This week, after a brief break in new film releases, it's probably the most busy week of the year thus far: Hulu launches the new Predator film, which is fantastic! ), three big animated films (Lightyear, Luck, and Belle) make their streaming debuts, Uncharted finally launches on Netflix, and two Best Picture nominees Licorice Pizza and Belfast finally launch on streaming.
There's also a new Ron Howard documentary on Peacock's Thai cave rescue, a new Minions film, an intriguing horror film starring Rebecca Hall, and so much more.
This weekend, here's all you can expect to see at home.
Where to find it: Hulu is offering to stream content.
Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water) is cast in Dan Trachtenberg's prequel to the long-running Predator film franchise, where she discovers the prey she thought she was stalking is a vicious headhunter from another world, intent on murdering humans for sport.
From our review:
Prey is a film about a young lady on a collision course with a cool skull mask; the other members of the Narus tribe are there to naysay and/or become Predator fodder, sometimes from far above for lay-of-the-land setting shots, and sometimes giving the camera just enough room for a complete view of obstacles, like a particularly sticky mud pit.
Where to find content: Netflix is offering a streaming option.
Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who joins together with partner-mentor Victor Sully Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to find Ferdinand Magellan's lost treasure, will be played by Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home).
According to our review:
The filmmakers have the correct idea of what makes an Uncharted action sequence, whether it's reimagining a sequence that was inspired by the games, or inventing something entirely different that might fit within one of them, like a bit involving characters battling inside pirate ships hoisted into the air by planes. Nothing even a basic action muzak adds to the story.
Where to find it: Disney Plus has a streaming option.
Lightyear, a 2022 Toy Story spinoff, is played by Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), as a human, not a toy, who accidentally crashes his exploration vehicle on an unwelcome alien planet. He must find a new fuel source to power his ship all while battling off the mysterious Zurg and his army of killer robots.
From our analysis:
Lightyear is a flash Gordon-style space adventure packed with fast-moving alien creepy-crawlies, snarlish banter, and surprising, silly moments about the future. It's no wonder all this would appeal to Andy and his generation, who likely view it in the same light as 6-year-olds in our world: as an exciting adventure through a world filled with killer robots, creepy monsters, and cool laser swords.
But Lightyear is perfectly suited to be more than a thoughtful meditation on the passing of time. All of its main points emphasize the need to connect with people and live in the present rather than the past. It is a warning about all the things we might miss if we focus on past mistakes rather than letting them go.
Where to find HBO Max content: Available for streaming on HBO Max
Belle, a sci-fi fantasy anime by Mamoru Hosodas, follows Suzu, a reserved high school student living in a rural area. Suzu finds solace and validation by escaping into the massive online world of U, where her virtual alter-ego Belle is a globally recognized pop singer. After one of her performances is interrupted by a mysterious figure known as the Dragon, Suzu sets out in search of him in an attempt to comprehend their unspoken connection.
From our analysis:
The simple message in Beauty and the Beast (or at least the 1991 Disney remake) is that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. With the ambitious, decisively uncynical new anime film Belle, mamoru Hosoda expands the story for the internet age. Enchanted singing candlesticks transform into mewling AIs, but the director of Mirai and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time pushes the core message one step further by arguing for the life-changing bonds that
Where to find HBO Max content: Available to stream on HBO Max
Belfast was at one point a frontrunner for a semi-autobiographical film about a youngster growing up in the late 1960s, and it finally gets its streaming debut just a year after it was released.
Oli Welshs' argument about why it deserved to win Best Picture:
Belfast is a sincere, heartfelt film that tries to remember a time and place that mean a lot to Branagh. It's also a funny movie, and well performed. The lovely younger couple adds some unrealistic but far from unwelcome movie star glamor to the kitchen-sink drama.
Where to watch: Prime Video is available for streaming.
Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, and Benny Safdie are among the 2022 Oscar nominees.
Joshua Riveras' piece on why it merited to win Best Picture:
Licorice Pizza is a film that's crafted with care and care that makes it a pleasant walkabout. This is the tendency that makes comedies, which denotes a palpable effort. It's also a relationship that isnt really about two people in love as much as it is about two people demonstrating something to themselves in the early stages of a turbulent decade.
