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Ten movies to watch on a weekend

Oh, yet another Friday has arrived and so yet another weekend roundup Mazima provides! That rhymed a little, right? Nonetheless, the end of the workweek is here which means you’ve got 48 uninterrupted hours ahead of you to do what you choose.

The major streaming platforms keep adding new and classic releases to their libraries every week, ensuring there’s always something great to watch on movie night. But with so much coming and going, it’s easy to miss something you wanted to see. To keep you up to date, we’re compiling some movies you could watch over the weekend.

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Things get crazy in this female-driven, action-packed thriller! Sam (Karen Gillan) was only 12 years old when her assassin mother (Lena Headey) was forced to abandon her. Picked up by her mother’s crime syndicate, The Firm, Sam grows up to be one of the fiercest hitwomen on the planet, using her skills to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between The Firm and protecting an innocent child. Her only chance of survival: Reunite with her mother and a new band of lethal associates called The Librarians.

Fear Street (2021)

Netflix is no stranger to experimental content, and Fear Street is a brand new endeavor. The film trilogy has been released throughout July, with three new movies featuring many of the same cast members, all centering around a centuries-long horror conspiracy in a small town. After a series of brutal slayings in 1994, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that has plagued their town. In the subsequent films, events occur in 1978 and 1666.

Summer of Soul (2021)

While Woodstock captivated the nation and became the ultimate symbol of the turbulent ’60s, another massive music festival put the spotlight on a different community. And yet almost nobody knows it ever happened. Across six weeks during the summer of 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival celebrated Black history, culture, music, and fashion, entertaining thousands in one of the most historic Black neighborhoods in the country. Questlove unearths incredible archival footage to relive the festival in this electric documentary.

Leave No Trace (2018)

Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie star in this quiet, slow burn of a drama about a father and daughter who live an idyllic, mysterious existence in Forest Park, near Portland, Oregon. They rarely make contact with the world, but when a small mistake tips them off to the authorities, they’re forced to find a new place to call their own. Easier said than done.

Bill & Ted Face the Music (2021)

Delayed due to the pandemic, Bill & Ted Face the Music is finally out, 30 years after the original excellent adventure. The boys are still best friends in adulthood and, when the ruler of the future tells them they must compose a new song to save life on Earth, it’s time once again for Wyld Stallyns to shine! Except … they don’t really want to work that hard, so they decide to time travel to steal it from their future selves instead. Simultaneously, their young daughters devise their own scheme to help their fathers succeed.

The Suicide Squad (2021)

James Gunn’s “soft reboot” of 2016’s Suicide Squad has already garnered significantly better reviews despite bringing back much of the same cast (with some notable substitutions). Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the U.S., is where the worst supervillains are kept and where the worst supervillains constantly try to escape. They’ll even join the shady Task Force X. So when Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and Harley Quinn strike a deal to get out for a while, they’re dropped on the remote, enemy-infested island of Corto Maltese. One wrong move and they’re dead, either from enemies or from their government handlers.

Freaky (2020)

Drop the “Friday” out of Freaky Friday and you get this gory, slasher comedy starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn. Millie Kesler (Newton) is just trying to survive high school and overcome the cruelty of the popular kids at her school. Unfortunately, she soon also become the target of the town’s infamous serial killer, the Butcher (Vaughn), making high school the least of her worries. When the Butcher’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies, however, things take a gruesome turn for her high school and for Millie herself, who must get her identity back within 24 hours, lest she is stuck looking like Vince Vaughn forever.

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

The second-best movie about the Looney Tunes playing basketball of all time is now on HBO Max. Whether you’re a grown-up fan of the original Michael Jordan version or you have young, basketball-loving kids, you might find Space Jam: A New Legacy worth your time. In this CGI-ed update, LeBron James and his son Dom get trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I. (Don Cheadle). To get home safely, LeBron must lead Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Tunes against the A.I.’s digitized, powered-up basketball stars.

Blood Red Sky (2021)

We’ve got four words for you: vampires on a plane. The horror-thriller Blood Red Sky will add a new level of terror for anyone who’s already afraid of flying, though, to be perfectly fair, the bloodsucker is kind of the hero in this scenario. The movie follows a single mom (Peri Baumeister) who transforms into her secret self to battle the terrorists who’ve hijacked her flight.

Trollhunters- Rise of the Titan (2021)

This animated adventure is the culmination of several animated series that are also on Netflix and are all created by The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. The universe is called Tales of Arcadia and is about the fantasy creatures living right under the nose of the regular human citizens of a small town. Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans serves as the feature-length finale.

No sudden Move (2021)

In 1954 Detroit, small-time criminals are hired to steal a document. When their heist goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them and for what purpose sends them wending through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.

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