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To All The Boys: Always and Forever trailer finishes the Netflix series - Polygon
Lara (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) conclude their senior year — will Lara get into Stanford to be with Peter? Is that what she even wants? The finale of the To All The Boys series hits Netflix on February 12.
The bittersweetness of senior year
Every Netflix announces every new movie releasing in 2021 - Polygon
Chris Hemsworth, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, and more are behind some of the upcoming Netflix movies of the next year. Here’s every Netflix movie coming out in 2021.
While the future of theatrical releases is up in the air, 2021 will see Netflix continuing to flood viewers with viewing options. On Tuesday, the streaming service unveiled a sizzle reel of its upcoming releases, featuring actors like Chris Hemsworth, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, and Halle Berry. Not all the movies have release dates revealed (and some of them dont even have titles), but like the IP-driven Disney plan that sent heads spinning in December, there is a lot coming to Netflix. From R.L. Stine adaptations to superhero movies, from romantic comedies to thrillers, from the third Princess Switch, Kissing Booth, and To All the Boys movies to a Lin Manuel-Miranda-directed Jonathan Larson musical, heres every single movie coming to Netflix this year. 8 Rue Del LHumanité From Netflix: Seven families live in the Parisian apartment building at 8, Rue de lHumanite - and they didnt escape to the countryside at the arrival of the coronavirus. Three months of life under lockdown will reveal the best and worst of these neighbors. A Boy Called Christmas From Netflix: Gil Kenan (Monster House) directors the story of an ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible. A Castle for Christmas From Netflix: Famed American author, Sophie, travels to Scotland and finds herself wanting to buy a castle, but the prickly owner, Myles (A Scottish Duke), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Working to find a compromise, the pair constantly butt heads, but along the way they just may find more than they bargained for. Starring Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes. From Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert. Afterlife of the Party From Netflix: A social butterfly (Victoria Justice Justice) experiences the biggest party foul of all... dying during her birthday week. To her surprise, shes given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth by reconnecting with loved ones, and most importantly, prove that shes worthy enough to get into the big VIP room in the sky. Army of the Dead From Netflix: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Starring Dave Bautista and written and directed by Zack Snyder. Awake From Netflix: After a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankinds ability to sleep, chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Only Jill, an ex-soldier with a troubled past, may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter. The question is, can Jill safely deliver her daughter and save the world before she herself loses her mind. Starring Gina Rodriguez and Jennifer Jason Leigh. A Week Away From Netflix: Troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin n Quinn) has a run-in with the law that puts him at an important crossroad: go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. At first a fish-out-of-water, Will opens his heart, discovers love with a camp regular (Bailee Madison), and sense of belonging in the last place he expected to find it. A Winters Tale from Shaun the Sheep From Netflix: In this 30-minute special, the worlds favorite sheep stars in his very own winters tale. Shauns seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing. Can Shaun get Timmy back before he becomes someone elses present? Prepare for a Santastic adventure as everyone learns the true value of Christmas! Back to the Outback From Netflix: Tired of being locked in a reptile house where humans gawk at them like theyre monsters, a ragtag group of Australias deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback, a place where theyll fit in without being judged for their scales and fangs. Leading the group is Maddie (Isla Fisher), a poisonous snake with a heart of gold, who bands together with a self-assured Thorny Devil lizard Zoe (Miranda Tapsell), a lovelorn hairy spider Frank (Guy Pearce), and a sensitive scorpion Nigel (Angus Imrie). But when their nemesis Pretty Boy (Tim Minchin), a cute but obnoxious koala unexpectedly joins their escape, Maddie and the gang have no choice but to take him with them. So begins a hair-raising and hilarious road trip across Australia, as they are pursued by a zookeeper Chaz (Eric Bana) and his adventure-seeking mini-me (Diesel Cash La Torraca). Directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, and also featuring the voices of Rachel House, Keith Urban, Celeste Barber, Wayne Knight, Lachlan Ross Power, and Jacki Weaver, Back to the Outback is an animated adventure that proves just because somethings different, doesnt mean it isnt beautiful. Bad Trip Image: Netflix From Netflix: From the producer of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem. Bad Trip stars Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and Michaela Conlin. The film is directed by Kitao Sakurai from the minds of Dan Curry, Kitao Sakurai, and André, and produced by André, Jeff Tremaine, David Bernad, and Ruben Fleischer. Beauty From Netflix: A gifted young Black woman struggles to maintain her voice and identity after shes offered a lucrative recording contract, setting off a fierce battle between her family, the label, and her closest friend to determine who will guide her as she makes the journey to become a star. Written by Lena Waithe. Beckett From Netflix: A vacationing couple fall trap to a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences. Blonde From Netflix: Based on a bestselling novel from five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates, BLONDE is the boldly reimagined private story of the worlds most famous sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. The film is a fictional portrait of the model, actress and singer during the 50s and 60s, told theough the modern lens of celebrity culture. Starring Ana de Armas and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Blood Red Sky From Netflix: A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight. In order to protect her son she will have to reveal a dark secret, and unleash the inner monster she has fought to hide. Bombay Rose Image: Netflix From Netflix: Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets. Bruised From Netflix: Halle Berrys directorial debut follows a former MMA fighter struggling to regain custody of her son and restart her athletic career. Starring Berry, Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Shamier Anderson. Concrete Cowboy From Netflix: While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen is caught between a life of crime and his estranged fathers vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. Starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin. Dont Look Up From Netflix: From Adam McKay, Dont Look Up tells the story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Ron Perlman with Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep. Additional cast includes Ariana, Kid Cudi, Melanie Lynskey, Himesh Patel, Matthew Perry and Tomer Sisley. Double Dad From Netflix: Vicenza is a mature 18 year old who has lived in a hippie commune for her entire life in complete harmony, except for one thing: she doesnt know who her father is. When her mother leaves for a trip to India, she takes it as her opportunity to sneak out into the real world in hopes to track down her father - but ends up finding two! Escape from Spiderhead From Netflix: In the near future, two young convicts grapple with their pasts in a facility run by a brilliant visionary, who experiments on inmates with emotion-altering drugs. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller. Directed by Tron: Legacys Joe Kosinski and based on a short story by George Saunders. Fear Street Trilogy: Fear Street: 1994; Fear Street: 1978; Fear Street: 1666 From Netflix: In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected and that they may be the next targets. Adapted from R.L. Stines best selling horror series, the trilogy follows the nightmare through Shadysides sinister history. All three films are directed by Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon). Fever Dream (Distancia De Rescate) From Netflix: A woman named Amanda lies stricken, far from home. A young boy named David questions her, trying to make her remember. Shes not his mother, hes not her son. As her time is running out, he helps her unravel a powerful, haunting story of obsessive jealousy, an invisible danger, and the power of a mothers love for her child. Finding Ohana (January 29) From Netflix: A summer in rural Oahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. Fuimos Canciones From Netflix: Based on the best-selling two-part series by Elísabet Benavent, Fuimos Canciones, tells the story of Maca who has finally got her act together. Well, just about. But when Leo, the man who smashed her heart to pieces reappears, shell need all the advice she can get from her best friends, Adriana and Jime. If only their love lives were less complicated... I Care A Lot (February 19) Photo: Seacia Pavao/Netflix From Netflix: A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to have equally shady ties of her own. Starring Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina, and Isaiah Whitlock Jr. Intrusion From Netflix: When a husband and wife move to a small town, a home invasion leaves the wife traumatized and suspicious that those around her might not be who they seem. Kate From Netflix: After shes irreversibly poisoned, a ruthless criminal operative has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims. The Loud House Movie From Netflix: The biggest family on television goes on the biggest Loud family vacation ever! The adventure follows the Loud family to Scotland where they discover that they are descendants of Scottish royalty. The family quickly indulges in the most wish-fulfilling high-life ever when they discover their ancestral home is a castle. Love Hard From Netflix: An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for Christmas, only to discover that shes been catfished. But the object of her affection actually lives in the same town, and the guy who duped her offers to set them up IF she pretends to be his own girlfriend for the holidays. Malcolm & Marie (February 5) Photo: DOMINIC MILLER/NETFLIX © 2021 From Netflix: Sam Levinson teams up with Zendaya and John David Washington for an achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits whats sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love. Working with cinematographer Marcell Rev, Levinson creates a film of rare originality; an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the mediums future. Monster Image: Netflix From Netflix: Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Moxie (March 3) From Netflix: Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mothers rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution. Directed by Amy Poehler. Munich From Netflix: Based on the international bestseller by Robert Harris. It is Autumn 1938 and Europe stands on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Neville Chamberlains government desperately seeks a peaceful solution. With the pressure building, Hugh Legat, British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, German diplomat, travel to Munich for the emergency Conference. As negotiations begin, the two old friends find themselves at the centre of a web of political subterfuge and very real danger. With the whole world watching, can war be averted and, if so, at what cost? Nightbooks From Netflix: When Alex (Winslow Fegley), a boy obsessed with scary stories, is imprisoned by an evil young witch (Krysten Ritter) in her contemporary New York City apartment, he meets Yasmin (Lydia Jewett), who is also trapped there, and learns he must tell a new scary story every night in order to stay alive. Night Teeth From Netflix: A young chauffeur picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across LA. But when his passengers reveal their true nature and a dangerous underworld lurking in the shadows he must fight to stay alive. No One Gets Out Alive From Netflix: Ambar is an immigrant in search of the American dream, but when shes forced to take a room in a boarding house, she finds herself in a nightmare she cant escape. O2 From Netflix: A young woman wakes up in a medical cryo unit. She doesnt remember who she is or how she ended up sequestered in a box no larger than a coffin. As shes running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Outside the Wire (January 15) From Netflix: Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. Penguin Bloom (January 27) Photo: Joel Pratley / Netflix From Netflix: Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts), a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk. Sams husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The birds arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference in the familys life. Pieces of a Woman (January 7) From Netflix: When a young mothers home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss. Red Notice From Netflix: An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the worlds most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBIs top profiler (Dwayne Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds), theres no telling what will happen. Robin Robin From Netflix: A stop-motion holiday musical special from Aardman. When her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse but ends up discovering who she really is. Skater Girl From Netflix: Prerna, a teenager growing up in rural India, comes of age when shes introduced to the sport of skateboarding. As a result, she has to fight the odds to follow her dreams and compete in the national championship. Stowaway From Netflix: On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway (Shamier Anderson) accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceships life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Anna Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Toni Collette) and the ships biologist (Daniel Dae Kim). Sweet Girl From Netflix: A devastated husband vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wifes death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter. Starring Jason Momoa. Rise of the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles: The Movie From Netflix: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are faced with their greatest challenge yet when a mysterious stranger named Casey Jones arrives from the future with a dire warning. Leo is forced to rise and lead his brothers, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey in a fight to save the world from a terrifying alien species ... the Krang! The Dig (January 29) Photo: Larry Horricks/Netflix From Netflix: As WWII looms, a wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britains past are illuminated in the face of its uncertain future. The Guilty From Netflix: The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave dangerbut he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Nic Pizzolatto. The Hand of God From Netflix: The Hand of God represents for the first time in my career an intimate and personal film, a novel of formation at once light-hearted and painful, says director Paolo Sorrentino (The Young Pope). The Harder They Fall From Netflix: In this Western, outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. The Kissing Booth 3 From Netflix: Its the summer before Elle heads to college, and she has a secret: She got into both Harvard, where her dreamy boyfriend Noah goes, and Berkeley, where her BFF Lee is going. Which path will Elle choose? The Last Letter From Your Lover Photo: Studiocanal/Netflix From Netflix: A pair of interwoven stories set in the present and past, The Last Letter From Your Lover follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), an ambitious journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their center. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony OHare (Callum Turner) the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellies own begins to unfold with the assistance of an earnest and endearing archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan) who helps her track down more letters. Based on the novel by JoJo Moyes and directed by Augustine Frizell. The Last Mercenary From Netflix: A mysterious former secret service agent must urgently return to France when his estranged son is falsely accused of arms and drug trafficking by the government, following a blunder by an overzealous bureaucrat and a mafia operation. The Power of the Dog From Netflix: A new film from acclaimed director Jane Campion adapts Thomas Savages 1967 novel of the same name. Wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons) are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn. The Princess Switch 3 From Netflix: When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margarets audacious look-alike cousin Fiona who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it... rekindling the sparks of a tantalizing Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch. Theres Someone Inside Your House From Netflix: Makani Young has moved from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school, but as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorizing victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killers identity before they become victims themselves. Theres Someone Inside Your House is based on Stephanie Perkins New York Times best-selling novel of the same name and written for the screen by Henry Gayden (Shazam!), directed by Patrick Brice (Creep) and produced by James Wans Atomic Monster (The Conjuring) and Shawn Levys 21 Laps (Stranger Things). The Starling From Netflix: In the heartwarming dramady The Starling, after a married couple suffers a hardship, Jack heads off to deal with grief while Lilly remains in the real world, dealing with her own guilt and a crippling internal struggle to live with a dark secret. As if Lillys troubles werent bad enough, a starling bird that has nested in her backyard begins to harass and attack her. This starling comes to represent all of Lillys problems, and she becomes comically obsessed with killing it. Lilly eventually finds guidance from Larry, a quirky psychologist-turned veterinarian with a troubled past of his own. The two form a unique and unlikely friendship as both help the other to explore, acknowledge and confront their problems. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris ODowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Loretta Devine, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, and Kimberly Quinn. The Swarm From Netflix: Virginie lives on a farm with her children Laura (15) and Gaston (7) and raises locusts as a high-protein crop. Life is hard: money worries and practical problems are piling up, tensions with her kids and neighbors are running high. But everything changes when she discovers the locusts have a taste for blood. The White Tiger (January 22) From Netflix: Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing a servant so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel. The Woman in the Window From Netflix: An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence. Directed by Joe Wright, the film stars Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore Things Heard and Seen From Netflix: A Manhattan couple moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and come to discover that their marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals their new homes history. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundange. Thunder Force From Netflix: In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman. tick,tick...BOOM! From Netflix: Set in 1990, tick, tick...BOOM! tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia - which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jons career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety wondering if his dream is worth the cost. Adapted from Rent writer Jonathan Larsens musical and directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens, Joshua Henry, Bradley Whitford, and Judith Light. To All the Boys: Always and Forever From Netflix: As Lara Jean Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a pair of life-changing trips leads her to reimagine what life with her family, friends, and Peter will look like after graduation. Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans From Netflix:Arcadia may look like an ordinary town but it lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that makes it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. Now the heroes from the hit series Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards, team-up in their most epic adventure yet where they must fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all. Untitled Alexandre Moratto Film From Netflix: To provide a better life for his family in the country, 18-year-old Mateus accepts a job in a junkyard in São Paulo for his new boss Luca. But when he and a few other boys become trapped in the dangerous world of contemporary slavery, Mateus will be forced to decide between working for the very man who enslaved him or risk his and his familys future. Untitled Graham King From Netflix: Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth Slater (Bullock) re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. Facing severe judgment from the place she once called home, her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind. An Alicia Keys Romantic Comedy From Netflix: A romantic comedy about aspiring pop star Erica who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancés wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown. She tries to keep their past relationship a secret from his bride-to-be Beverly, but Erica rediscovers her feelings for her ex, Jason, despite his brother Calebs attempts to keep them from falling back in love. In this warm and funny romantic story that explores the bonds of love and family, the question soon becomes will Erica sing at Beverlys wedding - or her own? Wish Dragon From Netflix: Din, a working-class college student with big dreams but small means, and Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Dins long-lost childhood friend, Lina. Their journey forces them to answer some of lifes biggest questions because when you can wish for anything, you have to decide what really matters. Yes Day Photo: Netflix From Netflix: Always feeling like they have to say NO to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a Yes Day where for 24 hours the kids make the rules. Little did they know that theyd be going on a whirlwind adventure around Los Angeles, that would bring the family closer to each other than ever before.
Wonder Woman 1984: Diana’s new superpower, explained by the comics - Polygon
Gal Gadot’s Amazon Wonder Woman gets a brand new superpower in Wonder Woman 1984. She can fly now! And while it might strike some viewers as out of left field, she’s been doing it in the comics for nearly 50 years. Here’s how Wonder Woman gained the power of …
Wonder Woman 1984 has many surprises in store for Diana of Themyscira. New villains, a new time period, and even a new superpower. It might not come as a surprise to modern superhero fans but in the strange history of Wonder Woman, her standard set of powers isnt so standard. Did you know that she used to ride a kangaroo? Heres how Wonder Woman 1984s biggest leap is actually standing on a comic book foundation. [Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for Wonder Woman 1984.] Image: Warner Bros. Pictures In Wonder Woman 184, Wonder Woman learns to fly! The princess of the Amazons gets a big upgrade from leaping, running, lassoing, and Invisible Plane-ing her way across the world. But she does it in a particularly unexpected way. By just ... doing it. With a little help from Steve Trevor describing how an expertly designed airplane flies through the air, Diana does the same with her roughly human-shaped body. Huh? For a superhero of her stature, Wonder Womans powers are oddly resistant to codification. Sure, Superman has gone through some periods of power creep where he could do things like super inventing, super ventriloquism, or yeeting himself back in time by accident. But these days its generally accepted that hes strong and bulletproof, he can fly, and he has laser eyes, freeze breath, x-ray vision, and heightened senses. Wonder Woman is super strong and super durable, but not bulletproof otherwise why would she need to do the bracer thing? and is one of the worlds greatest fighters with tons of charisma to boot. But beyond that it gets muddy. At various points in her history shes also been able to use a mental radio as if she were telepathic, has been granted the ability to talk to animals by the goddess Artemis, could travel to different dimensions by meditating, or could speak pretty much any language with ease. And Wonder Woman hasnt always been able to fly. This is obvious once you think about it for a second. Why would she need an invisible jet if she could fly? Flight was not so closely associated with superheroes now as it was when she was created in 1942. Even Superman couldnt fly at first thats where the phrase leaps tall buildings in a single bound comes from. For a long time, an invisible plane or jet served Wonder Woman quite well. Unassisted flight didnt become one of her basic powers until 1987, when writer/artist George Pérez kicked off his lasting reboot of her origin story. Now, with the blessing of the god Hermes, Diana could soar through the skies with just some winged sandals. Wonder Woman battles Nubia (dont worry, they sorted out their differences). Image: Cary Bates, Don Heck/DC Comics But it wasnt the first time she learned to fly. In the 1970s, Wonder Woman lost all her powers for a (short, but memorable and infamous) period, and when they were restored she also rediscovered an ancient Amazon technique. She learned to ride air currents for short distances. In other words, she figured out how to fly like an airplane without having an airplane-shaped body. Which is exactly how it goes down in Wonder Woman 1984, as odd as it may have seemed on screen. But you know what they say: Fish gotta swim, Amazons gotta fly.
