New Thor, Morbius on Netflix and every new movie to watch at home

Plenty of new movies are premiering for home viewing this week. There are huge releases like Thor: Love and Thunder, morbius morbin’ made its way to Netflix, and one of three coming Pinocchio adjustments.

Look beyond those big items, though, and you’ll find some great under-the-radar gems. The Senegalese genre mashup saloum, which is really fantastic, premieres on Shudder. The beloved anime series strange taxi (which has one of the coolest OPs by the way) has a movie adaptation on Crunchyroll and highly acclaimed recent releases Marcel the shell with shoes on and little mommy are finally available to watch at home.

Here’s everything you can watch at home this weekend.


Thor: Love and Thunder

Where to watch: Available to stream on Disney Plus

Thor (Chris Hemsworth), all glowing eyes and crackling with lightning, in Thor: Love and Thunder

Image: Marvel Studios

Taika Waititi returns to the Thor franchise after the success of Thor: Ragnarok, this time writing and directing. Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman (who are making her long-awaited return to the MCU) all take over their roles from the franchise, while Christian Bale and Russell Crowe join in the fun.

From our review:

Sadly, what could have been a great road trip movie is being undermined by characters who somehow lost their entire personality after Thanos’ snap. Thor is strangely inconsistent throughout the movie – the Thor at the beginning of the movie is different from the Thor that appears 20 minutes later, which is also different from the Thor we say goodbye to again when the credits open. Jane Foster, largely absent from the franchise for the better part of a decade, has a lot of fun enjoying her newfound divine powers, but there’s a tension between her new superhuman life and her horribly normal life, and the movie is too smooth to sustain the tonal whiplash between the two.

morbius

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Jared Leto as Michael Morbius holding up his cut hand in Morbius

Image: Sony Pictures

Morbius Summer continues in Morbius Fall, as the most memed movie of the year is now on Netflix. Jared Leto stars as the antihero vampire doctor Dr. mr. Michael Morbius (please, his father is Michael Morbius, call him Doctor Mister), while House of the Dragon‘s Matt Smith plays the evil Loxias Crown.

From our review:

Clearly shot, with a score (and a few scenes) that shamelessly monkey Batman Begins, morbius comes across as algorithmically calibrated to enter the blockbuster market as smoothly as possible. The action is unimaginative, complete with exhausting slow-mo breaks. The violence is toned down and toned down, even if it’s about, you know, vampires. Despite cues from Daniel Espinosa, who previously made 2017 surprisingly scary To live, morbius doesn’t have a real atmosphere. If Instagram had a “blockbuster” filter, this movie would use it all the time.

Pinocchio

Where to watch: Available to stream on Disney Plus

gepetto looking at the wooden doll of pinocchio

Image: Disney

Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of a beloved animated property comes via Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto.

From our review:

The outlines of the story will still be very recognizable to anyone who is somewhat familiar with the animated film or that of Collodi The Adventures of Pinocchio. However, since this is a modern movie, someone apparently thought the movie should be a bit of a mockery of its own fantasies. When Pinocchio, trapped in a cage by the evil Stromboli, starts telling a lie and grows his wooden nose, Jiminy says, “A little on the nose, I’d say.” When Pinocchio rattles off his various adventures late in the film, a stunned character asks, “You’ve got all that in one day?” Simultaneously copying a classic and smugly mocking it comes across as blunt, as if Zemeckis and his company are afraid of real emotion, and determined to protect the public from any sense of authenticity or sincerity.

saloum

Where to watch: Available to stream on Shudder

Three men look in a box and smile in Saloum

Image: shudder

It’s pretty hard to describe saloum without giving away what makes it so special, but I’ll say this: the Senegalese spaghetti western action thriller is a light-hearted genre mashup with evocative characterization, beautiful landscapes and a slick running time of 84 minutes.

From our recommendation that you check it out:

Something is not quite right in the village where they end up, and [director] Herbulot (and the cast) skillfully ramp up the tension throughout the 84-minute running time. That tension explodes in a series of Western-style gunfights with revolvers, all with a beautiful score reminiscent of Ennio Morricone’s work for Sergio Leone’s films. I’ll leave the rest up to you to discover for yourself, but I’ll say there’s a reason this movie is on a horror-focused streaming service.

Strange taxi: in the woods

Where to watch: Available to stream on Crunchyroll

A walrus taxi driver talks to a smiling blue hippo passenger holding a yellow smartphone.

Image: OLM/Crunchyroll

The feature film adaptation of one of the best anime of 2021 follows the adventures of a walrus taxi driver who becomes embroiled in a mystery when a girl goes missing.

Marcel the shell with shoes on

Where to watch: Available for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

Marcel the Shell, a little shell voiced by Jenny Slate, stands on a keyboard in the movie Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Image: A24

This is a feature adaptation of the beloved YouTube series that follows a little shell wearing shoes (voiced by Jenny Slate) and getting philosophical from a small view of the world.

