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Ozark: Season 4 | Part 1
Netflix, 21 January

The massively popular show Ozark returns this Friday (21 January), releasing on Netflix for its final season. Despite having only three released seasons, Ozark has been nominated for an incredible 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, including two for outstanding drama series. In fact, both Jason Bateman and Julia Garner have won Primetime Emmy Awards for their performances throughout the previous seasons. Ozark follows the story of the Byrde family after Marty Byrde (Bateman) relocates his family following a money laundering scheme gone wrong, that leaves him indebted to a Mexican drug lord. Not much is known about the plot for the fourth season, except that it should continue the story directly from the events of Season 3’s finale – and that tensions between all the involved parties should skyrocket as the show nears its end. While this may be the final season, only seven episodes are set to release on 21 January, with the rest expected later this year. Be sure to check out the first half of what will surely be an epic final season to this incredible thriller on Friday.


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The Royal Treatment
Netflix, 20 January

Netflix’s latest romance movie is set to be released on 20 January. The Royal Treatment stars Laura Marano, known for her work on Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally, and Mena Massoud in his first movie appearance since his breakout role as Aladdin in the live action remake. The Royal Treatment sees hairdresser Isabella (Marano) offered her dream job to do the hair for a royal wedding. Isabella and her fellow stylists head to a castle poised to be the location of the wedding – however, upon meeting Prince Thomas (Massoud), a romance begins to blossom. Both must learn that they control their own destiny and Prince Thomas must decide between duty and his heart. This film seems set to be a heart-warming experience as it focuses on their blossoming romance and the trials they must endure while remaining lighthearted throughout. Experience this ‘will-they-won’t-they’ romance film for yourself when it releases on Netflix on 20 January.

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The Good SonThe Good Son
Jacquelyn Mitchard

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard comes The Good Son, a perfectly compelling novel. Mitchard is a highly acclaimed author of 22 novels for both adults and teenagers. Her previous works have earned her both the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, recognising her achievements in suspense and horror literature, as well as her books having been selected by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. The Good Son follows Thea Demetriou, whose son Stefan has just been released from prison. Stefan was 17 years old when he was arrested for murdering his girlfriend in a drug-fuelled state. What soon becomes clear is that the community and world he is released into are not going to let him forget his past. The local community rallies up against him, while the media portrays him as a symbol of indifferent justice. The Good Son leans heavily on themes of familial loyalty, as despite everything Thea continues to find a way to love him. Among escalating threats Thea begins to suspect more is at play than just outrage and begins to delve deeper into the secrets of her son’s life, including about the night of the murder. Catch this fantastic book when it releases 18 January.


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The Gods We Can Touch
Aurora, 21 January

The Gods We Can TouchNorwegian pop singer Aurora is releasing her highly anticipated third studio album The Gods We Can Touch on 21 January. Her previous albums and singles have skyrocketed her into the spotlight – she has even performed her hit single Runaway at the Noble Peace Prize concert. This latest album is set to focus on shame, desire and mortality told using ancient Greek mythology as a backdrop. Through each song another god is met to aid with exploring the complex topics of her music, for example in the song This Could Be A Dream we meet Morpheus the mythological god of sleep. The album contains 14 new tracks, some of which had previously been released as singles in a tease of this new album. Be sure not to miss this elegant and provocative album when it releases on Friday 21 January.

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Author: Matthew Wright

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