Must-watch new movies and TV show releases

With last year’s lockdown slowing down the production of movies, the exclusiveness of being back in theaters has caused a rise in viewership. From well-known actors to rising stars,  both the theaters and streaming platforms have been booming with new TV shows and movies.  

House of Gucci (Nov. 24)

On Nov. 24 House of Gucci was released. The cast stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto and Jeremy Irons. The film is based on a true story about outlander, Patrizia Reggiani, who wiggled her way into becoming a part of the Gucci family. The story reveals family drama, chaos and murder behind the luxury brand. 

Dune (oct 22)

After much anticipation, Dune was released to the public on Oct. 22. Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel, Dune follows Paul Atreides who was born into a great destiny, and he goes on a dangerous journey in order to save the future of his loved ones. The cast consists of award-winning actors such as Timotheé Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Stellan Skarsgård. The movie is available to stream on HBO Max with a general subscription. Production of Dune: Part Two has been confirmed following the success of the first release.

The French Dispatch (oct 22)

Directed by the renowned Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch hit theaters on Oct. 22. The film features many fan-favorites, including Owen Wilson, Timotheé Chalamet, Saorise Ronan and Bill Murray. This movie is a love letter to journalism set in a fictional city in France during the 20th century. The plot follows three different stories, including “The Concrete Jungle,” “Revisions to a Manifesto” and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner.” Although The French Dispatch is not yet available on streaming platforms, HBO Max offers a behind-the-scenes look at Wes Anderson’s latest production.    

Eternals (nov 5)

Eternals was released on Nov. 5 by Marvel Studios. The film is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, which takes place in 2024. The Eternals are a secret, ancient group that rise again after many years to fight against a new enemy, the Deviants. The movie stars Angelina Jolie, Bill Skarsgård, Gemma Chan and Richard Madden. The post-credit scene also welcomes in a new character, played by singer and actor Harry Styles. 

last night in soho (Oct 29)

On Oct. 29, Last Night in Soho premiered exclusively in theaters only. Written and directed by Edgar Wright, this thriller stars actors Anna-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith. The plot follows a wannabe fashion designer who can travel through time and meets many new people. Everything quickly shifts in a shocking turn of events, and the mysteries of the past begin to unravel. 

Spencer (nov. 5) 

Spencer is an emotional tale told through the eyes of Princess Diana. Working alongside Timothy Spall and Jack Nielen, Kristen Stewart plays Diana and navigates the difficulties of her decision to divorce her husband, Prince Charles. The film represents her childhood and how the past carries on with someone through life. Spencer also illustrates the effects that poor mental health can have on a person. 

Licorice Pizza (Nov. 26)

Licorice Pizza made its way to the big screens on Nov. 26, telling the tale of a girl in the San Fernando Valley who learns to love. Rising actress Alana Haim and actor Cooper Hoffman work side-by-side and play the main characters Alana and Gary. These characters present themes of friendship and how that connection sometimes inevitably becomes more than just a friendship. 

King Richard (Nov. 19)

King Richard premiered on Nov. 19 to HBO Max, portraying the heartfelt story behind the amazing athletes Venus and Serena Williams. The film stars Will Smith as their father, Richard Williams, who was the mastermind behind the sister’s athletic careers and achievements. The movie is set in Compton, where the children grew up, and shows the hardships and triumphs on the road to success. 

Squid Game (Sept. 27)

Squid game, originally filmed in Korean, came to Netflix US platforms this September and instantly became a hit show. In this series, the characters play children’s games to win a 45.6 billion dollar prize with deadly stakes.