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Hulu: 10 of the best films to watch this week


John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji star in the Hulu original film, Vacation Friends. 


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John Cena fans who watch Hulu, this is your week. The wrestler-turned-actor stars in Vacation Friends (2021), playing a wedding crasher who met the bride and groom on vacation and took that as a cue to show up on their special day. This Hulu original film hits screens on Friday. Also starring are Lil Rel Howery, Meredith Hagner and Yvonne Orji.

Arriving on Thursday is Disobedience (2017). This romantic drama stars Rachel Weisz as a woman who returns to London and the strict Orthodox Jewish community where she was raised. She’s back for her father’s funeral after years spent working in New York, estranged from him and ostracized by the community, and the film eventually explains why. Rachel McAdams also stars.

Guess which state Feral State (2021) is set in? If you said Florida, you nailed it. AnnaLynne McCord, Ronnie Gene Blevins and Octavio Pisano star in this tale of a misfit gang of runaways and orphans, plus one dark and charismatic father figure, rampaging through the Sunshine State’s swamps and trailer parks.

Forget zombies and plagues — it’s a monster apocalypse that’s hit Earth in 2020’s Love and Monsters, which lands on Hulu on Thursday. Dylan O’Brien stars as a young survivor making his way through a world where cold-blooded animals have mutated into monsters. “Love And Monsters is a blast, an unassuming, immensely winning monster movie filled with great lo-fi creatures and a likeable cast,” said Empire magazine’s Ian Freer.

Also new this week: Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013), the highest-grossing Tyler Perry film in which Perry himself didn’t star, came to Hulu on Tuesday. Chaos Walking (2021), a sci-fi film starring Tom “Spider-Man” Holland as a young man who lives in a dystopian world without women — until Daisy Ridley crash-lands there — is new as well.

Last week’s arrivals include the psychological horror film Unsane (2018), coming-of-age drama Blast Beat (2020) , dramedy We Broke Up (2021), and boxing drama Jungleland (2019)

 If none of those options appeal to you, check out the list of best Hulu originals below.

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Best Hulu Original movies

Documentary

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It was only a matter of time before a documentary chronicling the remarkable story of teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg came around. I Am Greta is an intimate look at Thunberg’s one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament. We also see a little of her life as a shy student with Asperger’s. The rare footage is in the sure hands of Swedish director Nathan Grossman, following Thunberg’s galvanizing impact from those steps to the rest of the world.

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On the surface this extraordinary documentary from Bing Liu is a love letter to skateboarding. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll find Minding the Gap’s vast depths. A rich and thoughtful tale of young people growing up in 21st century America, it explores domestic trauma, systemic racism and classism. It resonates beyond the skatepark.

Comedy

Plan B (2021)

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This road trip comedy covers familiar territory, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles star as odd best friends: one a straight-laced student, the other a slacker who helps the former track down a Plan B pill in conservative small-town South Dakota — within 24 hours of a regrettable first sexual encounter. Following in the footsteps of the fast-paced and fresh Booksmart, Plan B is a witty, bawdy ride that holds nothing back.

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Palm Springs slots right into the charming indie movie category: Its fresh sci-fi premise acts as a gateway to exploring deeper ideas. Cristin Miloti and Andy Samberg star as Sarah and Nyles, two strangers who meet at a wedding and get up to all sorts, including stumbling into a Groundhog Day time loop. Their only chance of escape seems to be tied to having personal breakthroughs. Very much sticking the landing, Palm Springs should be on your list of viewing destinations.

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Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age movie told with an emphasis on the messiness of growing up. Pete Davidson plays a slacker who befriends 16-year-old Mo. His influence sees Mo try new things, from alcohol to impressing girls at parties. Lessons, as you can expect, are learned. A smart ensemble, including Jon Cryer, is the cherry on the cake bringing together this heartfelt gem.

Romance

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If you like your Christmas movies with a dash of substance, then Happiest Season is one of the best new gems to slide onto your holiday viewing shelf. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as loving couple Abby and Harper, who encounter a single spanner in their relationship: Harper hasn’t come out to her conservative family yet. Delivering all the warmth of a Hallmark card with none of the cheesiness, and bolstered by a stellar supporting cast including Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Dan Levy, Happiest Season is a smart, modern Christmas movie with emotional punch.

Drama

Nomadland (2020)

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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has been sweeping awards at film festivals and unsurprisingly won best picture, best director and best actress at the Oscars. Zhao’s a true workhorse, directing, editing and writing this contemplative and fascinating drama about a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her home to travel around the American West. Get this: Members of the supporting cast are real-life nomads playing fictionalized versions of themselves. See this extraordinary piece of filmmaking from the director who’ll bring her unique lens to Marvel’s Eternals later this year.

Thriller

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Sarah Paulson’s had a big year, starring in Mrs. America, Ratched and now Run, a thriller from Aneesh Chaganty (check out his excellent directorial debut Searching). In Run, Paulson plays Diane Sherman, a mother looking after her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), who uses a wheelchair. But their mother-daughter relationship is more disturbing than it seems. Be captivated by the suspense, mystery and horror as Diane takes helicopter parenting to a new level.

Horror

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As the great Fleabag once said, “Hair is everything.” Bad Hair might just take that to the next level. The horror satire set in the ’80s follows a young woman who reluctantly agrees to get a weave — but changing her image to please the image-obsessed music industry has its consequences. Absurdly funny and disturbing at the same time, Bad Hair unravels an entertaining fable that reflects on modern life.

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Zombies, the Australian outback and a school bus of happy-go-lucky children are a mix you can expect to end badly. Little Monsters follows kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) on her gargantuan task: Keep her charges safe and oblivious to the flesh (and echidna) eating monsters. If she pulls it off, she’ll be teacher of the year. With a scene-stealing Josh Gad in tow, Little Monsters is ridiculous fun using a fresh brain to tackle the genre.



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