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Space out this Christmas weekend with ‘Dune,’ ‘The Silent Sea,’ ‘Don’t Look Up’ and more

By Kara Santos Published Dec 24, 2021 5:36 pm

Denis Villaneuve‘s sci-fi epic Dune will finally begin streaming on HBO Go in the Philippines on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Over on Netflix, subscribers can look forward to streaming The Silent Sea on Christmas Eve. The upcoming Netflix Original sci-fi K-Drama series directed by Choi Hang-yang stars Train to Busan’s Gong Yoo and Kingdom’s Bae Doo Na.

There’s also Don’t Look Up, a satirical science fiction comedy starring Academy Award winners Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio as two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

Here’s a roundup of the newest movies and series you can catch on the small and big screen this week from Dec. 20 to 26, 2021.

HBO GO

Dune 

Synopsis: Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.

Santa Inc.

Synopsis: The highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole dreams to become the first woman Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.

Gretel and Hansel

Synopsis: A long time ago in a fairy-tale countryside, a young girl and her little brother enter a dark wood in search of food and work, only to stumble upon terrifying evil.

Netflix

The Silent Sea

Synopsis: During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets.

Don’t Look Up

Synopsis: Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh.

Emily in Paris (Season 2)

Synopsis: After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing exec Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Synopsis: A small-town sheriff helps an alien hedgehog with supersonic speed outrun a mad doctor who wants the creature's special powers to dominate the world.

Schitt’s Creek (Seasons 1 to 6)

Synopsis: Suddently broke, the formerly filthy-rich Rose family is reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke: Schitt’s Creek.

The Devil Judge

Synopsis: In a near-future dystopia, an enigmatic judge punishes the haves by carrying out his vision of justice in trials live-broadcast and voted on by citizens.

Will You Marry

Synopsis: A woman travels to Copenhagen to meet an online match, but her daughter doesn't trust her suitor. Can love mend a broken heart?

Amazon Prime

The Wheel of Time (finale)

Synopsis: Moiraine, a member of a magical organization, takes five young people on a journey, believing that one of them might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to save the world or destroy it.

Roku Channel

Slugfest

Synopsis: Explore the decades-long relationship and rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics in Slugfest, a ten-part docu-series from the Russo Brothers and narrated by Kevin Smith. 

Upstream

Old

Synopsis: From M. Night Shyamalan comes this new thriller that centers on a group of tourists who got trapped on a mysterious beach where time runs fast, causing their bodies to age rapidly.

Vivamax

Mang Jose

Synopsis: Having the ability of energy absorption and redirection, Mang Jose covertly saves people only if they rent him out. One day, carefree young man TOPE rents Mang Jose to help him save his mother who has been abducted by mysterious troopers of KING INA, an enigmatic cunning villainess who is out there to annihilate all remaining superheroes in hiding. 

Cinemas

For fans of local movies, the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is back in cinemas, running from Christmas Day until the first week of January. The movie lineup includes:

  • A Hard Day
  • Big Night
  • Love At First Stream
  • Kun Maupay Man It Panahon (Whether The Weather Is Fine)
  • Nelia
  • Huwag Kang Lalabas
  • The Exorsis
  • Huling Ulan sa Tag-Araw