Best new streaming movies this week (Jan 8-14, 2024)

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    There is a lot to watch on the various streaming services available in 2023 — sometimes, it almost feels like too much. To simplify things for you, we’ve compiled some of the best new streaming movies to watch that are new this week.

    Check out our top picks from major streamers like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and will sometimes even bring you an exciting new VOD movie or two. In addition to the latest movies from this week, we also give you other recommendations for shows that have arrived on a new streaming platform in the last 30 days. 

    The best new streaming movies this week 

    This week saw a nice variety of new movies introduced and below we take a look at five new movies worth streaming.

    Landscape with Invisible Hand – Jan 9, Prime Video

    In the near future an alien invasion changes life as we know it, but not due to war. The aliens in this movie arrived peacefully, making for a benevolent occupation. While this advanced tech was meant to bring about a new utopia, the reality is grim for many as most humans have become unemployed and impoverished. That’s when two teens discover alien’s fascination with humans and begin broadcast their dating life as a way to make money from the Vuvv aliens. 

    • Release date: August 18, 2023
    • Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Cory Finley
    • Cast: Asante Blackk, Tiffany Haddish, Kylie Rogers

    Beyond Utopia – Jan 9, Hulu

    This documentary takes a closer look at the struggles of everyday North Koreans under the current oppressive regime, as well as the lengths they take to attempt to escape. The documentary combines real secretly filmed footage behind North Korea’s borders alongside other materials such as interviews from Underground Railroad members and more. 

    Ever wondered if the horrors of being a North Korean citizen are accurate to reality? This documentary answers that question and makes it clear just how dystopian Kim Jong Un’s nation has become over the decades. 

    • Release date: October 23, 2023
    • Genre: Documentary
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director:  Madeleine Gavin

    Killers of the Flower Moon – Jan 12, Apple TV Plus

    Set not too terribly far from my current home state of Missouri, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of several murders committed in 1920 against members of the Osage nation. The tribal members were killed by a local political figure to gain access to the tribe’s wealth generated by the minerals on their reservation. 

    This is a wonderfully told story with a lot of great actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and countless others. It also utilized real Osage members as consultants, language experts, designers, crew members, and actors — all of which lent even more ethnicity to the film.

    • Release date: October 20, 2023
    • Genre: Thriller/Western
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Martin Scorsese
    • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone

    Lift – Jan 12, Netflix

    Kevin Hart plays a master thief with a long record and the FBI knows it. After his ex-girlfriend and FBI agent reveal she knows his true life and the extent of his crimes, she reveals they are willing to overlook it all if he steals something for them: half a billion in gold on its way to a terrorist cell. Even more complicated, the gold will be onboard a plane, which means they’ll have to rob it mid-air and take control of the craft. 

    I’m a big fan of Kevin Hart and this looks like a silly but fun experience, even the plot seems pretty over the top. Again, if you’ve seen any of his recent films, that’s sort of his signature style and it works for him. 

    • Release date: July 12, 2024
    • Genre: Action/Comedy
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: F. Gary Gray
    • Cast: Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio

    Role Play – Jan 12, Prime Video

    It seems like there have been a lot of secret hitman, assassin, or spy parent/spouse movies out there recently but Role Play at least flips things around slightly by centering on a mother of two children who secretly moonlights as an assassin.

    Her husband doesn’t know anything about this secret life until he finds out he’s essentially been an accomplice to her actions. Despite all this, he still loves her and goes out of his way to help her get out of her old life. If you’re looking for something fun, and fast-paced with a good bit of comedy, you’ll likely enjoy this one. 

    • Release date: January 12, 2024
    • Genre: Action/Thriller/Comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Thomas Vincent
    • Cast: Deven Christian Mack, Ashleigh Ball, Vincent Tong

    What was new and worth watching over the last month 

    Looking for more recommendations? Here are other great movies that debuted in the last 30 days or so:

    Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare – Dec 27, Netflix

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    Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare is a documentary about wilderness therapy, the idea of taking troubled teens and dropping them into the middle of nowhere with limited supplies where they can learn harsh lessons about life, with the help of adult staff members. While this might sound innocent enough, the reality is often different. The documentary sheds light on real therapy programs such as one that dropped kids into Utah, where the staff ‘helping them’ were arguably more vicious and unforgiving than the landscape around them. The documentary essentially investigates the conditions of such therapy experiments and whether they work, or just lead to child abuse and deeper problems. 

