What to watch this weekend? Sequels! Avatar 2! Creed 3! Murder Mystery 2! and more indies and docs and shows

Get ready to dive into an exciting world of fresh releases, featuring long-awaited sequels and innovative debuts. Discover the cinematic gems now streaming! Join our community in HITPLAY.APP where we are constantly adding new picks to help you comb through the infinite streaming options.

Rye Lane

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Raine Allen-Miller’s Rye Lane immediately demonstrates its innovative approach as a modern romantic comedy set in London. Utilizing fisheye lenses, close-ups, and integrated flashbacks, this directorial debut feels fresh and exciting. The film aims to reinvent traditional tropes while incorporating British hip-hop and rap throughout its brisk 82-minute runtime. London serves as a vibrant backdrop, making the city feel as alive as ever in this unique story.

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Creed III

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It’s important to mention upfront: the first Creed is the finest Rocky film. While the original sports classic set the foundation, Ryan Coogler refined it into a formula that would define numerous legacy sequels to follow. Creed II, however, took a step back by relying heavily on nostalgia, particularly from Rocky IV. The success of Creed III may depend on a viewer’s attachment to the Rocky series. For fans, the absence of Sylvester Stallone as the iconic Philly character may leave an emotional void. For others, particularly after a Drago-centric sequel, the absence of Rocky Balboa is a breath of fresh air. Michael B. Jordan, as both the star and first-time director, skillfully utilizes this newfound freedom. The film takes daring swings beyond just haymakers and uppercuts. If Creed is the best of the Rocky films, Creed III excels because it distances itself from the Rocky legacy.

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Giraffe

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Similar to Jia Zhangke’s Still Life, Giraffe is a fictional tale set against the backdrop of a massive infrastructure project. It captures the essence of life and landscape in a location soon to be transformed by the state. In Giraffe, Danish director Anna Sofie Hartmann narrates a quintessential EU story of bureaucratic consensus and the fading nostalgia for tradition.

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Avatar: The Way of Water

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The much-anticipated sequel by James Cameron has finally made its debut. One cannot help but be captivated by the incredibly realistic Na’vi and the watery world they call home. Cameron, known for his grandiose and empathetic directorial style, delivers a gripping storyline that culminates in a masterfully executed final act. With a blend of various action sequences, escalating stakes, and a graceful conclusion reminiscent of Miyazaki, this blockbuster has it all.

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Hunt

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In his debut as a writer, director, and producer, Lee Jung-jae presents Hunt—a film that cleverly disguises its true nature. Set in 1983 South Korea, this espionage thriller blends elements of The Raid and JFK while navigating the tumultuous political landscape marked by distrust and turmoil. With threats from North Korea and intelligence leaks, the hunt for a mole named Donglim takes center stage.

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In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis

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Woke Pope vibes. In Viaggio, Gianfranco Rosi’s intriguing documentary, serves as a unique perspective on Pope Francis’ journey since 2013. The film is primarily composed of broadcast footage from his numerous international trips, offering an external view of the Pope rather than an attempt at a subjective portrayal. The result is a surprisingly positive image of one of the world’s oldest and most powerful institutions attempting to adapt to the modern world’s scrutiny.

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Smoking Causes Coughing

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Filled with eccentric characters and storylines that oscillate between reality and absurdity, Quentin Dupieux’s films showcase the work of a whimsical and unapologetically playful storyteller. With ten features under his belt, his latest, Smoking Causes Coughing, presents one of his most peculiar creations yet. The Tobacco Force, a team of five superheroes, battles monsters using the power of toxic substances from which they take their names—yet, curiously, none of them has ever consumed. As a squad member cautions a young boy, “smoking is for losers!”

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BONUS ROUND

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The King of Comedy
Summer Time Rendering

MUBI

Ghost in the Shell 2.0
In the Fade
Dissolution
The Five Obstructions
Little Men

Netflix

Murder Mystery 2
Vinland Saga

Prime Video

Siberia
To the Stars
Zeros and Ones

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