Xbox Game Pass: 10 best games to download first on Xbox One, Series X - Polygon
Don’t know where to start with your Game Pass subscription so everyone can game on Christmas morning? We have you covered, from racing games to wild goats to role-playing your way through a very relaxing job driving trains.
Gaming is for everyone, and Microsofts Xbox Game Pass service actually has something for everyone to install in time for Christmas morning ... even if you just have the day off but dont celebrate the holiday. Playing the games is the treat, even when the console itself is often the present. Thats why weve selected the 10 essential games to install on your gaming PC, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S if youre also a subscriber to Game Pass Ultimate, Microsofts Netflix-like service that gives you access to over 100 games for one monthly price. Christmas morning isnt the time for wrangling cables, downloading patches, and waiting for the games you want to play to install. Its the time to play those games. So crack open the new hardware or maybe just the new subscription cue up the downloads ahead of time, and get ready to enjoy these 10 games. Polygon Essentials is a collection of persistently updated lists of the best of the best games for each platform from the hardwares launch to its end of production as well as the best entertainment across virtually every medium. For folks new to a platform, think of this as a starter kit. For long-term fans, consider it a list of what to play or watch next. Well be updating these lists often, with entries listed in reverse chronological order. To see a collection of other titles we recommend that might not have made the Essentials lists, check out Polygon Recommends. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy. Train Sim World 2020 Train Sim World 2020 is a surprisingly satisfying simulation of a job that sounds incredibly boring on paper. Youre given control of some commuter train routes, some very basic training on the operation of commuter trains, and then you take over. In one early mission, I watched my son take part in the amazingly complicated task of waiting until 9:46 to leave the station, because thats when the schedule said the train was to leave. The first tutorial explains the basics of in-game movement, so even folks who arent comfortable with games wont be in too deep. Once youve learned the basics of moving around, youll learn how to start a train, how to keep it moving at the right speed, and how to safely brake. You can sit in one of the seats and just watch the countryside pass by, if youd like. You can also use an external camera, if you want to see more of the train itself. Train Sim World 2020 is a very detailed and capable reproduction of tasks and experiences that many might find dull. But reader, my family is hooked. This is like having the world as your personal train set, while still being bound by the rules and restrictions of the real thing. For example, you have to keep your passengers safe. You have to learn to drive by feel and by numbers, getting a sense of how fast you can go and when to begin slowing down. So many games let you do anything, but the many limitations of Train Sim World 2020 make it attractive in another way asking you to learn how to do a series of very specific tasks consistently and well. If the first hour bores you, the rest of the game wont convince you. But if youre anything like me or my children, the first hour may hook you, and convince you to keep going. Which is why Train Sim World 2020 is the perfect proof of concept for the entirety of Game Pass. This is a game my children and I never would have tried if wed had to buy a copy, but since its just kinda there to check out, we stumbled upon it and have been playing for days. Game Pass is not about having more games than you can play, although thats certainly nice; its about having the freedom to explore genres youd never think youd love. Halo: The Master Chief Collection The Xbox brand might never have taken off without the Halo series, the first-person shooters that helped to popularize local competitive multiplayer on consoles before taking the party online after the launch of Xbox Live. The Master Chief Collection package includes multiple Halo games, with more still being added, all of which have been updated to keep them enjoyable for modern audiences. But whats so striking about the collection, especially for Christmas morning, is how many ways there are to play. You can go through the campaigns by yourself, if no one else wants to play or if youre stuck quarantining alone during the holidays. If you want to play with a friend but dont want to compete, there is co-op, allowing you to share the games stories with a partner, either online or through split-screen play. If you do want to compete, you can do it locally against up to three other players on the same TV, or take things online to challenge the wider community. These are some of the best first-person shooters ever released, and theyre worth revisiting and enjoying, no matter how you decide to play them. Sharing these games with my children through local co-op has been an amazing journey, and this package includes so many games, each of which is filled with different modes and options. Its hard to imagine ever getting bored or uninstalling the collection once its on your hard drive. This is a part of gaming history that continues to feel relevant, and very much alive. Tetris Effect: Connected Tetris Effect: Connectedis another game that offers so many ways to play, and its also one thats easy to match with folks who might be intimidated by most other games. The core game is pure Tetris: Flip the pieces, create solid horizontal lines across the board, and watch them disappear as you try to deal with the falling shapes before your tower reaches the top. But the campaign brings in beautiful music and pulsing, shifting visual effects that help bring the experience to new heights of relaxation and satisfaction. Its Tetris with a pulse, both literally and figuratively. This version of the game comes with a suite of online modes so you can play with or against others to prove your skill or practice your fundamentals. You can play purely for the relaxation of the music and visuals if youd like, or you can adjust the games options until the experience is pared down to pure ability and reaction time. How you play, and what you get out of it, is up to you. Tetris Effect: Connected is a platform as much as a single game, giving you many ways of enjoying one of the best puzzle games ever created. Tetris Effect: Connected can show off what your home theater can do in terms of image quality and sound system, sure, but it also teaches that truly inspired game design doesnt have an expiration date. There may be better versions of Tetris released in the future, but its going to be hard to top this one. Moving Out Moving Out is a game for up to four players who all have to go from job to job, getting objects moved out of each house in a set amount of time. Certain items require two people to pick up and move if youre playing in co-op, and youll have to learn how to safely throw larger items onto the truck or even out a set of windows with the help of another person. Couches just barely fit through doors. Teamwork and communication are crucial, and the jobs