A lot of new films have been placed on streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Disney+ and Pathé Thuis. In this review overview I briefly discuss the ten most recent streaming films that have been reviewed by the FilmTotaal reviewers.
Because which movies are worth watching? And which movies – which are now available to watch on a streaming service – should you skip?
spider head is now available on Netflix. Read the full review here.
spider head is directed by Joseph Kosinski. The cast of the film includes Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Mark Paguio and Tess Haubrich.
spider head takes place in the near future, where inmates get a chance to reduce the length of their sentence. All they have to do is participate in an experimental study, but of course there is a big fat snake in the grass.
spider head according to reviewer Jip Strijbos contains a strong beginning, but unfortunately the film quickly weakens after that. According to Strijbos, the film will remain “superficial and sluggish, and even Hemsworth’s best slippery slope can’t change that.”
The reviewer therefore concludes that spider head on the “mountain of Netflix sci-fi movies waste their interesting premise” can. For this reason, Strijbos also confirms that watching spider head is not recommended.
Cha Cha Real Smooth
Cha Cha Real Smooth is now available to watch on Apple TV+. Read the full review here.
Cha Cha Real Smooth is the latest film from director, screenwriter and actor Cooper Raiff. In Cha Cha Real Smooth he plays the lead again.
Reviewer Jacoline Maes also rightly says that Raiff “back home from all markets” is.
The rest of the cast includes Dakota Johnson, Vanessa Burghardt, Evan Assante, and Leslie Mann.
Cha Cha Real Smooth follows Andrew, who is asked by Jewish families as a party starter. Meanwhile, he becomes increasingly involved with young mother Domino and her daughter Lola, whom he met at a bat mitzvah party.
Reviewer Jacoline Maes says that Cha Cha Real Smooth “feels very personal and authentic.” Despite the fact that some elements could be fine-tuned, according to Maes “doesn’t affect the otherwise fine viewing experience.”
This is how the movie contains “good music choices, warm lighting and characters you could easily meet.” This makes it “Swallow when the credits appear.”
collision is now available to watch on Netflix. Read the full review here.
collision is directed by the Frenchman Fabien Martorell. The cast of the film includes Langley Kirkwood, Tessa Jubber, Bonko Khoza, Mpho Sebeng and Zoey Sneedon.
collision takes place two days before Freedom Day in South Africa. Apartheid was tackled in South Africa years ago, but the country remains in trouble – including with wealthy whites who consider this political turnaround a historic mistake.
Reviewer Didier Becu mentions collision “a thriller that you can safely put on while ironing, because unfortunately Collision is again such a title that you will undoubtedly forget in no time.” According to Becu, this is due to “lousy acting performance” and a “screenplay that consists of an accumulation of clichés and a plot that is far too simple.”
According to the reviewer, Collision “no more than a mediocre film that, due to the large offer on the streaming channels, is doomed to rot under a thick layer of dust without much fuss.”
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride is now available on HBO Max. Read the full review here.
Father of the Bride is directed by Gary Azalraki. The film’s cast includes Andy García, Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona, Diego Boneta, and Chloe Fineman.
Father of the Bride is the third film adaptation of the book of the same name, but in this latest film adaptation the plot has been thrown overboard. According to reviewer Terence Shea, it turns out “to have been a wise decision.”
The remake of Father of the Bride opts for a fresh approach by adjusting the plot, setting and background of the characters. According to Shea, Father of the Bride well what it is: “a light-hearted romantic comedy about a wedding.”
According to the reviewer, the charm of the film lies in “the feel-good factor and the jokes that at least bring a smile.” In addition, Shea says that Miami’s location can also be appreciated.
complete can now be seen on Pathé Thuis. Read the full review here.
complete is directed by Robert Schinkel. The cast of the film includes Michael Epp, Sanne Langelaar, Mike Lebanon, Rochelle Deekman and Loek Peters.
According to reviewer Didier Becu belongs complete “at home in the ranks of ingenious horror.” Complete is a bit more arthouse and a bit more distant than a typical Hollywood film.
Becu concludes that this film “no less intriguing” makes. The reviewer compares this film by Robert Schinkel with the work of David Lynch, because the viewers float in both works. “between fantasy and reality and you never know which one it is.”
Becu calls the movie “a mindfuck or if you will, a disturbed fantasy in which scars play a central role.” In addition, the reviewer mentions that the film “full of symbolism on which shrinks can bite their teeth.”
Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta
Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta is now available on Netflix. Read the full review here.
Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta is directed by Tadashi Aizawa. The cast of the film includes Toma Ikuta and Matsuya Onoe.
In the Netflix documentary Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta Japanese actor Toma Ikuta challenges himself to learn the tricks of the trade Kabuki in an extremely short time. Kabuki is an ancient Japanese theater form, characterized by stylized movements, extravagant costumes and heavy make-up on a white painted base.
The art form is based on a long list of traditions. It therefore (normally) also takes years for the average kabuki actor to master it.
Yet the art form is not known everywhere, so it is nice to see that Netflix has made a documentary about it. Reviewer Ruby Dijk therefore concludes that Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta “to bring this age-old art form to a wider audience” brings, making the art form “feels like new.”
My Fake Boyfriend
My Fake Boyfriend can now be seen on Amazon Prime Video. Read the full review here.
My Fake Boyfriend is directed by Rose Troche. The cast includes Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, Samer Salem, Marcus Rosner, and Sarah Hyland.
The story of My Fake Boyfriend is about Andrew, who is in a toxic relationship with muscle-bound Nico. Andrew knows that Nico is cheating and disrespecting him.
Andrew has broken up with him more than once, but Nico comes back to him every time with his paws hanging down. This changes when Andrew, with the help of his best friend Jake, creates the social identity of a fake boyfriend (aka fake boyfriend).
Reviewer Zadok Samson mentions that the plot is not badly conceived. According to him, it fits perfectly with films of this genre and also fits perfectly with today’s world.
Yet the film fails in its visual elaboration. Samson therefore concludes: “Everything about this film, from the sets to the lighting, looks cheap.”
The reviewer does not call the film an award winner, unless you include the Razzie Awards. Still, Samson mentions that fans of Lonsdale and Hyland can enjoy this film.
Love & Gelato
Love & Gelato is now available on Netflix. Read the full review here.
Love & Gelato is directed by Brandon Camp. The film’s cast includes Susanna Skaggs, Tobia De Angelis, Saul Nanni, Valentina Lodovini, and Owen McDonnell.
The story of Love & Gelato follows young Lina, who, at the request of her recently deceased mother, travels alone to Italy. She undertakes the journey to follow in her mother’s footsteps to keep her memory alive and find herself.
Love & Gelato according to reviewer Ruby Dijk “full of teen film clichés: a three-way relationship, an inspiring speech by a parent figure and the ultimate conclusion that you can also choose for yourself.” In addition, Dijk mentions that there are “of real character development” there is no question.
Love & Gelato is in addition, according to Dijk “nothing we haven’t seen before.” For example, according to the reviewer, the most important plot points “find out in the first ten minutes of the film.”
The Man from Toronto
The Man from Toronto is now available on Netflix. Read the full review here.
The Man from Toronto is directed by Patrick Hughes. The cast of the film includes Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen Barkin, Jasmine Mathews, and Lela Loren.
According to reviewer Didier Becu is The Man from Toronto “a film that wants to be everything, but in the end turned out to be nothing.” For example, Becu notes that the film “a typical scenario” contains.
However, according to the reviewer “especially Kevin Hart who gets on the nerves as a downright irritating chat major that you have had enough of after barely ten minutes.” Becu also mentions the “ignorance” from director Patrick Hughes.
The CGI effects don’t look like this and the action scenes lose all impact because Hughes shoots them faster. Becu concludes the following: “As a rule, there’s nothing against mindless entertainment, but when it’s packaged in such a blunt way as in The Man from Toronto, it’s going to be a very tiring ride.”
rise is now available on Disney+. Read the full review here.
rise is directed by Akin Omotoso. The cast of the film includes Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Uche Agada, Ral Agada, Elijah Sholanke, and Jaden Osimuwa.
The story is about the Antetokounmpo family, whose three brothers Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas all played in the NBA. In addition, the film is about the struggles of an immigrant family that has always had to go into hiding from the authorities in a foreign country.
According to reviewer Mitchell van Vuren, Disney ultimately leaves its mark on the film a bit too much. For example, he notes that despite the solid plot and high production quality, the drama often seems to triumph over the sport.
According to van Vuren, basketball expires more within the film “to a means of pursuing the American Dream and migrating quickly to the United States at the end.” The reviewer mentions rise therefore more of an lavish feel-good story, which fits into the colorful selection of Disney +, than it is a realistic biopic.