With a plethora of exciting movies available for streaming now, film enthusiasts have a wide range of options to choose from. From bone-chilling thrillers like "Black" and "Husera: The Bone Woman" to heart-pounding action flicks like "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Nope," there's something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for a gripping murder mystery, a fantastical adventure, or a captivating biographical drama, the streaming platforms have got you covered. So, grab your popcorn, settle into your favorite spot on the couch, and prepare for an unforgettable movie night.
From Black (AMC & Shudder)Shudder
The Tale of Black, directed by Thomas Marchese, recounts the story of a mother yearning for the return of her missing son. When offered the opportunity to uncover the truth of his disappearance, she may have to pay a dreadful price to discover the reality.
Despite originally honing his skills on an acclaimed police documentary, Fallen, Marchese has constructed a noteworthy occult horror movie with a multitude of recognizable individuals involved. Admirers of True Blood and Pitch Perfect will acknowledge Anna Camp as the leading actress in The Tale of Black, alongside other familiar faces such as Travis Hammer (Godless) and Jennifer Lafleur (Nope).
Husera: The Bone Woman (AMC & Shudder)XYZ Films
Huesera: The Bone Woman is a must-watch if you desire a distinctive horror experience. We follow the journey of Valeria, a woman eager to embark on the enchanting world of motherhood. However, after falling victim to a mysterious curse, Valeria finds herself descending further into the realm of magic, potentially consumed by it completely.
The feature film debut of Michelle Garza Cervera, this occult tale initially premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before being swiftly acquired by Shudder as an exclusive film. Among the service's diverse range of exclusives, Huesera stands as a bone-cracking, mind-bending exploration of the conflicting emotions that motherhood can elicit, complemented by a plethora of terrifying visuals.
A Lot of Nothing (AMC )Scalable Content
Despite its title, A Plenitude of Emptiness has much to offer. A suspenseful creation by Mo McRae, A Plenitude of Emptiness narrates the story of an upper-middle-class couple taking matters into their own hands. When it comes to light that their neighbor, a police officer, has fatally shot an unarmed teenager, the couple finds themselves holding him captive in their abode.
Matters only escalate from that point forward. It is a film that never relents as tension mounts, with numerous critics lauding its extensive opening sequence and the questions it poses throughout its nerve-wracking plot.
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Tetris (Apple TV )Apple TV
Joining the wave of "product-centric movies," the recently premiered Tetris is a fascinating film that enhances the true story behind the beloved puzzle game by adding a few embellishments. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Henk Rogers is entrusted with bringing the renowned puzzle game to the West from its country of origin. However, he must overcome various obstacles to secure the licensing deal of a lifetime.
Starring Taron Egerton as the lead, this film showcases how Tetris captivated the world from its humble beginnings, with a sprinkle of thrilling car chases to spice things up. Nintendo enthusiasts will also witness the company during its early prime, with the introduction of the original Game Boy playing a pivotal role in propelling Tetris to unprecedented heights of popularity.
Ghosted (Apple TV )Apple TV
As Apple TV's most-watched film debut, The Vanished is an exceptionally noteworthy addition to the service's expanding catalog. Starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, it spins the tale of an ordinary man falling madly in love with a secret agent. This revelation, however, occurs after a grand romantic gesture takes an unexpected turn, propelling the duo on an expansive adventure to save the world.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher (The Offer, Rocketman), The Vanished is a film packed with rom-com humor, thrilling action sequences, and a surprising array of cameo appearances that shall remain undisclosed to avoid spoilers.
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Scream VI (Paramount )Paramount Pictures
If Jason Voorhees can venture to New York, why can't Ghostface? While Jason's escapade in the Big Apple proved to be lackluster, The Sixth Scream defies those expectations. In fact, it stands as one of the finest horror sequels in recent memory. Set one year after the events of Scream in 2022, we follow the remaining survivors from Woodsboro as they relocate to the heart of New York City, hoping to leave behind the traumatic murders that tormented their existence. However, when a fresh Ghostface killer emerges, the sprawling metropolis becomes their new battleground.
The Scream franchise thrived on defying and subverting expectations, and The Sixth Scream takes this tradition to new heights. With its dark humor, tense set pieces, and a captivating whodunit mystery, it stands as a surprising addition to the slasher genre and solidifies this series as one of the most consistently intriguing franchises to date.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount )Paramount Pictures
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves emerges as an unexpected sleeper hit of the year thus far. Despite initial mixed reactions, those who have experienced the film in theaters have only positive things to say. From the casting choices to the reverence for the source material, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves serves as a remarkable adaptation of the beloved tabletop game for the silver screen. And now, it is available exclusively on Paramount.
A charismatic thief and a diverse group of adventurers find themselves entangled in an elaborate heist spanning various iconic locations in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Along the way, they face formidable foes such as Owlbears, Red Wizards, and an ever-growing army of the undead. Rather than adhering strictly to a serious narrative, numerous scenes celebrate the unique elements of the tabletop game, following a similar escalation of events akin to a traditional D&D session. Hopefully, this will ignite the start of a captivating fantasy franchise.
