Netflix’s Bad Trip, The Father, and 9 great new movies to watch at home

Today, Warner Bros.’ struck an offer with Regal Cinemas to put their films back in theaters following the extraordinary (and questionable) choice to premiere 2021 releases day-and-date on HBO Max. The offer will see the release of these upcoming movies on streaming after a 45-day window, a considerably much shorter quantity of time from the 70- to 90-day window that was the market requirement prior to COVID-19.

However what’s offered to view in your home this weekend? The long-postponed Punk’d riff Bad Journey starring Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery lastly makes its method to launch on Netflix. Florian Zeller’s The Daddy, which scored a variety of Oscar elections and stars Sir Anthony Hopkins opposite The Crown’s Olivia Colman, launches this weekend on VOD along with Stephen Kijak’s pseudo-historical drama Thiefs of the World and Justin P. Lange’s supernatural scary thriller The Seventh Day. To assist you get a deal with on what’s brand-new and offered to view, here are the films you can view on VOD this weekend.


Bad Journey

Where to view it: Stream on Netflix

“What if Punk’d was a feature-length comedy, but instead of Ashton Kutcher, it starred comedian Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out)?” That’s the concise description of Bad Journey, the brand-new dark funny drama from director Kitao Sakurai (The Eric Andre Program) about 2 long-lasting buddies who start a journey from Florida to New York City City so that among them can admit their love to their high school sweetie. Although initially slated to launch in theaters in 2015 by means of Orion Pictures, the movie was among the lots of forever postponed with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2015. Since then, Netflix has picked it up and it’s finally available to watch by means of streaming.

The Father

Where to watch it: Available to rent for $19.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

Olivia Colman as Anne, Anthony Hopkins as Anthony in The Father.

Photo: Sean Gleason/Sony Pictures Classics

Olivia Colman (The Crown) stars in director Florian Zeller’s drama The Father as Anne, a woman attempting to care for her father Anthony, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, as his experiences with the onset of dementia have caused him to become more belligerent, disoriented, and distrustful. Based on Zeller’s critically acclaimed 2012 play of the same name and scored by virtuosic composer Ludovico Einaudi, the movie has actually already earned Hopkins and Colman Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively for this year’s 93rd Academy Awards.

Shoplifters of the World

Where to watch it: Available to rent for $5.99 on Amazon; $6.99 on Apple and Vudu

How much do you love your favorite band? Enough to hold a radio station DJ at gunpoint and force him to play that band’s entire discography for your entire boring hometown to listen to? That’s what happens in Stephen Kijak’s Shoplifters of the World, “based on true intentions” of a now-debunked urban legend of a young Smiths fan who purportedly attempted such an act of brazen youthful stupidity in 1987, but who in reality lost his nerve and turned himself into the police. Kijak’s film takes this premise and transforms it into a young adult drama of a rebellious group of four friends who chafe under the stultifying boredom of their sleepy British hometown. Aside from its cast of performers including Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Helena Howard (Madeline’s Madeline), and Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), what’s got most audiences and critics talking about Shoplifters of the World is its soundtrack boasting over 20 tracks by of The Smiths.

The Seventh Day

Where to watch it: Available to rent for $6.99 on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu

Guy Pearce stars as Father Peter, a renowned exorcist who mentors a young priest (Vadhir Derbez) in the dangerous art of exorcising demons in Justin P. Lange’s supernatural horror thriller The Seventh Day. As they match wits with an evil unlike anything Peter has ever faced before, the lines between good and evil are blurred and the pair are forced to confront their own inner demons in their battle to vanquish another’s. Think The Conjuring series meets 2005’s Constantine, except not “based on a true story” or a beloved cult Vertigo comic book series.

