Weekly Shots: New Movies Coming to Streaming This Week

This weekend’s entertainment selection offers a rich tapestry of narratives, spanning from the personal and introspective to the grandiose and historical. With a mix of TV series and films, viewers are treated to a variety of genres and stories. The lineup includes the poignant self-discovery journey in “Life & Beth” Season 2, the dazzling world of high fashion in “The New Look,” and the supernatural comedy of “Ghosts” Season 3. Sports fans can delve into the saga of “The Dynasty: The New England Patriots,” while “Love Is Blind” Season 6 promises more reality TV romance and drama. Comedy aficionados will enjoy Taylor Tomlinson’s “Have It All,” and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” offers a dose of satirical news.

Adding to this weekend’s viewing options are several standout films: François Ozon’s The Crime Is Mine presents a unique blend of mystery and drama; Pedro Almodóvar’s The Strange Way of Life offers a short but poignant western melodrama; Sean Durkin’s The Iron Claw takes us into the world of wrestling with a powerful narrative; Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer immerses viewers in the tense and thrilling story of the atomic bomb’s father; Blitz Bazawule’s rendition of The Color Purple promises a fresh take on the classic tale; and Emma Seligman’s Bottoms delivers an edgy and comedic high school story.

Each title, whether on the small screen or the big, brings its own flavor and appeal, but not all may find a place in your must-watch list. Let’s dive into which ones deserve your immediate attention and which could perhaps wait a bit longer.

New On VOD:


The Crime Is Mine (François Ozon)

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François Ozon returns with The Crime Is Mine, a film that encapsulates his signature blend of wit, melancholy, and cinematic elegance. This narrative, delicately woven with Ozon’s characteristic flair, navigates the nuanced dynamics of human relationships against a backdrop of intrigue and societal observations. The movie’s title, intriguingly more resonant in its native language, hints at a layered plot that unfolds in Ozon’s typically understated yet profound manner. Skirting the usual fanfare of international festivals, Ozon opts for a direct connection with audiences, premiering in theaters to cater to a demographic appreciative of his unique storytelling. The Crime Is Mine presents a narrative rich in complexity, exploring themes of identity, memory, and the inexorable passage of time, all while maintaining Ozon’s light directorial touch that belies the depth of his subjects.

Streaming now on VOD

The Iron Claw (Sean Durkin)

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‘The Iron Claw’ presents a riveting drama that delves deep into the heart-wrenching saga of the Von Erich family, known for their legacy in the wrestling world and the tragic curse that seemed to shadow their lives. Directed by Sean Durkin, known for his knack for crafting deeply emotional narratives, the film stars Zac Efron in a career-defining role as Kevin Von Erich. Efron’s portrayal of Kevin showcases his versatility, moving away from his comedic and musical roots to embody a character grappling with family loyalty, personal ambition, and the heavy weight of legacy. The movie also stars Maura Tierney and Lily James, who bring their own gravitas to this tale of triumph, tragedy, and the unbreakable bonds of family. The film’s exploration of the complexities of familial expectations versus individual desires is both poignant and thought-provoking, making ‘The Iron Claw’ a must-watch for not only wrestling fans but also those who appreciate deep, character-driven stories.

Streaming now on VOD

The Strange Way of Life (Pedro Almodóvar)

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Pedro Almodóvar, a maestro of Spanish cinema, ventures into a new territory with The Strange Way of Life, a 30-minute foray into the western genre infused with his unmistakable touch of melodrama and emotional depth. Starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, this short film explores the poignant reunion of two characters after a quarter-century apart, unraveling a tapestry of unspoken history and unresolved heartbreak. Almodóvar’s adept handling of the theme, despite the brief runtime, showcases his narrative prowess and the potential for even greater exploration in a longer format. While it may not resonate as deeply as his more expansive works, The Strange Way of Life stands out as a bold experiment in genre and form, highlighting exceptional performances that bridge the gap between Almodóvar’s rich cinematic legacy and his future English language endeavors.

