Fresh titles to add spice to your ‘Watch Next’


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Clare Sherman, Staff Writer

Winter break is over, so no time is better to find new movies and series to binge after a Hallmark movie overload. Since there are so many to choose from, we picked the three most anticipated titles for you to watch and review for yourself.


Avatar 2: The Way of Water

The second film in the Avatar franchise, The Way of Water, was released on Dec. 16. The story follows the Sully family and their escape from a vengeful Quaritch, the main antagonist of the series, and some of his followers, who have returned in their recombinant forms after their deaths in the first movie. The Sully family consists of Jake, Neytiri and their four kids, Neteyam, Lo’ak, Tuktirey and Kiriy. Together they have to travel across the planet of Pandora to find safety amongst the Water People, where they learn the ways of the water. Still, battle comes their way and they have to fight for all they’ve gained and lost over the course of their time with the Water People.

The film is 3 hours and 12 minutes long, surpassing the first movie by 30 minutes, so get ready to sit and watch for a long time. Despite its running time, Avatar 2 exceeded expectations and captured the attention of movie fanatics across the world with outstanding graphics, 3D visuals and the beautiful underwater world in Pandora.


Harry and Meghan:

The new Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary has six parts, or episodes, released on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 in halves. The episodes are around 50 minutes to an hour long, with each one focusing on a different aspect of Harry and Meghan’s lives since stepping down as senior royals in January of 2020.

The first episode focuses on Harry and his experience of living in the public eye since childhood, including both of them reminiscing about the early days of their relationship. The second episode is the opposite, following Meghan’s perspective of her life before fame and how the two dealt with hate once their relationship became public. Episode three also centers around Meghan and how she had to adapt to royal protocols, especially once they got engaged. Episodes 4, 5 and 6 continue to document their life on a timeline, from the wedding, to leaving the royal family, to moving to the U.S. and starting a family.

Throughout the series, they discuss things like negative media attention, raising a family in the limelight and the process of abdicating from royalty. The docu-series is rated 4.8/10 stars on IMDb and 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the critics are even more harsh. It’s been called a pity party, out of touch and self absorbed. However, those that love the show say it is compelling, admirable and making the best of a bad situation.


Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was released in theaters on Nov. 23, 2022. It’s a standalone film, related to the Knives Out movie from 2019, although both center around actor Daniel Craig, who portrays master detective Benoit Blanc.

In this movie, Detective Blanc takes on a new case involving tech billionaire Miles Bron and his vacation with friends to his private Greek island. Blanc, along with many other famous and influential figures, is invited to go, but he soon uncovers the murder mystery game being played out before them. The plot thickens when one of the guests is murdered, sending everyone into a panic that leads to them working together to find the culprit. In the end, Detective Benoit figures it out and wraps up the mystery in a satisfying plot twist. Much like Harry and Meghan, reviews are mixed, but the overall consensus is positive.

Love these films or not, they’ll at least bring some entertainment and relaxation to you after finals week. Aside from these three, movies are coming out today at a faster pace than ever, and so many more deserve recognition, so go and discover some more.