A new week brings more of the new movies to stream, including a movie hailed by many as one of the best movies of the year so far.
In the indie action comedy Everything Everywhere All at Once, Michelle Yeoh stars in a badass, trippy adventure across the multiverse. Doctor Strange isn’t the only (or even most super)hero to jump from one reality to another and encounter alternate versions of himself.
At the other end of the quality spectrum is Morbius, a Sony Marvel film, part of the Venom-verse. Jared Leto plays a very different doctor, one who essentially becomes a vampire.
Other new films on our list include two romantic comedies and Disney’s reboot Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, which surprised us by looking…kinda good?
Let’s break down the seven movies you should see this week.
Everything everywhere at once
The best movie of the year so far features a very strange journey through the multiverse – but it wasn’t made by Marvel. Instead, it’s an indie film starring Michelle Yeoh as the laundromat owner who is drawn into a mind-bending adventure with parallel realities. Everything Everywhere All at Once could just as easily refer to the mix of so many genres and tones, from Hong Kong martial arts flicks to sci-fi to comedy.
Yeoh’s Evelyn Wang begins as an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. But then she learns from an alternate version of her husband that other realities exist and that she is the key to saving everyone from annihilation. Evelyn must learn to use newfound powers to face the would-be multiverse destroyer: another version of her daughter Joy.
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To get straight to the point: Morbius is not a good film. In fact, it’s one of the worst Marvel movies of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with an embarrassing 16% rating (which still puts it above 2015’s Fantastic Four and 2005’s Elektra). Critics called Morbius “a mess,” “incomprehensible,” and “thin on the story.”
On the other hand, you might be the type of person who enjoys train wreck entertainment. And even with the grim reviews, Jared Leto garnered praise for his portrayal of the main character. dr Michael Morbius makes a desperate attempt to cure his rare blood disorder, but things go horribly wrong and afflict him with vampirism. Endowed with superhuman abilities, he battles with the darkness within.
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Cyber Hell: Exposing an Internet Horror (Netflix)
Another day, another true crime documentary on Netflix. Cyber Hell chronicles how two college students, journalists and cybercrime police officers hunted down “Nth Room,” a network of online chat rooms promoting sexual exploitation.
Through interviews, re-enactments and animations, the Korean document reveals how women and girls were forced to upload explicit photos and videos to Telegram chat rooms, which ringleaders charged tens of thousands of users cryptocurrency fees to access. Director Choi Jin-seong examines the reach of this cybercrime, how digital anonymity made it possible, and its impact on the victims whose brave testimony helped bring down the Nth Room.
Keep streaming it Netflix this Wednesday (May 18)
A Perfect Match (Netflix)
If you’re looking for a Hallmark- or Lifetime-style romantic comedy, get your fix with this genre entry from Netflix. Lola (Victoria Justice) is an ambitious, ambitious wine company executive who quits to start her own company. She travels from LA to rural Australia to land her first major client, Vaughn Family Wines. Unfortunately, they are not interested in working with an untried distributor.
So Lola decides to impress her with hard work – as a ranch hand on Vaughn’s sheep farm. She ends up falling in love with the gruff, dashing station manager Max (Adam Demos). But truth never runs smoothly, and Max’s secrets threaten to ruin their romance.
Keep streaming it Netflix this Thursday (May 19)
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney Plus)
So many reboots/revivals are awful, should never have been done and in some cases even cast a shadow over the original. But Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers actually looks good. The film features top comedic talent, was directed by Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, and has a hilarious trailer.
It’s a sequel/sequel set 30 years after the end of the animated series. Estranged, Chip (John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) live mediocre lives in a world where humans and cartoon characters mix. Chip works as an insurance salesman, while Dale has undergone a CGI makeover and is reliving his glory days on the convention circuit. When their former castmate mysteriously disappears, they get back together to save their boyfriend – and their own friendship.
Keep streaming it DisneyPlus this Friday (May 20th)
Dual (AMC Plus)
The idea of cloning yourself after being diagnosed with a terminal illness isn’t new, but seems to have become particularly popular in the last year. Mahershala Ali explored it in Swan Song, but that was a melancholic meditation. Dual is a sci-fi thriller filled with moments of extreme black humor.
After her diagnosis, Sarah (Karen Gillan) decides to undergo the cloning procedure to prevent friends and family from grieving over her loss. She then miraculously recovers and the only way to decommission her clone is through a public duel. Sarah hires a fight coach (Aaron Paul) to prepare her for a literal fight for her life.
Keep streaming it AMC Plus this Friday (May 20th)
The Valet (Hulu)
This remake of the 2006 French rom-com La Doublure stars Eugenio Derbez as the hard-working valet Antonio. He accidentally gets caught up in a Hollywood scandal involving famous movie star Olivia (Samara Weaving). She faces a PR disaster over a paparazzi photo of her with her married lover Vincent (Max Greenfield).
Antonio also appears in the photo, so Olivia woos him to pose as her new boyfriend, which suddenly puts him in the spotlight. As their two worlds and cultures collide, they begin to see themselves and each other in a different light.
Keep streaming it Hi this Friday (May 20th)
In other entertainment news, Black Mirror Season 6 is coming to Netflix and Yellowstone Season 5 begins production. Plus, Bridgerton season 3 deviates from the books.