11 top new movies to stream this week on Netflix, Max, Prime Video and more (Feb. 27-March 4)

Emma Stone in Poor Things
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February is almost over and we're sending it off with a killer slate of new movies this week on Netflix, Max, Prime Video and other major streaming services.

Headlining the slate is "Poor Things." This Oscar-nominated masterpiece is one of the best movies from 2023 and will be the top movie to arrive on streaming this week. You will need to buy or rent it from a paid video-on-demand (PVOD) streaming service, but I promise you that'll be money well spent.

Aside from that, we have a solid mix of movies. "Saltburn" was one of the more controversial movies from last year ... and you'll have to watch it this week to see why. Meanwhile, "Napoleon" finally arrives on Apple TV Plus and "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" arrives on Max, giving you a pair of blockbusters to pair with your popcorn this week.

Some of these titles are newly available via digital release, so you can purchase them for a premium price, but for others, all you need is the right streaming subscription. And while you're here, make sure to check out the new TV shows to watch from streamers this week and the best of what's new on Netflix.

Here are the top new movies streaming this week.

'Poor Things' (PVOD)

While this movie certainly plays homage to Frankenstein's monster, the movie is more surreal comedy than a body horror movie. "Poor Things" stars Emma Stone as Bella Baxter, who has been raised (from the dead) by the mad scientist God (Willem Dafoe). She starts with minimal intelligence but as it grows, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery ... mostly about sex.

This movie is definitely in line with Lanthimos' brand of weird films and is one of the best movies I've seen from 2023. Stone's performance is certainly Oscar-worthy — one of many —  and it's no surprise that only "Oppenheimer" received more 2024 Oscar nominations than this movie. Watch it the first chance you get.

Buy or rent on Amazon now

'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom' (Max)

This movie may be it for Jason Momoa's Aquaman. The movie has been reviled by critics and it's unclear if it even fits in with James Gunn's plan for the DC Comics cinematic universe. Plus, co-star Amber Heard's personal issues make it almost a certainty that even if Momoa was to continue as the king of Atlantis, he'd probably need several new costars around him.

Despite this, audiences liked "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom." It has an 81% audience "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is objectively pretty good. It's certainly better than the 34% from critics. 

So if you have been a fan of Momoa's portrayal of Aquaman, this movie might be for you. Either way, there are worse ideas than booting up Max this week to watch Aquaman, his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) and Atlantis take on the evil Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). 

Stream it on Max now

'Saltburn' (PVOD)

Full disclosure, I did not like this movie. The beginning is plodding, it struggles to decide what movie it's trying to be and sometimes it feels like it's just being provocative to be provocative. It was one of my least favorite movies of 2023.

That said — it's genuinely weird. So if you like that, then this movie might work with you. And you wouldn't be alone. 79% of audience members rated it favorably on Rotten Tomatoes and critics weren't far behind. And for what it's worth, Rosamund Pike is an absolute delight and almost every line she says will have you laughing in a movie where you might not feel comfortable at most points in the movie.

So if you want to see Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi living it up in the summer on the grounds of a sprawling British estate, you can finally buy or rent "Saltburn" as of today (it's been streaming with a Prime Video subscription since early December).

Buy or rent on Amazon now

'Monster' (PVOD)

This movie was a darling of the 2023 movie festival circuit and won multiple awards when it debuted at Cannes. What starts as a movie about a potentially abusive relationship between student and teacher develops into something significantly more complex.

"Monster" isn't for the faint of heart, and it's not exactly popcorn fare either. The movie features a unique structure where the story is told three times, each from the perspective of a main character which works to devastating effect. It's also entirely in Japanese, so definitely something for the subtitle crowd — no English dub here.  

Buy or rent on Apple TV now

'The Sweet East' (PVOD)

"A horny, absurd American odyssey." That's one of the blurbs from reviewers promoting "The Sweet East" and after watching the trailer I'm inclined to at least agree with the "absurd" part. The movie stars Talia Ryder as Lillian, a high school senior who is separated from her classmates during a shooting in a pizzeria in Washington D.C.

