HBO Max: The 29 Best Movies to Watch

Should you’re new to HBO Max, or you have not explored the service’s library in awhile, now’s an excellent time to test it out. Beginning at $10 a month, you get entry to all the things HBO has to supply, which incorporates a number of films that have been just lately displaying in theaters. And as with all streaming providers, the library of nice films is altering on a regular basis. We hold observe of all the things that is coming to HBO Max every week, in addition to a few of the service’s standout originals, which you’ll be able to try under. And in case you’re nonetheless trying to find one thing to observe, the platform additionally affords tons of artwork home classics from the distinguished Criterion Assortment.

What’s new this week (June 13-19)

Listed below are this week’s highlights.

Thursday

  • Father of the Bride (2022) — Rom-com. A father should come to grips together with his daughter’s upcoming marriage ceremony and deal with a number of relationships inside his sprawling Cuban American household.

Friday

  • Non-Cease (2014)  Motion thriller starring Liam Neeson. An air marshal springs into motion throughout a transatlantic flight after receiving a collection of textual content messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or somebody will die each 20 minutes.

Sunday

  • Tom and Jerry Cowboy Up! (2022) — Animated film. Tom and Jerry are within the Wild West the place they assist save a ranch from the palms of a grasping villain. The rivals workforce as much as assist a cowgirl and her brother save their homestead from a grasping land-grabber.

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Finest HBO Max originals and blockbusters


Documentary


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Roadrunner: A Movie About Anthony Bourdain

This movie about beloved writer, chef and globe-traveling TV host Anthony Bourdain comes from documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, who additionally directed 2018’s Will not You Be My Neighbor? and the Oscar-winning movie Twenty Toes from Stardom. In interviews with individuals who knew Bourdain, like his associates, former companions and longtime colleagues, the doc tracks his profession path, relationships and private struggles. Bourdain followers and people much less acquainted with the star will probably admire this two-hour take a look at his life.

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Tony Hawk: Till the Wheels Fall Off

Tune into this doc for the mesmerizing, gravity-defying skateboard stunts, a time capsule of the ’80s skateboarding scene, and a model of Hawk you have in all probability by no means seen. We get to know the famend athlete as a lanky, cussed however decided child who adopted his personal skateboarding type. Hawk’s persistence is one thing to marvel at, together with all of the gorgeous skateboard strikes this movie packs in. Grasp on for a memorable journey.

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As a frequent watcher of popular culture documentaries, I used to be stunned I missed Beanie Mania, an 80-minute examination of the toys’ heyday. Should you, too, omitted this plushie-fest when it premiered on the finish of final 12 months, this is your invitation to get in on the mania. “Maybe the most important toy craze in historical past,” as one reporter places it within the doc, the Beanie Infants phenomenon will be traced again to a bunch of Chicago mothers who began amassing the stuffed animals. The documentary additionally spotlights the lady who thought up including poems to Ty tags. Need extra pleasant ’90s toy tidbits? Put this doc on show. 

Comedy


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An American Pickle (2020)

Whether or not you want this or not in all probability hinges on how a lot you want Seth Rogen. You are getting lots of him — he stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first enjoying Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish laborer who immigrates to America in 1919. He finds work at a pickle manufacturing facility — and that is the place issues get bizarre — falls right into a vat of pickles that preserves him for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 Brooklyn and hangs out together with his great-grandson Ben, additionally performed by Seth Rogen. Should you embrace this artistic premise, then it is a nice low-key comedy for the smaller display with some spectacular chemistry between Rogen and Rogen.

On the lookout for a fluffy, feel-good film? This new rom-com affords simply that. Set on reaching their respective love pursuits on Mars, Lana Condor (Star of Netflix’s To All of the Boys collection) and Cole Sprouse hop on a spaceship headed to the purple planet. Nicely, Sprouse really sneaks on board, which ends up in some hijinks because the pair try to cover the reality from the remainder of the ship. Whereas it would not make an area rock-size impression, you will nonetheless wish to tune in for the futuristic setting and slow-burn romance.

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On this energetic action-comedy, Man (Ryan Reynolds) is cheerfully oblivious to the truth that he is dwelling inside a online game. Millie (Jodie Comer), a real-life programmer, enters the sport to attempt to uncover proof {that a} code was stolen from her, and the 2 quickly workforce up on the mission. Finally, Man should come to grips with the fact of his video-game-dependent existence. (Sounds somewhat Matrix-y proper? Comparisons have been made.) However lengthy story quick: This film is a enjoyable and fast-paced tour that snags two ridiculously charismatic actors for its leads. Load this one onto your display now.

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The French Dispatch (2021)

Settle in for an additional eccentric, fantastic-looking characteristic from director Wes Anderson. The auteur behind “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Resort” units his sights on an alluring new story — or quite, three. The French Dispatch, dubbed a “love letter to journalists,” takes viewers by means of a triad of separate tales, straight from the pages of a fictional journal. Should you missed this extremely authentic installment when it hit theaters final October, now’s the time to get in on its fascinating story.

