This week’s top 7 new movies to watch online offer a solid lineup. From a beloved arthouse indie from earlier this year that finally gets a moment on a major streaming service to Netflix’s latest shiny new blockbuster (this one features Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth) , plus a trio of interesting documentaries, you really don’t need the movies this week.
The biggest name on this list is Jennifer Lopez, the iconic musician/actor/dancer whose career and Super Bowl halftime show are spotlighted on Netflix (oh, and did you hear that Netflix is even making a Squid Game reality show?). Hemsworth is the second-biggest name in poster art, and his movie Spiderhead seemingly sees the actor elevate the film through his sheer charisma.
Looking for laughs? Don’t miss Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening in a film inspired by true events, about a couple who managed to beat the national lottery. Plus, there’s a new father of the bride, with a Latino cast.
Let’s break down the seven movies you should watch this week and find out the 9 new movies and shows to watch from last weekend, including Ms. Marvel and the return of Peaky Blinders.
The worst person in the world (Hulu)
There aren’t too many movies that have completely captivated me in theaters like Joachim Trier’s Worst Person in the World did. And this buzzing indie gem with a limited release is finally coming to Hulu where it can find a wider audience. But unlike last week’s big online release (Everything Everywhere All At Once), this movie has a much simpler (but still emotionally resonant) story. The film traces four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), who worries about the kind of person she becomes as she gets older (hence the title).
Reinsve – who is finally breaking out, thanks to this role – is totally involved in her performance, and the film needed her a little. Many moments have time to breathe, as Julie’s relationship with popular cartoonist Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) is one of those messy situations where she’s 29 and he’s 43 and their needs don’t exactly match. Aksel isn’t the only man Julie sees in The Worst Person, but the details of how she connects with Eivind (Herbert Nordrum) is the kind of thing I wouldn’t dare spoil. More than worth the price of admission, Worst Person in the World is certainly worth a month ($12.99) of ad-free Hulu to watch without commercial downtime.
Post it on Hulu (opens in a new tab) at present
Hulu is also where you watch The Old Man online if you are in the United States.
Jenny from the block has been around the world, but her story remains a mystery. Netflix finally has the chance to go behind the curtain with Jennifer Lopez, as one of pop culture’s biggest names puts it. Not only does Lopez leave Netflix cameras in her rehearsals for the arena performances, but the documentary also turns the cameras to Ben Affleck, to see how he feels about his life.
Lopez shares stories you might not expect, including her battle with low self-esteem. The documentary shows the superstar as a woman who demands higher standards, including during her recent Super Bowl halftime show (from which the film takes its name). A scene from the film that has already gone viral sees Lopez declaring that sharing a Super Bowl halftime show (which she did in 2020 with Shakira) is “the worst idea in the world.”
Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) starting today (Tuesday June 14)
Father of the Bride (2022) (HBO Max)
While some may not know that 1991’s Steve Martin-directed Father of the Bride wasn’t the first iteration of that film (he remade a 1950 version starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor), few likely anticipated an incoming third chapter. But, again, we couldn’t have guessed that this HBO Max movie would likely have cast the perfect star to succeed Martin.
Andy Garcia stars in this new father of the bride as Billy, who runs a few fires. The first, and most important, is that his daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) is going to marry Adam (Diego Boneta) and their impending nuptials are the cause of his own confusion. Not only is Sofia a bit more independent than her father thought possible, as she proposed to Adam, but there’s also a possible culture shock involved. Can Sofia’s Cuban-American family get along with Adam’s Mexican family? Most likely.
The biggest problem for Billy, however, is that his marriage to his wife Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) is far from the honeymoon phase. Can her marriage survive long enough to survive marriage? We bet they do, and they’ll come out stronger.
Post it on HBO Max (opens in a new tab) from Thursday (June 16)
Cha Cha Real Smooth (Apple TV Plus)
Apple TV Plus has a great new movie coming out, which also won the People’s Choice award at Sundance this year. Cha Cha Real Smooth is all about the goofiness of it all, as its star writer-director Cooper Raiff plays Andrew, a Bar Mitzvah party host who’s only the life of the party when he’s on call.
