Black Widow, Netflix horror, and 12 new movies you can now watch at home
There is no time to die, the 25th installment in the long-running James Bond series, and Daniel Craig’s final turn as the iconic M16 superspy, finally makes its way to theaters this week. A24’s supernatural horror film LambNoomi Rapace stars in the film, as does Hilmir Snaer Gurdnason. If you’re not feeling up for either explosive car chases and shoot outs through exotic locales or nail-biting suspense set in picturesque Icelandic landscapes, there are still tons of great new movies new to VOD and streaming this weekend to watch from home..
Black Widow, the swan song for a different superspy, finally comes to Disney Plus following its US theatrical premiere this past July, while M. Night Shyamalan’s The Old comes to VOD this weekend months after its theatrical debut — almost like a traditional movie release!
To help you get a handle on what’s new and available, here our guide to the movies you can watch on video on demand and streaming this weekend.
You should be watching: Disney Plus streaming available
Set between the events of 2015’s Civil War: Captain America and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War Black WidowAfter siding with Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff is now on her own and running. Natasha, who is being pursued by the Taskmaster a mysterious assassin, turns to former allies to confront her sinister past and find the answers to her problems. This is our review
Black WidowThis feels mostly like an apology. It is the 24th Marvel Cinematic Universe film. This comes 2 years, one of which was a pandemic mulligan, after the 22nd. Avengers: EndgameThe emotional scene featured in, was clearly killed. Black Widow’s main character, Natasha Romanoff. Black Widow had been a consistent presence in the MCU since 2010’s Iron Man 2She was also one of the main connective figures who helped make all these films possible. Feel like a universe. It seemed that she was the one woman of consequence throughout the whole franchise. And after coming and going, she’s only getting her own stand-alone movie Get it nowThis is what makes Black WidowFeel like an afterthought. It’s only the second MCU film to star a female character, and that character isn’t even alive to take us somewhere new.
You should be watching: Amazon Prime Video and Apple are available for purchase at $19.99 each
The basic idea of The Old, the latest horror thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, is as terrifying and cockamamie as you’d expect from the title alone. The story follows a family on vacation at a resort in the Caribbean. However, things take a darker turn as they find themselves stuck at mysterious beaches with no escape. Their bodies are rapidly growing at alarming rates and their health is deteriorating. The group must find a way out before they become nothing. One of the people trapped on the beach, played by The Underground Railroad’s Aaron Pierre, is a rapper named Mid-sized Sedan. It’s true. According to our review
The Old has been marketed and constructed as a thriller — the opening act is steeped in dread, and its horror comes from the whittling down of its small cast, both psychologically and mortally. But it’s also a surprisingly sentimental film. While its title and premise presume a focus on an adult fear of aging and death, Shyamalan’s script and staging is overwhelmingly concerned with children. As Trent, a precocious and intelligent child, rattles off facts, makes friends, while Maddox his older sister looks out for him, the few scenes that are before the beach almost all take place from their viewpoint. The nightmare of the beach isn’t what happens to the adults, who ought to know better, but the children, who, mere feet away from their parents, are thrust into adulthood without any guidance at all, getting a lifetime’s worth of regret compressed into a few moments.
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
You should be watching: Rentable for as low as $5.99 at Amazon Prime Video and Apple, or $4.99 at Vudu
The sequel to 2019’s Escape Room sees returning stars Taylor Russell and Logan Miller joining an all-new cast of characters as they are once again thrust into a deadly series of challenges orchestrated by the mysterious Puzzle Maker. Is it able to retain the charm and charisma that made the original film such a success? Our review shows that
Escape Room: Tournament of ChampionsThis seemed to be the ideal opportunity for cleverer contestants with more sophisticated traps. The sequel, however, abandons the clever mystery in favour of action-horror and loses some of the special aspects of the original.
Shudder: Where to Watch
Fourth installment in long-running series, found footage horror anthology. This story follows a SWAT team that uncovers series of tapes showing the sinister rituals and crimes of a cult. Featuring returning directors Simon Barrett (You’re NextTimo Tjahjanto and ).We are all waiting for the nightJennifer Reeder, as well as other new contributors (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife), and Chloe Okuno, V/H/S/94 It looks as if another shambolic, horrifying hodgepodge anthology horror is being assembled.
You should be watching: Shudder streaming available for rent at $3.99 from Amazon Prime Video and Apple.
If you’re up for a brightly colored and frantically paced sci-fi body horror comedy that exists equidistant between 2018’s Mandy and 2017’s It’s a good timeIf so, Fried BarryThis will likely be your favorite movie. Actor-director Ryan Kruger’s feature debut stars Gary Green as Barry, a drug-addled vagrant wandering the streets of Cape Town before being abducted — and subsequently possessed — by an invasive alien lifeform. Barry is now wild and wanders the streets of Cape Town, taking with him his entire body. It’s incredibly intense and bizarre. Fried Barry’s been available to stream on Shudder since it first premiered earlier this year, but now you can rent it on VOD, too.
