The Princess, The Bad Guys and 11 more new movies to watch at home this weekend

This week is the premiere of The princessthe “Rapunzel meets” The robbery” action movie starring Joey King on Hulu, as well as the streaming premiere of animated comedy the bad guys on peacock.

That’s Not All: Edgar Wright’s Giallo-Inspired Horror Thriller Last night in Soho coming to HBO Max, the Norwegian science fiction comedy blasted and the drama of 2022 Beauty premiere on Netflix, the 2009 Japanese fantasy drama air doll streams on Criterion Channel, and there are tons of new VOD releases, including a 4K restoration of the 1956 epic Ilya Muromets: The Sword and the Dragon

To give you an idea of ​​what’s new and available, here are the new movies you can watch this weekend via streaming and VOD.


The princess

Where to watch: Available to stream on Hulu

Image: Hulu

Joey King (The kissing booth) stars in Le-Van Kiet’s “Rapunzel meets The robbery” action movie as a strong-willed princess who, after refusing to marry the cruel lover to whom she is betrothed, is kidnapped and imprisoned in a secluded tower of her father’s castle. Determined to undermine her future husband’s evil plans, she will have to cut off a bloody streak of blood in order to escape and save her kingdom.

From our review:

It’s intrinsically satisfying to watch a fantasy princess in a ripped, bloody wedding dress stab the men who want to control her. Princesses and other rich women shedding their restrictive dresses and corsets for more battle-ready looks isn’t new: look again, Merida’s dress is bursting at the seams as she prepares her bow, Elizabeth trades in her gowns for more practical combat gear in Pirates of the Caribbean area, or more recently, Grace battles her predatory new in-laws in Ready or not

the bad guys

Where to watch: Available to stream on Peacock

mr.  shark, mr.  wolf, mr.  Piranha, mr.  Snake (Marc Maron) in costume and surrounded by cops in The Bad Guys

Image: DreamWorks

This animated heist film follows a group of anthropomorphic animal criminals who get caught, pretend to be reformed, and then discover that they actually want to be what they pretend to be. With an ensemble cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos and more, we can all agree on one thing: Yes, Mr. Wolf is quite hot.

From our review:

It’s all pretty lightweight stuff, and after recent mainstream triumphs like: To blush and charm from two different arms of Disney, the bad guys could cement DreamWorks’ status as the B-squad of contemporary American animation, where spectacle is the standard and emotional growth is a small pat. But the better DreamWorks cartoons come to life when they are freed from Disney formulas, rather than chasing them or self-consciously spoofing them. Even when the bad guys looks like other movies, it steals gracefully from them, with its own sensibility and energy.

Last night in Soho

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO Max

Anya Taylor-Joy, lit up in neon blue and terrified, in Last Night in Soho

Image: Focus Features

In Edgar Wright’s giallo-inspired psychological thriller, Thomasin McKenzie stars as Eloise, a 1960s-obsessed young woman who moves to London to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. After she begins to experience startling dreams in which she is transported to a nightclub in Soho in the body of an aspiring singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy), Eloise’s dreams become more vivid and violent, blurring the line between hallucinations and reality.

From our review:

Central, as a study of Wright’s own nostalgic tendencies, Soho is a fascinating cultural object. In previous works he showed an interest in the fragility of nostalgia. In Busy hassle and The end of the world, characters are obliged to, and lampooned for, unrealistic nostalgia. Stylistically, however, he always leaned in tribute, again as far back as… spread, with its countless visual and textual references to Hollywood and more esoteric cinema. Homage in itself borders on nostalgia: it’s the celebration, in Wright’s case, of styles and aesthetics of the past, and deep, wistful love for decades-old cinema seeps through his filmography.

Soho feels like Wright’s most explicit questioning of his own sentimental impulses, and at the same time his most stylistically grandiose work. But this story also focuses on the violent and lurid exploitation of women. This is certainly Edgar Wright at his Edgar Wright est, but even if he argues against celebrating the past in Last night in Sohohe celebrates it himself, in ways that are hard to escape, and sometimes even harder to enjoy.

blasted

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

The stars of Blasted are holding laser tag guns and wearing laser tag vests.

Photo: Julianne Leikanger / Netflix

The Norwegian sci-fi comedy blasted follows the story of two childhood friends, Sebastian (Axel Bøyum) and Mikkel (Fredrik Skogsrud), who, when reunited for a laser tag themed bachelorette party, find themselves on the front lines of a battle against alien invaders. Similar to Edgar Wright’s 2013 film The end of the worldblasted seems to tackle similar topics related to the themes of lifelong friendship, maturity, and stalled development.

