No Deal, New Netflix Comedies and More New Movies to Watch

This week, Not good, the satirical dark comedy starring Zoey Deutch as a star-hungry influencer who fights her way through a terrorist attack, premiering on Hulu. There are plenty of other great new releases available to stream and buy on VOD this weekend, including the Finnish horror flick HatchingVR documentaries and African-American superhero comics, Terence Davies’ star-studded biopic of British poet Siegfried Sassoon, a Japanese action-comedy about teenage assassins forced to live with roommates, and more Again !

Here are the new movies you can watch at home this week.


Not good

Where to watch: Available to stream on Hulu

Photo: Nicole Rivelli/Projector Pictures

Zoey Deutsch (vampire academy) satirical black comedy stars Not good as Danni, a misguided influencer who fakes a trip to Paris in order to build her influence. When a terrorist attack hits Paris in the real world, she decides to continue the act, posing as a survivor in order to be on the ground of an international incident.

Hatching

Where to watch: Available to stream on Hulu

Twelve-year-old gymnast Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) hovers above her massive, monstrous egg in Hatching

Image: Sundance Institute

A Finnish horror film that doubles as a satire of online culture, Hatching follows Tinja, a 12-year-old girl who has been the subject of her parents’ video blog for her entire life. When Tinja stumbles upon a strange egg and brings it home, it grows rapidly before… well, hatching into a creature nicknamed “Alli.”

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But Alli is a compelling presence that gives the film a cult chilly center. Bergholm tells Polygon that she literally Googled the world’s top cinematic animatronics specialist and then contacted him to work on the film. This bold choice paid off: his animatronic supervisor, Gustav Hoegen, came straight to this film after leading hands-on creature effects teams for Lucasfilm, on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Solo, The Last Jedi, Rogue One and The Force Awakens. Its SFX makeup head, Conor O’Sullivan, has a similar pedigree, as one half of the Oscar-nominated effects duo that gave Heath Ledger his grotesque glow as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Together, they and their teams make Alli hideously visceral, with the familiar weight and conviction of a practical effect instead of a CG effect. And Solalinna’s performance with the puppet is compelling and harrowing. Together they carry the film past its low points to a memorable ending.

Blessing

Where to watch: Available to rent for $3.99 on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu

Jack Lowden smokes a pipe as Siegfried Sassoon in Benediction.

Image: Roadside attractions

Famous British filmmaker Terence Davies (A quiet passion) returns with this biopic of British poet Siegfried Sassoon. Jack Lowden (slow horses) and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, local hero) both play Sassoon at different points in his life, in a delicate portrayal of soldier-turned-anti-war activist-turned-poet.

We met in virtual reality

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO Max

Two female avatars staring at a screen of digital lanterns in the 2022 documentary We Met in Virtual Reality.

Picture: HBO Max

Filmed entirely in the world of virtual reality, the 2022 documentary We met in virtual reality follows the story of several subjects, including an ASL teacher, two long-distance couples and a fitness instructor, as they bond through the virtual reality platform VRChat during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Their focus on teaching sign language – and in the process, making VRChat more inclusive and welcoming to deaf users – feels especially bold in an environment where most people seem focused on the game. array of user amusements, whether they’re partaking in a virtual swimming pool, hosting a virtual improv party, or wiggling their avatars’ anatomy in a virtual exotic dance club. Even merely existing in VRChat seems like a form of performance, given the custom avatars on display, which reveal a surprising amount of user fixations and fantasies. The sheer volume of hypersexualized and exaggerated physiques tells its own story of how people want to imagine themselves.

Citizen Ashe

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO Max

Arthur Ashe hits a backhand on a tennis court as the crowd watches.

Picture: HBO Max

This documentary from directors Rex Miller (Althea) and Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI) follows the life of groundbreaking black tennis star Arthur Ashe, who was as influential as an activist as he was an athlete.

Milestone generations

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO Max

Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie and Derek T. Dingle wear suits and ties in an image for HBO's The Milestone Generation

Picture: HBO Max

Narrated by Method Man, the 2020 documentary Milestone generations tells the story of the relaunch of Milestone Media, the influential comic book company started by Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle, known for its pioneering African-American superheroes owned by creators like Static, Hardware and Icon.

They live in the gray

Where to watch: Available to watch on Shudder

A couple embrace in front of a bed in They Live in the Gray

Image: Thrill

From the Vang Brothers filmmaking duo, this horror flick sees a social worker go up against a demonic force in order to protect the child and family she’s tasked with investigating.

The Reef: Tracked

Where to watch: Available to watch on Shudder

The Reef Shark: Stalked rods in the reef.

Image: Thrill

It’s shark week! We’ve got some aquatic horror movie recommendations (thanks to some great Jaws counterfeits). Looking for something a little more…brand new? Here’s a shark movie about four young women in kayaks who, you guessed it, are chased by a shark. The movie comes from the reef director Andrew Traucki.

Baby Assassins

Where to watch: Available to watch on Hi-Yah!

Baby Assassins shoot a guy in the head while wearing their school uniforms.

Picture: Well Go USA Entertainment

Baby Assassins is a Japanese action-comedy about two deadly life-bored assassins who accidentally cross paths with the yakuza as they attempt to live “normally” (i.e. without murders). It turns out that these two assassins are also high school girls.

A cut above

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

LUCAS PENTEADO as RICHARDSSON, JENNIFER DIAS as DANIELLE, SOLANGE COUTO as CRISTINA in BARBA, in A Cut Above

Photo: Vantoen Pereira Jr./Netflix

brazilian comedy A cut above stars Lucas Koka Penteado as Richardsson, the son of a struggling barbershop owner in Penha, Rio de Janeiro, who volunteers to help. Discovering his latent talent as a barber, Richardsson raises funds in a last-ditch effort to save the salon.

purple hearts

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

(L to R) Nicholas Galitzine as Luke, Sofia Carson as Cassie in Purple Hearts.

Photo: Mark Fellman/Netflix

Young adult romance purple hearts stars Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine as Cassie and Luke, a struggling songwriter and struggling Marine who agree to marry for military benefits. When Luke is injured on deployment and returns home for rehabilitation, the reluctant young couple are forced to research their feelings and respond to whether their love is real or just for show.

pipa

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

A woman with a bloody face sits in her car in Pipa

Picture: Netflix

This Argentinian mystery from director Alejandro Montiel follows a former cop who has drifted away from her old life. When she finds a corpse on her new land, old memories and demons come back into her life.

The right

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

The main character of The Entitled tries to smile.

Picture: Netflix

A Netflix comedy from the Philippines, The right follows a young woman who suddenly discovers that her father, whom she did not know, is quite rich. She is tasked with helping her business with the help of a charming lawyer.

Alfonso E. Cramer