Liam Mathews

Liam Mathews is the Watercooler's Senior Editor. He's written for Esquire, Gold Derby, TV Guide, and Fast Company, among other outlets. Previously, he was a Reviews and Recommendations Editor at TV Guide. Follow him on Twitter: @liamaathews.
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The Best New Movies and Shows to Stream in November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Season! We’re grateful that the streaming services have been saving a lot of their big-ticket items for November, because there is an abundance of riches in the new shows and movies coming to Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+ this month.  We can’t even include all of the highly anticipated titles you can stream in

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Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills is a worthy entry in the Halloween franchise. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s an above-average slasher movie that will get you in the spooky season mood.

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The Best New Movies and Shows to Stream in October 2021

Our picks for the best new movies and shows to stream in October 2021 for a number of different scenarios: for date night, with the whole family, and more.

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What You Need to Know About Impeachment: American Crime Story

Each season of FX’s American Crime Story franchise, executive producer Ryan Murphy and his team of collaborators dramatize a true crime that dominated headlines in the ‘90s. It’s renowned for finding fresh, compelling angles that re-evaluate well-known stories while providing juicy parts for ambitious actors. The first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson, came out

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The Voyeurs

A fun, sexy revival of a lost genre with a modern twist. If you like movies that make you feel a little bit dirty for enjoying them, The Voyeurs will float your boat.

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The Best New Movies and Shows to Stream in September 2021

Need recommendations for what to watch on streaming in September 2021? You’ve come to the right place. We have picks for different watching scenarios depending on what you’re looking for, whether it’s something to watch on a date night, with the whole family, or to talk about with your friends and coworkers.  These shows and

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After the Dystopian Drama See, Get Inspired by the Blind Magician Documentary Dealt

Welcome to What to Watch After, where you’ll find recommendations inspired by your favorite dark shows and movies that the algorithm couldn’t come up with, and only a thinking human brain would suggest.  Instead of more disturbing dystopian serial killer horror, the Watercooler’s after-watch picks work as “palate cleansers” to help clear your head so

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If You Loved The White Lotus, Here Are Six Shows to Watch Next

A biting satire series from creator Mike White (Enlightened, School of Rock), White Lotus covers one eventful week at an exclusive Hawaiian luxury resort, where conflict brews between the spoiled rich guests — who are all going through personal crises that money might not be able to fix — and the stressed-out workers who have

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The North Water

A dark and intense historical saga, The North Water is not for everyone, but it’s a must-watch for fans of nautical period pieces and truly cinematic television.

Liam Mathews

Liam Mathews is the Watercooler's Senior Editor. He's written for Esquire, Gold Derby, TV Guide, and Fast Company, among other outlets. Previously, he was a Reviews and Recommendations Editor at TV Guide. Follow him on Twitter: @liamaathews.
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Devotion

A gripping biopic about the Navy’s first Black fighter pilot – Jesse Brown – and the inspiring friendship that transcended racism and the conflicts of the Korean War. Starring Jonathan Majors and Glenn Powell.

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Causeway

After a traumatic brain injury, a US soldier (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts memory loss, PTSD, and her family as she finds an unlikely comrade on her path to recovery.

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Easter Sunday

A broad comedy about the Filipino diasporic experience that’s not heavy-handed or exploitative, Easter Sunday brings respect, dignity, and fun to an underrepresented group. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start.

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Dead to Me (Season 3)

A form of cinematherapy, Dead to Me’s final season brings a big plot twist, one that can be emotionally provoking as well as a cathartic and entertaining conversation starter.

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Disenchanted

A joyful new Disney musical that pokes fun at its own tropes, Disenchanted brings back an effervescent Amy Adams from Enchanted in this sequel sure to work for all ages over the holidays.

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Fleishman is in Trouble

A tense marriage drama, Fleishman is in Trouble will resonate with its honest, sometimes brutal, sometimes quiet and subtle portrayal of the ways that a connection can break down, and how it’s important – in stories and in real-life – to recognize and acknowledge all sides of a relationship.

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What to Watch (and Avoid) with Friends and Family on Thanksgiving

What to watch – and what to skip – if you’re spending Thanksgiving with kids, teenagers, older generations, or all of them under one roof? Your 2022 Watercooler Guide to holiday movies.

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Banshees of Inisherin

Riotously funny while weighted by tragicomic depth, Banshees of Inisherin is exquisitely crafted with sharp writing and stunning photography that bring a distinct time and place to life. Expect to laugh, gasp and cry before the credits roll.

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All you need to know about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

With five movies that led up to it and eight key characters with complex back stories, you will need this quick guide to prepare for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – which is sure to win the box office.

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Book vs. Movie: How Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye Inspired the Streaming Series

Now that all six episodes of Hawkeye have aired, let’s talk about some of the comic-book influences that made their way into the show.

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Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World

A fun and fascinating look at cross-cultural sexual mores and how they’re changing, Sex and Love Around the World will definitely spark conversation, if not something more.

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Reality vs Fiction: The True Stories Behind Succession’s Finale & What it Predicts

Over a week after its third season finale, Succession is still the subject of articles and social media conversations. And you might find yourself asking: How has a series full of double-crossing family members and sociopathic billionaires captured so much attention…for months? Succession can be gripping, for one, a jolting clash of piercing satire, masterfully

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Station Eleven

A stupendously prescient and relevant post-pandemic drama with a strong undercurrent of hope and a clear faith in humanity. When the novel debuted a half-decade ago, it felt like a wonderful work of science-fiction. Not anymore.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

If you’re a fan of Spider-Man in any form, No Way Home is not to be missed. Just be prepared for an emotional workout, with wild swings worthy of the web-slinger himself.

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West Side Story (2021)

Steven Spielberg manages to make this West Side Story both retro and modern at the same time. The movie doesn’t lose any steam in this reboot, 60 years in the making.

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Passing

A nuanced and beautiful look at the way race and the constructs of race shapes our lives, with wonderful performances by its two leading ladies.

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The Center Seat

A combination of a deep dive and a crash course into Star Trek from its inception up through the early 2000s, covering the shows, movies, and the phenomenon itself.

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The Sex and The City Effect: What We Took From The Show

In the 23 years since Sex and the City first premiered, what impact did the show really have on generations of women? Kanene Ayo Holder looks at what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what she took away from the hit show.

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