Jujutsu Kaisen 0, new Minions, and every new movie to watch at home

The premiere of AthenaThe explosive French thriller film “The Killing” by Romain Gavras is available on Netflix. It also features the streaming debut of the new record-breaking movie, Jujutsu Kaisen 0Crunchyroll – anime movie If neither of those strike your fancy, not to worry — this week is practically bursting at the seams with exciting new movies to stream and rent on VOD.

We’ve got the action thriller Lou starring Allison Janney (The West WingJurnee Smollett and ).Lovecraft Country) and the Tyler Perry-directed period romance drama A Jazzman’s BluesNetflix: The time-hopping comedy romance Get to know CutePeacock features the Oprah Winfrey-produced Sidney Poitier documentary, Apple TV Plus and the supernatural period crime thriller, Raven’s HollowShudder.

Not to be missed For a dollar, you’re dead, Walter Hill’s first Western in over 27 years, starring Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe on VOD, and Don Hertzfeldt’s Academy Award-nominated sci-fi short World of TomorrowYou can stream it for free! On YouTube What did we mean when we said “bursting at all the seams?”

To help you choose what to watch tonight, here’s the best of what’s new to stream and rent this weekend.


What to Watch:Netflix is available to stream

A side profile shot of a group of young men in black tracksuits with smoke and fireworks in the distance.

Image: Kourtrjameuf Kourtrajme

This thriller is sure to thrill you. Athena This is Romain Gavras’ third film. Gavras is best known for his work on M.I.A.’s “Born Free” and “Bad Girls” videos, as well as Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” and his previous movie, You Are the World, Filmed at Cannes. After the brutal murder of a young boy, this film shows a French suburb breaking out.

Our review:

AthenaIt is evident that the movie is more about its style than it does substance, considering how much time and effort it spends on the dramas and personal stories behind its politics. But in Gavras’ hands, the style is also the substance, with a restrained classicism giving way to baroque staging as each long take accelerates. The scenes are built in a way that feels both visually and narratively foreseeable. Gavras and cinematographer Matias Boucard seem to be exploring the hidden dimensions of these police-and-protester clashes through movement — not only the movement of their subjects, but the movement of their camera, which tilts and turns as if to capture every possible vantage. Speed the film up any further, and you’re left with something approaching cubist art, with dimensions and perspectives practically overlapping amid all the pandemonium.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0

What to Watch:Crunchyroll available for streaming

Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen 0

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You can set it a year in advance of the actual events Jujutsu KaisenTelevision series Jujutsu Kaisen 0The story follows Yuta Okkotsu’s high school adventure. Yuta, like Yuji itadori, is drawn into the world of supernatural warfare by the haunting spirit of Rika, his childhood friend. Yuta chooses to turn his back on execution and become a Jujutsu wizard. He must master the skills necessary to manage this dangerous new power to protect Tokyo from a deranged sorcerer who seeks to conquer the mortal realm.

Our review:

For newcomers, you will benefit the most Jujutsu Kaisen 0. The prequel basically encapsulates the essence Jujutsu Kaisen trimmed down to its most accessible elements, which isn’t surprising given that the movie is based on a manga that actually precedes the Jujutsu Kaisen comic. Comic first published in Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical SchoolJump GIGA’s 2017 issue had just four chapters. The standalone story about Curses & Jujutsu Sorcerers would conclude in its final chapter. However, it quickly gained popularity and Gege Akutami was able to expand the premise of the series and create the world that he had only hints at in his original comic. This led eventually to the creation Yuji Itadori’s story which took the entire world by storm.


What to Watch:Netflix is available to stream

An older white woman with a rifle slung over her shoulder stands beside a younger black woman in a black coat in front of a toppled pile of logs.

Photo: Liane Hentscher/Netflix

It is rare to find something more fulfilling than watching a veteran actor make an action movie in their late years. Lou is Allison Janney’s foray into this particular genre, where she plays an older woman with a mysterious past who helps a neighbor in a tight jam. The trailer got us positively jazzed for the movie — especially the appearance of action legend Daniel Bernhardt. He’s one of the best in the business at getting believably beat up by movie stars.

World of Tomorrow

What to Watch:You can stream it on YouTube

Two stick figures, one with long hair, stand on a perch made of abstract lines while gazing at a computer-generated sunset.

Image: Bitter Films

Don Hertzfeldt’s avant-garde sci-fi short is now available to watch on YouTube for free, over seven years since it first premiered online. This Academy Award nominated short tells the story about Emily, a 4-year-old precocious girl. She is taken by a clone to take her on a trip into the distant future. Hertzfeldt accomplishes in 16 minutes all that many filmmakers struggle with when faced with large feature budgets. It is a mix of melancholic, whimsical and inspiring. World of TomorrowOne of the most important sci-fi movies in the last decade.


What to Watch:Netflix is available to stream

Police detective Sunny Valentin (Sólveig Arnarsdóttir), who has short hair and is wearing a vest, looks ahead in The Perfumier.

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Inspired by Patrick Süskind’s 1985 novel The story of Perfume: A Murderer’s Story, Perfumier follows Sunny Valentin (Sólveig Arnarsdóttir), a police detective who has lost her sense of smell and who crosses paths with a serial killer with a peculiar modus operandi: using the bodies of his victims to create the “perfect” perfume.

Georgie Stone: The Dreamlife

What to Watch:Netflix is available to stream

A girl with blond hair in a turquoise long sleeve shirt looking out of a car window.

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Maya Newell’s documentary follows the life of Georgie Stone, an Australian transgender teen and transgender rights activist, as she fights transphobic Australian laws to affirm her gender, grow into adulthood, and advocate for transgender youth.

A Jazzman’s Blues

What to Watch:Netflix is available to stream

A couple sitting in a tree, one in a buttoned-up shirt and one in a dress, look in each other’s eyes.

Image by Jace Downs/Netflix

Tyler Perry’s 2022 romance drama follows Bayou (Joshua Boone) and Leanne (Solea Pfeiffer), two ill-fated lovers a who over the course of 40 years navigate the hurdles and challenges of living in racially stratified rural Georgia.

Gru is on the Rise!

What to Watch:Peacock streaming available

Young supervillain-to-be Gru goes on a joyride with some Minion buddies in Minions: The Rise of Gru

Image: Illumination Entertainment

Gru is on the Rise: MinionsDespicable Me 5, the fifth film in the Despicable Me franchise, and the harbinger for many many many memes, is the story of Gru (Steve Carell), a young Gru who rises to supervillainy thanks to the support of his colorful army of mischief making minions.

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Gru is on the Rise: MinionsLow expectations can bring benefits. Arriving in movie theaters just two weeks after Pixar’s high-profile, frustrating new science fiction epic Lightyear, the latest extension of Illumination Entertainment’s most popular franchise doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, memorable, or even particularly hilarious to make a splash. In a dry summer that’s light on big blockbusters, Gruel is on the Rise — the fifth feature highlighting gibberish-spouting, indestructible, blobby henchmen the color of bananas (which happen to be their favorite fruit) just has to do its business, get out, and not dawdle in the mind for very long. That is what I mean. Gruel’s RiseDoes the job. The film is not a masterpiece nor does it cause teeth-gnashing pain. It’s OK in the moment, and it evaporates as soon as the end credits roll.

Get to know Cute

What to Watch:Peacock streaming available

Pete Davidson and Kaley Cuoco standing beside the Manhattan Bridge at night.

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Pete DavidsonBodies Bodies BodiesKaley Cuoco and (The Flight Attendant(Star in the Romantic Comedy Get to know CuteGary and Sheila are two New Yorkers who instantly fell in love during their first date. The catch: This isn’t the first time they’ve met, nor is it the first time they’ve gone on a date.


