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HBO Max: The 26 Best Movies to Watch | NEWSRUX

For those who’re new to HBO Max or have not explored the service’s library in awhile, now’s time to test it out. Beginning at $10 a month, a subscription offers you entry to every little thing HBO affords, together with motion pictures that had been just lately in theaters. Like all its streaming rivals, HBO Max’s library of nice motion pictures adjustments on a regular basis. 

We observe every little thing coming to HBO Max every week and maintain a working record of the service’s standout originals, which you’ll be able to take a look at beneath. And in case you’re nonetheless looking for one thing to observe, the platform additionally affords tons of artwork home classics from the celebrated Criterion Assortment.

What’s new this week (Aug. 1-7)

Listed below are the highlights.

Monday

  • Whiplash (2014) — Drama. Miles Teller stars as a promising younger drummer who enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory.

Wednesday

  • Belle (2021) — Animated fantasy movie. A highschool pupil turns into a globally beloved singer after getting into a unbelievable digital world.

Friday

  • Belfast (2021) — Coming-of-age drama. A younger boy and his working-class Belfast household expertise the tumultuous late Sixties.

Learn extra: The Finest TV Exhibits to Watch on HBO Max | What You Must Know to Signal Up for HBO Max

Finest HBO Max originals and blockbusters


Comedy


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The French Dispatch (2021)

Settle in for one more eccentric, fantastic-looking function from director Wes Anderson. The auteur behind “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Lodge” units his sights on an alluring new story — or somewhat, three. The French Dispatch, dubbed a “love letter to journalists,” takes viewers by a triad of separate tales, straight from the pages of a fictional journal. For those who missed this extremely authentic installment when it hit theaters final October, now’s the time to get in on its charming story.

Father of the Bride (2022)

HBO Max’s Father of the Bride introduces a Cuban American household that features patriarch Billy, a conventional man who struggles to digest shocking information from his eldest daughter: She’s met a man, and he or she needs to marry and transfer away with him. The third movie adaptation of a 1949 novel of the identical title by Edward Streeter, the film is an pleasant iteration that features stars like Andy Garcia and singer Gloria Estefan.

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On this energetic action-comedy, Man (Ryan Reynolds) is cheerfully oblivious to the truth that he is residing inside a online game. Millie (Jodie Comer), a real-life programmer, enters the sport to attempt to uncover proof {that a} code was stolen from her, and the 2 quickly group up on the mission. Ultimately, Man should come to grips with the fact of his video-game-dependent existence. (Sounds a little bit Matrix-y proper? Comparisons have been made.) However lengthy story brief: This film is a enjoyable and fast-paced tour that snags two ridiculously charismatic actors for its leads. Load this one onto your display screen now.

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Meryl Streep enjoying an eccentric creator in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What extra do it is advisable to know? For those who do need to know extra: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) is struggling to complete her subsequent guide, chased by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She boards a cruise ship with outdated associates, who impressed her best-known work. Tensions are sturdy. It seems nice — Soderbergh makes use of crisp, pure mild — and many of the dialogue is improvised. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the remainder of the impeccable forged have enjoyable with that.

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A playful comedy set within the ’80s, 8-bit Christmas follows the story of a younger Jake Doyle, a devoted 10-year-old who desperately seeks a Nintendo. The movie is delightfully narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, an older Jake reminiscing on his previous quest to safe the gaming console. Sure, there is a Christmas backdrop to the story, however Jake’s unyielding dedication to his mission, and what he learns alongside the way in which, make this cheery function a must-watch even after the vacation season. 

Drama


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What can we are saying about acclaimed Japanese drama Drive My Automobile? Properly, it snagged an Oscar for finest worldwide function movie at this 12 months’s Academy Awards. It is also a three-hour film that individuals are sitting and watching all over, which, to me, speaks volumes. However severely, Drive My Automobile is a strong movie that explores loss and letting go. For those who missed it earlier than the Oscars, stream it now.

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Based mostly on {a magazine} article by journalist Robert Kolker, this story a couple of public faculty embezzlement scandal and the scholar journalists who broke the information is charming from begin to end. Allison Janney and Hugh Jackman are phenomenal of their roles as the varsity officers who took half within the scheme. It additionally gained the 2020 Emmy award for Excellent Tv Film. 

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King Richard is a heat, affecting and simply watchable biopic concerning the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. The movie winds again the clock to earlier than the sisters turned family names, giving us a glimpse of their upbringing in Compton and time spent practising on run-down courts with their father, Richard Williams (Will Smith). Satisfied his daughters are going to achieve success, Richard works tirelessly to get their star potential seen by skilled coaches. An advanced man with an incredible character, Richard is fascinating to get to know, and his unwavering perception in Venus and Serena is inspiring. 

