Weekend Watch: Community Star Goes Back to College

You have one weekend left before Christmas. Should you don a mask, lather in sanitizer gel, and snake delicately through a shopping mall to find a few more gifts? Or, should you stay home, curl up carefree on the couch, and watch one of the many new films debuting this weekend on the top streaming services?

Right answer.

The new movies coming this weekend to Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO Max include I Used to Go Here on HBO Max, which stars Gillian Jacobs as a failed novelist who returns to her former college to teach but winds up getting schooled by the students. Jacobs, who played a community college student in NBC’s Community, shows that she’s comfortable on campus. RottenTomatoes.com, which tracks critical reviews, gives the movie a score of 82, writing that it’s “elevated significantly by Gillian Jacobs’ central performance, I Used to Go Here tells a familiar story with considerable charm.”

Also coming this weekend: Eddie the Eagle on Disney+, the 2016 biofilm starring Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards, the first ski jumper to represent Great Britain in the Olympics in decades; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an original Netflix film starring the late Chadwick Boseman in his last movie. The Black Panther star plays as an ambitious trumpet player in 1920s Chicago who clashes with a legendary diva singer played by Viola Davis.

And there’s Blackbird on Amazon Prime, the 2020 film starring Susan Sarandon as an ALS patient who decides to invite her friends and family to her beach house for one last goodbye.

Here is the complete list of new movies coming this weekend to the top streaming services:

Netflix
Friday, December 18
Guest House (2020)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom — Netflix Film
Sweet Home — Netflix Original

Sunday, December 20
Rhys Nicholson Live at the Athenaeum (2019)

HBO Max
Saturday, December 19
Wendy, 2020 (HBO)

Sunday, December 20
I Used To Go Here, 2020 (HBO)

Amazon Prime
Friday, December 18
Blackbird (2020)

Hulu
Friday, December 18     
The Hero (2017)

Disney+
Friday, December 18
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Into the Woods (2014)

Featured image: Gillian Jacobs in I Used to Go Here.

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The TV Answer Man is veteran journalist Phillip Swann who has covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades. He will report on the latest news and answer your questions regarding new devices and services that are changing the way you watch television.

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