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What to watch on December 19: Unpaused is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Here are the movies and shows you can stream on ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, Apple TV+ and Voot Select among others.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 19, 2020 4:33:23 pm
UnpausedUnpaused is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. (Photo: Amazon Studios)

2020 is about to end, and while this year might not have been merry for many, it was a game-changer for OTT platforms. With most people staying indoors for a large part of the year, OTT platforms built a strong audience and kept them entertained with new content all year long.

This week, the new content on streaming platforms includes Amazon Prime Video’s Unpaused, ZEE5’s Black Widows and Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Paava Kadhaigal.

Unpaused, on Amazon Prime Video, is a set of five short films put together with the common theme of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The five films have been directed by Raj & DK, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun and Nitya Mehra. Gulshan Devaiah, Saiyami Kher, Richa Chadha, Sumeet Vyas, Lillete Dubey, Rinku Rajguru, Abhishek Banerjee, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan and Ratna Pathak Shah are part of the star cast.

ZEE5’s Black Widows stars Mona Singh, Swastika Mukherjee and Shamita Shetty. The show is an official adaptation of Finnish show Mustat lesket. It is the story of three women who decide to take control of their life after being subjected to repeated domestic violence.

Swastika Mukherjee, in an earlier statement, said, “Given the international reputation of the show, the team has put their heart and soul to create something quite extraordinary. The three widows will slap patriarchy and set their own rules and celebrate their new freedom. Rest assured, it is not your ordinary women-centric drama and we don’t need men to save us. These are strong powerful women putting an end to their dark past and blossoming into a new life.”

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Here's what you can watch on OTT platforms today.

16:33 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Pan’s Labyrinth: Amazon Prime Video

Guillermo del Toro loves monsters. In his movies, they are a stand-in for people and creatures that are shunned by society. In del Toro’s highly underrated Pan’s Labyrinth, a young girl meets a strange faun creature in a labyrinth Spain in 1944, five years after the country’s Civil War. The film is firmly rooted in its setting, and the context is not accidental.

16:28 (IST)19 Dec 2020
The Lord of the Rings: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is still without equal. The scale, the vision, the visual effects, the performances, the writing, the small character moments that are given as much importance as the big moments, LotR is a staggering achievement.

15:55 (IST)19 Dec 2020
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Netflix

Based on the eponymous series of books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a fun and adventurous fantasy movie involving fantastic creatures and an engaging story. It is for young adults, but just like Harry Potter, it is good enough for people of all ages. Freddy Highmore delivers a really good performance in the movie.

15:12 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Mrs America: Disney+ Hotstar

With Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne in the lead roles, this mini-series is set during the second-wave of feminism in the US where feminists like Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and many others were spearheading a revolution for women’s rights but to their shock, one of their biggest opposers came in the form of Phyllis Schlafly.

14:47 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Disne+ Hotstar

This film was all about repairing the supposed damage that the previous entry in the sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi, did. Essentially, it tried to please the fanboys and turned out to be so messy that it did not please anybody. However, as a send off it is pretty good and if you are a fan, it will make you emotional and teary-eyed.

14:09 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Tales from the Loop: Amazon Prime Video

A science fiction drama TV anthology series, Tales from the Loop is a gripping, superbly shot and well-written piece of entertainment that will delight everyone, but specifically those who liked HBO's Westworld and FX's recent series Devs.

13:51 (IST)19 Dec 2020
The Man in the High Castle: Amazon Prime Video

Based on an intriguing what-if premise, The Man in the High Castle is an alternate reality show. In this world, the Axis powers won and the United States was carved up between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Common Americans live under two foreign, oppressive regimes and they are resigned to their fate... until the people come across another reality -- our reality -- according to which things could be better.

13:18 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Chernobyl: Disney+ Hotstar

Chernobyl, a miniseries based on the nuclear disaster of the same name, is scarier than any horror story in existence, precisely because it did happen in the past and a similar event can happen in future. Human incompetence, after all, has no limits. Read more

12:50 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Paava Kadhaigal: Netflix

Paava Kadhaigal is an anthology film starring Kalidas Jayaram, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Bhavani Sre, Gautham Menon, Simran, Anjali, Kalki Koechlin, Prakash Raj, Sai Pallavi, Jaffer Sadiq. 

