Weekend Watch: Movies Good For the Soul

Wonder Woman 1984, which premieres Christmas Day on HBO Max, will naturally get the most attention this weekend; Warner Media, owned by AT&T, is betting that debuting the film at home and theaters on the same day will generate considerable love (and subs) for the aforementioned streaming service. (Warner also plans to ‘same-day’ its entire slate of 2021 films.) But there are other films debuting Friday through Sunday on the top streaming services that also deserve a look.

The new movies coming this weekend to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu and Amazon Prime include Soul, a Disney computer-animated comedy with Jamie Foxx as the voice of Joe Gardner, a music teacher whose dream of becoming a jazz musician is abruptly halted by an untimely accident. However, Joe manages to avoid the Great Beyond by squeezing himself into the Great Before where he learns how to improve his soul.

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Soul, which was made by Pixar Animation Studios, was also originally slated for a theater-only debut, but Disney moved it (for free!) to its streaming service due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Also notable this weekend: Sylvie’s Love, an Amazon original movie starring Tessie Thompson as a 1950s TV producer who falls in love with a saxophonist; an extended version of Independence Day, the 1996 fantasy film starring Will Smith and a cast of thousands battling alien invaders who like to blow up things; and, yes, Wonder Woman 1984. You can learn more about the Gal Gadot sequel here.

Here is the list of new films coming this week to the top streaming services:

Netflix
Saturday, December 26
Asphalt Burning (Borning 3) — Netflix Film
DNA — Netflix Film

HBO Max
Friday, December 25

Wonder Woman 1984

Saturday, December 26:
Independence Day (Extended Version), 1996 (HBO)

Hulu
Friday, December 25
Soldiers of Fortune (2012)

Sunday, December 27
American Animals (2018)

Amazon Prime
Friday, December 25|
Sylvie’s Love – Amazon Original Movie (2020)

Soldiers Of Fortune (2012)

Sunday, December 27
The House Sitter (2016)

Disney+
Friday, December 25
Max Keeble’s Big Move
(2001)
Soul – Disney Original Movie (2020)

Featured image: Jamie Foxx is the lead voice in Soul.

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