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Meryl Streep enjoying an eccentric writer in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What extra do you could know? Should you do wish to know extra: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) is struggling to complete her subsequent ebook, chased by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She boards a cruise ship with outdated associates, who impressed her best-known work. Tensions are robust. It seems to be nice — Soderbergh makes use of crisp, pure mild — and a lot of the dialogue is improvised. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the remainder of the impeccable forged have enjoyable with that.

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A playful comedy set within the ’80s, 8-bit Christmas follows the story of a younger Jake Doyle, a devoted 10-year-old who desperately seeks a Nintendo. The movie is delightfully narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, an older Jake reminiscing on his previous quest to safe the gaming console. Sure, there is a Christmas backdrop to the story, however Jake’s unyielding dedication to his mission, and what he learns alongside the way in which, make this cheery characteristic a must-watch even after the vacation season. 

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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star on this shocking rom-com heist movie from Doug Liman (The Bourne Id). The movie was written and shot throughout lockdown, and the pandemic really options within the movie’s backdrop. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a pair planning to rob a jewellery retailer in London whereas a lot of the shops are shut. Their relationship has struggled within the lockdown, and so they reevaluate a factor or two amid their loopy caper. It isn’t probably the most polished flick, however you are primarily in it for the charisma of Hathaway and Ejiofor. The inclusion of the pandemic will both intrigue you or flip you away.

Drama


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Steven Soderbergh directs this participating tech thriller set through the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela, a Seattle tech employee performed by a neon blue-haired Zoë Kravitz, has agoraphobia, a concern that stops her from making it previous the entrance door of her condo. However when she uncovers an unsettling recording whereas doing her job, she’s pushed to make the leap. Kimi is a classy thriller full with eye-catching cinematography, a stable rating and a protagonist you will be rooting for.

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The Final Duel notably did not win lots of eyeballs when it debuted in theaters in October. However it’s on HBO Max now, the place audiences can watch from the consolation of their sofa as Adam Driver and Matt Damon battle it out. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Final Duel is a historic drama set within the Center Ages with an A-list forged that additionally contains Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck. If any of those particulars pique your curiosity, and also you’re ready to take a seat by means of its two and half hour runtime, pull out some popcorn and placed on this flick. 

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King Richard is a heat, affecting and simply watchable biopic concerning the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. The movie winds again the clock to earlier than the sisters grew to become family names, giving us a glimpse of their upbringing in Compton and time spent practising on run-down courts with their father, Richard Williams (Will Smith). Satisfied his daughters are going to achieve success, Richard works tirelessly to get their star potential observed by skilled coaches. An advanced man with an incredible persona, Richard is fascinating to get to know, and his unwavering perception in Venus and Serena is inspiring. 

Janus Movies

What can we are saying about acclaimed Japanese drama Drive My Automotive? Nicely, it snagged an Oscar for greatest worldwide characteristic movie at this 12 months’s Academy Awards. It is also a three-hour film that individuals are sitting and watching throughout, which, to me, speaks volumes. However significantly, Drive My Automotive is a robust movie that explores loss and letting go. Should you missed it earlier than the Oscars, stream it now.

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Jessica Chastain, who received an Oscar for greatest actress, stars on this biopic of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who, alongside together with her husband, Jim, created and helmed the massively in style non secular broadcasting community PTL within the ’70s and ’80s. Chastain’s dedicated efficiency brings Tammy Faye’s outsize and magnetic persona to life. You may end up drawn into her world, with all its ridiculous make-up selections, weirdly timed prayers and effervescent scandals. It is unclear how lengthy The Eyes of Tammy Faye will stay on the HBO streamer, so we suggest you reserve a night with Bakker whilst you can.

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A coming-of-age drama that includes motorbikes. Attraction Metropolis Kings stars a recent younger forged, together with Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Mouse, a 14-year-old swept up within the biking world of Baltimore, a lot to his mom’s dismay. The movie’s strengths lie in its spectacular younger expertise and robust path of scenes involving bike motion. Plus WandaVision followers will spot Teyonah Parris in a supporting function. Not good, however a lot to admire.

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas and the Black Messiah made waves on the Oscars, incomes a greatest supporting actor win for Daniel Kaluuya, amongst its many nominations. It was a lot deserved. Kaluuya is mesmerizing as Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther chapter in Illinois, lighting up the display alongside Lakeith Stanfield, who performs an FBI informant despatched to infiltrate the get together. The biopic, dramatizing real-life occasions within the late ’60s, is riveting, surprising and sizzles with themes about racial injustice. A giant, hefty movie that calls for your full consideration.

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After a taking pictures happens at her highschool, 16-year-old Vada Cavell should navigate friendships, faculty and her relationship together with her household. The Fallout skillfully approaches severe subject material with reasonable dialogue and compassion for its characters. With robust performances from stars Jenna Ortega, as Vada, and Maddie Ziegler, as her new buddy Mia Reed, the characteristic will hold you glued to the display for the whole thing of its 90-minute runtime.

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It is a candy little gem on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo crossing states to the place pregnant teen Veronica (Richardson) can get an abortion. Sure, it is concerning the subject of pro-choice, with Veronica’s mother and father refusing to present her permission to have the abortion. However it additionally slots into the important thing gear of all road-trip films, depicting a stupendous friendship between the 2 leads.