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12:29 (IST)19 Dec 2020
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Netflix

Chadwick Boseman's swan song revolves around Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (Viola Davis), one of the earliest African-American blues singers, and one of her recording sessions in Chicago of the 1920s. The session had Rainey clashing with her white manager over the control of her music.

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20:16 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Penny Dreadful: The City of Angels: Disney+ Hotstar

While the sunny Los Angeles is not as compelling a setting for horror as the dank streets of Victorian London, The City of Angels, Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful's spinoff, is surprisingly good, with a nice amalgam of contemporary social issues and the supernatural.

19:49 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Calibre: Netflix

Two men go hunting deer in Scottish countryside and get more than they bargained for.

19:25 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Mudbound: Netflix

This is the film that put Netflix on the Academy’s map. A solid, emotional drama set in 1939, Mudbound is about race relations. A story of two families – one black and one white – that while sharing farmland are divided by the social hierarchies. The World War II also plays a pivotal role. The film is gorgeously shot and directed. Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer of the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for her work.

18:59 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Gerald’s Game: Netflix

There are few movies that manage to outdo their source material. There are fewer movies that are based on a Stephen King book and still manage to outdo the source material. Gerald’s Game is one such movie.

18:27 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Beasts of No Nation: Netflix

The concept of child soldiers is incredibly repelling. But it is not hypothetical. In some parts of the world, it is a reality. Beasts of No Nation involves Idris Elba’s sadistic commandant conscripting a child into his army in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The film is a brutal blow to the viewer, and asks the question that how can we be so complacent when there still exist kids who are forced to fight and die?

18:09 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Okja: Netflix

Bong Joon-ho's Okja is a scathing critique of capitalism and also a satire on unrelenting human greed. A young South Korean girl and her father is given a specially bred super-pig that will potentially be used in pork production if the experiment is successful. But when the time comes to retrieve the animal, the girl, Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun, who does splendid work), refuses to let it go.

17:53 (IST)18 Dec 2020
One Child Nation: Amazon Prime Video

Directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, One Child Nation talks about the ramifications of the one-child policy of China that lasted for almost 25 years. It’s a harrowing account of people who emotionally talk about the harsh experiences their families went through as China enforced the policy on all its citizens.

17:22 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Malgudi Days: Amazon Prime Video

The classic Doordarshan TV series based on RK Narayan's charming small-town based stories still holds up well. Relive your childhood (if you watched Malgudi Days as a child, that is) with this series.

16:50 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Dracula: Netflix

Netflix’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Victorian-era Gothic horror novel was a surprisingly clever, well-performed piece of entertainment. While it was a considerable departure from the source material, it remains an interpretation that Stoker himself probably would have been proud of.

15:59 (IST)18 Dec 2020
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Netflix

A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the book series of the same name by Daniel Handler who uses his pen name Lemony Snicket to write the books. The story follows three Baudelaire children – a baby girl, a boy and his elder sister. The children have a fortune to their name, but a certain Count Olaf (played with a patent delight by Neil Patrick Harris) would like the fortune to himself. He will kill the children if that is what it took. The devilish Count is assisted by even nastier minions.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is streaming on Netflix. The film marks the last appearance of Chadwick Boseman who passed away in August due to cancer. The film also stars Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, Dusan Brown and Taylour Paige. Directed by George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is produced by Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

Set in the 1920s, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has Viola Davis playing Ma Rainey, a celebrated performer, who is trying to get control of her own music against her white manager. Chadwick Boseman plays Leevee, an ambitious trumpeter who wants to make his mark in the music industry.

Netflix's Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal features short films of directors - Sudha Kongara, Vignesh Shivan, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Vetrimaaran. The cast includes - Anjali, Bhavani Sre, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Hari, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalki Koechlin, Padam Kumar, Prakash Raj, Sai Pallavi, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Simran among others.

On his short Oor Iravu, Vetrimaaran told The Indian Express, "I knew casting Prakash Raj and Sai Pallavi as father and daughter would reduce my work by half. When an actor like Prakash Raj becomes part of a story like this, he adds value to it. That apart, he has the ability to shift (emotionally) from one end of the spectrum to the other within seconds — from being a loving father to an aggressive patriarch who would do anything to assert his belief."

Vignesh Shivan, who has directed Love Panna Uttranum, said in an earlier statement, "Paava Kadhaigal helped me explore such an authentic theme in an honest way and gave me the opportunity to work alongside some of the most experienced filmmakers from the industry."