We’ve all been through the drag of scrolling through an endless list of movies or series in order to finally pick the one we think we’ll like. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you had a go-to set of the ultimate movies and series available? Well, we’re here to help you out. The following list is a great selection of the best movies and series that are announced to hit the big screens this year. Plus, some of them will be available on Netflix, making it super easy to access them on a Friday Night.
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#20. The Crown
Ever since we binged season 1 and 2 on Netflix, we’ve been anxiously waiting for the third season of The Crown. While we fell in love with Claire Foy’s portrayal of Her Royal Highness, it’s time to make way for the older version of the Queen. The talented actress Olivia Colman will be starring in our favorite series.
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The surprises don’t stop there, though. Helena Bonham Carter we be portraying Princess Margaret. Let me tell you one thing, this season will have you on the edge of your seat: the drama, the tension, and the political context are out of control.
#19. His Dark Materials
Ever since The Golden Compass came into our lives, we’ve been wanting more. The time has finally come for Philip Pullman’s novel to receive its own TV series. Plus, there are loads of things that indicate this series will be truly binge-worthy. First, the fact that the director of the series is also the creator of our favorite series Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders.
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Aside from the fact that the direction of the series is in really good hands, the original source of inspiration -that is, the book – is brilliant. The plot is thick and the universe is full of surprises. The original characters and creatures are addictive to watch.
Stay tuned for more series recommendations, especially #8!
#18. Shrek 5
There is no question or even debate about the fact that the Shrek films are amongst our favorite Dreamworks movies. The characters are brilliantly thought out, the plot can catch anyone’s attention and don’t let me get started on the songs. They’re so catchy, they’ll have you singing along in no time.
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If you’re the type of person that is skeptical about movie remakes, then make an exception for this one. The Fairy tale universe of Shrek has so much potential, we can’t get enough. Take Michael McCullers’ word for it (he’s the screenwriter). The man guarantees this movie is full of surprises and humor.
#17. Jumanji: The Next Level
Make sure you clear your schedule on December 13. Our favorite team of actors have answered our prayers and responded with the sequel of Jumanji! Let’s face it, Jack Black can make any movie a great comedy. But this time, his humor will be intensified tenfold by the presence of his co-star Kevin Hart.
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I can’t wait to lose my head laughing during this film. The only thing I’m looking forward to more than the comedic factor is Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan’s charming performances. The plot involves a group of friends, a curious video game and loads of adventures. What could go wrong?
#16. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
We can’t get enough of StarWars, cant’ we? Every remake and every sequel just get better and better than the last one. Ever since the first movie hit the screens, technology has developed dramatically making it possible to create other-worldly effects. In spite of the obstacles that arose to create the movie, we’ll finally be able to enjoy it on December 20.
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Get ready to live through scenes of heightened tension, dark and light forces, as well as scenes that will bring tears to your eyes. Plus, the “surprise” yet expected appearance of certain loved characters is what we want to see the most. If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan, then don’t miss slide #5!
#15. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors of our time, and there’s no arguing about that. His carefully selected roles reflect complex storylines and deep characters. Not everyone could pull off what he does on screen, so that is reason enough to head down to your local cinema as of November 22.
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In this movie, Hanks portrays a loved children’s TV actor. When a grumpy journalist is tasked to interview the man, things start to change for both of them. A curious friendship develops between both and the audience dives deep into the life of the reporter. A little tip: make sure to have tissues in hand while watching this movie.
On November 22, winter is coming again. And no, we’re not talking about Game of Thrones, but our next favorite magical winter movie: Frozen! This Dinsey hit is perfect for watching with family, friends and even on a date. The adventures of Elsa and her sister Anna will surely keep you entertained.
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If you can’t help bursting out the chorus of Idina Menzel’s epic song Let It Go every time it goes on, then don’t miss out on this sequel. The trailer already looks promising: more catchy songs, interesting characters and above all, two powerful and independent heroines are at the center of all the action.
#13. Maleficient: Mistress Of Evil
This modern turn of Disney’s classic was truly a hit. Above all, we couldn’t get over Maleficient’s fabulously sharp cheekbones and her fashionable horns. Who knew that Hollywood’s loved Angelina Jolie was born to be an evil queen? Dive into a world of magic, enchantment, betrayal, and love on October 18.
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On this dramatically different take, Maleficent and Aurora develop a close relationship. The complex dynamic between both is only made more dramatic by the fact there are magical creatures at stake. Lives need to be saved, forests need to be protected, but will their relationship endure?
#12. Charlie’s Angels
The world was in desperate need of this remake and fortunately for us, the time has arrived. Our patience and our expectations weren’t only met, but easily exceeded. The new angels are portrayed by the following stunning and badass women: Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart. It’s basically a recipe for a fantastic Friday Night Movie!
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You might recognize the name of the director – Elizabeth Banks – because she actually made another of our favorite Friday Night films: Pitch Perfect 2. If the trailer is anything to go by, then we have high hopes for this one. Empowered women, spies, great one-liners and cute crushes are just a small part of what is to come.
#11. The Goldfinch
The time has come, finally, for the top-seller book to hit the big screens. Donna Tartt received amazing praise for her novel, and now we get to see our favorite characters on TV. While it might be a bit early to give a verdict, the selected cast only heightens expectations.