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Steven Soderbergh directs this partaking tech thriller set through the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela, a Seattle tech employee performed by a neon blue-haired Zoë Kravitz, has agoraphobia, a concern that forestalls her from making it previous the entrance door of her condo. However when she uncovers an unsettling recording whereas doing her job, she’s pushed to make the leap. Kimi is a trendy thriller full with eye-catching cinematography, a strong rating and a protagonist you may be rooting for.

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The Final Duel notably did not win lots of eyeballs when it debuted in theaters in October. Nevertheless it’s on HBO Max now, the place audiences can watch from the consolation of their sofa as Adam Driver and Matt Damon battle it out. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Final Duel is a historic drama set within the Center Ages with an A-list forged that additionally consists of Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck. If any of those particulars pique your curiosity, and also you’re ready to sit down by its two and half hour runtime, pull out some popcorn and placed on this flick. 

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Jessica Chastain, who gained an Oscar for finest actress, stars on this biopic of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who, alongside along with her husband, Jim, created and helmed the massively well-liked non secular broadcasting community PTL within the ’70s and ’80s. Chastain’s dedicated efficiency brings Tammy Faye’s outsize and magnetic character to life. You may end up drawn into her world, with all its ridiculous make-up selections, weirdly timed prayers and effervescent scandals. It is unclear how lengthy The Eyes of Tammy Faye will stay on the HBO streamer, so we suggest you reserve a night with Bakker whilst you can.

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas and the Black Messiah made waves on the Oscars, incomes a finest supporting actor win for Daniel Kaluuya, amongst its many nominations. It was a lot deserved. Kaluuya is mesmerizing as Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther chapter in Illinois, lighting up the display screen alongside Lakeith Stanfield, who performs an FBI informant despatched to infiltrate the occasion. The biopic, dramatizing real-life occasions within the late ’60s, is riveting, surprising and sizzles with themes about racial injustice. A giant, hefty movie that calls for your full consideration.

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After a taking pictures happens at her highschool, 16-year-old Vada Cavell should navigate friendships, faculty and her relationship along with her household. The Fallout skillfully approaches critical material with lifelike dialogue and compassion for its characters. With sturdy performances from stars Jenna Ortega, as Vada, and Maddie Ziegler, as her new good friend Mia Reed, the function will maintain you glued to the display screen for the whole lot of its 90-minute runtime.

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It is a candy little gem on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo crossing states to the place pregnant teen Veronica (Richardson) can get an abortion. Sure, it is concerning the problem of abortion rights, with Veronica’s mother and father refusing to offer her permission to have the abortion. Nevertheless it additionally slots into the important thing gear of all street journey motion pictures, depicting a wonderful friendship between the 2 leads.

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A uncommon (these days) 90-minute movie, American Mexican drama Son of Monarchs will stick with you lengthy after the top credit roll. This deep character research follows two brothers who’re modified in markedly other ways by the trauma they suffered in childhood. This story, folding in magical realism, follows how they transfer ahead in life — the butterfly metaphors are sturdy, with biologist Mendel returning to his hometown surrounded by majestic monarch butterfly forests.

Superhero


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Lower than two months after Robert Pattinson stepped out as Batman in theaters, Matt Reeves’ satisfying superhero flick hit HBO Max. The film takes place in a perpetually grey and rain-soaked Gotham Metropolis, the place our bat-channeling protagonist begins to hunt out a mysterious assassin with an affinity for riddles. Catwoman, performed by a swaggering Zoë Kravitz, will get entwined within the affair when her good friend goes lacking. Nice scene-setting and storytelling make this darkish thriller unmissable. 

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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)

This violent, R-rated superhero entry explodes with colour, amid the surprising leg breaks courtesy of 1 Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie and director Cathy Yan teamed up for this distinctive standalone movie that includes the titular supervillain. Its non-linear plot and loosely assembled anti-heroes — together with Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s The Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, Rosie Perez’s alcoholic detective Renee Montoya and Ella Jay Basco’s pickpocket Cassandra Cain — would possibly postpone some who’re after a neater package deal. However in case you let the trendy visuals, artistic motion scenes and Harley Quinn’s charisma take heart stage, you may be in for a scrumptious superhero deal with.