Renfield (Peacock)Universal Pictures
In the wake of the failed Dark Universe, a series of exceptional horror films has arisen from the ashes. Following the critically acclaimed reimagining of The Invisible Man, Dracula returns to the silver screen in the form of Renfield, albeit with some minor alterations. The role of Dracula is portrayed by Nicolas Cage.
Through the lens of R.M. Renfield, Dracula's devoted servant, we witness his struggle to balance his loyalty to the charismatic count while pursuing a romantic interest amidst the contemporary setting of New Orleans. This unique spin on the Dracula tale is the brainchild of Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) and Robert Kirkman (Invincible), skillfully blending laughter and horror to kickstart a fresh and improved film universe.
Knock at the Cabin (Peacock)Universal Pictures
Abyss of the Cabin, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, falls in line with what one would typically expect from a Shyamalan production. However, while his previous endeavors have been divisive among audiences and critics, Abyss of the Cabin manages to captivate as a thrilling suspense film set against an isolated backdrop.
Showcasing a delightfully villainous performance by Dave Bautista, Abyss of the Cabin follows him and three others as they forcefully take control of a remote cabin in the woods, holding a young girl and her parents hostage. Yet, what would typically be a run-of-the-mill home invasion thriller evolves into something far more intriguing when their unique motivations are unveiled: the world teeters on the brink of destruction, and a sacrifice must be made to prevent its demise.
Cocaine Bear (Peacock)Universal Pictures
What is there to say about Cocaine Bear? It's a film that openly embraces its influences — and its narrative, to be frank — for all to see. Loosely inspired by true events, Cocaine Bear recounts the tale of a bear stumbling upon a duffel bag filled with cocaine. Naturally, being a bear, its instinct leads it to consume the illicit substance, setting off a series of outrageous events.
Fortunately, Cocaine Bear leans more towards comedy rather than pure horror. Directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks, this film shines a sympathetic light on our drug-addled bear while various detectives, dealers, and ordinary citizens find themselves at the mercy of this enigmatic creature. Apart from its outlandish premise and the intriguing true story it is based on, Cocaine Bear is noteworthy for featuring one of the final performances by the late Ray Liotta.
When it comes to portraying characters with utter madness, Willem Dafoe is the go-to actor. Following its theatrical release in February, Inside has finally made its way to the realm of streaming, allowing audiences to experience this single-location thriller from the comfort of their own homes. A fortunate situation for us, though not so fortuitous for the sole character in the film. Inside revolves around a New York penthouse that becomes the target of a cunning art thief. However, when circumstances lock him inside the room with no means of escape, the question arises: How will he survive?
Dafoe takes center stage in this tense survival thriller that unexpectedly delves into the realm of philosophy whenever he isn't desperately scavenging for sustenance and warmth. While some have criticized the film's lofty aspirations, the remarkable performance by our solitary character alone justifies a curious viewing.
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Lost (Netflix)Sony Pictures Releasing
A separate follow-up to the 2018 movie Searching, Lost showcases Storm Reid as June Allen, an adolescent entangled in a dreadful situation. When Allen's mother disappears on a trip to Colombia with a new boyfriend, Allen must employ all available resources to locate them both. Directed by Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, Searching also has ties to the Hulu-exclusive thriller, Run.
As the inaugural installment of a new anthology series, Searching nails it. Following Unfriended's bold step in making social media and "screenlife" central to its plot, Searching takes it a step further by incorporating elements of mystery. This infusion of intrigue adds an authentic layer to the puzzle, while the rest of the film is elevated by excellent performances from Allen, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, and the rest of the cast.
Netflix's Chupa recounts the tale of the legendary "chupacabra" — a bloodthirsty creature that preys on livestock. However, instead of showcasing explicit violence, the film delves into the heartwarming tale of a young boy forming a friendship with the creature during an unforgettable journey.
It's a fascinating subject for a movie given the creature's diverse interpretations across different regions. While some portray it as a horrifying, reptilian monster, in other areas it resembles a large feline. Chupa caters to the entire family, and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight) and Christian Slater (Inside Job) round out the cast of this lighthearted creature feature.
Murder Mystery 2 (Netflix)Netflix
Serving as a direct sequel to the unexpectedly enjoyable Adam Sandler flick, Murder Mystery 2, once again pairs Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as they establish their dedicated detective agency. Tasked with solving yet another whimsical mystery when a wealthy associate gets unexpectedly abducted, this film presents a lighter take on whodunits akin to Knives Out, and showcases Sandler's comedic talents without falling into negative clichés. The chemistry between Sandler and Jennifer Aniston undoubtedly adds to the enjoyable experience.
Holy Spider (Netflix)Netflix
Holy Spider presents a captivating film on various fronts. Set in Iran, it follows the journey of a journalist striving to apprehend a misogynistic murderer known as the "Spider Killer." However, due to the killer's declared motivations, there are those who question whether he was entirely in the wrong.
