The Old Guard (Netflix)
Charlize Theron leads the charge as Andy (aka Andromache of Scythia), the tough and smart, not to mention immortal, warrior and head of a band of fellow eternal superheroes that move through the centuries protecting mankind from all forms of evildoers and would-be world manipulators. Directed with finesse and intelligence by Gina-Prince Bythewood, the film doesn't skimp on story and character at the expense of action, although it has that in spades, too. What's better is that this one isn't dependent on the existing legacy of the MCU and DCEU. It actually is a fresh take on the genre, and ably commanded by Theron, an underrated actress and long-standing action hero.
Greyhound (Apple TV+)
Directed by Aaron Schneider and starring old stalwart Tom Hanks, this WWII-set submarine actioner was once set to be released in theaters by Sony Pictures. Then the world happened, and now it's a high-profile Apple TV+ movie. Like "The Outpost," another recent war film that would benefit from larger-than-life sound and vision on the big screen, "Greyhound" is still a stirring tribute on smaller screens.
Hanks plays U.S. Navy Commander Ernest Krause, an upright yet self-doubting leader guiding his first war-time mission. It's up to him to take an Allied convoy across the Atlantic while dodging German U-boats determined to obliterate them. The skirmishes between the forces would become known as The Battle of the Atlantic, the most contracted and complex naval battle in history.
Palm Springs (Hulu)
The veritable "Groundhog Day" genre (you know, the one where someone keeps living the same day over and over, e.g. "Groundhog Day," "Edge of Tomorrow," "Happy Death Day," etc.) just earned another worthy entry. This one's a romantic comedy with a kicker – it's not just one, but two, characters stuck in the same-day predicament. Here, the wedding guests, strangers to each but not for long, are caught in a crossroads where maybe they'll help each other find a way out of it, and possibly even stay with each other afterwards – if they don't kill each other first.
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