HBO Max: the 10 best movies to stream this week
Thanks to WarnerMediarelease plan, major 2021 releases are hitting HBO Max fast, including Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It on Friday. But the only thing you really need to know is that the eight the movies are back on the streamer. Look at them now, they are leaving at the end of June.
If none of these appeal to you, HBO Max has plenty of classics from the Criterion Collection and a small collection of quality originals, which you can browse below.
It’s a sweet little gem on HBO Max. Non-pregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo travel across states where pregnant teenager Veronica (Richardson) can have an abortion. Yes, this is the issue of pro-choice, with Veronica’s parents refusing to give her permission to have an abortion. But it also fits into the key equipment of all road trip films, illustrating a beautiful friendship between the two protagonists.
A coming-of-age drama with motorcycles. Charm City Kings stars a fresh young cast, including Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Mouse, a 14-year-old swept away by the Baltimore biking world, much to his mother’s dismay. The strength of the film lies in its impressive young talents and its strong staging of motorcycle action scenes. Additionally, WandaVision fans will see Teyonah Parris in a supporting role. Not perfect, but a lot to admire.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Fan of the 80s? Including what style of achievement? The sequel to Wonder Woman leans heavily on her inspirations, which will either take you back to pleasantly straightforward versions of adventure and heroism, or genuinely bore you with absurd plot and slow pacing. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince hasn’t budged from the death of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), working at the Smithsonian where an ancient artifact sets off a world of trouble and forces him to make some tough decisions. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the cast. Colorful and light escape.
Aka The Snyder Cut. This one is for the many Zack Snyder fans who campaigned for the director to get a second chance to finish Justice League, after being forced to leave before the end due to personal tragedy. Joss Whedon stepped in, but the 2017 theatrical release was a critical and box office failure. Now, a four-hour Director Snyder cut is ready on HBO Max, with a ton of new scenes, a few new villains, and the spectacular epilogue. If you’re ok with Snyder’s slow-motion style, it’s worth checking out his remarkably different original take.
If there’s ever been a movie that gets better with multiple covers, it’s Tenet. Thanks to its release on HBO Max, you can now understand the intrigue that accompanies its spectacular visuals. John David Washington stars as the protagonist, whose name is a subtle hint of his James Bond mission to prevent a destructive attack on the world – from the future. The protagonist learns to manipulate the flow of time with the help of Robert Pattinson’s debonair Neil. Perhaps the most Christopher Nolan of Christopher Nolan’s films, Tenet is as entertaining as he is cerebral.
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Sadly, Godzilla vs Kong is no longer available (it will be available again in the future), after hanging out on the streamer for a month after its March release. Why is he still on this list? As a reminder to look forward to the other films that will appear on HBO Max for their month-long window as part of WarnerMedia’s simultaneous theatrical and streaming release plan. Upcoming: In The Heights (June 11), The Suicide Squad (August 6), Dune (October 1) and The Matrix 4 (December 22). Plus, Mortal Kombat is leaving soon, so grab it while you still can.
Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this surprising romantic comedy film by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). The film was written and shot during the lockdown, and the pandemic actually features in the backdrop of the film. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a couple who plan to rob a jewelry store in London when most stores are closed. Their relationship struggled during the lockdown, and they are reassessing a thing or two in the midst of their insanity. It’s not the most polished movie, but you’re there mostly for Hathaway and Ejiofor’s charisma. The inclusion of the pandemic will intrigue or distract you.
Whether you like it or not probably depends on how much you like Seth Rogen. You get a lot from him – he stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first playing Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish laborer who emigrated to America in 1919. He found work in a pickle factory – and it was there. that things get weird – falls into a vat of pickles that keeps it for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 in Brooklyn and hangs out with his great-grandson Ben, also played by Seth Rogen. If you embrace that creative premise, then it’s a great low-key comedy for the small screen with awesome Rogen and Rogen chemistry.
Meryl Streep plays an eccentric author in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What else do you need to know? If you want to know more: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) struggles to finish her next book, being chased by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She boards a cruise ship with old friends, who have inspired her best-known work. Tensions are high. It looks great – Soderbergh uses bright, natural light – and most of the dialogue is improvised. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the rest of the flawless cast have fun with it.
This one is a bit of a novelty inclusion. Find out what Robert Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their tale of the Roald Dahl classic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a young boy who is transformed into a mouse by the great witch of Hathaway on occasion in CGI. No one is saying it comes close to Anjelica Huston’s 1990 original, but it’s intriguing enough to take a quick look at.
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