There’s Someone Inside Your House
You should be watching: Netflix Streaming
Creep director Patrick Brice’s slasher film There’s Someone Inside Your HouseStars Sydney ParkThe Walking DeadMakani Young (a Hawaiian teenager) is the story of Makani, who relocates from Hawaii in search of a quiet place in Nebraska for high school. The trouble begins when a strange killer stalks and murders Makani’s classmates. He even wears masks similar to theirs. Shawn Levy (Prod.No cost to the GuyJames Wan (Malignant), Brice’s film is latest in Netflix’s recent string of exclusive horror movies. Our review.
The originality of Netflix’s recent horror offerings is questionable, which is to say that these movies often stand on the shoulders of their genre predecessors. The Fear Street series echoes the tropes of Scream, Friday 13th, and The Witch so much that it fails to establish its own identity. His House and No One Gets out Alive have a lot in common when it comes to reimagining haunted houses as sources of tension and terror. And the streaming service’s latest, There’s Someone Inside Your House, is similarly indebted to films like Black Christmas, Haze, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, which it explicitly references. There is one creepy conceit in There’s Someone Inside Your House, but that one genuinely spooky detail can’t counter the overall familiarity. There’s Someone Inside Your House is intermittently effective, but ultimately unremarkable, and it feels like a product of its time in disappointing ways.
And here’s what dropped last Friday:
No cost to the Guy
You should be watching:Amazon Prime Video and Apple are available for purchase at $19.99 each
Ryan Reynolds stars in Shawn Levy’s sci-fi action comedy No cost to the GuyGuy is an NPC playing the role of a bank teller. This game takes place in massive open-world. Guy seems to be completely unaware of his surroundings and of his personal life. He meets Millie (Jodie) while on an individual mission within the game. Guy dons a special pair of glasses which allows him to view the game as it really is. Our review.
First half No cost to the GuyThis is a solid comedy with many good gags and subtle nods towards popular games such as Halo or Megaman. which won’t necessarily stand out, except to the most eagle-eyed viewers. But in the the film’s latter half, and especially its final act, No cost to the GuyYou will be experimenting with all sorts of ideas.
Newark’s Many Saints
You should be watching:Available to stream or watch in theaters on HBO Max
It was established many years prior to the events that took place The Sopranos, Alan Taylor’s Newark’s Many Saints follows a young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) who is taken under the wing of his uncle Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) and shown the up-and-coming gangster the family trade. As the DiMeo crime family’s hold over the divided city of Newark begins to wane, the Sopranos and other competing crime families make their move to secure power, wealth, and respect in a bid to become the new reigning family. Our review:
[David]Chase has many options SopranosFan service. The younger versions of most of the show’s major characters appear, played by actors essentially imitating the originals. (Most successful: Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano, capturing the essence of Dominic Chianese’s Junior performance, playing a man who manipulates people from the sidelines by constantly complaining.) There are also many other things to be aware of in the movie. SopranosMany Easter eggs are important in New Jersey’s choice of location.
It’s true! Newark’s Many Saints It is closer to two Sopranos Flashback episodes are more like a motion picture if they’re synchronized together. But what ultimately matters most is that they’re GoodFlashback episodes
The Forever Purge
You should be watching:Amazon Prime Video and Apple are available to rent at $5.99 each.
Set eight years after the events of 2016’s Election Year: Purge The Forever PurgeThe year begins with the New Founding Fathers of America assuming control of the US government, and reinstituting the annual Purge. Following the Purge’s resolution, a band of lawless marauders decide to prolong the Purge indefinitely, wrecking a wave of havoc as survivors attempt to protect themselves. According to our review
While the Purge franchise’s lack of subtlety is a big part of its charm, The Forever Purge is probably the biggest test of these movies’ unsubtle methods. There’s the delicious irony of a scenario where Americans desperately want to get into Mexico, but it’s burdened with a condescending execution. Adela and Juan may be the main characters, but the Tuckers get the full character development. An overwhelming chunk of The Forever Purge’s brisk 103 minutes is devoted to the film’s Mexican immigrants saving the Tuckers’ lives, helping them survive, and furthering their moral development. This is a disturbing running theme that ruins a otherwise excellent horror-thriller.
