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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Decision to Leave

A romantic Korean noir from legendary director Park Chan-wook, Decision to Leave compels as much for the chemistry between its detective and suspect as for the shocking psychological mystery that unfolds.

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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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Pinocchio (2022)

A new twist on one of Disney’s most iconic classics, the story about a puppet who becomes “human” is finally brought to live-action life. The film’s approach to the moral of the story is a bit different, but you could argue it is more realistic, and this is one that you will want to share

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The transporting new story of the history and politics of Middle-earth after the brutal war with Morgoth, and the quests of dwarves, elves and men to rebuild and thrive in the aftermath as they prepare to confront the reemergence of an evil force.

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The Watercooler Guide to Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power

The Watercooler Guide to “Power of the Rings” gives a quick refresher to the Rings franchise and the 2-minute need-to-know about the themes, central questions, characters, and world-building behind the much-anticipated series.

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House of the Dragon: The Qs that need As

If you spent the first episode of House of the Dragon combing wikis for family trees, character guides, and Game of Thrones refreshers, you were surely left with some gaps and several questions.  To prep you for Episode 2, we’ve sifted out six questions that need answers before you dive any deeper: Who was the

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What to Watch This Weekend: August 26th-28th

The end is nigh for summer, and according to Bill Nye, Science Guy, potentially for all of us. But fret not!  There are answers, solutions, real life Ted Lassos, and fantastical worlds to escape into this weekend. Enlighten Me If you’ve succumbed to doom scrolling after a summer of heat waves and droughts, your brain

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How to Jump Into House of the Dragon

“Madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born … the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.” It is that time again. The return of the labyrinthine world of Westeros, this time in Game

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Hidden Gems: TV Shows for Families to Watch Together

Last chance to bond with the kids before back to school? We’ve gathered picks for the best hidden gem TV series you can watch with every member of your family — as well as those tricky tweens and teens. They’re sure to get you talking.

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Street Food: USA

If you’re looking for a vicarious vacation that will leave your mouth watering and your cultural curiosity enriched, Street Food: USA is worth the watch. The short series makes the case that cheap street eats are just as worthy as restaurant meals while bringing a new appreciation for a city and its communities.

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