In a rare break from tradition, this week’s streaming arrivals aren’t the kind to set the internet on fire. This might seem like a criticism, but it’s genuinely refreshing to get through a weekend without the pressure of having to tune in to the latest Stranger Things-level movie or TV show for fear of missing out.
Instead, today’s recommendations are made up of lesser-known projects that, while still boasting some Hollywood big names, haven’t been plastered all over billboards and movie screens, from sea to bright sea. Chris Hemsworth’s Netflix thriller Spiderhead is the most notable arrival, while The Old Man, Cha Cha Real Smooth and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande count among the more low-key of the bunch.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows available to stream on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, and more this weekend.
Spider Head (Netflix)
one of the most interesting new movies from netflix on the streamer’s 2022 release schedule is Spiderhead, a 2010 big screen adaptation by George Saunders. dystopian tale (opens in new tab).
Starring marvel movie normal Chris Hemsworth, Top Gun: MaverickMiles Teller and DCEU Newcomer Jurnee Smollett, this psychological thriller follows the plight of two inmates at a state-of-the-art penitentiary – run by the mysterious Hemsworth visionary – where prisoners can choose to reduce their sentences by volunteering for experiments involving emotion-altering drugs.
Teller Meets with Top Gun: Maverick Director Joseph Kosinski for this breakout movie, which Hemsworth also co-produced (as he did with another recent Netflix movie, Interceptor). Early reviews of Spiderhead were generally positive, with most viewers describing it as a slick and enjoyable adventure that doesn’t reinvent the thriller genre (our own critic, however, labeled the film as “something like a square peg in a hole.” round”).
Now available to stream on Netflix.
The Old Man (Hulu, Disney Plus Star)
Don’t be fooled by the title: The Old Man is not about an old man. Okay, yeah, but Jeff Bridges’ Dan Chase isn’t a grandfather you want to mess with.
An adaptation of Thomas Perry’s novel of the same name, this FX-produced series sees Bridges starring as a former CIA agent who, after surviving an unexpected assassination attempt, comes out of retirement to deal with his troubled past. This all sounds too Liam-Neeson-action movie to us, but with Black Sails creators Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine in tow as showrunners – not to mention the involvement of Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts – The Old Man has the makings of a stellar production.
The seven-episode series, which also stars John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman, is streaming on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus Star in the UK.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus Star in the UK.
Cha Cha Real Smooth (Apple TV Plus)
Looking forward to watching something a little more uplifting this weekend? Apple TV Plus‘Cha Cha Real Smooth might be for you.
This coming-of-age film stars its writer and director, Cooper Raif, as a recent college graduate whose job as a bar mitzvah host leads to an unexpected friendship with a mother (Dakota Johnson) and her teenage daughter (Vanessa Burghardt).
Inside our reviewdescribed this as “more of an annoyance than [an] iconic cultural moment,” but Cha Cha Real Smooth won the prestigious Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival – an award won by the 2021 CODA Best Film winner.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Good luck to you Big Leo (Hulu)
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande has been described by critics as the high point of Emma Thompson’s career – which should be enough to pique your interest.
Developing primarily as a conversation between two people in a single room, this small-scale drama from director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays, Animals) follows Nancy (Thompson), a retired teacher and widow who books a hotel room and hires a sex worker (Daryl McCormack) in hopes of discovering a form of pleasure she never had during their marriage.
Offering a refreshing change of pace from the action fare so often found in other streamers, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande sounds like a sweet, nuanced comedy, with a pair of knockout performances from its two leads. Those in the US can stream it on Hulu, while UK viewers will have to head to the nearest cinema to watch it.
Now available to stream on Hulu.
God’s Favorite Idiot (Netflix)
Regular comedy duo (and real-life couple) Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone return to the big screen for God’s Favorite Idiot on Netflix.
This eight-episode comedy centers on a regular tech support worker, Clark (Falcone), who, having found himself an unsuspecting messenger of God, is tasked with saving humanity (like Evan Baxter in Evan Almighty). McCarthy stars as his co-worker and love interest, Amily, who adds even more chaos to Clark’s newly bumpy life.
Sadly, God’s Favorite Idiot was panned by critics – one called it a “low point” for the couple on and off screen – but it still looks like it’s going to get a few laughs here and there.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Father of the Bride (HBO Max)
This wouldn’t be a proper weekly roundup if it didn’t include an unnecessary remake – but luckily, Father of the Bride on HBO Max is here to oblige.
To be fair, this classic story of an overbearing father struggling to accept his daughter’s marriage was originally a novel and has since been adapted into a feature film on several occasions (first in 1950, then again in 1991). This latest version follows a Cuban-American family and stars Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan in the lead roles.
What more can we say? If you like your cheesy romantic comedies, Father of the Bride will deliver sugary charm in spades – just don’t expect it to win any Oscars.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.
Paul Pogba: The Pogmentary (Prime Video)
It’s official: Paul Pogba: The Pogmentary is the worst documentary name in history.
This five-part series puts the microscope to France and Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba in an attempt to reveal the man behind the mystique – at least, that’s what the official synopsis would say.
Judging by critics’ reactions, however, the reality is a little different. Given that Pogba was, at the time of making The Pogmentary, looking for a new club to call home, his two-and-a-half-hour behind-the-scenes feature reportedly functions less as significant exposure and more as an advertisement for Paul Pogba’s brand. Anyway, sports fans in general can still have fun with this one.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.