Best new movies on HBO Max in June 2022
A new month means new options on streaming services. As far as film libraries are concerned, HBO Max dominated the competition, with options ranging from the latest blockbusters to the most iconic works from Hollywood’s Golden Age, there’s something for everyone on the streamer. June sees the addition of works by some of the biggest stars of the past fifty years, in genres ranging from intergalactic sci-fi and legal thrillers to romantic comedies and indie dramas about self-improvement. HBO Max covers all members of the public.
Writer / Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey Jr.
Jon Favreauthe director of Iron Man and creative leader behind The Mandalorianreturned to his indie film roots with this comedy-drama he wrote, directed and starred in. Favreau plays Carl Casper, the head chef at a posh Los Angeles restaurant who becomes disillusioned with the demanding and restrictive nature of the role and quits his job to run a food truck to pursue his creative and professional fulfillment, which also allows him deepen his relationship, especially with his young son Percy (Emjay Anthony). Chief is a funny and moving film that has a beautiful depiction of a father-son relationship and features a strong supporting cast.
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Writers: Michael Kozoll and William Sackheim
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna
In the first film to appear Sylvester Stalloneiconic character John Rambo, a traumatized Vietnam War veteran is harassed and hunted down by police in a small town he was trying to pass through. After being chased into the nearby woods, Rambo’s instincts and combat training take over and he battles the many policemen as an army of one. Stallone gives one of the performances of his career in this action-thriller which deals with themes of PTSD and the treatment of veterans in the United States.
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writers: Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside
There’s never a bad time to revisit Paul Verhoevenit’s classic Total recalland with its addition to HBO Max, getting your ass to Mars has never been easier. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Doug Quaid, an Earthbound construction worker who signs up for a vacation thanks to a fake memory implant, administered by the sleazy corporation Rekall. However, before the proceedings can begin, Quaid remembers that he is actually a secret agent trying to overthrow the villainous regime, and soon finds people trying to kill him at every turn, including his wife Lori (Sharon Stone). Total recall is a chaotic work of art from one of our most visionary sci-fi directors, in RoboCop and Starship Troopers‘ Paul Verhoeven, and remains one of Schwarzenegger’s Best Movies. It’s a total blast from start to finish, holding up brilliantly well over thirty years after its release.
Writer / Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and Dan Stevens
Anne Hathaway stars in this dark comedy as Gloria, a woman struggling with alcoholism. When her boyfriend breaks up with her and kicks her out of her apartment in New York, she is forced to move into her parents’ old house in a small town in New Hampshire. In her old hometown, she meets Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a childhood friend who offers him a job at the bar he owns. However, after a long night out, Gloria discovers that her drinking causes a giant monster to appear in Seoul, South Korea, and attacks the city by mimicking its actions. This underrated gem is refreshing and unique take on the damage addiction can cause, while Hathaway and Sudeikis play against type and do some of the best work of their career.
Director: Sydney Pollack
Writers: David Rabe and Robert Towne
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeannie Tripplehorn, Hal Holbrook and Gene Hackman
According to the novel by John Grisham, The company stars Tom Cruise as Mitch, a recent Harvard Law School graduate who takes a job at a boutique law firm in Memphis and is taken under the wing by senior partner Avery Tolar (Hackman Gene). Mitch is quickly smitten with his new job, which comes with a high salary, a new car, a house, and his student debt paid off. But it soon emerges that the firm is representing shady clients and keeping dark secrets. The company is a strong display of a young Tom Cruise at the height of his powers, taking on an acting giant on the scale of Gene Hackman. A tense 90s legal thriller which is done too rarely in the modern film industry.
Director: Wes Craven
Writers: Carl Ellsworth and Dan Foos
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox
Horror movie icon Wes Craven makes terror climb to the top of his armrest Red eyes. Rachel McAdams stars as Lisa, a woman on a flight home who sits next to a charming but unsettling man played by Cillian Murphy. The man soon turns out to be a hitman who needs Lisa’s help to reach his target and threatens the life of Lisa’s father (Brian Cox) if she fails to help him. McAdams is charming and easy to root for in the lead, while Murphy creates a menacing and memorable villain and Craven creates a tense atmosphere that few others can match.
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Eddie Murphy
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry and David Alan Grier
Eddie Murphy stars as Marcus, a runaway businessman who must rethink his life choices when his new boss Jacqueline (Robin Givens) treats him the same way and it completely destabilizes him at work. Murphy’s star power is on full display in this romantic comedy that gives men a little taste of their own medicine.