Netflix’s Do Revenge, Vengeance and every new movie to watch at home

This weekend, Netflix debuts its black comedy film for teenagers Take revenge with Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones). Not looking for one Heather-style high school revenge movie? Don’t worry, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to this week’s list of movies new to streaming and VOD.

We have received Three thousand years of longingGeorge Miller’s long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, 2022 thriller-drama Breaking starring John Boyega and the late Michael K. Williams Good night mom American remake starring Naomi Watts and streaming on Prime Video, the growing anime film Driving Home on Netflix, the Channing Tatum-led drama Dog on Prime Video, plus tons more.

To help you decide what to watch tonight, here are our top picks for what to stream and rent this weekend.


Take revenge

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Netflix

Photo: Kim Simms/Netflix

A dark teenage comedy starring RiverdaleCamila Mendes, Stranger Things‘ Maya Hawke, with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sophie Turner? Sign us up.

From our review:

Like other films in the high school girl subgenre, Take revenge focuses on convoluted social plots and vicious mob cliques. But it’s not derivative or a cliché: Instead, it’s a natural evolution of these kinds of movies for 2022. Some parts of high school are constant, but teen culture evolves quickly, so teen movies — especially those that adapt or pay homage to older material — risks feeling outdated. Take revenge avoids that curse because of the way Robinson and co-writer Celeste Ballard cleverly update certain plot points.

Three thousand years of longing

Where you can see: Available to rent for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, Vudu

Djinn and Alithea, in bathrobes, talk intensely in Three Thousand Years of Longing

Photo: Elise Lockwood/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

Based on AS Byatt’s book from 1994 The djinn in the nightingale’s eyeGeorge Miller’s Three thousand years of longing centers on Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), a scholar of myth and narrative who inexplicably frees a Djinn (Idris Elba) from a bottle in which he has been imprisoned for the past hundred years. Bound to Alithea until he grants three of her wishes, the Djinn tells her three stories from across his three thousand years in captivity, each telling a tale of loss, longing, betrayal and love.

From our review:

There are movies that change the nature of the air you breathe after watching them, like a motif from the score plays in your head and the color of the world outside the theater doesn’t quite live up to what was seen on the screen. Three thousand years of longing is one of those films, a story about stories—a fraught genre prone to self-importance—that isn’t solely interested in their magic as a stifling, unifying force. They are more powerful than that. More dangerous than that. And it turns out there are few more satisfying ways to explore this than watching two people who think they know everything there is to know about stories trying to guess how this one ends.

Vengeance

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Peacock

BJ Novak holds out a phone to record Boyd Holbrook's voice in Vengeance

Photo: Patti Perret/Fokusfunktioner

BJ Novak brings the podcast mystery to the big screen in his directorial debut, starring as a New York-based journalist who travels to Texas to investigate a disappearance.

From our review:

The film periodically reminds the audience that yes, guns and fast food are an important part of the Texas audience’s American life. The fact that Ben himself is self-aware of his possible East Coast condescension adds another layer—as does the fact that he engages in it anyway. But the extra layers do not necessarily enrich the experience of watching the film. Gradually, Vengeance is starting to feel a bit like a played-out meme, tracing the gifted-child-to-compromised-homicide-investigator pipeline.

Breaking

Where you can see: Available to rent for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, Vudu

John Boyega wears a gray hoodie and holds up a detonator in one hand while talking on the phone in the other in Breaking.

Photo: Bleecker Street

John Boyega stars in the thriller Breaking as Brian Brown-Easley, a Marine Corps veteran who threatens to blow up a Wells Fargo bank to receive money he is owed from Veterans Affairs.

Inspired by a true story, Breaking also notably features the late Michael K. Williams, in one of his final roles, as Eli Bernard, a cop who sympathizes with Brown-Easley’s plight and tries desperately to defuse the hostage situation.

Good night mom

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Prime Video

Naomi Watts wears a ski mask and looks in the mirror in Goodnight Mommy.

Image: Prime Video

Naomi Watts stars in the 2022 American remake of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s 2014 psychological horror film Good night mom. The film is about twin boys who, after arriving at their mother’s secluded country home to discover her face covered in bandages, suspect that this woman is not, in fact, their mother.

