This week, the 7 best new movies to watch online are featured by whoever just spent time in theaters. That’s the size of Netflix’s The Gray Man: they thought it should get a limited release in actual theaters.
The film stars Ryan Gosling as Court Gentry (your dad may have read the spy novels named after him), a rogue CIA agent who is hunted down by a very bad man named Lloyd Hansen ( Chris Evans). The two set off on a cat-and-mouse chase around the world, giving some of us the taste for travel we miss so much.
This is Netflix’s latest attempt (after The Old Guard and Red Notice) to make a big blockbuster action movie, so they’ve brought in Anthony and Joe Russo, the couple behind many MCU blockbusters. Expect a sequel or two, as Netflix is going big on budget to retain its title as one of the best streaming services.
You can also finally watch one of the most quirky and unnerving horror films of the year from home, as A24’s Men finally arrives on streaming. Its protagonist Harper thinks she’s off on a soothing getaway to the countryside, but the men in this town are very peculiar.
Elsewhere on Paramount Plus we get a big slice of Americana, Prime Video has a period piece and a daring YA romance, and Hulu has an important documentary and a birthday party gone wrong.
If that’s not enough for you, check out our list of 7 new movies and shows to watch from last weekend. And you can fill your calendar with all 17 new movies and shows to watch in July 2022 on all the top streamers.
The Gray Man (Netflix)
Chris Evans, Steve Rogers himself, played the ultimate good guy for so many years that he must have been thrilled to get the call for The Gray Man. He plays Lloyd Hansen, a sociopath brought in by the CIA to eliminate Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), a member of a black ops team who broke protocol after discovering very bad things. Gentry, also known as Six, is very good at getting out of a bad situation.
Which is good, considering Hansen will do all the wrong things to bring Six in, especially since the CIA is funding the operation to bring him down. I actually got to see The Gray Man in a theater, in its limited release before it came to Netflix, and I have to say I think you better save the $18 and stay at home for it. Not that this spy thriller is bad. It’s just not exactly on the same level as, say, Top Gun Maverick. Evans is the best part of the movie, and it often feels like he’s paying homage to Gary Oldman’s character from Leon: The Professional.
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The Day the Music Died: American Pie (Paramount Plus)
How often do you think of a song? In this day of streaming and shuffling, the life of a song isn’t that long. And so it’s a good time to go back to when Don McLean caught everyone’s attention, or as he says “I knew I had the tiger by the tail”, with the song “American Pie “.
While young audiences won’t understand exactly what this song is about, this film seeks to contextualize the track around the tumultuous history that gave birth to it. McLean also shares secrets about the song, while other musicians share their own interest and love for it.
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The latest film from A24 and Alex Garland is a very strange horror film. For a moment, it’s unnerving and scary, as Harper (Jessie Buckley) makes the cardinal horror movie mistake of going somewhere new to get away from her troubles. Unfortunately, her stay in a quaint remote village, where she has a decent house to hang out in, is besieged by a very strange man who follows her home one day.
Unfortunately, he’s only the beginning of his nightmare, as the townspeople all seem a bit wrong. You know the expression “not all men?” Well, Garland takes a very visual stance on the concept, and… you have to see it for yourself. And if you know someone who seems familiar to you, men will haunt you for a while. The men’s bizarre ending, however, may make you laugh more than anything else.
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Aftershock, a new documentary from ABC News Studios and Onyx Collective, investigates a very troubling American problem: high morbidity rates among black women giving birth. The film’s story stems from the tragic deaths of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac, whose deaths send their families fighting to change their memories.
We then meet the network of surviving black fathers who have built a brotherhood and are working with midwives and doctors to pass legislation. The Sundance Film Festival and the Full Frame Film Festival awarded Aftershock an award.
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All My Friends Hate Me (Hulu)
Birthdays should be fun. Sometimes there is some anxiety about growing up, but your friends and family are often there to help you feel better. Unfortunately, Pete (Tom Stourton) learns that his birthday won’t be like most birthdays. His college friends – who haven’t seen him in ages – took him to the countryside for a party at a big, fancy house.
Sounds nice, but a lot of these buddies act like… real bastards. Making Pete wonder if they actually hate him or not, tackling the internal restlessness some of us have. Loved by critics (88% of rotten tomatoes (opens in a new tab)), All My Friends Hate Me skillfully pushes the line between humor and horror.
Post it on Hulu (opens in a new tab) Friday (July 22)
Anything is possible (Prime Video)
The summer of great YA content — from Ms. Marvel to The Summer I Turned Pretty — continues. Anything’s Possible brings this genre to tell a new story, that of Kelsa (Eva Reign), a trans teenager trying to finish her senior year of high school.
Kelsa’s life is currently complicated by the fact that she has a crush on a boy in her class named Khal (Abubakr Ali). And he has feelings for her too, actually. And he’s totally okay with her being trans. It’s all complicated by the fact that one of Kelsa’s friends, Em (Courtnee Carter), has a crush on Khal. Directed by actor/singer Billy Porter (his directorial debut, even), Anything’s Possible seeks to prove its title by showing that narratives for trans teens don’t always have to be rooted in persecution and pain. They can also have the last dance.
Post it on First video (opens in a new tab) Friday (July 22)
Winner (Prime Video)
Russell Crowe, fresh off being Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder, now has a starring role in Prizefighter, a film telling the true and tragic story of bare-knuckle boxer James “Jem” Belcher (newcomer Matt Hookings). Crowe plays Jem’s grandfather, Jack Slack, who lives an alcoholic and debauched life.
Jem’s family warns him that he will become like their firstborn, and (unfortunately) his life story isn’t all about happy endings. Ray Winstone co-stars as Jem’s trainer.
Post it on First video (opens in a new tab) Friday (July 22)