Yes, it’s that time again- the weekend, and time to review new movies and TV shows added to the big three streaming sites, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. So lets get right to it!
There are some big additions to Hulu this weekend, the biggest being Wonder, the 2017 comedy drama based on the bestselling book of the same name. About a boy with Treacher-Collins Syndrome, which abnormally shaped his face, Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic and Mandy Patinkin. A heartfelt movie that isn’t too corny, it gets an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8/10 on IMDb. Also new on Hulu is the newest episode of the Hulu original Into The Dark, Flesh and Blood. Another horror story that take place on a holiday, this month Thanksgiving, Flesh and Blood, as a young girl with agoraphobia tries to recover from her mother’s unsolved murder. Of course,that isn’t all, but I don’t want to give anything away. It stars Diana Silvers, Dermot Mulroney, Tembi Locke and Meredith Salenger, and though it may be a little long, it gets a 7.5/10 on IMDb. So, if you’re going into withdrawal for horror after Halloween, this should do the trick. Hulu has also added The 12th Man, a 2017 Norwegian drama. It’s the story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter, and his escape from the Nazis to neutral Sweden in 1943. It stars Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Julia Bache-Wiig and Kim Jøran Olsen. And it gets an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.4/10 on IMDb. And, finally, in case you do need more horror, Hulu has added 28 Days Later, the classic from 2002. Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson , Megan Burns and Christopher Eccleston, this is the post-apocalyptic tale of a world beset by violence after a highly contagious virus is let loose. It is directed by Danny Boyle and gets an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6./10 on IMDb.
Netflix, too, has added some good stuff this month, including Patriot Act, with Hasan Minhaj. The Daily Show alumnus Minhaj gives us a new episode every week of humor based on the news, politics, etc., but this show isn’t too political. Minhaj joked about it’s similarity to Ted Talks, and he’s not too far off, he’s actually informative, as well as funny. And the show gets a 7.5/10 on IMDb. I’m watching. A dark new show on Netflix is Girl From Nowhere, a Thai series. It’s about a mysterious girl who transfers to different schools, finding the bullies there and exposing lies. It stars Chicha Amatayakul, Kunchanuj Kengkarnka, Morakot Liu and Panjaree Nantarat and it gets an 8.6/10(! ) on IMDb. Netflix has also added Orson Welles final movie, The Other Side of the Wind. This was what Welles called his “comeback movie” and is a mockumentary about the passing of “classic Hollywood” and the new avant-garde film making of the ’70’s. Netflix paid for the completion of this film, and it stars John Huston, Oja Kodar, Peter Bogdanovich, Bob Random and Susan Strasburg. And it gets a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. As a companion piece, Netflix also added They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, a 2018 doc about the making of The Other Side of the Wind. Directed by Morgan Neville, it’s got some wonderful clips from the making of the movie, in 1970, and some inside information on some of Welles‘ techniques. And it gets an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.6/10 on IMDb. Netflix has also added Gun City, a 2018 Spanish Netflix film. This is a period piece, set in Barcelona in 1921, amidst anarchists and rebels, where a policeman seeks to find the some stolen army guns. It covers such and interesting period in Spain, and stars Luis Tosar, Michelle Jenner, Vicente Romero and Paco Tous. It gets a 6.4/10 on IMDb. And, finally, Netflix has the amazing documentary The Last Tigers of Scotland, from 2017. Directed by Leanne Gater, this film is about the Scottish Wildcats, which are barely holding onto existence in Scotland. It’s narrated by Ian Glen, is beautifully shot and gets a 6.2/10 on IMDb. Well worth viewing and they’re darling cats!
The most exciting addition on Amazon, this week, has to be Homecoming, with Julia Roberts. This is a cryptic thriller, that features a caseworker(Roberts) at a facility to transition soldiers back into civilian life, only to leave mysteriously to become a waitress and live with her mother. Her mother is played by Sissy Spacek(!)and other costars include Bobby Carnavale, Shea Wigham and Alex Karpovsky and is directed by Sam Esmail(Mr. Robot). And Homecoming gets a whopping 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Oh and Amazon has Mr. Robot, the aforementioned series, directed by Sam Esmail. this is the USA series starring Rami Malek(Bohemian Rhapsody), as a cybersecurity engineer and hacker, who joins a group of hacktivists, working for Mr. Robot, an insurrectionist group working to erase all debt. It also stars Carly Chalkin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom and Christian Slater, and Malek has won an Emmy for his role here. And it gets a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.6/10 on IMDb. And Amazon has another great series available, Patriot, the Amazon original starring Michael Dorman. In Patriot, an intelligence officer must go undercover in a Milwaukee industrial piping plant. It also stars Kathleen Munroe, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chemus and Aliette Ophelm and gets an 81% on Rotten Tomatoesthis speca and an 8.2/10 on IMDb. Amazon also has People on Sunday, a silent film from 1930. This stunning movie features the early work of many great masters, including Billy Wilder(screenplay), Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer(directors), Curt Siodmak(story), Fred Zinnemann(cinematography) and Eugen Schufftan(cinematography). This is a neo-realist film, following every day people through their Sundays in Berlin during the Weimar Republic. And it gets an astounding 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. So watch already. Amazon has also added The Motorcyle Diaries, the 2004 classic from Argentina. This tells the story of young Che Guevara, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, and his journeys through South America that would spur him to action as a revolutionary. It also stars Rodrigo de la Serna, Mercedes Morán and Jean Pierre Noher, and is directed by Walter Salles. Robert Redford was even an executive producer , and it won multiple awards,including in Cannes and the Academy Awards. And it gets an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. And, finally, Amazon has added The Adventures of TinTin the 2011 animated movie from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. This is a motion-capture film, which is not my favorite, but it is the tales of Tintin, the great explorer in the comics by Herge. It stars Jamie Bell, Adam Serkis and Daniel Craig, and Tintin goes from Belgium, to Morocco in search of a pickpocket and a treasure. And it gets a 7.3/10 on IMDb!
So sit back, relax and binge this weekend, on the wonderful movies and television shows available on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime!