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Four movies you may have missed in 2020

2020 was a weird year for movies. With thousands of theaters still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, audience attendance rates were lower than they’ve been in years. Additionally, with many of the year’s new movies being released directly to streaming platforms or video-on-demand services, the number of films that saw widespread theatrical releases were extremely limited.

What we’re watching on Disney+: ‘The Mandalorian’

The “Star Wars” series, now several episodes into its second season, is a space-western created by Jon Favreau that first premiered on Disney+ last November. The show, set five years after the events of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” follows the adventures of the titular character, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), and his life as a lone bounty-hunter. 

‘Alex Rider:’ a pioneer of YA book adaptations

“Alex Rider,” The IMDb TV adaptation of the famed book series written by Anthony Horowitz, has just been made available to stream in the US through Amazon Prime Video. 

Gorillaz’s new album ‘Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez’ gives listeners a whole new view of their music

Everyone has their favorite band they listen to. But what if I were to tell you that there is a band completely made up of animated characters, yet they still hold in-person concerts for thousands of fans around the world? For those who don’t know who I’m talking about, let me introduce Gorillaz. 

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘Schitt’s Creek’

“Schitt’s Creek” recently wrapped its sixth and final season on the highest possible note, sweeping at the Emmy Awards and trending for a significant stretch of time on Netflix. 

Fans celebrate new Wallows EP, ‘Remote’

Wallows released their new EP “Remote” on Oct. 23, dropping six new tracks: “Virtual Aerobics,” “Dig What You Dug,” “Nobody Gets Me (Like You),” “Coastlines,” “Talk Like That” and “Wish Me Luck.” Prior to the completed EP, the band released two singles accompanied by music videos.

Fans, critics alike are ‘elated!’ for Bea Miller’s new album

Breaking her way into the music industry after getting ninth place in season two of X-Factor, Bea Miller has been releasing music since 2014. Her new album “elated!” is authentic artistry representing the struggles of young adulthood through her honest emotions and experiences.

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘That ‘70s Show’

Similar to other comedies such as “Friends” and “Seinfeld,” “That ‘70s Show” exhibits lighthearted jokes among friends and family members while also exploring the difficulties of managing school, work and relationships.

‘Emily in Paris’ leaves viewers with mixed feelings

A show with travel, fashion, comedy and romance — what’s not to love, right? Netflix released its newest comedy-drama “Emily in Paris” on Oct. 2, and it was met with indifference from viewers who couldn’t tell if they binged it out of love or hate. 

‘Troubled Blood’ — more than the critics make it out to be

It wasn’t until the second novel — “The Silkworm” — written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, that I realized that J.K. Rowling had grown up. I understood almost immediately after picking up that book (and stumbling upon a truly graphic scene) that her latest literary series about a modern London-based detective, was truly something special. “Troubled Blood,” the most recent installment in the “Cormoran Strike” series might very well be Rowling’s best work yet. 

‘Ratched,’ a surprisingly colorful new series on Netflix

As someone who’s familiar with the various works of Ryan Murphy, I was hesitant at first to watch the Netflix show “Ratched,” which debuted on Sept. 18. After seeing several teasers floating around on Instagram, I thought this show was going to be a ripoff of “American Horror Story: Asylum,” complete with Nazi doctors and psychotic nuns. But after watching the entire show over one weekend, my assumptions were proven wrong. 

Netflix’s ‘The Social Dilemma’ reveals society’s hidden Frankenstein

“The Social Dilemma” is a brand new Netflix documentary that can perhaps only be described as terrifying. Discussing the man-made monster that is social media, this Netflix original film is seemingly designed to make its audience uncomfortable. The documentary is an interesting mix of narrative, interviews and real-world news clips, creating an immersive and gripping experience. Overall, it’s a call to action for social media developers to make the internet more humane.

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘Elder Millennial’

You’ve heard it time and time again: women aren’t as funny as men. Female comedians tend to gain less recognition than their male counterparts, most likely due to this stigma. Regardless, comedian Iliza Shlesinger defies these stereotypes in her four comedy specials, specifically in her 2018 stand-up “Elder Millennial.”

What We’re Watching on Netflix: ‘Always Be My Maybe’

“Always Be My Maybe” is a heartwarming film full of romantic drama focusing on the long and complex relationship between Marcus (Randall Park) and Sasha (Ali Wong).
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