Streaming now on VOD


Miller’s Girl (Jade Bartlett)

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‘Miller’s Girl’ is a dark comedy that pushes the boundaries of conventional storytelling by exploring the controversial and complex relationship between a high school teacher and his student. Starring Martin Freeman as Jonathan Miller and Jenna Ortega as Cairo, the film navigates the morally ambiguous waters of their connection with a sharp wit and a critical eye on societal norms. Freeman’s portrayal of a man caught between his professional ethics and personal desires is both nuanced and compelling, while Ortega’s performance as Cairo is electrifying, presenting a character who is both vulnerable and manipulative. Directed by Jade Halley Bartlett in her directorial debut, ‘Miller’s Girl’ challenges viewers to confront their preconceptions about power dynamics and consent, wrapped in a narrative that’s as thought-provoking as it is unsettling. With a supporting cast that includes Gideon Adlon and Christine Adams, the film is a daring exploration of taboo themes, promising to spark discussions long after the credits roll.

Streaming now on VOD

New on Peacock:


Oppenheimer (Christopher Nolan)

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ is a meticulously crafted biopic that delves into the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist behind the Manhattan Project. With a masterful performance by Cillian Murphy, the film explores the complexities of Oppenheimer’s contributions to science and the moral quandaries surrounding the atomic bomb. Nolan’s direction ensures that ‘Oppenheimer’ is not just a historical recount but a profound meditation on power, responsibility, and the consequences of human innovation. The film’s ensemble cast, including Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr., adds depth to this narrative, making ‘Oppenheimer’ a compelling watch that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant.

New on Netflix:


Players (Trish Sie)

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Netflix’s ‘Players’ brings a fresh and fun twist to the romantic comedy genre. Starring Gina Rodriguez as Mack, a sportswriter who has mastered the art of the hookup with her elaborate “plays,” the film takes a turn when she meets Nick, played by Tom Ellis. Their chemistry is undeniable, but as their relationship deepens, Mack starts to question whether her playbook is worth holding onto. Directed by Trish Sie, known for her dynamic storytelling, ‘Players’ is a celebration of love, friendship, and the unexpected turns life can take. With a supporting cast that includes Damon Wayans Jr. and Liza Koshy, the film delivers laughs, heartwarming moments, and a reminder that sometimes, the best play is to follow your heart.

Thanksgiving (Eli Roth)

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Eli Roth’s ‘Thanksgiving’ finally transitions from a cult-favorite faux trailer into a full-length feature, delivering all the hallmark gore and dark humor fans have come to expect from the director. Set against the backdrop of Plymouth, Massachusetts, the film weaves a tale of revenge and terror as a masked killer targets survivors of a tragic event. Starring Patrick Dempsey and Nell Verlaque, ‘Thanksgiving’ is a slasher film with a satirical edge, poking fun at holiday traditions while serving up a heaping helping of Roth’s signature gruesome kills. The film’s blend of horror and humor, along with its nod to classic slasher cinema, makes it a unique addition to the genre and a must-watch for fans looking for something different this holiday season.

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The Color Purple (Blitz Bazawule)

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Blitz Bazawule’s adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ breathes new life into Alice Walker’s beloved novel, transforming it into a powerful musical that resonates with today’s audiences. With standout performances by Fantasia Barrino and Colman Domingo, the film explores the journey of Celie, an African American woman navigating life in the early 20th century South. The musical’s rich narrative and soul-stirring score delve into themes of resilience, empowerment, and the enduring strength of the human spirit. This adaptation not only pays homage to the original novel and the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg but also carves out its own identity, showcasing the talent of a diverse and dynamic cast. ‘The Color Purple’ is a testament to the power of storytelling and music, making it a must-see for fans of the original and newcomers alike.

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Bottoms (Emma Seligman)

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Emma Seligman’s ‘Bottoms’ reunites her with ‘Shiva Baby’ star Rachel Sennott for a wildly original teen comedy. The film follows PJ and Josie, played by Sennott and Ayo Edebiri, two high school seniors who start an after-school fight club in a misguided attempt to attract the attention of cheerleaders. What sets ‘Bottoms’ apart is its unapologetic exploration of teenage angst, sexuality, and the absurdity of high school hierarchies, all delivered with a sharp comedic edge. The film’s unique premise, coupled with standout performances and Seligman’s keen directorial eye, make ‘Bottoms’ a refreshing departure from the typical teen comedy, offering both laughs and a thoughtful commentary on the complexities of growing up.

