What to Watch, Play and Read in Australia This Weekend

What to Watch, Play and Read in Australia This Weekend
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There are more entertainment options than ever before. While the pandemic may cause restrictions to change at any moment, there’s always something to watch, play or do on your weekend.

To help you cut through the noise of an overwhelming amount of new movies, TV shows, games and experiences on offer right now, every week we’ll give you a list of recommendations to entertain you over the weekend.

Here’s what’s new this week.

What’s new on streaming?

Here’s what you can watch on streaming services in Australia this weekend.

Netflix

For those looking for some nostalgia over the weekend, Netflix has revived the classic He-Man cartoons with Masters of the Universe: Revelation.

All three of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street movies are now streaming on Netflix. They’re very campy but also surprisingly good and are easy horror flicks for those who prefer something a bit lighter.

If you missed them some other new additions include all the Harry Potter movies, Never Have I Ever Season 2, Animal Kingdom Season 5, and  Atypical Season 4.

If none of these are appealing to you, check out our list of the best Netflix movies based on their Rotten Tomato ranking.

Stan.

What’s happening on Australia’s local streaming service?

Stan’s new streaming exclusive is Dr. Death, aka the terrifying true story of Dr Christopher Duntsch, a rising medical star in Dallas whose victims ended up maimed or dead on his operating table.

Also, if you’re excited for Halloween Kills later this year get ready by going on a marathon with Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers all on Stan now.

Disney+

If you want to prepare yourself for Disney’s Jungle Cruise next week, we recommend checking out the new docuseries Behind the Attraction which takes you inside the history of your favourite Disney them park rides.

It’s all about Marvel right now on Disney+. All episodes of Loki are now streaming plus you can catch Assembled: The Making of Loki on the service now.

Binge

The big-ticket item on Binge right now is the spin-off series of Ryan Murphy’s popular American Horror Story, which is confusingly titled American Horror Stories. The first two episodes focus on the infamous rubber (wo)man.

Another beloved revival is the new Gossip Girl. The reboot is a completely fresh take on the series that old and new fans will love.

Amazon Prime Video

If you’re a fan of fantasising about homes you’ll never be able to afford then Luxe Listings Sydney is here for you. The new six-part series takes us through some of the most ridiculously expensive properties in the already ridiculously expensive city of Sydney.

Amazon Prime Video is also home to a bunch of new blockbuster movies including John Wick: Chapter 2, Call Me By Your Name, The Shallows and the first three Men in Black films.

Britbox

Fancy a nice British box set to go with your mug of tea during this cold lockdown?

Britbox is home to all your favourite UK shows including entire series of shows like Line of Duty, Luther, Midsomer Murders, The Mighty Boosh, The Office UK and The Vicar of Dibley.

You can find out what else to watch in Australia this month with our guide.

What’s new at Australian cinemas?

Glad you asked. We’re lucky enough to have cinemas well and truly open again in (most of) Australia, so what’s good on the big screen?

New at cinemas this week is Henry Golding’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins which looks like a wild action-packed ride.

You can also catch these movies in theatres:

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • Black Widow
  • Gunpowder Milkshake
  • Fast & Furious 9
  • Werewolves Within
  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
  • In The Heights

Any new video games?

For those who enjoy gaming on the weekend, you’ll be glad to know there are some hot new titles to dig into.

Pokemon fans will enjoy the release of Pokemon Unite on Nintendo Switch this week. If you missed it last week you can also revisit The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Switch with a remaster that holds up.

Speaking of the Switch, if you’re after the new Stich OLED model, here’s where you can pre-order one.

Apart from that, why not use the lockdown to catch up on your pile of shame? Monster Hunter Stories 2, Mario Golf: Super Rush and Scarlet Nexus are all recent releases you may have missed.

How about something new to read?

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A new month means lots of new books are out there just waiting to be read.

Over in the YA space, Joya Goffney’s new book has probably one of the most relatable titles on record in Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. The book follows Quinn who keeps lists of everything – even the most embarrassing parts of her life. That all unravels when someone posts one of these lists on Instagram and blackmails her into facing her list of fears.

Bridie Jabour’s Trivial Grievances tells a tale that’s all too relatable for millennials nowadays. The book will give you a funny and provocative look at what it means to be an anxious 20-30 year-old finding your place in the world right now.

If you’re looking for some other recommendations, check out our mates over at Pedestrian.tv who have some stellar picks for the whole month.

Articles worth your time

Looking for a shorter read for your weekend? We’ve collated some of the top articles from our sites at Pedestrian Group over the past week that are well worth your time.

Or some new music?

Good tunes are a sure-fire way to get the good vibes going.

This week there are new albums from Aussies The Jungle Giants and Tones and I as well as recent releases from John Mayer, and Chet Faker.

If you love true crime podcasts the ABC has a new one for you. Unravel: True Crime Juanita is the latest thrilling podcast in the Unravel series that seeks to solve the disappearance of Sydney socialite Juanita Nielsen. Check it out on the ABC Listen app.

Are there any good events happening around Australia?

Image: Taronga Zoo

There’s a ton of great events out there now that restrictions, for some, have eased.

Unfortunately, those in Greater Sydney, South Australia and Melbourne are stuck in lockdown so you might also be in need of some cuddly animals to brighten your day.

If so you can check out Targona Zoo’s new penguin cam for adorable penguin action. There’s also live feeds of Meerkats, Capybaras, Otters, Tigers, Lions and Elephants.

Brisbanites can enjoy the Brisbane Comedy Festival which is happening in and around the city from now until August 8.

Lifehacker recommends

Here’s what the Lifehacker team is checking out this weekend.

Lauren: I’m still really into my audiobooks on Audible right now so I’m looking forward to continuing my binge of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman this weekend. I’m a fan of the graphic novels but there’s so many of them, so I’m glad there’s another way to enjoy this great story (there’s a Netflix adaptation on the way too!).

Mel: I’m late to the party, but I started watching I Am Not Okay With This on Netflix last weekend and ended up binging the entire first season in a day! It’s a little spooky and very funny. But there’s only one season, so savour it.

Steph: My latest lockdown obsession is not a TV series (I know, shocker). It’s a virtual escape room experience. I tried this out a couple of weeks ago with a few friends and it was so much fun. We used Virtual Escaping and tried the ‘Underground Murder’ option first. The website is a little clunky and it takes a minute to adjust to the virtual puzzles, but it was a refreshing activity that forced me to use my brain and I loved it. I’m sure there are loads of other sites around offering similar experiences so would recommend taking a peek if you’re beginning to feel like a potato.

That’s it from us. Enjoy your weekend!

This article has been updated with additional information.

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