Beauty

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Gracie Marie Bradley as beauty in beauty.

Photo: Stephanie Meiling/Netflix

Niecy Nash stars in 2022 drama Beauty as a gifted young singer who struggles to maintain her identity after accepting a lucrative record deal, sparking a fierce conflict between her, her family, the label, and her friend as she attempts to forge her career.

air doll

Where to watch: Available to stream on Criterion Channel

Bae Doona and Arata Iura in Air Puppet.

Image: The Criterion Channel

shoplifters Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2009 drama tells the story of an inflatable doll (Bae Doona) who develops consciousness and falls in love while her owner is at work.

the long night

Where to watch: Available to stream on Shudder

A cloaked figure wearing a ram's skull as a mask stands in front of a fiery backdrop.

Image: shudder

A New York transplant (Scout Taylor-Compton) and her boyfriend (Nolan Gerard Funk) return to her childhood home in the South to search for clues about her biological parents. Shortly after arriving, however, a supernatural cult terrorizes the pair as part of their esoteric plot to bring about the apocalypse.

Ilya Muromets: The Sword and the Dragon

Where to watch: Available to rent for $4.99 on Amazon and Apple

A man on a horse in front of a ghostly tree in Ilya Muromets: The Sword and the Dragon.

Image: Vinegar Syndrome/Deaf Crocodile

Legendary fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko’s gripping 1956 epic Ilya Muromets: The Sword and the Dragon Boris Andreyev plays a bogatyr (“knight”) who inherits a sword from an aging giant and embarks on a decades-long battle against Tugar invaders who threaten his homeland and his family. Re-edited for television in the 1960s by Roger Corman, and infamously mocked in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000This new version of the original film has been restored in 4K from the original 35mm negative.

doula

Where to watch: Available to rent for $5.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

Troian Bellisario in 'Doula'.

Image: Universal images

When an LA couple expecting a baby are suddenly confronted by the death of their midwife, they hire her son to take over in this irreverent comedy.

mothers Day

Where to watch: Available to rent for $4.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

A couple of hugs in the back of a car in Mothering Sunday.

Image: Sony Pictures Classics

Based on Graham Swift’s novel of the same name, mothers Day follows the story of Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), a maid living in post-World War I England who has a clandestine love affair with the son of a neighboring mansion who is engaged to another woman. The film follows three different eras of Jane’s life when an unexpected turn of events sends her on a journey to become a writer.

Down with the king

Where to watch: Available to rent for $5.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

Freddie Gibbs as Mercury Maxwell in Down with the King.

Image: Phase 6 Movies

Rapper and musician Freddie Gibbs will shine in 2021 Down with the king as Mercury Maxwell, a famous rapper who, disillusioned by celebrity pressure, leaves his career behind to start a new life as part of a small farming community.

cryo

Where to watch: Available to rent for $6.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

A woman in a cryobedroom with diodes on her forehead.

Image: Saban Films

The 2022 science fiction horror thriller cryo follows five scientists who wake up prematurely from cryosleep without remembering who they are or how long they’ve been asleep. When the group discovers a killer hiding in their midst, they must solve the mystery of how they got there and why they were awakened in the first place.

Rubicon

Where to watch: Available to rent for $5.99 on Amazon; $6.99 on Apple, Vudu

Rubikon's crew is seen through red-tinted lighting in Rubikon.

Image: IFC Midnight

The sci-fi thriller of 2022 Rubicon follows the crew of a space station who, after a catastrophe that engulfs the Earth’s surface, believes they are the only people left alive. When an SOS message breaks through the cloudy surface of the planet calling for food and help, the astronauts and scientists aboard the Rubikon are faced with the difficult decision of what, or who, is worth living or dying for. .

From our review:

On an emotional level, Rubicon is a film about how isolation breeds insularity, and how easy it is for you to narrow your horizons, even if you can see the curvature of the earth from your bedroom window. We can all empathize. On a moral level, however – and this is very much a morality game in the guise of a low-key pressure cooker thriller – it’s about balancing your responsibility to yourself and your family and your responsibility to society. The problem is that the metaphor of it is so overblown, with the future of humanity on one side of the scale and three people in a can on the other, that it’s never quite right.

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