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15th Jun 2024

JOE Film Club – 9 movies and shows to stream this weekend

Stephen Porzio

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There are so many films and series newly available to check out.

Welcome back to JOE’s Weekend Streaming Guide, where we fill you in on the major movies and TV shows newly available to watch on streaming services.

Scroll below to read our most packed entry in the column yet.

Movies

Blue Ruin (Prime Video)

This extremely tense US indie revenge thriller from 2013 centres around Dwight (Macon Blair, Oppenheimer), a homeless drifter who returns to his hometown with the goal of exacting brutal revenge for the deaths of his parents years previously.

While carry out his vengeance, however, things do not go exactly according to plan and Dwight suddenly finds himself and his remaining family being hunted.

Dark Places (Netflix)

This 2015 mystery thriller movie is based on the novel of the same name from author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects).

It centres around a woman named Libby Day (Oscar-winner Charlize Theron – Monster) who, with the help of a group of true crime aficionados (led by Nicholas Hoult – the X-Men franchise), confronts the traumatic childhood memories of the murder of her mother and two sisters.

As she does so, she begins to investigate the possibility that her jailed brother (Corey Stoll – Ant-Man) is innocent of the crimes.

Also co-starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass), Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos) and Tye Sheridan (Black Flies), Dark Places narrative switches between the run-up to the murders in 1985 and the modern-day.

Gateway (Shudder)

This new Irish horror thriller with 90% on Rotten Tomatoes centres around a low-level drug dealer (Tim Creed) in debt to a ruthless supplier.

When he and his gang set up shop in an abandoned house, he thinks his problems are solved.

However, a mysterious locked door inside the house and growing discord within the gang brings old feuds boiling to the surface.

Nope (Netflix)

This 2022 neo-Western sci-fi thriller comes from Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us).

With its title standing for ‘Not of Planet Earth’, the movie revolves around two chalk and cheese siblings (played by Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who inherit a California horse ranch from their father (Keith David) after his mysterious death.

Working there, the pair begin to realise something sinister is lurking in the skies above the ranch.

All the while, the owner of a nearby theme park (Oscar-nominee Steven Yeun) tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon.

Smokin’ Aces (Netflix)

Written and directed by action maestro Joe Carnahan (Copshop, The Grey, Narc), this 2006 action film revolves around Las Vegas magician and wannabe gangster Buddy ‘Aces’ Israel (Jeremy Piven) who has a $1 million bounty placed on his head by a powerful crime boss.

When Aces agrees to testify against the mob, two FBI agents (Ray Liotta and Ryan Reynolds) are tasked with the difficult job of protecting him.

This is as a motley assortment of bounty hunters and hit men converge on the magician’s Lake Tahoe encampment to take him out and collect a hefty reward.

Co-starring in the movie as the many, many people trying either to capture, kill or protect Aces are Alicia Keys, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Common, Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Durand, Matthew Fox, Néstor Carbonell, Peter Berg, Taraji P. Henson and Tommy Flanagan.

TV

The Boys Season 4 (Prime Video)

Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his titular vigilante team continue their war against superheroes – led by the evil Homelander (Antony Starr) – in the fourth season of Prime Video’s violent action satire.

Three episodes of the new season are streaming now, with the rest dropping weekly.

Check out our review of the fourth season right here.

Joko Anwar’s Nightmares and Daydreams (Netflix)

This new sci-fi horror anthology drawing comparisons to Black Mirror comes from the acclaimed Indonesian writer-director Joko Anwar.

The plot synopsis for the show from Netflix reads: “Venturing beyond the conventional narratives of aliens descending upon Earth, Anwar explores an intriguing premise: What if these extraterrestrial beings were already here among us or even within us?

“Presented through seven distinct, yet interconnected stories across its episodes, each instalment unravels a unique mystery, with each thread leading audiences a step closer to the final showdown.”

The series’ seven episodes are streaming now.

Presumed Innocent (Apple TV+)

This new legal thriller series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by lawyer Scott Turow that was previously made into an acclaimed 1990 movie starring Harrison Ford.

The show sees Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Ambulance, Nocturnal Animals) step into the lead role of chief deputy prosecutor Rusty Sabich, who finds himself implicated in the murder of his colleague Carolyn (Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World).

This is because Rusty, who is married to Barbara (Irish Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, Loving), was having an affair with Carolyn.

Two episodes of Presumed Innocent are streaming now, with the rest dropping weekly.

Under the Bridge (Disney+)

This new true crime drama series is adapted from acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey’s book of the same name and revolves around the 1997 killing of 14-year-old Canadian girl Reena Virk (played in the series by Vritika Gupta).

The plot synopsis for Under the Bridge reads: “Through the eyes of Godfrey (Riley Keough, Daisy Jones & The Six) and a local police officer (Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon), the series takes us into the hidden world of the young girls accused of the murder — revealing startling truths about the unlikely killer.”

The series’ eight episodes are streaming now.

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