Best new movies on HBO Max in August 2022
HBO Max may have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, however, right now it still stands above other streamers when it comes to its vast library of movies which includes a varied range of titles of all genres. which grows every month. August was no different, with films from all eras of Hollywood and other corners of the world added to the service. Check out some of the highlights below.
Director/Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Alan Tudyk, Gary Cole and Jason Bateman
A 2000s kids sleepover classic, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a hilarious take on the underdog sports movie genre featuring two top comedians at the height of their powers. Vince Vaughn plays Peter LaFleur, the owner of the struggling gym, Average Joe’s, which sits across the street from the luxurious Globo Gym owned by the bewitching and vindictive White Goodman (Ben Stiller). When White attempts to buy Average Joe’s, Peter and his motley crew of gym employees and regulars have 30 days to raise $50,000. So naturally, they sign up for a dodgeball tournament with a cash prize only for White and his Globo Gym minions to sign up, setting the stage for a final showdown. A comedy to be reviewed over and over again, packed with unforgettable cameos.
Director/Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser and Melissa Benoist
If you need a Miles Teller fix after Top Gun Mavericklook no further than Damien Chazelleis a modern classic. Andrew (Teller), a dedicated jazz drummer and freshman at a prestigious music school, pushes his limits as he tries to get into the good graces of ruthless and abusive jazz teacher Terrence Fletcher (JK Simmons). Chazelle presented himself as a high-caliber filmmaker worthy of attention, while Simmons delivers an instantly iconic performance that earned him a well-deserved Oscar.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
Cast: J.Ohn Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel and Bruce Willis
Quentin Tarantino blew the doors off the indie scene and influenced a generation of filmmakers with this masterpiece about a group of friends who like to talk about cheeseburgers and quote Bible verses. Set to an eclectic soundtrack in the sprawling criminal underworld of Los Angeles, three intertwined stories unfold involving the wife of a mob boss, a boxer attempting to retrieve a valuable personal item, and a hitman with a new twist. of life in the hope of continuing to walk the earth. Every member of the ensemble cast is excellent; John Travolta relaunched his career as Vincent Vega, Samuel L. Jackson gives what is arguably his biggest and most memorable performance of his career, while Uma Thurman is electric in every scene and graces the cover of one of the most iconic movie posters in cinematic history.
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno
Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a researcher for a massive tech company, is selected to win a prize to spend a week with the company’s elusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) in his luxurious but secluded mansion. Upon arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has developed a humanoid robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander), which is rooted in artificial intelligence making it capable of thought and consciousness. However, the situation becomes tense when Ava confides in Caleb that Nathan is a liar who cannot be trusted. Longtime author of screenplays and novels, Alex GarlandThe directorial debut of heralded an exciting new talent as a filmmaker with a mind for engaging and thought-provoking sci-fi stories. A perfectly realized sci-fi thriller that is well worth your time.
Director/Screenwriter: Brian DePalma
Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz
Jack Terry (John Travolta) is a Philadelphia-based sound technician working on post-production for a low-budget slasher film. After being asked by the producer to get a better wind sound and a more realistic scream for the film’s climax, Jack goes to a local park in hopes of recording better sound effects. While recording, he sees a car run off the road and into a nearby lake. The driver of the car, who was also the governor, is killed, but Jack manages to save the passenger, a woman named Sally (Nancy Allen). Later, while listening to his recording, Jack hears the distinct sound of a gunshot before the tire explodes and discovers that the incident was not an accident but an assassination, throwing himself into a conspiracy and the crosshairs of those who perpetrated the murder. . Brian DePalma shows that he is a master filmmaker with this phenomenal neo-noir mystery. Switch off is simply a must for all movie buffs.
Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright
Duncan Jones followed his acclaimed debut Moon with this time-looping sci-fi thriller. When US Army pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a commuter train in Chicago, he is disoriented and has no memory of ever getting there, but to the world around him, even in his reflection, he comes across as an entirely different man. The train soon explodes and Colter wakes up in a small cockpit where he is informed that he is on a mission to find out the culprit of the explosion and that he will have to keep returning to the other man’s body to do so. A gripping thriller that cleverly uses the time loop trope.
Director: James Ponsoldt
Writer: Donald Margulies
Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Ron Livingston, Anna Chlumsky and Joan Cusack
Based on a true story; David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine, has the opportunity to interview the famous author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) for a few days during her book tour for her recently published and acclaimed novel Infinite Jest. On the road, the two discuss a variety of topics ranging from their lives and writing to dogs and television. They run into some problems, but eventually develop a kind of relatedness and a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. A touching drama featuring two excellent lead performances, especially from Segel who really should have received accolades for his work here.