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These are the best new streaming movies this week: Mean Girls, All of Us Strangers, and more

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There is a lot to watch on the various streaming services available in 2024 — sometimes, it almost feels like too much. To simplify things for you, we’ve compiled some of the best new streaming movies to watch that are new this week.

Check out our top picks from major streamers like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and will sometimes even bring you an exciting new VOD movie or two. In addition to the latest movies from this week, we also give you other recommendations for shows that have arrived on a new streaming platform in the last 30 days. 


The best new streaming movies this week 

It was a slower week for subscription streaming platforms with only a few notable releases, which means video-on-demand titles have a stronger presence on the list this week. Click on any of the links below to jump directly to the films that catch your eye. 

Mean Girls – Feb 20, VOD

Despite being twenty years old, the legacy of Mean Girls refuses to die. Not only has the movie had an enduring place in our culture, but it also successfully translated into a popular musical back in 2017. Going full circle the musical finally made its way to the big screen earlier this year. The latest iteration tells the familiar story of a new student named Cady Heron who soon learns about the strict social hierarchy in her school and ultimately ends up becoming the target of one particularly ruthless cliche called The Plastics, led by the equally cruel Regina George. With the help of some new friends, Cady hopes to take revenge on Regina and expose the group’s true nature as mean girls. 

While the core story remains the same as the original film, the biggest change is the move to a musical format and deeper exploration of characters that were less significant in the 2004 classic. You can now watch it through Video on Demand services including Amazon (linked below). 

  • Release date: January 12, 2024
  • Genre: Musical/Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Arturo Perez Jr. 
  • Cast: Angourie Rice, Renee Rapp, Auli’i Cravalho

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken – Feb 20, Netflix

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken may have been a box office failure for Dreamworks, but don’t let that turn you off. Poor timing and an unclear title with the word “teenager” in it didn’t help this film gain any popularity but the story isn’t half bad.  The movie stars Ruby, a teenager who lives in the human world but is actually a sea creature that can transform into a powerful Kraken. Even better, it takes a fun stab at Disney with its villain twist, which we’ll leave you to discover on your own. 

Although Ruby Gillman has been out for a while now, the movie is finally arriving on Netflix. If you’ve yet to watch this one with your kids, I highly recommend it. 

  • Release date: June 30, 2023
  • Genre: Family/kids
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Kirk DeMicco
  • Cast: Annie Murphy, Lana Condor, Liza Koshy

All of Us Strangers – Feb 22, VOD

Adam is a lonely screenwriter living in London but all that changes when he meets Harry. As the two begin to spark a relationship Adam finds himself drawn back toward his own troubled past. This leads him to revisit his childhood home, only to find his parents are alive as they were decades before their tragic passing. Billed as a romantic fantasy mystery film, All of Us Strangers is a unique film that helps explore some fairly deep concepts including grief and loss, new love, fantasy, and the enduring power of old memories. 

Although I’ve yet to check this one out myself, the film has been universally praised for its strong performances and beautiful cinematography. While the film arrived late last year at theaters you can now buy it on popular video-on-demand services like the one linked below. 

  • Release date: December 22, 2023
  • Genre: Romantic fantasy
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Andrew Haigh
  • Cast: Paul Mescal, Andrew Scott, Claire Foy

The Promised Land – Feb 23, VOD

After retiring from the Danish military after twenty-five years, Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to build a successful homestead on the barren Jutland moorland. After obtaining the proper permissions from the Royal Danish Courts, he makes his way to his new prospective home only to come into conflict with a local magistrate and landowner who has his own plans for the moorland. He does everything he can to discourage Kahlen from establishing his property including burning his land, limiting his access to workers, and more. Thankfully for Kahlen, he still has plenty of fight left within him.

While The Promised Land isn’t out on streaming services just yet, you can get it on VOD starting on February 23rd. 

  • Release date: February 2, 2024
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Nikolaj Arcel 
  • Cast: Ludvig Kahlen, Ann Barbara, Simon Bennebjerg

Mea Culpa – Feb 23, Netflix

Mea Harper is a criminal defense attorney who is on the rise within her firm but it’s all put into jeopardy when she takes on a new client, Zyair Malloy. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend but proclaims his innocence. As she dives deeper into the case she begins to question where her loyalties lie as she falls for him. Everyone around her warns that he’s not what he seems, but she finds herself finding it harder and harder to resist him. If you’re into suspense thrillers with a hefty dose of drama this is worth the watch.

