This summer movie season is happening in more than just theaters — it’s on your favorite streaming platforms too! That’s because Netflix is releasing a new movie every week, Warner Bros. is releasing its entire 2021 theatrical slate to HBO Max, and other streamers have new and classic movies coming all the time! With so much coming and going all summer, though, it’s easy to miss out on something great. So, to keep you up to date, we’re compiling the best new movies to join Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max every single week.
Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
Things get crazy in this female-driven, action-packed thriller! Sam (Karen Gillan) was only 12 years old when her assassin mother (Lena Headey) was forced to abandon her. Picked up by her mother’s crime syndicate, The Firm, Sam grows up to be one of the fiercest hitwomen on the planet, using her skills to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between The Firm and protecting an innocent child. Her only chance of survival: Reunite with her mother and a new band of lethal associates called The Librarians.
Fear Street (2021)
Netflix is no stranger to experimental content, and Fear Street is a brand new endeavor. The film trilogy has been released throughout July, with three new movies featuring many of the same cast members, all centering around a centuries-long horror conspiracy in a small town. After a series of brutal slayings in 1994, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that has plagued their town. In the subsequent films, events occur in 1978 and 1666.
The Beguiled (2017)
Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama is a slow burn of romance and vengeance. Injured Union soldier Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) is on the run as a deserter, soon finding refuge at an all-female Southern boarding school where the teachers and students are happy to help him recover. But as sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries, McBurney’s presence at the school becomes an enormous problem.
Cat People (2021)
There are loads of movies and shows about good dogs doing exciting and heroic things, but why don’t cats get the same love? If you’ve ever asked that question, Cat People might be for you. This Netflix documentary is all about people who love cats — and no, they’re not just a bunch of spinsters with 200 cats milling about their studio apartment. Cat People is zany, thought-provoking, and sweet — much like the animals that the subjects love.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s tale about the ’70s porn industry in the San Fernando Valley is deeply provocative and endlessly entertaining. Mark Wahlberg stars as Eddie Adams, a teenage busboy discovered by porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), who transforms into adult sensation Dirk Diggler. Brought into a supportive circle of other performers and creators, Dirk thrives in the hedonistic lifestyle of 1970s Los Angeles, but that lifestyle soon threatens to bring him back down.
Summer of Soul (2021)
While Woodstock captivated the nation and became the ultimate symbol of the turbulent ’60s, another massive music festival put the spotlight on a different community. And yet almost nobody knows it ever happened. Across six weeks during the summer of 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival celebrated Black history, culture, music, and fashion, entertaining thousands in one of the most historic Black neighborhoods in the country. Questlove unearths incredible archival footage to relive the festival in this electric documentary.
Leave No Trace (2018)
Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie star in this quiet, slow burn of a drama about a father and daughter who live an idyllic, mysterious existence in Forest Park, near Portland, Oregon. They rarely make contact with the world, but when a small mistake tips them off to the authorities, they’re forced to find a new place to call their own. Easier said than done.
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2021)
Delayed due to the pandemic, Bill & Ted Face the Music is finally out, 30 years after the original excellent adventure. The boys are still best friends in adulthood and, when the ruler of the future tells them they must compose a new song to save life on Earth, it’s time once again for Wyld Stallyns to shine! Except … they don’t really want to work that hard, so they decide to time travel to steal it from their future selves instead. Simultaneously, their young daughters devise their own scheme to help their fathers succeed.
The Terminator (1984)
One of the greatest sci-fi films of all time is available on Hulu. In 2029, humanity is on the brink of extinction at the hands of machines — until a hero arises. To prevent this, the machines send a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to the year 1984 to kill the hero’s mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). The humans send back Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) to protect Connor and alert her to the coming of Skynet, an artificial intelligence (A.I.) system that will spark a nuclear holocaust and bring about an apocalyptic war. Now, Sarah and Kyle must escape the virtually unstoppable Terminator at all costs.
False Positive (2021)
Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer tries her hand at horror in this Hulu Original. After months of trying and failing to get pregnant, Lucy (Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) find the fertility doctor of their dreams, Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). But when Lucy becomes pregnant with a healthy baby, she soon finds something sinister about Dr. Hindle. As she investigates the man, she soon discovers an unsettling truth about him and her own life.
