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New Movies on Hulu

Hulu has been slower than some of its competitors getting in the original movie game, focusing more on building its library of films and developing original series. But it’s done a better job of securing rights to new movies that have just finished their theatrical runs. We’ll keep a running tab on the newest Hulu movies, including both originals and first-streaming films.

Below are 10 newly added films from the streaming service. We’ll update the list as Hulu continues to produce new features and acquire the rights to recent films.

1. Prey

prey.jpg Hulu Release Date: August 5, 2022
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope
Genre: Action
Rating: R
Runtime: 100 minutes
Paste Review Score: 8.0

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Filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator prequel Prey succeeds by daring to embrace what prior sequels did not: Simplicity. The basics of Predator cinema boil down to skull trophies and rival combat, but most of all, the thrill of an uninterrupted hunt. With brutal ease, writer Patrick Aison translates Predator codes to hunter-gatherer dichotomies in Native American cultures. There’s nothing scarier than the laws of natural hierarchies on display in their most elemental forms, and that’s what Prey recognizes with menacing regard. Trachtenberg understands what Predator fans crave, and executes without mercy. Set in the Northern Great Plains of 1719, Prey pits a Predator challenging any species’ alphas—wolves, bears, people—against a Comanche tribe. Taabe (Dakota Beavers) leads other boys on hunts while his sister Naru (Amber Midthunder) practices her deadliest skills in secrecy. She’s dismissed by most for her gender, but not by Taabe. Naru’s chance to defeat a lion (thanks to Taabe) and earn her warrior’s rite of passage fails when a Predator’s alien technology distracts from afar—which no one believes. Only Naru can protect her family and tribespeople from the unknown Yautja threat since no one will listen, which will be the warrior-wannabe’s ultimate test. Prey is inarguably the best Predator since the original. The film gets so much right, paying homage to John McTiernan’s 1987 masterwork—through cigars and direct quotes that it’ll have fans hooting—and adding Indigenous representation with real cultural strength. Trachtenberg and Aison keep things simple, and that’s the special sauce. The performances are tough-as-nails, action sequences absurdly gory and intensity streamlined like a high velocity arrow. By going back to beginnings, Prey sheds pounds of franchise dead weight for a leaner, meaner Predator prequel with all the spine-tearing, one-liner-spouting gladiatorial conquest that fans desire—computer-generated or not. —Matt Donato


2. Not Okay

not-okay.jpg Hulu Release Date: July 29, 2022
Director: Quinn Shephard
Stars: Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien, Mia Isaac, Nadia Alexander
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R
Runtime: 103 minutes
Paste Review Score: 7.7

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The intricacies of online cancel culture, appropriation and white privilege are easy fodder for a satire. In a world where laughter is the best way to force the medicine down lest we start a war of the words, an opinion on cultural politics is best served as a caricature of itself, but one that still gets to the heart of its observations. That is where Hulu’s satirical romp Not Okay succeeds in spades. The film is accurate to what it’s portraying, from internet takedowns to Gen Z culture to digital media—and its main focus, the insidious encroachment of white feminism on different facets of the marginalized experience, is particularly laser-focused. The movie is an incessant interrogation of what our young people are becoming, what they want and what the rules are to get it, yet its humor and humility make it stand out as one of the better recent satires. Not Okay follows Danni (Zoey Deutch), a Caroline Calloway-obsessed, Gen Z, aspiring writer, as she navigates New York. She’s got no friends, no prospects and a dead-end day job as a photo editor for a popular magazine she’d rather be writing for. In a desperate bid for the attention of hot, culturally-appropriating weed blogger Colin (Dylan O’Brien), she fakes a trip to Paris for an exclusive writer’s retreat and shares the whole stay via Instagram, with doctored photos and everything. It all seems to have gone according to plan until tragedy strikes Paris in a way no one expected—and Danni is forced to incorporate it into her ruse, leading to unfettered access to the attention economy she so desperately sought. The second feature helmed and written by actor Quinn Shephard, Not Okay is well directed, choreographed and paced. You’d think a film in nine parts would be overkill, but it’s easily digestible and each section is justified in its break. It’s also a great dramatic framing device, forcing the audience to zero in on the movie’s focal points and main beats. What Not Okay examines is the price of the societal second chance, something that few, least of all Deutch’s Danni, are actually worth affording. —Lex Briscuso


