Depending on your point of view, one of the biggest benefits of the streaming revolution has been shortening theatrical exclusivity windows. In other words, movies that debut in theaters are now landing on top streaming services much faster than they used to, and this weekend Ben Affleck’s new drama Nike, Airreceive treatment on demand.
The Matt Damon impersonator is now available to stream on Prime Video – only arriving in theaters in April – and joined this week’s list of new picks by Mother on Netflix, Muppet Confusion on Disney Plus and many more new titles.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven new movies and TV shows you can watch on streaming services over the next few days.
Air (main video)
If you missed Ben Affleck’s new Nike drama, Air, in theaters last month: Have No Fear. The movie is now available to stream (no less for free) on Prime Video.
Starring Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Jason Bateman and Affleck himself, this authentic sports biopic follows the development of the iconic Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes – although Michael Jordan himself does not actually star.
Critics’ verdicts ranged from “unsatisfying” to “a joy to watch” when the film debuted in April, so we’re inclined to believe that Air may yet earn a spot on our list the best Prime Videos.
Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Originally scheduled to be released in 2022, Mother finally hitting Netflix this weekend.
In this paint-by-numbers thriller, Jennifer Lopez stars as a deadly assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she sacrificed years ago. Gael Garcia Bernal, Joseph Fiennes and Omari Hardwick are among the film’s supporting cast.
Honestly, Lopez herself deserved praise for her “cool” performance in the film Mother, but overall the film was largely panned by critics. Don’t expect it to be on our list best Netflix movies coming soon, but if you want an action movie starring one of the world’s most charismatic actors, it’s worth a try.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Muppet Riot (Disney Plus)
Fancy some musical Muppets this weekend? Disney Plus offers a new mockumentary series Muppet Confusion.
This 10-episode comedy show focuses on Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem Band attempt to record their first studio album with the help of an ambitious music director (Lilly Singh). The original songs come from Linda Perry, and Adam F. Goldberg (creator of e.g The Goldbergs) and Bill Barretta share hosting duties.
Guest stars for Muppet Confusion include – wait for it – Morgan Freeman, Paula Abdul, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ryan Seacrest, Steve Aoki, Danny Trejo, Lil Nas X, Ben Schwartz, Ziggy Marley and many, many more, so music fans should find something for themselves Here.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus.
Eurovision 2023: The Grand Final (Peacock)
What else can we say about the Eurovision Song Contest that you don’t already know?
This year’s Grand Final takes place in Liverpool – on behalf of last year’s winners, Ukraine – with 26 contestants vying for the title of best/worst/cheesiest performer in Europe (delete as appropriate).
US viewers will find the stream on Peacock at 12pm PT/3pm ET this Saturday, while those in the UK should head over to BBC iPlayer at 8pm BST (also Saturday). And don’t forget, the 2020 Netflix Eurovision movie is a lot of fun!
Available to stream from Saturday on Peacock in the US and BBC iPlayer in the UK.
City on Fire (Apple TV Plus)
Apple’s latest foray into slick detective drama, A city on firewill start streaming on Apple TV Plus this weekend – and this could be one of them best Apple TV Plus still shows.
Customized by gossip Girl Co-created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage from Garth Risk Hallberg’s 2015 novel, this eight-episode thriller explores the aftermath of the 2003 Central Park shooting that killed a promising NYU student. Chase Sui Wonders, Wyatt Oleff, Jemima Kirke, John Cameron Mitchell are among the cast of the series.
A city on fire received mixed reviews from critics, with most of the praise being for its performances, style, and soundtrack. The first three episodes of the series are available to stream on Apple TV Plus now, with the remaining five episodes arriving weekly every Friday until June 16.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Classroom ’09 (Hulu)
Hulu may team up with Disney Plus in the coming months, but the latest streamer series produced by FX, class of ’09for now, it remains solely in its own TV library (at least in the US).
This eight-episode drama jumps between the past, present and future to illustrate how artificial intelligence (AI) technology is affecting both positively and negatively the US criminal justice system. Sounds ominous.
The series’ cast is led by Kate Mara and Brian Tyree Henry, with Brooke Smith, Sepideh Moafi and Brian J. Smith as supporting characters. The first two episodes of class of ’09 are now available to stream on Hulu in the US. UK viewers will find the same two entries streaming on Disney Plus under the Star banner.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie (Apple TV Plus)
This week’s selection of documentaries chronicles the “personal and professional triumphs and tribulations” of Hollywood legend Michael J. Fox.
This feature-length film, which is now streaming on Apple TV Plus after a rare theatrical release, sheds light on Fox’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease and Back to the future the actor’s continued commitment to life as an “incurable optimist.”
Critics have described Still as “moving”, “intimate” and “extremely watchable”, so this could be one of them the best Apple TV Plus movies from 2023 oh and UK readers will probably be happy to know Back to the future sam is on Prime Video right now if you want to clear your palate later.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.