October 2, 2022

If you’re new to HBO Max or haven’t explored the streaming service in awhile, it’s time to check it out. Start at $10 per monthHBO Max subscriptions give you unlimited access to all HBO content, including movies that have just been released. HBO Max’s movie library changes every day, just like its streaming rivals. 

You can find a list of HBO Max’s most notable originals below. Every week, we keep track of all that is added to HBO Max. HBO Max has tons of classics, including many from the Criterion collection, if you’re still looking for something to see.

What’s new in this week’s news (Aug. 29-Sept. 4)

Here are the latest highlights.

Thursday

  • The Divergent film series (2014 – 2016) Sci-fi. Three movie adaptations to Veronica Roth’s Divergent novels.

Friday

  • Elvis (2022). Drama. It’s about Elvis Presley, American musical icon.

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Documentary


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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021).

Morgan Neville, a documentary filmmaker has made this film about Anthony Bourdain. He is a beloved author, chef and TV host who travels around the world. He also directed 2018’s Will You Be My Neighbor! Twenty Feet from Stardom was his Oscar-winning film. The documentary features interviews with Bourdain’s friends, former partners, long-standing colleagues, and other people who know him. It also explores his professional and personal struggles. This two-hour glimpse into Bourdain’s life will be enjoyed by both his fans and those not familiar with him.

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Tony Hawk: Until All The Wheels Go Off (2022).

This HBO documentary demonstrates the amazing tricks of a skateboarder who defies gravity. It’s a time capsule from the 1980s and a Hawk version you probably have never seen. We meet Hawk, the skateboarder who is best known for being a determined, lanky and stubborn child who created his own style. Hawk’s determination is remarkable, as well as the amazing skateboard moves in this film. Enjoy a memorable trip.

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Beanie Mania is an 80-minute look back at the toys’ golden age. I am a regular viewer and viewer of pop culture documentaries. Here’s your chance to catch the plushie-fest mania if you missed it last year. “Perhaps the biggest toy craze in history,”Beanie Babies can also be traced back to a group Chicago moms who began collecting the stuffed animals, according to one reporter. The documentary also features the woman who invented Ty tags, and added poems. Want more fun ’90s toys? This document should be displayed. 

Thriller


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Last Night in Soho (2021).

You have a vision of a great movie evening. Last Night In Soho is the latest movie from Edgar Wright (Baby Drivers, Shaun of the Dead). The film opens in the future, with Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie), a fashion-loving girl who sets off for London College of Fashion. She eventually falls asleep and is transported to the 1960s where she meets Sandie Taylor Joy, an aspiring singer. This tale is full of mystery and horror, as well as neon lights. Reserve a place.

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A new Steven Soderbergh movie? Aka, the great director behind Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s Eleven, and more recently Logan Lucky? This crime thriller is set in Detroit in 1950s. It features many twists and thrills as well as desperate characters. A group criminals must band together to solve an apparently simple crime. Jon Hamm and Amy Seimetz star alongside Don Cheadle, Benicio de Toro and Jon Hamm. The plot is complicated and some people won’t be capable of understanding the fish-eye lens cinematography. But Soderbergh’s sense of humor and his immersive directions make this a fun and entertaining evening.

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Drama


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What can we say? We love the Japanese drama Drive My Car. It was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards as best international feature film. It’s also three hours long, so people are watching it all the time. This speaks volumes. Drive My Car is a powerful film about loss and letting go. It’s available to stream now, even if you missed the Oscars.

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This story, based on Robert Kolker’s magazine article, is about a scandal at a public school and the student journalists who reported it. It is captivating from beginning to end. Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are outstanding as school officials involved in the scheme. It was also given the 2020 Emmy Award in Outstanding Television Movie. 

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King Richard is a warm, moving and easily viewed biopic that tells the story of the father and tennis legends Venus Williams & Serena Williams. The film takes us back to before the sisters became a household name. We see their childhood in Compton and their time on run-down courts with Richard Williams (Will Smith). Richard is certain that his daughters will succeed and works tirelessly to help them reach their full potential. Richard is a complex individual with a great personality. His unwavering belief in Venus and Serena is inspiring. 