3. The Princess

the-princess.jpg Hulu Release Date: July 1, 2022
Director: Le-Van Kiet
Stars: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo, Ed Stoppard, Alice Reid, Katelyn Rose Downey
Genre: Action
Rating: R
Runtime: 94 minutes
Paste Review Score: 7.4

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In the first seven minutes of Le-Van Kiet’s The Princess, Joey King’s circumscribed protagonist kills three men with a hairpin, a warhammer and a tower window fortuitously overlooking the sea. For the film’s remaining 80 minutes, she keeps the streak going any way she can, which nicely suits Kiet’s inclinations as a director. If The Princess’ mood can be described in four words, those words are “calm the hell down.” Once Kiet gets his movie going, he takes only rare pauses here and there for plot buttressing flashbacks, then revs up the action and his audience like he’s judging a 5K. Backstory is fine. Seeing King introduce scores of anonymous leering henchmen to their varying deaths is better. The Princess makes a sandwich out of Brave and Moana, with Kiet’s best-known movie, Furie, as the filling: A spirited, fiercely independent princess (King), only ever addressed by her title, wakes up from a deep drug-induced snooze in her bedroom, chained up and with hazy memories of a betrothal that became a betrayal. Julius (Dominic Cooper), the entitled prince promised her hand by her father the king (Ed Stoppard), has led a coup against the kingdom with his army, slain the castle’s guards and taken her family—her father, her mother the queen (Alice Reid) and her sister Violet (Katelyn Rose Downey)—hostage. Lucky for them the princess is a warrior in waiting, trained in secret by Linh (Veronica Ngo), one of the king’s advisors. Let acrobatic medieval carnage commence! —Andy Crump


4. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

good-luck-leo.jpg Hulu Release Date: June 17, 2022
Director: Sophie Hyde
Stars: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R
Runtime: 97 minutes
Paste Review Score: 7.4

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If you thought the “sex worker with a heart of gold” genre had fully blown its load, then director Sophie Hyde’s latest endeavor will surprise you. Warming hearts and other body parts, she and screenwriter Katy Brand have crafted a delicate, hornt and hilarious two-hander between a widowed retiree (Emma Thompson) and the lean boy-toy of her very modest dreams (Daryl McCormack). Good Luck to You, Leo Grande can bobble the more dramatic elements of the pair’s professional and personal relationship, but its feel-good story satisfies to completion. Nancy plans everything out. The ex-Religious Education teacher never comes unprepared and is prepared to never come. And yet she arrives at her precisely booked hotel room early, prepared with a sexual to-do list. Leo Grande (which, what a great name for a gigolo), in his way, does the same. He arrives with his backpack full of sex toys and mood music, armed with disarming conversational techniques to put his clients at ease. Over the course of their encounters, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande unpacks how this level of intimacy—not inherently sexual, but with sexual availability acting as a gateway to vulnerability—can be therapeutic. In this would-be secret world—confined to fake names, and the blocky furniture and sterile familiarity of a hotel room—you can be more honest than in real life. A painfully cheesy penultimate scene gives way to glorious release, once again highlighting the movie’s best features and boldest choices. Thompson and McCormack’s potent bond elevates the humble film, its talky core giving both the rich foundation of a play. They make the smart film smarter, the sexy film sexier, and the funny film funnier. They even use the word “concupiscence” in a sentence. Multiple times! Even if it takes some negotiation to figure out where its comfort zone lies, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande still finds a hell of a sweet spot. —Jacob Oller


5. Fire Island

fire-island.jpg Hulu Release Date: June 3, 2022
Director: Andrew Ahn
Stars: Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Conrad Ricamora, James Scully
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: R
Runtime: 105 minutes

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This rom-com from follows a group of gay friends on their annual vacation on New York’s Fire Island. Joel Kim Booster loosely adapted the film from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and his character Noah is a stand-in for Elizabeth Bennett. Originally slated for a serialized release on Quibi under the title Trip, it was picked up by Fox Searchlight as a feature-length film with Bowen Yang and Margaret Cho as co-stars and released directly to Hulu.