And here’s what dropped last Friday:


Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Where to watch it: Stream on HBO Max

Aquaman, Cyborg, the Batmobile, Wonder Woman, and the Flash charge into battle in Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Photo: HBO Max

It’s lastly here. It’s four hours long, and Batman finally says, “f***k!” After a eternal campaign driven by zealous fans, over $70 million worth of reshoots, the fabled “Snyder Cut” of 2007’s Justice League is finally here. But is it any good? From our gigantic review:

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is most interesting when it’s approached as a work of art restoration, with the theatrical cut fresh in mind. Walking through the parts that were scrapped and repurposed in the first film, and noting how they look in their original context, is a terrible way to enjoy a movie, but it isn’t the worst way to spend a rainy afternoon: playing movie archaeologist and contemplating, for example, the way Snyder’s version seems to have a very different take on Wonder Woman’s powers, making her appear more Superman-esque than either the theatrical version or Patty Jenkins’ films. It’s hard to imagine anyone choosing to view this version cold, without any prior familiarity or an overwhelming feeling of curiosity. It’s too roughly hewn together, an assembly cut with finished visual effects. This is the beginning of a movie, still lacking a narrative spine.

SAS: Red Notice

Where to view it: Readily available to lease for $9.99 on Amazon and Vudu

Ruby Rose elbows Sam Heughan in the face in SAS: Red Notice

Picture: Altitude Film Sales

Sam Heughan (Bloodshot) stars in SAS: Red Notice as Tom Buckingham, a Special Forces officer taking his girlfriend Dr. Sophie Hart (Hannah John-Kamen) on a train ride from London to Paris with the intent to propose. His grand romantic gesture however is soon derailed however when their train is hijacked and held for ransom inside the Channel Tunnel by mercenary commander Grace Lewis (Ruby Rose) and a cadre of heavily armed war criminals. Unarmed and cut off from his counter terror team, Tom must wage an asymmetric war against Grace’s forces in order to make it out alive and save the woman he loves. If you’re looking for a military spy action thriller in the vein of Jack Ryan or Mission Impossible, SAS: Red Notice will be right up your alley.

The Never List

Where to watch it: Available to rent for $4.99 on Amazon; $3.99 on Vudu

After the sudden death of her closest friend, teenage overachiever Eva (Fivel Stewart) sets out on a quest of self-actualization and discovery by completing the pair’s “Never List,” a list of all the outrageous act they wish they had done but never did. What begins as a personal journey of romance and adventure however soon sours into a series of actions that threaten to endanger her present and derail her carefully planned future.

Jumbo

Where to watch it: Available to rent for $4.99 on Amazon; $3.99 on Vudu

Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) stars in Zoé Wittock’s magical realist romance fantasy that follows the story of Jeanne, a shy young woman and amusement park worker, who becomes infatuated with the park’s newest attraction: a seemingly sentient carousel ride she nicknames “Jumbo.” The film looks dreamy and beautiful and absolutely bonkers— the perfect film to settle into for the weekend.

Happily

Where to watch it: Available to rent for $5.99 on Amazon; $6.99 on Apple and Vudu

Under dim red lights, Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé make out in a bathroom in Happily

Photo: Saban Films

Joel McHale (Community) and Kerry Bishé (Argo) star in director BenDavid Grabinski’s dark romantic comedy as Tom and Janet, an abnormally happy married couple who awaken to the strange (and implicitly sinister) nature of their relationship after a unsettling visit from a mysterious stranger. And that’s really just the beginning, as life gets even loopier when they join their friends for a weekend retreat. From our review,

Happily is the kind of film that gleefully spits in the face of puzzle-solving-as-story. Instead of unraveling these seeming clues, it uses them as maps to the characters’ anxieties. Setups which would amount to answers in a whodunnit are cheekily discarded once they’ve served their emotional purpose. The surveillance glitches may or may not have actually a literal explanation, but they’re centered on characters who constantly perform their romance and domesticity, like they’re always being watched. It’s romance for the Instagram age. The paired-up chairs are an obvious specter of couples’ group therapy; Janet’s dreams seem to hint at what feels inevitable deep down, rather than what’s already come to pass. (The movie’s various “flashes” follow suit.)

Last Call

Where to view it: Readily available to lease for $5.99 on Amazon; $6.99 on Apple and Vudu

Jeremy Piven stars in Last Call as Mick, a “success story” real estate developer who returns to visit his old Philly neighborhood, only to end up obligated to aid his family’s ailing business back to success. Playing alongside a cast consisting of Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern, Zach McGowan, Jamie Kennedy, and Jack McGee, Piven’s Mick must is required to face and ask pressing questions about the future — both for his household’s bar and for himself.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.