What to Watch:Prime Video available for streaming

Liam Neeson stalks through tall grass with an assault rifle in Memory

Photo: Rico Torres/Briarcliff Entertainment

The 2022 action thriller stars Liam Neeson MemoryAlex Lewis is an experienced assassin known for his surgical precision. When Alex refuses to complete an assignment that goes against his moral code, he’ll have to embark on a mission to kill the people who hired him before they kill him, all while eluding the pursuit of the FBI.

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Memory is not Liam Neeson’s final action film, and it won’t be the one that defines him. But it’s worth considering as his tenure of mannered cinematic vengeance slowly comes to a close. In this case, it’s with a character suddenly attempting to atone for the man he’s been, right before his own history evaporates from his mind. It isn’t terribly convincing — even though Alex Lewis confesses that he’s been a bad guy, MemoryIt is still built on the excitement of watching that bad guy get his revenge. There is little that suggests Alex Lewis is all that different from Bryan in the Taken movies, or any of Neeson’s other violent avatars. It’s worth remembering this era of cinema, and everything it says about specifically male fantasies and male rage. But it isn’t necessarily worth remembering Memory itself.


What to Watch:Apple TV Plus can stream the video

Sidney Poitier sitting in an empty movie theater.

Image: Apple TV Plus

Reginald Hudlin’s 2022 documentary honors the life and legacy of Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor, filmmaker, and activist who brought the Civil Rights Movement to the forefront of Hollywood. The film features interviews with Poitier’s friends, colleagues, and admirers like Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Spike Lee, and more.

Raven’s Hollow

What to Watch:Shudder is available to stream

A man looking in terrified astonishment at a beating heart lying in his hand in a forest.

Image by Shudder

Are you a fan of historical horror fictions? What about a period-piece horror story that casts Edgar Allan Poe in the role of a West Point cadet who discovers a series of grisly murders in an isolated upstate New York community?

Yes, that was my thought!


What to Watch:Tubi streaming available

The cast of GATLOPP, huddled around their board game on a coffee table covered in beer bottles and snacks

Image by XYZ Films

A 2022 Horror Comedy Gatlopp stars Jim Mahoney (The OrvilleEmmy RaverLampman,The Umbrella AcademyJon BassMolly’s GameSarunas Jackson (UnsecureAfter nearly a decade of being apart, a group old friends reunites for an evening of drinking and games. It’s not long, however, before the friends realize that the game they’re playing comes with some serious, terrifying consequences.

Based on our review

Running at an efficient, high-energy 80 minutes, Gatlopp doesn’t have a lot of time to waste on the characters’ disbelief when their drinking game starts demanding personal information from them, moving pieces around on the board by itself, and imposing supernatural penalties when they dodge questions. By the time they find out that if they don’t complete the game, they’ll have to play it for eternity in hell, they’ve already been given plenty of other reasons to play fair and follow through, even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve been withholding from themselves and each other.

For a dollar, you’re dead

What to Watch:Rentable at $9.99 from Apple and Vudu

Rachel Brosnahan and Christoph Waltz riding on top of horses in Dead for a Dollar.

Image: Quiver Distribution

Walter Hill is a well-respected director who returns to the type of film he has helped define and revive. For a dollar, you’re deadThe new Western, starring Willem Dafoe and Rachel Brosnahan, is called. Max Borlund (Waltz) is a famed bounty hunter, who returns to his old nemesis Joe Cribbens(Dafoe), an outlaw and gambler. Meanwhile, Brosnahan (Brosnahan), searches for a young lady (Brosnahan), whom he marries an army deserter.

Section 8.

What to Watch:Online streaming on AMC Plus; Rent for $5.99 at Amazon or Apple; $6.99 with Vudu

Scott Adkins — a man with a goatee and black coat — aiming a rifle in Section 8.

Image by AMC Plus

True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten leads this action movie featuring an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney, Mickey Rourke, and Scott Adkins. Kwanten plays Jake, an ex-special forces soldier in trouble who has been recruited by a secret group after his son and wife’s tragic deaths. Deep conspiracy unravels as he becomes more involved in the secret organization. Christian Sesma, a prolific action director, is the film’s creator.

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