and covers the rise and fall of ‘The Godmother.’
Society of the Snow
The Spanish drama film Society of the Snow is based on the true story from 1972 of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 carrying a rugby team to Chile as it crashes near the Andes. The passengers struggle through intense environmental situations in order to survive, but only 29 of the 45 total passengers are able to do so.
The Beekeeper is an upcoming action thriller film directed by David Ayer and written by Kurt Wimmer. It stars Jason Statham, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Josh Hutcherson, and Minnie Driver. It follows the story of Mr. Clay, a former operative of a clandestine organisation called ‘Beekeepers’. After his friend and neighbour dies by suicide after falling for a phishing scam, Mr. Clay sets out to exact revenge against the company responsible.
Night Swim is a supernatural horror film written and directed by Bryce McGuire and based on the 2014 short film of the same name. It stars Wyatt Russell, Kerry Condon, Amélie Hoeferle and Gavin Warren as the Waller family, who move into a new house and find an unknown supernatural presence haunts the backyard swimming pool.
Merry Little Batman
Keep that holly jolly goodness going into the New Year with Merry Little Batman, an animated superhero comedy that promises holiday fun for the whole family. All little Damian Wayne (Yonas Kibreab) wants for Christmas is to be a superhero like his dad, Batman (Luke Wilson). Damian sees the chance to make his wish a reality when he’s left home alone on Christmas Eve and discovers a villainous plan in the works to culminate on Christmas Day. On a quest for justice, Damian jumps at the chance to confront enemies, protect his home, and save Gotham’s Christmas.
Based on Janice Y. K. Lee‘s 2016 novel, The Expatriates, The Expats is a drama series that is set to the backdrop of Hong Kong, revolving around the lives of the close-knit and dynamic group of women living there as a part of the region’s expatriate community. In this environment where affluence is aspirational and relationships are intense yet temporary, a single encounter sparks a chain reaction of life-changing occurrences that leaves everyone involved forever changed. The show features Nicole Kidman, Ji-young Yoo, Jack Huston, Sarayu Blue, Brian Tee and Flora Chan.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson and the Olympians tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god, Zeus, accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.
Echo is a miniseries based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The latest series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, it is a spin-off from the 2021 series Hawkeye. Following the events of that series in New York City, Maya Lopez returns to her hometown in Oklahoma, where she must come to terms with her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace her family and community.
A Real Bug’s Life
Inspired by Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, this new series an incredible adventure into nine different micro bug worlds around the globe, where the forces of nature play out on a miniature scale and where tiny creatures rely on amazing powers and extraordinary alliances to make it through each day. The stakes are high… even if the critters are extraordinarily small. With new developments in filming technology and narrated by fun and witty guide Awkwafina, follow the incredible stories of the tiny heroes living in worlds beyond the imagination – from a jumping spider looking for a home on the streets of New York to a Costa Rican orchid bee’s first day on the job making perfume!