This weekend sees the release of Benedetta, the historical erotic drama from acclaimed Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Robocop). But if a biographical drama about a lesbian nun in a 17th-century Italian covent doesn’t quite move the needle for you, there’s still plenty of new and exciting releases to watch on VOD and streaming this weekend.
Jane Campion’s western drama The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst finally makes its long-awaited debut on Netflix following its limited theatrical premiere. Plus there are a few new animated films — one aimed at kids, and the other firmly for adults.
To help you get a handle on what’s new and available, here are the new movies you can watch with the click of a button this weekend.
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Available to stream: The Power of the Dog 2021 stream
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in The Power of the Dog as Phil Burbank, a charismatic yet ruthless rancher who sets his sights on tormenting Rose (Kirsten Dunst), a widow and her impressionable son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). When Phil’s brother George marries Rose, his desire and method of intimidating them only intensifies … that is, until he takes the young Peter under his wing. Does Phil harbor some unrequited, ill-communicated love for Rose and her son, or are there darker motives behind his strange behavior?
HOUSE OF GUCCI
Available to stream: House of Gucci 2021 stream
House of Gucci 2021 Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America Drama film by Dariusz Wolski and with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver. Beginning in 1970, the film follows the dark secrets and deadly intrigues behind the glamorous scenes of the famous fashion dynasty. The focus is on the multi-layered Patrizia Reggiani, who marries Maurizio Gucci, one of the heirs of the iconic fashion house. She repeatedly competes for control and power with the key figures in the family business, including her husband, his enterprising uncle Ald, his risk-taking cousin Paolo and his traditional father Rodolfo.
Available to stream: Contra 2021 stream
Contra 2021 Film by Sönke Wortmann and with Nilam Farooq, Christoph Maria Herbst. In his lecture, Professor Richard Pohl (Christoph Maria Herbst) discriminated against the law student Naima (Nilam Farooq) in a racist and sexist manner. It is not the first incident of this kind and, moreover, Pohl was filmed during his derailments and the video was posted on the Internet. The pressure on the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt is growing and Pohl receives one last chance from University President Alexander Lambrecht (Ernst Stötzner): He is supposed to support Naima as a mentor in an important debate. In this way, the professor could improve his chances before the disciplinary committee and get around his dismissal one more time. The lecturer and the student couldnt be more different, but they grow together to form a strong team.
Available to stream: Encanto 2021 stream
Encanto 2021 United States of America adventure film directed by Shannon Mills and with Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo. The story of an extraordinary family, the madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a pulsating city, in a wondrous, charming place called Encanto. The magic of the amulet has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from superpower to healing power – every child but one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only common madrigaline, may be the last hope of her extraordinary family.
RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY
Available to stream: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City 2021 stream
Raccoon City was once a booming city, but since the pharmaceutical Umbrella Corporation turned its back on the town, it has turned into a ghost town. While the rest of the residents are in the dark about what happened inside the walls of the corporation, evil awoke one night in 1998.
Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper) and other colleagues at the local police force are following a mysterious lead that leads them to the Spencer mansion. What awaits you there, however, exceeds your imagination. Elsewhere, Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario), Chris sister and police rookie Leon S. Kennedy (Avan Jogia) have to team up to find out what the company has done in their town. Your further goal is simple: to survive the night.
THE LAST DUEL
Available to stream: The Last Duel 2021 stream
The Last Duel 2021 United Kingdom, United States of America Action film by Dariusz Wolski and with Matt Damon, Adam Driver. When the beautiful Marguerite de Carrouges, wife of the knight Jean de Carrouges, accused the squire Jacques Le Gris of raping her, her husband brought the charge against King Charles the Sixth. The king decides that a duel is the only way to resolve the mens dispute. The fight will be the last legal duel in French history.