themselves become stranger and stranger. But the main idea remains the same: Move things, as quickly as possible. Moving Out shines when it comes to its difficulty options, which allow players to make things as tricky or as simple as theyd like. The chaos is part of the fun, especially with a big crew of experienced players, but younger children dont have to be frustrated. You can loosen some of the games rules about the weight of objects and the time limit for each job, and skip levels you struggle with finishing. Moving Out makes the confusion of a rapid, nearly violent move as fun as possible, and the stakes feel low, since failure is often more enjoyable than success. That silliness also makes it feel easier for anyone to pick up a controller and give it a go, and the games sense of play and shameless goofiness means its even fun to spectate and not play. Forza Horizon 4 Forza Horizon 4 is an open-world racing game that benefits greatly from the extra graphical power of the Xbox Series X, but it plays and looks great no matter which Xbox system you own. Horizon 4 is one of those great chill out games thats just as much fun to explore in the entry-level cars as it is to climb the ladder of success to unlock, purchase, and drive a wide variety of beautifully rendered vehicles across a ridiculously scenic landscape. It all looks great, sure, but the extra-smooth frame rate while playing on Series X or Series S hardware, even at 4K resolution, means that it feels just as good as it looks. Its a showcase for the consoles and for the new TV you may have just picked up, and its an absolute blast to see what kind of trouble you can get into on the open road, whether youre racing against other humans or the computer. Or you can just go for a leisurely virtual drive in a car most of us could never afford in a place most of us will never visit. This is one of the best games to show off new hardware, but even without that hook, its one of the most enjoyable titles on Game Pass, no matter how competitive or laid-back youd like to be with your driving. At a time when so many of us are feeling claustrophobic due to COVID-19, the freedom of this huge network of environments, roads, and challenges may just be the hint of freedom your family could use on Christmas morning. Supraland Supraland was released on Steam in 2019, and has since earned more than 5,700 positive reviews on the service, giving it an overwhelmingly positive rating. It hit Game Pass this year, but it didnt seem to make as much of a dent, which is a crime. This is one of the better first-person, open-world puzzle games in recent memory. There are few new ideas here, though. The characters are squishy little blobs of human-shaped plastic, and you have to earn new abilities and find coins to unlock more of the games world. The title doesnt tell you much, and it only looks OK in screenshots. Supraland sets itself apart with brilliant puzzle design, set in an ambitious world with so much to do and see that the few moments of frustration are easily forgotten once you find something else to do or try. There is very little story and next to no direction, but I never stay lost for long; there will always be another NPC to give me a hint or something else to work on, if it turns out that I dont have the necessary powers for the current next step. This is one of those games where the best course of action is to relax, explore, figure out what you can and cant do, and not stress too much about making progress. Supraland rewards play and curiosity, which is fitting for a game that takes place under the gaze of a human child watching his toys interact with his imagination. It introduces new ideas and puzzles at a relentless pace, but somehow isnt overwhelming. Supraland is almost like a Minecraft Dungeons version of Breath of the Wild: Its definitely simplified and more welcoming for younger players, but its so damn good that adults will have fun helping with puzzles, or even playing by themselves. This was one of the biggest surprises I found when putting this list together, and I cant wait to introduce my children to it. Minecraft Minecraft is a game in which everything looks like its made out of large, square blocks, and you can harvest materials and use them to build whatever youd like out of those blocks. And if you have a PC that can support it, Minecraft also supports ray-tracing. Its very strange. There isnt much left to say about Minecraft that hasnt already been said, but the game remains popular online, and it has the ability to keep my children occupied in a way no other game can match, in my experience. They ignore the survival mode and go straight for creative, treating it like a split-screen world in which they can build anything theyd like, without worrying about whether theyre going to run out of Lego bricks. Its a game that can be meditative when played alone and social when shared with others, and there are mountains of user-created content to sift through and explore. Like the rest of the games on this list, Minecraft is very easy to get into, but you may find it tricky to leave. Goat Simulator Goat Simulator is absolutely filled to the brim with janky physics and controls, but barely working is part of the games charm. You play as a goat who is there to get into as much trouble as possible, and finding all the strange and surprising interactions in the game is part of the joy. There are challenges to take on around the world, and plenty of ridiculous options to unlock, but Goat Simulator is very much a game in which the player is expected to make their own fun. So its lucky that theres a lot of fun to be found. Its all about wrestling with the ridiculous interactions between the titular goat and its environment, trying things and messing around with everything you find to see what happens. Its a game of pure fun and exploration, and you can almost see the outline of games like Human: Fall Flat and yes, Supraland, while playing. The goat is a pure, relentless agent of chaos, and theres nothing in the world you cant improve by freaking out, as a goat. The whole thing really opens up with the jetpack, though. Ticket to Ride The standard board games you find in the closet growing up tend to be horrible. Monopoly is bad, folks. Im sorry, it just is. Luckily, Ticket to Ride is great, and this digital version of the popular board game will teach you how to play and get you going without any fuss. You dont even need to clean up the board when the games done! Ticket to Ride is a game of railroads, routes, and lines, with each player competing to build the best railroad system. Its a race to connect cities and dominate the field of getting freight and folks from one place to another. You get to feel like an old-timey master of the universe while trying to crush your friends and enemies, and this virtual version is the perfect way to get started. Disney Plus Im not sure if Im breaking my own rules here, since this isnt a game, but Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get a free month of Disney Plus right now, which is a great excuse to watch a family movie together on Christmas morning, or any time during that free month. You can cancel your subscription before the month is up if you dont want to be charged, but be warned: Disney Plus is a hard service to let go of you start. Theres an entire Baby Yoda situation.
Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary Get Back gets a first look trailer - Polygon
Director Peter Jackson will finish a project more than 50 years in the making with The Beatles: Get Back, the fifth feature film about the band, premiering in theaters on Aug. 21, 2021. The trailer, which debuted on YouTube and Disney Plus, is packed with new…
The Lord of the Rings director has finished a project 50 years in the making
Diablo Immortal won’t have Diablo 3-style seasons - Polygon
Blizzard’s mobile Diablo game — Diablo Immortal — is more about one character you really connect with, rather than a horde of characters you reset every few months.
On Thursday, Blizzard revealed a host of new details around Diablo Immortal its mobile Diablo game and even launched an alpha test in Australia. Diablo Immortal is similar in many ways to Diablo 3, but in a preview event on Monday, Blizzard told us its mobile game is more about a single-character experience than the current Diablo game for console and PC. That means one major feature will be absent for Diablo Immortal at launch: Seasons. Diablo 3s Seasons have kept the game going for years now. If youre unfamiliar, every few months, Blizzard launches a new Season in Diablo 3. Each new Season asks players to start a fresh character and gear them up from scratch. Players then push that one character engaging with unique seasonal effects for a few months, trying to see how far they can get. Then, Blizzard launches a new season and they do it all over again. Instead of rebuilding a character every few months only to abandon it, Blizzard wants to take more of a single-character approach to Immortal. So while players can have multiple different classes on their account, Blizzard expects most players to primarily play with just one. Diablo Immortal seems influenced by World of Warcraft in that way. Instead of seasons, Immortal could lure players back in with expansions and major patches to keep the game fresh. Conceivably, players will have characters years from now that theyve put almost all their time into. This is a substantial shift in philosophy for Diablo, particularly for hardcore players. Ive spent time with more than 30 characters in Diablo 3 since Blizzard launched that game in 2012. But characters in Diablo 3 are quick to come and easy to let go seasonal models depend on players moving on to a new every few months, swapping character classes depending on the seasonal event. Some players even create hardcore characters, who disappear after their first death. Blizzard wants players to invest in their Diablo Immortal characters for years to come, and Diablo 3s seasons arent compatible with that kind of play style.
Cyberpunk 2077 patch fixes visual bugs, addresses seizure dangers - Polygon
One day after its Dec. 10 release date, Cyberpunk 2077 gets its first hotfix, including changes for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Here’s what this patch fixes — and what it doesn’t.
Players who pre-ordered Cyberpunk 2077 and sat down to play on launch day, especially on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, had a pretty rough time of it. Even with the day-zero optimizations that it came with, there were a litany of bugs and performance issues when the game went live. On Friday afternoon, developer CD Projekt Red announced that it has begun rolling out the games first post-launch patch. New hotfix to #Cyberpunk2077 is now live on PlayStation consoles and PC, the team at CD Projekt Red said in a tweet. For Xbox systems, we are working to have the update out as soon as possible. To make sure youve got it installed, keep an eye out for hotfix 1.04. CD Projekt Red has faced criticism for Cyberpunk 2077s marketing in particular, the usage of a sexualized trans model in a promotional poster, as well as the flippant tone used in much of the games advertising and social media. Many fans feel uncertain about how Cyberpunk 2077 will approach sensitive topics that will invariably come up for the marginalized characters who exist in the games huge and diverse open world. CD Projekt Red has also been scrutinized for its work practices, particularly with regard to crunch, a common games industry practice of long hours of overtime lasting weeks or months. CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiski said that he wanted the company to be more humane, and pledged a non-obligatory crunch policy. However, CD Projekt Red ultimately imposed obligatory crunch on some employees, pushing workers to crunch for extended periods amid monthslong delays. Fridays patch arrives one day after Cyberpunk 2077s release. It addresses a bunch of issues with certain quests. It also includes a fix for the Disable Copyrighted Music toggle also known as the games streamer mode. Now it should actually do what it was designed to do, which is to help keep content creators from having copyright strikes leveled at them. The patch also alters the flashing light effect in the games braindances. At least one reviewer suffered an epileptic seizure while playing the game before launch, leading the Polish studio to patch in a formal epilepsy warning. Now the sequence should be less likely to trigger those seizures in the first place. In addition, vehicles should now pop in less frequently, and important nonplayer characters (NPCs) should see more consistent and appropriate animations during scripted sequences. CD Projekt also included several console-specific tweaks in the hotfix, such as improved reflections on PS4. At this time, though, theres no fix listed for the issue of the protagonists penises and breasts clipping through clothing. Weve included the full list of changes below. [Warning: The patch notes below spoil the name of some quests in Cyberpunk 2077.] Quests
- Fixed an issue with completing the final objective in Gig: Freedom of the Press.
- Fixed an issue with starting conversation with Johnny at the end in Life During Wartime.
- Corrected a rare issue with NPCs no longer calling V if A Like Supreme quest was abandoned mid-way.
- Fixed an issue with Nix not going into his default state in Spellbound and KOLD MIRAGE.
- Fixed issues blocking progress in I Fought The Law if the quest area is left.
- Fixed inability to find Delamain in Epistrophy.
- Fixed issues related to remaining in the second phase of the quest after finishing Pacifica fight with Ozob if played after Finals.
- Fixed an issue with Nomads no longer present if V leaves the quest area mid-combat in With a Little Help from My Friends/Queen of the Highway.
- Adjusted mappings and re-enabled quest tracker in Map Tann Pèlen/I Walk the Line/Transmission.
- Fixed constraints on freedom to get up and sit down if neither blueline condition is met in Violence.
- Fixed issues with time and space resulting from leaving the quest area or abandoning the quest in Following the River.
