This week, it''s Friday, and there''s around one metric ton of new movies to stream and VOD.
Two of our favourite movies of the year so far are now available to rent in The Northman and Ambulance, as well as the heist comedy The Bad Guys. The Uncharted adaptation with Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg is now a $5.99 rental. Plus, there are a number of new Netflix hits (including a Rebel Wilson comedy and a Tamil-language Vijay action thriller), the return of M. Night Shyamalans Old on HBO Max, and a new animated Catwoman adventure.
Here are a few new movies you can watch on streaming and VOD this weekend to help you get a handle on what''s new and available.
Where to look: Available for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu
The Northman tells Amleth (Alexander Skarsgard) the son of a deposed king (Ethan Hawke), who fled his country after his father was betrayed and murdered by his uncle Fjolnir (Claes Bang). Amleth is sent to Iceland disguised as a slave and, with the help of a sorceress named Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy), is committed to his revenge.
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The horror that engulfs (and precedes) Amleth''s arrival in Iceland is gory and graphic, and Eggers films Viking raids on humble villages in astonishingly choreographed tracking shots. All of this is thrown in line with the majestic Icelandic landscape and an aural backdrop of booming drums and deep bass chants, and the effects is appropriately awe-inspiring.
The Bad Guys
Where to look out for: Available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu for $19.99
This animated heist film follows a group of anthropomorphic animal criminals who are enticed, pretending to be reformed, and then find themselves actually wanting to be the thing they''re pretending to be. Yes, Mr. Wolf is a pretty harrowing character.
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The Bad Guys may well support DreamWorks'' status as the B-squad of contemporary American animation, where spectacle is the default and emotional growth is a little pat. Even when The Bad Guys resembles other films, it is stealing from them gracefully, with its own sense of humor and energy.
Where to look out for: Available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu for $19.99
Michael Bay is back with this high-octane heist drama about two brothers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who pursue a bank heist and end up on a very long haul in an ambulance. It looks like the return of Quintessential Bay, with impressive action and high-flying drone camerawork.
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Ambulance is a unique type of action film set out in theaters over the last several decades by a fantastical digital studio blockbuster. It''s a one-shot approach that sets out a practical spectacle of car crashes, gun battles, stunts, and sweaty acting, orchestrated by a deranged ringmaster of a filmmaker who will stop at nothing to get the shot he has in mind. It''s horrifying, exciting, and unruly (with a 136-
The Lost City
Where to find it: Paramount Plus is available for viewing.
Sandra Bullock is played as Lorretta Sage, a reclusive romance writer who often butts heads with Alan (Channing Tatum), the handsome and self-absorbed cover model known for embodying the hero of her books. When Loretta is kidnapped, Alan embarks on a mission to resale her to once and for all prove his own heroism.
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While The Lost City is a notably similar to Romancing the Stone, it is truly remarkable as a sequel to The Mummy, a film that discovered the epic adventure-romance genre and encouraged many other gamers to fail to follow it. However, Aaron Nee and Adam Nee, along the way, remind viewers that Channing Tatum is a fantastic himbo, and Sandra Bullock is a long-standing rom-com queen.
Where to go: Available for $5.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu
As Nathan Drake, a streetwise thief-turned-treasure hunter who joins forces with partner-mentor Victor Sully Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to search for Ferdinand Magellan''s lost treasure, Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home) joins Zombieland''s director. Ruben Fleischers'' 2022 adaptation of the Uncharted action-adventure video game series in 2022, starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No
From our review:
The filmmakers have the appropriate understanding of what makes an Uncharted action set piece, whether it be sweeping a sequence following the games or inventing something entirely new that would fit within one of them, however the execution is flat, inconsequential, and boring. Not a remix of the Uncharted theme during a climactic shootout, padded up to that point by generic action muzak, comes to life.
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Sneakerella is a contemporary reimagining of Cinderella set in New York, inspired by El (Chosen Jacobs), a young sneaker designer who falls for the daughter (Lexi Underwood) of a famous basketball player (John Salley) while pursuing his ambitions of becoming the big fan.
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The film starring Keith Thomas Firestarter takes on the 21st century in the Stephen Kings 1980 sci-fi thriller and it features Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky Lemmon, two parents who as college students took part in a secret government experiment that granted them special powers. When their daughter, Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) manifests strong pyrokinetic abilities after her 11th birthday, the family take on the run to protect against government officials who were attracted to her. Firestarter
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Both of the Firestarter films are competing on the same level as Fast Coloror Midnight Special, which includes horror-themed horror films. But sometimes in the world of remakes and Stephen King adaptations, however, the performance may be a little improved. Firestarter 2022 is a major improvement from the original, given that it has a handful of redeeming qualities rather than virtually none at all.
