The first entry of a creepy trilogy based on a very creepy book series and a documentary about a greatly underrated music festival are in the MUST-WATCH Top 10 this week! Could Chris Pratt’s latest film take that top spot? You have to read on to find out!
The war of tomorrow
Streaming platform: Amazon Prime Video
Get started this week with some high-concept action!
The war of tomorrow Stars Chris Pratt (of the Guardian of the galaxy Movies and Parks and recreation) as a veteran, teacher and family man. One day people from the future will start going back in time and moving people in to fight a war in 30 years. Apparently the humans of the future are losing this war to an alien species. Determined to save his family’s life (his wife, played by Betty Gilpin of GLOW and The hunt), Pratt joins this war of tomorrow and sets off into the future. Other actors Yvonne Strahovski of Lining, Sam Richardson of Detroiters, and JK Simmons of Whiplash, this is an intense movie that is sure to be entertaining!
You can now watch this movie on Amazon Prime Video!
No sudden movement
Streaming platform: Crave
If you care more about the past than the future, here is the movie for you!
No sudden movement is the latest film from the director Steven Soderbergh (Who directed? George Clooney–With Ocean trilogy, Sex, lies and videotape, and infection). His new film, here collaborating with HBOMax, is a gangster drama set in the 1950s. It stars Don Cheadle (of Traffic and Black Monday) as a criminal in dire need of money and teaming up with a few other criminals (played by Benicio the bull of Hitman, and Kieran Culkin of Succession) to draw a complicated scheme. This film has a great cast including David Harbor of Strange things, Jon Hamm of mad Men, and Julia Fox of Uncut gemstones.
This movie is now available to stream on Crave!
Streaming platform: digital TIFF Bell Lightbox
Maybe you fancy a Canadian film more?
Black conflux is a film by Nicole Dorsey (who also directed the miniseries Something undone). This film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Films by TIFF that year. It stars Ella Balentine (from the 2016 TV movie version of Anne of Green Gables) as a 15 year old girl who gives in to peer pressure by partying and skipping school. It’s stars too Lukas Bilyk (of Adam’s testament) as a young man in his twenties who is struggling to find his place in life and is more prone to violence. He frequently has fantasies about using women for his own ends and eventually these two characters are put on a path that will change their lives forever.
You can now view this film on the digital TIFF Bell Lightbox!
Summer of the soul
Streaming platform: Disney +
If you’re looking for a documentary or something musical, you’ll find something here that fits both categories!
Summer of Soul (… or when the revolution couldn’t be televised) is a documentary by music journalist and the roots’ drummer Quest love. This film shows that 1969 Harlem Culture Festival. Although it was held in the same year as Woodstock, nowhere was it as popular. The six-week festival featured performances by a myriad of fantastic musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sly and the family stone, Nina Simone, and a lot more! This documentary won numerous awards at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 and is guaranteed to have a lot of bops!
You can see this movie on Disney +!
Streaming platform: Netflix
Finally, some horror at the end of this week!
Scared street is not just one film, but three films, each released one week apart. The first is called Fear Street Part 1: 1994, and this is followed by two sequels (set in 1978 and 1666 respectively). This series is an adaptation of the Scared street Series of RL Stine, the creator of goose bumps. This first film plays a large cast including Maya Hawke (of Strange things and Once upon a time in Hollywood), Jordana Spiro (of Ozark and My boys), and Benjamin Flores Jr. (of The pursued Hathaways and Game shaker). That first movie plays like a slasher, who knows where the other two are going?
You can watch the first movie on Netflix now, with the second coming on July 9th and the third on July 16th!
680 NEWS TO WATCH THE TOP 10
10. Loki – Disney +
9. Spiral: From the book Saw – VOD
8th. Black conflux – digital TIFF Bell Lightbox
7th The ice road – VOD
6th No sudden movement – Desire
5. Luca – Disney +
4th The war of tomorrow – Amazon Prime Video
3. Summer of the soul – Disney +
2. National Indigenous History Collection of the Month – CBC jewel
1. Scared street – Netflix