- Fixed an issue with conversation with Johnny not starting after leaving the hotel in Tapeworm.
- Fixed an issue with quest being blocked upon leaving the quest area before climbing the hill in Following the River.
- Fixed the objective Go into booth 9 not completing if the rooms entered too fast in Automatic Love.
- Fixed Jackies issues with sitting still in The Ripperdoc.
- Other quest fixes
- Fixed the preview in weapon crafting.
- Reduced vehicle appearance pop-in.
- Speeded up switching first person perspective to third person perspective in a vehicle.
- Fixed issues with animations missing from important quest NPCs during cinematics.
- Improved stability, including various crash fixes.
- Modified the flashing effect on braindances to reduce the risk of inducing epileptic symptoms. The effect has been smoothed out and the flashes reduced in frequency and magnitude.
- Removed copyrighted songs incorrectly present in the game with Disable Copyrighted Music feature toggled on.
- Switching language to default in the in-game settings now correctly sets it to the language of your Steam client.
- Improved reflections quality on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to eliminate the smudge effect.
- Fixed The Wasteland achievement being stuck on 97% after completing all relevant missions in The Badlands on Xbox.
- Fixed an issue with missing PT-BR VO for Xbox players in Americas.
Songbird review: Pity the makers of the ‘Michael Bay COVID movie’ - Polygon
Michael Bay produced Songbird, but the film is as flawed and cluttered as anything he’s directed. The first mainstream movie that expressly uses COVID-19 as a plot point, the film sets car chases and action beats in a future America overrun by a pandemic. Sta…
Take a moment, just a moment, to offer some sympathy for the filmmakers behind Songbird. If people remember it at all, it will be as the Michael Bay pandemic thriller. The divisive über-directors name is certainly there in the credits of the first mainstream movie to directly address the COVID-19 pandemic, but its as a producer. Bay did not write or direct Songbird; its no more his than A Quiet Place, which he also produced. For that matter, there are long passages where thriller is a questionable description of this movie, too. It is one, at least nominally. It has some chases, scuffles, and races against the clock. But a lot of Songbird plays more like one of those social-hyperlink movies from the 2000s, like Crash or Babel, where pieces of a star-studded ensemble connect with each other, but never come together as one. This is an apt format to revisit in socially distanced times, especially in this movies heightened version of recent events. In the world of Songbird, COVID-19 continued to mutate over the course of four years; the movie picks up with COVID-23 demonstrating even more lethal and faster-acting effects. Anyone with the illness is snatched up by sanitation workers and sent into mandatory government quarantine. Others are confined to their houses. The few who remain immune (munies, people call them) can roam around with impunity, provided they keep their official bracelets handy. In one mordant detail that feels right, it seems that the main thing munies can do with their freedom is ride around delivering packages to everyone else. Thats what Nico (K.J. Apa) does, with plenty of pit stops to take in the scenery and place video-calls to his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson), who he has never met in the flesh theyve never gone further than conversing from opposite sides of her apartment door. The pandemic has turned everyone into shut-ins, like Dozer (Paul Walter Hauser), a paralyzed, drone-piloting vet who also works for Nicos boss Lester (Craig Robinson). One of Lesters clients is William Griffin (Bradley Whitford), a record exec who works with his wife Piper (Demi Moore) to provide black-market immunity bracelets for a hefty price. William also makes secret visits to May (Alexandra Daddario), a singer who moved to Los Angeles at the outset of the pandemic, and is now more or less trapped in her motel room. When Saras grandmother gets the virus, Nico races to save her from being carted into quarantine. Some characters cross paths. Others never meet. And thanks to the pandemic, some cross paths while still not really meeting. This could have been a clever jumping-off point, but director and co-writer Adam Mason doesnt seem much interested in cleverness, or the human connections he pretends to lament in their absence. The movie more often fixates on simulating digital-era immediacy by zig-zagging the camera around the characters and frequently cutting to cell-phone and drone footage. Its supposed to look both intense and cramped. Much of the time, though, it looks more like Mason is hell-bent on keeping the tops of his actors heads out of frame whenever possible. The visuals do fit the story, in the sense that Songbird keeps the characters busy, zipping around the city when theyre able, without allowing them much characterization. The movies approach to world-building resembles something a ranting, discombobulated YouTuber would concoct. Thats never more obvious than when the movie attempts to deal with the concept of virus diagnosis and immunity. Tests that are able to instantly detect the virus seem to be ubiquitous (and, per any information the movie offers, accurate), yet proof of immunity appears so difficult to come by that people are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to fake it, for the privilege of traveling where, exactly, during this scary government lockdown? At one point, another character is described as self-evidently immune, because they havent gotten infected after close-quarters contact with someone who has COVID-23. But the sanitation troopers wont back off until they scan the characters bootlegged bracelet. So where do real bracelets come from, if not from people who have been exposed to the virus and never catch it? And if the lack of virus after exposure (rather than the presence of the virus without any symptoms) indicates immunity, why is Nico supposed to be at risk of spreading the virus further? And if the virus can be instantly detected, how does it continue to spread at such devastating speed in the first place? Moreover: Is it fun or instructive to think about fake pandemic logistics when a real one continues to rage around the world? Songbird gingerly implies that some of its inconsistencies may be in-world results of government overreach, but, Mason and co-writer Simon Boyes lack the courage of their stupid convictions. They never go into full-on conspiracy territory truly, this is a movie thats Just Asking Questions. Many who saw the movies trailer feared a grand political statement; instead, the movie offers an ideological muddle that cant even stay consistently paranoid, fearmongering about quarantine camps while nodding in approval in favor of drones that can commit murder. Its dramatic confrontations amount to a series of minor stabbings, some sleight-of-hand, and dumb luck. Late in the film, Peter Stormare, as the sinister head of sanitation, tells Nico that their immunity status makes them gods. Its an interesting point, undermined by Songbird appearing to more or less believe it. Given Nicos lack of any other personality traits, his immunity makes him a smug martyr, cursed to cut himself off from others (for, again, reasons that make little sense) while he clearly remains pleased with his mysteriously superior immune system. Maybe the filmmakers shouldnt correct assumptions about Michael Bays authorship after all. Songbird isnt as expensive, noisy, or misanthropic as a proper Bay film, but its every bit as cynical, never less than when its insisting that this is a hopeful pandemic story. Faced with a global calamity, here is a movie brave enough to say, Well, it worked out for this jerk, so maybe things will be all right? Songbird will be available for premium digital rental on Dec. 11.
Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 and Xbox One has major problems - Polygon
Fans trying out Cyberpunk 2077 on base PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles on launch day are finding a wide variety of glitches, hiccups, and performance issues that are rendering the game unplayable. Crashes are common, as is pop-in, despite a day-one patch.
CD Projekt Reds highly-anticipated open world RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is now out in the hands of the public and players are logging in to find an extremely unoptimized experience on last generation consoles. Clips showcasing glitches, frame rate issues, major pop in and more have started going viral on social media, though its unclear if these all these Cyberpunk players are trying the game with the day zero patch. After all, some fans found ways to play the game early through methods like changing their consoles time zone. Developers CD Projekt Red say that, if you preloaded the game beforehand, then what you boot up from the get go already has the day one patch. As the launch night unfolds, more footage has emerged reiterating the same types of problems. Polygon watched a couple of dozen livestreams showcasing base PS4 and Xbox One gameplay, along with the beefier versions of each console, and we saw a number of crashes, choppy gameplay, freezes, strangely geometric NPCs, and more. While some of whats most visible on social around right now showcases fans who arent playing with the day one patch, technical hiccups of some variety or other seem pervasive on all versions of the older consoles based on what weve seen on platforms like Twitch and YouTube Live. Fix the game on base Ps4 consoles please. What is that 720p resolution? Frame drops , blurry visuals, crashes ! What the hell guys. This game ruined our experience and no doubt its gonna worst experience ever pic.twitter.com/5GElsWbOuD welcome to cyberboy2077 (@delaypubk2077) December 10, 2020 Hey @CyberpunkGame / @CDPROJEKTRED think you could actually release the game in a playable state before charging us? Totally broken on PS4, screen tearing constantly, muddy graphics and frame rates dropping to a crawl and juddering during combat. This is unacceptable. Tim Deves (@TimDeves) December 10, 2020 Fans who are trying the game on PC, meanwhile especially top-of-the-line rigs seem to be faring okay, based on what we could see on livestreams. At least, compared to the older generation of consoles. There are reports of trees and bushes appearing clipping through things on PC, but it seems that updating your drivers will take care of the issue. But there are still fans who say that, even on PC, things arent always running smoothly. Early reviewers, its worth noting, were all provided PC code of the game. While some reviewers found glitches, most reports did not note anything on the level of whats being shared on social media right now. During one Xbox One stream, Polygon saw a player complain because a car appeared out of nowhere, causing them to crash. Another player Xbox One had to restart their game after trying to fast forward through dialogue something that happened more than once during the broadcast. The game seems to struggle the most when running during open-world segments. All this said, not all glitches that fans are experiencing right now are game-breaking. Curiously, some fans are finding that the infamous penis models sometimes clip through your characters clothes. (NSFW warning on that link!) Still, problem is big enough that, in short order, the gaming community has turned it all into a meme. The format has fans upload images of PS1, PS2, or N64 games with the strong viral language used to criticize the console version of Cyberpunk. Rather than despairing, some players have decided to embrace the dark humor of trying to run a new game on a 7-year-old console. This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/gdApyfmgAi GIRL RIFLE (@girlrifle) December 10, 2020 This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/mpvd0f3PgE Valentina (@leftistthot420) December 10, 2020 This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/BZbgdlsCOX The Girl Reading This :) (@TheEpicDept) December 10, 2020 This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/bDoTI7aSz9 albert camus fancam (@GoudaOnRye) December 10, 2020 This is Cyberpunk 2077 - PS4 version 1.00. Resolution is literally below 720p and the game takes 20 seconds to load in textures. Inexcusable. Unfathomable. Unplayable. pic.twitter.com/CCGN2p1LnG red-nosed parenti (@YellowParenti) December 10, 2020 CD Projekt Red did not respond in time for publication. Prior to release, the studio was reported to have undergone extensive crunch time, even after repeatedly promising that it would not force its workers to do so.
Xbox Game Pass new games December 2020: Doom Eternal, Control, and more - Polygon
Seventeen games will join the Xbox Game Pass lineup between Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. On Dec. 10, the EA Play library becomes available to Game Pass subscribers on Windows PC, too.
Xbox Game Pass subscribers looking to test out the services new preinstalling feature will find December is jam-packed with candidates. Controland Doom Eternalkick things off on Dec. 3, and theyre followed by offerings as diverse as Dragon Quest 11s Definitive Edition, and the motorsports precision sim Assetto Corsa. In all, 17 games are coming to Xbox Game Pass in the week between Thursday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Many of them are from Microsofts [email protected] promotion for indie games including Slime Rancher, Yes, Your Grace(a kingdom management RPG), Call of the Sea, Superhot: Mind Control Delete, and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. In addition to Doom Eternal, Microsoft has also peeled offRage 2(for Android streaming) from Bethesdas library. And eight more games will get touch-control optimization for streaming to Android, including Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Golf With Your Friends, and Ikenfell. And on Dec. 10, PC subscribers will get access to EA Plays library of games. Leaving the library this month: eFootball PES 2020 for Xbox One on Dec. 11; Metro: Last Light Redux for PC on Dec. 15; The Turing Test for both on Dec. 15, and Untitled Goose Gameon console on Dec. 15. Game Pass subscribers may buy these games at discount before they leave the library. Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which bundles Xbox Live Gold with Game Pass) also can get a free 30-day trial to Disney Plus (if theyre a new subscriber) and the pro rasslin/Gears 5crossover that put tag team The New Day in the multiplayer avatar lineup. Xbox Wire has more details.