Yes, there are more new series and movies to stream this weekend, and in the new month coming up Let’s get right to it!
There are a few good new movies available on Hulu this weekend, starting with Just Charlie, a 2017 movie from Finland. It stars Harry Gilby, Patricia Potter, Scot Williams and Peter Lloyd. It’s about a young man who is a soccer star who may be good enough to play professionally, but he is actually a girl, trapped in a boy’s body. It’s the first film to deal with being transgender, and it gets great reviews. It gets a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7/10 on IMDb. Another new movie on Hulu is The Ghoul, a 2016 thriller from Britain. It stars Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe and Geofffrey McGlyven and is directed by Gareth Hunley. It’s about a homicide detective(Meeten) faced with a seemingly bizarre double murder. Despite the fact that it’s a mystery, not a horror film, I didn’t make it all the way through, too scary. But it gets a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for two BAFTA(British Film Academy awards), so it is worth a view if you like psychological mysteries. And,also on Hulu, is Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, a documentary written and directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins. It is a history of the 59 years of Barbie, the doll. And it includes interviews with Gloria Steinem, Roxanne Gay and Peggy Orenstein, so it’s not just pap. I couldn’t find any ratings on it, but IMDb calls it ” thought provoking and unexpectedly candid.” And, finally, Hulu offers BPM(Beats Per Minute), a 2017 drama. This French movie is about the AIDS epidemic and stars Nahual Perez Biscayart, Amaud Valois and and Adele Haenel. It’s set in the 1990’s, in Paris and covers ACT UP activists and the personal effects of AIDS as well. It won four awards at Cannes and Cesar Awards as well. Definitely worth a view.
One of the newest additions to Netflix(yesterday) is Candy Jar, a 2018 Netflix original movie . It stars Christina Hendricks, Helen Hunt and Uzo Aduba in a story about the only two Debate Teams members in school, their rivalry and unexpected friendship while preparing for college. It’s too early for any reviews or star ratings, but the fact that it stars Helen Hunt is reason enough to watch for me! Another big new addition to Netflix is Bobby Kennedy For President, another Netflix Original series. It is a four hour documentary about Bobby Kennedy’s life and 83 day run for President. It contains plenty never-seen archival footage and lots of interviews with Bobby Kennedy’s associates. Again, it’s pretty early for an IMDb rating, but Rotten Tomatoes gives it 100% and Vulture calls it “heart breaking” and indiewire calls it “absorbing”. Also on new on Netflix is the Week of, a Netflix movie starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi. It’s about a two fathers on the eve of their children’s wedding and their clashing views on that event. I don’t know about this one, it gets a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.1/10 on IMDb, but it has a good cast, and Steve Buscemi in anything will please some people, so I added it. And Netflix is The Rachel Divide, a documentary about Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president who was actually white. It’s directed by Laura Brownson and it gets an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, but a 5.7/10 on IMDb, so you decide, I’m not sure about it. And, finally, on Netflix, is Psychokinesis, a Netflix movie from South Korea. It’s written and directed by Yeon Sang-Ho, the man behinds Train from Busan,a great zombie movie still available on Netflix. Psychokinesis is about a girl who suddenly acquires super powers and her fathers efforts to help her. It stars Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-kyung and Jung-min Park. I’m watching because it’s by Sang-ho, it gets a 5.9/10 on IMDb, but an 85% on Asian Wiki, which I had never even heard of before.
Amazon doesn’t offer a lot of new movies or series this week, but one good offering they have is Tokyo Vampire Hotel, a 2017 series from Japan. It’s about a girl who narrowly escapes death and the battle Tokyo faces between humans and vampires. It is directed by Sion Sono and was shown at the Chicago Film Festival, among others. It stars Ami Tomite, Shinnosuke Mitsushima and Kaho. It gets a 6.1/10 on IMDb. Also new on Amazon is the new season of Red Rock, a soap opera from Ireland. It’s set in Red Rock, Dublin and stars Jane McGrath, David Crowley and Boyko Krastanov. It’s about different members of two feuding families, and the crimes that follow them. It gets a 7.5 on IMDb and is really popular in Ireland, but it is definitely for adults, with violence and other adult themes. And, finally, new to Amazon is Secret Smile,a series from 2005. It stars Kate Ashfield, David Tennant and Claire Goose. It’s about a man(Tennant) who takes revenge after Miranda(Ashfield) breaks off their affair. Great cast, and it gets a 7/10 on IMDb.
So take it easy this weekend and binge a little on the great movies and series available streaming!