8 New Movies Coming to Streaming This Week: ‘Wonka,’ ‘The Beekeeper,’ and More

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New Movies: There will be something for everyone in the fantastic selection of titles that will be available to stream this week as we round off the first month of 2024. Families may enjoy two new animated films, Orion and the Dark and The Tiger’s Apprentice, as well as the musical precursor Wonka, in the comfort of their own homes. A24’s raucous R-rated musical Dicks: The Musical will be going to Max, while the most recent Best Picture winner Past Lives will be going to Paramount+.

All of the New Movies that are streaming this week can be seen in the list below

New On VOD:

Calamity Jane

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Calamity Jane, a western thriller, will bring Emily Bett Rickards and Stephen Amell back together, the stars of Arrow. As the real-life 19th-century legend Calamity Jane, played by Rickards, she is coping with an unfathomable amount of grief following the death of her boyfriend, Wild Bill (Amell). Jane tries to get revenge on the person who killed Wild Bill by breaking out of prison as soon as possible. In addition, Tim Rozon (Schitt’s Creek), Priscilla Faia (You Me Her), Garrett Black (Riverdale), Gauge Marsh (It Lives Inside), Christian Sloan (See), Trey Mundle (Prey), and Spencer Borgeson (Supernatural) are featured in the western. Release Date – February 2nd, 2024

The Beekeeper

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Even though 2024 is just two months away, Jason Statham’s film The Beekeeper, directed by David Ayer, might end up being remembered as one of the year’s funniest, craziest, and most ridiculous films. The movie centres on Adam Clay (Statham), a beekeeper with a dubious background who, after a close friend (Phylicia Rashad) kills herself after losing her money to a phishing operation, sets out on a violent quest for vengeance. We learn that Clay isn’t your typical beekeeper as more and more bodies begin to pile up as he continues on his murderous mission. Along with Josh Hutcherson from Five Nights at Freddy’s, Bobby Naderi from Bright, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons from The Lion King, Emmy Raver-Lampman from The Umbrella Academy, and Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), Jemma Redgrave (Doctor Who), and David Witts (EastEnders). Release Date: Friday, February 2

Wonka

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Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet has previously portrayed a number of well-known historical and literary figures, including Paul Atreides in Dune, Laurie in Little Women, and King Henry the V in The King. Now, he can add Roald Dahl’s lovable and eccentric chocolatier to his repertoire with Paul King’s Wonka. The new movie is a musical origin narrative that follows Willy Wonka as he travels to Europe in pursuit of his ambition of starting a prosperous chocolate shop. But Willy soon finds himself bankrupt and in debt after being duped by two con artists (Olivia Colman, Tom Davis). He also falls under the scrutiny of the evil chocolate cartel, headed by Arthur Slugworth (Paterson Joseph), who has plotted to destroy the young man’s long-held ambition. Still, Our hero quickly befriends Noodle (Calah Lane) and other people before setting out to discover how to spread happiness and chocolate to as many people as possible. Along with the aforementioned cast members, Wonka features British icon Hugh Grant (Love Actually) as Lofty the Oompa-Loompa, as well as Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids), Mathew Baynton (BBC’s Ghosts), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), and Natasha Rothwell (The White Lotus). Release Date: Tuesday, January 30

New on Netflix:

Orion and the Dark

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Though the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman may not be the first person that comes to mind when you hear the name DreamWorks Animation, the two have collaborated on the animated fantasy film Orion and the Dark. The movie, which is based on Emma Yarlett’s best-selling children’s novel, centres on Orion (Jacob Tremblay), a nervous elementary school student who fears practically everything, with the dark being at the top of his list of anxieties. Paul Walter Hauser, the actual manifestation of Dark, chooses to visit Orion one fateful night to show that there’s nothing to be scared of.

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As the unusual pair sets out on an amazing journey, Orion starts to come to the realisation that he must stop allowing his fear to control him. Other notable voice actors in Orion and the Dark include Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbours), Natasia Demetriou (What We Do in the Shadows), Golda Rosheuvel (Bridgerton), Nat Faxon (Disenchantment), Aparna Nancherla (BoJack Horseman), Carla Gugino (The Fall of the House of Usher), and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man). Release Date: Friday, February 2

Shortcomings

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Randall Park, who starred in Fresh Off the Boat, directs his first feature film, Shortcomings, a dramedy based on the critically acclaimed Adrian Tomine comic novel. Ben, played by Justin H. Min of The Umbrella Academy, is a man who is trying to figure out who he is in the world after splitting up with his lover Miko (Ally Maki). In the end, Ben chooses to travel to New York with his closest friend Alice (Sherry Cola), where he makes an effort to get back in touch with his former partner. The movie also stars Sonoya Mizuno (House of the Dragon), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Timothy Simons (Veep), Tavi Gevinson (Gossip Girl), and Debby Ryan (Jessie). Release Date: Monday, February 1

Watch on Max:

Dicks: The Musical

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With one of the most impressive catalogues in the industry, which includes critically acclaimed films like Lady Bird, The VVitch, Hereditary, Uncut Gems, Ex Machina, and Room, A24 has risen to prominence in the independent film industry in just the last ten years. Other notable titles in the catalogue include Moonlight, winner of the Best Picture, and Everything Everywhere All at Once. Dicks: The Musical marks the arthouse studio’s foray into the realm of cinematic musicals, even though it is best known for its avant-garde horror films and critically praised dramas. The film, directed by Larry Charles (Borat), follows two long-lost identical twin brothers, Craig (Josh Sharp) and Trevor (Aaron Jackson), as they come up with a scheme to reunite their divorced parents, Harris (Nathan Lane) and Evelyn (Megan Mulally). The cast also includes Megan Thee Stallion as the twin’s boss Gloria, and Bowen Yang as God. Release Date: Friday, February 2

Watch on Hulu:

Freelance

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The new action-comedy Freelance, helmed by Pierre Morel (Taken), stars John Cena (Peacemaker) and Alison Brie (GLOW). Starring with Cena is Mason Pettits, a former Special Forces agent stuck in a meaningless legal profession. When Mason is hired to offer private protection for disgraced journalist Claire Wellington (Brie) as she visits the nation of Paldonia to speak with tyrant Juan Venegas (Juan Pablo Raba), Mason is given the opportunity to redeem himself. During the interview, a military coup occurs, forcing Mason, Claire, and Juan to flee into Paldonia’s treacherous jungles. The film features co-stars Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Marton Csokas (The Equaliser). Release Date: Friday, February 2

New on Paramount+:

Past Lives

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Past Lives is Celine Song’s dramatic and poignant directing debut, and it has just been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The romance drama centres on a week-long reunion between Korean immigrant Nora (Greta Lee) and her close childhood friend Hae Sung (Teo Yoo). Even though Nora and Arthur (John Magaro) are already happily married, she wonders what her life may have been like if she had stayed with Hae Sung. One of the most well-received films of the previous year was Past Lives, which Collider named the greatest movie of 2023, surpassing such highly regarded films as Barbie, Oppenheimer, and Poor Things. Release Date: Friday, February 2 (through Paramount+ with Showtime)

The Tiger’s Apprentice

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The Tiger’s Apprentice centres on Tom Lee (Brandon Soo Hoo), a Chinese American adolescent who finds it difficult to fit in at his high school. It is based on the trilogy of YA novels by Laurence Yep. When Tom learns that his recently departed grandmother was descended from a long line of mystical protectors and that he is next in line to take her place, his life is thrown into a loop. Tom is now working as Mr. Hu’s (Henry Golding) apprentice, learning from him how to be a hero and carry on his grandmother’s legacy. The animated film features an amazing ensemble cast, which includes Sandra Oh (Killing eve), Lucy Liu (Kill Bill), Bowen Yang, Greta Lee, Sherry Cola, and Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once), Jo Koy (Easter Sunday), Leah Lewis (Elemental), and Poppy Liu (Hacks). Release Date: Friday, February 2






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All The New Movies Coming to Streaming This Week: ‘Wonka,’ ‘The Beekeeper,’ and More
All The New Movies Coming to Streaming This Week: ‘Wonka,’ ‘The Beekeeper,’ and More