From our review:

When the English language remake was announced for Good night mom, the biggest question was whether the new film would go as hard and end as nihilistically as the original. Not only does the remake lack the courage to approach the original film in terms of on-screen terror and pain, it doesn’t really work as a film in its own right.

The new version stars Naomi Watts as the titular mom. With the English language remakes The ring and Fun games under her belt, Watts might have seemed like an easy choice for the lead of yet another American reboot of an international horror hit. The remake’s shortcomings are not due to her lack of craft or effort – the problems lie solely in the writing and direction.

Driving Home

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Netflix

A screenshot from the anime Drifting Home.  A group of five young people sit around a low table in a Japanese-style dining room.  A sixth youth stands up, and all six look at the viewer with surprised expressions.  The table is covered with takeaway boxes.

Photo: Studio Colorido/Netflix

Hiroyasu Ishida (Penguin Highway) latest anime feature Driving Home centers on childhood friends Kosuke and Natsume who, after visiting the apartment building where they lived before it was demolished, are transported to another dimension surrounded by a vast ocean. Stranded with their mutual friends, the two must now work together to find a way out of this strange world and back to their own.

From our review:

The handsome animation production from Studio Colorido (Penguin Highway, A whisker away) does a lot to sell the strange premise. Structures shift and break with believable gravity, even if the driving action is about a building floating through the sea like a raft. To a similar effect, all the young characters are drawn with light, gentle lines. Akihiro Nagae’s designs remain down to earth even with the more fantastical characters shown to the kids. The photo-realistic background art contrasts modernity with mid-century, postwar architecture, but Ishida’s direction isn’t obsessed with realism. It never feels at odds with the film’s sense of danger when the director layers broad, sometimes elastic physical comedy on the characters’ interactions with these environments, such as when Kosuke daringly uses a makeshift zipwire to reach an adjacent floating building, crashing through the wave gaze. the roof, and bounces off the building like a pinball.

Wide top

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Netflix

A man in red mountaineering gear is covered in snow, especially his beard.  He wears a red backpack and looks over the camera, with snowy mountains behind him.

Image: Netflix

Based on the true story of legendary Polish mountaineer Maciej Berbeka, Wide top follows the story of Berbeka who sets out to complete his journey to the top of one of the most dangerous mountains in the world, almost 25 years after his first failed expedition.

Dog

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Prime Video

Channing Tatum and Lulu, the Belgian Malinois, huddle together in what looks like a desert area in Dog.

Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/MGM

Channing Tatum has played a dog man before, but what about a man with a dog?

Tatum co-directed this film with Reid Carolin, and stars as an Army Ranger grieving the loss of his friend who embarks on an extended road trip to take his friend’s dog to the funeral.

Confess, Fletch

Where you can see: Available to rent for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, Vudu

Jon Hamm as Fletch sits shirtless in a hammock in Confess, Fletch

Photo: Robert Clark/Miramax

Jon Hamm stars in this reboot of the 1980s comedy series, filling in for Chevy Chase as the quick-witted detective.

From our review:

The way Hamm’s revival of the series is receiving a half-hearted double release in some theaters and on VOD suggests how little faith Miramax has in the project. But the film says otherwise. It’s ticklish and funny — the kind of comedy adult moviegoers used to see much more regularly than they do today. Comedies have fallen out of favor in a film landscape more devoted to Liam Neeson-style revenge flicks, but Confess, Fletch is refreshing not just for how it uses comedy, but for how it uses Jon Hamm.

Flux Gourmet

Where you can see: Available for streaming on Shudder

Gwendoline Christie, in a flowing black and white outfit, and Asa Butterfield in denim look at each other on a sofa in Flux Gourmet.

Image: AMC Networks

Acclaimed director Peter Strickland (Duke of Burgundy, In fabric) returns with this fascinating drama set in a culinary institute. The trailer promises “sensory overload,” Strickland’s typically impeccable costumes and attention to detail, and the unsettling air you often find in his films.

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