The 3 Best Movies to Stream This Weekend From ‘Thirteen Lives’ to ‘Prey’

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

What you should see: Thirteen lives, Prey, and Light years are all new to UK streaming this weekend. (MGM/Disney)

Wondering what to see? This week could be one of the busiest weeks of streaming for UK streaming platforms.

Never to be outdone, Disney+ has three brand new additions to its streaming lineup with the release of the highly anticipated The predator (John McTiernan, 1987) prequel Exchangewhile the Pixar title Light years will also make a streaming debut. In addition, LEGO Star Wars: Summer Vacation will also be available to view from Friday.

Meanwhile, Netflix has a number of original titles that will all be released on the platform immediately, starting with Carter, a South Korean action thriller film directed by Jung Byung-gil. Elsewhere, Jasmeet K. Reen’s Hindi-language black comedy drama Girlfriend is also released this Friday, while Andrea Di Stefano’s 2019 action thriller The informer will be streamed from Friday.

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It features a brilliant performance from Joel Kinnaman (The murder, For all mankind) who plays an ex-convict working undercover who intentionally gets himself imprisoned again in order to infiltrate the mob in a maximum security prison. Rosamund Pike and Ana de Armas all play together.

After only one week as a limited theatrical release, Ron Howard’s Thirteen lives will stream on Amazon’s Prime Video from Friday, while Sky’s Father of the bride will also make its debut this weekend.

Thirteen lives (2022) – Prime Video (Pick of the Week)

(L to R) 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 Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.  Credit: Vince Valitutti / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

Thirteen lives is directed by Ron Howard. (Metro Goldwyn Mayer photo)

Oscar-winning writer-director Ron Howard (A beautiful mind) recounts 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.

Read more: Everything new on Prime Video in August

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. Trapped behind a maze of flooded tunnels, the group faces impossible odds, but rescuers soon discover that finding the boys is only the beginning of their ordeal.

Watch a trailer for Thirteen lives

Howard and screenwriter Willian Nicholson deliver a concise and sober account of what really went on behind the scenes. Elevated by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom’s impressively precise 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 to explaining why the infamous Elon Musk incident is nowhere to be seen in the narrative.

Also new on Prime Video via Freevee: Driven (2018), Every last secret (2022)

Exchange (2022) – Disney+

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

Amber Midthunder leads the cast Exchange like a Comanche warrior facing a predator. (20th Century Studios/Disney)

Director, and sometimes popular podcaster, Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is finally back behind the camera in this ambitious sci-fi thriller set 300 years ago. Posted by Patrick Aison, Exchange is the fifth installment in the hugely popular The predator film series and serves as a prequel to the first four films.

Read more: Everything new on Disney+ in August

Exchange stars American actress and member of the Fort Peck Sioux tribe, Amber Midthunder as a headstrong Comanche warrior woman who hunts and is hunted by a skilled alien predator (played by Dane DiLiegro). Native actors Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush and Julian Black Antelope also star in one of the few films to feature a cast comprised primarily of First Nations practitioners.

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

After a series of lackluster sequels, questionable crossovers and an ill-fated reboot in 2018, one has to admire the franchise for trying a completely new approach with this latest installment. Trachtenberg’s highly ambitious premise not only puts the plight of the native population at the forefront of his sci-fi thriller, but it also delivers a genuinely exciting, if often blood-soaked, origin story.

There are impressive things around, but perhaps not for the faint of heart.

Light years (2022) – Disney+

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

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

Trying to tell the origin story of Andy’s beloved Buzz Lightyear toy, Pixar’s latest addition to its Toy Story saga is a meta-space adventure that pays homage to the space movie genre. Directed by Angus MacLane (Finding Dory), Light years is presented by Disney as the blockbuster within a film Toy Story characters would see.

Read more: Everything new on Sky in August

MCU favorite Chris Evans (Captain America, Knives out) lends his voice to this new interpretation of Buzz Lightyear, taking over from Tim Allen who voiced the toy in four consecutive films. Meanwhile, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and The Wire’s Isiah Whitlock Jr. also plays the main role.

Watch: Angus MacLane talks to Yahoo about Light years

In true Pixar style, Light years delivers the right mix of serious and inclusive sentiments as well as some age-appropriate gags. With some clever nods to classic space sagas such as Alien and Interstellar, MacLane and co-writer Jason Headley have delivered a love letter to the genre while adding the unmistakable fuzzy feel we’ve come to expect from Pixar’s ever-growing stable.

Aside from the obvious, and not so obvious, easter eggs peppered throughout the film’s narrative, there is a beautifully moving idea about the importance of accepting one’s fate that lies at the heart of this story.

Admittedly, not everything here works, least of all the convoluted science that may leave some younger Pixar fans more than a little confused, but overall the film does what is expected of it, and Evans et al deliver some pretty strong performances.

Watch a trailer for Light years

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