Suspect plenty of twists and turns with this one! You can watch it starting February 23 on Netflix. 

  • Release date: February 23, 2024
  • Genre: Drama/Thrillers
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Cast: Kelly Rowland, Trevante Rhodes, Sean Sagar

Priscilla – Feb 23, Max

We’ve seen plenty of movies that shine the light directly on Elvis, but this film takes a different approach. Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla takes a deeper look back at Priscilla’s life and romance with Elvis, which began when she was just fourteen years old. The film is told from her point of view and is based on her memoir “Elvis and Me”. If you’re a fan of Elvis or just fascinated with the King’s legacy and life, this is worth a watch. it’s also nice to get a unique perspective in what feels like a story that’s been told many times before just from the perspective of the King himself.

  • Release date: October 27, 2023
  • Genre: Musical/Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Cast: Jacob Elordi, Cailee Spaeny, Kamilla Kowal


What was new and worth watching over the last month 

Looking for more recommendations? Here are other great movies that debuted in the last 30 days or so:

Bottoms – Feb 13, Amazon Prime

Two gay best friends attempt to form a fight club of sorts in their high school, hoping to gain traction, meet girls, and hopefully lose their virginity in the process. Things quickly devolve into chaos and violence. Raunchy, dramatic, and funny, this could be the perfect late-night comedy for the weekend.  Just be aware it fully deserves its R rating, so maybe keep this one to just the adults in your family. Although it originally arrived in theaters last summer, you can now stream it on Amazon Prime. 

  • Release date: August 25, 2023
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Emma Seligman
  • Cast: Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri, Ruby Cruz

Five Blind Dates – Feb 13, Amazon Prime

Lia owns a struggling tea shop and is trying her best to navigate it all, to mixed results. As part of a cultural tradition connected to an upcoming family wedding, she is told her fortune and quested with a mission to go on five dates to not only find her soul mate but also save her business. Her father and mother get involved with the process to hilarious results, each picking one person for one of the potential five dates.

The first date is a playboy, the second a mama’s boy, the third a lover boy, and the list goes on culminating with her ex-boyfriend as one of the options. Are one of these men really the key to finding her success? Lia hopes to find out while also following her heart to find what it is she really wants from life. 

  • Release date: Feb 13, 2024
  • Genre: Romance/Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Shawn Seet
  • Cast: Shuang Hu, Yoson An, Jon Prasida

Players – Feb 14, Netflix

 

Gina Rodriguez, of Not Dead Yet fame, stars in this hilarious romantic comedy centering on a sportswriter who’s a master at the hookup game. She helps her guy friends score dates and plays the field herself. But when the charming war reporter Nick Russell arrives, her world turns upside down. Unsure about navigating real love, she enlists her friends to help her win Nick’s heart. After all her scheming, the two start to connect but her own friends realize that the two may not have much in common. Is Nick really the man of her dreams, or was what she was looking for in front of her the whole time? That’s the general gist of the story here, without giving too much away. This rom-com will have you laughing and cheering till the end, with plenty of star power to boot.

  • Release date: Feb 14, 2024
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Rating: NR
  • Director: Trish Sie
  • Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr., Tom Ellis

Next Goal Wins – Feb 15, Hulu

Based loosely on a true story, this hilarious underdog tale follows Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen. After a humbling career setback, he’s offered a lifeline: the chance to coach the American Samoa national football team, infamously known as one of the worst in the world. Rongen arrives to find a ragtag team with more enthusiasm than skill, but as he digs deeper, he discovers a hidden spirit waiting to be unleashed. This fun, feel-good sports movie delivers laughs and cheers, proving that with heart and a little bit of crazy, anything is possible – even in soccer!

