It’s a great time to be a streamer! This year, HBO Max is releasing Warner Bros.’ entire theatrical slate as soon as the movies hit theaters, and Netflix is releasing a new original film every week. Streaming services constantly change up their movie offerings, but this year there are more movies than ever to look forward to! Fortunately, we’re keeping track of them all for you. Every week, we compile the best new movies to join Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max. Remember to keep checking back!
The Woman in the Window (2021)
Based on the bestselling novel by Tracy Letts, this thriller features an all-star cast, including Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, and Julianne Moore. Anna Fox (Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who is drawn to keep an eye on the perfect family across the street from her New York City brownstone. But when she’s watching one night, she inadvertently witnesses a brutal crime, turning her life completely upside down.
Alexandre Aja (Crawl) is back at it with the sci-fi horror in this bone-chilling film about a young woman (Mélanie Laurent) who wakes up in a cryogenic pod after an untold amount of time and in an unfamiliar place. She has no idea who she is or how she ended up there. All she knows is she’s running out of oxygen and must rebuild her memory if she’s going to survive.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)
The directorial debut of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) strikes back with this pre-apocalyptic romp about a family of unlikely heroes. Katie Mitchell sets out on a road trip to her first year at film school, accompanied by her parents, younger brother, and beloved dog. But their family bonding plans are put on hold when the world’s electronic devices suddenly come to life and stage an uprising. Now, the Mitchells — along with two friendly robots — are humanity’s only hope to head off the new technological revolution.
“Say hello to my little friend!” It’s Scarface, now streaming on Netflix. This beloved gangster movie follows the rise of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) after earning a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official. Arriving in Miami, Tony quickly stakes a claim in the drug trade and, through unconscionable brutality, rises to the top of the cocaine racket in the city. But as pressure from police, drug wars, and his own drug-fueled paranoia rises, Tony’s downfall comes about nearly as abruptly as his rise.
Mystic River (2003)
The past collides with the present after the daughter of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered. Turns out, two of Jimmy’s childhood friends are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins) was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon) is the homicide detective in charge of the case. As Sean’s investigation proceeds, Jimmy takes up his own investigation, eventually suspecting Dave and teetering toward taking justice into his own hands.
Saint Maud (2021)
Writer-director Rose Glass’s debut film is absolutely goosebump-inducing. Maud (Morfydd Clark) is a newly devout hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul in a grim, dark world. But as Maud attempts to intercede on behalf of the divine, sinister forces and her own past sins swirl against her, threatening her mission and her sanity.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Before Gillian Anderson on The Crown, Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of resolute British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady takes place in Thatcher’s twilight years, reflecting on her life and career as she prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband. Thatcher was the daughter of a Grantham grocer and shattered the glass ceiling to become the United Kingdom’s first woman prime minister, remaining in power for 11 years. A deeply polarizing character, Thatcher had an unyielding will and was often callous towards both aristocrats and the working class alike, but despite rankling many feathers, she remains one of the U.K.’s most respected and memorable politicians.
A highlight from the Daniel Craig Bond era — from the hit theme song to surprisingly high stakes — Skyfall is one of the best the Bond franchise has to offer. When James Bond’s latest assignment goes terribly wrong, undercover agents around the world are exposed and MI6 is attacked. Completely compromised, M (Judi Dench) must relocate the agency, turning to the one man she can trust: Bond. Untethered from the agency, Bond takes to the shadows to track down Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M’s past who wants to settle an old score and does not care about collateral damage.
One of the most beloved action/sci-fi movies of all time, Predator is peak Arnold Schwarzenegger and peak ’80s action. Arnold plays Dutch, a mercenary hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But upon his team’s arrival, they soon realize something has gone horribly wrong. They continue to find dead bodies, slowly discovering that they’re being hunted by a brutal alien creature with the ability to camouflage into its surroundings.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The movie that put Quentin Tarantino on the map, Reservoir Dogs was wildly innovative at the time and is still inspiring crime dramas to this day. A group of thieves assemble to pull off the perfect diamond heist, only to see it devolve into a bloody ambush when one of the men turns out to be a police informer. The movie kicks off after the heist has gone wrong and plays out through flashbacks and breadcrumbs as tensions ratchet up from scene to scene as the police close in.