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Steven Soderbergh directs this tech thriller. It is set during the COVID-19 outbreak. Angela, a Seattle tech worker played by a neon blue-haired Zoë Kravitz, has agoraphobia, a fear that prevents her from making it past the front door of her apartment. After hearing a disturbing recording at her company, she is forced to take the leap. Kimi is a chic thriller featuring stunning cinematography and a solid soundtrack. You’ll love Kimi.

Scott Free

The Last Duel wasn’t a huge hit when it premiered in theaters on October 10, 2010. It’s now available on HBO Max, where audiences can view it from the comfort of their couches as Matt Damon and Adam Driver battle it out. The Last Duel, directed and written by Ridley Scott, is a historical drama set in medieval times. It stars Jodie Komer (and Ben Affleck). If you find these details interesting and are willing to enjoy the two-and a half-hour runtime, grab some popcorn. 

Searchlight Pictures

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021).

This biopic about Tammy Faye Bakker stars Jessica Chastain. She was the creator and director for PTL, a religious broadcasting network that she co-founded with her husband Jim. Chastain’s passionate performance brings Tammy Faye’s magnetic personality to life. With all her bizarre makeup choices, strangely-timed prayers, and bubbling scandals, you’ll be drawn into her world. It’s not known how long The Eyes of Tammy Faye is going to be on HBO, so we recommend booking an evening with Bakker.

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Judas and The Black Messiah (2021).

The Oscars had a lot of success with The Black Messiah and Judas. Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for best supporting actor for his performance as Judas. It was well deserved. Kaluuya is a skilled actor playing Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Black Panther chapter in Illinois. He is a star alongside Lakeith Stanfield who is an FBI informant sent to infiltrate the party. The biopic is a dramatic portrayal of real-life events from late ’60s. It is shockingly riveting. This film demands your complete attention.

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Vada Cavell (16) must navigate friendships after a shooting at her high school. The Fallout tackles serious topics with realistic dialogue and compassion for its characters. Jenna Ortega’s Vada and Maddie Ziegler’s Mia Reed are strong performances. It will keep you watching for its entire 90 minute runtime.

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HBO Max

This little gem is available on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson, Barbie Ferreira, and a buddy pair who cross states to have an abortion for Veronica Richardson. Yes, it’s about abortion rights. Veronica’s parents refused to allow her to have an abortion. It can also fit into the key gear of all road movie movies, depicting the beautiful relationship between the leads.

Imaginal Disc

Son of Monarchs, a 90-minute American Mexican drama, will be a rare movie. This character study examines two brothers who are profoundly affected by childhood trauma. This story is magically realistic and follows their life journey. Mendel, a biologist, returns home to his hometown, surrounded by majestic monarch butterflies forests.

Comedy


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The French Dispatch (2021).

Wes Anderson is back with another amazing, bizarre feature. The auteur behind “Moonrise Kingdom” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”He sets his sights on a compelling new story, or more. The French Dispatch, also known by a “love letter to journalists,”The film features a series of stories, each one taken from a fictional magazine. This original film is now in theaters.

Father of the Bride (2022).

HBO Max’s Father of the Bride is a documentary about a Cuban American family. It follows patriarch Billy, a traditional father who struggles to absorb the surprising news from his oldest child. She has met a man she wants to marry. This is the third film adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel, Father of the Bride. It stars Andy Garcia as Gloria Estefan.

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Meryl Streep plays an eccentric writer in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What more do you need? Read more about Alice Hughes (Streep), a Pulitzer Prize-winning author trying to finish her next book. Gemma Chan, her literary agent, is following her. She boarded a ship along with some of her old friends, who were the inspiration for her best-known works. Tensions are high. It looks amazing — Soderbergh uses natural light that is crisp and natural — and the dialogue is mostly improvised. You can see how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges, as well as the rest of this stellar cast, have a lot fun doing it.

