What to stream this Easter weekend: HBO Max’s ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ Netflix’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’
Movie theaters are slowly reopening for the summer season, but new streaming films are still coming home to entertain you and your family during socially distanced times.
This Easter weekend, two iconic monsters tussle in a much-anticipated epic romp, Idris Elba plays urban cowboy dad to “Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin in a Netflix family drama, and Casey Affleck plays a psychiatrist with a dead patient and a creepy saboteur in a psychological thriller.
If you’re planning to return to your local theater, the religious horror film “The Unholy” stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) as a disgraced Boston journalist hoping to jumpstart his career. He meets a deaf Massachusetts teenager able to hear and heal the sick after a supposed visit from the Virgin Mary – but terrifying instances follow her apparent miracles.
But if you’d rather stick closer to home, here’s a rundown of new movies hitting streaming and on-demand platforms this weekend, for every cinematic taste:
‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: The battle you’ve been waiting for even has ‘Die Hard’ inspiration
Chatting with Idris Elba: On Concrete Cowboy,’ fatherly advice and ‘a new lease on life’ after COVID-19
The thunder lizard battles the big gorilla in the monster-punching action film "Godzilla vs. Kong." (Photo: WARNER BROS. PICTURES)
If you could use some good ol’ monster-punching fun: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’
No movie so far this year knows what it is and owns that fact more than this slugfest featuring a couple of ginormous movie legends. During a well-paced, action-packed two hours, director Adam Wingard (“You’re Next”) sends its leading monsters on a fun and fairly ridiculous collision course, gives humans like Millie Bobby Brown and Alexander Skarsgard enough to do without getting in the way, and throws in one huge surprise that’ll give you a big stupid grin (if it’s not already there).
Where to watch:HBO Max
Harp (Idris Elba, left) teaches his estranged son Cole (Caleb McLaughlin) how to ride a horse in "Concrete Cowboy." (Photo: TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL)
If you need a great father/son story: ‘Concrete Cowboy’
We knew Elba is an impressive thespian but McLaughlin breaks out in a big way here in director Ricky Staub’s engaging tale based on real-life urban horse riders in Philadelphia. After getting kicked out of school, Cole (McLaughlin) is sent to live with his estranged dad (Elba) and after a tense reintroduction, the teen begins to turn his life around learning the cowboy way. Elba’s distant dad also finally gets a chance to be a father in a Western-tinged tale that also tackles gentrification and unexplored Black culture.
Where to watch:Netflix
Casey Affleck stars as a psychiatrist trying to keep his home life and career from falling apart in the psychological thriller "Every Breath You Take." (Photo: VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT)
If you’re a Casey Affleck completist: ‘Every Breath You Take’
In the psychological snoozer, Affleck stars as a psychiatrist emotionally cut off from his wife (Michelle Monaghan) and daughter (India Eisley) following a family tragedy. So he’s already not in a great place when his life blows up even more after one of his patients commits suicide and her creepily charming British brother (Sam Claflin) inserts himself into every aspect of the doc’s life.
Where to watch: Apple TV, Google Play, Fandango Now
Cosmo Jarvis plays a New Yorker who dons a disturbing smiley-face mask and harbors a grudge against a real estate developer in "Funny Face." (Photo: LUCAS GATH)
If you want an indie version of ‘Joker’: ‘Funny Face’
Wearing a disturbing smiley-face mask, a Coney Island man named Saul (Cosmo Jarvis) with rage issues turns DIY vigilante and targets a ruthless real estate developer (Jonny Lee Miller) who’s displaced him and his grandparents. A grounding element enters Saul’s life when the guy befriends a young Muslim runaway (Dela Meskienyar) in an immersive New York fable with bold characters that’s part love story, part mean-street adventure.
Where to watch:Apple TV, Vudu, Fandango Now
The rise and fall of Adam Neumann's tech company is chronicled in the Hulu documentary "WeWork: or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn." (Photo: HULU)
If you like seeing tech companies crumble: ‘WeWork: or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn’
Director Jed Rothstein’s documentary is a comprehensive look at how the tech startup WeWork, a company aiming to revolutionize the workplace with a new sense of community, boomed after the 2008 recession but then flamed out thanks to co-founder Adam Neumann, a new-age-y dude with a messiah complex. The movie has its entertaining moments, though its rise-and-fall tale starring greed and narcissism isn’t novel or essential.
Where to watch:Hulu
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