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Almost Famous (2000)
Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical R-rated coming-of-age tale follows 15-year-old William (Patrick Fugit), an avid music fan in 1973 inspired by the revolutionary music of the age. That love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater. But what starts as an interview evolves into touring with the band, despite the fervent objections of his protective mother (Frances McDormand). William is suddenly slamming the gas pedal to adulthood.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Al Pacino delivers one of his best performances ever as retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. Blind and impossible to get along with, he’s in need of a caretaker, which is where Charlie (Chris O’Donnell) steps in. Charlie is in school and in order to pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving, believing Frank’s niece when she says it’ll be easy money. She’s wrong.
The Boy From Medellín (2020)
Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s newest subject is J Balvin, one of the biggest international music superstars. This documentary follows J Balvin before the most important concert of his career — a sold-out stadium show in his hometown of Medellín, Colombia. But as the performance draws closer, Colombia explodes into political unrest, forcing the musician to grapple with his responsibility as an artist to his country and to his fans around the globe. With public pressure heightening, Balvin also continues to battle the anxiety and depression that has plagued him for years. Shot entirely in the week before the concert, it’s an intimate, moving portrait of the “Prince of Reggaeton” at one of the biggest crossroads in his life.
One of the best sequels of all time, Aliens builds off of Ridley Scott’s classic original with even greater brutality and ratcheted-up stakes. Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has been stranded in space for 57 years since the events of the first film when a deep space salvage crew finally come across her ship. Unfortunately, 57 years of innovation and technological advancement is still not enough to take on the alien invasion. Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection are all streaming on Prime Video beginning May 1.
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Before you pass judgment on yet another Gerard Butler disaster movie, this one is actually pretty good! Butler plays John Garrity, united with his estranged wife and their young son as a planet-killing comet hurtles towards the Earth. Their last chance for salvation is to find sanctuary in one of the remotest areas on the planet. As the Garritys meet people along the journey, they hear terrifying accounts of entire cities being leveled and a global apocalypse appears nigh. It brings out both the best and the worst in humanity.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Initially released on HBO Max, Wonder Woman 1984 is back for both HBO and HBO Max streamers. Set decades after the first film, the film features Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) living quietly among mortals, working for the Smithsonian in the 1980s. In her downtime, she does some superhero things, having come completely into her own powers, but she’s mostly focused on her anthropological career. However, when the covetous Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) steals a mysterious artifact out from under Diana’s nose, he inherits an extraordinary power that threatens to destroy the world. Now, Diana must face off against Lord and the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), who possesses superhuman strength and agility.
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was one of the most hyped and talked about movies of 2020. Part of that was the apparent insistence to put Tenet in theaters despite a pandemic, but a larger part was the cryptic messaging of the marketing and the actors’ own admissions that they didn’t fully understand the movie themselves. Sure enough, Tenet is as mind-blowing and opaque as Nolan ever is, while continuing his trend of completely revolutionizing special effects. Visually spectacular and endlessly provocative, Tenet will stick with you for days after viewing, and you might just watch it more than once.
Dark, painful, and uncomfortably real, Precious introduces us to 16-year-old Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). She can neither read nor write, suffers constant abuse at the hands of her mother (Mo’Nique), and is pregnant by her own father for the second time. When she’s offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Precious instinctively sees a chance to turn her life around, even if she can’t quite articulate what it might be. There, she meets Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), whose patient, firm guidance helps Precious tap into herself and overcome the oppression she’s come to accept as normal.
Mortal Kombat (2021)
Warner Bros. revives the classic video game franchise with a new movie with epic stakes and truly mind-bending violence. MMA fighter Cole Young has made a career out of taking a beating for money. But when Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung sends his best warrior, Sub-Zero, to hunt Cole down, he’s forced to flee for his family’s safety, setting off on a journey that will lead him to his true heritage. At the temple of Lord Raiden, the protector of Earthrealm, Cole begins to understand the strange dragon marking he was born with and trains with the world’s most experienced warriors to stand against the forces of Outworld in a battle for the universe.
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