“The suicide squad” and more
Each week, our team of film & television experts examine the entertainment landscape to select the top ten new / new movies available for you to stream at home. We have given our selections a lot of thought, and our debates about what to include and what not to include can get a little passionate at times and feelings can be hurt, but so be it. is an important service to you, our readers. That said, here are our picks for this week.
1. The suicide squad (HBO Max)
It’s time, once again, to take on Suicide Squad, DC’s team of villains who unite to wreak havoc and / or save the day. This is led by guardians of the galaxy mastermind James Gunn and stars everyone from Margot Robbie (like Harley Quinn, of course) to Idris Elba and Joel Kinnaman to Sylvester Stallone (like a giant CGI speaking shark). It all sounds weird and fun and is exactly what you need in a summer weekend movie. And then when you’re done, you can click on it and gorge yourself on the Harley Quinn animated series on the same streaming service. Big weekend for you. Watch it on HBO Max.
2. Jungle cruise (Disney +)
While the plot is a bit convoluted in the second half of the film, the dazzling, movie-star-worthy performances of The Rock, Emily Blunt, and Jesse Plemons make this an entertaining film worth watching. Set in 1916, this movie about a race to be the first to reach a tree with magical healing powers has a distinct Indiana Jones / Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe. In fact, a few scenes play out as tributes to those earlier films. And Jesse Plemons seems to have the time of his life playing the villain in this movie, and who on God’s Green Earth doesn’t love Jesse Plemons ?! Watch it on Disney +.
3. Black Widow (Disney + Premium)
Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff finally gets a good start in this actor who aims to get back to basics but is more successful on a personal level. The film fills many gaps following the events of Captain America: Civil War, but more importantly, we get women kicking in well-choreographed fight scenes and an emotionally resonant story that introduces us to the inner Natasha, as exemplified by Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. She may be the only person in the world who is allowed to tease Natasha, and their dynamic (and the chemistry between Scarlett and Florence) reigns supreme. The film also allows David Harbor to perform grunt-filled face work with a savage accent as the ladies whirl around him in hand-to-hand combat. He’s a winner. Watch it on Disney + Premium.
4. Pork (VOD)
It is Nicolas Cage who tracks down his enemies after the disappearance of his dear truffle sniffer pig. And it’s supposedly good. Like, really, honestly good, not Fun / Bad Good. You really can’t ask for much more from a movie. Or anything else, really. Find it on the VOD service of your choice.
5. Zola (VOD)
If you were on Twitter in 2015, you probably remember the first time you heard Zola’s Story. It was Homer’s Odyssey of stripper journeys, distilled in viral thread form, and it captivated an entire generation of drama-obsessed cultural vultures. Its film adaptation channels the same chaos that made it so captivating to follow our timelines, adding a seedy aspect that can make parts of it difficult to understand. But what does Zola so undeniably enjoyable is her unexpected approach to empowering women led by her two stars, Taylor Paige and Riley Keough who wield stripper heels and cut the shadows to translate a pretty clear warning: watch out who your are. friends. Watch it on the VOD output of your choice.
6. F9 (VOD)
Yes sure it hit theaters earlier in the summer and you probably / hopefully caught it then, but now it’s available to rent or own so why not. would you not see again? Name another movie that sent Ludacris and Tyrese into space in a jet Pontiac. Take all the time you need. And then track him down on VOD.
7. Vivo (Netflix)
What we have here looks like an extremely cute musical with a loaded cast (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, Gloria Freakin Estefan) and a sweet premise. From the studio: “A music lover kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.” Get the kids together if you need an excuse and see if the tears of joy flow. Watch it on Netflix.
8. Milkshakes with powder (Netflix)
It’s such a shame that it took Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett and Paul Giamatti so long to star together in an assassin movie, but at least it finally happened. Thank you, Milkshakes with powder, for giving people (me) what they asked for. Watch it on Netflix.
9. Summer of Soul (… Or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised) (Hulu)
Questlove’s loving documentary about the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival, Summer of Soul (… Or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised), features performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mavis Staples and BB King. To quote * another concert * from the 1960s, play it fucking loud. Watch it on Hulu.
ten. Val (Amazon)
The short version goes something like this: Val Kilmer has been pointing a camera at himself for about 40 years and now all of that footage – and more – has been edited and compiled and massaged into a revealing documentary that touches on the very nature of glory. Val Kilmer is a fascinating guy. Not everyone can turn four decades of home movies into an interesting watch. Most of us can’t, in fact. It’s all pretty impressive. Watch it on Amazon Prime.