Do Revenge, Netflix’s Vengeance and every new movie you can watch at home

Netflix’s Teen Black Comedy Debuts This Weekend Take Revenge starring Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones). I’m not looking for a Heather-style high school revenge movie? Don’t worry, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to this week’s new lineup of movies on streaming and VOD.

We have Three thousand years of longingGeorge Miller’s long-awaited sequel to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, 2022 thriller-drama Breaking starring John Boyega and the late Michael K. Williams, o Goodnight Mom American remake starring Naomi Watts and streaming on Prime Video, coming of age anime Drifting house on Netflix, the drama under Channing Tatum Dog on Prime Video, plus many more.

To help you choose what to watch tonight, here are our top picks for what to stream and rent this weekend.


Take Revenge

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes are all together at a glittering Do Revenge party.

Photo: Kim Simms/Netflix

A teenage dark comedy starring RiverdaleCamila Mendes, Stranger ThingsMaya Hawke, with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sophie Turner? Sign us up.

From our review:

Like other films in the mean-girl high school subgenre, Take Revenge focuses on complex social plots and vicious popular cliques. But it’s not derivative or cliché: Instead, it’s a natural evolution of this type of movie for 2022. Certain parts of high school are solid, but youth culture evolves quickly, so teen movies — especially those that adapt or pay homage to older hardware — risk of feeling outdated. Take Revenge avoids cursing because of the way Robinson and co-writer Celeste Ballard cleverly update certain plot points.

Three thousand years of longing

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

Jin and Alithea, in bathrobes, have a heated conversation in Three Thousand Years of Longing

Photo: Elise Lockwood/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

Based on the 1994 book by AS Byatt Gene in the Eye of the Nightingaleby George Miller Three thousand years of longing focuses on Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), a scholar of myth and storytelling who inexplicably breaks a Genie (Idris Elba) out of a bottle he’s been imprisoned in for the past hundred years. Bonded to Alithea until she grants three of her wishes, Jin tells her three stories from his three thousand years of captivity, each telling a tale of loss, longing, betrayal, and love.

From our review:

There are movies that change the nature of the air you breathe after watching them, as a motif from its score plays in one’s mind and the color of the world outside the theater does not match what was seen on the screen. Three thousand years of longing it’s one of those films, a story about stories – a fraught genre prone to self-importance – that isn’t solely concerned with their magic as a terrifying, unifying force. They are more powerful than that. More dangerous than that. And it turns out there are few more satisfying ways to explore that than watching two people who think they know everything there is to know about stories trying to guess how this one ends.

Revenge

Where to watch: Available to stream on Peacock

BJ Novak holds a phone to record the voice of Boyd Holbrook in Vengeance

Photo: Patti Perret/Focus Features

BJ Novak brings the podcast-style mystery to the big screen in his directorial debut, starring as a New York-based journalist who travels to Texas to investigate a disappearance.

From our review:

The film periodically reminds the audience that yes, guns and fast food are an important part of the American life of the Texas mob. The fact that Ben himself is self-conscious about his possible East Coast consent adds another layer — and so does the fact that he’s involved in it anyway. But these extra layers don’t necessarily enrich the movie-watching experience. After all, Revenge it starts to feel a bit like a bloated meme, following the gifted-child-to-compromised-homicide-investigator pipeline.

Breaking

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

John Boyega wears a gray hoodie and holds a detonator in one hand and a phone in the other in Breaking.

Image: Bleecker Street

John Boyega stars in the thriller Breaking as Brian Brown-Easley, a Marine Corps veteran who threatens to blow up a Wells Fargo bank to get money owed to him by Veterans Affairs.

Inspired by a true story, Breaking It also features the late Michael K. Williams, in one of his final roles, as Eli Bernard, a police officer sympathetic to Brown-Easley’s plight who desperately tries to de-escalate the hostage situation.

Goodnight Mom

Where to watch: Available to stream on Prime Video

Naomi Watts wears a ski mask and looks in the mirror in Goodnight Mommy.

