HBO Max: The 12 Best Movies to See Tonight

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Hugh Jackman stars in Reminiscence.

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This week on HBO max sees the return of one of the biggest films of the year. Godzilla vs. Kong stamped on the streamer again on Tuesday.

On Friday you have three films to choose from. Half Brothers (2020) is a comedy-drama about a Mexican aviation manager who learns he has an American half-brother. The polar opposites are forced to embark on a road trip adventure and follow her father’s path from Mexico to the United States.

Her second pick is Reefa (2021), a drama about Israel “Reefa” Hernandez Jr. The 18-year-old Colombian immigrant is spending his last summer in Miami before moving to New York City on an arts scholarship. When Israel sprays one last wall, a police officer leaves his family and friends devastated.

Finally, and this is probably your best option, there is Reminiscence (2021). In this science fiction film, Hugh Jackman stars as the “private investigator of the ghost” who becomes obsessed with new client Mae, played by Rebecca Ferguson, when she mysteriously disappears. Thandiwe Newton and writer and director Lisa Joy (who helped shape Westworld) are just two more of the big names that make this film worth seeing.

Last week’s arrivals on HBO Max include Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Jurassic Park III (2001). Thanks to WarnerMedias simultaneous theater and streaming Release plan, major releases in 2021 have hit HBO Max, including James Gunns The suicide squad, Musical In the heights and horror movie The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. If you don’t like any of those, HBO Max has loads of classics from the Criterion Collection and a small collection of high quality originals that you can check out below among some of these blockbusters.

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Best blockbusters and originals on HBO Max

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Jude and the Black Messiah (2021)


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Judas and the Black Messiah caused a sensation at the Oscars and won Daniel Kaluuya one of the many nominations for Best Supporting Actor. It was well deserved. Kaluuya is mesmerizing when Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Chapter, lights the screen next to Lakeith Stanfield, who plays an FBI informant sent to infiltrate the party. The biopic, which dramatizes real-life events from the late 1960s, is gripping, shocking, and sizzling with issues of racial injustice. A big, heavy film that deserves your full attention.

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This is a cute little gem on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo traverse states where pregnant teen Veronica (Richardson) can have an abortion. Yes, it’s pro-choice, with Veronica’s parents refusing to give her permission to have an abortion. But it also joins the most important cog of all road trip films and shows a nice friendship between the two main actors.

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A coming-of-age drama with motorcycles. Charm City Kings plays a fresh young cast, including Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Mouse, a 14-year-old who, to the horror of his mother, was swept into the Baltimore cycling world. The strengths of the film lie in its impressive offspring and a strong direction in scenes with motorcycle action. WandaVision fans will also discover Teyonah Parris in a supporting role. Not perfect, but much to admire.

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No sudden move (2021)


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A new Steven Soderbergh movie? Also known as the great director behind Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and, more recently, Logan Lucky? Twists, thrills and desperate characters populate this crime thriller set in Detroit in the 1950s. When a seemingly easy job gets out of hand, a group of criminals must work together to find out what is really going on. Marvel at the incredible cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbor, Jon Hamm, and Amy Seimetz. While the plot can be a little tangled and some are unable to get past the fisheye lens camera, Soderbergh’s sense of humor and immersive direction of this crime make for a night of fun.

Principle (2020)


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If ever there was a movie that gets better with replay, it’s Tenet. Now, thanks to its posting on HBO Max, you can understand the storyline that comes with its spectacular graphics. John David Washington plays the protagonist, whose name is a subtle reference to his James Bond mission to prevent a world-devastating attack – from the future. With the help of Robert Pattinson’s debonair Neil, the protagonist learns to manipulate the flow of time. Possibly the Christopher Nolan movie directed by Christopher Nolan, Tenet is as entertaining as it is cerebral.

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Also known as The Snyder Cut. This is for the throngs of Zack Snyder fans who are committed to ensuring that the director gets a second chance to quit Justice League after being forced to leave before graduation due to a personal tragedy. Joss Whedon stepped in, but the 2017 theatrical version was a critical and box office failure. Now a four hour Snyder Director’s Cut is done on HBO Max, with loads of new scenes, a few new villains, and the spectacular epilogue. If you’re okay with Snyder’s slo-mo style, it’s worth checking out his remarkably different original vision.

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)


80s fan? Including this filmmaking style? The sequel to Wonder Woman draws heavily on his inspirations, which either lead you back to pleasantly simple versions of adventure and heroism or really annoy you with a nonsensical plot and a slow pace. Gal Gadots Diana Prince hasn’t left Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) death behind and works at the Smithsonian where an ancient artifact starts a world of anger and forces them to make some tough decisions. New to the cast are Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal. Colorful, easy escapism.

Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of a Harley Quinn) (2020)


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This violent R-rated superhero entry explodes with color amid the shocking broken legs of a Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie and director Cathy Yan have teamed up with the title villain for this unique stand-alone film. Its non-linear plot and loosely pieced together anti-heroes – including Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s The Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, Rosie Perez’s alcohol detective Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco’s pickpocket Cassandra Cain – might put off some, who are behind a cleaner package. But when you focus on the stylish graphics, the creative action scenes and the charisma of Harley Quinn, delicious superhero indulgence awaits you.

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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this surprising rom-com heist film directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). The film was written and shot during the lockdown, and the pandemic can actually be seen in the background of the film. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a couple who plans to rob a jewelry store in London while most stores are closed. Their relationship struggled with the lockdown, and they’re re-evaluating a thing or two amid their crazy capers. It’s not the most polished strip, but you’re in it mostly for the charisma of Hathaway and Ejiofor. The inclusion of the pandemic will either fascinate you or turn you away.

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Like it or not, it probably depends on how much you like Seth Rogen. You get a lot from him – he plays two roles in An American Pickle, first Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish worker who emigrated to America in 1919. He finds work in a cucumber factory – and this is where things get weird – falls into a vat of cucumbers that has kept him for 100 years. He woke up in Brooklyn in 2019 and hangs out with his great-grandson, Ben, who is also played by Seth Rogen. If you take that creative premise then this is a great low-key comedy for the smaller screen with some formidable roe-to-roe chemistry.

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Meryl Streep plays an eccentric writer in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What else do you need to know? If you want to know more, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) struggles to finish her next book, pursued by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She goes on board a cruise ship with old friends who inspired her most famous work. Tensions are strong. It looks great – Soderbergh uses clear, natural light – and most of the dialogue is improvised. Watch Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges, and the rest of the impeccable cast enjoy it.

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This is a little novelty. See what Robert Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their retelling of the Roald Dahl classic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a young boy who is turned into a mouse by Hathaway’s occasional CGI witch Grand High Witch. Nobody says it comes close to the 1990 original by Anjelica Huston, but it’s fascinating enough to have a glimpse at it.

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