As the scorching days of summer continue to bring heat, Prime Video and Hulu have unveiled a new wave of programming to help audiences stay cool. Whether you’re looking for a familiar classic to revisit or checking out the latest in film and TV, Hulu and Prime Video have made some solid additions this month. CBR is here to help viewers choose exactly what they should consume this weekend from the vast libraries of the two streaming services.
Here are all the biggest and best TV shows and movies available to stream on Hulu and Prime Video, from recent and classic movies hitting the streaming services to awesome original lineup.
The lost city was discovered on Prime Video
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum proved to be an effective rom-com couple in this year’s previous blockbuster, The lost city. Bullock plays romance novelist Loretta Sage while Tatum plays Alan Caprison, the cover model for Sage’s books who is secretly in love with her. When Sage is kidnapped by unscrupulous billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) to help her find a legendary lost treasure, Caprison races to save her.
Serving as a sort of modern update to action-adventure romantic comedies like Romanticize the stone and The Jewel of the Nile, The lost city is entertainingly driven by the way Bullock and Tatum are willing to go comedic and compromising. A cameo appearance from Brad Pitt takes the film to even greater heights, capitalizing on Pitt’s movie star good looks and charisma to position him as the ultimate action hero. Without necessarily changing the formula of the romantic comedy, The lost city doesn’t consciously try to and delivers a solidly enjoyable good time as far as Prime Video goes.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is racing on Prime Video
If there was ever a feature film to prove that a successful adaptation of a video game property is possible, it’s the 2020s. sonic the hedgehog. The hit movie got a sequel earlier this year with sonic the hedgehog 2, expanding the scope and cast as the blue speedster took on his old nemesis, Doctor Robotnik. And four months later sonic the hedgehog 2For its theatrical debut, the film is now available to stream along with its predecessor for a high-speed double feature.
As Sonic continues to adjust to life on Earth, he meets the anthropomorphic fox Tails, who joins him just as Robotnik recruits the vengeful Knuckles to wage his vendetta against Sonic. Now on the defensive, Sonic and Tails must race to retrieve the powerful Master Emerald before Robotnik can use it to shape reality in his image. Double the humor and fast action, sonic the hedgehog 2 is a sequel that truly goes further and better than its already impressive predecessor.
A league apart is ready to play ball
The beloved period sports film A league apart, released in 1992 and starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna, is being adapted as a Prime Video original series. Sporting a new cast of characters, the show follows the formation of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. With this new approach to dramatic comedy, A league apart ventures into subjects previously unexplored by the original film.
In 1943, with many male professional athletes serving in the war, professional women’s leagues kept baseball alive across the country. The show addresses issues such as racism and homophobia that weren’t readily present in the 1992 film while retaining the sports comedy aspects of the story. For a new take on a movie classic, expanded into TV form with a stellar cast, A league apart is back to explore a unique period in sports history.
Despicable Me brings meme-friendly mayhem to Hulu
Whereas Morbius certainly brought the movie memes this year, a movie that quietly funneled its own self-aware internet into box office success was Minions: The Rise of Gru. And while Minions may be the hit animated film of the summer, the first two films of the Despicable Me franchise were added to Hulu this month. Featuring an all-star voice cast, both films show exactly why audiences have flocked to watch the goofy adventures of Gru and his army of goofy accomplices.
The original 2010 film has criminal mastermind Gru plotting to steal the moon as his ultimate heist before suddenly finding himself as the adoptive father of three daughters. 2013 Despicable Me 2 features a reformed Gru attempting to stop a rival supervillain while finding love in intelligence agent Lucy Wilde. To review where Despicable Me and Minions saga it all started, Hulu has the audience covered.
The Ghostbusters are open for business on Hulu
One of the most successful horror comedies of all time is the 1984 film ghost hunters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as four Ghostbusters. Critically and commercially acclaimed, the film would spawn an entire multimedia franchise, a set of sequels, and a cinematic reboot in 2016. The original 1984 film and its direct 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II were added to Hulu this month.
In the first film, four paranormal investigators open a ghost hunting business in the heart of New York City and are surprised when business is booming before standing up against an ancient demon. Ghostbusters II brings the quartet back up when a haunted painting unleashes malevolent energy on New York in its attempt to invade the living world. Both films laid the groundwork for the ghost hunters franchise, which continues to thrive with new movies currently in the works.