7 best new movies to stream this week on Netflix, HBO Max and more (August 22-26)

One of the best movies of 2022 has hit the highway to the streaming zone, as Top Gun: Maverick headlines this week in new movies available online. Although it’s not yet on Paramount Plus, those who have been itching to see the film at home (its long theatrical run was proof that Tom Cruise is still a box office king) finally have a solution.

Elsewhere in the streaming world, Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg have a movie on the road that seeks to test the mettle of these middle-aged men. Speaking of movies that might make you say “He still has it,” Sylvester Stallone is following Luke Wilson’s lead as the latest man to be a secret superhero. Except this new movie looks a lot grittier than Wilson’s family antics.

The world of documentaries also gets an important title to watch. HBO Max is releasing a film about Hurricane Katrina’s lasting impact on the people of New Orleans that feels like a dark but important feature film.

And you can fill your calendar with the 13 new movies and shows to watch in August 2022 on all the top streamers.

Top Gun: Maverick

To be honest, I went into Top Gun: Maverick with a weird mix of expectations. I’m not a huge fan of the original (which was thin on plot if you ask me), but word of mouth convinced me that Maverick was a whole different experience. And, 2 hours and 11 minutes into the movie, I was convinced – ranking Top Gun: Maverick in my top four personal movies of the year. So why does it deserve a place next to RRR and Everything Everywhere All At Once?

First and foremost: Top Gun: Maverick brings the show back. The stunts and action in this film are above all else, a not-so-casual reminder that some movies were meant to be seen on the big screen. That said, Maverick also brings strong drama, as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) tries to lead the next generation of TOPGUN cadets, who are faced with a particularly impossible mission. This is complicated by the fact that one of those pilots is Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late RIO Nick, aka “Goose”.

Buy on First video (opens in a new tab) and other services from Tuesday (August 23)

Katrina Babies (HBO Max)

Our nation’s attention often shifts far too quickly from our biggest disasters to… well, those with lesser consequences. Such is the story of Katrina Babies, a new documentary that debuts this week on HBO Max. It focuses on the people and communities of New Orleans that were irrevocably changed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Not only did people lose loved ones and see their homes swept away, but they found themselves with indelible mental trauma. Katrina Babies seeks to ensure that we don’t forget their stories.

Post it on HBO Max (opens in a new tab) from Wednesday (August 24)

Samaritan (Prime Video)

We weren’t expecting Rocky Balboa himself to collide with any of the Euphoria kids, but here we are. The vigilante superhero known as Samaritan (Sylvester Stallone) is in hiding, essentially working as a garbage collector, while the city he lives in is ablaze with crime and chaos. But one person may be able to bring Samaritan out of hiding, as young Sam (Javon “Wanna” Walton, aka Euphoria’s Ashtray) realizes that his neighbor, Mr. Smith, looks a lot like the missing superhero.

Post it on First video (opens in a new tab) from Friday (August 26)

Time for Me (Netflix)

You may love your family, but a break from their nonsense is always welcome, isn’t it? Well, it’s not like that for Sonny (Kevin Hart) who would rather take care of his children than go and celebrate his old friend Huck’s (Mark Wahlberg) birthday. Luckily for Huck, Sonny’s wife (played by Regina Hall) demands that Sonny take time for me.

Unfortunately for Sonny, Huck is still a chaotic influence. The two enter a weird version of Burning Man, and Sonny sees a lot more of Huck’s body than he expected. And Sonny is even chased by a mountain lion.

Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (August 26)

Wolf (HBO Max)

Movies can sometimes teach us new terms, and so we note that Wolf seems to be brought to us by “clinical zoanthropy.” It’s because Jacob (George MacKay) is stuck in a mental asylum because he believes he’s a wolf. And he is not the only one to suffer from this evil. Cecile (Lily-Rose Depp) thinks she’s a wildcat, and they both perceive the head of the asylum, Dr. Mann (Paddy Considine), as a zookeeper. Quirky and a little offbeat, Wolf is for anyone looking to howl at the moon.

Post it on HBO Max (opens in a new tab) from Friday (August 26)

Untrapped: The Lil Baby Story (Prime Video)

Lil Baby (not to be confused with DaBaby) is one of the biggest rappers of recent years. So we’re not surprised that Prime Video is giving Lil Baby (aka Dominique Jones) his own behind-the-scenes documentary. This special — which includes interviews with collaborators such as Drake — features everything from footage of Lil Baby as a young child to the story of his drug-dealing years. Now a father, community philanthropist and racial justice activist, Baby represents the American dream for some.

Post it on First video (opens in a new tab) from Friday (August 26)

Jurassic World: Dominion

Finally, we have a movie that we admittedly missed during last week’s roundup – because its planned digital release wasn’t as hyped as it should have been.

So, for anyone who was too cautious to pay to see Jurassic World: Dominion in theaters, you can now see how the end of the Jurassic (well, cinematic) era unfolds. Planned because it brings Sam Neill and Laura Dern back to the series as Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler, respectively, Dominion seeks to find some kind of conclusion. Can the combined strengths of the show’s remaining humans help find a way for dinosaurs and humans to live in peace? Or is one side doomed?

Buy it on First video (opens in a new tab) and other services right now.


Alfonso E. Cramer