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A uncommon (these days) 90-minute movie, American Mexican drama Son of Monarchs will stick with you lengthy after the tip credit roll. This deep character research follows two brothers who’re modified in markedly alternative ways by the trauma they suffered in childhood. This story, folding in magical realism, follows how they transfer ahead in life — the butterfly metaphors are robust, with biologist Mendel returning to his hometown surrounded by majestic monarch butterfly forests.

Thriller


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A brand new Steven Soderbergh film? Aka the good director behind Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and, extra just lately, Logan Fortunate? Twists, thrills and determined characters populate this crime thriller set in Nineteen Fifties Detroit. When a seemingly easy job will get out of hand, a bunch of criminals should work collectively to uncover what’s actually occurring. Take within the unbelievable forged: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm and Amy Seimetz. Whereas the plot could be a little convoluted and a few will not have the ability to get previous the fish-eye lens cinematography, Soderbergh’s humorousness and immersive path make this crime caper an entertaining night time in.

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If ever there was a film that improves with a number of rewatches, it is Tenet. Because of its launch on HBO Max, now you can perceive the plot that goes with its spectacular visuals. John David Washington stars because the Protagonist, whose title is a refined trace to his James Bond mission to forestall a world-destroying assault — from the longer term. The Protagonist learns to govern the move of time with the assistance of Robert Pattinson’s debonair Neil. Presumably probably the most Christopher Nolan of Christopher Nolan films, Tenet is as entertaining as it’s cerebral.

Musical drama


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Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the basic musical has triumphantly leapt and twirled its means onto HBO Max. The movie scored seven Academy Award nominations and Ariana DeBose received greatest supporting actress for her function as Anita. Younger Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) cross paths at a highschool dance and start a forbidden love affair, escalating tensions between two rival gangs. Eye-catching musical numbers and gorgeous manufacturing design transport viewers to Nineteen Fifties New York. The movie darkens in its second half, however with Spielberg on the helm, you will willingly take in all of it.

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Within the Heights stars Anthony Ramos (whom you would possibly acknowledge as John Laurens in Hamilton) enjoying Usnavi, a bodega proprietor struggling to maintain his enterprise afloat whereas a heatwave strikes Washington Heights. Secretly in love together with his neighbor Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), who desires of getting out of the salon and out of the neighborhood, Usnavi serves the individuals of Washington Heights with an entire lot of affection, lottery tickets and cafe con leche. Between the choreographed twirls and fireworks, Within the Heights is an examination of wealth disparity, immigration, classism and the significance of tradition.

Superhero


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Lower than two months after Robert Pattinson stepped out as Batman in theaters, Matt Reeves’ satisfying superhero flick has hit HBO Max. The film takes place in an ever-gray and rain-soaked Gotham Metropolis, the place our bat-channeling protagonist begins to hunt out a mysterious assassin with an affinity for riddles. Catwoman, performed by a swaggering Zoë Kravitz, will get entwined within the affair when her buddy goes lacking. Strong scene-setting and storytelling make this darkish thriller unmissable. 

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Aka The Snyder Reduce. This one’s for the droves of Zack Snyder followers who campaigned for the director to get a second shot at ending Justice League, after he was compelled to depart earlier than completion as a consequence of private tragedy. In stepped Joss Whedon, however the 2017 theatrical model was a vital and field workplace failure. Now, a four-hour Snyder director’s lower is prepared on HBO Max, with a ton of latest scenes, a few new villains and the spectacular epilogue. Should you’re on board with Snyder’s slo-mo type, it is price trying out his remarkably completely different authentic imaginative and prescient.

Fan of the ’80s? Together with that filmmaking type? The sequel to Marvel Girl leans arduous into its inspirations, which is able to both take you again to pleasingly easy variations of journey and heroism, or actually annoy you with a nonsensical plot and sluggish tempo. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince hasn’t moved on from Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) demise, working on the Smithsonian the place an historical artifact kicks off a world of hassle and forces her to make a couple of arduous selections. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the forged. Colourful, light-weight escapism.

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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)

This violent, R-rated superhero entry explodes with colour, amid the surprising leg breaks courtesy of 1 Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie and director Cathy Yan teamed up for this distinctive standalone movie that includes the titular supervillain. Its non-linear plot and loosely assembled anti-heroes — together with Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s The Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, Rosie Perez’s alcoholic detective Renee Montoya and Ella Jay Basco’s pickpocket Cassandra Cain — would possibly postpone some who’re after a neater package deal. However in case you let the fashionable visuals, artistic motion scenes and Harley Quinn’s charisma take heart stage, you will be in for a scrumptious superhero deal with.

Fantasy


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This one’s a little bit of a novelty inclusion. See what Robert Zemeckis (director of Again to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their retelling of the Roald Dahl basic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a younger boy who’s become a mouse by Hathaway’s sometimes CGI’d Grand Excessive Witch. Nobody’s saying it comes near the 1990 Anjelica Huston authentic, however it’s intriguing sufficient to take somewhat take a look at.

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