The card counter
You should be watching:Available to rent at $19.99 for Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu
Paul Schrader is following his 2018 spiritual drama First ReformedWith a dark vehicle for Oscar Isaac. The actor plays William Tell, an ex-military interrogator-turned-gambler who makes it his personal mission to reform a troubled young man (Tye Sheridan) out for revenge against Major John Gordo (Willem Dafoe). Tell set off on his journey with the support of La Linda (Tiffany Haddish) and his protégée, determined to win the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. After screening at festival screenings, it seems that Schrader delivered yet another human drama. Alison Wilmore was a Vulture Critic and wrote the following review.
William recognizes the puerility of Cirk’s dead-end mission, and without acknowledging the degree it’s also his, dedicates himself to helping the young man move on. The card counter takes place in a punishing world of windowless casinos, hotel ballrooms, and highways devoid of scenery — a vision of the America used to justify the actions that now so traumatize William, that is intentionally bereft of poetry until La Linda takes William to a park illuminated by Christmas lights. If it’s not a country worth losing your soul for, it’s also not one that will pay any mind to a life spent wallowing in angst over it, either.
You should be watching:Netflix streaming available
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua’s Guilty as Joe Baylor, a LAPD officer-turned-emergency call operator trying desperately to a save the life of a caller as the city is wracked by a deadly forest fire. Not everything is as it seems however, as Joe must turn to unconventional means in order to come to his caller’s aid and uncover the truth behind their encounter. Gyllenhaal’s role is far cry from the unhinged derangement of his performance in 2014’s Nightcrawler, but the tone of trailer feels remarkable similar in its implicit insidiousness. Written by True Detective writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto, Guilty Looks just as captivating and thrilling as Fuqua and Gyllenhaal’s previous films. Our review:
Though Fuqua’s films haven’t shied away from the misdeeds of law enforcement — recall the showy, malevolent character that won Washington his Training Day Oscar — they’re usually juxtaposed with innocent, honest police. The Guilty only really has one “real” cop on screen at all; the rest are voices on the other end of the phone, or officers who aren’t irritated about their full-time work at the call center The phone-only cast is impressive: Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough, Ethan Hawke, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Paul Dano all call in, as if this were a supersized episode of Frasier.
You should be watching:Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu are available to rent at $19.99
Hugh JackmanLoganIn? stars Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy’s feature directorial debut Remembering as Nick Bannister (private investigator) and Watts (Thandiwe Newton) specialize in the navigation of clients’ minds to seek answers. Think InceptionHowever, there is less focus on corporate spying and unimaginable architecture. After crossing paths with a mysterious client (Rebecca Ferguson), Nick’s quest to solve her disappearance morphs into an obsessive odyssey that blurs the lines between past, present, reality, and fiction. Our review
As a noir mystery, Memories It is solid and has a lot of surprises and complications. There are also plenty of double-crossings and dual-dealings of rich monsters and slimy mobsters. It mostly fails through its character dynamics, especially for anyone who isn’t swooning over Nick’s monomania. Nick’s soppy voiceover not only steers the audience toward maudlin self-pity, it overexplains things better left subtle and up to interpretation, and it prevents viewers from just quietly soaking in the movie’s elaborate dystopian spectacle. It’s an irritating, intrusive drag, constantly trying to steer the audience and tell them what to think or how to feel. Joy’s symbolism can be equally heavy-handed: a bit of business with a recurring lost queen from a deck of cards is a ridiculously gratuitous bit of stagecraft in a story about a missing woman.
The Addams Family 2,
Here are some things to keep an eye onAvailable to rent at $19.99 for Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu
The sequel to 2019’s The Addams familyGomez and Morticia (CharlizeTheron), are looking to strengthen their bond with their children Wednesday and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), They packed their campervan and set off on a road trip across the United States to take one more family vacation. The trailer was the first I saw of the movie. The Addams Family 2, didn’t do much to move the needle for me, but if you’re a longtime fan of Charles Addams comics, the 1964 sitcom, either of the live-action movies from the early ’90s, or are just looking for something funny and spooky to watch this weekend, The Addams Family 2,This sounds like a great choice.
Here are some things to keep an eye onAvailable to Rent in Select Theaters for as Low As $6.99 at Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the star of this neonoir thriller American NightJohn Kaplan plays the role of an art dealer-turned-forger who is looking to transform his unearned gains into a career that will bring him a lot of money and create his own gallery. John seizes an opportunity to play in the major league, when he is given a sought-after Andy Warhol Painting. However, the painting in question is sought after by Michael Rubino (Emile Hirsch), the ruthless new head of the New York Mafia, who will stop at nothing — not even murder — to reclaim what he believes is rightfully his. John must work alongside Sarah (Paz Vega), an ambitious museum curator, and Vincent, a wannabe ninja-stuntman, if he hopes to survive in the competitive world of art trading. This trailer is interesting with quirky characters, bright colors and an offbeat premise.
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