What's also absurd, beyond this journey through the American East Coast, is the cast. This movie is loaded with acting talent in addition to Ryder, including performances from Ayo Edebiri (Molly), Jacob Elordi (Ian) and more. If you want something absurd but aren't feeling "Saltburn," this movie might just do the trick.

Buy or rent on Apple TV now

'Code 8: Part II' (Netflix)

This movie is a sequel to the 2019 "Code 8," a science fiction action movie about Conner Reed (Robbie Amell) who uses his super-powers to aid a group of criminals led by Garrett Kelton (Stephen Amell) so Connor can take care of his mother. In this follow-up, Garrett is working with corrupt police officers to control the fictional Lincoln City. A girl discovers this after her brother is slain and asks Connor for his help and protection as the police chase her down.

The original movie scored an 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and the early reviews for this sequel are positive. If you like superhero movies or a dystopian tale, this movie is a must-watch on Netflix this week

Stream it on Netflix now

'Napoleon' (Apple TV Plus)

A Ridley Scott historical drama starring Joaquin Phoenix? What's not to love? After all, the two teamed up in 2000's "Gladiator" and produced one of the best performances of Phoenix's career.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like this biopic about legendary French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte managed to quite hit the highs of the duo's Best Picture winner, but that's okay. The acting performances are still great, and there are incredible action set pieces. The movie just struggles to connect the dots at times, which is a problem when the movie is 157 minutes long. Luckily for you, you can hit pause at home whenever you need to.

Stream on Apple TV Plus starting March 1

'Spaceman' (Netflix)

One of my most anticipated movies from the recent Berlinale Film Festival, "Spaceman" stars Adam Sandler as Commander Jakub Procházka. This Czech cosmonaut is tasked with a solo mission to explore a mysterious ancient cloud of dust that has appeared in our solar system. While out in the vastness of space, he meets Hanuš, an extraterrestrial spider (Paul Dano) who helps Jakub through his "emotional distress."

Reviews for the movie have been mixed, at least from critics. The movie currently holds a 68% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes — not bad, but not great. However, it has an incredible 100% rating from audiences. It seems that the movie comes off as either introspective or just boring. Still, I think it's one of my more anticipated releases of the week.

Stream on Netflix starting March 1

'The Disappearance of Shere Hite' (AMC Plus)

Shere Hite was a controversial feminist icon in the 1970s due to her research work in the field of female sexuality. But by the late 1980s, she had largely removed herself from public life, and eventually, she even renounced her U.S. citizenship due to the backlash to her research. 

Narrated by Dakota Johnson, "The Disappearance of Shere Hite" examines the life of this once massive figure in feminism that has largely disappeared from conversation. Don't miss this acclaimed documentary now that it's on AMC Plus.

Stream on AMC Plus starting March 1

'Dreamin' Wild' (Hulu)

Starring Casey Affleck and Walton Goggins as Donnie and Joe Emerson, this movie is based on the true story of their album "Dreamin' Wild" being discovered decades after its 1970s release. 

The movie is actually a few years old at this point — "Dreamin' Wild" (the movie) made its debut in 2022 at the Venice International Film Festival. But the sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking about finally finding success after decades of suffering and perseverance can still hit home. Maybe it's fitting that this movie about the joy of finding a lost gem and reviving it took a few years to become a top movie to stream.

Stream on Hulu starting March 1

'Scrambled' (PVOD)

This comedy-drama stars Leah McKendrick as Nellie, a single 34-year-old who decides to freeze her eggs following a breakup and diminishing prospects of a stable long-term relationship. She's also a stand-in for McKendrick's real-life experiences with egg retrieval when she underwent the process in 2021.

While "Scrambled" didn't exactly kill it at the box office when it came out on February 2, those who have seen it seem to love it. The critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 94% "fresh" and audience ratings aren't far behind at 92%.  If you want a quirky but emotional comedy to watch this week, this is it.

Buy or rent on Apple TV now

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Malcolm McMillan
Senior Streaming Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.