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In this heart-wrenching film, the main character, Theo, loses his mother after a bomb goes off in the MET. As he grows up, the boy develops a unique sensibility and he meets people as well as things that make him reflect on diverse topics. Don’t miss this movie, critics are already dying to see it.
#10. Zombieland: Double Tap
Let’s face it, even though we make fun of Zombie movies, we can’t get enough. The genre is so addictive it never grows old. In fact, if you’re going to watch one of these movies it better be the best. And this is it. Written by the original creators of Zombieland, you’re in for a ride.
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Now, we’ve got the great theme, the great writers… wait a minute, we’re missing the cast! Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson are only some of the big stars you’ll see in this great sequel. What are you waiting for? Destruction, panic, friendship, and survivors are only some of the things you’ll get to see in this movie.
#9. The Addams Family
After so many Halloweens in which thousands of girls dressed up as Wednesday all over the world, we finally got what we didn’t know we needed. Get ready for the animated version of The Addams Family that’s coming out on October 11. Enjoy watching this misfit family. What can we say? They are truly excentric… to say the least.
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In spite of the fact that each and every member of the family… and staff look pretty creepy, they’re sure to win you over. In fact, I’ll bet you won’t be able to watch it only once. Their adventures are hilarious, and the fact that they’re so weird only makes it funnier.
We can’t get enough of superheroines. Fortunately for us, Ruby Rose brings us the gift of Batwoman. The series does a huge twist on the original Batman story and let me tell you… it might be even better. The female star in the series is actually an empowered lesbian, thus introducing a new theme to this old comic.
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She is actually the cousin of Batman, who is nowhere to be seen. When the city demands help, she swoops in to help the underdogs and fight crime in Gotham. Her abilities and passion quickly allow her to create a name for herself. However, stay tuned to find out how things turn out for our superheroine.
#7. Gemini Man
Will Smith really became the center of attention in 2019. His role in Aladdin won him fans of all ages who fell in love once again with Disney’s classic. His rendition of the cool genie sure got our attention. However, his hits don’t stop there, since, on October 4, Gemini Man will hit the theatres. This movie is a must-watch.
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The story behind Gemini Man is a long one. It involves years in the making and has been sitting in Disney’s archives since 1997. The reason why it could never be made into a movie was the fact that the themes weres so futuristic, they required special effects and technology that didn’t exist at the time.
#6. The Witcher
For those gamer geeks out there who’ve probably been waiting for this TV series for a long time, then you’re in luck. The Witcher is based on a fantasy novel that was made into a video game. Let me tell you, if you haven’t checked out this great video game series then you better give it a try.
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The protagonist of The Witcher is.. Geralt, the Witcher. He is a talented and sharp hunter who chases off monsters of all kinds. He gets involved in all kinds of mysteries and adventures. In fact, you better stay tuned to see what happens with the Sorceress and the Princess as well.
#5. The Mandalorian
The time has finally come for all Star Wars fans to gather once again. This movie is way different than anything you’ve ever seen before. The Mandalorian actually explores parts of the universe still unknown to many fans. Better still, the cast is made up by famous actors and actresses.
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This great film follows the adventurous life of Boba Fett, who is a bounty hunter you better not cross paths with. Get ready to submerge into a universe of futuristic weapons and strange creatures on November 12. If you want to add series to your to-watch list then don’t miss the next slide.
#4. American Horror Story
American Horror Story keeps positively surprising us season after season. The script is as great as ever, and the actors are incredibly talented. On September 18, you’ll get the best you’ve ever seen of this series, and guess what? It’s actually set in 1984. If will definitely be worth watching, just for the clothes.
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Let’s take a moment to praise the genius behind this fantastic series, Ryan Murphy. His great masterpiece has truly given us feels of all kinds, both good and bad. Some of the most epic episodes throughout the years have really stuck with the fans through time, and be warned, if you become a fan (and that’s pretty inevitable) then constant references to the series are a guarantee.
#3. The Kitchen
When Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish team up for a movie, one would expect nothing but instant laughs and an instant comedy classic. However, The Kitchen is a different kind of movie. This drama is a great chance to see these talented actresses in a different light. Head to the cinema on September 20, and enjoy the show.
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This movie’s name doesn’t reveal much about the plot, so let us shed a little light. Both actresses portray the wives of notorious Irish mob leaders. When things go awry, both women take the business into their own hands. Their brutal ways soon make them famous in Hell’s Kitchen. Will you miss this hit?
#2. It, Chapter Two
Our favorite scariest clown is back in town. In case you still haven’t watched this Friday Night must then pay attention. This particular spooky fellow is called Pennywise, and he really got a hit out of tormenting the neighborhood kids last time. These poor kids were actually known as The Losers’ Club.
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The sequel depicts the same group of friends, but nearly 30 years after. After news gets out that Pennywise is on the large again, the group returns to the scene of the crimes. Get ready to be seriously scared, but be precautious and get a large group of friends to watch it with. Check out the scariest clown in town in the next slide.
Nothing scared us more when we were younger than the Joker. His maniac laughs, his spooky ways but above all his purely evil ways were truly the stuff of nightmares. In those moments, we were all thankful Gotham City was only fictitious. Since the first Batman movie came out, many actors have attempted to portray this villain.
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Don’t miss this guaranteed success. The movie comes out on October 4, and you bet cinemas will be packed, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance. In spite of the multiple interpretations of this character, the director and writers have assured we’ll be in for a ride. Surprises are to be awaited.