9 new movies to watch this week on Netflix, HBO Max and more (October 18-22)

This week’s big new releases to watch online feature big top stars and important subjects in documentary films. And, somehow, there are only two horror movies. All about some of the best streaming services.

the biggest netflix The movie of the week is The School for Good and Evil, the latest from director/producer Paul Feig. Here we get a much more fashionable version of Hogwarts, where Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and Michelle Yeoh play the teachers forming the world’s future heroes and villains.

The other Netflix release we’re looking at is The Stranger, which feels like a true Netflix crime documentary, but like a movie. Here, Joel Edgerton plays a deep undercover cop on a cold case, and the film’s haunting vibes make it feel like he’ll stay with you. Meanwhile, Apple TV Plus features a heartfelt new feature starring Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke as half-brothers reunited by the death of their father.

If you want a new horror, you can either find it on First video go to the countryside or a Hulu movie where a quaint English village holds a disturbing secret.

And then we also have a handful of compelling documentaries. Peacock tells the whole story of Rosa Parks, while HBO Max explains the life of the man who wrote Milk and “the fastest woman on four wheels”.

Need more? Be sure to check out our list of new movies and shows to watch from last weekend. And you can fill your calendar with the new movies and shows to watch in october 2022 on all the top streamers.

Torn Hearts (Prime Video)

Katey Segal (Married with Children, Futurama, Sons of Anarchy) is delivering some country horror to Prime Video this week. In Torn Hearts, she plays fictional country-western music idol Harper Dutch, who lives in a run-down mansion that attracts a pair of up-and-coming musicians. Unfortunately, when they arrive there, looking to collaborate with Dutch, she begins to tear their friendship apart.

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The Stranger (Netflix)

Cannes festival selection The Stranger seeks to bring some prestige to the world of Netflix movies. In it, Joel Edgerton plays Mark, a veteran undercover cop tasked with a dangerous mission: to go undercover to solve a missing persons case in Australia that has been chilling for eight years.

The Stranger may be about an investigation, but its focus narrows to the relationships surrounding this case. Mark grows closer to prime suspect Henry Teague (Sean Harris), to pursue a lead, but the two quickly form a friendship. The Stranger resembles Black Bird (one of best Apple TV Plus shows), but more meditative and just as tense.

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School for Good and Evil (Netflix)

Soman Chainani’s best-selling young adult fantasy books now have a movie of the same name, which feels like the first in a series. In The School for Good and Evil, we learn that not all schools for magicians can get a little more stylish than Hogwarts. Here, under the tutelage of Professor Anemone (Michelle Yeoh), Lady Lesso (Charlize Theron) and Professor Dovey (Kerry Washington), young people learn to unleash their powers.

But when best friends Agatha (Sofia Wylie) and Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) find out the school exists, they too are shocked to know where it puts them. Healthy Sophie wanted to be a princess, but she is enrolled in Lady Lesso’s School of Evil, while a moody Agatha is sent to the School of Good, run by Professor Dovey (Kerry Washington). The film’s strongest argument, for us, is that it’s directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, A Simple Favor), who we hope will give it its own spark to replace what it lacks. of subtlety.

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Mama’s Boy (HBO Max)

Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk, had a very difficult and closed upbringing. Before stepping onto the Oscars stage to accept the award, he grew up a Mormon and was told his sexuality would send him to hell. This documentary, based on his own memoir, shows his deep relationship with his own mother – who did not react favorably when he revealed himself to her.

But, over time, Black’s mother (who had polio) began to listen to him and his friends. Mama’s Boy documents Black’s life story throughout it all and shows how Black’s mother encouraged him to become an active figure in the fight for gay rights.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Peacock)

We can all recite by heart the story of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus. But does the average person know anything else about Mrs. Parks’ life? They will once they watch this new documentary The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. For example, did you know that Ms. Parks was on the front line with the Black Panthers? And that she was seen as a radical and a threat?

It turns out that the portrayal of Ms. Parks in the mass media was much softer than the truth. Based on the best-selling biography of Jeanne Theoharis, this film seeks to illustrate a lifetime through new interviews, as well as archival footage of interviews with Ms. Parks.

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The fastest woman in the world (HBO Max)

Runner and TV personality Jessi Combs is perhaps one of the most definitive examples of “those who shine brightest, shine fastest.” Known as “the fastest woman on four wheels,” Combs’ biggest competition came on her own, while breaking into the men’s racing world.

The world’s fastest woman seeks to show just how fearless Combs has been in her seven-year fight to break land speed race records. Sadly, the documentary will also show how she lost her life trying to set one of those records.

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Matriarch (Hulu)

Matriarch, the other horror movie of the week, finds Laura (Jemima Rooper) in need of help after an overdose fails to take her life. Unfortunately, help comes from his estranged mother, Celia (Kate Dickie), who lives in a small English village that should be quiet. The emphasis is on the “should”, because this village is scary, just like its mother. The inhabitants of the village also seem completely broken and unable to hide their strangeness. All the while, Laura comes closer to learning a secret about her own life that has been kept by her own mother.

Watch it on Hulu (opens in a new tab) tomorrow (October 21).

Raymond and Ray (Apple TV Plus)

The subject of estranged family members reunited at a funeral isn’t exactly new, but Raymond & Ray is looking to deliver a winning version of the formula with strong performance. Ethan Hawke plays Ray, the gruff half-brother of polite Raymond (Ewan McGregor), and who both spend time together as one of their father’s last requests in his will.

Thanks to this reunion, they will meet one of their father’s lovers and discover that they have a brother they did not know. Raymond & Ray, produced by Alfonso Cuarón, could be on our list of the best Apple TV Plus Movies list by pure charisma.

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Descendants (Netflix)

A strong week for documentary deals culminates with Netflix’s Descendant, which highlights the story of the Clotilda: the last shop that smuggled robbed Africans to America. Told by the descendants of the robbed Africans, this documentary is about the hiding of the ship and how it was set on fire to hide the secrets. But that’s just the starting point of the story.

32 of the West Africans who were brought to the Clotilda formed the community known as Africatown (which is near Mobile, Alabama), a town now completely surrounded by factories and industrial towns. The Netflix descendant seeks to educate the public on the untold stories of the citizens of Africatown, from the original generation to those who live there today.

Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (October 21)

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