7 best new movies to stream this week on Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus and more
This is a notable edit of the top 7 new movies to watch online this week. First up, we have this rare occurrence of a great MCU movie finally coming to Disney Plus (although it’s coming quite early, compared to the previous two). Next, we have an incredibly wholesome animated film, followed by the return of adult animation’s Clown Princes.
Oh, and we also get a very interesting documentary about the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, a thriller from Netflix, and two other wholesome movies from Disney Plus. The first is a film version of a musical and the second is a film about the Antetokounmpo family, who only left Nigeria to fight to stay in Greece – and ultimately bring their sons into the world of basketball.
Of course, the biggest movie in the pile is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s the last Marvel movie, and it could be the start of a lot of big changes, including a few cameos (one of which hopefully wasn’t spoiled for all).
So, let’s break down the seven movies you should watch this week and find out the 11 new movies and shows to watch from last weekend, which feature Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Lopez and more.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney Plus)
Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), fresh from best fight in Avengers: Endgame and also helping Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, is back. And, wouldn’t you know, he’s got a gigantic problem on his hands. The multiverse — aka that pile of universes we heard about on the Loki Disney Plus show and No Way Home — is in jeopardy. So this time, Strange and Wong (Benedict Wong) don’t just have to save our world, but also all the variants of our world.
Not the best part about Doctor Strange 2 coming to Disney Plus isn’t the fact that it’s a massive Marvel movie, filled with tons of cameos and Easter eggs. To be honest, my favorite thing about this release is that it could have arrived next month. Disney Plus hasn’t had a good track record of getting things from theaters to the streaming service quickly (Eternals and Shang-Chi took 68 and 70 days, respectively). So seeing DSITMOM arrive 47 days after the film’s theatrical release (pretty close to the 45-day theatrical exclusivity window) is a nice little win for fans.
Post it on Disney+ (opens in a new tab) from Wednesday (June 22)
Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes (HBO Max)
The best documentaries offer us new angles and perspectives, whether it’s tragedies or incidents we already know about, or ones we’ve barely scratched the surface of. And HBO Max’s Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes seems like one of the best documentaries of all time.
Images and photos recently unearthed from the ground around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will tell us more about people’s lives before, during and after the tragic disaster that took place near the city of Pripyat (located in the north of the SSR of Ukraine in the Soviet Union). To be honest, this documentary seems as nerve-wracking as it is obligatory.
Post it on HBO Max (opens in a new tab) from Wednesday (June 22)
Sing 2 (Netflix)
The hypnotic musical animals of the Sing world have finally arrived on Netflix. So if you managed to stop yourself from buying Sing 2 online, you finally get it as part of your Netflix subscription. This sequel, considered as good as the original, finds the koala Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), trying to bring all of his musically inclined animal companions to the biggest stage, Redshore City.
As always, McConaughey is joined by an all-star cast: Reese Witherspoon voices Rosita, who wants to star but needs her husband Gunter (Nick Kroll) to babysit their 25 children. Scarlett Johansson (as Ash the porcupine) and Taron Egerton (as Johnny the gorilla) also return, but the biggest cameo is the most elusive: legendary lion Clay Calloway (Bono) is in hiding.
Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Wednesday (June 22)
Beavis and Butt-Head make the universe (Paramount Plus)
If you thought Netflix’s Apollo 10 1/2 A Space Chronicle was too wholesome a space excursion, then could we recommend The Dumbnamic Duo’s return? Yes, because nostalgia is the best motto right now, Beavis and Butthead are back, and they’re going to space. And then some.
The film begins in 1998, where the idiots somehow get to a space shuttle… which is headed for a black hole. Sure, that sends them to 2022. But in addition to Beavis and Butthead dealing with modern technology and issues, they also encounter aliens and other oddities we didn’t expect. Plus, as the boys would say, looking at the title of their own movie, “hehehehe, it says ‘do'”.
Post it on Paramount More (opens in a new tab) from Thursday (June 23)
The Toronto Man (Netflix)
We love a fun case of mistaken identity and a buddy thriller, but we didn’t see this one coming. This new Netflix Original sees Kevin Hart play an average dude struggling with a case of “bad cabin, bad weekend” as he is mistaken for a very bad and dangerous man known as The Man From Toronto.
Unfortunately, the cops want him to continue the charade, to try and smoke out the real crook – who happens to be a very angry Woody Harrelson. And, just like Netflix made things work with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Red Notice, these two have to get along to survive. Not that they really like each other at all.
Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) this Friday (July 24).
Climb (Disney Plus)
You might know the name Giannis Antetokounmpo, but you might not know the whole story of how the NBA superstar known as “The Greek Freak” got to the Milwaukee Bucks. Disney Plus is going to help you out with Rise, a movie based on the life of Giannis and his family.
Their problems began after their emigration from Nigeria, when Charles and Vera Antetokounmpo (Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki, respectively) fell on hard times as they tried to support their five children, while one was still at home. Nigeria. Fortunately, brothers Giannis (Uche Agada) and Thanasis (Ral Agada) found a love for basketball a little later in life than most child athletes.
Post it on Disney+ (opens in a new tab) from Friday (June 24)
Trevor: The Musical (Disney Plus)
Finally, Disney Plus has a filmed version of the off-Broadway stage production Trevor: The Musical. It’s an important story of self-discovery after a 13-year-old named Trevor (Holden William Hagelberger) is embarrassed at school and has to make some pretty big decisions.
Disney releases it (likely intentionally) during Pride month, as it’s based on the short film Trevor, which will eventually inspire the non-profit organization The Trevor Project, which works on suicide prevention for young members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Post it on Disney+ (opens in a new tab) from Friday (June 24)