A new week brings more new movies to stream, including a film hailed by many as one of the best movies of the year so far.
This week’s big release is Morbius, a Sony Marvel movie that’s part of the Venom-verse. Jared Leto plays a doctor who essentially turns into a vampire.
Other new movies on our list include two rom-coms and the Disney reboot Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, which surprised us looking…pretty good?
Let’s break down the six movies you should watch this week. And be sure to watch the new #1 movie on Netflix.
Let’s put that aside: Morbius is not a good movie. In fact, it’s one of the worst Marvel movies of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with an embarrassing 16% rating (still putting it above 2015’s Fantastic Four and 2005’s Elektra). Critics called Morbius “a mess”, “incomprehensible” and “thin on the story”.
Then again, you might be the type of person who enjoys train wreck entertainment. And even in dismal reviews, Jared Leto received praise for his portrayal of the titular character. Dr. Michael Morbius desperately tries to cure his rare blood disease, but it goes horribly wrong and afflicts him with vampirism. Endowed with superhuman abilities, he struggles with the darkness within him.
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Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror (Netflix)
Another day, another true crime documentary on Netflix. Cyber Hell tells how two female students, journalists and cybercrime policewomen tracked down “Nth Room”, a network of online chat rooms that promote sexual exploitation.
Using interviews, re-enactments and animations, the Korean doc reveals how women and girls were coerced into uploading explicit photos and videos to Telegram chat rooms, which ringleaders charged of cryptocurrency to tens of thousands of users to access it. Director Choi Jin-seong explores the scope of these cybercrimes, how digital anonymity allowed them to happen, and their impact on the victims, whose courageous testimony helped bring down the Nth Room.
Post it on netflix this Wednesday (May 18)
A Perfect Match (Netflix)
If you’re looking for a Hallmark- or Lifetime-style rom-com, get your fix with this genre entry from Netflix. Lola (Victoria Justice) is an ambitious and driven wine company executive who quit to start her own business. She travels from LA to rural Australia to land her first big client, Vaughn Family Wines. Unfortunately, they are not interested in partnering with an unproven distributor.
So, Lola decides to impress them with hard work – as a ranch hand on the Vaughn sheep farm. She ends up falling in love with the rugged and dashing station manager Max (Adam Demos). But the course of truth never runs smoothly, and Max’s secrets threaten to ruin their romance.
Post it on netflix this Thursday (May 19)
Tick and Tac: Rescue Rangers (Disney Plus)
So many reboots/reboots are awful, should never have been done, and in some cases even cast a shadow over the original. But Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers looks good. The film features top comedic talent, was directed by Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, and has a fun trailer.
It’s a sequel/continuation set 30 years after the end of the anime series. Chip (John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) are estranged and living mediocre lives in a world where humans and cartoon characters intermingle. Chip works as an insurance salesman, while Dale has had a CGI makeover and is reliving his glory days on the convention circuit. When their former castmate mysteriously disappears, they come together to save their friend – and save their own friendship.
Post it on Disney+ this Friday (May 20)
Dual (AMC Plus)
The idea of cloning yourself after being diagnosed with a terminal illness isn’t new, but it seems to be particularly popular in the past year. Mahershala Ali explored it in Swan Song, but it was a melancholy meditation. Dual is a sci-fi thriller marked by moments of extremely dark humor.
After her diagnosis, Sarah (Karen Gillan) opts for the cloning procedure to keep her friends and family from mourning her loss. Then she makes a miraculous recovery, and the only way to downgrade her clone is to engage in a public duel. Sarah hires a sparring trainer (Aaron Paul) to prepare her for a literal fight for her life.
Post it on AMC More this Friday (May 20)
The Valet (Hulu)
This remake of the 2006 French romantic comedy La Doublure stars Eugenio Derbez as valet Antonio. He accidentally gets embroiled in a Hollywood scandal involving famous movie star Olivia (Samara Weaving). She faces a public relations disaster over a paparazzi photo of her with her married lover Vincent (Max Greenfield).
Antonio also appears in the photo, so Olivia enlists him to pose as her new boyfriend, which suddenly thrusts him into the limelight. As their two worlds and cultures collide, they begin to see and see each other in a different light.
Post it on Hulu this Friday (May 20)
Coming soon: Everything, everywhere, all at once
The best movie of the year so far features a very strange journey through the multiverse – but it wasn’t directed by Marvel. Instead, it’s an independent film starring Michelle Yeoh as the owner of a laundromat who is drawn into a crazy adventure involving parallel realities. Everything Everywhere All at Once could just as easily refer to the blending of so many genres and tones, from Hong Kong martial arts films to sci-fi to comedy.
Yeoh’s Evelyn Wang starts out as a very ordinary woman living a very ordinary life. But then she learns from an alternate version of her husband that other realities exist and that she is the key to saving everyone from annihilation. Evelyn must learn to tap into new powers to take on the future Multiverse Destroyer: an alternate version of her daughter, Joy.
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