X, 4 new Netflix movies and everything new you can watch

This weekend Choose or diethe horror film from 2022 with Iola Evans (Carnival Row) and Asa Butterfield (Sex education), premieres on Netflix. If you’re not looking for 1980s themed throwback horror and haunted technology à la 2004s Stay alive, do not worry – there are lots of great new releases on streaming and VOD this week to choose from.

In addition to Select or Die, the Spanish comedy drama Today we fix the worldthe Polish romantic comedy The taming of the shrewdand the Nigerian drama Man of God everyone is coming to Netflix this weekend. The latest horror movie from The house of the devil director Ti West starring Mia Goth is finally coming to VOD, as well as the Australian action-horror film Wyrmwood: Apocalypse and the cerebral sci-fi thriller Wagon with John Malkovich in the lead role.

The Filipino-Japanese Sports Biography Gensan Punch comes to HBO Max while the haunted house thriller The basement on Shake. Oh, and did I mention that yet another critically acclaimed film from 2021 from the director of Drive my car coming to the Criterion Channel this weekend? Like I said, there’s one lot of good movies to choose from!

To help you keep track of what’s new and available, here are the new movies you can watch on streaming and VOD this weekend.


Choose or die

Where to see: Can be streamed on Netflix

Image: Netflix / CURSR Films

The horror film from 2022 Choose or die Starring Iola Evans as Kayla, a shattered college student and coder who falls over an obscure 80s text-based survival game allegedly tied to a still-unclaimed $ 100,000 prize. However, this is no Ready Player One; think Black mirror: Bandersnatch. With the help of her friend Isaac (Asa Butterfield), Kayla quickly discovers that the game called “CURS> R,” is (not surprisingly) cursed as the choices made in the game begin to bleed into reality on more and more scary ways. As Jon Foster once said in the 2006 film Stay alive, “If you die in the game, you die in earnest.” Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) also appears as a fictional version of himself – nice! From our review,

After 84 minutes, Choose or die is a whip-bang film based on healthy, robust storytelling. Evans, a surprising beginner, gives Kayla a rich inner life. She is a bundle of stress and exhaustion, all unfolded over her hardened face. Her performance begs other components around her to feel similarly high, a request that the film cannot complete due to its frustrating simplicity. In that regard, one of the film’s biggest offenders is the creepy character Lance (Ryan Gage), who may be working in the building, may be in a sexual relationship with Kayla’s mother and is certainly her dealer, but languishes like a cartoon-like garbage predator, who hardly pretends to be credible.

x

Where to see: Can be rented for $ 19.99 on Amazon, Apple and Vudu

The convicted crew on X walks through tall grass with film equipment in hand

Photo: Christopher Moss / A24

Ten West’s horror film from 2022 has Mia Goth (Suk) as Maxine Minx, a hopeful actress who drives out to an isolated farmhouse in rural Texas with her producer-girlfriend Wayne (Martin Henderson) and his amateur film crew to film an adult film. As the crew unexpectedly finds themselves persecuted and terrorized by their withdrawn hosts, the survivors must make a desperate attempt to escape with their lives intact. From our review,

While the premise of a porn footage that turns into a horror show can easily result in a sloppy parody, Ti West has more in mind. The adult film angle serves two purposes – it puts a meta spin on the virtually mandatory nudity and adult content of R-rated slasher films, and it uses the adult industry to talk about indie filmmaking as a whole. The first half of the film is a love letter to independent filmmaking, to the satisfaction of grabbing a group of like-minded friends and a camera and going to a remote place to make films. At the Q&A after the film’s SXSW premiere, Ti West talked about the similarities between horror and porn in the 1970s – specifically the desire to break free from study systems and create a name for yourself with nothing but a good idea.

Wheel of fortune and imagination

Where to see: Can be streamed on the Criterion Channel

Image: Criterion Channel

While directing his Oscar-nominated 2021 drama Drive my carRyusuke Hamaguchi also directed another slightly less acclaimed but no less influential masterpiece: the romantic drama anthology Wheel of fortune and imagination. Hamaguchi’s film, which spans three different stories involving a love triangle, a plot by a college student to capture his professor, and a serendipital encounter and confession, explores the complexity, frustrations, and catharsis of human relationships in loving, attentive details.

