Best movies and TV shows on HBO Max this weekend (June 25-26, 2022)
Another month, another slew of movies and TV shows leaving HBO Max. As June draws to a close, this weekend is the last to enjoy the best content HBO Max launches to make way for even better movies and TV shows. But while it may be sad to see some of those movies go, there are plenty of new TV shows to make up for it. Westworld finally returns with its season 4 premiere this Sunday, and bird girl Season 2 is in full swing on the streaming service. With that and more, check out these fan favorites on HBO Max to add to the summer watch list.
The Shenanigans are back in Birdgirl Season 2
For Adult Swim fans, Birdgirl dropped its second season this week on HBO Max. As the sequel to Harvey Birdman, lawyer, it certainly took a while to find its footing but successfully established itself as its own worthy show. Season 1 of bird girl focuses on the life of Judy Ken Sebben, aka Birdgirl, who inherited her father’s business after his death. Soon after, she finds herself in over her head but is joined by “Team Birds” to help navigate her struggles.
The series deals with hot topics, such as the undoing of culture and ethics in new technologies, which make running a business much more difficult. The second season still deals with this fallout while showing that Judy is still far from her depth when running the business. Combining comedy and poorly executed crime fighting, bird girl delivers the modern struggles of corporate culture and pokes fun at criminal adventures.
Visit Westworld again for Season 4
Sunday, the sci-fi western drama Westworld finally returns to HBO for a fourth season. The excitement has definitely faded over the years – thanks to a steady decline in interest in Seasons 2 and 3 – but Westworld is still one of the most talked about shows on television. And with a mind-bending premise that continuously subverts audience expectations with each season, the show always worth a visit.
As expected, the Season 4 trailer had viewers questioning everything, especially what happened after that seemingly finished Season 3 finale. But the trailer is as cryptic as it comes, and it’s been so long since Season 3 aired that viewers can’t be blamed if they forgot what happened. To briefly recap the Season 3 finale, the Man in Black is now a robot, Dolores is dead (but clearly not based on her appearance in the trailer), and Bernard embarks on a journey to the Sublime. But seeing the chaos and gore of the trailer, everything that came together in the Season 3 finale could fall apart once again. On the bright side, fan favorite Teddy Flood (James Marsden) returns after taking time off in Season 3.
Visit the mummy one last time
One of the many movies leaving HBO Max this month is The Mummy. The 1999 film has garnered attention in recent years thanks to Brendan Fraser’s highly anticipated return to film and moon knight embrace The Mummy vibes in his favor. But unfortunately this weekend is the last chance to catch up The Mummy before leaving HBO Max.
The Mummy stars Fraser as adventurer Rick O’Connell and Rachel Weisz as budding Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan as they travel to Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead. There, they accidentally awaken a cursed high priest named Imhotep, who wants to resurrect the love of his life Anck-su-namun through Evelyn. The Mummy was so well received upon its initial release that it spawned two sequels, The return of the mummy and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperorin addition to spinoffs and a prequel series.
Cry goodwill on the hunt this weekend
Another movie leaving HBO Max this month is the classic Goodwill hunting. Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who also star in the film), Damon stars as Will Hunting, who begins to see therapist Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, in one of his most dramatic and groundbreaking roles. . The film follows Hunting as a janitor at MIT with a genius IQ. When he solves a complicated college-level math problem, a professor urges him to reach his full potential.
It’s surprising to remember that the movie was originally a thriller where Will is targeted by the government for his super-intelligence. But somehow, against all odds, Goodwill hunting transformed into something more grounded and emotionally rich, with powerful performances that lend a helping hand.
For good scares and stories, watch Insidious
Directed by veteran horror film (or the occasional superhero film) James Wan, Insidious is top-notch horror at its finest. Wan is unable to create tension to increase anxiety, which makes the viewing experience a bit difficult. But unlike bloody, oversaturated horror movies, the unease viewers feel Insidious is actually a good thing. While it uses the same scary tactics that can get boring, the horror relies on the psychological and supernatural elements that the story perpetuates.
Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, the film follows a married couple and their children as they move into a new home. When their son, Dalton, mysteriously falls into a coma, he becomes a vessel for malevolent entities in an astral plane. It might sound cliché for another horror movie to follow the haunted house trope, but Wan’s direction makes Insidious an outlier in the horror movie genre.