The fall TV season has begun, but we’ve still found seven new movies worthy of your attention. Leading the group is a fresh theatrical release with John Boyega. That movie, the suspenseful Breaking, made comparisons to Dog Day Afternoon and hopes to find a larger audience at home.
Of all these releases, we are really excited to see Do Revenge, the new Netflix movie starring Maya Hawke, star of Stranger Things. Here, she abandons Demogorgons for her drama, playing Eleanor, a teenager whose biggest problem is the gossip that spreads about her. She and a classmate who finds herself in an equally complicated situation team up to take revenge on each other.
Elsewhere in the streaming world, a documentary duo will make you feel terrified. Netflix’s Sins of Our Mother faces an unthinkable series of murders, while Peacock tells the story of the first cruise company that had Covid-19 on board. Meanwhile, Hulu is home to a drama that deserves a second chance after its ad campaign goes bust, and Prime Video has a new thriller we need to watch.
I want more? Check out our guide to all of the biggest fall TV debuts and our Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power review to understand why we think it’s awesome and divisive.
John Boyega (Attack The Block, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) has taken a break from his biggest hits for movies that get a message across. Breaking, a modern day dog day afternoon, sees him play the role of Brian Brown-Easley, a hapless marine veteran as he tries to reintegrate into society.
Things are so bad that Brian decides he needs to rob a bank to get his message across. And since he’s not evil, Brian has a hard time robbing the bank while he’s trying to make sure everyone else gets the assistance and help they need along the way. Critics are delighted with Boyega’s intense performance, which is the glue that holds the film together.
Buy it Apple / iTunes (opens in a new tab) and other services now
Hell of a Cruise (Peacock)
Cruises are almost an afterthought of modern society. We know people use them and some fans rent a whole ship. But they’re not a big deal. So it’s more than OK if you’ve forgotten or never heard of the 2020 trip of the Diamond Princess cruise ship which is one of the most famous places Covid-19 initially hit.
This is where Hell of a Cruise, a feature-length documentary that debuts on Peacock this week, comes in. Consisting of original passenger self-portrait footage and passenger interviews, this documentary aims to show just how badly managed this situation has become.
Stream it Peacock (opens in a new tab) from tomorrow (wednesday 14 september)
The Last Duel (Hulu)
Sometimes, movie trailers fail to properly communicate the quality of a movie. And those who have actually seen The Last Duel – and haven’t skipped it after watching a trailer focusing mostly on Ben Affleck in an ugly wig – see this film as a great example of a film dwarfed by its own publicity.
Its title is quite literal, as a rape charge brings two men into the final sanctioned duel. While the marriage of Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Marguerite (Jodie Comer) is atrophy, the friendship between Jean and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) becomes a rivalry as Jacques rises in rank with their lord, the Earl. Pierre d ‘Alencon (Ben Affleck).
Marguerite throws her rape accusation at Jacques, and then it’s time for the duel. While some may see the film as a Rashomon in its own right, his perspective shifts don’t change the true truths on screen. Affleck won critical acclaim for his slimy performance.
Stream it Hulu (opens in a new tab) from tomorrow (wednesday 14 september)
The Sins of Our Mother (Netflix)
Netflix’s latest haunting documentary tells the story of Lori Vallow, a woman who was well-liked in her community but now awaits trial for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder (with her fifth husband Chad). The two are accused of the murders of JJ and Tylee (two of Lori’s children) and Tammy (Chad’s ex-wife).
Lori’s surviving son Colby is somehow able to help tell this very complicated and very distressing story. And if complexity and tragedy weren’t enough, there is also the situation involving Lori’s brother, Alex, who allegedly shot and killed her ex-husband Charles. Directed by Skye Borgman (Kidnapped in Plain Sight, Girl In the Picture).
Stream it Netflix (opens in a new tab) tomorrow (wednesday 14 september)
Take Revenge (Netflix)
Stranger Things’ Maya Hawke is co-starring in Do Revenge, the introduction of a younger generation to Hitchcockian suspense (as it is inspired by Strangers on a Train). This film sees an unexpected alliance when high school students Drea (Camilla Mendes) and Eleanor (Hawke) are on the wrong side of high school gossip. Someone leaked a topless video of Drea that was only meant for her boyfriend, and Eleanor is accused of keeping classmate Carrissa (Ava Capri) at bay and forcing a kiss. Now, Drea and Eleanor will do each other’s dirty work to get revenge.
Stream it Netflix (opens in a new tab) starting Friday (September 16)
Goodnight mom (first video)
Children shouldn’t play detective about something that is actually dangerous. Especially on the identity of one of their parents. That’s the case with this creepy-looking Prime Video Original, with Naomi Watts as the woman who may not actually be the mother of young Elias (Cameron Crovetti) and Lucas (Nicholas Crovetti).
But when “Mother” has had plastic surgery and is still swaddled, what are these kids to do when she’s not acting like herself? Things get more and more tense as “Mother” asks her and her kids to keep some new secrets.
Stream it First video (opens in a new tab) starting Friday (September 16)
Mija (Disney Plus)
Young Doris Muñoz, the daughter of undocumented migrants, has been facing instability and problems for years (including the deportation of her brother Jose). But once she finds herself on the verge of success in the music industry, she realizes she isn’t equipped enough for her challenges. Once she meets Chicano singer and musician Jacks Haupt, who is struggling with a similar situation, the two bond because of their similarities.
Stream it Disney Plus (opens in a new tab) starting Friday (September 16)