The highly-anticipated release of Venom: There Must Be Carnage, the sequel to 2018’s cult favorite anti-hero superhero movie starring Tom Hardy, and Titane, Julia Ducournau’s long-awaited follow-up to her 2016 debut Raw that won the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It’s also officially Fall, the spookiest (i.e. It’s also officially Fall, the spookiest (i.e.
But if you’re not feeling up to venturing out to the theaters this weekend, there are plenty of new streaming releases, too. 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.
One Guy Free
You should be watching:Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu are all available to buy for $19.99
Ryan Reynolds stars in Shawn Levy’s sci-fi action comedy One Guy FreeGuy is an NPC who works as a bank clerk in an open-world game. It’s chaos and mayhem. Guy, who seems completely ignorant of both the world and his own life, is content until he encounters Millie (Jodie Komer), a mysterious player on a mission in the game. Guy dons a special pair of glasses which allows him to view the game as it really is. This is our review.
Half of the first One Guy FreeThis is a solid comedy with some great gags as well as subtle nods at popular games franchises such Megaman and Halo. 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, One Guy FreeYou will be experimenting with all sorts of ideas.
Newark: The 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: The 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.) It is littered with a lot of unnecessary dialogue. SopranosMany Easter eggs are important in New Jersey’s choice of location.
You are absolutely right! Newark: The Many Saints More like 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:Rentable for as low $5.99 at Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu
Set eight years after the events of 2016’s Election Year: The Purge The Forever PurgeIt opens with the New Founding Fathers of America taking control of US government and re-instituting their 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. Our analysis shows:
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. The film’s otherwise competent horror-thriller is marred by this irritating running thread.
The Card Counter
You should be watching:You can rent them in theaters for as low as $19.99 via Amazon Prime Video or Apple.
Paul Schrader continues his 2018 spiritual drama First ReformedIt’s a moody car 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, along with his friend and protege, set their sights on Las Vegas to win the World Series of poker. 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 is available to stream
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua’s The 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, The 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 JackmanLogan(Stars in) Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy’s feature directorial debut Remembering as Nick Bannister is a private detective who, along with Watts (Thandiwe) specialises in helping clients navigate their minds in order to find answers. Think InceptionBut there’s less emphasis on corporate espionage or impossible 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, Remembering It is solid and has a lot of surprises and complications. There are also plenty of double-crossings, double-dealings, slimy mobsters, and wealthy monsters. 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 onYou can rent them in theaters for as low as $19.99 via Amazon Prime Video or Apple.
The sequel to 2019’s The Addams FamilyGomez (Oscar Isaac), and Morticia(Charlize theron) are desperate to reconnect with their children Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moetz) and Pugsley, (Finn Wolfhard). The family packed up their camper and headed across America for one final 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,Sounds like an excellent 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
The neo-noir thriller stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers American NightJohn Kaplan is an artist-turned-dealer who wants to make his fortune and start his own gallery. John seizes an opportunity to play in the major league, when he is given a rare 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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You should be watching:You can rent it for just $5.99 from Amazon Prime Video or Apple and $6.99 from Vudu
Who doesn’t love a villainous origin story? Emma Stone stars in Craig Gillespie’s CruellaThe Dalmatian that murdered fashionista Estella was the famous Dalmatian. This happened years before Roger Radcliffe’s tragic clash with her and her adorable pet dogs. Set in 1970s London, the film follows aspiring fashion designer Estella’s descent into villainy as she gradually becomes Joker-fied in a Devil Wears Prada-esque feud with her nefarious employer-turned-rival Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). Our review
The movie’s entire first half hour is completely unnecessary. Many scenes show Estella, her child with black-and white hair and funky outfits. But none of them work. A lot of the scenes she creates through voiceover and action could have been handled in a couple lines or one flashback. Gillespie provides enough child-Cruella for us to make a separate movie. Tonally, that first act feels like one, too — a sort of anti-Matilda where a precocious young girl pushes back at her bullies by being an even bigger bully, only to get kicked out of a posh private school. After a string of unlucky events, she is forced to live as an escaped squatter living in an abandoned house, where she commits petty criminal acts. Even though it is a Disney Channel Original Movie, the whole story of her origins just drags it down.
