Not Okay, new Netflix comedies, and more new movies to watch

Not Okay, new Netflix comedies, and more new movies to watch

Published July 30, 2022
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This week, Not Okay, the satirical dark comedy starring Zoey Deutch as a fame-hungry influencer faking her way through a terrorist attack, premieres on Hulu. There’s plenty of other great new releases available to stream and purchase on VOD this weekend, including the Finnish horror film Hatching, documentaries on virtual reality and African American superhero comics, Terence Davies’ star-studded biopic of British poet Siegfried Sassoon, a Japanese action comedy about teenage assassins who are forced to be roommates, and much more!

Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy) stars in the satirical black comedy Not Okay as Danni, a misguided influencer who fakes a trip to Paris in order to boost her clout. When a terror attack strikes Paris in the real world, she decides to keep up the act, posing as a survivor in order to be on the ground level of an international incident.

A Finnish horror movie that doubles as a satire of online culture, Hatching follows Tinja, a 12-year-old girl who has been the subject of her parents’ video blog for seemingly her entire life. When Tinja comes across a strange egg and brings it home, it quickly grows before … well, hatching into a creature nicknamed “Alli.”

But Alli is a mesmerizing presence that gives the film a cultish shivery center. Bergholm tells Polygon that she literally Googled the world’s best specialist in movie animatronics, then reached out to him about working on the film. That bold choice paid off: Her animatronics supervisor, Gustav Hoegen, came directly to this film from running practical creature-effects teams for Lucasfilm, on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Solo, The Last Jedi, Rogue One, and The Force Awakens. Her SFX makeup head, Conor O’Sullivan, comes with a similar pedigree, as half of the Oscar-nominated effects duo who gave Heath Ledger his grotesque leer as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Together, they and their teams make Alli hideously visceral, with the familiar weight and conviction of a practical effect instead of a CG effect. And Solalinna’s performance with the puppet is convincing and distressing. Together, they carry the movie past its weaker points to a memorable ending.