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The Sadness, a brutal zombie film developed by Garth Ennis in the crossed series, is accompanied by a young couple in Taiwan who is looking for each other at the start of a zombie epidemic. This film, which is somewhat gruesome, is less mind-eating and more pure sadism.
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With the grotesque, a lot of great films have played quite well, but many have struggled to digest this one. In many cases, exploitation horror films like Wes Cravens'' 1977 remake of The Hills Have Eyes don''t involve more shame and finesse. (Jabbaz has a habit of recollecting the audience, in the most often humorous ways, about the perpetrators they committed.) When faced with these kinds of extremes, The Sadness comes to absurdity too
The Matrix Resurrections
Where to watch this video: HBO Max is available.
The Matrix Resurrections, a post-cyberpunk love story and heist movie from Lana Wachowski, is eighteen years after the conclusion of the Matrix trilogy. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both returning stars. The Matrix Resurrections, a twisted, strange, and profoundly personal sequel to the 1999 series, is much more audacious and singular than the original.
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The Matrix Resurrections is about doing the impossible. On a very basic level, its about making a follow-up to the Matrix trilogy, which breaks technical and narrative ground the way it was created. It is also a kick-ass work of sci-fi action propulsive, stunning, and yet yet intimate that opens up to the wider audience.
Where can I see it? HBO Max is available for download.
The final outline of Old, based on M. Night Shyamalan, is as hazy and creepy as you would expect from the film alone. After a family vacationing at a tropical resort, the movie takes a dark turn when they and fellow guests at the resort discover themselves trapped on a mysterious beach without any inclination to escape.
The bodies of the deceased are rapidly expanding and deteriorating at an alarming rate, forcing the group to seek for a path to safety before their bodies become trapped into dust. One of the people on the beach, played by Aaron Pierre, is a rapper known as Mid-Sized Sedan. Really.
From our review:
The narrative and direction of Shyamalans are both emotional and emotional, but the plot is surprisingly clear about children. While its title and theme are intended to emphasise an adult fear of age and death, it is also a sentimental film. However, Trent, who is precocious and smart, is retracing facts and makes friends, and his older sister Maddox, who is forced into adulthood without any guidance at all.
Where to find it: Netflix is available for download.
Vijay (Master) stars as an ex-spy who is left to his own devices to stop a terrorist attack at a mall. Expect banger action sequences, musical numbers, and Vijay''s usual leading-man charm.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War
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SAC_2045 Sustainable War is a theatrical remake of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 that encapsulates the 12-episode arc of Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramakis CG anime into a two-hour run time. Set in the year 2045, Motoko Kusanagi and her mercenary group of former Public Security Section 9 members are re-recruited to investigate and combat an entirely different existential threat to humanity.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sustainable War might be the best opportunity for fanatics of the venerable cyberpunk franchise to see what this new season will all be about, especially with the second season approaching.
Where to watch it: Available for Netflix
During World War II, Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen have been involved in an elaborate counter-intelligence task with a corpse and falsified papers in order to save tens of thousands of Allied soldiers and break apart Nazi Germanys.
The Getaway King
Where to go and when to watch it: Available on Netflix
In the midst of the Berlin Wall''s collapse and the changing structure of history, the action-comedy crime drama The Getaway King is based on Zdzisaw Najmro, a glitzy street thief who was sentenced to 29 years in prison. After meeting and falling in love with his new girlfriend, Najmro discovers his new identity.
Where to look: Netflix is available to download.
In this different take on a high school comedy, Rebel Wilson stars as a former cheerleader. After a catastrophic fall results in a 20-year coma, Stephanie (Wilson) returns to high school as a 37-year-old woman, hoping to return to what she lost and become a prom queen.
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Catwoman: Hunted, which is inspired by Japanese animation, stars vigilante cat burglar Selina Kyle as she approaches an additional star-studded heist. When shell gets to the aid of Batwoman in order to protect her own skin and reappears on top. Written by Greg Weisman (Gargoyles) and directed by Shinsuke Terasawa (XXHolic), Catwoman: Hunted, which appears to be the most capable DC in history to develop its own superheroine-themed take
Where to look out for: Available for $6.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu
Christina Ricci stars in this horror film about a woman and her young son who move to a distant house to escape her abusive ex-husband. This is because when their mother and child start seeing monsters in and around the house, it threatens their sanity as well as their physical well-being.
From our review:
Monstrous is riffing on pulp fiction from the 1950s, Twilight Zone chills, and the mix of fear and desire inspired by something foreign and unknown ruffling the surface of a hermetic, orderly society. But where the film was influenced by Chris Sivertson and directed by Carol Chrest, Monstrous brings a straightforward approach to material that has even more on the surface.
Where to look out for: Amazon, Apple, and Vudu are both available for $6.99.
The 87-minute shark thriller from James Nunn (One Shot) is a shark thriller. When a group of friends on vacation steal some Jet Skis for fun and end up crashing them, they try to make their way back to the quagmire.