Too many movies and not enough time? We're here to help. Each week we'll comb through the popular streaming services and pick the one thing that you should watch. We start this week with some new thrills, some new chills, and a hidden gem from Cannes 2013.
Blood Red Sky (Netflix - July 23)
Fear strikes at 36,000 feet in this new thriller from German director Peter Thorwarth. As her transatlantic flight gets hijacked, a woman with a mysterious illness (Peri Baumeister) stops at nothing to protect her son.
Jolt (Prime Video - July 23)
Amazon's female-led thriller "Jolt" packs in the electrifying punches. Kate Beckinsale takes a break from slaying Lycans in this revenge-actioner that's part "John Wick," with a mix of "Promising Young Woman." Beckinsale stars as Lindy, a bouncer with a murderous edge, who keeps herself in check via an electric vest. All this gets thrown out the window when the first guy she ever loved gets murdered.
The Congress (Hulu - Now Available)
In a cyber world that's now filled with deep fakes, CGI de-aging technology, and digital re-creations of dead celebrities, Ari Folman's 2013 sci-fi drama is pretty darn precinct. Actress Robin Wright stars as a fictionalized version of herself. Unable to find work, while also caring for her ailing son, Wright agrees to have her body digitally recreated for a studio to use in any movie they wish. Years later, a crisis of conscience befalls her as she realizes her likeness has become commodified.
Freaky (HBO Max - July 24)
HBO Max is dropping "Freaky" on Saturday. This Blumhouse production mixes up the horror genre with the body-swap genre. The result is a fun slasher flick that cleverly toes its own line. After all, director Christopher Landon ("Happy Death Day") knows a thing or two about proper genre mixology.
Stuntman (Disney+ - July 23)
Like a modern-day Evel Knievel, stunt performer Eddie Braun chases a wild dream of jumping the Snake River Canyon (also known as Hell's Canyon). Knievel famously was not able to make this jump, but his dirt ramp is still there. Filmmaker Kurt Mattila follows Braun as he pours his life savings into attempting the jump in a rocket, and hopefully realizing the success his childhood hero never achieved.
A Quiet Place: Part II (Paramount+ & PVOD - Now Available)
It's the No. 1 movie to watch at home, and if you're a Paramount+ subscriber you can watch Parts I and II back-to-back, for the ultimate thrill fest. John Krasinski's follow-up to his 2018 horror hit, continues the story of the Abbotts beyond their farm. We won't spoil anything, but if you want to know more, here are the 9 things you need to know before you watch.
May 28, 2021
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.