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Aka The Snyder Minimize. This one’s for the droves of Zack Snyder followers who campaigned for the director to get a second shot at ending Justice League, after he was pressured to depart earlier than completion as a consequence of private tragedy. In stepped Joss Whedon, however the 2017 theatrical model was a crucial and field workplace failure. Now, a four-hour Snyder director’s reduce is prepared on HBO Max, with a ton of recent scenes, a few new villains and the spectacular epilogue. For those who’re on board with Snyder’s slo-mo fashion, it is price testing his remarkably totally different authentic imaginative and prescient.

Fan of the ’80s? Together with that filmmaking fashion? The sequel to Marvel Girl leans exhausting into its inspirations, which is able to both take you again to pleasingly easy variations of journey and heroism, or actually annoy you with a nonsensical plot and sluggish tempo. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince hasn’t moved on from Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) loss of life, working on the Smithsonian the place an historical artifact kicks off a world of bother and forces her to make a number of exhausting choices. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the forged. Colourful, light-weight escapism.

Thriller


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Final Night time in Soho (2021)

Dreaming of an incredible film evening? Final Night time in Soho, the newest film from Edgar Wright (Child Driver, Shaun of the Lifeless) is right here to supply. The movie begins within the current day, the place a style-loving Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie) units out for the London Faculty of Style. Ultimately, sleep transports her to the ’60s, the place she encounters an aspiring singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Pleasure). Snag a seat for this story dripping with thriller, horror and neon lights.

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A brand new Steven Soderbergh film? Aka the nice director behind Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and, extra just lately, Logan Fortunate? Twists, thrills and determined characters populate this crime thriller set in Nineteen Fifties Detroit. When a seemingly easy job will get out of hand, a bunch of criminals should work collectively to uncover what’s actually happening. Take within the unbelievable forged: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm and Amy Seimetz. Whereas the plot generally is a little convoluted and a few will not have the ability to get previous the fish-eye lens cinematography, Soderbergh’s humorousness and immersive path make this crime caper an entertaining evening in.

Documentary


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Roadrunner: A Movie About Anthony Bourdain (2021)

This movie about beloved creator, chef and globe-traveling TV host Anthony Bourdain comes from documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, who additionally directed 2018’s Will not You Be My Neighbor? and the Oscar-winning movie Twenty Toes from Stardom. In interviews with individuals who knew Bourdain, like his associates, former companions and longtime colleagues, the doc tracks his profession path, relationships and private struggles. Bourdain followers and people much less acquainted with the star will doubtless recognize this two-hour have a look at his life.

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Tony Hawk: Till the Wheels Fall Off (2022)

Tune into this HBO doc for the mesmerizing, gravity-defying skateboard stunts, a time capsule of the ’80s skateboarding scene, and a model of Hawk you’ve got in all probability by no means seen. We get to know the famend athlete as a lanky, cussed however decided child who adopted his personal skateboarding fashion. Hawk’s persistence is one thing to marvel at, together with all of the beautiful skateboard strikes this movie packs in. Cling on for a memorable trip.

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As a frequent watcher of popular culture documentaries, I used to be stunned I missed Beanie Mania, an 80-minute examination of the toys’ heyday. For those who, too, ignored this plushie-fest when it premiered on the finish of final 12 months, this is your invitation to get in on the mania. “Maybe the most important toy craze in historical past,” as one reporter places it within the doc, the Beanie Infants phenomenon could be traced again to a bunch of Chicago mothers who began gathering the stuffed animals. The documentary additionally spotlights the girl who thought up including poems to Ty tags. Need extra pleasant ’90s toy tidbits? Put this doc on show. 

Musical drama


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Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the traditional musical has triumphantly leapt and twirled its manner onto HBO Max. The movie scored seven Academy Award nominations and Ariana DeBose gained finest supporting actress for her position as Anita. Younger Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) cross paths at a highschool dance and start a forbidden love affair, escalating tensions between two rival gangs. Eye-catching musical numbers and beautiful manufacturing design transport viewers to Nineteen Fifties New York. The movie darkens in its second half, however with Spielberg on the helm, you may willingly take in all of it.

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Within the Heights stars Anthony Ramos (whom you would possibly acknowledge as John Laurens in Hamilton) enjoying Usnavi, a bodega proprietor struggling to maintain his enterprise afloat whereas a heatwave strikes Washington Heights. Secretly in love together with his neighbor Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), who goals of getting out of the salon and out of the neighborhood, Usnavi serves the folks of Washington Heights with an entire lot of affection, lottery tickets and cafe con leche. Between the choreographed twirls and fireworks, Within the Heights is an examination of wealth disparity, immigration, classism and the significance of tradition.

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