Best Movies & TV (August 5-7)

Reserve Dogs; prey.
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Another week, another handful of TV and movie picks for you all. It’s lightweight, but we’ll just call it that quality > quantity. The selections below can range from excellence to dirty fun, but that’s how we like to spend our weekends, right? There’s David Leitch’s bullet train, and to be fair, I recommend it mostly because the very funny chemistry of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry is a surprising treat. Oh, and I can’t forget that it’s Bad Bunny’s sexy and poised film debut. (You know this is going to get some pockets in the theater seats.) And there are even fresher and more exciting selections, like a new season of Reserve Dogs (woo!) and the debut of a new one predator movie Here are the choices:

bullet train it has everything: a great action piece, funny cameos, Tarantino-esque flashbacks, witty dialogue, great music and a stacked cast with Brad Pitt at the center. It doesn’t necessarily all come together in a tight, top-notch film, though bullet train it’s still a fun ride.

Because prey that it’s not opening in theaters is beyond me, but hey, it means Hulu subscribers get a new movie opening in their theaters this weekend. A prequel to the predator movies, prey follows the arrival of the dreaded alien on Earth in the 1700s, meaning there is no technology or weapons to combat the advanced being. That fascinating premise alone is enough to spark a watch, but combine that with Amber Midthunder’s performance as Naru, a young Comanche woman struggling to be seen as more in her community, and director Dan Trachtenberg’s ‘absolute tension. 10 Cloverfield Lane, and we are ready Hulu even offers a Comanche dub of the film.

Available to stream on Hulu

The film that inspired many Twitter takes and introduced Alana Haim to the general population as an actress is coming to Amazon Prime Video (the film was previously only available on VOD platforms). Haim plays Alana Kane, a directionless twenty-something who crosses paths with young Gary Valentine (played by a charming Cooper Hoffman), a teenage business enthusiast, in the San Fernando Valley of the 1970s. She is one of the more tender Paul Thomas Anderson films, as it plays with Alana’s desire to recapture the bright-eyed feeling of childhood and Gary’s desperate need for grown-up independence.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

There is a comfort level Reserve Dogs this makes it attractive to sit back and forget about everything around you. The story of four young children fighting for something more is heartwarming, utterly hilarious and, at times, wistful. After the events of the first season, in which the self-proclaimed backup dogs lose one of their friends, Elora (Devery Jacobs), to a rival gang member when she sets out to seduce California, the rest of the children are left to choose. put the pieces back together in Oklahoma.

Available to stream on Hulu

ohhh The sand man. Based on Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel, Netflix’s latest attempt at a franchise series is an intriguing one. Gaiman’s work has never been properly translated for the screen (other than Coraline, this is)? Now, I don’t know if I found it The sand man necessarily catchy, but I didn’t like it. (I know, low bar). I also know that devoted fans will want to check it out for themselves. He will do so The sand man will be sorcerer-as a hit, or it will be lost in the dark void of Netflix’s never-ending queue. Only time will tell.

Available to stream on Netflix

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Too! Read our streaming recommendations of weekend of July 29. Vulture’s next weekend streaming picklist will be posted online on Friday, August 12.

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