    • Release date: Dec 27, 2023
    • Genre: Documentary
    • Rating: TV-MA
    • Filmmaker: Liza Williams

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Dec 26, Hulu

    Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 hit Once Upon a Hollywood has arrived on Hulu. For those who have yet to see it, this film has a lot of great talent behind it including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and many more.  The movie centers on a former television actor and his stunt double as they attempt to achieve fame and success in the waning years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

    • Release date: July 26, 2019
    • Genre: Comedy/Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Quentin Tarantino
    • Cast: Leonardo, DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

    Oprah and the Color Purple Journey – Dec 26, Max

    The Color Purple is easily one of the biggest Christmas day theater releases in well over a decade, telling a spanning forty-year story of Celie’s (played by Whoopi Goldberg) life in the South, where she faces bigotry and abuse. Whether you’ve seen the film yet or not, Oprah and the Color Purple Journey gives us a look behind the scenes of the ambitious remake, with Oprah taking viewers on a journey exploring the importance of the movie, films, and the issues at the heart of it. 

    • Release date: Dec 26, Max
    • Genre: Documentary
    • Movie rating: PG
    • Director: Oprah
    • Cast: Oprah

    Thank You, I’m Sorry – December 26, Netflix

    Sara is a mother of one with another child on the way very soon, which makes for a stressful time in her life. Making matters worse, her husband suddenly decides he wants a break from their relationship, leaving with a friend for a few days. Suddenly alone and overwhelmed, she finds unexpected help when her estranged older sister comes back into her life. While an emotional ride, this movie still manages to finely walk the line between drama and comedy, which makes a good film for couples or just to watch with some friends, even if the budget and quality feel a bit more like a B-movie. While the Swedish film has been available internationally for some time, it’s available exclusively through Netflix in the United States. 

    • Release date: July 22, 2022
    • Genre: Comedy/Drama
    • Rating: TV-MA
    • Director: Lisa Aschan
    • Cast: Sanna Sundqvist, Charlotta Björck, Maria Langhammer

    Dream Scenario – Dec 22, VOD

    Yes, this was also one last week’s list but it hit so close between the two editions, I feel it’s worth keeping on here a bit longer. Nicolas Cage stars as Paul, your run-of-the-mill family man and biology teacher. He never wanted the spotlight but he is shoved into it literally overnight as he starts to suddenly appear in the dreams of millions of strangers. He is instantly seen as a cool, confident, guiding figure who is worthy of being dreamed of. There’s always a darker side to fame, however. Soon the dreams start to turn darker, with Paul showing up as the villain instead of a positive force. As quickly as they embraced him, the world turns on him.

    • Release date: November 10, 2023
    • Genre: Dark comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Kristoffer Borgli
    • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Lily Bird, Julianne Nicholson, Jessica Clement

    Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire – Dec 21, Netflix

    Zack Snyder is back in the director’s chair, this time with something a bit different. Rebel Moon is a space opera that plays out sort of like a darker, grittier take on Star Wars. Kora is a former soldier of the Imperium, the elite army of the Motherworld empire. For years she has attempted to escape her past, hiding away in Veldt, a peaceful moon-based farming colony. When soldiers arrive on the moon, she has no choice but to confront her past and defend Veldt. To get the job done she’ll need allies, and so she sets off on a quest to recruit new members to her cause. Although it’s not a particularly original plot, this looks like a fun film. Like much of his work, early reviews suggest it is resonating better with general audiences than with critics. 

    • Release date: Dec 15, 2023
    • Genre: Action/Sc-Fi
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Zack Snyder
    • Cast: Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Ed Skrein, Anthony Hopkins

    Beau is Afraid – Dec 21, Paramount Plus

    Beau is Afraid centers on a paranoid and anxiety-ridden man named Beau who is haunted by his past drama. After his mother dies suddenly he is forced to face his fears and embark on a strange journey home. While this might not sound that weird, the plot gets really strange as it blends horror, drama, comedy, and mystery sometimes all at once. This is a movie that keeps you thinking, as it’s a bit open to interpretation. It’s certainly not a film for everyone, but if you are into mind-bending movies, you can watch it now exclusively on Paramount. 