Joining Netflix's expanding collection of true-crime content, Holy Spider presents an intriguing dramatization of a real-life case that deeply divided the nation, highlighting the contrasting perspectives of those who perceived the killer's actions as justified and those who were horrified by his crimes.
Often described as "The Menu meets Whiplash," Netflix's cuisine-drama Hunger follows the journey of an aspiring street-food chef taken under the wing of a culinary master. However, the protagonist's notorious reputation and unorthodox methods raise questions about the limits individuals are willing to push to achieve greatness.
Despite its culinary focus, Hunger delves deeper into the stories of the individuals behind the extravagant dishes and those who consume them with delight. With themes exploring social hierarchies and disdain between classes skillfully woven throughout, Hunger presents a captivating examination of what it truly means to be "the best" from the heart of Thailand.
Every now and then, everyone craves a good martial arts film. Netflix's Furies is here to deliver just that. The story revolves around Bi, a Vietnamese woman who escapes her brutal existence and finds herself in Saigon, where she encounters the enigmatic Mrs. Lin. Lin takes Bi and her newfound comrades Thanh and Hong under her wing and trains them as assassins to take down a local crime lord.
While the premise may seem straightforward, creating an entertaining and engaging martial arts film requires a certain level of skill and creativity. Fortunately, Furies delivers with its slick style and over-the-top choreography. Expect vibrant neon-lit action scenes throughout the film. Furies serves as an exceptional prequel to 2019's Furie.
The Magician's Elephant (Netflix)Netflix
Netflix's recently-released animated feature has generated considerable buzz. The Magician's Elephant leaves little to the imagination, as the whimsical tale revolves around a young boy's quest to find his long-lost sister.
The boy believes that a magical elephant holds the key to his sister's whereabouts, and he embarks on a journey that involves completing three seemingly impossible tasks, which could change the future of his community forever. Remarkable 3D animation brings this heartwarming story to life, making it an ideal choice for family movie nights and animation enthusiasts.
The Woman King (Netflix)Sony Pictures Releasing
Viola Davis delivers a remarkable performance in The Woman King — a historical action drama produced by Netflix. Alongside Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, Davis portrays the Agojie, an all-female warrior band in the African Kingdom of Dahomey.
When confronted with an unprecedented threat, General Nansica (Viola Davis) is entrusted with training a new generation of recruits for a battle that will determine the future of their homeland.
While some critics have questioned the film's historical accuracy, beneath the surface lies a truly captivating story that garnered attention for its outstanding cinematography, ensemble cast, and costume design. Despite being overlooked by the Oscars, The Woman King remains a must-watch for those interested in witnessing Viola Davis lead an army of warriors to victory on Netflix.
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Netflix)Sony Pictures Releasing
Let's face it, who doesn't adore Whitney Houston? That's precisely why Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody has attracted so much attention. Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) and written by Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Two Popes), this biopic delves into the highs and lows of the legendary pop star's personal and professional life.
Praised for its performances and musical numbers, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody joins the ranks of musically-charged biopics with a compelling story that revolves around an iconic figure. If you can't make it to the cinema, streaming this film from the comfort of your couch is the next best option for getting your musical fix.
The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die (Netflix)Netflix
Originally a BBC Two exclusive, The Last Kingdom made its way to Netflix following its immense success on the streaming platform. After five seasons, The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die marks the grand finale of one of Netflix's most riveting historical dramas, concluding the journey that began with an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories.
While the final installment may not have the same impact for newcomers, The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die brings together series regulars Alexander Dreymon, Mark Rowley, Arnas Fedaravicius, Harry Gilby, and others in a quest to reunite England after a sudden tragedy throws the throne into disarray.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Once & Always (Netflix)HasbroToei Company
A staple of childhood for many adults today, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Once & Always offers a nostalgic return to the original Power Rangers series that most of us grew up with. This film reunites multiple generations of Rangers, including the original Black and Blue Rangers (Walter Emanuel Jones and David Yost, respectively), and presents a classic passing-of-the-torch narrative that celebrates the enduring legacy of Power Rangers while commemorating the franchise's 30th anniversary.
Admittedly, it might be a bit odd to see our beloved characters display excessive backflips and deliver wooden performances, but there's also something heartwarming in witnessing the same actors like Amy Jo Johnson return with a similar enthusiasm they had for the original series.
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Flamin' Hot (Hulu & Disney )Hulu
Have you ever heard the tale of how Flamin' Hot Cheetos came to be? How a modest custodian took a batch of plain Cheetos, generously sprinkled his own blend of seasonings on them, and presented the flavor concept to the CEO of Frito Lays? Well, the complete truth may be elusive. Nevertheless, this widely circulated story has arrived on the streaming platform with Flamin' Hot, another biographical film delving into the inception of a product. More precisely, it's a biopic that explores a contentious account of a product's creation.
Beneath its original source material, Eva Longoria's directorial debut, Flamin' Hot, lies a heartwarming story of triumph over adversity. It is a narrative that resonates with all of us, only with an extra dusting of cheese powder. Call it an act of desperation, call it long overdue; whatever your perception of Flamin' Hot may be, the film itself provides an enjoyable escape with characters who capture your unwavering support.
