The 10 best movies and TV shows to watch this Christmas weekend

Santa Claus is coming to townAnd the BabylonAnd the Musical Matilda.
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And once this year has passed, the holidays have really begun. So we thought we’d give you a gift this month: an end to what seems like an endless scroll of what’s new in streaming or what to watch. It will save time while preparing food with your friends and family or wrapping gifts. It will definitely save you time before you check out two Three-hour movie screenings this week – Babylon And the Avatar: Water Way – Both are worth a look (maybe not back-to-back, but that’s up to you). And if you’re looking for more Christmas and Hanukkah movies, we’ve always got you covered in our other guides here and here. Now, for this week’s list. Oh, and happy holidays!

La La Land Director Damien Chazelle returns to California with a dream BabylonAlso known as La La LandTwisted opposite. There is no Sebastian and Mia dancing dreamily among the stars of Los Angeles here. Instead, you have the dark nature of Hollywood at its most immoral, with Babylon Trace the ups and downs of Chazelle’s cast of characters from silent films to the Talkies of the 1920s. Margot Robbie stars as aspiring star Nellie LaRue, and Diego Calva plays Manny Torres, a Mexican immigrant seeking to get his foot in the gates of Hollywood. Rounding out the cast are Brad Pitt, Jean Smart, Lee Jun Lee, and Jovan Adepo. The three-hour epic is a time commitment, sure, but it’s an exhilaratingly fun movie that’s meant to be seen on the big screen.

We’ve recommended director Rian Johnson’s sequel before, but after a successful week in theaters, glass onion It finally made it to Netflix. Yes, it’s a shame you can’t see Benoit Blanc Detective Daniel Craig solve his latest case in Greece on the big screen with a massive crowd, but it might just be a better excuse to gather the whole family for a movie night.

Available to stream on Netflix

If you are not in the mood symbol picture or Babylon This weekend, a sub-two-hour cinematic contender enters the ring. the a partner Spinoff Antonio Banderas reprises the titular Puss role as he realizes he’s on the last of his nine lives. Meanwhile, Florence Bowe makes the voice of Goldilocks, the girl trying to finish him off, which is kind of iconic behavior if you ask me.

The most promotional offer I’ve seen Musical Matilda virus was Twitter clip From the aggressive choreography of the girls. To be completely honest, I thought this had already premiered, but here we go. It’s weird why Netflix hasn’t promoted this so hard when so many reviews say it’s so much fun! (and garnered a huge hit at the UK box office) In addition, after an amazing performance in The King’s Woman Earlier this year, Lashana Lynch sold the textbooks as Miss Honey, while Emma Thompson takes on the role of Miss Trunchbull.

Available to stream on Netflix

Getting on was one of Tom Cruise’s best stunts of the year Top Gun: Maverick To maintain staying power at the movie theaters and box office. While most movies debut on streaming devices a month after their theatrical debut, Maverick It remained strong, sticking to the traditional release model. Now, nearly seven months later, the sequel to Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski is coming to Paramount+ just in time for the holidays. If you’re one of the people who haven’t watched it yet, keep watching!

Available to stream on Paramount+

This week, director Sarah Polley’s star-studded film is one of the last possible films to contend for this year’s Oscars. But aside from her chances at the Oscars, The woman speaks It was acclaimed as a poignant drama based on Miriam Toews’ novel of the same name. Rooney Mara, Jesse Buckley, Claire Foy, and Frances McDormand play women in a Mennonite colony who, after experiencing a horrific sexual assault, discuss the next steps for their survival.

Back when cable was at the height of its era, reruns of classic Christmas shows like Santa Claus is coming to town And the Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (complete with Paul McCartney needle drop) They’ll play all holiday season. Now, it’s hard to get if you don’t have it. Fortunately, Peacock has at least one of them. It really does sound like a fever dream to try and recount the events told by the stop-motion mailman voiced by Fred Astaire, but it’s a classic!

Available to stream on Peacock

Nothing beats the new holiday season Emily in Barry to close your mind. Sugar rush? Food coma? The perfect soother for post-holiday stress is Paris-based American optimist Lily Collins trying to juggle work and love and learn a new language for the seasons she’s binging on (well, okay, only three seasons). Even cooler, Emily kicks off season three by emotionally cutting off her bangs so she doesn’t have to! Merci.

Available to stream on Netflix

While scrolling through our list of worthwhile Hanukkah movies and shows, I remembered RugratsThe perfect holiday ring. (American tail It’s also a great option that reminds me of my childhood, but as author Rebecca Kaplan points out, it’s not quite the relaxing holiday feeling you’re chasing now.) , “A Rugrats Chanukah” is a fun option for any family to tune in while fun-loving kids discover the true (or mean) meaning of Hanukkah.

Available to stream on Paramount+

Michelle Yeoh has had a wild year. She started her victory run this year with everything, everywhere at once, She is now ending up headlining a spin-off of a hit Netflix fantasy series the magician. in a blood originYeoh leads a group of outcast elves as the first Witcher named Scian as they attempt to defeat a great evil that threatens their world. You know, the basic stuff for a fictional hero.

Available to stream on Netflix

Also! Read our broadcast recommendations from The weekend of December 16th. The following Vulture’s list of weekend live-stream picks is posted online Thursday, December 29.


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