Worth A Look on HBO: November 5, 2017
Throughout every month, HBO adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find recommendations for the weekend.
Fall is now in full swing. Between swigging cider and picking pumpkins, you may notice the weather taking on a chill. What better time to take advantage of the shorter days and that HBO subscription? Pour yourself a mug of something warm and put up your feet. It’s time to stream.
Get to know the man who brings you your binges. More than 30 hours of interviews with Steven Spielberg shed light on the filmmaker’s long career, directorial influences and motivations as he shares largely unknown stories behind some of his most iconic films. This is a very fun watch for fans of cinema.
The Deuce: New Episodes
One of the most acclaimed new shows of the fall, James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal bring you a star-powered look at the time when sex went from being a back-alley, brown-paper-bag commodity to a billion-dollar staple in New York life. It’s a compelling and provocative look at a time long gone: seedy Times Square.
Monster’s Ball (2001)
This is an incredibly powerful movie. It is the story of Hank (Billy Bob Thornton), a disaffected prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely relationship with the wife of a man he has just executed. Among the many awards it received, Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in this film. It is filled with so many ups and downs and dynamic performances from every participant—Heath Ledger and Peter Boyle also star—that it is a must see. It is a magnificent piece of film.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
The second installment in a three-part series, this film is better than the last. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. It has everything you want in a sequel: more thrills, more action, and more Keanu.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: New Episodes
Larry David and his attitude are back. Everything you loved about the old series is here again: the characters, the absurd and awkward situations, and the quotable lines. The series picked right up where it left off and really didn’t miss a beat. Spend some quality time with your favorite asshole—at the very least you’ll feel better about yourself.
This horror mystery is a true comeback for M. Night Shyamalan. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley, the film follows a man with 23 different personalities who kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility. It’s an edge-of-your-seat film worth watching.
Hidden Figures (2016)
Based on a true story, this film is the incredible untold tale of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). They were three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The performances in this film are sensational.
Vice Principals: Season 2: New Episodes
This is a show the most definitely doesn’t get enough credit. This dark comedy stars Danny McBride and Walton Goggins as vice principals at local high school. When the principal retires, a war begins to see who gets the vacated position. The rival administrators set their sights on the top spot, only to see it taken by an outsider. Putting their mutual hate aside, the bitter antagonists form an unholy alliance to bring the new principal down by any means necessary. You will find yourself laughing and/or saying “No…way…” more than once.
Get Out (2017)
This critically acclaimed horror comes to you from the mind of Jordan Peele (Key and Peele). Chris and his girlfriend Rose have finally reached the meet-the-parents stage of dating and she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could never have imagined. This movie is unsettling and excellent. It’s much deserving of a place in your binging queue.
What are you watching this weekend? Are there other great movies that deserve to be on the list? Let us know in the comments.