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5 new shows and movies to stream this weekend: The Book of Boba Fett and more

Cobra Kai Season 4 and a new Harry Potter special are available as well.

Published onDecember 31, 2021

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You might think that the first weekend of 2022 might be a slow one for new streaming movies and shows. You would be wrong. Not only are we getting a new Star Wars live-action series, but the fourth season of a major Netflix TV show. Oh, and there’s a reunion of many of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise.

Here’s a look at five new streaming movies and shows you can binge-watch this weekend.

The Book of Boba Fett Season 1 (Disney Plus)

We are writing this before the first episode of this Star Wars live-action series debuts on Disney Plus. Disney and Lucasfilm have been keeping a tight leash on both information and trailers for this spin-off of The Mandalorian. All we know is that bounty hunter Boba Fett will take over the criminal organization on Tatooine following the death of Jabba The Hutt back in the film Return of the Jedi. We expect to see some “Baby Yoda” level surprises in this seven-episode series.

Read more: The Book of Boba Fett — Everything you need to know

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Cobra Kai Season 4 (Netflix)

The fourth season of this Karate Kid continuation debuts on Netflix this weekend. It’s going to be an interesting one, as Johnny and Daniel have decided to make an uneasy truce and train their karate students together. Meanwhile, villain John Kreese has taken over the Cobra Kai dojo and is training his own set of young karate students to take on Johnny’s and Daniel’s at the local tournament. Kreese will get some help from none other than Terry Silver, the main villain from The Karate Kid Part 3 (played once again by Thomas Ian Griffith).

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Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (HBO Max)

Much of the cast of the eight Harry Potter films reunite in this special on HBO Max. That includes the three main leads Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as they sit down together to talk about playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the hugely successful fantasy movie franchise. Other actors who will make an appearance will include Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Newman, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, and others.

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The Lost Daughter (Netflix)

Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal directed and wrote the screen adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel for Netflix. It’s already gaining some Oscar buzz for Gyllenhaal and its lead actor Olivia Colman. She plays a woman on vacation who struggles to deal with her past as a mother and wife. Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, and Ed Harris are also among the cast.

Stay Close Season 1 (Netflix)

Based on the novel by Harlan Coben, this Netflix thriller series stars British actors Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, and Richard Armitage. They each play characters with dark secrets they are keeping to themselves. However, a certain event will happen in the series that will directly affect all three of them. Will their secrets finally be revealed, and what will happen to their lives afterward?

Those new streaming movies and shows should keep you busy during the first weekend of 2022. Happy New Year!

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