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The best movies to stream this week

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Want to enjoy a good movie? Me, too. That’s why I’ve gone through the release schedules of major streaming services to bring you the best original and new streaming movies to watch right now.

The choices are a bit slim this week; maybe everyone is clearing the space for the release of Zack Snyder’s space opera Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver. If space opera isn’t your thing, I’ve rounded up a diverse selection of not-exactly-new films that you’ll (probably) enjoy, including Migrationa perfectly adequate children’s film, the elevated horror and searing social commentary of GentlemenAnd Cruisinga critically panned 1980 Al Pacino vehicle that deserves a second look.

Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver

The climax of Zack Snyder’s epic sci-fi tale promises a breakneck pace, action sequences bigger than a galaxy, and heroic characters battling impossible odds with everything at stake. Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver continues the story of Kora and her surviving allies as they face Admiral Atticus Noble and the Imperium Legion. With the collective power of the Empire gathered to destroy them, this band of rebels makes a final stand to free the villagers of Veldt. In other words: it’s a vibrant space adventure.

Where to stream: Netflix

An American bombing: the road to April 19

This HBO original documentary delves into the story of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, chronicling not only the tragic explosion on April 19, but also the massive FBI investigation that followed, and the seething underground of anti-government conspiracy theorists and haters who inspired Timothy. McVeigh to commit mass murder.

Where to stream: Max

Gentlemen (2022)

The monster in this “elevated horror” film is men – not a particular group of men, but men in general. From this provocative premise, director Alex Garland builds a creepy, disturbing story that explores the cultural and historical roots of misogyny through the victimization of the film’s protagonist, Harper Marlowe (played by Jessie Buckley). In a stroke of genius, all but one of the men in the film are played by the incredibly talented Rory Kinnear, because men are basically all the same.

Where to stream: Max

Lisa Frankenstein (2024)

Mixing multiple genres is a notoriously difficult cinematic feat, but Lisa Frankenstein combines horror, dark comedy, bloodshed, romance and a coming-of-age story, is set in the 1980s and doesn’t seem to break a sweat. Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Zelda Williams, Lisa Frankenstein starring Kathryn Newton in the title role, a golden age goth chick who falls in love with a corpse paid for by Cole Sprouse. In keeping with the name “Frankenstein,” Lisa’s dead crush doesn’t stay in the grave for long, creating an unlikely romance that’s funny, weird, gross and surprisingly moving.

Where to stream: Peacock

Migration (2023)

Migration is a colorful children’s film from Illumination that tells the story of a family of ducks who migrate from New England to Jamaica for the winter. Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks portray the parents of the Mallard family, who just want to guide their two children safely south, but as a duck version of National Lampoon Holidayeverything along the journey goes comically wrong, especially when they end up in New York City. Migration is perfectly produced, mildly entertaining and fast-paced without being exhausting. The cast is excellent, with Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Keegan-Michael Key and Carol Kane all portraying different wildlife. Plus, it’s over in less than 90 minutes. What more can you ask for from a children’s film?

Where to stream: Peacock

Cruising (1980)

If you’re a classic cinema fan, check out William Friedkin’s Cruisinga hidden gem on the Criteria Channel (while you’re there, check it out literally each film on the Criterion Channel). A thriller set in the gay S&M scene of New York in the 1970s. Cruising was infamous when it was released, and was rejected by audiences and critics alike. But the passage of time has revealed a raw, intense, psychological thriller with a nuanced and enigmatic performance from Al Pacino as a cop who goes undercover to catch a serial killer and discovers things about himself instead.

Where to stream: Criterion channel

Last week’s choices

What Jennifer did

In this true crime doc, a Vietnamese immigrant couple is brutally murdered in their home, leaving investigators baffled. The sole survivor of the crime, the couple’s daughter Jennifer, blames masked intruders, but there is something suspicious about her story. What Jennifer did digs deep into this shocking crime through interrogation footage of Jennifer and interviews with the people involved, revealing a story with unexpected twists, baffling motives and a very unlikely perpetrator.

Where to stream: Netflix

The greatest hits

The greatest hits is a different kind of time travel movie. It is not concerned with the paradoxes of temporal dislocation or the science behind time machines. Instead, it’s a magical realist take on the genre, using time travel to explore memory, grief and redemption. Lucy Boynton plays Harriet, who can travel back in time when she hears music that played when her friend was alive, but she can only stay in the past for the duration of the song. Romantic time travel movies are always great Greatest hits is a worthy addition to the minor cinematic subgenre.

Where to stream: Hulu

Brandy Hellville and the cult of fast fashion

I don’t know if you know, but there is a dark side to the fashion industry. Brandy Hellville and the cult of fast fashion tells the story of a fun, eye-catching fashion brand that was once extremely popular with pre-teen and teenage girls, and takes viewers behind the scenes at the Brandy Mellville company, which turns out to be a filthy cesspool of racism and sexual exploitation. The document then goes deeper and wider with commentary on the environmental and social devastation that fast fashion factories can wreak where they are located.

Where to stream: Apple TV

Unlocked: A Prison Experiment

This documentary tells the fascinating story of a radical experiment conducted in an Arkansas prison. Faced with deteriorating conditions, inmate abuse, and a high recidivism rate, Sheriff Eric Higgins ordered all cell doors opened and gave the inmates the authority to make decisions about how the jail should be run. The goal was to see if autonomy would result in a greater sense of community, more humane incarceration, and fewer accused criminals returning to the ring. Checking out Unlocked: A Prison Experiment to see how well it worked.

Where to stream: Netflix

Blind Date book club

The Hallmark Channel could produce movies for TV on a production line schedule that rivals Henry Ford’s, but with Blind Date book club, standardization and repetition result in a romantic comedy as reliable as Model T. It’s not likely that Erin Krakow and Robert Buckley will blow anyone’s doors off as the leads in this story of love in a Nantucket bookstore, but they are nice people who are good to each other (even if they don’t realize it when they first meet). If you’re looking for a brilliant, well-made, smart but unchallenging romantic film, baby, you’ve got it source.

Stream on: Peacock