X, 4 new Netflix movies and everything you can watch again

This weekend choose or diethe 2022 video game horror film starring Iola Evans (Carnival Row) and Asa Butterfield (Sex education), premieres on Netflix. If you’re not looking for 1980s horror and 2004-style haunted tech Stay alive, don’t worry – there are plenty of new streaming and VOD releases this week to choose from.

In addition to Choose or Die, the Spanish comedy-drama Today we fix the worldpolish romantic comedy The taming of the evil oneand the Nigerian drama The man of God are all coming to Netflix this weekend. The latest horror movie The Devil’s House director Ti West with Mia Goth finally arrives on VOD, as well as the Australian action-horror film Wyrmwood: Apocalypse and the cerebral sci-fi thriller Tank with John Malkovich.

The Filipino-Japanese sports biopic Gensan Punch is coming to HBO Max, while the haunted house thriller The cave on Frisson. Oh, and did I mention that another critically acclaimed 2021 film from the director of drive my car is coming to Criterion Channel this weekend? As I said, there is a plot great movies to choose from!

To help you get to grips with what’s new and what’s available, here are the new movies you can watch on streaming and VOD this weekend.

choose or die

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

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The horror movie of 2022 choose or die stars Iola Evans as Kayla, a broke college student and coder who stumbles upon an obscure ’80s text-based survival game believed to be tied to a still-unclaimed $100,000 prize. However, it is not Loan player one; think Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Aided by her friend Isaac (Asa Butterfield), Kayla quickly discovers that the game, codenamed “CURS>R”, is (unsurprisingly) cursed as the choices made in the game begin to turn into reality in ever-increasing ways. terrifying. As Jon Foster once said in the 2006 movie Stay alive, “If you die in the game, you die for real.” Also, Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) appears as a fictionalized version of himself – neat! According to our review,

At 84 minutes, choose or die is a kickstarter film that relies on a fast and solid storytelling. Evans, a surprising newcomer, imbues Kayla with a rich inner life. She’s a bundle of stress and exhaustion, all fleshed out on her hardened face. Her performance begs for other components around her to feel equally elevated, a request the film cannot fulfill due to its frustrating simplicity. In that regard, one of the film’s biggest offenders is the vapid character Lance (Ryan Gage), who might work in construction, might have sex with Kayla’s mom, and is certainly her dealer, but languishes as a cartoonist. garbage predator who barely feigns credibility.


Where to watch: Available to rent for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

The doomed crew of X walks through the tall grass, movie gear in hand

Photo: Christopher Moss/A24

Ti West’s 2022 horror film stars Mia Goth (Suspiria) as Maxine Minx, an aspiring actress who travels to a remote farmhouse in rural Texas with her producer boyfriend Wayne (Martin Henderson) and his amateur film crew to shoot an adult film. When the crew finds themselves unexpectedly hunted down and terrorized by their reclusive hosts, the survivors must mount a desperate attempt to escape with their lives. According to our review,

While the premise of a porn shoot turning into a horror show could easily end up being a schlocky parody, Ti West has more in mind. The adult film angle serves two purposes – it puts a meta spin on the practically obligatory nudity and adult content of R-rated slasher movies, and it uses the adult industry to talk about independent cinema in general. The first half of the film is a love letter to independent cinema, to the satisfaction of grabbing a group of like-minded friends and a camera, and traveling to a remote location to make movies. During the Q&A following the SXSW movie premiere, Ti West talked about the similarities between horror and porn in the 1970s — specifically, the desire to break free from studio systems and make a name, with nothing in hand but a good idea.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Where to watch: Available to stream on Criterion Channel

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While directing his 2021 Oscar-nominated drama drive my carRyusuke Hamaguchi also directed another slightly less recognized, but no less moving masterpiece: the anthology of romantic drama Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy. Spanning three different stories involving a love triangle, a student’s plot to frame his teacher, and a chance encounter and confession, Hamaguchi’s film explores the complexities, frustrations, and catharsis of human relationships in careful detail. and magnets.

Gensan Punch

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO Max

Nao Tsuymama in the Gensan Punch ring.

Picture: HBO Max

It is a sports biopic about Nao Tsuyama, a boxer with a prosthetic leg who moved to the Philippines to pursue his career and became known as “Gensan”. From the award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, Gensan Punch won the Kim Jiseok Award at the 2021 Busan International Film Festival.

The cave

Where to watch: Available to stream on Shudder

Abby Fitz as Ellie in Shudder's horror film The Cellar.

Photo: Frisson/RLJE Films

A haunted house thriller, The cave is both the title of this film and the place where the teenage daughter of the protagonist Keira Woods (Elisha Cuthbert) disappears. As Keira searches for her, she uncovers a dark spiritual mystery that points to something ancient and evil lurking in the house.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse

Where to watch: Available to rent for $6.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

Cyborg Zombie (Alex Jewson) strangles Brooke (Bianca Bradey) in Wyrmwood: Apocalypse.

Photo: Emma Bjorndahl/XYZ Films

The sequel to the 2014 cult hit wyrmwoodthis Australian action-horror franchise seeks to continue the “madmax, but with zombiesatmosphere of the first. This film follows Rhys, a soldier who realizes his “job” has done more harm than good. When he encounters a zombie-human hybrid, Rhys sees it as an opportunity to save the world.

The taming of the evil one

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Maryla (Dorota Stalinska) and Kaska (Magdalena Lamparska) in The Taming of the Evil One.

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This Polish romantic comedy follows Kaska (Magdalena Lampraska), a scientist who returns home after being dumped. When her return interferes with her brother’s plans to sell the family land, he hires a handsome stranger (Mikolaj Roznerski) to woo her and convince her to accept the sale. Surprise, surprise, the two fall in love with each other! This one gets a TV-MA tag from Netflix, so expect a wackier rom-com than some of their US offerings.

Today we fix the world

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

David (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and his son Benito (Benjamín Otero) sit by the pool drinking juice in Today We Fix The World.

Picture: Netflix

Spanish comedy drama Today we fix the world follows David (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a highly successful workaholic television producer and emotionally absent father to his 9-year-old son, Benito (Benjamín Otero). When Benito’s biological mother confides in David that he may not be the father of the boy on his deathbed, the two embark on an emotional journey to find Benito’s true biological father while exploring the extent of their own complicated relationship.

The man of God

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix April 16

Samuel (Akah Nnani) in a mirror preparing for a sermon in The Man of God.

Picture: Netflix

A religious drama from Nigeria, The man of God follows Samuel (Akah Nnani), the son of a strict pastor who kicked him out of his home. When Samuel feels the decline of his faith, he is caught between the multiple worlds he occupies.


Where to watch: Available to rent for $5.99 on Amazon; $6.99 on Apple and Vudu

John Malkovich as Dr. Karn in Chariot (2022).

Picture: Saban Films

John Malkovich stars in the 2022 sci-fi thriller Tank as Dr. Karn, an eccentric specialist who oversees a technology-assisted reincarnation process for involuntary test subjects. When a young man named Harrison (Thomas Mann) begins having strange visions after meeting a woman (Rosa Salazar) he loved in a past life, he turns to Karn for help. Time is running out, Karn must cure Harrison’s condition or risk endangering the entire artificial reincarnation system. Although at first it might seem like a mix between 2020’s supernatural drama nine days and Lisa Joy’s neo-noir thriller Reminiscencethe trailer of Tank looks way scarier than that, with aliens floating through space as glitched avatars and mysterious characters wearing high-tech plague masks that look like something out of Ridley Scott. Prometheus.

Alfonso E. Cramer