11 of the best shows and movies from 2021 to stream on HBO Max

It’s the end of the second year of the pandemic and many of us are staying inside – to avoid the spread of new variants like Omicron and to avoid unexpected weather in 2021. Whether you’re new to HBO Max or subscribed earlier to the half-priced deal but the app hasn’t opened in a while, it’s a month Especially good for checking the platform. HBO Max streams some of the hottest movies released simultaneously in theaters (if you’ve signed up for the ad-free category), so you can enjoy them from the comfort and safety of your own home.

I hope your favorite snacks and drinks are ready because there are 11 movies and shows worth watching right now.

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Resurrection Matrix

This highly anticipated fourth installment of the Matrix franchise brings co-stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss back to the Matrix — but this time around, Neo and Trinity just don’t seem to know each other. Thanks to the new Morpheus (Not Lawrence Fishburne) offers Neo a red pill to bring him back into a new version of the Matrix, Neo ends up joining the Resistance to fight a new enemy. Directed by Lana Wachowski, the Resurrection Matrix It’s released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters starting December 22, 2021. But if you’re planning on watching the streaming version, don’t wait too long — you (according to HBO Max) have 31 days to do so.

The Matrix Triple: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions

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Before you start watching the Resurrection MatrixYou should really fall down the rabbit hole and (re)watch the entirety the Matrix trilogy. the original the matrix (1999) follows hacker Thomas Anderson/Neo (Keanu Reeves) as he discovers the truth about the virtual reality world in which he and his fellow humans have been trapped, a world created by AI lords in the form of Agent Smith. Written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, the matrix He changed the way slow motion sequences were depicted with “bullet time” and is responsible for popular cultural references like red pill / blue pill and lines like “no spoon”.

Matrix Reloaded (2003) takes place six months after the events of the matrix, where a rogue agent Smith infiltrates Bane, a member of the rebel ship’s crew. Meanwhile, Zion expects an AI-powered Sentinels attack within about 72 hours, and it’s up to Neo as The One to decide the fate of Trinity and the human race.

At the conclusion of the trilogy, Matrix Revolutions (2003), the humans of Zion are at war with the machines. As rogue Agent Smith attempts to conquer both the Matrix and the real world, it is up to Neo to thwart his plans. Who will succeed?


Part of family drama and black comedy, Succession Centered on fictional media and entertainment mogul Logan Roy as his health deteriorates and he discovers among his children (or strangers) he has the chops to take over his billion-dollar company. It is a story full of swear words and talk about William Shakespeare King Lear: Roy’s children compete for their narcissistic parents’ affection and confidence as they (and everyone around them) play the games inside the games. The show just wrapped up its third season with a great season finale (renewed for a fourth season), so you can immerse yourself in all three seasons to see what all those serial memes are all about.

8 bit christmas

Need a new Christmas movie to love? 8 bit christmas (2021) is a fun and useful reminder of how much of a Christmas gift you should have for your 10-year-old. Jake Doyle (played by Neil Patrick Harris) entertains his daughter with a story about how he and his friends, who lived in a working-class Illinois suburb in 1988, tried to get a Nintendo Entertainment system for Christmas. Whether you’ve set your heart on the red-headed Cabbage Patch doll or the still-elusive PlayStation 5, we can all come to terms with the trials and tribulations we’re trying to get by trying to get that gift we’ve been dreaming about and not knowing if Santa The job will get done on Christmas Day.

in the heights

As the first blockbuster released last summer (after vaccines became widely available), the musical was in the heights (2021) didn’t get as big a box office as hoped, but you can watch it frequently to learn all the songs or the choreography. Adapted from the Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a screenplay by Quiara Alegria Hudes, the film weaves the stories of modern Latin immigrants, along with their hopes and dreams, into a fantastic soundtrack filled with hip-hop and Latin rhythms. Directed by John M Chu and choreographed by Christopher Scott, the team behind the popular Microsoft Surface commercials “Movement,” the choreography is crisp and showcases diverse styles, ranging from mambo to ballet, particularly in “96000” – Busby Berkeley- Extravaganza In the swimming pool. I dare you not to sing or dance on the couch.


Jan Smart deserves all the accolades she’s received, such as the Emmy she won for her portrayal of singer-songwriter comedian Deborah Vance. hacks this year. Just as her Las Vegas show makes plans to reduce her number of appearances per week (and thus her salary), Deborah finds herself working with a Generation Z comedy writer named Ava who can’t do anything right. Through some wonderful writing that is vaguely funny and looks so real, the two discover that they can reluctantly learn from each other and create a more realistic rendering of Deborah. It will be fun to see where this show goes in season two.

Nora from Queens

When I was feeling so homesick during the first lockdown, I laughed howling from watching the first season of Nora from Queens Really brought me a little closer to my family. Co-written and developed by Awkwafina (Also known as Nora Lum), the show is loosely based on the actress’s own family: She was raised by her Chinese-American grandmother because her Korean mother died when she was young. The show breaks the myth of the typical minority that all Asian Americans are superior at achievement and highlights some of the racial tensions within the Asian American community. When a Chinese tech company buys an app created by Nora and her cousin Edmund (played by SNL’s Bowen Yang), the show really shows just how capable they can be. Both seasons 1 and 2 are available on HBO Max.

Raised by wolves

Raised by wolves (2020) is a horror sci-fi show that makes you wonder who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Directed by Ridley Scott and executive in the first two episodes, the show begins by introducing you to two robots called Father and Mother, who crashed to Earth on the deserted planet Kepler-22B and gave birth to some children. They seem like a loving family until an accident forces them to cross paths with a group of human missionaries who are very suspicious of androids. This is when the audience realizes that the two groups have been at war with each other for quite some time and are thirsty for revenge. Created by Aaron Jozikowski, there’s a strong sense of danger in this world, but you just can’t get away — the good thing is that this show has already been renewed for a second season.

My neighbor Totoro

I had no idea HBO Max would offer the entire Studio Ghibli library on HBO Max (I always assumed it would be on Disney Plus). Known for its environment-conscious messages, beautiful hand-drawn animations, and strong female characters, the Japanese studio led by Hayao Miyazaki offers something for everyone. My neighbor Totoro (1988) is my personal favorite: you experience the world through the eyes of sisters Satsuki and Me as they befriend forest spirits in their new home. Miyazaki manages to capture the feelings of growing up so perfectly that I feel like I fell down my childhood rabbit hole every time I rewatch this classic.

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