The last week of January 2021 features plenty of movies and TV shows that are brand-new. From Justin Timberlake’s latest film to exciting docuseries, HL has a list of what’s worth watching this weekend.
There’s never been a more perfect time to cozy up on the couch or in bed to watch the latest movies and TV shows. This winter, networks and streaming services alike are constantly bringing fresh and exciting content for viewers to enjoy. This weekend alone features the premieres of exciting new movies and TV shows.
HollywoodLife has rounded up major movies and TV shows to watch this weekend. There’s a plethora of new content coming out this weekend, including a new Hallmark Channel movie, a Netflix docuseries all about football, and a new film featuring three Hollywood juggernauts. Here’s a list of notable movies and TV shows to watch from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31 across networks, online, and streaming services.
Justin Timberlake takes a dramatic turn in the Apple TV+ film Palmer, which premieres Jan. 29 on Apple TV+. The singer stars as former high school star Eddie Palmer who returns home to Louisiana after serving time in prison. He moves back in with his grandmother, Vivian (June Squibb), and hopes to rebuild his life. Eddie soon finds himself taking care of his neighbor’s precocious and unique son Sam (breakout star Ryder Allen), who is often the target of cruel bullying. The film also stars Alisha Wainwright and Juno Temple. Palmer is Justin’s first live-action film since Wonder Wheel in 2017. Ryder, in his feature film debut at just 7 years old, shines alongside Justin.
‘Wendy Williams: The Movie’
Lifetime’s latest biopic focuses on one of daytime TV’s most popular figures, the one and only Wendy Williams. Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. The film, executive produced by Wendy herself, will take you through the highs and lows she’s experienced over the years.
The authorized project takes a deeper dive into Wendy’s journey from her start in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. Despite many obstacles, Wendy’s strength, confidence, and determination have allowed her to thrive and succeed. Ciera Payton stars as Wendy Williams in the Lifetime biopic. The biopic will be followed by a feature-length documentary, Wendy Williams: What a Mess!, at 10 p.m. Wendy will speak directly to the camera and open up like she never has before about her life.
Snowkissed is one of the Hallmark Channel’s latest original movies and airs Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. on the network. Hallmark Channel’s “New Year New Movies” programming event continues with the premiere of this fun and romantic film. Snowkissed follows a travel-averse journalist who chases her dream assignment and unwillingly finds herself mentoring a handsome B&B owner who wants to be a tour guide. The movie stars Jen Lilley and Chris McNally.
‘We Are: The Brooklyn Saints’
We Are: The Brooklyn Saints is a 4-part Netflix documentary series that launches Jan. 29 on the streaming giant. The series follows a youth football program in the heart of inner-city Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Saints program, geared towards boys 7 to 13 years old, is a vehicle for opportunity for these kids. The docuseries features the personal stories of the young athletes, as well as the coaches and parents. The season unfolds in real-time as the young boys work to propel themselves to a brighter future. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez serves as director, executive producer, and cinematographer.
‘The Little Things’
The Little Things is a psychological thriller that premieres Jan. 29 on HBO Max and in select theaters. The film stars Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. The Little Things takes place in 1990 when Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe “Deke” Deacon, played by Washington, is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. He gets wrapped up in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city, along with L.A. County Sheriff’s Homicide Department Sergeant Jim Baxter, played by Malek. As the investigation continues, aspects of Deke’s past come back to haunt Deke, Baxter, and the case. The film also stars Natalie Morales, Terry Kinney, Chris Bauer, Joris Jarsky, Isabel Arraiza, and Michael Hyatt.
Denzel, in his first role since The Equalizer 2 in 2018, explained why he was drawn to the film. “It was a good read, a really interesting story I hadn’t seen before and a character who was scarred, cynical, guarded,” Denzel said in a statement. “If he ever had any sort of faith, he’s lost it, but he goes on what’s almost a spiritual journey through the sort of hell I think maybe only a cop could understand, and I found that really interesting. I had known about John as a wonderful writer and director and so working with him was a really easy decision.”
Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in this new drama that premieres Jan. 29 on Netflix. The streaming giant’s latest film follows a wealthy widow, Edith, who hires an amateur archaeologist, Basil, to excavate the burial mounds on her estate.The Dig tells the true story of the discovery of an early medieval cemetery in Suffolk, England in 1939 and is based on the 2007 historical novel of the same name by John Preston. Lily James and Johnny Flynn also star in the film.
‘The Lady and the Dale’
The Lady and the Dale is a 4-part documentary series from Emmy-winning producers Mark and Jay Duplass. The series traces the audacious story of Elizabeth Carmichael, a larger-than-life entrepreneur who rose to prominence during the 1970s oil crisis with her promotion of a fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car known as The Dale. At the time, Liz promised to get 70 miles to the gallon. Fierce public and media scrutiny uncovered a web of mystery and suspicion about the car’s technology and Liz’s past. The Lady and the Dale premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. The show will premiere on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. New episodes will air on subsequent Sundays at 9:00 p.m.
‘Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s’
The third season of Colman Domingo’s Sundance TV/AMC Digital series, Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s, will premiere Jan. 31 during the Sundance Film Festival. The first episode of the season will feature a conversation around representation in Hollywood and include Radha Blank and Julio Torres. The episode will be available on AMC.com as well as The Walking Dead’s YouTube page and the Fear The Walking Dead Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Colman recently earned an Indie Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male for his role opposite Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
If you’re looking for a fun and fierce comedy to watch this weekend, Chick Fight is the movie for you. Chick Fight will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video starting Jan. 29. When Anna Wyncomb (Malin Akerman) is introduced to an underground, all-female fight club in order to turn the mess of her life around, she discovers she is much more personally connected to the history of the club than she could ever imagine. The movie also stars Bella Thorne, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Connolly, Dulcé Sloan, Dominique Jackson, and more.
‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’
The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the perfect reality TV fix. The show is in the midst of its eighth season and is more dramatic than ever. New episodes air Sundays at 8 p.m. on Bravo. Coming up on the Jan. 31 episode, the RHOA ladies arrive at Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Right away, they are faced with an unexpected mystery. During the episode, the women realize they have to confront Kenya Moore for proving to be a less-than-fabulous hostess. Drew Sidora and LaToya Ali finally come face-to-face after LaToya’s shocking wig diss. Will it put a damper on Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party weekend? Time will tell.