6. Look at Me: XXXTentacion

look-at-me.jpg Hulu Release Date: May 26, 2022
Director: Sabaah Folayan
Stars: XXXTentacion
Genre: Music Documentary
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 113 minutes

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This new documentary follows the life and death of the late rapper XXXTentacion with archival footage and interviews with those closest to the emo-rap pioneer. A native of Plantation, Fla., X grew to prominence via SoundCloud in the mid-2000s before releasing his double-platinum debut 17 in 2017. He was murdered by armed robbers less than a year later. A companion to Sabaah Folayan’s documentary titled Look at Me: The Album will drop on June 10th featuring the single “True Love” with Kanye West, as well as tracks previously available exclusively on SoundCloud.


7. The Valet

the-valet.jpg Hulu Release Date: May 20, 2022
Director: Richard Wong
Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving, Max Greenfield, Betsy Brandt, Marisol Nichols
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 124 minutes
Paste Review Score: 7.9

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A classic romantic comedy construct with enough bells and whistles to entice even the most jaded viewer, The Valet’s smooth control over its Fake Relationship bluff deserves a generous tip. Jack-of-all-trades filmmaker Richard Wong proves himself adept at maintaining the messy machinery of Hollywood starlet Olivia (Samara Weaving), her married real-estate-tycoon lover Vincent (Max Greenfield) and the haplessly embroiled valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) used to cover up their affair. As Antonio and Olivia pretend to be a couple snapped in a paparazzi photo, the Francis Veber remake takes the opportunity to inject its update with American complexity while retaining the tried-and-true humor of its French comedy master. The Valet parks itself squarely between the lines of established genre tropes, but with such precision and flair that you can’t help but be charmed. So much of The Valet’s success relies on its highly specific adaptation from sitcom veterans Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg, who apply the story’s familiar structure to L.A.’s industry and multiculturalism. Olivia isn’t just a famous face, but a melancholy feminist trying her best to tell “women’s stories” while jumping through all the sexist hoops of the movie biz. Antonio isn’t just a big-hearted blue-collar worker, but a first-generation Mexican American representing the vast underclass supporting the glitz. The film serves as a reminder of timeless form: a comedy of carnival colors, chaotic upendings of social norms, and predictable pathways to solving tightly knotted entanglements. Turns out, those things are just as appealing in 2022 Los Angeles, 2006 Paris, and 1596 London. The Valet might not be blazing new trails, but it still knows what to do behind the wheel. —Jacob Oller


8. Death on the Nile

death-on-nile.jpg Hulu Release Date: March 29, 2022
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand
Genre: Mystery
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 128 minutes
Paste Review Score: 7.5

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When it comes to detective stories, it’s pretty much impossible to find better IP than that of prolific author Agatha Christie, who had a firmer grip on what makes a successful murder-mystery than anyone before or after her. In 2017, Branagh adapted Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express, which follows a murder that occurs on, well…the Orient Express. Esteemed detective Hercule Poirot, played by a fiercely mustachioed Branagh, swoops in to save the day, and makes it his noble mission to figure out whodunnit. Orient Express proved my theory that it’s pretty difficult to royally screw up a Christie novel: The film’s pacing is achingly slow, its characters sorely lack dimension, and yet it still boasted $352 million worldwide at the box office Death on the Nile begins with a freshly engaged couple, Jacqueline de Bellefort (Emma Mackey) and Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer), crooning over one another in a night club. Three months later, a swarm of people show up to Simon’s wedding, only it is not Jacqui he is getting married to, but inordinately wealthy heiress Linnet Ridgeway (Gal Gadot). The newlyweds and their wedding party embark on a luxurious honeymoon cruise down the River Nile, but when a jealous Jacqui shows up and a murder is committed, things quickly devolve into chaos—a chaos that can only be abated by Detective Poirot (played once again by Branagh with the assistance of his epic mustache). By virtue of the fact that it circles a nearly inscrutable mystery, Death on the Nile is undeniably engrossing. But what really sets it apart from its predecessor is, where Orient Express didn’t manage to find its footing until there was a mystery to be solved, Branagh makes sure to cast its sequel’s net beyond its core brainteaser. Indeed, Branagh takes care to engross us in the film’s central love triangle long before the murder even occurs. —Aurora Amidon


