It's blockbuster action and family drama all weekend long. From new films to classic gems, there's something for everyone across the streaming services. Here are the movies you should watch from each one. Happy streaming!
After proving himself as a capable action hero last year in Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," John David Washington finds himself on the run again; only this time it's in the correct order. Washington is the titular hero, an American tourist in Greece, who gets caught up in a global conspiracy while on vacation. "Beckett," which also stars Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook, and Vicky Krieps, is a first-time feature from Luca Guadagnino's ("Call Me By Your Name") long-time partner and collaborator Ferdinando Cito Filomarino.
CODA (Apple TV+)
If you have not yet choked up while listening to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides, Now" (especially her orchestrated re-recorded version from 2000), then prepare yourself for the waterworks here. Mitchell's seminal folk ballad plays a pivotal role throughout Sian Heder's indie drama as Emilia Jones's Ruby comes of age while caring for her deaf family. "CODA" (which stands for Children of Deaf Adults), was a big hit at Sundance earlier in the year. Apple was quick to scoop it up for their budding platform. Expect "CODA" to appear in the awards conversation this fall.
The Sundance gems keep coming. Hulu's new doc, a Sundance 2021 winner, explores the lives of the Oakland High School class of 2020 as they try to make their way through a year amid budget cuts. Things explode exponentially as COVID forces the students to complete their year at home, and the country erupts in growing racial tensions following the murder of George Floyd. Filmmaker Peter Nicks' doc was the first winner of the festival's new Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award for documentary filmmaking.
Jurassic Park (HBO Max)
Steven Spielberg knows how to deliver summertime thrills. This Saturday HBO Max is dropping the great director's 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park" and its original sequels. While the quality of "The Lost World" and "Part III" is up for debate, there's no denying the awesomeness and sheer rewatch-ability of the first one. A landmark for CG animation married with a brilliant score by John Williams. It was truly lightning in a bottle that the further "Jurassic World" sequels have been chasing ever since.
John Wick (Peacock)
You don't mess around with a man and his dog. Keanu Reeves is out for revenge in this hit crime drama that spawned a franchise. Peacock also doesn't just have the first chapter -- it's got all three! If you're looking for the perfect action binge this weekend, start here.
Captain America: The First Avenger (Disney+)
This week Disney+ launched its latest Marvel series, "What If..." As Marvel fans have been watching through the previous shows (and what's known about the upcoming movies), this new phase of the MCU is taking us on a twisted journey through the multiverse. "What If..." is the first to show us the endless possibilities, and its animated style means no limitations. The first episode (now streaming) goes back to the start and mixes up the first film featuring Marvel's Star-Spangled hero. What if Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell, who returns to voice) took the super serum instead of Steve Rogers (sadly Chris Evans was unable to voice)? As you explore this possibility, and the events that get forever altered, follow it up with the original film and see just how closely the animators match the movie's look and style.
Black Widow (PVOD)
Of course, if you're going to dive headfirst into an MCU binge, Marvel's big return to the big screen is now available on more screens this weekend. "Black Widow" is Marvel's first major outing since 2019's "Avengers: Endgame" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home." Scarlett Johansson takes the lead, as we explore her time on the run following the events of "Captain America: Civil War." With allusions to both Bond and Bourne, this is one globetrotting adventure you won't want to miss.
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