Where to find it: On Apple and Vudu, you may rent it for $6.99.
Rebecca Hall (The Night House) plays Margaret, a well-known pharmaceutical executive and single parent whose carefully organized life is put in jeopardy when David (Tim Roth), a charismatic and manipulative man from her past, returns to torment her.
According to our review, there are three main areas of contention.
Resurrection is bound to be a divisive film. It's actively trying to enthuse the general public, which some may find more disorienting than anything that actually happens in the film. However, the fact remains that this is an audacious film that invites viewers to take its hand and take a trip to some particularly dark, bizarre, and horrific places. Its holding onto its ground with a strength that is strong enough to keep it from slipping into absurdity.
Where to Find Prime Video
Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton, and Tom Bateman star in Ron Howard's latest film.
Where to watch: Apple TV Plus is now available for streaming.
Luck, a computer animated fantasy comedy set in 2022, follows Sam (Eva Noblezada), the so-called unluckiest person in the world, who unwittingly stumbles into a centuries-long conflict between the forces of good and evil luck.
Where to find movies: Netflix is available for streaming.
The Villainess director Jung Byung-gil's Korean action film caught our attention when it was released in July, and its finally here to wreak havoc on your thoughts (and maybe literally, in the case of the protagonist). With thrilling action sequences packed to the brim with high-wire stunts, get your popcorn ready.
Peacock is available to stream on Peacock.
The latest horror film from Blumhouse Productions is set at a conversion camp, stars Kevin Bacon, and is the directorial debut of three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Gladiator, Skyfall).
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Where to watch: On Amazon, Apple, and Vudu, available for rent for $19.99.
Minions: The Rise of Gru, the fifth installment in the Despicable Me film franchise and the birth of many, many memes, follows the story of a young Gru (Steve Carell) and his ascension to supervillainy with the help of a colorful army of mischief-making minions.
From our evaluation:
The Rise of Gru, the sixth installment of Illumination Entertainment's most popular science fiction film, has to do its thing, get out, and not be a teeth-gnashing pain for long.
Where to find Netflix content: It is now available to stream on Netflix.
This German dark comedy follows a con man whose life seems to be dictated by karmic balance and who tries to avoid doing anything good for himself. When he falls in love and joins the mob, things become much more difficult for him.
Dont Blame Karma!
Where to find it: Netflix is offering a streaming service.
Netflix. This week, not one, but two karma-focused films.
This Mexican romantic comedy follows a fashion designer who is certain she has bad luck and believes her younger sister is blessed with good fortune. This belief is tested to the limit when her sister and an old crush get engaged.
What to watch: Netflix has a stream available.
Tom Dey's romantic comedy (Shanghai Noon, Failure to Launch) follows two young people who are under enormous pressure to get married. They decide to fake a relationship ahead of a series of weddings to attend.
Where to Find Netflix Dismantled
This Hindi dark comedy follows a woman who discovers her abusive husband unexpectedly leaving her. The woman and her mother track him down and plot their revenge.
What to watch: Available on Shudder, where can you find it?
Allegoria, a horror film about a heavy metal artist, a painter, a sculptor, and a rock band, follows their journey as their troubles, anxieties, and anxieties manifest into a slew of terrifying creatures.
What Josiah Saw
Where to watch: Shudder is now available for streaming.
Robert Patrick and Nick Stahl star in this horror film from director Vincent Grashaw, which has been touring the country since it was released. It won several awards at five of them, including Best Cinematography at Screamfest and Best Actor for Stahl at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Where to watch: On Amazon, Apple, and Vudu, available to rent for $19.99.
Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, and Lambert Wilson star in the third adaptation of the 1958 novel. Manville is Mrs. Harris, a cleaning lady and a widow who receives a long-awaited sum of money from her husband's death in World War II. She decides to use it to go on an adventure to Paris, with a particular focus on Dior dresses, a favorite of hers.
Gone in the Night
On Amazon, Apple, and Vudu, you may rent something for $6.99.
Eli Horowitz and Winona Ryder co-created this thriller set in a cabin in the woods. Kath (Ryder) and her boyfriend are surprised to discover another couple in the same property theyve rented, and Kath is even more surprised when her boyfriend leaves them with one of them the next day.