This week’s list of recommendations features an off-beat horror superhero flick, an exciting young-adult rom-com and a holiday classic that deserves more recognition.
James Gunn and director David Taroversky’s Superman-esque story about a child from another planet crash landing on earth is the perfect film for any slightly exhausted superhero film fan looking for something new. The premise is tried and true; a child with Superman-like powers crash lands on Earth. However, he proves to be less a hero like the man of steel and more a villain like Thanos, terrorizing the town and the family who took him in. This murderous turn of events transforms this superhero film into a shocking yet enjoyable horror flick. The film, starring The Office’s Roy Anderson, Elizabeth Banks, and Jackson A. Dunn, is streaming on Crave now.
The Sun is Also a Star
Loaded with teenage angst, YA hotness, and based on a novel of the same name, The Sun is Also a Star tells the exciting love story of a charming medical student who bets a jaded young woman that he could make her fall in love with him in just one day. However, in an unseen turn of events, he learns she and the rest of her family are being deported soon, raising the stakes for both lovers. Did we mention the YA hotness? If you aren’t already sold, the film stars Grown-ish’s Yara Shahidi and Riverdale’s resident bad boy and heart-stealer (in series and IRL) Charles Melton. Stream The Sun is also a Star on Crave today.
Hidden Gem: Jingle All The Way
While it isn’t Home Alone or Love Actually, it’s still a damn good holiday film that deserves a spot in your holiday movie rotation. It stars a pre-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as an absentee father who vows to buy his son the hottest action figure on the market for Christmas. But when he goes shopping on Christmas Eve and every store is completely sold out, he has to compete with other desperate dads to find the last one. The result is a series of 90s-style comedic events you probably forgot where so entertaining. The film is directed by Brian Levant, director of other 90s and early 2000s family films like The Flintstones, Snow Dogs and Are We There Yet. You can find Jingle All the Way and other forgotten holiday classics in Crave’s Holiday Collection, available until the end of December.