7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend

Promotional material for The Book of Boba Fett
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That was one helluva year, wasn’t it? Sure, the global pandemic continued to grab most of the headlines in 2021, but we’ve also been treated to some darn good movies and TV shows over the last 12 months – the best of which you can find in our annual streaming roundup

The onslaught of high quality entertainment isn’t over yet, though. Many of the major streamers have saved some of their best offerings for the end of the year, and the next few days will see fans of major franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter once again reaching for their remotes.

Below, we’ve rounded up the seven biggest movies and TV shows coming to Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video and more this weekend. 

Happy New Year, folks! 

The Book of Boba Fett (Disney Plus) 

Looking for some new Star Wars action to tide you over until The Mandalorian season 3? The Book of Boba Fett has arrived on Disney Plus to quench your thirst for bounty-hunting escapades. 

Disney’s long-awaited spin-off series focuses on the misadventures of Temuera Morrison’s titular anti-hero as he, along with fellow Mandalorian alumni Fennec Shand, endeavours to rule Jabba the Hutt's seedy underground empire. 

The first two episodes are available to stream now on Disney Plus, with the remaining five arriving every Wednesday at 12am PT / 3am ET / 8am GMT / 5pm AEDT.

Expect bandits, blasters and plenty of betrayal. 

Now available to stream on Disney Plus

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

After the success of Friends: The Reunion earlier in the year, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. commissioned a similarly nostalgic special for the beloved Harry Potter franchise. 

As such, you probably already know what to expect from the aptly-titled Return to Hogwarts. The one-off reunion will combine interviews, cast conversations and behind-the-scenes footage to take audiences on a “magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.”

It’ll be overly saccharine, no doubt, but fans of J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World will likely find lots to love here (the author herself won’t be appearing in interviews, mind). 

Available to stream on HBO Max in the US and Sky in the UK from Saturday

Cobra Kai season 4 (Netflix) 

After a year-long absence, Cobra Kai season 4 makes its way to Netflix this weekend.

New episodes of the Karate Kid spin-off will see Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso begin training together for the first time in an effort to defeat infamous villain Terry Silver – though, as existing fans of the show may expect, the two leaders have trouble agreeing on fighting techniques.

Audiences should expect more of the same corny nostalgia, teenage angst and emotional punches (if you’ll pardon the pun) from this one, then.  

Now available to stream on Netflix

The Lost Daughter (Netflix)  

In Maggie Gyllenhaal's feature directorial debut, which is now available to stream on Netflix, a woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when her obsession with a young mother forces her to confront the secrets of her past. 

The Lost Daughter stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Jessie Buckley, with the former (unsurprisingly) the subject of early Oscar buzz yet again.

This one has already been praised for its uncomfortable examination of motherhood and maternal responsibility, so expect a dark but captivating watch. 

Now available to stream on Netflix

Stay Close (Netflix) 

Netflix's latest Harlan Coben adaptation follows a photojournalist, a soccer mom and a homicide detective as their lives become disturbed by a terrible event from the past.

If that sounds like a run-of-the-mill thriller synopsis, that’s because Stay Close is likely exactly that – though a cast which includes Cush Humbo, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Eddie Izzard and Sarah Parish should ensure this one has enough meat on the bone to make it worth a watch. 

It’ll be interesting, too, to see how Coben’s story is adapted to a British setting (the novel is set in suburban America) in this eight-part series.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Queer Eye season 6 (Netflix) 

Netflix’s massively popular reality show, Queer Eye, returns for its sixth season this New Year’s Eve. 

This time around, the Fab Five find themselves lending style advice to deserving residents of America’s Lone Star State. Expect inspiring transformations from a dance instructor, a cowboy who occasionally forgets to shower, a transgender bodybuilder, an entire high school prom committee and many more. 

If you’re after some feel-good TV to recover from the whirlwind that was 2021, Queer Eye’s new season is a sure-fire route to putting a smile on your face.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Kick Ass (Prime Video) 

Now, we know this isn’t a new release, but since Prime Video isn’t getting any new original content this week, we thought we’d highlight our pick of the movies and TV shows that are dropping on Amazon’s streamer over the next few days. 

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass is one of the best superhero movies of the last decade. We say superhero movies, but it’s really more of an anti-superhero movie – an action-comedy that straddles the line between parody and crime thriller.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as comic book geek Dave Lizewski, who sets out to become Kick-Ass, a real-life superhero. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, and Kick Ass descends into a bloody and hilarious romp through New York City. 

If you’re hoping to end 2021 on a high, movies don’t come much more enjoyable than this. 

Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.