  • Release date: Jan 16, 2024
  • Genre: Sports docu-comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Cast: Taika Waititi, Michael Fassbender, Kaimana

Oppenheimer – Feb 16, Peacock

Oppenheimer became a pretty controversial success, telling the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who is often considered the father of the atomic bomb. The film focuses on his leadership of the Manhattan Project during World War II with a focus on the major scientific breakthroughs, as well as the moral implications of creating such a weapon. The film moves fairly fast and is a fascinating watch but be aware it also came under fire for not doing enough to show the suffering and harm the bomb caused to the Japanese people, instead shifting the focus to a more limited, American perspective. 

  • Release date: July 21, 2023
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Christoper Nolan
  • Cast: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. 

This is Me… Now: A Love Story – Feb 16, Amazon Prime

Coinciding with her new music album, this musical film follows Jennifer Lopez on her journey through love, heartbreak, and personal growth. She reflects on past successes and failures, ultimately exploring how they led her to her current husband, Ben Affleck. While not a typical documentary, it plays more like a traditional film with Lopez starring as herself.

This unique take on filmmaking is a must-watch for Lopez fans. “This Is Me… Now: A Love Story” premieres Friday, February 16th, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. There are also plenty of major stars here beyond Lopez, including Sofia Vergara and Ben Affleck. 

  • Release date: Feb 16, 2024
  • Genre: Musical
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Dave Meyers
  • Cast: Sofia Vergara, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez

The Color Purple – Feb 16, Max

Color of Purple receives a major new adaptation for the first time since the 1985 classic starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg. With a fresh cast, this version retells the familiar story based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name. Celie, a young African American woman living in the early 1900s, faces racial strife and everyday challenges. After leaving home on less-than-ideal terms, she sets out to find herself and her place in the world. This inspiring story celebrates the human spirit and our ability to overcome adversity and while it’s hard to beat the original cast, there’s plenty of great talent and performance here as well. 

  • Release date: October 27, 2023
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Blitz Bazawule
  • Cast: Taraji Henson, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks

Thanksgiving – Feb 17, Netflix

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a US holiday that’s about celebrating family, despite the fact the tradition is rooted in some pretty shady history. This new film takes things in a very different direction. What started as an ordinary Black Friday shopping event in Plymouth, Massachusetts turns deadly when a masked killer emerges and begins terrorizing the town with acts taht are clearly themed around Thanksgiving. What’s less clear is what motives drive the killer and why. This is definitely not your typical feel good Thanksgiving movie, but that’s part of its charm. There’s also quite a few talented individuals here, including Patrick Dempsey, who feels a bit out of place to me but in a good way. 

  • Release date: November 17, 2023
  • Genre: Horror/Slasher
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Eli Roth
  • Cast: Addison Rae, Nell Verlaque, Patrick Dempsey

The Marvels – Feb 7, Disney Plus

The Marvels has finally made its way to Disney Plus and while it hasn’t done as well with critics it is still absolutely worth the watch for fans of the first and Marvel fans in general. Just be aware there are quite a few changes to the formula for this film, though many of them actually work pretty well. 

This time, the action takes place as the Kree empire collapses and its remnants prepare for war. After her powers become connected to two other women, Captain Marvel will need to team up with these two new heroes to take on the greatest threat to humanity in years. 

  • Release date: November 10, 2023
  • Genre: Superhero/Action
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Nia DaCosta
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Park Seo-Joon, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton

Upgraded – Feb 9, Prime Video

Ana is an overworked and underpaid auction house assistant at a New York City auction house, though she has much bigger dreams that include opening her own art gallery. For now, she’s stuck in a frustrating dead-end job, but everything changes when she is upgraded to a first-class ticket for a work trip. Soon after she meets a man named Will and instantly falls for him. The twist is that he thinks she’s her boss. As you might guess, this sets off a whirlwind romance that could come undone at any moment. 

While Upgraded story sounds a bit cliche it could be the perfect movie for your next date night. 

  • Release date: Feb 9, 2024
  • Genre: Romance/Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Carlson Young
  • Cast: Camila Mendes, Archie Renaux, Marisa Tomei, Rachel Matthews

Cat Person – Feb 9, Hulu

Based on the anti-romance short story that went viral back in 2007, Cat Person is told from the point of view of Margot. After beginning a texting relationship with an older man, the two meet in person, and after a brief hook up she soon realizes reality doesn’t meet up with the expectations she builds in her head. Even worse, the man may be much more dangerous than she realized and it all started with a simple lie meant to disarm her: that he had cats. 