Boston Strangler (Hulu)20th Century StudiosHulu
The phenomenon of true crime has only grown in popularity in recent years, prompting Hulu to enter the arena as well, following the success of Netflix's Dahmer. Introducing Boston Strangler, a film from 20th Century Studios based on the real-life investigation conducted by the journalistic duo Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole.
The Boston Strangler gained infamy for the murder of 13 women throughout metropolitan Boston during the 1960s. While a name and face were ultimately connected to the crimes, subsequent evidence hinted at the possibility of an accomplice.
Starring Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon as McLaughlin and Cole respectively, this true crime thriller will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat throughout its brisk runtime. The film focuses less on the sordid details of the case and more on the investigative aspects, taking a tasteful approach to unraveling the crimes of a prolific killer.
Blood (Hulu)Vertical Entertainment
With a title like Blood, it's impossible to predict the direction this horror film will take. Yet, beneath the title lies an intriguing exploration of a mother's extraordinary lengths to support her family. After a challenging separation, a nurse moves her teenage daughter and youngest son to a family farmhouse. However, when the family dog disappears and later attacks the son, a dangerous disease infects the boy. Now faced with a life-threatening infection, the only treatment that seems to work is the consumption of blood.
It presents an intriguing twist on the vampire genre, placing motherhood at the forefront. The film boasts compelling performances from the troubled mother, portrayed by Michelle Monaghan, and the blood-drinking boy, played by Finlay Wojtak-Hissong. Can the nurse uncover the cause of the initial infection and find a cure? The answers lie within the movie itself.
Flux Gourmet (Hulu & Shudder)IFC Films
Flux Gourmet, a captivating film by director Peter Strickland (known for In Fabric), injects intentional absurdity and thought-provoking elements into its narrative. This film stands out as one of the most distinctive offerings currently available for streaming, and despite its unconventional nature, it is worth your time.
Set within a culinary institute, the story follows a group of students navigating struggles such as power dynamics, performance rehearsals, and surreal situations. It is easy to label unconventional movies as merely weird for the sake of it, but Flux Gourmet provides plenty of substance to explore for those with an appetite for the extraordinary.
Quasi (Hulu)Searchlight PicturesHulu
Quasi, the latest film from the comedic ensemble Broken Lizard, transports us to the medieval era on an unforgettable adventure. With inspiration drawn directly from Monty Python, several members of Broken Lizard take on dual roles in this film, pushing the boundaries of their comedic formula within an unexplored setting. The results are nothing short of exceptional.
Quasi, known by the alias Quasimoto, finds himself entangled in a deadly feud between the king and the pope, all while he desperately searches for love in a world that rejects him. While the absence of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa might raise some eyebrows, Michael Jordan and newcomer Jonathan Majors deliver compelling performances that prove they can carry the film's weight. In fact, some argue that Quasi sets a new standard for the franchise, making it a must-watch for both fans of Creed and enthusiasts of the sport.
Door Mouse (Hulu)Highland Film Group
Door Mouse, a visually stunning neo-noir film, follows the journey of a professional dancer turned amateur detective as she seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding her missing friend. Drawing inspiration from graphic novels, the film embraces the aesthetics found in classic noir cinema, characterized by its bitter taste and unyielding cynicism. Although the film adheres to a relatively modest budget, it compensates with stylized visuals reminiscent of comics, setting the stage for future cinematic masterpieces from director Avan Jogia.
Clock, an exclusive horror film on Hulu, delves into a unique concept. In a world where the decision to have children is increasingly debated, what transpires when a woman undergoes a procedure to "fix" her biological clock? The results are far from what she expected.
Led by Dianna Agron (known for her role in Glee) and accompanied by Melora Hardin (from The Office), Clock is an intriguing psychological horror that forces us to confront a question all too prevalent in a society that often pressures us to conform. Offering a chilling viewing experience, the film captivates audiences with its mind-bending narrative and memorable performances.
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Creed III (Prime Video)MGM
Adonis Creed returns for a third installment in the highly anticipated Creed III. Making his directorial debut, basketball legend Michael Jordan helms this gripping chapter in the protagonist's journey, as he confronts his most daunting challenge to date. When a childhood friend, a prodigious boxer, is released from prison with nothing to lose and everything to gain, Creed must face him without the guidance of his long-standing mentor.
Yes, you read that right — Creed III stands out for being the first film in the Rocky franchise to exclude Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa from the on-screen narrative. While some may wonder if Michael Jordan and newcomer Jonathan Majors can uphold the film without Stallone's presence, the truth is that they deliver stellar performances, resulting in what some consider the pinnacle of the series. Creed III is a must-watch for both loyal fans of the franchise and boxing enthusiasts.
Judy Blume Forever (Prime Video)Prime Video
Following the successful adaptation of Judy Blume's beloved work, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, fans of all ages will be thrilled to explore the life and accomplishments of the renowned author in the form of the documentary Judy Blume Forever, available exclusively on Prime Video.
