Top 3 new movies to watch on HBO Max this weekend

From Bradley Cooper to Zendaya, here's what to stream this now

Oscar Issac and Josh Brolin in Dune
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

HBO Max might be one of the newest streaming services out there but it's still filled with an abundance of entertainment ready for watching. 

The craziest part is that a lot of movies now arrive day and date on HBO Max alongside its theatrical release. While the cinematic experience simply cannot be beaten, it's hard to argue with the convenience of watching films in the comfort of your own home. That's a dilemma for another day, as the platform has now rolled out its latest set of exciting content for the month. 

Over 70 pieces of entertainment were added to HBO Max this month with more arriving nearly every day. That can be quite overwhelming. So we've done the hard work and found the best movies worth spending time with over the coming weeks. 

Note: HBO Max is not yet available in the UK and a number of other countries but if you do want to start watching the latest content on the streaming service, make sure to check out the best VPNs on the market today.  

Nightmare Alley  

Bradley Cooper in Nightmare Alley

(Image credit: Kerry Hayes / Searchlight Pictures)

I can't quite get over how fast Nightmare Alley has arrived on HBO Max, after just seeing the neo-noir psychological thriller in cinemas at the end of January. From director Guillermo del Toro, best known for Pan's Labyrinth and The Shape of Water, Nightmare Alley is based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name and follows a new carnival worker (played by Bradley Cooper) with a mysterious past who wants to make it to the top.

It's a stunning film with beautiful cinematography, vivid use of colours and a masterful set design that helps bring the world of 1939 to full realisation. Cooper continues to go from strength to strength in his roles and this might just top the lot, going from a quiet, mild-mannered carny to an egotistical showman. Look don't just take my word for it. Martin Scorsese wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times compelling people to see the film. You can't get a bigger endorsement than that.  


Bob Odenkirk with a machine gun in Nobody

(Image credit: Universal)

If you liked John Wick, there's a good chance you'll like Nobody. Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, a family man bored with his daily life – that is, until a home invasion takes place. This propels the character back into his past dangerous doings, consequently becoming a target of a Russian crime boss. 

The idea stemmed from Odenkirk after trespassers broke into his own home and how he trapped them in his basement. Naturally, the action is top-notch but it's just great to see the Better Call Saul lead having a hell of a time in this role. Be warned: it can get quite brutal.

Long Shot  

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in Long Shot

(Image credit: Netflix)

The perfect film for Valentine's Day. Criminally underperforming at the box office, Long Shot is one of the newest rom-coms out there – and it's surprisingly great! Starring Seth Rogen as a journalist and Charlize Theron as the United States Secretary of State and once former babysitter to Rogen, the narrative follows whether these two opposites can make it work. 

It's adorable, feel-good, brimming with laughs and just a damn fun time. The chemistry is unbelievably strong between the two leads, making it instantly rewatchable. Its ensemble cast is further backed up by O'Shea Jackson Jr, Andy Serkis, Lisa Kudrow, Randall Park, June Diane Raphael and Bob Odenkirk, making his second appearance on this list. What can I say, I'm a big fan.  

Bonus: Dune

Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in Dune

(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic Dune has now returned to HBO Max for the first time since its theatrical release. The film has had practically every award thrown its way, and you can see why with amazing visuals, a soaring score from Hans Zimmer and a narrative that doesn't follow the traditional arc. 

Set in the far future, Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet) must travel to the planet Arrakis to protect his family and people as a war ensues over the most valuable resource in the galaxy, Spice. Backed up by one of the strongest supporting casts in years, Dune has an outrageous amount of talent on show, including Oscar Issac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and more. While the pacing can be quite slow at times, it's honestly a film like no other. Dune: Part Two is on the way now too. 

Looking for more films? Then you're in luck as the HBO Max release date for The Batman starring Robert Pattinson has just leaked, and it's not long before we can watch the new Caped Crusader in action. 

Matt Poskitt
Freelance Writer

Matt is a freelance writer for T3, covering news and keeping up with everything games, entertainment, and all manner of tech. You can find his work across numerous sites across the web, including TechRadar, IGN, GamesRadar, Tom's Guide, Fandom, NME, and more. In his spare time, Matt is an avid cinema-goer, keen runner and average golfer (at best). You can follow him @MattPoskitt64