TV shows, movies you can soon watch at home

In the 1990s, audiences had to wait months to see Sundance Film Festival hits like “Clerks” and “Reservoir Dogs.” In 2022, some of the Sundance premieres are fast approaching.

Because content is king in the world of streaming services and video-on-demand platforms, independent films are still gobbled up by studios and companies, but often skip theaters for digital play. For example, Hulu and Neon bought Andy Samberg’s time-loop comedy “Palm Springs” for a record $17.5 million at the 2020 festival, streaming it online in the early months of COVID-19, and Apple paid $25 million a year ago for “CODA” to run on Apple TV+.

Sundance 2022:Kanye West, Bill Cosby and Princess Diana documentaries top film festival lineup

And that’s just the stuff that hasn’t been bought yet. Many are using Sundance as a way to gin up interest before projects release to the public: Case in point, Oscar-nominated ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ bowing out at Sundance 2021 11 days before hitting the channel HBO Max.

With this year’s virtual festival kicking off on Thursday (and running through January 30), here are the first films and series that already have upcoming start dates. (More films will be added as they are purchased during Sundance.)

“We Need to Talk About Cosby” (January 30)

W. Kamau Bell directs this four-part docu-series examining the life and work of Bill Cosby, his fall from “America’s Dad” to a former convicted sex offender, and how society is attacking this former icon beloved black woman amidst modern culture and the #MeToo Movement.

Where to watch: Show time

“jeen-yuhs: a Kanye trilogy” (February 16)

Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah’s three-part documentary “The Event” follows Ye’s musical life from his early formative days to becoming an international artist and brand.

Where to watch: Netflix (and in limited theaters February 10)

‘Fresh’ (March 4)

modern dating meets the horror genre in the thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones as a woman who begins to see an attractive guy (Sebastian Stan) after meeting him in the grocery store while on a weekend getaway romantic reveals his strange appetites.

Where to watch: Hulu

by Amy Poehler "Lucy and Desi" documentary examines the early life and iconic television series of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

‘Lucy and Desi’ (March 4)

Amy Poehler directs this documentary about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz following their early years, their run into 1950s TV icons with “I Love Lucy,” and ultimately how their entire professional life survived their marriage.

Where to watch: Amazon Premier

‘Alice’ (March 18)

In a drama based on real events, Keke Palmer plays an enslaved woman in Georgia living on what she believes to be a 19th century plantation. After escaping her brutal captor, she realizes it’s actually 1973.

Where to watch: In theaters (VOD date TBD)

“After Yang” (March TBD)

Colin Farrell plays a father who searches for a way to fix Yang, his beloved young android daughter companion and, especially in the process, reconnects with her and his wife (Jodie Turner-Smith).

Where to watch: In theaters

“You Won’t Be Alone” (April 1)

Noomi Rapace stars in the story of a 19th century Macedonian girl who is kidnapped, turned into a witch and then takes the form of a peasant she accidentally kills on a journey to understanding what it means to be human.

Where to watch: In theaters

Siiri Solalinna plays a 12-year-old gymnast who tends to a mysterious giant bird's egg in the horror satire

‘Outbreak’ (April 29)

The horror satire centers on a 12-year-old Finnish gymnast (Siiri Solalinna) who brings home a woodland bird egg to care for. The egg soon becomes gigantic, hatching a creature that the daughter grows closer to while keeping it a secret from her demanding mother.

Where to watch: In theaters and on VOD

“Happening” (May 6)

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Annie Ernaux, a French student becomes pregnant in 1963 and, seeing her future slip away, weighs the personal, social and criminal risks of having an abortion.

Where to watch: In theaters

“Emergency” (May 20)

RJ Cyler and Donald Elise Watkins star in the comedy as black college seniors and roommates getting ready for a legendary night of partying. When they find a random white girl passed out and in bad shape on their floor, they weigh the pros and cons of calling 911.

Where to watch: In theaters (and on Amazon Prime May 27)

‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’ (2022 TBD)

Director Rory Kennedy’s documentary looks at the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max planes within five months of each other that cost nearly 400 lives and the work of reporters and family members to bring the company’s cover-up and negligence to light.

Where to watch: netflix

Regina Hall plays the new dean of students at a New England college built on a Salem-era gallows hill in the social horror flick "Master."

‘Master’ (2022 TBD)

In the social horror film, Regina Hall stars as the new dean of students at an elite New England university built on the site of a Salem hill-era gallows, and is one of three women are forced to face the haunted history of the school.

Where to watch: Amazon Premier

‘The Princess’ (2022 TBD)

Using exclusively archival footage, the documentary examines Princess Diana’s obsessive fascination with private and public life, her cultural impact and an evolving view of the British monarchy.

Where to watch: HBO

‘Summer’ (2022 TBD)

James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) co-writes and directs the coming of age adventure, which centers on four best friends about to start college who find themselves on a mystery to solve their final weekend of the summer.

Where to watch: In theaters

“When You’re Done Saving the World” (2022 TBD)

Written and directed by Jesse Eisenberg, the drama stars Julianne Moore as a woman who runs a shelter for abused women and struggles to connect with her musical teenage son (Finn Wolfhard).

Where to watch: In theaters

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