Featuring insights from Judy Blume herself and various creatives influenced by her works, the documentary delves into the positive impact she has made on popular culture and the controversies she has sparked throughout her lifetime. It serves as the perfect companion to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Top Gun: Maverick (Prime Video & Paramount )Paramount Pictures
Legacy sequels seem to be all the rage these days. While it's safe to assume that the majority of them fall flat, Top Gun: Maverick defied all expectations, becoming Tom Cruise's highest-grossing film and earning widespread critical acclaim in 2022.
Once again, Cruise takes on the role of Maverick, a skilled pilot entrusted with training a new generation for a perilous mission while simultaneously facing his own personal demons. This is a rare instance where a sequel surpasses its predecessor in nearly every aspect, firmly establishing Top Gun: Maverick as a standout in the franchise. And now, you have the opportunity to enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.
Nope (Prime Video)Universal Pictures
The latest thriller from the creative mind of Jordan Peele (known for Get Out and Us), Nope, ventures into the realm of science fiction. Set in the American Southwest, two siblings stumble upon an existence beyond human comprehension, compelling them to fight for its acknowledgment.
Departing from the practical horror approach of Peele's previous works, Nope boasts a budget that significantly exceeds that of Us. Devoted fans of Peele's distinctive filmmaking style likely have already witnessed the enrapturing tale of Nope multiple times. However, if you haven't yet had the chance, now is the perfect moment to experience it.
Bros (Prime Video)Universal Pictures
Bros is a relatively straightforward romantic comedy with an equally practical premise: when two individuals unable to commit to a romantic relationship choose to unite, will it result in the fulfillment of their ultimate desires?
Showcasing a rare instance where Billy Eichner (The Lion King 2019) and Luke Macfarlane (Kinsey) play the lead roles, Bros presents an inclusive comedy conceived by the creative mind of Nicholas Stoller, who has previously amused audiences with the delightfully crude Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors. Rest assured, if you appreciate that brand of humor, Bros is an effortless suggestion.
Jackass Forever (Prime Video & Paramount )Paramount Pictures
The mischievous Jackass crew returns once more in the aptly named film Jackass Forever, the fourth installment in the series of outrageous pranks. This time, there are several exciting additions that inject a fresh energy into the proceedings, including the entertaining presence of Zach Holmes and Jasper Dolphin engaging in hilariously exaggerated stunts. Meanwhile, beloved cast members from previous films make a triumphant comeback with their classic pranks, while the absence of Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn marks a significant change for the series.
Reggie (Prime Video)Prime Video
For those whose knowledge of baseball boils down to peanuts and cracker jacks, Reggie offers an intriguing film experience. An exclusive documentary on Prime Video, Reggie delves into the life and legacy of baseball legend Reggie Jackson himself. Jackson candidly discusses the impact of his accomplishments, his role in setting a benchmark for future athletes, and how racial prejudice affected public perception of his achievements. Notable figures such as Derek Jeter, Julius Erving, and Hank Aaron make appearances throughout the film, complemented by archival footage that highlights some of Jackson's greatest achievements.
While some viewers may find the film to be overly long, the opportunity to listen to insights from one of baseball's greatest players makes it worthwhile. However, those anticipating a mention of Jackson's fictional attempt to assassinate the late Queen Elizabeth in The Naked Gun may be slightly disappointed.
The Northman (Prime Video)Focus Features
Robert Eggers, known for his mastery of period pieces, ventures into new territory with The Northman, an epic Norse thriller. Following his critically acclaimed work on The Lighthouse, Eggers assembles an impressive cast, featuring Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anna Taylor-Joy, and Icelandic musician Bjork, to bring to life a tale loosely inspired by Norse mythology.
Built upon the legendary character Amleth, the protagonist, who bears the film's name, experiences exile from his homeland after his father's murder and his uncle's usurpation of the throne. With a burning desire for revenge, an adult Amleth embarks on a nihilistic journey through breathtaking landscapes, engaging in primal combat, and encountering a captivating fusion of religious and fantastical elements in a merciless world.
Three Thousand Years of Longing (Prime Video)MGM
George Miller, the visionary filmmaker behind Mad Max: Fury Road, presents Three Thousand Years of Longing. Tilda Swinton takes on the role of an isolated scholar who stumbles upon an ancient bottle in Istanbul, inadvertently summoning a jinn portrayed by Idris Elba. The jinn grants her three wishes, each requiring careful reflection of her true desires. What ensues is not a mere disagreement but a trilogy of extravagant tales that reveal the jinn's initial entrapment.
While the film faced commercial challenges, it garnered critical acclaim, providing viewers with a complex examination of our relationship with escapism and loneliness. Those yearning for an adult-oriented fairy tale will likely find Three Thousand Years of Longing to be a captivating choice.
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Stan Lee (Disney )Disney
Excelsior! With a new generation of Marvel fans arising from the success of the MCU, why not acquaint them with one of the masterminds behind it all? Stan Lee, the latest documentary from Disney , serves as an exploration of the life and achievements of the legendary former head of Marvel Comics. Lee's collaborations with fellow artists, notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, directly led to the creation of beloved characters like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and the entire Avengers roster.
