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HBO Max: The 10 best films to stream this week

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HBO Max just dropped a ton of new films to welcome in August. The films that excite me most are: A Walk Among the Tombstones, (2014), Changeling (2008), Collateral (2004), Inception (2010) and You’ve Got Mail (1998).

But forget all of those for now, because the massive new arrival comes on Friday: James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which has already received rave reviews. CNET reviewer Richard Trenholm called it “cinematic trash poetry.” If you can’t (or don’t want to) catch it in a cinema, here are all the big and little details on watching it on HBO Max.

One more release rounds out the week. All My Life arrives on Sunday, starring Harry Shum Jr. and Jessica Rothe. The not great but not terrible film follows a couple looking forward to their wedding, when they receive devastating news.

Other recent arrivals include Corazon De Mezquite (2019) and Freaky (2020). Thanks to WarnerMedia’s simultaneous theatrical and streaming release plan, major 2021 releases have hit HBO Max, including musical In the Heights and horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. If none of those take your fancy, HBO Max has loads of classics from the Criterion Collection and a small collection of quality originals, which you can peruse below, among a few of those blockbusters.

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Thriller

No Sudden Move (2021)

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A new Steven Soderbergh movie? Aka 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 1950s Detroit. When a seemingly simple job gets out of hand, a group of criminals must work together to uncover what’s really going on. Take in the incredible cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm and Amy Seimetz. While the plot can be a little convoluted and some won’t be able to get past the fish-eye lens cinematography, Soderbergh’s sense of humor and immersive direction make this crime caper an entertaining night in.

Tenet (2020)

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If ever there was a movie that improves with multiple rewatches, it’s Tenet. Thanks to its release on HBO Max, you can now understand the plot that goes with its spectacular visuals. John David Washington stars as the Protagonist, whose name is a subtle hint to his James Bond mission to prevent a world-destroying attack — from the future. The Protagonist learns to manipulate the flow of time with the help of Robert Pattinson’s debonair Neil. Possibly the most Christopher Nolan of Christopher Nolan movies, Tenet is as entertaining as it is cerebral.

Drama

Superhero

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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Fan of the ’80s? Including that filmmaking style? The sequel to Wonder Woman leans hard into its inspirations, which will either take you back to pleasingly simple versions of adventure and heroism, or really annoy you with a nonsensical plot and slow pace. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince hasn’t moved on from Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) death, working at the Smithsonian where an ancient artefact kicks off a world of trouble and forces her to make a few hard decisions. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the cast. Colorful, lightweight escapism.

Comedy

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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this surprising rom-com heist film from Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). The film was written and shot during lockdown, and the pandemic actually features in the film’s backdrop. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a couple planning to rob a jewelry store in London while most of the stores are shut. Their relationship has struggled in the lockdown, and they reevaluate a thing or two amid their crazy caper. It’s not the most polished flick, but you’re mainly in it for the charisma of Hathaway and Ejiofor. The inclusion of the pandemic will either intrigue you or turn you away.

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Whether you like this or not probably hinges on how much you like Seth Rogen. You’re getting a lot of him — he stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first playing Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish laborer who emigrates to America in 1919. He finds work at a pickle factory — and this is where things get weird — falls into a vat of pickles that preserves him for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 Brooklyn and hangs out with his great-grandson Ben, also played by Seth Rogen. If you embrace this creative premise, then this is a great low-key comedy for the smaller screen with some impressive chemistry between Rogen and Rogen.

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