Christmas has passed and New Year's Eve is fast approaching. With 2024 on our minds, we can't help but ready our watch lists for January. TV is going to come back with a vengeance in the opening months of the year for broadcast and streaming isn't going to be doing too shabby either. There's a lot to look forward to so if you need help narrowing down your picks, we've got you covered! Prime Video has four new titles you're going to want to check out.
- Foe - Jan. 5
- Role Play - Jan. 12
- Hazbin Hotel - Jan. 19
- Expats - Jan. 26
Here's what you need to know about these movies and shows including who is starring in them, what they're about, and what they're rated.
Based on the book of the same name by Iain Reid, Foe is a sci-fi drama about a married couple presented with a unique opportunity. Hen and Junior are farmers on a piece of land that's been in the latter's family for generations. One day, when a stranger arrives, the pair must decide if they want to risk their relationship, their personal identity, and the life they've built together for the chance to live on a new world. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, and Aaron Pierre. It's rated R and has a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Foe is also billed as a thriller though we expect the movie to be more unnerving than scary. Its plot deals with questions of humanity and artificial humanity in a time not too distant from our own. As such it'll likely balance a tightrope of emotion with a cerebral quality of storytelling. The film premieres Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.
Emma and David are a suburban New Jersey couple who are simply trying to keep the spice alive in their marriage while raising two children together. The wildest their lives have gotten is the added element of role playing they've decided to try. Or at least that's what David thinks. What he doesn't know, until it becomes startling clear after an encounter with a mysterious man during one of their dates, is that Emma is an assassin for hire. That revelation drags David into Emma's world just as she's trying to leave it to live a peaceful, non-murderous life with him and their kids.
Role Play stars Kaley Cuoco, David Oyelowo, Connie Nielsen, and Bill Nighy. The movie is rated R and has a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Buckle up for an action packed ride as Cuoco's Emma dodges bullets, stabs her victims, and launches an all out assault against her foes as Oyelowo's David looks on in fascinated horror as he stands by his wife. The film premieres Friday, Jan. 12, 2024.
Charlie Morningstar, Princess of Hell, has an impossible goal. She wants to rehabilitate demons. It's a mission meant to provide peace to the inhabitants of her kingdom so she can reduce the population which has ballooned. The angels have imposed a yearly extermination so she's opened a hotel where the patrons, hopefully, will "check out" into Heaven after they've spent time in her program. Not everybody is onboard with Charlie's plan, in fact most of Hell has mocked her for it but she at least has her partner Vaggie and their first test subject Angel Dust, an adult-film star, on her side. Oh! And we can't forget the "Radio Demon," a powerful entity who wants to help Charlie make her goal a reality.
Prepare for a hell-ish ride with the adult animated musical series Hazbin Hotel which is likely to be catnip to fans of Max's Harley Quinn. The show is rated TV-MA and will have an eight episode run for its first season. Its cast is stacked with Broadway stars.
Main cast: Erika Henningsen, Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Brightman, Keith David, Kimiko
Glenn, Blake Roman, Amir Talai, Christian Borle, and Joel Perez
Guest cast: Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Patina Miller, and Jessica Vosk
Hazbin Hotel premieres Friday, Jan. 19.
Based on The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee, Expats is set in 2014 Hong Kong and focuses on three American woman--Margaret, Hilary, and Mercy--whose lives intersect and are upended by a family tragedy when Margaret's son goes missing. The series follows the time leading up to the child's disappearance and the aftermath. According to Amazon, the show "interrogates privilege and explores what happens when the line between victimhood and culpability becomes blurred."
Expats stars Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, and Jack Huston. It's a six episode limited series that's bound to be thought provoking, heart-wrenching, and masterfully acted. The show premieres Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.