The best movies and TV to stream this week: January 21st

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in Ozark Season 4. Steve Dietl / Netflix © 2021

There’s a huge selection of content to stream this week, from several new series to a final season, plus some new movies for good measure. Historical dramas have inexplicably taken half of this list, but that hardly means that this week’s offerings are old and stuffy – there are plenty of new and exciting things to see!

What to watch on Netflix

Munich – The Edge of War

This spy thriller places itself at the forefront of World War II and mixes historical facts with nail-biting fiction. The film takes place during the tense negotiations on the Munich Agreement of 1938 and follows Hugh, a British official, and Paul, a German diplomat, two old friends who find themselves at the heart of Europe’s growing political conflicts. While Hitler’s Germany externally promises peace with the agreement, Paul and Hugh uncover the Third Reich’s desire for conquest. This pre-war film places knowledge as the only source of power, making the German secret even more threatening to its protagonists. Munich – The Edge of War premieres Friday, January 21stst.

Ozark

Netflix’s leading crime drama returns for its fourth and final season this week – at least for Part 1 of its fourth and final season. Ozark continues its descent into the dark, while the troubled power couple Marty and Wendy Byrde work more closely with the cartel than ever before, while the future detective Ruth is forced to turn to a new illegal enterprise. The show remains grounded by its trio of incredible performances with Jason Bateman’s indescribable sense, Laura Linney’s sharp pragmatism and double Emmy winner Julia Garner’s endless drive. It is the beginning of the end in more ways than one. Ozark Season 4, Part 1 premieres Friday, January 21stst.

What to see on Hulu

Hugo

Try tuning in to Martin Scorsese’s for a wonderful wintery cinematic escape Hugo. This charming story captures the sentimentality of childhood and the films of bygone times, while the titular Hugo travels around Paris in 1930s looking for answers about his father and the mysterious filmmaker Georges Méliès (a pioneer in the form of real life). Despite Scorsese’s reputation as the director of all things gangster and hypermasculine, this gem is from 2011 tells a sweet, amazing tale of family and film magic. It’s a delight to the eye, and few movies have so much heart. Hugo will be available to stream until January 31stst.

What to see on Amazon Prime

As we see it

In many discussions of representation, whether shared personally or examined on screen, neurodivergence is often omitted from the conversation. As we see it seeks to remedy it. This new drama series revolves around the lives of roommates, Jack, Harrison and Violet, as they navigate their adult lives on the autism spectrum. The three lead roles are all played by autistic actors, and showrunner Jason Katims draws on his own experience as a parent of an autistic child. It’s a big step forward in representing neurodivergence on screen, and it’ll still be a great watch. As we see it premieres Friday, January 21stst.

A hero

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi returned last year with yet another sensational film in the form of A hero. The film follows Rahim, a man sent to debtor prison in the city of Shiraz, on two days’ leave from his incarceration. In his 48 hours of freedom, Rahim works with his fiancé and brother-in-law to find a way to pay back his debt. As their plan crumbles because of Rahim’s conscience, things get more complicated and Rahim faces increasing consequences. Like Farhadi’s previous film, A hero tells a story of a man and his family who do their best even though their best is not right. A hero premieres Friday, January 21stst.

What to watch on HBO Max

The gilded age

Great news for fans of Downton Abbey: we get one American version this week! Created by Julian Fellowes, the mastermind behind the beloved British period drama, The gilded age tells the story of the life of his extensive ensemble in 1880s New York City. There are socialites with old money as opposed to robber barons with new money, inventions mixed with the graduates, all played by huge TV and stage actors. Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon and Carrie Coon lead the brigade, but the show also features big names like Nathan Lane and Audra McDonald – there is plenty of talent on display in this series. The gilded age premieres Monday, January 24thth.


Keep an eye out is a regular approval of movies and TV that is worth your time.

What to watch on streaming this week: 21.-27.  January

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