While Stan Lee's documentary has faced some controversy due to selective omissions and embellishments by Disney, it remains an outstanding introduction to one of the most recognizable figures in the comic book industry. However, it's essential to recognize that condensing the vast history of Marvel into a single documentary is no simple task.
Avatar: The Way of Water (Disney & Max)20th Century Studios
The highly anticipated sequel to Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water, is finally available for streaming. Thanks to contractual complexities, you can now watch Avatar: The Way of Water on either Max or Disney . Taking place more than a decade after the events of the original Avatar film, this sequel picks up the story in a fitting timeframe.
Jake Sully, having integrated himself into Na'vi culture, now leads a content life with his newfound family. However, the sudden return of the RDA to colonize Pandora threatens the delicate balance of life on the planet. Fans of the mesmerizing visual effects in the first Avatar film will be pleased to know that the sequel not only matches but surpasses its predecessor in plot and emotional depth. It is recommended to catch this film sooner rather than later, as a third installment is already scheduled for release in December 2024.
Evil Dead Rise (Max)Warner Bros. Pictures
The Deadites are back in action in the aptly titled resurgence film, Evil Dead Rise. Departing from the traditional cabin in the woods, this bold entry in the Evil Dead series takes audiences to a claustrophobic Los Angeles apartment. The film follows a single mother and her sister as they discover the presence of the Necronomicon within their complex, prompting a battle for survival against the forces of evil. This new chapter also explores the dynamics of a fresh family dynamic, adding an extra layer of tension and fear.
A full decade after the last Evil Dead film, Evil Dead Rise marks a commendable return to form and offers a glimpse into the future direction of the franchise. Initially intended for a direct release on Max, it was ultimately decided to give the film a theatrical run after overwhelmingly positive test screenings. Fans with keen ears may even catch a brief appearance by a beloved character.
Reality (Max)HBO Films
Loose government documents continue to dominate the news cycle, and if HBO's recent film Reality is any indication, this trend will persist. Arriving to critical acclaim, Reality is a gripping drama based on the true story of Reality Winner, a former NSA translator charged with violating the Espionage Act. Winner's unauthorized release of government documents shed light on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Reality is a tense and immersive experience that steadily builds suspense, drawing from the real-life interrogation transcripts. At times, it almost blurs the line between fiction and documentary, telling a captivating story that has played a significant role in current American political discourse. Notably, Sydney Sweeney delivers an exceptional and transformative performance at the center of it all.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (Max)Warner Bros. Pictures
Acclaimed director Taylor Sheridan, known for Wind River, presents Those Who Wish Me Dead, a contemporary thriller that ingeniously maximizes a simple premise. After witnessing his father's murder, a young boy finds himself under the protection of a seasoned survival expert as two assassins relentlessly pursue him in an attempt to eliminate him as a witness.
Boasting an impressive cast including Angelina Jolie, Jon Berenthal, Nicholas Hault, and Tyler Perry, Those Who Wish Me Dead serves as an intense pursuit through the wilderness of Montana, heightened by the presence of a growing forest fire that amplifies the visceral thrill. With a runtime of exactly 100 minutes, it provides the perfect dose of excitement for a lackluster evening at home.
This Venue Dominates (Max)HBOA24
With the reappearance of US elections, it might be valuable to revisit a captivating documentary organized by a viral internet celebrity. This Venue Dominates is not a documentary that provides a detailed account of the events of January 6, 2021. Instead, it follows Andrew Callaghan as he travels across the United States in the months leading up to the eventful day, delving into the mindsets of fringe communities that may have contributed to the resulting chaos. Along the way, intense interviews with controversial personalities — including the notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones — and the occasional comedic mishap punctuate a peculiar portrayal of a divided nation.
Although Callaghan's reputation has since been tarnished due to his behavior towards women and he has largely faced consequences, it is undeniable that the interviews and footage found in the democracy-discrediting This Venue Dominates possess a hypnotic and captivating quality. Produced by A24 and Abso Lutely Productions (The Eric Andre Show, Nathan For You), this eclectic documentary offers a distinct perspective on a controversial subject.
Elvis (Max)Warner Bros. Pictures
At some stage, there will be a biographical film for nearly every notable historical figure. Fortunately, Elvis, released in 2022, stands out among the rest. Showcasing Austin Butler embodying the iconic blue suede shoes, Elvis is helmed by Baz Luhrmann, the director behind 2013's The Great Gatsby. Luhrmann masterfully blends contemporary sounds with visually stunning period settings, paying tribute to one of the most flamboyant celebrities in history.
Even those who harbor negative sentiments about the overall film cannot deny the absolutely phenomenal portrayal by Austin Butler, who seamlessly transforms into the character of Elvis as if the legend had never truly disappeared. It suffices to say that individuals who appreciated Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge or the aforementioned Great Gatsby should make a point to swiftly experience Elvis.