Cat Person is a powerful movie that highlights the dark side of dating in today’s world. Combined with strong performances and great pacing, this one is absolutely worth watching. 

  • Release date: Oct 6, 2023
  • Genre: Psychological/Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Susanna Fogel
  • Cast: Emilia Jones, Nicholas Braun, Geraldine Viswanathan

Suncoast – Feb 9, Hulu

This coming-of-age film centers around a young woman named Doris and is based on director Laura Chin’s own life experience from the early 2000s. Doris might just be a teen but her life is far from easy, as she and her mother must constantly care for her brother Max, who is suffering from brain cancer and in an unresponsive state. She finds herself torn between her familial responsibilities and her desire to be an ordinary teenager.

This film has a lot of great talent including Laura Linney, Woody Harrelson, and Nico Parker. If you enjoy coming-of-age dramas this could be the perfect weekend watch.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Laura Chinn
  • Cast: Nico Parker, Woody Harrelson, Ella Anderson, Baby Ariel

The Last Voyage of the Demeter – Feb 1, Paramount Plus

Set on the merchant ship Demeter, the crew’s voyage from Carpathia to London starts out as you’d expect but soon takes a turn for the supernatural when a body is found onboard covered in blood. Soon it is revealed that the vampire Dracula has made his way onto the ship and is stalking the crew at night. The crew must attempt to find Dracula and stop him before he manages to take out the entire crew. 

With a somewhat campy plotline, you can’t expect this one to have the most serious or provoking storyline but if you like vampire horror flicks, the story is a pretty interesting take on the typical Dracula formula. 

  • Release date: Aug 29, 2023
  • Genre: Horror/Supernatural
  • Rating: R
  • Director: André Øvredal
  • Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Corey Hawkins, Liam Cunningham

Orion and the Dark – Feb 2, Netflix

Orion is a boy with an overactive imagination and an extreme fear of the dark. One night the dark comes to visit him, taking on a talking form. The Dark wants to help the boy overcome his anxieties by taking him on an adventure around the world to see what it is dark does and why there’s no real reason to fear him. 

While I’ve yet to check this one out, we’ll definitely be doing so this weekend for a few reasons. First, this is by the same studio that brought classics like How to Train Your Dragon to life. Second, I happen to have an imaginative kiddo of my own with this same fear, so this could be the perfect film for us. I really like the idea that this film doesn’t just look fun and entertaining, but might also help kids with legitimate nighttime anxiety. 

  • Release date: February 2, 2024
  • Genre: Comedy/Family
  • Rating: TV-Y7
  • Director: Sean Charmatz
  • Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser, Chelsea Peretti

Dicks the Musical – Feb 2, Max

If you’re looking for something fun and raunchy, Dicks the Musical is now on Max. The plot follows two twin businessmen who were separated at birth. The two men create a  plan to reunite their divorced parents.

This is definitely not for families, but if you’re looking for something funny and a bit dirty, look no further. There are also some big names in here including Nathan Lane, Josh Sharp, and Megan Thee Stallion. 

  • Release date: October 6, 2023
  • Genre: Comedy/Musical
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Larry Charles
  • Cast: Joshua Sharp, Aaron Jackson, Nathan Lane

Wish – Jan 23, VOD

Wish celebrates Disney’s birthday and legacy with a return to a more classic type of Disney animated story. The storyline centers around a world where one man controls the wishes of everyone else and yet is seen as a hero for it. Things suddenly change when a girl accidentally makes a wish of her own. While this one hasn’t exactly been a hit with audiences or critics, it is still a fun and nostalgic experience thanks to the numerous easter eggs that are found throughout.

  • Release date: November 22, 2023
  • Genre: Family/animated
  • Rating: PG
  • Directors: Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
  • Cast:Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk, Angelique Cabral

Migration – Jan 23, VOD

The Mallard family resides near a lake in New England, much to the pleasure of the family’s father. But when his wife and kids start talking about migrating away from home, he finally gives in. Only they end up heading north instead! This is another fun family movie, perfect for those with kids of all ages or if you’re just a kid at heart. 