What to Watch: Available for streaming on Netflix
Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd) star in Theodore Melfi’s comedy-drama The StarlingJack Maynard and Lilly Maynard eagerly anticipate the birth of their child. Jack and Lilly are both traumatized by a tragic event. Jack seeks help in a mental facility to heal, while Lilly tries to overcome her guilt about the pregnancy. Lilly becomes irritated by the starling, who starts building her nest. Turning to Larry (Kevin Kline), a psychologist-turned-veterinarian with a troubled past for help, Lilly eventually fosters a relationship caring for the starling, one which eventually affords her the strength to attempt repairing her relationship with Jack and build a future in the wake of tragedy. It’s a positive trailer that McCarthy emphasizes her dramatic acting abilities while also referencing her comedic past roles, which has made her well-known.
F9: The Fast Saga
You should be watching:Rentable for as low $5.99 at Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu
F means family who does things together You are here: F9: The Fast SagaThe (allegedly) final chapter of the lengthy-running Fast and furious franchise, that “stuff” involves Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his ride-or-die crew of civilian stunt drivers turned clandestine super-spies being pitted in a race (pun intended) against time to stop a devastating super-weapon from falling into the wrong hands. Things get even more complicated when Dom’s estranged brother Jakob (John Cena) shows up to throw a wrench in the works, pitting the two Toretto siblings in a deadly battle of wills as they hash out their baggage. This one features Tej (Ludacris), and Roman (Tyrese Gibson). Our review:
F9The character development is impeded by the inability to stop it from being a mess. On this lap of the franchise, Roman confronts the existential nature of the family’s inability to be harmed. They never seem to get killed. What is the best way to survive every car accident? Who chose them? If these were the incoherent mutterings of a man in constant action, it might be the perfect seriousness-deflating banter to cap any given action set-piece. There are many scenes with dialogue that explore the supernatural powers at work within Fast. If the asides are setup for the series’ eventual crossover with Diesel’s Last Witch Hunter universe (c’mon, it’s good!), then the film isn’t taking the magical element seriously enough. If it’s just comic relief, it’s padding that falls flat — but not as flat as the five-minute gag about which Star Wars character Charlize Theron’s villain Cipher would be, the moment F9 goes full cringe.
You should be watching:Available to Rent in Select Theaters for as Low As $6.99 at Amazon Prime Video, Apple and Vudu
Stuart Townsend and Scout Taylor-Compton star as Thomas Jane. Badland director Justin Lee’s Apache Junction. Set in the lawless Old West outpost of Apache Junction, the film follows Jericho Ford (Townsend), a notorious gunfighter with an alcohol problem who comes to the rescue of Annabelle Angel (Taylor-Compton), a reporter who arrives in town asking dangerous questions as to why the local authority’s allow Apache Junction to exist at all. The powerful Capt. Hensley (Trace Adkins), a bounty is placed on Jericho’s head. You can see the trailer. Apache JunctionIt looks like a Western-inspired Western, with archetypal characters as the focus and snappy gunfights.
Birds of Paradise
You should be watching:Amazon Prime Video available to stream
A.K. Small’s novel Bright Burning Stars, director Sarah Adina Smith’s Birds of Paradise stars Diana Silvers (BooksmartKristine Froseth, (Apostle), and Kate Sanders as Marine Durand. They are two very different girls who attend a Parisian ballet school to pursue their dream of becoming ballerinas. Although initially hostile at first, they form a close bond which gradually evolves into mutual respect and competition. As the two begin to compete for the school’s most coveted prize: a contract to join the illustrious Opéra national de Paris company, Kate and Marine’s friendship morphs and builds into a tempestuous and emotionally-charged finale where only one of them can succeed in their goal. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review describes the film as, “a ballet-centered battle between rich and poor, experience and innocence.”