Many people are hiding inside as the pandemic enters its second year, both to limit the spread of new varieties such as Omicron and to avoid the unpredictable weather of 2021. This is an especially fantastic month to check out HBO Max, whether one is new to the platform or has signed up for the half-priced plan but hasn’t used it in a while. HBO Max is streaming some of the most popular movies that are being released in theatres at the same time, allowing one to watch them from the comfort and safety of their own home.
- The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Everybody’s internet boyfriend, the breath-taking Keanu Reeves returned to the big screen with the fourth installment of the highly acclaimed and beloved Matrix series. This highly anticipated fourth movie of The Matrix franchise brings a slew of familiar individuals back to the Matrix, but Neo and Trinity appear to be strangers this time. Neo joins the resistance to battle a new threat when the new Morpheus offers him a red pill that will transport him to a new version of the Matrix. The Matrix Resurrections, directed by Lana Wachowski, was released on HBO Max and in theatres on December 22nd, 2021.
- Succession (2018-)
Part family drama, part dark comedy, Succession follows fictitious media and entertainment billionaire Logan Roy as his health deteriorates and he tries to figure out who among his children (or outsiders) has what it takes to run his multibillion-dollar firm. The Roy kids compete for their narcissistic parents’ affection and trust while they and everyone around them play games within games in this expletive-filled modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.
- 8-Bit Christmas (2021)
Are you looking for a new Christmas movie to enjoy? 8-Bit Christmas (2021) is a healthy and amusing recollection of how important your Christmas present was to you when you were ten years old. Jake Doyle (Neil Patrick Harris) tells his daughter about how he and his pals sought to buy the Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas in 1988 in a working-class neighborhood of Illinois. We can all relate to the difficulties and tribulations of trying to receive that present we’ve been dreaming of and not knowing if Santa will get the job done on Christmas Day, whether it’s a red-headed Cabbage Patch doll or the still elusive PlayStation 5.
- Hacks (2021-)
Jean Smart is deserving of all the accolades she receives, including the Emmy she received this year for her portrayal of diva comedian Deborah Vance in Hacks. Deborah finds herself working with a Gen-Z comedy writer named Ava who can’t do anything right, just as her Las Vegas show prepares to limit the amount of appearances per week (and hence her compensation). The two reluctantly learn from each other and create a more honest show for Deborah thanks to some superb writing that is darkly humorous and yet feels all too real.
- Raised by Wolves (2020-)
Raised by Wolves is a horror science fiction series that makes you wonder who is the good person and who is the bad man. For the first two episodes, Ridley Scott directed and executive produced the show, which introduces two androids named Father and Mother who crash land on the lonely Kepler-22b planet and give birth to human infants. They appear to be a happy family until they are forced to meet paths with a group of human missionaries who are distrustful of the androids due to an accident. That’s when the audience knows the two groups have been at odds for a long time and are seeking vengeance.
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