Cinemas may be trying to steal the show at the best new movies to watch online this week, but you have a handful of options to keep you entertained at home. We’ve got a big fantasy adventure, a Mark Wahlberg-directed comedy-drama, a military action flick, a sweet YA musical movie, and even a documentary about the stock market’s most unlikely foes.
The biggest name at the table, however, is the third chapter in the Fantastic Beasts series, Secrets of Dumbledore. And while many have their strongest opinions about JK Rowling, Mads Mikkelsen’s promise as a big bad scary wizard threatening the world? It’s a tempting offer.
What about anyone who just watched Top Gun and then saw Top Gun Maverick? Well, Interceptor sounds like a nice story of betrayal inside the military.
Which is less likely: Mark Whalberg as a priest or gamblers taking over Wall Street? You don’t have to pick just one of these stories, because Father Stu and GameStop: Rise of the Players are coming to push your suspension of disbelief.
Let’s break down the seven movies you should watch this week. And also check out our guide on what to watch this weekend.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (HBO Max)
The world of Harry Potter movies and Fantastic Beasts spin-off films had seen better days – but thankfully The Secrets of Dumbledore is a two-and-a-half-hour course correction. Falling on Memorial Day (May 30), the latest edition of Wizarding World helps resolve the issues that wreaked havoc in the previous edition.
The big improvement here is that Johnny Depp is out as the evil wizard Grindelwald, and the sublimely excellent Mads Mikkelsen is here to replace him. Mikkelsen and Jude Law (who plays Dumbledore) have great chemistry in the film and create some of the best moments in this Fantastic Beasts trilogy.
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The disbelief of Stuart “Stu” Long’s (Mark Wahlberg) character’s mother in this trailer is very on point – Mark Wahlberg? A priest? Well, it’s a career option after failing all other job options including deli clerk, boxer, and actor. Even working for his dad (played by Mel Gibson) didn’t work out either.
Of course, Stu only turns to church once he meets Carmen, a woman he loves who won’t be with anyone who isn’t baptized as a fellow Catholic. After a miraculous recovery in the family, Stu eventually applies to join the seminary. He is soon stricken with a tragic illness which complicates everything.
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If Top Gun: Maverick isn’t enough military drama for you right now, Netflix is here to deliver Interceptor. Elsa Pataky stars as JJ Collins, a captain who’s been through a lot that prepared her for a particular gig. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Collins leads an isolated missile interceptor base that is attacked from multiple angles.
Alexander Kessel (Luke Bracey), a former American military officer, has gone wrong and decided to put his ship in his targets. As Kessel takes control of the nukes, Collins is seemingly the last hope for the world.
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GameStop: The Rise of Gamers (Hulu)
GameStop, if you asked any video gamer, was a dying brand. But then some gamers showed up to break Wall Street’s rules — and drive GameStop up the rankings (much to the chagrin of the so-called adults in the room). While GameStop isn’t the clear answer for the first-ever “meme stock” (some say Tesla was the first), the story of gamers bringing GameStop’s stock back from the dead has made “stonks “a word seen all over the internet.
And so Hulu gets the GameStop: Rise of the Players documentary, after it hits theaters. The movie definitely has that maybe obnoxious gamer energy that drove GameStop stock to thrive, but you kind of need that perspective to explain this phenomenon.
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Hollywood Stargirl (Disney Plus)
Musical stardom is a slow road, and Stargirl Caraway (real-life singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal) is well on her way. After succeeding with her own sounds in the first chapter of this film series based on the books of the same name by Jerry Spinelli, Disney’s songbird has once again seen her life uprooted as she travels to Los Angeles to continue his career.
Wholesome and uplifting, Hollywood Stargirl is also backed by a strong supporting cast. This includes Judy Greer (replacing Sara Arrington) as our protagonist Ana’s mother, and Uma Thurman as one of Stargirl’s favorite musicians. Even Judd Hirsch appears, as one of the new neighbors.
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Bonus movie: Ambulance (Peacock)
Michael Bay’s latest movie is out in theaters and on Peacock, so you can watch a bank robbery go horribly wrong from the comfort of your own couch. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Matrix Resurrections’ new Morpheus) star as foster brothers who are on very different tracks. Will (Abdul-Mateen II) is a veteran who needs hundreds of thousands of dollars for his wife’s surgery. Danny (Gyllenhaal) is a criminal who persuades Will to try and steal $32 million from a bank. Everything gets chaotic and Will probably wonders why they couldn’t have chosen a smaller bank.
Technically, Ambulance was released last week, but its release on Peacock was so quiet and unannounced that we didn’t include it in the previous edition of this column. So why not highlight it this week?
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Next: On the television news, you have to wait until July to see the next episode of Better Call Saul. We also have a choice for the a binge-watching show right now on Amazon Prime Video.