Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the biggest new movie to watch online this week, but (thankfully) there's a lot more options.
All of the folks who passed on seeing the third Marvel movie with Paul Rudd in the starring role in theaters should definitely take this opportunity to judge for themselves. Personally, when I saw Quantumania at a press screening, I couldn't have predicted the backlash it would get.
Meanwhile, Apple TV Plus is bringing the action and romance in Ghosted, but its film features Chris Evans getting ghosted, so you know it has to be fiction. This week also sees the debut of Judy Blume Forever, a Prime Video original documentary about the beloved author. If that's too wholesome? Well Hulu's brought in the Super Trooper guys to roll up laughs for April 20th in a new version of the story of Quasimodo.
Here's all the new movies to stream this week.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Digital)
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) had done it all. From from ex-con to Avenger, he's helped save the world. And he's finally getting a chance to be a normal dad. At least until his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) got so industrious that she got their whole family sucked into the Quantum Realm.
There, they meet Kang (Jonathan Majors) whose shared past with Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a skeleton unwilling to stay in the closet. Widely mocked for its poor CGI, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is seen as one of the worst Marvel movies. That said, it's yards better than Eternals.
Majors, we must note, is now the elephant in the room for Marvel. Three weeks ago, he was arrested on domestic violence charges in New York City. On May 8th, Majors is expected to appear before a judge in regards to multiple counts of harassment and assault from the New York City D.A..
Buy digitally on Amazon and others starting today (April 18)
Till (MGM Plus)
You may know the name Emmett Till, but you might not know about his mother Mamie Till Mobley. Till looks to change that, as we see Mamie (Danielle Deadwyler) fight for justice in her son's name.
After Emmett (Jalyn Hall) was lynched on a trip to visit his cousins in Mississippi, Mamie risks her safety in order to take a stand. Critics adore Till for Deadwyler's performance (as well as those in the supporting cast), and Till is one of the best movies that might have gone under your radar during this past awards season.
April 20th is a day where movie-lovers of a certain varietal typically plant themselves on the couch. Then, they enjoy some of their finest edible delights with a classic film such as The Big Lebowski. New movies targeting this crowd rarely show up with much anticipation, but Quasi might just be one of the good ones — since it's from Broken Lizard.
Yes, the Super Trooper guys are back, and they're telling the story of Quasimodo on their own terms. But this isn't a total sausage party, as Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) joins the gang in this raunch rewrite.
Watch on Hulu starting Thursday (April 20)
A Tourist's Guide to Love (Netflix)
Amanda (Rachael Leigh Cook) is a travel executive powerhouse, and one who shouldn't be messed with. That didn't stop her boyfriend John (Ben Feldman) from shocking her with some personal news that leads to their breakup.
But unlike the rest of us, Amanda gets to cope her way through the split by playing tourist in Vietnam. There, her tour guide Sinh (Scott Ly) refuses to let her be a generic traveler. And right when it looks like she's going to fall for him, Amanda gets another surprise.
Yes, A Tourist's Guide to Love looks like a Hallmark Christmas movie that takes place in summery Vietnam. And that's the point.
Watch on Netflix starting Friday (April 21)
Ghosted (Apple TV Plus)
Dating is trouble, as Cole (Chris Evans) learns when he falls for Sadie (Ana de Armas). If it wasn't bad enough that Sadie ghosts Cole, she turns out to be a secret agent. Just the kind of woman you want to introduce to your parents, right?
Unfortunately, he only figures all this out once he's already flown to London to try and find her. Now, wrapped up in her espionage mission, Cole's got a hell of a second date to finish.
Watch on Apple TV Plus starting Friday (April 21)
Judy Blume Forever (Prime Video)
Judy Blume may be back in the headlines because of a misleading story she had to correct, but the author has always been important and worthy of conversation. Author of such young adult books Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and Superfudge, Blume redefined the category for the better.
And so it's only perfect that Blume's work will be celebrated in a documentary featuring children and celebrities alike. So, you'll see the author as perceived by both those in her target demo, and grown-up fans such as Samantha Bee, PEN15 co-creator Anna Konkle and actor Molly Ringwald.
Judy Blume Forever is now especially more topical, as she faced a book-banning backlash in her own time as well.
Watch on Prime Video starting Friday (April 21)
Poker Face (Hulu)
Peacock isn't the only one with a poker face. This week, Hulu provides the streaming service debut of the other Poker Face, a Russell Crowe-led thriller where a friendly poker game turns into a shootout.
Crowe plays a tech billionaire, who's decided to poison his friends (played by the likes of Liam Hemsworth and The RZA), who've been hiding secrets. But that's just the premise, as a heist arrives to set everyone further on edge. Critics did not take to this Poker Face (which Crowe directed) at all, but you may like it.
Watch on Hulu starting Friday (April 21)
A Thousand and One (Digital)
New Yorker Inez (Teyana Taylor) is fresh out of Rikers, and trying to make things right with her young son Terry (Aaron Kingsley Adetola). And while she's OK to just confirm he's doing well in the foster care system, she soon springs him from that world to raise him herself.
A Thousand and One follows both Inez and Terry as he gets older, and his potential becomes a potential wedge that could drive them apart. Awarded praise for Taylor's performance, A Thousand and One is also applauded for being a throughly impressive debut film for writer/director A.V. Rockwell.
Buy digitally on Amazon and others starting today (April 18)
No Bears (Criterion Channel)
Iranian director Jafar Panahi stars in his latest film, where he (playing himself) is virtually directing a movie about two lovers. In that meta-film, Bakhtiar (Panjeei) and Zara (Kavani) are trying to escape Iran, which is also what the actors want to do off camera.
At the same time, Panahi's under suspicion for taking photos of a different couple, as he learns of a story too complicated to properly explain in a short blurb. And at night, Panahi the character drives around in a luxe SUV. Is he going to leave it all?
All that said, No Bears is a much more complicated work of art than its trailer and the above would suggest. Made in secrecy, as the Iranian government banned Panahi from making movies in 2010 (his previous work wasn't positive enough about Iran), No Bears won critics over for its beauty and complexity.
Watch on Criterion Channel starting today (April 18)