Gensan Punch

Where to see: Can be streamed on HBO Max

Nao Tsuymama in the ring in Gensan Punch.

Photo: HBO Max

This is a sports biography of Nao Tsuyama, a boxer with a leg prosthesis who moved to the Philippines to pursue his career and became known as “Gensan”. From award-winning Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, Gensan Punch won the Kim Jiseok Award at the 2021 Busan International Film Festival.

The basement

Where to see: Can be streamed on Shudder

Abby Fitz as Ellie in the Shudder horror film The Cellar.

Photo: Shudder / RLJE Films

A haunted house thriller, The basement is both the title of this film and the place where the protagonist Keira Woods (Elisha Cuthbert)’s teenage daughter disappears. As Keira searches for her, she unlocks a dark spiritual mystery that points to something old and evil lurking in the house.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse

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

Cyborg Zombie (Alex Jewson) strangles Brooke (Bianca Bradey) in Wyrmwood: Apocalypse.

Photo: Emma Bjorndahl / XYZ Films

The follow-up to the cult hit from 2014 Wyrmwoodthis Australian action-horror franchise looks set to continue “Mad Max, but with zombiesmood of the first. This film follows Rhys, a soldier who realizes that his “work” has done more harm than good. When he encounters a zombie-human hybrid, Rhys sees it as an opportunity to actually save the world.

The taming of the shrewd

Where to see: Can be streamed on Netflix

Maryla (Dorota Stalinska) and Kaska (Magdalena Lamparska) in The Taming of the Shrewd.

Image: Netflix

This Polish romantic comedy follows Kaska (Magdalena Lampraska), a scientist who moves home after being dumped. When her return disrupts her brother’s plans to sell the family land, he hires a handsome stranger (Mikolaj Roznerski) to woo her and convince her to agree to the sale. Surprise, surprise, the two fall for each other! This one gets a TV-MA tag from Netflix, so expect a more juicy rom-com than some of their US offerings.

Today we fix the world

Where to see: Can be streamed on Netflix

David (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and his son Benito (Benjamín Otero) are sitting by a pool drinking juice in Today We Fix The World.

Image: Netflix

The Spanish comedy drama Today we fix the world follows David (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a very successful workaholic TV producer and an emotionally absent father to his 9-year-old son Benito (Benjamín Otero). As Benito’s birth mother confides in David that he may not be the boy’s father on her deathbed, the two embark on an emotional journey to find Benito’s actual biological father while exploring the extent of their own complicated relationship.

Man of God

Where to see: Can be streamed on Netflix on April 16th

Samuel (Akah Nnani) starring in a mirror preparing for a sermon in The Man of God.

Image: Netflix

A faith-based drama from Nigeria, Man of God follows Samuel (Akah Nnani), son of a strict priest who pushed him away from home. As Samuel feels the pull back to his faith, he is caught between the many worlds he occupies.

Wagon

Where to see: Can be rented for $ 5.99 on Amazon; $ 6.99 on Apple and Vudu

John Malkovich as Dr.  Karn and Chariot (2022).

Photo: Saban Films

John Malkovich stars in the 2022 sci-fi thriller Wagon as Dr. Karn, an eccentric specialist who oversees a process of technologically assisted reincarnation for ignorant test subjects. When a young man named Harrison (Thomas Mann) begins to experience strange visions after meeting a woman (Rosa Salazar) whom he loved in a previous life, he turns to Karn for help. As time goes on, Karn must heal Harrison’s condition or risk endangering the entire system of artificial reincarnation. While this at first might sound like a mash-up between the supernatural drama of 2020 Nine days and Lisa Joy’s neo-noir thriller Reminiscencethe trailer to Wagon looks far more freakier than that, with aliens floating through space like flawed avatars and mysterious figures dressed in high-tech plague masks that look a bit like Ridley Scott Prometheus.

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