Best New TV Shows & Movies This Weekend (January 8)

This weekend, Netflix will add two very different documentary series, a drama movie, a French TV show, and a TV series about New York City.

This weekend, Netflix will bring a variety of content to choose from, such as a different type of documentary, another one exploring a taboo subject, an acclaimed drama movie, a French TV series, and a series that’s all about New York City. With the coronavirus pandemic still going and various countries going into lockdown again, streaming services continue to be the main source of entertainment for many, as well as the best option for studios to release those movies that couldn’t hit theaters. Luckily for Netflix users, the streaming giant not only continues housing some of those movies but also keeps adding new content (both licensed and original) every week.

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Last week, the streaming giant welcomed a long list of licensed content, most notably the comedies 17 Again and Can’t Hardly Wait, Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Goodfellas, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, and the martial arts classic Enter the Dragon. Netflix also added the Danish drama series Equinox, part 4 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, season 3 of Cobra Kai, and the series Headspace Guide To Meditation. This weekend will also see a variety of licensed content, with the arrival of David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the animated movie Charming, and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

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As for original content, Netflix users will get to enjoy a documentary series hosted by Nicolas Cage, another docuseries addressing death, an acclaimed drama movie, a French TV series based on a fictional thief, and a TV series about New York City with a lot of humor. Here are the best movies and TV shows coming to Netflix this weekend – January 8.

The History of Swear Words

History of Swear Words Netflix

Netflix’s catalogue of documentaries keeps expanding, and the first addition this week is a completely different type of docuseries. Hosted by Nicolas Cage, The History of Swear Words explores the origins, pop-culture usage, science, and cultural impacts of all those “bad words” you aren’t supposed to say. Through interviews with experts in etymology, pop culture, historians, and entertainers, each episode dives into the origins of one curse word, which you surely hear once or twice every day.

Surviving Death

Surviving Death Netflix

Surviving Death is the second dose of docuseries of the week on Netflix. Based on the best-selling book by author and journalist Leslie Kean, Surviving Death is an in-depth investigative series exploring the possibility of an afterlife. Over six episodes, it explores questions that have been contemplated throughout time: what does it mean to die, and is death the end of our existence? Weaving together innovative new research with firsthand accounts from those who’ve been close to – and even experienced – death, the series takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into a world beyond human existence as it’s known.

Pieces of a Woman

Pieces of a Woman Netflix

Netflix’s Pieces of a Woman is a drama movie directed by Kornél Mundruczó from a screenplay by Kata Wéber and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. It follows Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf), a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with Sean and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court.


Lupin Netflix

Lupin is a French adventure comedy TV series inspired by the adventures of the character Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief and master of disguise created by Maurice Leblanc. It follows Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a man who comes across a mysterious gift that has the power to grant him wealth and resources: a book about Arsène Lupin. Diop’s life hasn’t been easy, as 25 years prior to the events of the series, his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and so Diop sets out to get revenge on a wealthy family who caused his father’s death, with the “Gentleman Burglar” as his inspiration.

Pretend It’s a City

Pretend its a City Netflix

First, there’s a Netflix project produced by Martin Scorsese, now here’s one directed by him. With critic and essayist Fran Lebowitz as the lead, Pretend It’s A City checks in with a classic urban voice on subjects ranging from tourists, money, subways, and the arts to the not-so-simple act of walking in Times Square. Along the way, Lebowitz’s own past comes into focus: a life marked by constant curiosity and invigorating independence, with the series shaping her thoughts into the furiously funny guidebook every New Yorker has at one point wished for.

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Updated: January 8, 2021 — 1:29 pm

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