All the Elegance and the Carnage (Max)Neon
The aftermath of the opioid epidemic continues to devastate not only the United States but also the entire world. Who better to document it than Nan Goldin? In All the Elegance and the Carnage, Goldin provides detailed coverage of both the opioid crisis and the infamous Sackler family.
Being directly impacted by opioid addiction herself, Goldin's pursuit of holding the Sacklers accountable unfolds across seven distinct chapters. The documentary incorporates Goldin's narration, archival footage, and her present-day work with the advocacy group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now).
The Outcasts (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hr 40 min | Genre: Horror Thriller Mystery | Director: Nathaniel Martello-White
Cast: Ashley Madekwe, Jorden Myrie, Bukky Bakray, Michael Warburton, Caroline Martin
Both written and directed by Nathaniel Martello-White, The Outcasts is a clever film that offers a unique perspective on classism, privilege, and perception. Building suspense, The Outcasts has been compared to Get Out, as it presents a thrilling psychological drama set in an idyllic suburban town. The film stars Ashley Madekwe (The Umbrella Academy) as Neve, a mother and wife who meticulously crafts her seemingly perfect existence through careful details and deliberate falsehoods. The Outcasts raises questions about Neve's sanity and the reality she inhabits when she inexplicably observes unfamiliar individuals infiltrating her delicate facade. – Yael Tygiel
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Nimona (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hr 41 min | Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang, Indya Moore
Adapted from the delightful graphic novel, Nimona is a charming animated action-comedy film co-directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Featuring a screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor, Nimona presents an exhilarating animation style with surprisingly stunning landscapes achieved by blending a science-fiction futuristic aesthetic with medieval elements. The film showcases the voice talents of Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role, a young and determined shapeshifter, alongside Riz Ahmed as Ballister Boldheart, a knight wrongfully accused of murder. As unconventional allies fighting for freedom and for each other, Nimona and Boldheart demonstrate the power of trust, love, and family. – Yael Tygiel
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Intense Emotions (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hr 43 min | Genre: Drama | Director: Granz Henman
Cast: Axel Stein, Diana Amft, Tobias Schäfer
Intense Emotions is a German coming-of-age film where two closest companions grapple with the challenges of adolescence and the surge of hormones that draws them closer together. The film doesn't take itself too seriously, personifying the physical changes in a lighthearted and imaginative manner. We believe that teenagers, who often feel like they are losing control of their bodies, will greatly appreciate the protagonists having to convincingly reason with their bodily parts in order to avoid making the worst decisions possible. In summary, Intense Emotions is an enjoyable and silly experience that will leave you bursting with laughter.
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Fan Creation (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hr 35 min | Genre: Drama | Director: Marta Karwowska
Cast: Jan Cieciara, Dobromir Dymecki, Anna Krotoska
Based on the novel by Polish author Natalia Osińska, Fan Creation is a film that delves into gender and sexuality through the evolving relationship between two teenagers searching for their true selves. The film tackles issues of transphobia through its main character, who grapples with gender dysphoria and the isolation of observing the social circles of high school from an outsider's perspective, all while navigating the pressure from her father to conform to conventional femininity. It is an intimate film featuring beautifully contemplative shots and a journey of self-discovery that will resonate with anyone who watches it.
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The Protector (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hr 57 min | Genre: Action Drama | Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Paul Raci, Gael García Bernal
Jennifer Lopez unleashes her fierce side in The Protector, a gritty and action-packed drama centered around a highly skilled assassin determined to safeguard her estranged daughter. Directed by Niki Caro (Mulan), The Protector features Gael García Bernal and Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) as menacing antagonists, constructing a suspenseful narrative reminiscent of a tantalizing blend between Taken and Hanna. The Protector triumphs as both an action film and a drama chiefly due to Lopez's remarkable ability to encompass strength and vulnerability, love and passion, fluidly immersing herself in intense scenes and daring stunts. – Yael Tygiel
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Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
Duration: 2 hr 5 min | Director: Olivia Newman
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson
Adapted from Delia Owens' novel, Where the Crawdads Sing seamlessly blends elements of thriller, mystery, and romance. The film revolves around Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), an overlooked yet determined young girl living in the marshes of North Carolina. When a local man is discovered dead, she finds herself under suspicion for his murder, while also entangled in a complex love triangle involving the charismatic Chase (Harris Dickinson) and the supportive Tate (Taylor John Smith). With exquisite visuals and an intriguing plot, Where the Crawdads Sing presents a compelling romance with a dark twist. – Taylor Gates
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Once Again (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hour and 25 minutes | Genre: Comedy Drama Romance | Director: Jonatan Etzler
Starring: Hedda Stiernstedt, Maxwell Cunningham, Elinor Silfversparre
