Can you believe it? After months and months of anticipation, Zendaya and John David Washington’s Malcolm & Marie is finally here. From glowing reviews to Golden Globes snubs, the film has been one of the most discussed films on the TL so far in 2021 and for good reason. Following Malcolm (John David Washington) – who is all ego and youthful promise – and long-term girlfriend Marie (Zendaya), the Sam Levinson-directed black and white drama takes us through a monologue fiesta filled with self-consuming arguments, emotional breakdowns and sudden humbling silences. Washington and Zendaya’s toxic tango of emotion shines bright in this film, and we suggest you tune out from the world and engross yourself into their world this weekend.
WHAT TO WATCH
From Zendaya-led couples therapy to the Britney Spears documentary, here’s all the TV shows and films you should be watching this weekend.
Malcolm & Marie
You may or may not of heard of a certain movement bubbling over on the TL in recent years; yes, we’re talking about the #FREEBRITNEY movementFraming Britney, and while it doesn’t present homicide cases, some legal minds argue a life has been taken away. Taking us back to her 2008 public mental breakdown, we’re showed the beginning of a very long and drawn-out legal process whereby Britney is currently fighting to end her conservatorship with her father, Jamie Spears. The harrowing docu-series introduces us to various of those close to Britney, as they examine and breakdown the princess of pop’s legal proceedings and struggles with global superstardom.
Little Big Women
Lockdown has opened the gates for foreign film recognition in the past year, with the likes of Parasite and Alice in Borderland gaining huge traction thanks to streaming services, and now Taiwanese drama Little Big Women is set to join the ranks of top-class foreign films. Introducing us to an ordinary family, we’re taken through a minefield of the emotions as they navigate the sudden loss of their figurehead father. With a lover, three strong-headed daughters and a stubborn matriarchic mother all thrown into the mix, we’re shown the hard-fought emotional battles faced by all women of all ages.
With the way the weather is currently set up, a heartwarming drama and a warm beverage is needed for those cold winter weekends, and Justin Timberlake is providing the entertainment with his latest indie drama, Palmer. After spending 12 years in prison, all-American high-school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) returns home to put his life back on track, but along the way the ex-convict forms an unlikely bond with youngster Sam. Outcasted from his troubled home life, the flamboyant youngster leans on Palmer for supporting, leading him to fight for parental custody. With Judo Temple, Alisha Wainwright and June Squibb all onboard for the drama, we say grab the tissues, because it’s an emotional one.