9. Deep Water

deep-water.jpg Hulu Release Date: March 18, 2022
Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi
Genre: Thriller
Rating: R
Runtime: 116 minutes
Paste Review Score: 8.0

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The allure of sex, lies and crimes of passion are what will undoubtedly rope viewers into Deep Water—director Adrian Lyne’s first film in two decades—but the movie doesn’t exactly deliver on conventional fronts. Boiling over with the heat of forbidden desire, it also explores a tense and grisly possessiveness that only adds fuel to the fire, even as exactly whom this amorous tirade benefits remains murky until the very end. Considering Lyne’s previous work in the erotic thriller genre, some might find Deep Water disappointingly lacking in salacious sex scenes; however, this does not mean the film is absent eroticism. The tension that mounts between Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’ characters—and those who watch their relationship dissolve from the margins—hurtles all involved into a deranged sensual game, one which doesn’t mind building a body count for the sake of getting off. Vic (Affleck) and Melinda (de Armas) lead a life that at first seems enviable. They have a sprawling manor in New Orleans with their precocious young daughter, while also maintaining a healthy social life dominated by a constant state of party-hopping. It becomes evident that the couple is obsessed with occupying their nights in the homes of their friends, lest they be confronted with the discomfort brewing within their own walls. An unspoken agreement between the couple has resulted in Melinda freely engaging in steamy affairs with a string of lovers, but they can’t seem to stop suddenly disappearing. While their arrangement might appear mutual, Vic is constantly distressed by the imbalanced dynamic, often feeling emasculated and pitied by his peers. While Melinda flouts these relationships in public, Vic retreats home to care for their house and daughter, creating a resentment that festers until it can’t help but erupt. Deep Water is a sweat-inducing psychological scheme that is constantly aiming to intrigue and titillate. The paperback pulp origins of Highsmith’s original story are kept intact, alleviating any semblance of eye-roll worthy ridiculousness that doesn’t at least try to make an interesting point. As each shocking revelation tacks on another clue in the sprawling mystery, the audience isn’t sure just who or what to believe—making the film’s fiery ending all the more jaw-dropping. —Natalia Keogan


10. Fresh

fresh.jpg Hulu Release Date: March 4, 2022
Director: Mimi Cave
Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs, Charlotte Le Bon, Andrea Bang, Dayo Okeniyi
Genre: Horror
Rating: R
Runtime: 114 minutes
Paste Review Score: 6.0

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App dating gets its Bumbling psychothriller with Fresh, a movie that Hinges upon its literal and allegorical human meat Grindr. Music video director Mimi Cave adds some glitz to Adam McKay disciple Lauryn Kahn’s script in her feature debut, but the film lacks the necessary bite either in its body horror or humor to truly pull off its cannibalistic commentary. To even get to the fun, Fresh asks a high price: Weathering Noa’s (Daisy Edgar-Jones) played-out dating app horror stories and a psychopathic meet-cute with grocery store creep Steve (Sebastian Stan) that’s clearly leading nowhere good. This goes on for a good half-hour—during which the starry-eyed and bland Noa claims Steve is cute (he is, in a movie star way), funny (he is not, even in a movie star way), and charming (he doesn’t openly neg her)—before we finally get to the title card and the meat (ha!) of the movie. It’s a bold move that would’ve worked wonders if it all didn’t feel a little predictable. As the movie unveils its bloody scenario, it plays into tropes to such an extent that it can feel like a sketch about Dating In The Modern World spun out from the idea of “What would really happen in 50 Shades of Grey?” Fresh comes off as a romance-gone-wrong riff that can be a little smart and a little nasty, but is never as bold or brutal as it needs to be to stand out from a genre constantly looking to self-reflect. While rarely feeling trite, its observations never feel fully invested in, be they dating metaphors, horror iconography or the inner/outer workings of a businesslike madman. It’s still a bit of a romp, but sacrificing both its logical plotting and dark humor with shortcuts (and not quite having an ending, just kind of stopping once it’s out of gas), cuts the legs out from under Fresh. —Jacob Oller