  • Release date: December 22, 2023
  • Genre: Family/Animation
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Benjamin Renner
  • Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Caspar Jennings, Kumail Nanjiani

Ferrari – Jan 23, VOD

Today the Ferrari name is associated with speed, performance, and beauty. Back in 1957, it was still only a dream. This film centers around Enzon Ferrari as his company begins to flirt with bankruptcy ten years into its life. Hoping to bring more attention to his designs, Enzo wagers it all by entering the Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy. If you’re a fan of fast cars and history in equal measure, this one is worth the watch. 

  • Release date: January 25, 2023
  • Genre: Action/Thriller/Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Michael Mann
  • Cast:Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon

American Girl: Corinne Tan – Jan 24, Netflix

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Based on the popular American Girl doll Corinne Tan, this new movie is perfect for young ones who are in love with the doll series. The movie centers around Corinne Tan as she struggles to adapt to her parent’s divorce and the changes it brings to her family life. That is until she finds a puppy named Flurry, which gives her a new purpose and a way to heal. While this one is probably not as suited for the whole family as the other two family-friendlier options on this list, if you have an American Girl fan in your family, they won’t want to miss this one. While technically a movie, it’s also relatively short at just an hour in length. 

  • Release date: July 28, 2023
  • Genre: Drama/Family
  • Rating: G
  • Director: Angela C. Tortu
  • Cast: Miya Cech, Kai Marie Cech, Jessica Garcie

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Jan 25, Paramount Plus

Mission Impossible’s latest chapter is here, marking the seventh installment in the series. Once again Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, this time the clock is ticking as Hunt’s team races to prevent a shadowy organization from acquiring a devasting weapon that could put the whole world at threat. With several returning cast members alongside a few new faces, this looks to be one heck of a thrill ride and is only the first movie in what will eventually be a two-parter.

  • Release date: Jan 12, 2023
  • Genre: Action/ Thriller
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson

The Underdoggs – Jan 26, Prime

Snoop Dogg stars in this sports comedy about a former NFL footballer named Jaycen Jennings (Snoop). This self centered former star is still stuck in the past, even though the world has moved on around him. After getting into an accident, he agrees to coach a youth football team as part of a deal that will keep him out of prison. While this formula has been used a lot in the past, it’s one that works well even if it’s cliche. The fact that Snoop Dogg is in this one is enough to set it apart, I’d say. 

  • Release date: February 26, 2024
  • Genre: Comedy/Sports
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Charles Stone III
  • Cast: Snoop Dogg, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter

Dumb Money – Jan 21, Netflix

This film is loosely based on the story of Roraring Kitty, the man who managed to make a killing on Gamestop’s stock ater he started talking about it on his streaming channel. Soon the stock starts suddenly driving up, earning him a huge fortune almost overnight while making the situation a whole lot more complicted. It also puts him at odds with some of the riches and most powerful men in Wall Street. There’s a ton of popular cast members here including Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, and many others. 

  • Release date: September 15, 2023
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Craig Gillespie
  • Cast: Paul Dano, Shailene Woodley, America Ferrera, Seth Rogen

The Marvels – Jan 16, VOD

The Marvels is now out on VOD. This time around the action takes place as the Kree empire collapses and its remnants prepare for war. After her powers become connected to two other women, Captain Marvel will need to team up with these two new heroes to take on the greatest threat to humanity in years. While The Marvels hasn’t done as well with critics and fans alike, and I agree it’s not quite as good as early Marvel outings. Still, it’s a decent enough sequel and worth the watch if you enjoyed the first film. 

  • Release date: November 10, 2023
  • Genre: Superhero/Action
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Nia DaCosta
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Park Seo-Joon, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton

Fast X – Jan 16, Prime Video

Fast X has landed on Amazon Prime and while it seems like a natural time to finally end this series, there is already confirmation that the next chapter will arrive in 2025. After Dom and his crew attempt to rob a vault from the son of a powerful drug dealer, the man is ran off the road but manages to survive. Now he’s back for revenge and promises to destroy everything Dom has ever cared about. 