    • Release date: April 14, 2023 
    • Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
    • Movie rating: R
    • Director: Ari Aster
    • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane

    Saltburn – Dec 21, Prime Video

    It appears we have another dark comedy on the list. Oliver Quick is a scholarship student at Oxford, yearning for acceptance. He eventually meets Felix, a charming and wealthy classmate who invites him to spend the summer at his family’s estate. But Felix has his own dark secrets, unbeknownst to Oliver. If you’re into psychological thrillers with a dark comedic twist, you’ll enjoy this one.

    • Release date: Nov 17, 2023
    • Genre: Dark comedy
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Emerald Fennell
    • Cast:Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant

    Maestro – Dec 20, Netflix

    This biographical film drama tells the story of composer Leonard Bernstein’s life, including his complicated relationship with his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre. Their relationship is tested again and again, made worse by the affairs he has with other men throughout the marriage. There’s a lot of great talent behind this film, including actor Bradley Cooper who stars as Bernstein as well as other well-known stars such as Jeremy Irons and Justin Theroux. 

    • Release date: September 2, 2023
    • Genre: Biographical drama
    • Rating: PG
    • Director: Bradley Cooper
    • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke

    The Creator – Dec 20, Hulu

    In 2055 an AI set a nuclear warhead off over Los Angeles, which leads the United States and most of the Western world into war with artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, the so-called New Asia pact continued to embrace AI and stand in opposition to the West’s goals. As the war continues, former soldier Joshua is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the mysterious creator of an AI that supposedly threatens humanity. What he finds instead is a child-like humanoid AI. 

    • Release date: Sep 29, 2023
    • Genre: Sci-fi/action
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Gareth Edwards
    • Cast: John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe

    Hunger Games ballad of songs and snakes – Dec 19, VOD

    The Hunger Games series returns with a prequel focusing on Coriolanus Snow’s earlier life. Specifically, the movie focuses on the time he mentored Lucy Gray Baird, a District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games. At first glance, it seems hard to see how Snow transforms into the horrible dictator we know until you realize that those darker seeds were always part of his personality. If you’re a fan of the original movies or books, this one is worth the watch.

    • Release date: No 17, 2023
    • Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Francis Lawrence
    • Cast: Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis, Hunter Schafe, Ashley Liao

    Trolls Band Together – Dec 19, VOD

    Trolls Band Together is the third movie in the Trolls series. The film follows Poppy and Branch once again, this time as Poppy learns that Branch has brothers, one of whom is kidnapped. Together with Poppy, Branch must reunite with his former family-based boyband, BroZone to save his brother. The first Trolls was pretty zany, but the second got even weirder. I’m sure my kids and I will be finding out how the third one fares this weekend, how about you?

    • Release date: June 15, 2023
    • Genre: Comedy/Drama
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Wes Anderson
    • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Amy Schumer, Justin Timberlake, Troye Sivan, Camila Cabello

    Priscilla – December 15, VOD

    Priscilla has finally arrived on video on demand. Sofia Cappola brings us a closer look at the life of Priscilla, the Queen behind the King. The story begins with a teenage Priscilla Beaulieu who meets the iconic rock-and-roll superstar at a party and then follows their complicated relationship as it progresses. Based on Priscilla’s memoir Elvis and Me, this movie gives us a look at the king from a very different set of eyes. With strong performances and a solid cast, this one is worth the watch for Elvis fans and music history lovers alike. 

    • Release date: September 4, 2023
    • Genre: Romance/Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Director: Sofia Coppola
    • Cast: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Dagmara Domińczyk

    The Family Plan – Dec 15, Apple TV Plus

    Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan star as husband and wife in this quirky new Apple TV Plus exclusive. Dan Morgan (Wahlberg) is an ordinary, boring suburban dad, but he wasn’t always this way. As a former assassin, Dan has made his fair share of enemies and so when his secret is discovered, he and his family must go on the run. Wanting to shield them from the truth as long as possible, he lies and tells them they are spontaneously going on vacation to Vegas. This seems to have the usual Wahlberg charm and seems like a fun film to watch with the whole family. 

