7 new movies to watch this week on HBO Max, Netflix and more (October 25-28)
The best new movie streaming this week is literally one of the best movies of the year, and it happens to HBO Max. Of course, being at the end of October, you won’t be surprised to hear me say that the film is a horror film with a big surprise.
This movie, Barbarian, is one of our favorite movies of the year because it’s not only great at scaring audiences, but because of this unexpected thing we dare not explain. And beneath all of these shocks, there is a real message amidst the chaos. Barbarian’s arrival on HBO Max reminds us why we consider it the best streaming service.
Luckily, not all of the new movies online this week are scary. netflixThe new version of All Quiet on the Western Front sounds impressive to say the least, while its animated Halloween film Wendell & Wild (featuring the voices of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) seems to deliver more laughs than scares. . And it’s directed by Henry Selick, who also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas.
We also have two important documentaries, with Apple TV Plus highlighting the life of Louis Armstrong and the HBO Original Documentary team sharing the stories of a community rocked by a horrific anti-Semitic attack.
Need more? Be sure to check out our list of new movies and shows to watch from last weekend. And you can fill your calendar with the new movies and shows to watch in october 2022 on all the top streamers.
Pearl: An X-Traditional Origin Story
If you’ve seen the recent horror movie X, you’ve met Pearl. You just don’t know how it got there. And in Pearl: An X-traordinary Origin Story, filmmaker Ti West shows us the strange story of a movie buff who broke down during tough times. Set during the 1918 flu pandemic, Pearl (Mia Goth) lives with her sick, barely breathing father (Matthew Sunderland) and overbearing mother Ruth (Tandi Wright). But when she has brief moments for herself, she goes to the cinema and dreams of a better life. As things start to go wrong for Pearl and her chance to pursue her dreams is in jeopardy, she doesn’t handle it well at all.
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Barbarian (HBO Max)
Tess (Georgina Campbell) is in a bad neighborhood on a rainy night, but at least she’s found her way to the porch of the Airbnb where she’s staying. There’s only one problem: someone else is already staying here. And he (Bill Skarsgård) is both clumsy and kind. He can’t be a villain, can he? Well, I’ll tell you more, but I’ve seen Barbarian and I know I really should keep the details of what’s going on in this house to a bare minimum. Other than to say Barbarian is a horror movie with a big twist.
One of my absolute favorite movies of 2022, Barbarian is a whole lot of horror. And to see HBO Max get it relatively soon after it hits theaters? What a Halloween miracle.
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The Good Nurse (Netflix)
Unfortunately, The Good Nurse, the story of Amy (Jessica Chastain) is based on a true story. Here we see how she struggles to find answers after one of her colleagues (played by Eddie Redmayne) is responsible for a series of patient deaths. She refuses to believe it at first – as the hospitals are silent on the subject – but she slowly sees that something serious is happening. Does she really want to risk her already precarious situation, where making ends meet for her and her daughter is hard enough as it is?
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A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting (HBO)
The HBO Original Documentary team tackles its latest difficult subject, focusing on the anti-Semitic shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. That 2018 shooting is forever etched in the memory of many as the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history. The film uses audio from police calls during the event to show a new angle on the tragedy. A tree of life, however, seems to rise, showing how a community has come together in the face of this horrific event.
To watch HBO Max (opens in a new tab) starting tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 26)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)
Usually, film adaptations of novels don’t try to start over if the first adaptation won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. And that’s why all eyes are on Edward Berger’s All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the novel of the same title by Erich Maria Remarque. With the bar set so high for the original 1930 film, we’re delighted to see praise for the performance of Felix Kammerer, who plays German soldier Paul Bäumer. Paul and his friends were convinced to enlist by wartime propaganda and find that the reality doesn’t match the promotion once they get to the heart of the matter. It was Kammerer’s screen debut, and he and Berger received loud applause from those who had seen the film.
Watch it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (October 28)
Wendell & Wild (Netflix)
Wendell & Wild is what happens when you mix part The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline (director Henry Selick helms it all) with part Key & Peele. In this animated film produced by Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele lend their voices to a pair of demons luring rebellious teenager Kat (Lyric Ross) into their underworld of chaos. But once Kat is in the depths, the demons realize she might be tougher than they bargained for – and she might be ready to take over. Or at least that’s what the staff at his Catholic school feared.
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Black & Blues by Louis Armstrong (Apple TV Plus)
Apple has had a deep connection to music for decades, so we’re happy to see Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues debut, his documentary on the iconic musician. While you might be familiar with Armstrong’s songs, this movie seems to say more about the man who made it big as the country made it hard for black men and women. Never-before-seen audio recordings from Armstrong’s home mix with archival footage and personal conversations to paint this portrait.
Watch it on Apple TV Plus (opens in a new tab) from Friday (October 28)