7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix Prime

In a rare break with tradition, this week's streaming arrivals aren't about to set the internet on fire. This may sound like a review, but it's definitely refreshing to get through a weekend without the pressure of having to tune in to the latest Stranger Things movie or TV show for fear of missing out.

Instead, today's recommendations are made up of lesser-known projects that, while still featuring some big Hollywood names, haven't graced every billboard and movie screen, from sea to sea. Netflix's Chris Hemsworth-starring thriller Spiderhead is the most notable arrival, while The Old Man, Cha Cha Real Smooth and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande are some of the more low-key of the bunch.

Below, we've rounded up seven of the best 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 exciting new Netflix movies on the streamer's 2022 release schedule is Spiderhead, a big-screen adaptation of George Saunders' 2010 dystopian tale (opens in a new tab).

Starring Marvel movie regular Chris Hemsworth, Maverick's Top Gun: Miles Teller, and DCEU newcomer Jurnee Smollett, this psychological thriller follows the fate of two inmates in a state-of-the-art penitentiary, run by the mysterious visionary of Hemsworth, where the prisoners have a choice. to reduce their sentences by volunteering for experiments involving emotion-altering drugs.

Teller reunited with Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski for this mind-blowing escapist flick, which Hemsworth also co-produced (as he did with another recent Netflix movie, Interceptor). Early reviews of Spiderhead have been generally positive, with most viewers describing it as a witty and enjoyable adventure that doesn't reinvent the thriller genre (our reviewer, however, called the film "sort of a square peg in A hole"). «).

Now available to stream on Netflix.

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The Old Man (Hulu, Disney Plus Star)

Don't be fooled by the title: The Old Man is not about an old man. He's fine, he is, but Jeff Bridges' Dan Chase is not a grandpa you want to mess with.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, this FX-produced series sees Bridges play the role of a former CIA agent who, after surviving an unexpected assassination attempt, comes out of retirement to confront his troubled past. . It all sounds very much like a Liam-Neeson action movie to us, but with Black Sails creators Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine serving as showrunners, not to mention the involvement of the Spider-Man: No Way director. The man has the makings of a stellar production.

The seven-episode series, also starring John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman, streams 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 Soft (Apple TV Plus)

Fancy watching something a little more uplifting this weekend? Cha Cha Real Smooth from Apple TV Plus could be for you.

This coming-of-age film stars writer-director Cooper Raif as a recent college graduate whose job hosting a bar mitzvah leads him into an unexpected friendship with a mother (Dakota Johnson) and her teenage daughter (Vanessa Johnson). Burghardt).

In our review, we described this one as "more boring than [an] iconic cultural moment," but Cha Cha Real Smooth garnered the prestigious People's Choice Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, an award won by the winner of the Best CODA Movie of 2021.

Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.

Good luck to you Big Leo (Hulu)

Good luck, Leo Grande has been described by critics as a milestone in Emma Thompson's career, which should be enough to pique your interest.

Unfolding primarily as a conversation between two people in a room, this small-scale drama from director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays, Animals) follows Nancy (Thompson), a widowed, retired school teacher who books a room in hotel and hires a sex worker (Daryl McCormack) in hopes of discovering a form of pleasure he never had during the marriage.

Offering a refreshing change of pace from the action-packed fare so often found elsewhere on streamers, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande comes across as a smooth, nuanced comedy that delivers a pair of stunning performances from its two leads. Those in the US can stream it on Hulu, while UK viewers will have to head to their nearest cinema to watch.

Now available to stream on Hulu.

God's Favorite Idiot (Netflix)

Regular comedy duo (and real-life married couple) Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone return to the screen for God's Favorite Idiot on Netflix.

This eight-episode sitcom centers on an ordinary tech support worker, Clark (Falcone), who, after becoming a trusting messenger from God, is tasked with saving mankind (much like Evan Baxter in Evan Tout-Powerful). McCarthy plays his co-worker and love interest, Amily, who adds even more chaos to Clark's new life.

Malheureusement, God's Favorite Idiot to été fustigé par les critics – l'un d'entre eux l'a qualifié de «point bas» pour le couple à l'écran et hors écran – mais il semble toujours qu'il procurera quelques rires ici and the.

Now available to stream on Netflix.

(*7*)Father of the Bride (HBO Max)

It wouldn't be a good weekly recap if it didn't include a nonsensical remake, but thankfully, the father of the bride on HBO Max is here to help.

To be fair, this classic story of an overbearing father struggling to come to terms with his daughter's marriage was originally a novel and has already been made into a feature film several times (first in 1950, then 1991). This latest version follows a Cuban-American family and stars Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan in the lead roles.

What more can be said ? If you like cheesy romantic comedies, Father of the Bride will deliver sweet charm in spades; don't expect him to win any Oscars.

Now available to stream on HBO Max.

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Paul Pogba: The Pogmentary (Prime Video)

It's official: Paul Pogba: The Pogmentary is the worst documentary name ever.

This five-part series puts France and Manchester United soccer star Paul Pogba under the microscope in a bid to reveal the man behind the mystique, or so its official synopsis would say.

However, judging by the critics' reactions, the reality is a bit different. Étant donné que Pogba cherchait, at the time of the réalisation of The Pogmentary, un nouveau club à appeler chez lui, are long métrage de deux heures et demie dans les coulisses est censé jouer moins comme un exposé significant et plus comme une publicité pour Paul Pogba the brand. Either way, sports fans in general can still enjoy this one.

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