Do Revenge, a teenage black comedy film from Netflix, will be released this weekend. There's plenty to choose from when it comes to this weeks slate of new streaming and VOD titles.
Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Millers highly anticipated follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, the 2022 thriller-drama Breaking starring John Boyega and the late Michael K. Williams, the Goodnight Mommy American remake with Naomi Watts and streaming on Prime Video, and the Channing Tatum-led drama Dog on Prime Video.
Here are the top picks for streaming and renting this weekend to assist you in deciding what to watch tonight.
Where to find it: Netflix is offering a streamable program.
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From our evaluation:
Do Revenge, a movie focusing on mean-girls high school, isnt a derivative or a cliche: It's a natural evolution of this type of film for 2022. Some aspects of high school are constants, but youth culture rapidly changes, so teen films especially those that adapt or pay homage to older material risk feeling outdated.
Three Thousand Years of Longing
Where to watch: Available for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.
George Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing is based on A. S. Byatt's 1994 book The Djinn in the Nightingales Eye, which follows Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), a scholar of myths and narrative who unexpectedly removes a Djinn from a bottle he has been locked in for the past hundred years, each one revealing a story of loss, longing, and love.
From our review:
Three Thousand Years of Longing is one of those films, a story about characters who are splintered in their heads and the light that passes outside the theater that does not quite live up to the projections. They are more powerful than that. More dangerous than that. And there are few more satisfying ways to explore this than watching two people who believe they know everything there is to know about stories.
Where to watch: Peacock is available to stream on the Peacock app.
In his directorial debut, B.J. Novak takes the podcast-style mystery to the big screen, starring as a New York-based journalist who travels to Texas to investigate a disappearance.
From our review:
The fact that Ben himself is self-conscious about his possible East Coast condescension adds another layer to the movie's enjoyment. Eventually, Vengeance becomes a distended meme, following the same path as a gifted kid to committed murder investigator.
Where to find the show: On Amazon, Apple, and Vudu, it's available to rent for $19.99.
Brian Brown-Easley, a Marine Corps veteran who threatens to blow up a Wells Fargo bank in order to get the money he is due from Veterans Affairs, is played by John Boyega in the thriller Breaking.
Breaking features the late Michael K. Williams in one of his final roles as Eli Bernard, a police officer sympathetic to Brown-Easley's situation who is desperately trying to deescalate the hostage situation.
Where to find the show: Prime Video is available for streaming.
Goodnight Mommy, a psychological horror film starring Naomi Watts, is set in 2022. After arriving at their mother's secluded country house to discover her face covered in bandages, the twin boys grow to suspect that she is not their mother.
From our review:
The biggest question looming when Goodnight Mommy's English-language remake was announced, whether or not it would go as hard and end as nihilistically as the original. Not only does the remake lack the drive to even approach the original film in terms of terror and on-screen pain, but it does not really work as a film in its own right.
Naomi Watts will play the titular mother in the next film. With The Ring and Funny Games under her belt, Watts may have appeared like an easy choice for the lead of yet another American remake of a national horror film. The remakes flaws arent due to her lack of skill or effort, the issues are solely in the writing and direction.
Where to find it: Netflix has a list of shows available for streaming.
Drifting Home, a new anime adaptation by Hiroyasu Ishidas, centers on childhood friends Kosuke and Natsume, who are transported to another dimension surrounded by a vast ocean after visiting the apartment where they used to live before it was demolished. The two must now work together to find a way out of this strange world and back to their own.
From our review:
The striking animation design from Studio Colorido (Penguin Highway, A Whisker Away) adds to the film's sense of danger. Structures shift and break with believable weight, even though the driving action is about a floating structure in the ocean like a raft. The younger characters are drawn with brief, gentle lines, but Akihiro Nagae's direction never obsesses over realism.
Where to Find It: Netflix has a variety of programs available to stream.
Broad Peak is based on the real-life story of legendary Polish mountaineer Maciej Berbeka, nearly 25 years after his first unsuccessful expedition.
Where to find Prime Video content: Available for download on Prime Video
Channing Tatum has previously played a dog-man, but what about a man with a dog?
Tatum co-directed and stars as an Army Ranger mourning the death of his friend who embarks on an extended road trip to bring his friend's dog to the funeral.
Where to find movies: Available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu for $19.99
Jon Hamm will fill in for Chevy Chase as the quick-witted comedic detective in this reboot of the 1980s comedy series.
From our analysis:
The way Hamms's reboot of the series is receiving a halfhearted dual release in some theaters and on VOD suggests Miramax's lack of faith. The movie, however, affirms that. It's fleet and amusing the kind of comedy grown-up moviegoers used to see a lot more often today than they do today. But Confess, Fletch is refreshing, not only for how it uses Jon Hamm.
Available to stream on Shudder, where to find it
Peter Strickland, renowned filmmaker of The Duke of Burgundy and In Fabric, is returning with a fascinating drama set at a culinary institute. The film promises sensory overload, Stricklands typical impeccable design and attention to detail, and the spooky air you'll often find in his films.