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08th Jun 2024

JOE Film Club – 8 movies and shows to stream this weekend

Stephen Porzio

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It’s been a busy week in terms of big films being added to streaming services.

Looking for something to watch this weekend? Well, look no further than our weekend streaming guide below – designed to make deciding what movies or shows to check out a little easier for our readers.

Movies

Bodies Bodies Bodies (Netflix)

This very well-received darkly comic mystery thriller from 2022 centres around a group of rich and entitled 20-somethings in the US who plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion.

After drinking and doing drugs together, tensions begin to flare with the group, however.

Then, when several of the gang are killed one-by-one, it is up to the survivors to find the culprit.

Bodies Bodies Bodies’ ensemble cast consists of Amandla Stenberg (The Acolyte), Chase Sui Wonders (Bupkis), Lee Pace (Halt and Catch Fire), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Myha’la Herrold (Industry), Pete Davidson (SNL) and Rachel Sennott (Bottoms).

Godzilla Minus One (Netflix)

This acclaimed 2023 monster movie, which picked up an award at this year’s Oscars, hails from Japan – the country which gave us the first Godzilla film all the way back in 1954.

Set in in the country in 1945 at the end of World War II, its plot synopsis reads: “Post-war Japan is at its lowest point when a new crisis emerges in the form of a giant monster, baptised in the horrific power of the atomic bomb.”

Hit Man (Netflix)

One of 2024’s best-reviewed movies so far, this new Netflix original crime comedy stars its co-writer Glen Powell (Anyone but You, Top Gun: Maverick) as a straight-laced professor who discovers he has a hidden talent for posing as a fake hit man.

Assuming false identities to entrap criminals for the local police, the situation quickly changes though when he meets his match in a client who steals his heart (Adria Arjona – Andor, Triple Frontier).

Nocturnal Animals (Netflix)

Adapted from the 1993 novel Tony & Susan, this unsettling 2016 thriller directed by fashion designer Tom Ford (A Single Man) revolves around a married art gallery owner named Susan (Amy Adams) who is dissatisfied with how cold and sterile her life has become.

One day out of the blue, Susan is contacted by her author ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), who sends her a copy of his new novel.

Dedicated to her, the book is titled ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and is a violent tale of familial destruction and revenge.

As Susan reads the novel – which tells the story of a husband and father (also played by Gyllenhaal) whose life is destroyed by a sadistic gang he crosses paths with on a road trip – she begins to see parallels between the story and her and Edward’s relationship.

The Royal Hotel (Sky Cinema and NOW Cinema)

This excellent 2023 thriller drama revoles around two Americans (Jessica Henwick and Julia Garner) backpacking in Australia who, after running out of money, take a temporary live-in job behind the bar of a pub called The Royal Hotel in a remote Outback mining town.

Bar owner Billy (Hugo Weaving) and a host of locals give the girls a riotous introduction. But soon the two Americans find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.

Under Paris (Netflix)

This new Netflix original creature flick centres around a giant shark that appears in the Seine, as well as a grieving scientist (played by Oscar-nominee Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) who is forced to face her tragic past in order to save the French capital from a bloodbath.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Prime Video)

This 2022 spoof of musical biopics now on Prime Video sees Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe step into the shoes of famous comedian and singer Weird Al, with the latter having co-written the comedy.

The film’s plot synopsis says it “explores every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle”.

TV

The Acolyte (Disney+)

The latest series in the iconic Star Wars franchise, The Acolyte is set before the events of the Skywalker Saga.

Its plot synopsis reads:“A former Padawan (Amandla Stenberg, Bodies Bodies Bodies) reunites with her Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game) to investigate a series of crimes but discovers the forces they confront are more sinister than they ever anticipated.”

The first two episodes of The Acolyte are streaming now on Disney+, with the remaining six to be released weekly.

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