But then he falls in love with the mother (Dakota Johnson) of one of the children at her parties. It currently holds 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, earning accolades for all of its performances, as well as Raiff’s writing and direction.
Post it on Apple TV Plus (opens in a new tab) from Friday (June 17)
Jerry and Marge Go Big (Paramount Plus)
A lot of true crime movies go on the stark, depressing side. Not so with this movie based on the life of retired Jerry Selbee (played by Bryan Cranston), who may have just found the trick to making millions and using it for his town. Finally, a project where Bryan Cranston manages to use his intellect for the greater good, not just become a drug kingpin.
Jerry is about to retire, but the prospect completely bores him. And, thus, he finds a loophole in the Massachusetts lottery system. Not only does he chain his wife Marge (Annette Bening), but the two go above and beyond using the funds for their retirement and then helping others.
Unfortunately, a setback hits Jerry’s master plan. Boring youngsters have figured out how to cheat the system, and it creates a threat for everyone.
Post it on Paramount More (opens in a new tab) from Friday (June 17)
Watergate: High Crimes at the White House (Paramount Plus)
Exactly 50 years (to the day) after a burglary at the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate offices started a scandal that rocked a nation and deposed President Richard Nixon, we have a new look at history. This documentary uses original news footage to show us how audiences consumed history at the time.
Of course, High Crimes at the White House doesn’t just focus on the story of the burglary, but also the story of the cover-up. From Nixon’s paranoid recordings to questions about how the tapes were edited, this documentary seeks to give one last exposed view of the Watergate scandal.
Post it on Paramount More (opens in a new tab) starting Friday, June 17 (also airing at 9 p.m. ET on CBS that day)
Spider Head (Netflix)
Netflix movies and short stories from The New Yorker don’t sound like great bedfellows. But when Netflix launches Chris Hemsworth, it grabs our attention. And so we turn to the sci-fi Spiderhead, which adapts George Saunders’ Escape from Spiderhead.
Hemsworth stars alongside Miles Teller (Top Gun: Maverick) and Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), who play two of the test subjects he (the scientist running the show) experiments on. Critics suggest that Hemsworth is definitely the best part of the movie, as villain Steve Abnesti, who is thoroughly engrossing and entertaining.
Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (June 17)
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump takes on a very wide range of cases, and Netflix’s biggest documentary this week gives filmmaker Nadia Hallgren (Becoming) a chance to reveal her hard work. Not only has Crump worked on the civil cases of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, he has also represented other black farmers and black people exploited by the system.
Crump, as you’ll hear in the trailer, thinks one of the best ways to protect black lives is to make the system pay a higher price for hurting them. Or, more simply, as he says in the trailer, “If you can make them pay higher values, they’ll stop killing black people. That’ll be a hindrance.” Civil sees Crump doing his job, and also shows his personal story, from childhood to adulthood.
Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (June 17)
The unbearable weight of massive talent
The unbearable weight of massive talent is the Nicolas Cage movie to end all Nicolas Cage movies, as he plays – you guessed it – Nick Cage. Because after all the roles of the iconic actor, there’s no one left to play but an exaggerated version of yourself, struggling to be a dad.
Except that’s not the real story here. In this film, Cage’s film career dries up and he will do just about anything for a payday. And that includes being the guest of honor at a rich man’s birthday. And this well-to-do guy isn’t your average Mr. Moneybags, because Javi (Pedro Pascal) is both a Nic Cage superfan and a suspect for a serious crime. So, of course, the feds want Cage to help uncover the truth. Manic, intense and hilarious, The Unbearable Weight of Huge Talent is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in theaters this year.
Admittedly, I’m a little late for this one, but it’s a fairly recent digital release (June 7th deletion, not promoted enough, and not on last week’s list) which I feel is worth including this time around.
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