Once Again is a reverse 13 Going on 30 fused with Groundhog Day. A Swedish movie, Once Again follows Amelia (Hedda Stiernstedt), whose desire on her birthday thrusts her back to 2002, her 18th birthday, compelling her to relive the day repeatedly. Similar to 17 Again, Once Again explores timeless themes of friendship, rectifying mistakes, and reevaluating life decisions. Once Again ingeniously and delightfully delves into a tale that may appear repetitive, thanks to a pleasing script from Sofie Forsman, Tove Forsman, and Mikael Ljung. – Yael Tygiel
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A Traveler’s Handbook to Love (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hour and 36 minutes | Genre: Comedy Romance | Director: Steven Tsuchida
Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Lý, Missi Pyle, Ben Feldman
Penned by Eirene Donohue, A Traveler’s Handbook to Love is a romantic flick about resilience and second chances. Featuring 90s teen romance icon Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), A Traveler’s Handbook to Love unfolds a beautiful love story born of heartbreak when Amanda Riley (Cook) journeys to Vietnam as part of a tourism assignment, where she serendipitously encounters a captivating and free-spirited tour guide portrayed by Scott Lý. Notably the first Vietnamese-filmed Netflix production, A Traveler’s Handbook to Love delivers an eye-opening adventure, co-starring Missi Pyle and Ben Feldman. – Yael Tygiel
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Rulers of Mulberry Street: Love Shall Reign (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hour and 49 minutes | Genre: Family Comedy Drama | Director: Judy Naidoo
Starring: Jonathan Taylor, Kogie Naidoo, Liam Dunpath, Shaan Nathoo, Hamish Kyd
Crafted by Judy Naidoo, Rulers of Mulberry Street: Love Shall Reign is a playful family feature centering around a pair of youngsters embarking on a daring rescue mission. Serving as the sequel to the first Rulers of Mulberry Street film, Love Shall Reign follows Ticky and Baboo on their quest to liberate their grandmother from the clutches of a former police officer, Commander Veerasamy. Through unwavering determination and unwavering enthusiasm, the duo stages an elaborate musical extravaganza, masquerading as Bollywood celebrities, in the hopes of freeing Granny Chetty. Rulers of Mulberry Street: Love Shall Reign presents the camaraderie of The Little Rascals infused with the spectacle reminiscent of Trolls, all while capturing the essence of heartfelt emotion. – Yael Tygiel
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The Enchanter’s Elephant (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 1 hour and 39 minutes | Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family | Director: Wendy Rogers
Starring: Brian Tyree Henry, Natasia Demetriou, Mandy Patinkin, Benedict Wong
Adapted from the enchanting novel of the same title penned by Kate DiCamillo, The Enchanter’s Elephant offers a whimsical and inspiring tale of courage in the face of the impossible. When a fortune teller convinces Peter (Noah Jupe), a young orphan, that he must follow a magical elephant to reunite with his sister, he willingly takes on Herculean tasks to earn the extraordinary pachyderm. In his pursuit of these monumental achievements, he finds support and friendship from a marvelous cast of characters, all endowed with equally incredible vocal talents, including Brian Tyree Henry (The Eternals), Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride), and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange). – Tauri Miller
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Luther: Fallen Sun (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 2 hours and 9 minutes | Genre: Crime Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Director: Jamie Payne
Starring: Idris Elba, Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis
Idris Elba (The Suicide Squad) returns as John Luther, the disgraced detective from London who is unwavering in his resolve to catch culprits using any means necessary. At its core, Luther has always been a fresh interpretation of the well-known Sherlock Holmes character, and in this latest film that takes place after the events of the series, it appears he has finally met his match in the new character David Robey, portrayed by Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings). Luther: Fallen Sun maximizes the film's budget and promises to deliver grand-scale action sequences and an epic narrative that showcases the full might of the London police force as they pursue Luther, who has escaped from prison to apprehend a serial killer. For longtime fans of the Luther series, this film will undoubtedly be the highly anticipated next chapter. – Tauri Miller
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We Encounter a Spirit (2023)Image via Netflix
Duration: 2 hours and 6 minutes | Genre: Comedy Adventure | Director: Christopher Landon
Starring: Jennifer Coolidge, David Harbour, Tig Notaro, Anthony Mackie
We Encounter a Spirit is a lighthearted horror comedy centered around a family who relocates to a new town and encounters the ghost that haunts their abode. Writer and director Christopher Landon encapsulates the inherent playfulness of David Harbour, who excels in humor with his uninhibited nature, shining brightly as the ghostly character Ernest. Blurring the boundaries between humor, horror, action, and mystery, We Encounter a Spirit unfolds a story in which Ernest's exposure catapults the family to overnight stardom, inevitably attracting attention from media, fanatics, and even government agents in pursuit. Supported by a star-studded cast including Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Coolidge, We Encounter a Spirit provides entertainment for the entire family. – Yael Tygiel
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With an impressive lineup of movies available for streaming now, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From gripping thrillers like "Husera: The Bone Woman" and "Ghosted" to highly anticipated sequels like "Scream VI" and "Creed III," the options are endless. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of "The Magician's Elephant" and "Where the Crawdads Sing," or be swept away by the action-packed "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Avatar: The Way of Water." With such diverse genres and compelling storylines, these movies are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss out on the cinematic masterpieces that await you on various streaming platforms. Grab your popcorn, sit back, and get ready for an unforgettable movie marathon.