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The Craft reboot, Train to Busan 2, and everything else you can now watch at home

Plus, Sarah Cooper’s comedy special lands on Netflix

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The teen witches enact a ritual in The Craft: Legacy Photo: Sony Pictures

Following on the coattails of the success of The Witcher, Netflix has announced that an Assassin’s Creed series is also on the way. There are precious few details about the upcoming series besides the fact that it will be live action, though the teaser Netflix posted suggests it will focus on the Ezio trilogy of games.

In other upcoming news, Netflix has released first looks at its Resident Evil and Pacific Rim animated series. HBO Max has also announced some new programming, including a reboot of Tiny Toons and Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, a new series from Genndy Tartakovsky. And on the Disney Plus front, Oscar Isaac is reportedly in talks to star in Marvel’s live-action Moon Knight.

While we wait for those series to hit streaming, here are the new movies you can watch on VOD this weekend.

The Craft: Legacy

Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $19.99 on Amazon, Google Play and Apple

Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Cailee Spaeny, and Gideon Adlon stand together facing the camera in The Craft: Legacy Photo: Sony Pictures

The 1996 cult hit The Craft gets updated for 2020 with The Craft: Legacy, which is equal parts reboot and continuation. As in the original, the new film centers on four young women who form a coven, and how they manage their newfound powers. From our review:

In Zoe Lister-Jones’ reboot, sisterhood exists for its own sake, rather than as a loyalty test, and toxic masculinity is as threatening as ever (sigh). But the witchy expression of karma is less about punishment and more about owning your mistakes. Fans expecting a faithful retread of a generational cult favorite may be surprised to see a wholly new story and a portrayal of witchcraft refashioned for the current generation.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

Where to watch it: Buy on digital, $12.99 on Google Play, $14.99 on Apple

Train to Busan: Peninsula stars walk through a sewer Image: Well Go USA

The Train to Busan sequel takes place four years after the first film, with South Korea now quarantined and abandoned as a zombie wasteland. Jung-seok (Gang Dong-won) is wracked with guilt over the circumstances of his escape from Korea to Hong Kong, and leaps at the chance to start a new life — even though that chance involves going back to Korea to retrieve a truck full of cash. From our review:

Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 film Train to Busan was a hit because it put a fresh spin on the zombie genre, limiting the characters’ freedom of movement — much of the film takes place on a train — and setting a timer by giving that train a destination, and an uncertain welcome on arrival. The sequel faces the usual question of whether it’s possible to capture lightning in the same bottle twice, but Yeon at least tries something completely different this time out.

The Donut King

Where to watch it: Available in virtual cinemas for $9.99

Ted Ngoy at a window Image: Greenwich Entertainment

Alice Gu’s documentary The Donut King tells the story of Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian refugee who came to America and became the mastermind behind a donut empire. While his story sounds like a paragon of the American Dream, it winds up being a little more complicated than it looks on the surface, and Gu digs into the events that led to Ngoy’s downfall.

Spell

Where to watch it: Buy on digital, $14.99 on Amazon, Google Play and Apple

omari hardwick in spell Photo: Paramount Pictures

Omari Hardwick stars in this horror movie as a man who, after a plane crash, finds himself practically being held hostage by a woman (Loretta Devine) who claims she can heal his injuries through backwoods magic. As the blood moon rises, he struggles to break free, not just to save himself but his entire family.

New on Netflix this weekend

  • A kickoff to the holiday season with Holidate
  • A new anime series set in ancient Greece, Blood of Zeus
  • Sarah Cooper’s comedy special Everything’s Fine
  • The fourth season of Somebody Feed Phil

And here’s what dropped last Friday:

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (a.k.a. Borat 2)

Where to watch it: Streaming on Amazon

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, giving the thumbs-up in colorful pajamas Photo: Amazon Studios

Sacha Baron Cohen returns as the Kazakh journalist in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. The documentary comedy finds Borat coming back to America amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the lead-up to the 2020 election. From our review:

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is also one of the most uproariously funny American comedies in an ungodly long time. With an actress in tow playing Borat’s teenage daughter, Cohen makes his way back to a more turbulent U.S. for an even more outrageous film, one that not only embarrasses at least one major politician — “Great success!” — but manages to be surprisingly touching and optimistic along the way.

The Witches

Where to watch it: Streaming on HBO Max

a group of women with smiles carved onto their faces Photo: HBO

Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book The Witches stars Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, with Jahzir Bruno and Octavia Spencer as the young boy and his grandmother who come across the Grand High Witch and her coven. From our review:

Director Robert Zemeckis has always had a reputation as a bit of a gonzo tech wonk. Between more staid films like Allied and The Walk, Zemeckis’ obsession with pushing technology to its limit, as in his 1988 masterpiece Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has resulted in oddities like Beowulf, The Polar Express, and Welcome to Marwen. These films are full of strange, not necessarily successful, but certainly memorable choices. That makes it all the more disappointing that his latest movie, a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel The Witches, is almost boring.

Bad Hair

Where to watch it: Streaming on Hulu

Elle Lorraine cries and clutches her long, matted hair in Bad Hair Photo: Tobin Yellan/Hulu

Dear White People creator Justin Simien has made a horror movie about — you guessed it — hair. Anna (Elle Lorraine), a TV executive, wants to become a video jockey star, but her boss (Vanessa Williams) won’t tolerate her natural hair. For the sake of her career, Anna gets her first weave — and that’s when the trouble begins. Lena Waithe, Jay Pharoah, and Blair Underwood co-star.

Friendsgiving

Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $5.99 on Amazon, Google Play and Apple

malin akerman and kat dennings in friendsgiving Photo: Saban Films

A surprisingly stacked cast fills out this comedy about the ritual of spending Thanksgiving with friends. Best friends Molly (Malin Akerman) and Abby (Kat Dennings) are hoping to spend the holiday quietly, but their celebration soon grows out of control, with Molly’s new boyfriend and his mother tagging along, as well as several party crashers, including Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, and Chelsea Peretti.

After We Collided

Where to watch it: Rent on digital, $6.99 on Amazon, Google Play and Apple

a teenage couple in after we collided Photo: Open Road Films

The sequel to After arrives this weekend, with Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin starring as a young couple going through growing pains. When they break up, she’s faced with the choice of pursuing new love, or fixing her old relationship.