No Time To Die, Venom 2, The Many Saints of Newark, The Guilty, and several other films and TV series are making their debut this weekend; here are 10 worth watching.
If for no other reason at all, this weekend is an exciting one because one of the most anticipated films of the last two years is finally in the cinema in the UK and some other countries. The final appearance of Daniel Craig as 007 is finally here, and there is no time to sleep on it. What else is on deck this weekend in film and TV entertainment, you ask. I’ll show you.
1. No Time To Die
No Time to Die is a 2021 spy film and the 25th in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. In this instalment, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. The film stars Daniel Craig and other usual suspects like Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes, alongside Rami Malek as the villain. No Time To Die is alive in cinemas in UK, Nigeria this weekend.
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2. The Many Saints of Newark
The Many Saints of Newark (marketed with the subtitle A Sopranos Story) is a 2021 American crime drama film. As the story goes, Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano. The film has a star cast of Michael Gandolfini, Corey Stoll, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta. It debuts in cinemas today, 1 October.
3. Venom 2 or Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a 2021 American superhero film and a sequel to Venom (2018). It features the Marvel Comics character Venom in a more even fight against a red symbiote named Carnage. The hosts — Eddie Brook and Cletus Kasady — also have history. Venom: Let There Be Carnage was released in London on 14 September while it became available in the US today, 1 October. Some other parts of the world will not get their hands on the movie until 15 October 2021.
4. MAID (Season 1)
MAID is an American comedy-drama streaming television series inspired by Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will To Survive. The series follows the story of Alex, a single mother who turns to housecleaning to — barely — make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. MAID makes its debut on Netflix today.
5. Old Henry
Old Henry is a 2021 American Western film written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli. It stars Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, and then some. A quiet man and his son take in a wounded stranger near his homestead, along with a bag full of cash. The stranger claims he’s a sheriff being pursued by outlaws, but the man can’t be sure. Old Henry enters cinemas anew today 1 October.
6. The Guilty
A good number of film lovers have been dying to have Jake Gyllenhaal back on their screens for a while now. Well, prayers answered. The Guilty is a tense thriller set over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call centre, as call operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but soon discovers that nothing is as it seems. The film starts streaming on Netflix today.
7. Witch Hunt
In a modern-day America where magic is real, and US authorities persecute witches, teenager Claire and her family are part of an intricate network that helps these women escape across the border to seek asylum in Mexico. However, when their mode of transport gets disrupted by federal witch hunters, trouble befalls the family as they struggle to hide two of them within the walls of their own home. Witch Hunt premieres today, with a cast consisting of Christian Camargo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Elle Callahan, Abigail Cowen, and Gideon Adlon.
8. The Survivalist
The Survivalist is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Jon Keeyes and written by Matthew Rogers. A year and a half after the fall of civilization due to a viral outbreak, a former FBI agent is forced to protect a young woman immune to the disease from a dangerous gang leader hunting her. The film will be available in select cinemas in the US today.
9. The Ghost and Molly McGee
The Ghost and Molly McGee is an upcoming American animated musical supernatural comedy horror television series. This sounds like a full package, doesn’t it? Tween optimist Molly McGee and a grumpy ghost named Scratch become bound to each other when one of Scratch’s spells backfires. Molly lives to make the world a better place, fix what has gone wrong, and spread joy, whereas Scratch wants to make the world a worse place, break what has gone right, and spread misery. Despite their differences, the two form an unlikely friendship and find themselves helping each other through the ups and downs of their respective worlds. The series incorporates elements of musical-comedy, horror and the supernatural, yet nothing too scary. It debuts on Disney+ today.
Mayday is a 2021 American action drama film, written and directed by Karen Cinorre, in her directorial debut. Ana finds herself transported to a dreamlike and dangerous coastline. Once there, she joins a female army engaged in a never-ending war where the women lure men to their deaths with radio signals, like 20th-century sirens. Though Ana finds strength in this exhilarating world, she comes to realise she is not the killer they want her to be. Mayday features Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Havana Rose Liu, and Juliette Lewis, among others. It debuts today, Friday, 1 October.
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