Robin Wright stars in the 2013 Science Fiction Congress.
Apparently it’s horror season this week on Hulu – a couple of horror-filled movies hit the streamer on Thursday, including A Field in England (2013) other Cheap Thrills (2013). If you want to keep on the road less traveled, try The Congress (2013). The decently well-received sci-fi drama combines animation with live action to tell its story about an actress who agrees to sell the digital rights to her image. What can go wrong? See the fascinating movie on Thursday.
Thursday brings a host of other movies. Another note is Mercy (2012), a South Korean thriller about the brutal executor of a usurer who stops his violent ways when a woman claims to be his long-lost mother. For a lighter display, last week saw the fantastic new arrival of Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar (2021). Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s brilliant, goofy comedy seems to have gone unnoticed. It features Mumolo and Wiig as the titular Barb and Star, best friends vacationing in Florida, only to inadvertently find themselves embroiled in a nefarious plot.
The beginning of July saw a tone of newcomers, including Beetlejuice (1988), Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Fargo (1996) and Whip It (2009). Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) and the new Questlove documentary, Summer of the soul, landed so recently. For more information, check out the list of the best Hulu originals below.
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It was only a matter of time before a documentary appeared recounting the remarkable story of teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg. I Am Greta is an intimate look at Thunberg’s one-man school strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament. We also get a glimpse of her life as a shy student with Asperger’s. The rare footage is in the safe hands of Swedish director Nathan Grossman, following Thunberg’s galvanizing impact from those steps to the rest of the world.
On the surface, this extraordinary documentary by Bing Liu is a love letter to skateboarding. But scratch a bit more and you will find the vast depths of Minding the Gap. A rich and thoughtful history of the young people who grew up in the United States of the 21st century, it explores domestic trauma, systemic racism and classism. It resonates beyond the skatepark.
Plan B (2021)
This road trip comedy covers familiar territory, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles play strange best friends: one is a heterosexual student, the other is a bum who helps the former track a Plan B pill in a conservative small town in South Dakota, within 24 hours. to an unfortunate first sexual encounter. Following in the footsteps of the fast-paced and fresh Booksmart, Plan B is a nifty, raunchy ride that holds nothing back.
Palm Springs fits squarely into the charming indie category – its new sci-fi premise acts as a gateway to exploring deeper ideas. Cristin Miloti and Andy Samberg play Sarah and Nyles, two strangers who meet at a wedding and do all sorts of things, including stumbling across a Groundhog Day time loop. Their only chance of escape appears to be tied to personal advancement. With extra care about landing, Palm Springs should be on your list of viewing destinations.
Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age film told with an emphasis on the clutter of growing up. Pete Davidson plays a bum who befriends 16-year-old Mo. His influence makes Mo try new things, from alcohol to impressing girls at parties. You learn the lessons you can expect. A clever ensemble, including Jon Cryer, is the icing on the cake that brings together this heartfelt gem.
If you like Christmas movies with a dash of substance, Happiest Season is one of the best new gems to put on your Christmas display shelf. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play the loving couple Abby and Harper, who find a single key in their relationship: Harper has yet to speak to his conservative family. With all the warmth of a non-corny Hallmark card, and bolstered by an all-star supporting cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Dan Levy, Happiest Season is a smart, modern Christmas movie with an emotional punch.
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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has won awards at film festivals and unsurprisingly won Oscars for best picture, best director and best actress. Zhao is a true workhorse, directing, editing, and writing this fascinating and contemplative drama about a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her home to travel the American West. Get this: The supporting cast members are real-life nomads who play fictional versions of themselves. See this extraordinary piece from the director who will bring his unique lens to Marvel’s Eternals later this year.
Sarah Paulson had a great year, starring in Mrs. America, Ratched and Now Run, an Aneesh Chaganty thriller (check out her excellent directorial debut Searching). In Run, Paulson plays Diane Sherman, a mother who cares for her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), who uses a wheelchair. But their mother-daughter relationship is more unsettling than it sounds. Be captivated by suspense, mystery and horror as Diane takes helicopter parenting to a new level.
Like the great Fleabag once said, “Hair is everything.” Bad Hair could take that to the next level. The horror satire set in the ’80s follows a young woman who reluctantly agrees to knit herself, but changing her image to please the image-obsessed music industry has its consequences. Absurdly funny and disturbing at the same time, Bad Hair unveils an entertaining fable that reflects on modern life.
Zombies, the Australian outback, and a school bus of carefree kids are a mix that you can expect to end badly. Little Monsters follows kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) in her gigantic task: keeping her charges safe and away from meat-eating monsters (and echidna). If she succeeds, she will be the teacher of the year. With a scene-stealing Josh Gad in tow, Little Monsters is ridiculously fun to use a fresh brain to tackle the genre.
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