Summer streaming options continue to grow with the biggest new movies to watch online this week. We’ve got everything from a comic book supervillain to a biographical sports film, with some other very interesting movies you might not have noticed coming from the edges.
In the “New From Theater” category, we have two films that we hope will do better with home audiences. The first is DC’s The Flash, which was praised by many critics but failed to become a hit. Next up, we have a new family-friendly animated adventure that could have spawned a new series.
On Netflix, the big red streaming machine’s run to be one of the best streaming services is backed by two very different movies. A recovering Jamie Foxx stars in a sci-fi thriller Blaxploitation, while a deep-sea diving documentary looks equally exciting.
Apple TV Plus joins the trend of sports documentaries with Steph Curry, and for those who like to get introduced, we also have a new documentary about the shark horror genre that sounds like a must-see.
Andy Muschietti’s The Flash felt like one of those movies that just never comes to life. At first there were all the delays. Then-on-again star Ezra Miller got on with the law.
DC finally got around to pitching the movie, after new DCU head James Gunn raves about its awesome quality. And then, as you may have heard, it landed at the box office. Worse than Black Adam. However, there is a possibility that The Flash will do well at home (if not now, then on Max once it gets there in the coming weeks and months).
As for the movie itself? Well, Barry Allen (Miller) aka The Flash is so dead-set to save his mother from death and his father from going to prison that he ends up rocking our world into a botched state ripening for General Zod’s (Michael Shannon) things. The only hero who can help Barry is Batman (Michael Keaton). Oh, and that other Batman (Ben Affleck) is there, too. As does Supergirl (Sasha Calle), as well as a second Flash (Miller, again).
Buy digitally at Amazon And Other Services in the Moment (Released Today, July 18)
They cloned Tyrone (Netflix)
Jamie Foxx, who was recently absent while recovering from medical complications, stars alongside Teona Paris (Ms. Marvel) and John Boyega (Attack the Block) in this trio. The trio manage to find themselves inside a massive government conspiracy that involves cloning Boyega.
It’s all (apparently) about a series of scams that have been set on the black community. Someone was putting the wrong substances into a group of stereotypical favorite foods. Kiefer Sutherland and David Alan Grier co-star.
a witness Netflix Starting Friday (July 21)
Robbie Gilman, Teenage Kraken (digital)
Ruby (Lana Condor from the To All The Boys movies) experiences a record amount of high school drama. She wants to fit in, has a crush on the guy skateboarder she teaches and feels invisible. Well, the good news is that there is a workaround for that last part.
It turns out that she is the latest in a long line of kraken warriors that grow to gigantic size. Now, we understand that understanding her powers will be key to knowing how to live a life she can enjoy. The voice cast includes Annie Murphy, Jane Fonda, and Will Forte.
Buy or rent digitally Amazon And Others Now (Released Today, July 18)
Deepest Breath (Netflix)
Freediving may have simple rules – win by going deeper than everyone else – but its champions are much more complex. The Deepest Breath examines one such story, the career of Italian submariner Alessia Zecchini
Alicia got into sports as a child prodigy, pursuing goals at the tender age of 13, and began to push herself too far in order to succeed. One reason we’re particularly curious about this movie is that it’s an A24 production, often a studio production that’s in a class of its own.
a witness Netflix Starting tomorrow (July 19)
Stephen Curry: Underrated (Apple TV Plus)
Humble Stephen Curry debuted in the NBA and faced a lot of jokes. He didn’t have a LeBron James frame. He did not have the charisma of his other contemporaries. But then he began to break out with his sharp shooting skills, as he was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month three times (a first for any rookie), all while continuing to score. Then the tournaments happened.
But what about the man behind the trilogy? The Apple TV Plus documentary gives fans an intimate view of the once underrated superstar, tracing his career from his early years on the court to today.
a witness Apple TV Plus Starting Friday (July 21)
De Humani Corporis Fabrica (digital)
Having previously explored the depths of the North American fishing industry in Leviathan, aspiring directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel have turned their cameras to an equally complex area: the human body. The film delivers footage of the inside of the human body unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Critics say De Humani Corporis Fabrica is immersive, deep, and utterly gross. Expect to see everything from cancerous tissue to spinal operations.
Buy digitally at Amazon And Other Retailers Now (Released Today, July 18)
Exploit Sharks (AMC Plus, Shudder)
Oddly enough, this is the rare movie that doesn’t have a trailer yet. This original horror from director/producer Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune) takes a look at the history of sharks on screen, and audience obsession that began with films like Jaws and Roger Corman’s She Gods of Shark Reef.
Features interviews with Corman, Jaws film writer Carl Gottlieb and Jaws: The Revenge cast member Mario Van Peebles, Piranha director Joe Dante, and conservation advocate Wendy Benchley.