Big Fish (2003)
Tim Burton’s contemporary folk fantasy is a gorgeous tale of generational conflict that firmly believes the world is still a little magical. Edward Bloom has fallen ill and his son, William (Billy Crudup), comes to be with him on his deathbed. William has always struggled with his father, who tells exaggerated, implausible stories about his life. Sure enough, even on his deathbed, Edward tells the same fantastical stories, much to William’s chagrin. But as William, a journalist, finally begins to investigate his father’s tales, he discovers more than a kernel of truth and realizes his father is simply an extraordinary storyteller.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
In 1939, governess Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is out of work and on the bread line. Middle-aged, running out of options, and recently refused work at an employment agency, Miss Pettigrew breaks character by stealing the details of a juicy assignment and pursuing the job herself. If you’re looking for a whimsical, often inspiring period piece, this is a great choice.
Surf’s Up (2007)
Sometimes, you have to keep the kids occupied over the summer, and Surf’s Up is a movie you’ll all love. Teenage penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) leads the ultimate surfing lifestyle. Searching for respect and fame, Cody leaves Antarctica for Pen Gu Island to compete in the Big Z Memorial Surf Off — all while followed by a documentary crew. But when he meets washed-up surfer Geek (Jeff Bridges), he learns what life is truly about.
The Tomorrow War (2021)
Amazon Prime Video takes on a big-budget blockbuster with The Tomorrow War. When a group of time travelers arrives from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message, the world is thrown into upheaval. In the future, mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species, and the only hope for survival is to bring soldiers and civilians from the present into the future to join the fight. Among the chosen is high school teacher Dan Forester (Chris Pratt), who teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) to help rewrite the fate of the planet.
Likely Guy Ritchie’s best film, Snatch puts the director’s classic breakneck pace to excellent effect in a British gangster movie that’s as full of laughs as it is with twists. Turkish (Jason Statham) is an illegal boxing promoter who convinces gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey (Brad Pitt) in a fixed match. But when Mickey doesn’t throw the fight, Brick Top demands another match. While Brick Top is preoccupied with the bookie, gangster Frankie Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) maneuvers behind him while multiple criminals converge on a stolen diamond that Frankie has come to London to sell. If it sounds like chaos, it is. And it’s amazing.
Drop the “Friday” out of Freaky Friday and you get this gory, slasher comedy starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn. Millie Kesler (Newton) is just trying to survive high school and overcome the cruelty of the popular kids at her school. Unfortunately, she soon also become the target of the town’s infamous serial killer, the Butcher (Vaughn), making high school the least of her worries. When the Butcher’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to magically switch bodies, however, things take a gruesome turn for her high school and for Millie herself, who must get her identity back within 24 hours, lest she is stuck looking like Vince Vaughn forever.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)
The second-best movie about the Looney Tunes playing basketball of all time is now on HBO Max. Whether you’re a grown-up fan of the original Michael Jordan version or you have young, basketball-loving kids, you might find Space Jam: A New Legacy worth your time. In this CGI-ed update, LeBron James and his son Dom get trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I. (Don Cheadle). To get home safely, LeBron must lead Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Tunes against the A.I.’s digitized, powered-up basketball stars.
Shiva Baby (2020)
Emma Seligman’s directorial debut looks like a sitcom but digs far deeper than many of its thematic inspirations. While at a Jewish funeral with her parents, a college student (Rachel Sennott) awkwardly runs into her sugar daddy. Unfortunately, her ex-girlfriend also happens to be at the funeral.
No Sudden Move (2021)
In 1954 Detroit, a group of small-time criminals is hired to steal what they think is a basic document. But when their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them and why weaves them through a rapidly changing city torn apart by racial strife, social advancement, and economic stagnation. Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Jon Hamm, and Benicio Del Toro star in this new Warner Bros. film from Steven Soderbergh.
The Little Things (2021)
Released earlier this year on HBO Max, The Little Things is now available for standard HBO subscribers as well. This slow-burn detective tale follows Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) as he travels to Los Angeles for what should be a quick evidence-gathering assignment. But Deacon has a history in the LAPD, and he soon finds himself roped into an investigation of a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.
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