Image: Prime Video

Naomi Watts to star in 2022 American remake of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s 2014 psychological horror Goodnight Mom. The film centers on twin boys who, after arriving at their mother’s secluded cottage to discover her face covered in bandages, suspect that this woman is not actually their mother.

From our review:

When the English remake was announced for Goodnight Mom, the biggest looming question was whether the new film would be as difficult and end as nihilistically as the original. Not only does the remake lack the guts to even approach the original film in terms of on-screen horror and pain, it doesn’t really work as a film on its own.

The new version stars Naomi Watts as the titular mom. With the English remakes The ring and Funny games under her belt, Watts might have seemed like an easy choice to lead yet another American reboot of an international horror hit. The remake’s flaws aren’t due to a lack of skill or effort — the problems lie entirely with the script and direction.

Drifting house

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

Screenshot from anime Drifting Home.  A group of five young people sit around a low table in a Japanese-style dining room.  A sixth youth stands, and all six look toward the viewer with astonished expressions.  The table is covered with takeaway boxes.

Image: Studio Colorido/Netflix

Hiroyasu Ishida’s (Penguin Highway) latest anime feature Drifting house centers on childhood friends Kosuke and Natsume, who, after visiting the apartment building where they lived before its demolition, are transported to another dimension surrounded by a vast ocean. Stuck with their mutual friends, the two must now work together to find a way out of this strange world and back to their own.

From our review:

The beautiful animation production from Studio Colorido (Penguin Highway, A Whisker Away) does a lot to sell the odd installation. Structures shift and break with credible weight, even though the driving action involves a building floating on the ocean like a raft. To a similar effect, the young characters are all drawn with light, soft lines. Akihiro Nagae’s designs remain grounded even with the most fantastical figures appearing to children. The photo-realistic background art contrasts modernity with mid-century postwar architecture, but Ishida’s direction isn’t obsessed with realism. It’s never at odds with the film’s sense of danger when the director injects broad, sometimes elastic physical comedy into the characters’ interactions with these environments, such as when Kosuke boldly uses a makeshift zip line to reach an adjacent floating building, falling on the corrugated iron roof and bounces off the building like a pinball machine.

Wide TOP

Where to watch: Available to stream on Netflix

A man in red mountaineering gear is covered in snow, especially his beard.  He wears a red backpack and looks over the camera, with snowy mountains behind him.

Image: Netflix

Based on the true story of legendary Polish mountaineer Maciej Berbeka, Wide TOP follows the story of Berbeka as he sets out to complete his journey to the top of one of the world’s most dangerous mountains, nearly 25 years after his first failed mission.

Dog

Where to watch: Available to stream on Prime Video

Channing Tatum and Lulu the Belgian Malinois crouch together in what looks like a wilderness area in Dog.

Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/MGM

Channing Tatum has played a dog person before, but what about a man with a dog?

Tatum co-directed this film with Reid Carolin and stars as an Army Ranger grieving the loss of his friend who embarks on an extended road trip to bring his friend’s dog to the funeral.

Confess, Fletch

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

Jon Hamm as Fletch lies bare-chested in a hammock in Confess, Fletch

Photo: Robert Clark/Miramax

Jon Hamm stars in this reboot of the 1980s sitcom, filling in for Chevy Chase as the quick-witted comic detective.

From our review:

The way Hamm’s revival of the series is getting a half-hearted double release in some theaters and on VOD suggests how little faith Miramax has in the project. The film, however, says otherwise. It’s fun and entertaining — the kind of comedy the great filmmakers saw far more regularly than they do today. Comedies have fallen out of favor in a cinematic landscape more devoted to Liam Neeson-style revenge flicks, but Confess, Fletch it’s refreshing, not just in how it uses comedy, but in how it uses Jon Hamm.

Flux Gourmet

Where to watch: Available to stream on Shudder

Gwendoline Christie, in a flowing black and white outfit, and Asa Butterfield in jeans look at each other on a couch at Flux Gourmet.

Image: AMC Networks

Acclaimed director Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy, In fabric) returns with this gripping drama set in a culinary institute. The trailer promises “sensory overload,” Strickland’s typical impeccable suiting and attention to detail, and the unsettling air you often find in his films.

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