Top 7 Best Movies to Stream On HBO Max Along With Snyder Cut
If you’re looking for something new to watch on streaming, you might find yourself turning to HBO Max more and more often lately.
WarnerMedia’s streaming service had a bit of a long launch, but with the arrival of their major studio movie premieres (and finally making the app available on Roku and Apple TV), it’s becoming quite the must-watch for movies.
And it just so happens they also have one of the best film libraries available on streaming, so to help you hone in on what to watch, we put together a handy list of the best new movies on HBO Max recently.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Legendary’s MonsterVerse finally delivers the gargantuan smackdown seven years in the making with Godzilla Vs. Kong, pitting the two Titan kings against each other with the promise that “One Will Fall”. Whether you’re team Godzilla or Team Kong, you can pretty much guarantee you’re gonna be all-in on the knock-down-drag-out, especially since the trailers and first-look images revealed the film’s vibrant, epic-scale imagery. With The Guest and You’re Next director Adam Wingard taking on his first studio blockbuster, it’s also another opportunity for an exciting horror filmmaker to put their unique stamp on the iconic movie monsters, and I can’t wait to see what he does with it.
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Barbie Ferreira, Giancarlo Esposito, Mary McCormack, Breckin Meyer, Sugar Lyn Beard, Ramona Young
This is a sweet little gem on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo crossing states to where pregnant teen Veronica (Richardson) can get an abortion. Yes, it's about the issue of pro-choice, with Veronica's parents refusing to give her permission to have the abortion. But it also slots into the key gear of all road-trip movies, depicting a beautiful friendship between the two leads.
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Cast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, Peter Stormare
|Phôt: Rotten Tomatoes|
It brings me great joy that 15 years after its release, Constantine is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The feature film directing debut from celebrated music video director Francis Lawrence, the 2005 comic book adaptation is loaded with rich imagery and enveloping tone, a dark and demonic neo-noir that’s unapologetically grim and gothic. I love it. Critics at the time decidedly did not, and a lot of Hellblazer fans were put off by the new take on John Constantine out of the gate. Sure, Keanu Reeves isn’t British, he definitely isn’t blonde, but he’s got all the snark and cynical charisma (cynichrisma?) of the beloved character while putting his distinct stamp on the material. That’s pretty much the case for the whole film, which captures the spirit of the comics and opts to go its own way, but what a compelling way to go.
An American Pickle
Cast: Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Molly Evensen
|Photo: Roger Ebert|
Whether you like this or not probably hinges on how much you like Seth Rogen. You're getting a lot of him -- he stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first playing Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish laborer who emigrates to America in 1919. He finds work at a pickle factory -- and this is where things get weird -- falls into a vat of pickles that preserves him for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 Brooklyn and hangs out with his great-grandson Ben, also played by Seth Rogen. If you embrace this creative premise, then this is a great low-key comedy for the smaller screen with some impressive chemistry between Rogen and Rogen.
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Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
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To this day, perhaps the greatest underdog movie ever made, Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 Best Picture-winner holds up. Stallone stars and wrote the script for the iconic boxing film, which follows Rocky Balboa from his working-class roots to a shot at the Heavyweight World Championship. The legacy of the Rocky franchise has become so immense over the years that it’s easy to forget the original is such a contained, emotional journey about following your dream, and it’s got a little bit of something for everyone: great boxing matches, of course, but also romance, family drama, unforgettable music… look, it’s a good movie. And if it puts you in the mood for a full-on Rocky binge, good news: HBO Max is currently streaming the first six films.
Cast: Anna Hathaway, Jahzir Bruno, Orla O’Rourke, Josette Simon, Ana-Maria Maskell, Eugenia Caruso
This one's a bit of a novelty inclusion. See what Robert Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their retelling of the Roald Dahl classic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a young boy who is turned into a mouse by Hathaway's occasionally CGI'd Grand High Witch. No one's saying it comes close to the 1990 Anjelica Huston original, but it's intriguing enough to take a little look at.
Zack Snyder's Justice League
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg
Aka The Snyder Cut. This one's for the droves of Zack Snyder fans who campaigned for the director to get a second shot at finishing Justice League, after he was forced to leave before completion due to personal tragedy. In stepped Joss Whedon, but the 2017 theatrical version was a critical and box office failure. Now, a four-hour Snyder director's cut is ready on HBO Max, with a ton of new scenes, a couple of new villains and the spectacular epilogue. If you're on board with Snyder's slo-mo style, it's worth checking out his remarkably different original vision.
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