    • Release date: Dec 15, 2023
    • Genre: Comedy
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Simon Cellan Jones
    • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan 

    Finestkind – Dec 15, Paramount Plus

    Another streaming exclusive, this time for Paramount Plus. With big stars like Tommy Lee Jones and Jenna Ortega, you’d think Finestkind would be an instant classic. The reality is much different. This movie is about a crew of fishermen who are forced into dangerous waters to pay off their debts. As a premise, this could go a few different ways, but ultimately the whole film is a little slow. While it’s not a bad movie, it’s certainly not for everyone and has fairly mixed critic ratings to prove it. 

    • Release date: Dec 15, 2023
    • Genre: Drama
    • Rating: R
    • Director:
      Brian Helgeland
    • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Jenna Ortega, Ben Foster, Toby Wallace

    Gran Turismo – Dec 15, Netflix

    Gran Turismo is technically a video game adaptation, but not in the way you might think. Instead of trying to find a way to build a story out of the racing game, the director took a different approach, focusing on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, a Gran Turismo champion who eventually became an actual real-life competitive racer.

    When I first saw a trailer for this back in the theaters I didn’t know what to think. While I liked the idea of focusing on a real-life player of a game as it’s something different, this was a franchise that just didn’t seem to need a movie. The good news is the movie combines solid acting with a fast-paced sports action story, which works reasonably well. 

    • Release date: Aug 25, 2023
    • Genre: Action
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Neill Blomkamp
    • Cast: Djimon Hounsou, David Harbour, Orlando Bloom

    Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget – Dec 15, Netflix

    Out of all the thousands of kids’ movies I’ve watched in my youth and as a parent, Chicken Run falls somewhere in the middle. It’s a fun enough film, but it isn’t memorable enough to be among my favorite family films. Still, I was pretty excited when I heard a sequel was in the works. The new entry is exclusive to Netflix and follows the same group of chickens as the original, long after their escape. But a whole new threat faces Ginger and the rest of the chickens which will put their peaceful island at risk. 

    • Release date: Dec 15, 2023
    • Genre: Family/kids
    • Rating: PG
    • Director: Sam Fell
    • Cast: Bella Ramsey, Zachary Levi, Nick Mohammed, Thandiwe Newton

    Barbie – Dec 15, Max

    To say that Barbie is an unusual movie would be selling it short, but overall this is a fun film starring the beloved Barbie doll franchise. Instead of making it into a kid’s film, Great Gerwig had a different vision in mind and developed a movie about finding your identity, woman empowerment, the toxic nature of the patriarchy, and much more. I won’t lie, I didn’t like some parts of this movie when I saw it in theaters and felt that it dragged on but the story, performances, and morals were all spot on. It just got a bit … weird at the end with all the dancing sequences and whatnot. You’ll see what I mean if you give it a watch, which I recommend doing. 

    • Release date: July 21, 2023
    • Genre: Comedy
    • Rating: PG-13
    • Director: Greta Gerwig
    • Cast: Margot Robbie, Simu Liu, Ryan Gosling, Helen Mirren

    Dark Harvest – Dec 12, MGM Plus

    Based on the book of the same name, Dark Harvest is set in a small midwestern hamlet during the 1960s. Every year young men take part in a ritual where they hunt a giant pumpkin-headed creature known as Sawtooth Jack or October Boy. To win they must catch the creature before midnight, before it can reach the church. The winner of the hunt can leave the hamlet and his family will be given rewards like a new home, car, and more. Or so they tell them, but there’s a darker secret here. Although the movie first arrived back in October, you can now stream in on MGM Plus.

    • Release date: Oct 11, 2023
    • Genre: Horror/suspense
    • Rating: R
    • Director: David Slade
    • Cast: Casey Likes, E’myri Crutchfield, Dustin Ceithamer

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