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Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an animated action-comedy star is unaware that he is actually living in a videogame. Millie (Jodiecomer), an actual programmer, enters the videogame to discover evidence that a stolen program was taken from him. They soon form a team for the mission. Guy must finally accept his dependence on video games. (Sounds a little Matrixy?) Comparisons These were made.) The movie is fast-paced and fun. Two charismatic actors star in the movie. Grab this movie and show it off.

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8-bit Christmas was a 1980s comedy. It tells Jake Doyle’s story, a 10-year-old boy who longs to own a Nintendo. Neil Patrick Harris delights in narrating the story, as Jake recalls his previous search for the Nintendo console. Although there is a Christmas background to the story, Jake’s unyielding dedication to his mission and the lessons he learns along this journey make this a joyful feature that you should watch even after the holidays. 

Superhero


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This DC film contains a lot of violence, and supervillains who accept a deal with the US government to be released from prison. Their mission is destroy Project Starfish, an alien nation in Corto Maltase. Margot Robbie, IdrisElba, and John Cena make 2021’s The Suicide Squad a hilarious, darkly funny, and entertaining bloodbath unlike what you see in superhero movies. (Peacemaker is also available on HBO Max.

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Two months after Robert Pattinson’s casting as Batman in theaters. Matt Reeves’ satisfying superhero flick made it to HBO Max. The movie is set in Gotham City’s perpetually rain-soaked Gotham City. Our bat-channeling protagonist sets out on a quest to find a mysterious murderer with a penchant in riddles. Catwoman, played by a swaggering Zoë Kravitz, gets entwined in the affair when her friend goes missing. This dark mystery is a must see due to its outstanding scene-setting and storytelling. 

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

This R-rated superhero movie is bursting with color and the shocking injury Harley Quinn causes. Margot Robertbie teamed up to direct this film about the titular supervillain. Some might be put off by the non-linear plot and loosely gathered anti-heroes, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s The Huntress, Jurnee Mollett-Bell’s Black Canary and Rosie Perez’s alcoholic detective Renee Montoya. You’ll enjoy a delicious superhero treat if you let Harley Quinn’s charisma, creative action scenes, and stylish visuals take center stage.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).

Aka The Snyder Cut. This one is for Zack Snyder’s fans who fought for a second chance to finish Justice League. Due to personal tragedy, he had to quit. Joss Whedon was recruited, but the theatrical 2017 version was a failure at both the box office and critically. A four-hour Snyder director’s cut, featuring a lot of new scenes, some new villains, and a dramatic epilogue, is now available on HBO Max. It’s worth seeing his original vision if you agree with Snyder’s slomo style.

Are you a fan the ’80s That filmmaking style? The sequel to Wonder Woman offers a deep dive into the film’s inspirations. Either you’ll be transported back to simpler adventures and heroism, or you’ll be annoyed at the slow pace and absurd plot. Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince, who hasn’t lost her heart since Steve Trevor (Chris Pine’s) death. Her work at Smithsonian involves the discovery of an ancient artifact that sets off a world that forces her to make difficult choices. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the cast. Colorful, lightweight escapism.

Musical drama


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Steven Spielberg’s reimaginings of the classic musical have triumphantly made it onto HBO Max. The film received seven Academy Award nominations. Ariana DeBose was nominated for the best supporting actress award. Young Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) meet at a high school dance and start an illicit love affair. This causes tensions between rival gangs. The film’s stunning production design and eye-catching musical numbers transport viewers back to 1950s New York. The film’s second half is darker, but Spielberg is at the helm and you’ll be able to absorb it all.

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Heights stars Anthony Ramos, who plays Usnavi, the bodega proprietor trying to keep his business running during a heatwave in Washington Heights. Usnavi secretly falls in love with Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), a neighbor whom Usnavi secretly admires. They dream of moving to a different neighborhood and leaving the salon. Usnavi loves Washington Heights and provides lots of love, lottery tickets, as well as cafe con Leche. In the Heights is a celebration in culture, wealth, classism and immigration through choreographed twists.

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