Entertainment 7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max and more this weekend
For the benefit of movie lovers, ‘Cannes and Netflix should kiss and make up’
For the third edition in a row, Netflix is nowhere to be seen at the world’s premier film festival. But after more than a year of pandemic-induced binge streaming, settling Cannes’ dispute with the digital platform is more critical than ever. When Bong Joon-ho took his black comedy “Parasite” to the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, the veteran auteur voiced concern that the movie might be “too South Korean” for the audience. He needn’t have worried. The film elicited rave reviews and rapturous applause in Cannes, where it picked up South Korea’s first Palme d’Or.
Another week, another slew of new streaming arrivals. As with most round-ups we publish every Friday, the latest crop sees a noteworthy mix of movies and TV shows headlined by a big-budget studio adventure.
This weekend, it’s James Gunn’sleading the charge, which arrives on to throw everything you thought you knew about comic book movies out the window (unless you’re already well-versed in bipedal sharks shouting “nom nom” at every opportunity).
Elsewhere, there’s a TV return for Joseph Gordon-Levitt on, an autobiography of Val Kilmer 40 years in the making on Amazon Prime Video and a Netflix cooking show hosted by… Paris Hilton?
18 of the best movies of the 1990s to test your home cinema
With both bonafide classics and quirkier cult gems, this list should help you find some self-isolation entertainment gold.It helps that the '90s marked a prolific period for many of the world's best directors – Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, The Coen Brothers, Tim Burton and Gus Van Sant, to name just a few. Without the '90s, the world would be without Forrest Gump, Jack and Rose, the red pill and blue pill meme, and Michael Jordan ballin' with Looney Tunes cartoons.
Below, we've collated seven of the biggest movies and TV shows available to stream over the next few days.
The Suicide Squad (HBO Max)
Now showing in theatres and streaming on HBO Max for 30 days, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad mixes up the well-trodden superhero formula with a stylish and chaotic take on some of DC’s wackiest characters.
A sequel-but-not-sequel to, Gunn’s new-look Task Force X throws together the familiar faces of Harley Quinn, Rick Flag and Captain Boomerang with the likes of Bloodsport and King Shark to take down the impossibly huge, telepathic starfish, Starro.
If that sounds bonkers, that’s because it is, but the movie has been near-universally praised for its no-holds-barred attitude and for (largely) righting the wrongs of its predecessor.
'Masters Of The Universe: Revelation' on Netflix — release date, cast, plot, trailer, and everything you need to know
By the power of Grayskull! Masters Of The Universe: Revelation is on its way to Netflix."Narratively, our show is set up as the next episode in the legacy animated series that aired from 1983-85," says Clerks director Kevin Smith, the executive producer and showrunner of the new series. "This is a continuation of that story. We're playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines.
It won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but, The Suicide Squad is worth a watch.
Now available to stream on for 30 days HBO Max in the US
Mr. Corman (Apple TV Plus)
Created, directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his first major TV role since 2001, Mr. Corman follows a failed musician-turned-fifth grade teacher struggling to find meaning in his life.
It marks yet another comedy-drama series commissioned by Apple TV Plus for 2021 (arriving beforein November), and judging by , is a fantastic return to form for Levitt and a relatable helping of TV escapism. Debra Winger, Juno Temple and Hugo Weaving also star, with the latter stealing his scenes in typical fashion.
Three of Mr. Corman’s 10 episodes are available to stream today, with the rest arriving in weekly installments.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus
‘Time is right’ for Netflix to get into gaming
Streaming service looks beyond TV and film after membership growth slowsThe California-based company missed its growth forecasts in Q2 2021 and only added 1.54m new subscribers. This was below the 1.75m that analysts had predicted and “a fraction of the ten million it added in the second quarter last year”, The Guardian reports.
Val (Amazon Prime Video)
It’s been a crazy old life for Val Kilmer. From starring in blockbusters like Top Gun, Batman Forever and Heat to battling throat cancer in his fifties, the American actor’s journey to stardom has been one of many ups and downs.
As it turns out, he filmed all 40 years of it. Edited down to just 109 minutes, Val sees Kilmer tell the story of his “magical life” through decades worth of video footage, which arrives on Amazon Prime Video this weekend after a brief theatrical run in the US. Annoyingly, it doesn't appear to have released on Prime Video UK – just the US.
Expect behind-the-scenes hijinks, unexpected appearances and a fair few tears.
Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video
Cooking with Paris (Netflix)
For some reason, Netflix decided to commission a show which sees Paris Hilton cook for her famous friends. We say ‘cook’, but the term is best applied loosely here.
In Cooking with Paris, the sequined socialite basically goes food shopping, invites a celebrity over for dinner (like Kim Kardashian) and attempts to create an edible meal. Apparently, this might prove enjoyable TV for some.
7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max and more this weekend
From brand new Disney adventures to acclaimed period dramas, there’s plenty to watch this weekend.There’s some contemporary drama, too, in the shape of The Grand Tour’s four-wheeled hijinks, but a pair of documentaries on John DeLorean and the Harlem Cultural Festival keep proceedings firmly in the rear view mirror.
In fairness, it’s been described as “a glorious glimpse into a life lived entirely without common sense” – so maybe there is some fun to be had here?
Now available to stream on Netflix
Perhaps the more intellectually-stimulating of this week’s Netflix offerings is Vivo, a Sony-produced original animated musical led by the voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gloria Estefan.
It follows the colorful journey of a kinkajou, Vivo, who travels from Cuba to Miami to deliver a love song to an old friend. With shades of Miranda’s own In the Heights and Pixar’s Coco, this one is definitely for those who value soundtrack over storytelling, and looks to be a vibrant adventure for audiences young and old.
Now available to stream on Netflix
Short Circuit season 2 (Disney Plus)
Joining Vivo in this week’s roster of animated adventures is Short Circuit, Disney’s under-the-radar anthology of short films which returns for a second season.
Basically, it’swithout all the love, death and robots, instead showcasing the work of the studio’s experimental animators, who all employ different visual styles to tell their own quirky stories.
Interestingly, anyone within Disney can pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create their own short for the series, so there’s definitely an abundance of creativity to be found here.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus
Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings Of Miami (Netflix)
Of course, it wouldn’t be the weekend without the arrival of a new Netflix documentary, and Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings Of Miami delivers all the true-crime drama we’ve come to expect from the streamer’s now-customary exposés.
This one chronicles the rise of Miami drug kingpins Sal Magluta and Willy Falcon, who would become two of the most prolific cocaine dealers in US history.
Expect jealousy and jet-skis from this six-episode series, which seems like good prep for the upcoming season of Narcos: Mexico.
Now available to stream on Netflix
- Check out our list of the
Daniel Craig leads highest movie star salaries with $100 MILLION .
Daniel Craig, 53, tops Variety's list of the biggest actor salaries with a stunning $100 million for Knives Out 2 and 3, while Dwayne Johnson and Will Smith are next at $50 and $40 million ; seen in January 2020 In March, Variety reported that Craig, 53, would be joining the Netflix fold after the streaming service acquired a second and third film in the Knives Out series, which began with the acclaimed 2019 film.