7 new movies and shows this weekend on HBO Max, Hulu and Amazon

The first week of the New Year brings a new roster of new movies and shows to TV and streaming services like HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.

This weekend’s lineup is directed by The Tender Bar, an uplifting coming-of-age film that pairs star Ben Affleck with director George Clooney. Fan-favorite series This Is Us, A Discovery of Witches and Search Party reveal their final seasons, as Euphoria returns after a long hiatus to continue her grim tale of teenage life.

Plus, you can check out two debuts – the historical drama Women of the Movement and the crime thriller The Cleaning Lady.

Here’s our guide on what to watch this weekend. Plus, check out the upcoming titles in our picks for what to watch in January 2022.

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The Soft Bar (Amazon Prime Video)

Ben Affleck is in front of the camera and George Clooney is behind for this adaptation of the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist JR Moehringer, who chronicles his childhood on Long Island. The young JR orphaned by his father (Daniel Ranieri, then Tye Sheridan) grew up sitting at the bar run by his uncle Charlie (Affleck). His cash-strapped mother (Lily Rabe) has high aspirations for him, and as JR struggles to make them come true, he returns to the bar again and again to receive Charlie’s support and guidance.

As a director, Clooney has delivered a series of unforgettable films (The Midnight Sky, anyone? Suburbicon?), And The Tender Bar doesn’t exactly break the streak. But if you’re in the mood for a sweet, heartwarming story anchored by a terrific performance by Affleck, then this is your ticket.

Streaming now on Amazon Prime Video

Euphoria season 2 (HBO)

The first season of Euphoria won Zendaya a historic Emmy. Season 2 might just state, “Here are my beer, my booze, and my drugs.” Of Rue’s journey this year, the star told Teen Vogue, “It’s going to be tough and it’s going to be devastating at times.” So, get ready.

The last time we saw the teens, Rue had relapsed and Jules (Hunter Schafer) left for the big city on her own. Since then, two standalone episodes have provided an update on where the two are. Rue received a pep talk from sponsor Ali (Colman Domingo), while Jules was in transition therapy. Back home, she sees Rue, but they don’t solve their problems. And Rue’s life seems to take an even darker turn, as she carries a suitcase full of drugs that she could sell.

Watch Euphoria Season 2 Online this Sunday, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max

Women of the Movement (ABC)

Emmett Till has become an indelible name in black history, and much of that can be attributed to his mother, Granny Till. She is at the center of the fascinating first season of an anthology series on women in the civil rights movement. The six episodes are Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights, The Old Guard) and star Adrienne Warren as Granny.

In the first two episodes, Granny is a young mother from Chicago who reluctantly allows her 14-year-old son, Emmett, to go on vacation with family members to Mississippi. But a few days later, she is faced with her worst nightmare when Emmett goes missing. When she finds out that he has been kidnapped by a gang of white men, she mobilizes the community to bring him home.

Broadcast now via Hulu

This is us season 6 (NBC)

The heartbreaking drama enters its final season, which will unravel the hanging threads of the Pearsons’ past, present and future lives. We know that in the future, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) is lying on her deathbed, with her family reunited to say goodbye to her. Season 6 will reveal all the steps they’ve taken to get there.

These days the Big 3s – Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) are celebrating their 41st birthday. Kevin struggles with his new co-parenting situation, while Kate feels lonely with Toby in her distant job. And Randall is shaken when the burglar who broke into his house is arrested. In the past, the Pearson children grappled with the Challenger explosion and the concept of death.

Broadcast now via Hulu

Search Party season 5 (HBO Max)

Buckle up, as Search Party’s mad rush gets even wilder in its final season. The show began as a mystery comedy, with Dory (Alia Shawkat) searching for a missing classmate. But since then, it’s been mixed and matched genres while also deepening the characters and amplifying the storytelling.

In Season 5, Dory survived a fire and became enlightened as a result. His new research is to broadcast – read: sell – this enlightenment as a full-fledged cult guru, in partnership with an eccentric billionaire (Jeff Goldblum). Dory’s friends, Drew (John Reynolds), Portia (Meredith Hagner), and Elliott (John Early) are suspicious at first, but soon find themselves jumping on board.

Streaming now on HBO Max

A Discovery of Witches season 3 (AMC Plus)

The third and final season of the supernatural drama brings Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) and Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) back to the present day, after their time travel to 1590 London. Now that she has honed her powers, Diana is ready to take on the Congregation – especially Peter Knox (Owen Teale).

She’ll have even more reason to bring down Peter and the Creature Council, after learning that he killed Aunt Emily. Without forgetting her top priority: protecting the growing baby inside her. Meanwhile, Matthew will have to face the dark events of his past. And together they must locate the last pages of the Book of Life before their enemies do.

Airs Saturday, Jan.8 at 3 a.m.ET on AMC Plus

The Housekeeper (Fox)

Imagine if the main character of Maid was an immigrant with a sick child who gets involved with gangsters. That’s the premise of The Housekeeper, which stars Elodie Yung (Netflix’s Daredevil) as Thony, a brilliant Cambodian doctor. When her sick son needs medical treatment, she takes him to the United States, where she is forced to become an undocumented worker.

After witnessing a murder, Thony must clean up the crime scene in order to stay alive. So begins a complicated new life of cleaning up for a crime syndicate while searching for a way to save her son.

Broadcast now via Hulu


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