From our review:

Casually saying profound things in a charmingly direct way is kind of Marcel’s thing. Marcel the shell with shoes on gets a remarkable amount of mileage out of Marcel making simple, anomalous observations about the people and things around him. Considering that the original Marcel videos clocked in at under 12 minutes in total, it’s a testament to the script’s strengths that the long version of his schtick never gets old. (The film is also relatively small, at 89 minutes in length, but still.) The dramatic arc of this magic-realistic comedy is gentle: Dean’s YouTube videos about Marcel bring them viral fame, which excites and terrifies them both. The jokes are also tender and lovable.

little mommy

Where to watch: Available to stream on Hulu

Two young girls with their arms around each other look at their stick fortress in the forest in Petite Maman

Image: NEON

Céline Sciamma is one of the great modern filmmakers – her films are quite widely acclaimed, and Girlhood is a stone-cold masterpiece (I heard the same about Portrait of a burning ladybut I haven’t had a chance to check it out myself yet).

Her latest film is a 72-minute time travel fantasy about a young girl who bonds with her young mother (as in, her mother as a child) after losing her grandmother.

From our review:

The most romantic thing about Portrait of a burning lady is the way the characters look at each other. Like that video little mommy expresses love through meaningful glances and small gestures. The kind of affection explored in this film is only the love between mothers and daughters, a bond that can be extremely close and unknowably distant at the same time. little mommy is the work of an unusually sensitive filmmaker, and it speaks to Sciamma’s skill as a director that she is able to express the nuances of these complicated dynamics through such simple actions and words.

moonfall

Where to watch: Available to stream on HBO Max

Patrick Wilson looks surprised into space in his astronaut uniform in Moonfall

Image: Lionsgate

Roland Emmerich’s latest major disaster film goes into space, with an ensemble cast including Patrick Wilson, Halle Berry, Donald Sutherland and more.

From our review:

But moonfall‘s script buries its limb and commits the narrator’s sin for not starting with the most interesting things first. Instead, the film spends the first half on Brian’s broken family, his troubled son, his wife’s son of a bitch, that sort of thing. These digressions remain a distraction all the time, as Harper’s family is the Earthbound half of moonfall, the eyes through which we see the tides overwhelm the dry land and skyscrapers uprooted by the moon’s gravity. Unfortunately for the audience, the devastation is only a small part of the cast’s struggle. Most of their concerns are more mundane compared to the alien shenanigans in orbit like thieves and avalanches. And the cast’s performances—even Wilson, who is always fully committed to his roles—can’t make much of a script that feels algorithmic.

Flight risk

Where to watch: Available to stream on Prime Video

A young woman rests her chin gloomily on her closed fist in Flight/Risk

Image: Prime Video

This documentary follows family members and whistleblowers as they try to find answers after a few deadly plane crashes.

Destination Paris

Where to watch: Available to stream on Paramount Plus

Barcelona players celebrate their goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Barcelona and FC Viktoria Plzen in Barcelona, ​​Spain, on September 7, 2022.

Photo: Xinhua via Getty Images

This documentary charts the journeys of various teams, players and other football personnel as they prepare for the 2021-22 Champions League.

Funeral

Where to watch: Available to rent for $6.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

Russian intelligence officer Brana Vasilyeva (Charlotte Vega) with a rifle in Burial.

Image: IFC Midnight

Not to be confused with the genre-defining British dubstep artist, Funeral is a 2022 horror mystery thriller that revolves around a small group of Russian soldiers who must retrieve the newly discovered remains of Adolf Hitler and return them to Moscow. When the group is attacked by an elite unit of German “Werewolf” soldiers, Russian intelligence officer Brana Vasilyeva (Charlotte Vega) must fight at all costs to save and transport the body.

About fate

Where to watch: Available to rent for $6.99 on Amazon and Vudu

Emma Roberts and Lewis Tan smile at each other at a party in About Fate

Image: US International Photos

In this romantic comedy, Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann play two people who seem perfect for each other…if they weren’t both already engaged. Lewis Tan and Madelaine Petsch star together as their respective current partners.

End of the road

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Queen Latifah and Chris

Photo: Ursula Coyote/Netflix

Queen Latifah has cemented her place as an action star with the television show the equalizer, and continues here with this road trip thriller about a family hunted by a mysterious killer. The film comes from veteran TV director Millicent Shelton (30 Rock, Insecure, Titans).

No limit

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Two people in wet suits sit together in an orange room, looking beyond the camera.

Image: Netflix

This French romantic drama is about a “deep, destructive love” (according to Netflix’s official synopsis) between a young woman and her diving instructor.

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