We Broke Up stars Aya Cash and William Jackson Harper.
On Hulu, try The Skeleton Twins (2014). The comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig follows estranged siblings who have a near-death experience on the very same day. This brings the couple back together and they learn that their relationship could be key to transforming each of their lives. The skeletal twins arrived on Tuesday.
The Marihuana Conspiracy (2021) arrived on Wednesday. Set in the 1970s, the drama follows a group of young women who take part in a 98-day experiment examining the effects of marijuana on women. Note that based on a true story, the film received a mixed response, also known as 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The same day came Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane (2018). Claire Foy of The Crown plays a young woman who was involuntarily admitted to a mental institution. Eventually she wonders if this mental institution is real or not. What’s even crazier? The psychological horror was shot entirely on the iPhone 7 Plus.
A couple of films arrived on Thursday: the coming-of-age drama Blast Beat (2020) and the boxing drama Jungleland (2019). Finally on Saturday comes We Broke Up (2021), a dramedy with Aya Cash from The Boys and William Jackson Harper from The Good Place. It’s about a couple who split days before attending a wedding but pretend to be still together in hopes of making it all go smoothly.
Last week’s arrivals include the comedy Together Together (2021); Indie romance AWOL (2016); Documentaries Homeroom (2021), The Force (2017) and The Waiting Room (2012); Horror thriller hero (2021); Crime thriller The Virtuoso (2021); and youth film The Hate U Give (2018). If you don’t like any of these options, check out the list of the best Hulu Originals below.
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It was only a matter of time before a documentary surfaced about the remarkable story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. I Am Greta is an intimate look at Thunberg’s one-person school strike for climate protection outside the Swedish parliament. We also see a bit of her life as a shy student with Asperger’s. The rare footage is in the safe hands of Swedish director Nathan Grossman, who follows Thunberg’s shocking effect of these moves on the rest of the world.
On the surface, this extraordinary documentary by Bing Liu is a declaration of love for skateboarding. But if you scrape a little deeper, you’ll find the vast depths of Minding the Gap. A rich and thoughtful story about young people living in 21st America. It swings beyond the skate park.
Plan B (2021)
This road trip comedy covers familiar territory, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles play as weird best friends: one college student, the other a lazy guy helping the former track down a Plan B pill in conservative small town South Dakota within 24 hours of an unfortunate first sexual encounter. Following in the footsteps of the fast-paced and fresh Booksmart, Plan B is a fun, rough ride that doesn’t hold back.
Palm Springs fits right into the category of charming indie films: its fresh science fiction premise serves as a gateway to the exploration of deeper ideas. Cristin Miloti and Andy Samberg play Sarah and Nyles, two strangers who meet at a wedding and do everything possible, including stumbling into a Marmot Day time warp. Your only chance at escaping seems to come with personal breakthroughs. Palm Springs should be on your must-see list when you land.
Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age film that emphasizes the clutter of growing up. Pete Davidson plays a slacker who befriends 16-year-old Mo. His influence makes Mo try new things, from booze to impressive girls at parties. Lessons are learned as you can expect. A smart ensemble including Jon Cryer is the icing on the cake that brings this heartfelt gem together.
If you like your Christmas movies with a dash of substance, then Happiest Season is one of the best new gems to put on your Christmas shelf. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play the lovers Abby and Harper, who run into one flaw in their relationship: Harper has not yet come out to their conservative family. Happiest Season is a smart, modern Christmas film with emotional force that supports all the warmth of a Hallmark card without the cheesy and from an outstanding supporting actress like Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Dan Levy.
Nomad Land (2020)
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Chloé Zhaos Nomadland has won multiple awards at film festivals and, unsurprisingly, won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress at the Oscars. Zhao is a true workhorse, he directs, edits and writes this contemplative and fascinating drama about a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her home to travel through the American West. Get this: Supporting cast members are real nomads playing fictional versions of themselves. Check out this extraordinary filmmaking effort from the director bringing her one-of-a-kind lens to Marvel’s Eternals later this year.
Sarah Paulson had a great year starring in Aneesh Chaganty’s thriller Mrs. America, Ratched, and Now Run (check out his excellent directorial debut, Searching). In Run, Paulson plays Diane Sherman, a mother who looks after her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), who uses a wheelchair. But their mother-daughter relationship is more disturbing than it seems. Be captivated by the suspense, mystery and horror as Diane takes helicopter education to a new level.
As the great Fleabag once said: “Hair is everything”. Bad hair could take that to the next level. The horror satire of the 80s is about a young woman who reluctantly agrees to get a fabric – but changing her image to please the image-obsessed music industry has consequences. Absurdly funny and disturbing at the same time, Bad Hair unravels an entertaining fable that reflects modern life.
Zombies, the Australian outback and a school bus of happy children are a mix that can be expected to end badly. Little Monsters follows the kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) in her gigantic task: Make sure that your protégés are safe and are not aware of the carnivorous monsters (and Echidna). If she does, she’ll be teacher of the year. With a scene-robbing Josh Gad in tow, Little Monsters makes ridiculous fun by using a fresh brain to tackle the genre.
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