Whether you prefer Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or all of the above, there are a ton of new and exciting titles on every platform to check out this weekend. But before you drown in the options, let TKN help you point out the freshest picks!
Star Wars: Visions
Somewhere there’s a nerd culture Venn diagram that shows a big ol’ overlap between fans of anime and fans of the Star Wars universe. Seven Japanese studios collaborated on this anthology series that’s being praise for its striking visuals and its bold ability to expand the universe even further. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Angie Han, “The only real connective tissue between its episodes is a love of Star Wars that runs so deep it’s bound to make new fans of the young and uninitiated, and remind old fans why they fell so hard for this universe in the first place.” Now streaming on Disney+.
Elvira’s 40th Anniversary, Very Scary, Very Special Special
It’s been a big week for Cassandra Peterson. The ageless redhead known best for her horror hostess alter-ego Elvira released a memoir and simultaneously came out of the closet (she’s been in a relationship with a woman for 19 years; sorry, dudes). Up next: a 40th anniversary special on horror streamer Shudder. In classic fashion, Elvira hosts a movie marathon that includes House on Haunted Hill (1959), City of the Dead (1960), Messiah of Evil (1973), and her own 1988 starring vehicle Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. September 25 on Shudder.
‘Death Drop Gorgeous’ (Amazon prime)
A dejected bartender and an aging drag queen fight to survive the eccentric and hostile nightlife of a corrupt city, as a masked maniac slaughters young gay men and drains them of blood.
Promising Young Woman (HBO Max)
Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be—she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.
The Starling (Netflix)
After Lilly suffers a loss, a combative Starling takes nest beside her quiet home. The feisty bird taunts and attacks the grief-stricken Lilly. On her journey to expel the Starling, she rediscovers her will to live and capacity for love.
A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a Hollywood starlet and her tenacious personal assistant. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth and celebrity.
The Fault in Our Stars (Disney+)
The film tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), who is a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace’s touchstone, “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.
Who doesn’t love a villainous origin story? Emma Stone stars in Craig Gillespie’s Cruella as the infamous Dalmatian murdering fashionista, years before her fateful clash with Roger Radcliffe and his adorable pets. Set in 1970s London, the film follows aspiring fashion designer Estella’s descent into villainy as she gradually becomes Joker-fied in a Devil Wears Prada-esque feud with her nefarious employer-turned-rival Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson).
Doom Patrol: Season 3 – HBO Max
The absurd, surreal superhero comic book adaptation that challenges the notion that there’s been an oversaturation of the superhero comic book adaptation is back! Doom Patrol, based on the DC comic of the same name, dropped its first three episodes of the third season on Thursday on HBO Max. The original X-Men comic is often cited as being inspired by/ripped off from this team of weird heroes led by a scientist who uses a wheelchair, but the similarities diverged a long time ago. The show features a cast of reluctant, miserable people who are sometimes forced together to take on ridiculous enemies like the Brotherhood of Evil or help a sentient, LGBTQ-friendly street fleeing the U.S. government. Yes. A street. Come for the comic book action. Stay for the deep dives into mental illness and trauma — but, like, in a fun way. Seasons 1 and 2 are all available to stream if you want to catch up.
Cry Macho – HBO Max
Clint Eastwood is either a relic from a different era or a living legend depending on your tastes. I happen to be in the latter camp. The actor-director has starred in and directed good-to-great films for more than a half-century, and even in the last five years, he’s done some of his best work. His 2019 film Richard Jewell, for instance, is a knockout, synthesizing and complicating his long-held interests in masculinity, power, and dignity. His latest, Cry Macho, is comparatively lighter fare for the grizzled cowboy actor, but it deals in similar themes of what it means to be a good man in a changing world. Some are calling it his swan song, but that’s never a safe bet when you’re talking about Eastwood, who at 91 years old is still as prolific as ever.