Best Movies & TV (August 5-7)

Reserved dogs; Loot.
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Another week, another handful of TV and movie picks for you all. It’s light, but we’ll just call it that quality > quantity. The choices below may range from over-the-top to mindless fun, but that’s just how we like to spend our weekends, right? This is David Leach’s High speed train, and to be fair, I mostly recommend this because Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry’s beautifully funny chemistry is a surprising treat to watch. Oh, and I can’t forget that this is Bad Bunny’s sexy and poised film debut. (You know that’s going to get some bums in the theater seats.) And there are even fresher and more exciting selections, like a new season of Reserved dogs (wow!) and the debut of a new one Predator movie. Here are the picks:

High speed train it has it all: huge action, funny episodes, Tarantino-style flashbacks, funny dialogues, great music and a large cast with Brad Pitt at the center. It doesn’t have to all come together in a tight, top-notch movie, but High speed train it’s still a fun ride.

Why Loot not being released in theaters is beyond me, but hey, it means Hulu subscribers will get a buzzy new movie in their living rooms this weekend. Background of Predator movies, Loot follows the arrival of the dreaded alien on Earth in the 1700s, meaning there is no technology or weaponry to combat the advanced entity. This simply compelling premise alone is enough to fuel the watch, but combine it with Amber Midthunder’s performance as Naru, a young Comanche woman struggling to be seen as more in her community, and director Dan Trachtenberg’s absolutely tense 10 Cloverfield Lane, and we are done. Hulu even provides copying Comanches of the film.

Available to stream on Hulu

The film, which inspired many Twitter snaps and introduced Alana Haim to the general public as an actress, is appearing on Amazon Prime Video (the film was previously only available on VOD platforms). Haim stars as Alana Kane, a helpless 20-year-old who crosses paths with young Gary Valentine (played by the charming Cooper Hoffman), an enthusiastic teenage businessman, in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s. It’s one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s more tender films as it plays with Alana’s desire to regain the bright-eyed feeling of childhood and Gary’s desperate need for independence as an adult.

Available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video

There is a comfort level Reserved dogs it makes it appealing to just sit back and forget about everything else around you. The story of four young kids striving for something more is touching, downright hilarious and at times melancholic. After the events of season one, in which the self-proclaimed reserve dogs lose one of their friends, Elora (Devery Jacobs), to a rival gang member when she hits the road to rogue California, the rest of the kids are left to pick up the pieces back in Oklahoma.

Available to stream on Hulu

ooo The sandman. Based on Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel, Netflix’s latest attempt at a franchise-building series is intriguing. Has Gaiman’s work ever been properly translated for the screen (other than Coraline, It is)? Now I don’t know if I found it The sandman definitely a catch but I didn’t like it. (I know, low bar). I also know that dedicated fans will want to check it out for themselves. It will The sandman be a magician-like hit, or it will be lost in the dark void of Netflix’s endless queue. Only time will tell.

Available to stream on Netflix

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Also! Read our streaming recommendations from weekend of July 29. Vulture’s next list of weekend streaming picks goes online on Friday, August 12.