This week on HBO Max, there are a couple of great movies to put on your radar. Friday, catch Heart Of Mezquite (2019), a moving drama about a young Mexican woman who learns to play the harp, an instrument traditionally played by men in her indigenous community. Prepare to feel good as Lucia’s music brings her closer to her strict father.
Saturday, look Stranger (2020). The black horror comedy is a riff from Scream and Freaky Friday, except our hero Millie swaps the body with a serial killer, played by an incredibly flamboyant Vince Vaughn. This silly slasher premise is carried out safely and charmingly, even with a hint of character development for our heroine (an exceptional Kathryn Newton), who takes hilarious revenge on her goons.
Other recent arrivals include Tom and Jerry (2021), Space Jam: a new legacy, The Empty Man (2020) other Baby Shiva (2021). Thanks to WarnerMedia’s Launch plan, main launches of 2021 have come to HBO Max, including the musical and horror movie The incantation: the devil made me do it. If you don’t like any of them, HBO Max has a ton of classics from Criteria collection and a small collection of quality originals, which you can use below.
This is a sweet little gem on HBO Max. Non-pregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a duo of friends cross states where pregnant teenager Veronica (Richardson) can have an abortion. Yes, it comes down to the pro-choice issue, with Veronica’s parents refusing to give her permission to have an abortion. But it also fits into the key cog in all road trip movies, and shows a beautiful friendship between the two leads.
A coming-of-age drama starring motorcycles. Charm City Kings stars a fresh, young cast, including Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Mouse, a 14-year-old drawn into the Baltimore cycling world, much to his mother’s dismay. The film’s strengths lie in its impressive young talent and its strong directing of scenes involving motorcycle action. Additionally, WandaVision fans will see Teyonah Parris in a supporting role. It is not perfect, but there is a lot to admire.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
80s fanatic? Including that cinematic style? The Wonder Woman sequel leans heavily on its inspirations, which will either take you back to pleasantly simple versions of adventure and heroism, or really tease you with a no-nonsense plot and slow pace. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince has not passed the death of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), working at the Smithsonian, where an ancient artifact starts a world of trouble and forces her to make some tough decisions. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the cast. Colorful and light escapism.
Also known as The Snyder Cut. This is for the crowd of Zack Snyder fans who campaigned for the director to have a second chance at ending Justice League, after he was forced to leave before completion due to personal tragedy. Joss Whedon came in, but the 2017 theatrical version was a critical and box office failure. Now, a four-hour director’s cut of Snyder is ready on HBO Max, with a slew of new scenes, a couple of new villains, and the spectacular epilogue. If you agree with Snyder’s slow motion style, his strikingly different original vision is worth checking out.
If ever there was a movie that gets better with multiple repeats, it’s a start. Thanks to its release on HBO Max, you can now understand the plot that accompanies its spectacular images. John David Washington plays the protagonist, whose name is a subtle hint of his James Bond mission to prevent a world-destroying attack from the future. The protagonist learns to manipulate the flow of time with the help of Robert Pattinson’s elegant Neil. Possibly the most Christopher Nolan of the Christopher Nolan films, Tenet is as entertaining as it is cerebral.
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Sadly, Godzilla vs. Kong is no longer available (it will be again at some point in the future), after staying on the streamer for a month after its launch in March. Why is it still on this list? To remind you to look forward to the other movies that will appear on HBO Max during its month-long window as part of WarnerMedia’s cinematic and streaming simultaneous release plan. Coming soon: The Suicide Squad (August 6), Dune (October 1) and The Matrix 4 (December 22).
Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this surprising romantic comedy film from Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). The film was written and filmed during the confinement, and the pandemic actually appears as the backdrop for the film. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a couple planning to rob a jewelry store in London while most of the stores are closed. Their relationship has struggled in the confinement, and they reevaluate a thing or two amid their crazy mischief. It’s not the most refined movie, but you’re mostly in it because of Hathaway and Ejiofor’s charisma. The inclusion of the pandemic will either intrigue you or alienate you.
Whether you like this or not probably depends on how much you like Seth Rogen. You get a lot from him: He stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first playing Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish worker who immigrated to America in 1919. He finds work in a pickle factory, and this is where things get weird. – falls into a jar of pickles that keeps it for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 in Brooklyn and hangs out with his great-grandson Ben, also played by Seth Rogen. If you embrace this creative premise, then this is a great low-key comedy for the smaller screen with impressive chemistry between Rogen and Rogen.
Meryl Streep playing an eccentric author in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What else you need to know? If you want to know more: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) is struggling to finish her next book, haunted by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She goes on a cruise with old friends, who inspired her best-known work. The tensions are strong. It looks great, Soderbergh uses sharp, natural light, and most of the dialogue is impromptu. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges, and the rest of the impeccable cast have fun with it.
This is a bit of a novel inclusion. See what Robert Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their retelling of the Roald Dahl classic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a boy who is turned into a mouse by the occasionally CGI Grand Witch of Hathaway. No one says it looks like the 1990 Anjelica Huston original, but it’s intriguing enough to take a look.
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