This Is Me… Now: A Love Story (Dave Meyers)

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In ‘This Is Me… Now: A Love Story,’ Jennifer Lopez embarks on a cinematic journey that mirrors her personal exploration of love and self-discovery. Coinciding with her ninth studio album, the film blends narrative storytelling with musical elements, creating a unique experience that reflects Lopez’s artistic evolution. Featuring a cast that includes Ben Affleck and a roster of celebrity cameos, the film is as much a celebration of Lopez’s career as it is a narrative about the quest for true love. Directed by Dave Meyers, known for his visually stunning music videos, ‘This Is Me… Now’ is a testament to Lopez’s enduring impact on music and film, offering fans a glimpse into her creative process and personal journey.

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Next Goal Wins (Taika Waititi)

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ is an inspiring sports comedy based on the true story of the American Samoa soccer team’s quest to qualify for the World Cup. Starring Michael Fassbender as coach Thomas Rongen, the film is a heartwarming underdog story that celebrates the spirit of perseverance and the joy of the game. Waititi’s signature humor and warmth permeate the film, making ‘Next Goal Wins’ an uplifting and entertaining watch that transcends the sports movie genre. With a diverse cast and a story that highlights the importance of community and teamwork, the film is a feel-good masterpiece that reminds us of the power of believing in the impossible.

‘Life & Beth’ (Season 2)

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Amy Schumer dives deep into the complexities of personal growth and trauma in the second season of “Life & Beth.” As Beth navigates her evolving relationship with John, played by Michael Cera, the series delves into themes of love, fear, and self-discovery against a backdrop that’s both relatable and profoundly moving. Streaming now on Hulu, this season continues to challenge and entertain in equal measure.

‘The New Look’ (Limited Series)

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Apple TV Plus brings to life the golden era of fashion with “The New Look.” This drama, set in the aftermath of World War II, captures the rivalry and innovation that defined the period. With standout performances by Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior and Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel, the series is a visually stunning exploration of creativity and ambition. It’s a compelling watch for anyone fascinated by fashion’s transformative power.

‘Ghosts’ (Season 3)

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The quirky and endearing “Ghosts” returns for a third season, blending humor with a touch of the supernatural. As Sam and Jay, played by Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, navigate their unusual cohabitation with a host of ghostly characters, the series maintains its charm and wit. Streaming on Paramount Plus and airing Thursdays on CBS via Fubo, it remains a standout in the realm of comedic television.

‘The Dynasty: The New England Patriots’ (Limited Series)

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For sports fans, “The Dynasty: The New England Patriots” offers an unprecedented look into the highs and lows of one of the NFL’s most celebrated teams. This docu-series, streaming on Apple TV Plus, features interviews with key figures like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, providing insights into the team’s complex dynamics and historical achievements.

‘Love Is Blind’ (Season 6)

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Netflix’s “Love Is Blind” returns with its sixth season, promising more of the emotional rollercoaster viewers have come to expect. While the series offers a unique take on the dating show format, its appeal lies in the drama and unpredictability of its premise. Fans of reality TV will find much to enjoy, but those seeking more substantive content might consider looking elsewhere.

‘Taylor Tomlinson: Have It All’ (Comedy Special)

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Taylor Tomlinson’s latest Netflix special, “Have It All,” tackles the trials and tribulations of millennial life with humor and relatability. As Tomlinson explores themes of love, career, and mental health, her sharp wit and insightful observations make this a must-watch for comedy fans.

‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ (Season 11)

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John Oliver returns with the eleventh season of “Last Week Tonight,” continuing to deliver his unique blend of satire and investigative journalism. Streaming on Max starting Sunday, this season promises more of Oliver’s critical takes on current events, making it an essential watch for those who appreciate thought-provoking commentary wrapped in humor.


Full List of New Movies and Shows on Streaming This Weekend:

New on Netflix – Full List

Released Thursday, February 15

AlRawabi School for Girls: Season 2 (JO) *NETFLIX SERIES


House of Ninjas (JP) *NETFLIX SERIES

Little Nicholas: Life of a Scoundrel (ES) *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY

Ready, Set, Love (TH) *NETFLIX SERIES

The Catcher Was a Spy

The Vince Staples Show *NETFLIX SERIES

Released Friday, February 16


Einstein and the Bomb (GB) *NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY


Warrior: Seasons 1-3

New on Prime Video – Full List

Released Friday, February 16

Dark Harvest (2023)

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story (2024) *Prime Video Original Movie

New on Hulu – Full List

Released Thursday, February 15

1,000-lb Sisters: Complete Season 3 (Discovery)

2:22 | 2017

Bakers vs. Fakers: Complete Season 2 (Discovery)

Beach Hunters: Complete Seasons 7 and 8 (Discovery)

Cake Boss: Complete Season 15 (Discovery)

Cutthroat Kitchen: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)

Dr. Pimple Popper: Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

Extreme Homes: Complete Seasons 2 and 3 (Discovery)

Flea Market Flip: Complete Season 13 (Discovery)

Hidden Potential: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)

Infinite Storm | 2022

Insane Pools: Off The Deep End: Complete Season 3 (Discovery)

Joan Baez: I Am A Noise | 2023

Man vs. Wild: Complete Season 4 (Discovery)

My Strange Addiction: Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

My 600-lb Life:  Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

Naked and Afraid: Complete Season 6 (Discovery)

Next Goal Wins | 2022

Prometheus | 2012

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta: Complete Season 7 (Discovery)

Supermarket Stakeout: Complete Season 2 and 4 (Discovery)

Worst Cooks in America: Complete Seasons 10 and 23 (Discovery)

Released Friday, February 16

Life + Beth: Complete Season 2 *Hulu Original

Pod Generation | 2023

Released Saturday, February 17

Amulet | 2020

New on Max – Full List

Released Thursday, February 15

Bea’s Block (Max Original)

Bleed For This (2016)

The Truth About Jim (Max Original) 

Released Friday, February 16

Underdogs United, Season 1 

Released Saturday, February 17

Outback Opal Hunters, Season 7 (Discovery Channel) 

Released Sunday, February 18

Evil Lives Here, Season 8B (ID)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Season 11 (HBO Original)

Naked and Afraid, Season 17 (Discovery Channel)

Tournament of Champions, Season 5 (Food Network) 

New on Disney+ – Full List

Released Friday, February 16

Genius: MLK/X: Season 4 – Episodes 5 and 6 *New to Disney+

New on Apple TV+ – Full List

Released Friday, February 16

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin

The Dynasty: New England Patriots

New on Starz – Full List

Released Thursday, February 15

The Kill Room

Released Friday, February 16




Cold Skin

Get the Gringo

Hightown: Episode 304 – “Jackpot”

Man of the Year

State of Play

The Devil Has a Name

The Exorcist III

The Million Dollar Hotel

New on Paramount+ with Showtime – Full List

Released Thursday, February 15

Ghosts (Season 3)**

So Help Me Todd (Season 2)**

Young Sheldon (Season 7)**

Released Friday, February 16

100 Days to Indy (Season 1)

Blue Bloods (Season 14)**

Fire Country (Season 2)**

S.W.A.T. (Season 7)**

Released Sunday, February 18

CSI: Vegas (Season 3)**

The Equalizer (Season 4)**

New on Peacock – Full List

Released Friday, February 16

Days of Our Lives, Season 59, New Episode (Peacock Exclusive)*
El Señor de los Cielos,, Season 9, New Episode (Telemundo)
Oppenheimer, 2023*
Southern Hospitality, Season 2, New Episode (Bravo)
Vuelve a Mí, Season 1, New Episode (Telemundo)

Released Saturday, February 17

Dateline, Season 32, New Episode (NBC)
El Señor de los Cielos, Season 9, New Episode (Telemundo)
Vuelve a Mí, Season 1, New Episode (Telemundo)

Released Sunday, February 18

An American in Austen, 2024 (Hallmark)+
Selena & Yolanda: The Secrets Between Them, Season 1, New Episode (Oxygen) 

Wrapping Up

This week’s lineup of new streaming releases offers a rich variety of storytelling, from historical biopics to innovative comedies and dramatic tales. Each film presents a unique perspective, showcasing the talents of their respective casts and crews. For those looking to dive into these new releases, there’s no shortage of options to suit any mood or interest.

Check out these titles on your preferred streaming platforms and enjoy a week filled with cinematic adventures. For more information and recommendations, visit https://hitplay.app.

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