Top 3 movies to stream this weekend, from ‘Thirteen Lives’ to ‘Prey’

What to watch: Thirteen Lives, Prey and Lightyear are all new to UK streaming this weekend.  (MGM/Disney)

What to watch: Thirteen Lives, Preand Light-year are all new to UK streaming this weekend. (MGM/Disney)

Want to know what to watch? This week could be one of the busiest streaming weeks for UK streaming platforms.

Never to be outdone, Disney+ has three new additions to its streaming lineup with the launch of the long-awaited predator (John McTiernan, 1987) prequel preywhile the Pixar title Light-year will also have a streaming debut. Furthermore, LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation will also be available to watch from Friday.

Meanwhile, Netflix has several original titles launching on the platform soon, starting with Carter, a South Korean action thriller film directed by Jung Byung-gil. Elsewhere, Jasmeet K. Reen’s Hindi black comedy drama dear is also releasing this Friday, while Andrea Di Stefano’s 2019 action thriller The Informant will be broadcast from Friday.

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It features a brilliant performance by Joel Kinnaman (the kill, for all humanity) who plays an ex-con working undercover who is intentionally re-incarcerated to infiltrate the mafia in a maximum security prison. Rosamund Pike and Ana de Armas are the stars.

After just one week as a limited theatrical release, Ron Howard’s film Thirteen Lives will stream on Amazon’s Prime Video starting Friday, while Sky’s father of the bride will also make its debut this weekend.

Thirteen Lives (2022) – Prime Video (pick of the week)

(from left to right) Thira 'Aum' Chutikul as Commander Kiet, Popetorn 'Two' Soonthornyanaku as Dr Karn, Joel Edgerton as Harry Harris, Colin Farrell as John Volanthen and Viggo Mortenson as Rick Stanton in THIRTEEN LIVES, a Metro movie Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.  Credit: Vince Valitutti / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.  All rights reserved.

Thirteen Lives is directed by Ron Howard. (Photo by Metro Goldwyn Mayer)

Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Ron Howard (A brilliant mind) chronicles the infamous 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in this excellent dramatization of the events. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton as the trio at the center of the rescue.

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The story revolves around 12 boys and the coach of a Thai football team who find themselves trapped in rising waters while exploring the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand. Locked behind a labyrinth of flooded tunnels, the group faces impossible odds, but rescuers soon discover that finding the boys is just the beginning of their ordeal.

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Howard and screenwriter William Nicholson give a concise and sober account of what really happened behind the scenes. Elevated by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom’s impressively accurate cinematography, Thirteen Lives does a fantastic job of laying out all the facts without ever getting bogged down by the media circus surrounding the story at the time. Which goes a long way toward explaining why the infamous Elon Musk incident isn’t seen anywhere in the narrative.

Another new addition to Prime Video via Freevee: directed (2018), every last secret (2022)

prey (2022) – Disney+

Amber Midthunder leads the cast of Prey as a Comanche warrior facing off against a Predator.  (20th Century Studios/Disney)

Amber Midthunder leads the cast of prey like a Comanche warrior facing off against a Predator. (20th Century Studios/Disney)

Director, and sometimes popular podcaster, Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is finally back behind the scenes in this ambitious sci-fi thriller set 300 years in the past. Written by Patrick Aison, prey is the fifth installment of the immensely popular predator film series and acts as a prequel to the first four films.

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prey stars American actor and Fort Peck Sioux Tribe member Amber Midthunder as a dogged Comanche warrior who hunts and is hunted by a skilled alien predator (played by Dane DiLiegro). Native American actors Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush and Julian Black Antelope also star in one of the few films to have a cast list made up primarily of First Nations artists.

Watch: Director Dan Trachtenberg talks to Yahoo about the violence of prey

After a series of lackluster sequels, iffy crossovers, and an ill-fated 2018 reboot, one has to admire the franchise for trying a completely new approach with this latest installment. Not only does Trachtenberg’s highly ambitious premise put the plight of native populations at the forefront of his sci-fi thriller, it also delivers a genuinely gripping, albeit often blood-soaked, origin story.

There are awesome things around, but maybe not for the faint of heart.

Light-year (2022) – Disney+

Buzz Lightyear teams up with Izzy Hawthorne to fight a robot invasion of Lightyear.  (Disney/Pixar)

Buzz Lightyear teams up with Izzy Hawthorne to fight a robot invasion in Light-year. (Disney/Pixar)

Seeking to tell the origin story of Andy’s beloved Buzz Lightyear toy, Pixar’s latest addition to its Toys Story saga is a meta-space adventure that pays homage to the space film genre. Directed by Angus MacLane (looking for dory), Light-year is presented by Disney as the blockbuster movie within a movie that Toys Story characters would watch.

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MCU favorite Chris Evans (captain America, knives) lends his voice to this new interpretation of Buzz Lightyear, replacing Tim Allen who played the toy’s voice for four consecutive films. Meanwhile Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and The wire Isiah Whitlock Jr. also star.

Watch: Angus MacLane talks to Yahoo about Light-year

In true Pixar style, Light-year offers just the right mix of heartfelt and inclusive sentiment, as well as some age-appropriate jokes. With some clever nods to classic space sagas like Abroad and Interstellar, MacLane and co-writer Jason Headley delivered a love letter to the genre all along, adding that unmistakable feeling we’ve come to expect from Pixar’s ever-expanding stable.

Aside from the obvious, and not-so-obvious Easter eggs scattered throughout the film’s narrative, there’s a beautifully touching idea about the importance of accepting one’s destiny that is at the center of this story.

Granted, not everything here works, let alone the complicated science that could leave some younger Pixar fans more than a little confused, but overall, the film does what’s expected of it and Evans et al deliver some pretty strong performances. .

Watch a trailer for Light-year

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