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7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

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7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week
18 January 2020

Welcome to 7 Things To Watch This Week, our guide to the best in entertainment to focus your eyes on for the next seven days.

From Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life to Chadwick Boseman in Just Mercy and season 2 of Sex Education, we’ve got you covered with bitesize reviews for all the theatrical, home entertainment and streaming releases you should set your sights on this week.
So, without further ado, here are this week’s recommendations...


1. A Hidden Life

In cinemas from Friday, January 17th

7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

Terrence Malick’s long, narratorial filmmaking is an acquired taste but in telling this story of an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II, it brings a soulful intimacy to proceedings. Said pacifist is Franz, a religious farmer (played by August Diehl) who goes against his village and the Nazis by refusing to undertake military service and sign an oath of loyalty to Hitler, while his wife Franziska (Valerie Pachner) has to deal with the consequences of that moral decision. This is a deep and poignant film that is alarmingly resonant to what is going on in the world today.


2. Just Mercy

In cinemas from Friday, January 17th

7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

Chadwick Boseman takes the lead in this biographical legal drama as Bryan Stevenson, a newly graduated Harvard lawyer who begins defending death-row inmates wrongly condemned or not given adequate legal counsel. Jamie Foxx plays Walter McMillan, one of the convicts, who was a victim of racial bias and police coercion while Brie Larson stars as Bryan’s co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Just Mercy has everything you want in a legal drama but with more nuance and added emotional intelligence delivered by the cast, especially Rob Morgan and Tim Blake Nelson. Altogether, filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton delivers a powerful film of the utmost importance.


3. Waves

In cinemas from Friday, January 17th

7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

Trey Edward Shultz’s third feature is a frenetic look into the lives of two suburban, black siblings living in South Florida. Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr) is the star athlete and student who goes to a dark place when familial, school and romantic pressures bear down on him while his younger sister Emily is forced to confront her beliefs and emotions when tragedy strikes. Waves is a visceral stream of consciousness that will make you feel dread, warmth, wonder and heartache but ultimately, have you walking away knowing you’ve just watched something resonant and special.

4. Bombshell

In cinemas from Friday, January 17th

7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie have just earned Oscar nominations for their roles in this #MeToo movie about the women who took down Fox News CEO Roger AIles for sexual harassment. Theron and Nicole Kidman play Fox News Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson while Robbie plays an amalgamation of female staffers who were victim to his workplace harassment. Bombshell is an interesting look at the silencing culture at one of the biggest news outlets in the world and Robbie, Kidman and Theron uplift a script that though entertaining, isn’t as deep as the subject calls for.


5. Weathering with You

In cinemas from Friday, January 17th

7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

He dazzled the world with Your Name, and now Makoto Shinkai is back to take our breath away with another ethereal love story. Hodaka is a runaway teen who heads to Tokyo and lands a job at a dubious occult magazine while Hina, after losing her mother, is mysteriously imbued with the power to control the weather. When the two meet their lives become intertwined, as well as each other’s complications, which leads to a transcendent crescendo. Infusing mysticism with social realism, Weathering with You is a gorgeous and melodramatic addition to the anime genre.


6. Sex Education - season 2

On Netflix from Friday, January 17th


7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

The Netflix high school series is back with even more sex and drama to deal with. Otis is caught up between Ola and Maeve, the latter of which is dealing with the return of her mum and a mischievous neighbour. STIs, slut-shaming, fetishes, self-harm and sexual assault are just a few of the narrative threads that season 2 explores but without losing the light, sometimes slapstick humour that fans have grown to love.


7. The Farewell

Out on disc and digital now

7 best new movies and TV shows to watch this week

Lulu Wang’s sophomore feature tells the heartfelt yet humorous story of a Chinese-American woman called Billi (Awkwafina) who returns to China under the pretence of a family wedding when really she is there to see her terminally ill grandmother. “Nai Nai” doesn’t know she’s dying and as the wedding day draws closer, Billi becomes ever more conflicted by the cultural belief that prevents her from revealing the truth to the matriarch. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll fall in love with Nai Nai AKA Zhao Shuzhen.