  • Release date: May 19, 2023
  • Genre: Action/ Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Louis Leterrier
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster

The Kitchen – Jan 19, Netflix

The Kitchen is set in a dystopian near-future London where the government is attempting to wipe out a housing project called the Kitchen. This community stands in stark contrast to the privileged-class sections of the city where the streets are clean and safe. When Izi ends up inadvertently becoming the mentor to the younger Benji, the two must fight and navigate a world where they aren’t wanted and the government will do anything to drive them out.

  • Release date: January 12, 2024
  • Genre: Crime Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Directors: Daniel Kaluuya, Kibwe Tavares
  • Cast: Kane Robinson, Jedaiah Bannerman, Hope Ikpoku Jr, Teija Kabs

Uncharted – Jan 15, Hulu

A young bartender named Nathan Drake is recruited by a man named Sully in order to help find a fabled treasure left by the explorer Magellan. This movie acts as sort of a prequel to the game series. The Tom Holand and Mark Walhberg vehicle might not have came close to being as good as the source material behind it, but it still managed to be quite successful with aduiences overall. Ultimately it’s a fun watch for fans of the series, action movies, or even just the two main actors behind it. 

  • Release date: February 18, 2022
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Ruben Fleischer
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Sophia Ali, Mark Wahlberg, Tati Gabrielle

Snowden – Jan 15, Max

Based on the books The Snowden Files and the book Time of the Octopus, this film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, the main behind the largest inteligence leak in US history. The movie does a great job of looking beyond just the narrative we were fed through the media, so it’s important to watch this with an open mind. It’s also important to note that while it’s based on a true story, this is a movie and a fair share of artistic license is involved as well. 

  • Release date: January 12, 2024
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Cast: Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Shailen Woodley, Melissa Leo

Killers of the Flower Moon – Jan 12, Apple TV Plus

Set not too terribly far from my current home state of Missouri, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of several murders committed in 1920 against members of the Osage nation. The tribal members were killed by a local political figure to gain access to the tribe’s wealth generated by the minerals on their reservation. 

This is a wonderfully told story with a lot of great actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and countless others. It also utilized real Osage members as consultants, language experts, designers, crew members, and actors — all of which lent even more ethnicity to the film.

  • Release date: October 20, 2023
  • Genre: Thriller/Western
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone

Lift – Jan 12, Netflix

 

Kevin Hart plays a master thief with a long record and the FBI knows it. After his ex-girlfriend and FBI agent reveal she knows his true life and the extent of his crimes, she reveals they are willing to overlook it all if he steals something for them: half a billion in gold on its way to a terrorist cell. Even more complicated, the gold will be onboard a plane, which means they’ll have to rob it mid-air and take control of the craft. 

I’m a big fan of Kevin Hart and this looks like a silly but fun experience, even the plot seems pretty over the top. Again, if you’ve seen any of his recent films, that’s sort of his signature style and it works for him. 

  • Release date: July 12, 2024
  • Genre: Action/Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio

Role Play – Jan 12, Prime Video

It seems like there have been a lot of secret hitman, assassin, or spy parent/spouse movies out there recently but Role Play at least flips things around slightly by centering on a mother of two children who secretly moonlights as an assassin.

Her husband doesn’t know anything about this secret life until he finds out he’s essentially been an accomplice to her actions. Despite all this, he still loves her and goes out of his way to help her get out of her old life. If you’re looking for something fun, and fast-paced with a good bit of comedy, you’ll likely enjoy this one. 

  • Release date: January 12, 2024
  • Genre: Action/Thriller/Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Thomas Vincent
  • Cast: Deven Christian Mack, Ashleigh Ball, Vincent Tong

Beyond Utopia – Jan 9, Hulu

This documentary takes a closer look at the struggles of everyday North Koreans under the current oppressive regime, as well as the lengths they take to attempt to escape. The documentary combines real secretly filmed footage behind North Korea’s borders alongside other materials such as interviews from Underground Railroad members and more. 

Ever wondered if the horrors of being a North Korean citizen are accurate to reality? This documentary answers that question and makes it clear just how dystopian Kim Jong Un’s nation has become over the decades. 

  • Release date: October 23, 2023
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director:  Madeleine Gavin