‘Cry Macho,’ the latest film from Clint Eastwood, is now available to stream on HBO Max while it’s in theaters

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Clint Eastwood in “Cry Macho.”

  • You can now watch Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • To watch the movie at home, you need an ad-free HBO Max subscription ($15/month).
  • “Cry Macho” will remain on HBO Max through October 17.

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Clint Eastwood is back with a new western that you can watch at home and in theaters. Directed by and starring Eastwood, “Cry Macho” will remain available to stream on HBO Max through October 17.

Mike Milo, an injured rodeo rider played by Eastwood, goes on a journey through rural Mexico to help his old boss find his son. Searching for a fresh start, Milo encounters more than he anticipated, including Macho the rooster. The movie is based on N. Richard Nash’s novel that was released in 1975.

According to Variety, Eastwood first considered directing and starring in a “Cry Macho” movie in 1988. Instead, he decided to star in the final “Dirty Harry” film, “The Dead Pool.” “Cry Macho” is Eastwood’s first movie to receive a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release.

Where to watch ‘Cry Macho’

“Cry Macho” is now available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max with an ad-free subscription. The Clint Eastwood movie will remain part of the HBO Max streaming catalog until October 17.

A subscription to HBO Max‘s ad-free plan costs $15 a month. As part of a limited-time deal, new and returning members can get 50% off their first six months, bringing the cost down to $7.49 a month. The promotion is available through September 26. Although the streaming service has a less expensive ad-supported plan for $10 a month, only the ad-free HBO Max plan gives you access to same-day theatrical releases.

If you’re a Hulu subscriber and have not previously tried HBO Max, you can claim a free one-week trial of the add-on service.

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You can watch HBO Max on your web browser or through the HBO Max app on smartphones, tablets, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and certain smart TVs, such as LG and Samsung. For a full list of compatible viewing options, visit the HBO Max website.

While you might be watching “Cry Macho” at home, you can still have a quality viewing experience with up to 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR on compatible streaming players and TVs.

What other Clint Eastwood movies can I watch on HBO Max?

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Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry.”

Viewers looking for more Clint Eastwood movies will find plenty of options to choose from in the HBO Max catalog. Subscribers can watch over 15 movies starring or directed by Eastwood.

You can stream these Clint Eastwood movies on HBO Max:

  • “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964)
  • “For a Few Dollars More” (1965)
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)
  • “Where Eagles Dare” (1968)
  • “Dirty Harry” (1971)
  • “Magnum Force” (1973)
  • “The Enforcer” (1976)
  • “Every Which Way but Loose” (1978)
  • “Sudden Impact” (1983)
  • “Pale Rider” (1985)
  • “The Dead Pool” (1988)
  • “Unforgiven” (1992)
  • “Mystic River” (2003)
  • “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
  • “Changeling” (2008)
  • “Gran Torino” (2008)
  • “Jersey Boys” (2014)
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‘Reminiscence’ is now available on HBO Max, but you only have until September 19 to stream it

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Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in “Reminiscence.”

  • “Reminiscence” is available on HBO Max through September 19.
  • Starring Hugh Jackman, “Reminiscence” is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy.
  • To stream the movie on HBO Max, you need to subscribe to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

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On August 20, “Reminiscence” received a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max. The movie is available to stream until September 19, but only subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free plan are able to watch at home.

The sci-fi adventure stars Hugh Jackman as a private investigator who can access and relive memories. When a client (Rebecca Ferguson) disappears under peculiar circumstances, he’s determined to uncover the truth and find her.

The dystopian movie is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy. “Reminiscence” is Joy’s first feature film. “Westworld” will return for a fourth season on HBO in 2022. You can stream the first three seasons right now on HBO Max.

Where to watch ‘Reminiscence’

“Reminiscence” is available right now to watch in theaters and with HBO Max. The movie will remain on HBO Max through September 19. To stream “Reminiscence” and other theatrical premieres with HBO Max, you need a subscription to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

After September 19, “Reminiscence” will play exclusively in movie theaters until its official home video release later this year.

HBO Max offers a cheaper ad-supported plan for $10 a month, but this option does not include access to brand-new theatrical releases like “Reminiscence” and “Malignant.”

If you subscribe to Hulu, you can claim a free one-week trial of the HBO Max add-on. Only new HBO Max members are eligible for this promotion.

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HBO Max works with computer browsers, smartphones, Xbox consoles, Playstation consoles, tablets, and most smart TVs, including LG and Samsung. The HBO Max website provides a full list of compatible devices.

Select devices can stream “Reminiscence” in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). Check the HBO Max website to see if your smart TV and media player is compatible with high-quality streaming.

What other theatrical releases can I watch on HBO Max?

You can stream “Malignant” right now on HBO Max with the ad-free plan. The horror movie from James Wan, director of “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring,” is available to stream until October 10.

The next four theatrical premieres coming to HBO Max are:

  • “The Many Saints of Newark” (October 1)
  • “Dune” (October 22)
  • “King Richard” (November 19)
  • “The Matrix Resurrections” (December 22)

You can learn more about HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review. For more streaming recommendations, check out our guide to the best streaming services and the best streaming devices.

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Christopher Nolan will make his next movie with Universal after falling out with Warner Bros.

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Christopher Nolan with John David Washington on the set of “Tenet.”

  • Universal has landed Christopher Nolan’s next movie.
  • Warner Bros. has been involved with all of Nolan’s films for nearly two decades, until now.
  • Nolan was critical of Warner Bros.’ decision to release its movies this year to theaters and HBO Max simultaneously.
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Filmmaker Christopher Nolan is ending his nearly 20-year partnership with Warner Bros.

Universal will finance and release the “Tenet” director’s next film, Universal confirmed to Insider on Tuesday. Deadline was the first to report the news. The movie will be about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the making of the atom bomb. It will have a $100 million production budget, according to Variety.

Warner Bros. has been involved in some capacity with all of Nolan’s films since 2002’s “Insomnia,” including last year’s “Tenet.” But Nolan was critical of parent company WarnerMedia’s decision to release all of its 2021 films simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max.

“Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Speculation has swirled since then that Nolan, who is a vocal supporter of movie theaters, would take his next film to another studio.

Netflix even threw its hat in the ring. The company’s film chief Scott Stuber told Variety that the streaming giant had been having conversations with Nolan to land his next movie.

“If and when he comes up with his new movie, it’s about: Can we be a home for it, and what would we need to do to make that happen,” Stuber said. “He’s an incredible filmmaker. I’m going to do everything I can. In this business, I’ve learned you need to have zero ego. I get punched and knocked down and get back up.”

Netflix has attracted other high-profile filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, and has shown its willing to give movies exclusive theatrical releases before they are available to stream.

But Universal, which has been committed to shortened but exclusive theatrical windows during the pandemic – save for a few key releases such as the upcoming “Halloween Kills” – won out in the end.

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Superhero movies have a deep connection to 9/11, and it shows how NYC and Disney capitalized on our collective grief

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“The Avengers” during 2012’s depiction of “the battle of New York.”

  • Twenty years after 9/11, the superhero film has come to dominate entertainment as a form of collective therapy.
  • The 21st-century renaissance of both New York City and Disney capitalized on the phenomenon.
  • The pandemic may have drawn the era of superhero films as group therapy to a close.
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Two decades ago, terrified New Yorkers looked on at a calamity. The skyscrapers of Manhattan were witness to a tragedy unfolding.

But then a superhero saved the day.

That was how it played out in the famous train scene from 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” when Tobey Maguire’s wall-crawler prevents a runaway subway train from crashing. The reason it’s famous is what happened next: The exhausted hero collapses, and grateful New Yorkers carry him to safety, passing him over their heads in a Christ-like pose.

The scene is powerful on its own merits, but its initial context was a statement on recovery from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A fictional New York City was being saved, and expressing thanks to its savior. Twenty years after 9/11, this urgent emotional need has been fed again and again by superhero films.

As the “war on terror” transformed American foreign policy in concrete terms and American political culture in more intangible ways, as argued in Spencer Ackerman’s new book “Reign of Terror,” superhero films came to dominate Hollywood with New York-centric tales that reckon with the sacrifices required to face down an existential threat.

Warner Brothers’ “The Dark Knight” of 2008 was a direct allegory for the Bush-era scandal of warrantless wiretapping, as Batman decides the best way to defeat a terrorist is to illegally surveil the entire city of Gotham. The same year, Marvel’s first “Iron Man” film stars a billionaire arms dealer who builds a suit of armor to break himself out of a terrorist den in Afghanistan.

As the superhero took over the American imagination, Disney took over the film industry, beginning with its acquisition of Marvel in 2009. Early aughts movie themes centered around the redemption of New York City, cementing a close relationship with Disney that stretched back to the 1990s, when it partnered on the rehabilitation of Times Square. (Disney did not respond to a request for comment.)

Disney’s market cap skyrocketed over the next two decades, keyed on by its focus on superheroes after 9/11. Along the way, it snapped up Lucasfilm, and its share of the Hollywood box office expanded from around 10% in 2008 to a full third by 2019. These acquisitions have transformed Disney’s lucrative theme-parks business, which it revamped in the late 2010s to focus less on Mickey and Minnie and more on recreating its blockbuster Marvel films.

By the time of 2012’s “The Avengers,” Disney was setting box-office records with the cinematic wrecking of New York, illustrating that the psychic cost of 9/11 was still the animating force of blockbuster entertainment. Years later, audiences still weren’t over their collective trauma.

“Avengers: Endgame” became the highest-grossing film of all time in 2019 as an exploration of group therapy and dealing with loss, cultural critic Tom Breihan argued on the AV Club, before becoming an exercise in group catharsis as the good guys literally traveled back in time to undo damage on a galactic scale. Eighteen years after 9/11, audiences still wanted to see things put back to the way they used to be.

The fortunes of Disney and NYC were virtually entertwined throughout this period, as a Disneyfied theater district shed its gritty image and tourism boomed, setting the stage for a New York City renaissance. The city became one of just a few American “superstar cities,” led by its dominant financial services sector.

Although the New York metro area was relatively flat as a share of GDP over the two decades, at around 9%, the NYC-based financial services sector steadily ascended from about 5% of GDP to about 6% between 2001 and 2019, representing billions of dollars flowing into the city, along with a huge stream of tourists, usually with “Lion King” tickets.

The superhero itself is a NYC success story. Comic-book journalist Abraham Riesman’s recent biography of Stan Lee, “True Believer,” argues that Marvel’s founding editor-in-chief saw his co-creations as the true successor to Disney’s empire.

Comics’ status as outsider art allowed the creation of a violent new mythology, and the Marvel work of legendary artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko specifically elevated New York City itself as a main character in the mythos, as Kirby’s Fantastic Four lived in a midtown skyscraper and Ditko’s Spider-Man was a kid from Queens, while his Dr. Strange was a Greenwich Village resident, on Bleecker Street.

In 2018, with the superhero supremacy well enshrined at the box office, The New Yorker’s Richard Brody analyzed the genre as a type of “secular religion,” faithful to parables that are canonized almost on the level of Catholic saints.

Twenty years after 9/11, cracks in this secular canon are emerging, as the pandemic abruptly ended all the cathartic in-person experiences in which Disney specialized, from theme parks to packed movie theaters.

It may give way to a new kind of superhero narrative, centered on the kind of civil-rights movement that ignited throughout the Trump years, especially the George Floyd protests of the summer of 2020. Disney’s surprise smash hit “Black Panther” in 2019 was just such a film.

It just so happens that Disney acquired exactly such a property in the biggest purchase from its imperial post-9/11 phase: 21st Century Fox and the film rights to the X-Men. Maybe it’s time for a new story.

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Where to watch the ‘Matrix’ movies – the complete trilogy is available on HBO Max

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“The Matrix” trilogy is streaming on HBO Max.

  • HBO Max subscribers can now stream the first three “Matrix” movies
  • A fourth film, titled “The Matrix Resurrections,” will be released on December 22.
  • The ad-supported plan from HBO Max costs $10 a month, and the ad-free plan costs $15 a month.

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Twenty-two years after the release of the original “Matrix” film, Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as Neo in “The Matrix Resurrections.” The new movie doesn’t hit HBO Max until December 22, but existing fans and newcomers to the sci-fi franchise can stream the first three movies right now.

“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions” are written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski. In the dystopian series, humanity is trapped inside a virtual world created by artificially intelligent machines. Neo (Reeves), a computer hacker, is on a mission to uncover the truth and break free from the simulation.

The original “Matrix” movie first hit theaters in 1999. The film received widespread critical acclaim and holds an “88% Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website. The sequels weren’t as well-received, but the franchise remains popular among sci-fi fans.

Where to watch the ‘Matrix’ movies

The entire “Matrix” trilogy is available to stream on HBO Max. You can watch “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions” with an ad-supported or ad-free membership to HBO Max.

The ad-supported HBO Max membership costs $10 a month, and the ad-free HBO Max membership costs $15 a month. Only members of the ad-free plan will be able to stream “The Matrix Resurrections” when it’s released on December 22.

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Hulu subscribers can claim a one-week free trial of the HBO Max add-on, if they are new to HBO Max.

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The entertainment service is compatible with smartphones, tablets, computer browsers, streaming sticks, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and most smart TVs, including Samsung and LG. For a full list of compatible devices, visit the HBO Max website.

What other action movies can I watch on HBO Max?

If you’re looking for other adrenaline-filled entertainment to watch at home while waiting for the release of “The Matrix Resurrections,” HBO Max has a large selection of action movies to satisfy your needs.

Want to watch more action movies starring Keanu Reeves? In “Point Break” (1991), one of his first blockbuster action movies, Reeves plays an FBI agent who infiltrates a group of criminal surfers led by Patrick Swayze. You might also enjoy watching “Speed,” an Oscar-winning thrill ride from 1994 that holds a “94% Fresh” rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

For more information about HBO Max, check out Insider’s full review of HBO Max.

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‘Malignant,’ the latest horror film from the director of ‘Insidious’ and ‘Saw,’ hits theaters and HBO Max on September 10

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Annabelle Wallis in “Malignant.”

  • “Malignant” premieres on September 10 in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • The horror movie is the latest release from James Wan, director of “The Conjuring” and “Saw.”
  • You’ll need the HBO Max ad-free plan ($15/month) to stream it.

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Fall is creeping in, and with it, comes a new batch of scary movies to enjoy at home and on the big screen. Kicking off the Halloween season’s frightful lineup is “Malignant,” a horror flick set to hit theaters and HBO Max on September 10.

Subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free plan can stream the movie for no additional charge, but it will only be available for 31 days. After that, the film will be exclusive to theaters until its official home video release.

“Malignant” is directed by James Wan, the mastermind behind “The Conjuring,” “Insidious,” and “Saw.” The supernatural horror film follows Madison (Annabelle Wallis), a woman plagued by vivid dreams of murders – dreams that prove to be reality.

In addition to “Malignant,” HBO Max subscribers can currently stream “Reminiscence” while it’s still in theaters. The sci-fi flick stars Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson.

Where to watch ‘Malignant’

“Malignant” will have a simultaneous premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on September 10. After that, subscribers will have 31 days to stream it before it’s removed from HBO Max’s library.

The release is limited to members of HBO Max’s ad-free plan ($15 a month). The cheaper, ad-supported plan is only $10 a month, but doesn’t include access to theatrical releases like “Malignant” or “Reminiscence.”

HBO Max itself can be streamed on its official website through any internet browser, or through the HBO Max app. The app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Chromecast, Playstation, Roku, Xbox, and LG and Samsung smart TVs.

Is there an HBO Max free trial?

If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you can get a free one-week trial of HBO Max as an add-on. The trial is limited to new HBO Max members only.

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What else can I watch on HBO Max?

While you’re using your HBO Max ad-free plan to catch “Malignant,” you’ll find plenty of other great releases and horror films.

The next three in-theater releases coming to HBO Max are the following:

  • “Cry Macho,” starring Clint Eastwood, on September 17
  • “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel to “The Sopranos,” on October 1
  • “Dune,” starring Timothée Chalamet, on October 22

If horror movies are more your speed, HBO Max has them in spades. From classics like “The Evil Dead” and “The Shining,” to newer films like “Doctor Sleep” and “It,” you’re sure to find the right flick for your next movie night.

For more HBO Max details, check out our guide and review of the service.

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Hugh Jackman stars in ‘Reminiscence,’ a new sci-fi movie from the co-creator of ‘Westworld’ – you can stream it with HBO Max’s ad-free plan on August 20

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Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in “Reminiscence.”

  • “Reminiscence” premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on August 20.
  • Starring Hugh Jackman, “Reminiscence” is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy.
  • To stream the movie on HBO Max, you need to subscribe to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

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On August 20, “Reminiscence” receives a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max. Only subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free plan will be able to stream the movie at home.

The sci-fi adventure stars Hugh Jackman as a private investigator who can access and relive memories. When a client (Rebecca Ferguson) disappears under peculiar circumstances, he’s determined to uncover the truth and find her.

The dystopian movie is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy. “Reminiscence” is Joy’s first feature film. “Westworld” will return for a fourth season on HBO in 2022. You can stream the first three seasons right now on HBO Max.

Where to watch ‘Reminiscence’

“Reminiscence” will be available to watch in theaters and with HBO Max on August 20. The movie will remain on HBO Max for 31 days. To stream “Reminiscence” and other theatrical premieres with HBO Max, you need a subscription to the ad-free plan ($15/month).

The streaming service also offers a cheaper ad-supported plan for $10 a month, but this option does not include access to brand-new theatrical releases like “Reminiscence” and “The Suicide Squad.”

If you subscribe to Hulu, you can claim a free one-week trial of the HBO Max add-on. Only new HBO Max members are eligible for this promotion.

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HBO Max works with computer browsers, smartphones, Xbox consoles, Playstation consoles, tablets, and most smart TVs, including LG and Samsung. The HBO Max website provides a full list of compatible devices.

Select devices can stream “Reminiscence” in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). Check the HBO Max website to see if your smart TV and media player is compatible with high-quality streaming.

What other theatrical releases can I watch on HBO Max?

Although “The Suicide Squad” is still in theaters, you can stream the movie right now on HBO Max with the ad-free plan. The unconventional superhero movie from director James Gunn is available to stream until September 5.

The next three theatrical premieres coming to HBO Max are:

  • “Malignant” (September 10)
  • “Cry Macho” (September 17)
  • “The Many Saints of Newark” (October 1)

A movie adaptation of the epic science fiction novel “Dune” will be available to stream on October 22.

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‘The Suicide Squad’ gets an early release on HBO Max this Thursday, but you’ll need the ad-free plan to stream it

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Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn in “The Suicide Squad.”

  • “The Suicide Squad” hits HBO Max and theaters on August 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
  • The star-studded cast includes Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, and Pete Davidson.
  • To watch the movie at home, you’ll need an ad-free subscription to HBO Max ($15/month).

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“The Suicide Squad” is arriving a day earlier than originally planned. You can stream the movie on HBO Max during a special preview on August 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The streaming debut will coincide with the movie’s theatrical preview screenings that same day.

Written and directed by James Gunn, “The Suicide Squad” features Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and a group of dangerous inmates from Belle Reve prison. The ragtag team of supervillains is sent on a bloody quest to destroy a laboratory with a dark past on the island of Corto Maltese.

Insider gave “The Suicide Squad” an A- in our full review. According to Entertainment Correspondent Kirsten Acuna, the film is “one the smartest comic-book movies ever” and it deserves to be watched more than once.

Where to watch ‘The Suicide Squad’

“The Suicide Squad” will premiere on HBO Max during a special preview on August 5 at 7 p.m. ET. Only members who subscribe to the ad-free plan will be able to watch the movie. “The Suicide Squad” will be available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days.

HBO Max’s ad-free plan costs $15 a month. The service offers a less expensive ad-supported option for $10 a month, but that plan does not include in-theater movies like “The Suicide Squad.” Hulu is currently offering a free seven-day trial of HBO Max to subscribers who sign up for its add-on service. To get the trial through Hulu, you must be new to HBO Max.

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HBO Max is available on smartphones, tablets, computers, PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, and select smart TVs, including Samsung and LG models. Visit the HBO Max website for a complete list of supported devices.

“The Suicide Squad” will be available in up to 4K Ultra HD resolution with HDR on compatible TVs and media players. You can check to see if your device supports high-quality streaming on the HBO Max website.

Are ‘The Suicide Squad’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ different movies?

Though they have similar titles, “The Suicide Squad” is considered to be a standalone film that takes place after the events of 2016’s “Suicide Squad.”

Certain actors, like Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, reprise their roles in the 2021 film, but other actors, like Jared Leto and Will Smith, do not. Though the new movie references the first, the creators don’t consider it a direct sequel.

The original “Suicide Squad” movie from 2016 is also available on HBO Max, alongside many other DC superhero movies like “Birds of Prey,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.”

In addition to “The Suicide Squad,” you can stream “Space Jam: A New Legacy” while it’s still in theaters. “Space Jam” will remain on HBO Max until August 15.

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‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ stars LeBron James and the Looney Tunes in a new family adventure – you can watch the movie on HBO Max starting July 16

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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” stars LeBron James and the Looney Tunes.

  • “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on July 16.
  • NBA icon LeBron James and the Looney Tunes star in this sequel to the 1997 family film.
  • You need the ad-free HBO Max plan ($15/month) to stream new theatrical releases like “Space Jam 2.”

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Nearly 25 years after the original “Space Jam” debuted, a sequel is finally arriving in theaters and on HBO Max. The new movie, titled “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” premieres on July 16. You can stream it for one month at no extra cost with HBO Max’s ad-free plan ($15/month).

The original movie starred basketball legend Michael Jordan, but the sequel features current NBA icon LeBron James as its new lead. In “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” James teams up with Warner Bros’ Looney Tunes characters for a basketball game against a group of digitized stars nicknamed the Goon Squad. The fate of James’ son, played by actor Cedric Joe, and the Looney Tunes themselves, will be decided by the outcome of the game.

Much like the original “Space Jam,” the Goon Squad characters are inspired by real NBA and WNBA players, including Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Diana Taurasi, and Nneka Ogwumike. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” also stars Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Where to watch ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16. To watch the movie at home, you’ll need the ad-free HBO Max plan. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be available to stream until August 17.

The HBO Max ad-free plan costs $15 a month for on-demand access to thousands of movies and TV shows. A cheaper, ad-supported plan is available for $10 a month, but it doesn’t include Warner’s theatrical releases.

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You can watch HBO Max using the dedicated app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, Chromecast, and most smart TVs. You can also visit HBOMax.com to stream via your computer browser.

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be available to stream in 4K with support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 formats on compatible devices.

What else is coming to HBO Max?

Warner Bros. will continue to bring its new theatrical releases to HBO Max throughout 2021. “The Suicide Squad” will arrive on August 6 while “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel film to HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be released on October 1. “Malignant,” a new horror movie by “The Conjuring” producer James Wan, is due out in September.

The service is also home to several original series, including a brand-new reboot of “Gossip Girl.”

You can find more details on HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review.

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‘In the Heights’ underwhelmed at the box office, but new data suggests it’s not HBO Max’s fault

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“In the Heights.”

  • “In the Heights” underwhelmed at the domestic box office over the weekend with $11 million.
  • But data suggests it also underperformed on HBO Max compared to other Warner Bros. movies this year.
  • That means a low theatrical turnout isn’t necessarily streaming’s fault, in this case.
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“In the Heights,” the new movie based on the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, underwhelmed at the US box office over the weekend with $11.4 million.

Its haul was below projections that placed it closer to $20 million, and it failed to top “A Quiet Place Part II,” which has been in theaters for two weeks.

The Warner Bros. film, which was directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu, was released simultaneously on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max over the weekend, as are all of Warner Bros.’ films this year.

But data suggests that it’s not Max’s fault that the movie disappointed at the box office. It also underperformed on the streaming service compared to other new Warner Bros. movies.

693,000 US households watched at least five minutes of “In the Heights” on HBO Max over the weekend via connected TVs, according to estimates from the analytics company Samba TV. Samba TV tracks viewership on connected TVs, which include smart TVs, streaming devices like Roku, and gaming consoles (WarnerMedia declined to provide viewership numbers for “In the Heights.”)

Other Warner Bros. releases this year, which have performed better at the box office than “In the Heights” in their opening weekends, also drove more viewership on Max, according to Samba TV data. It suggests that streaming viewership doesn’t necessarily cannibalize theatrical attendance.

Here are four Warner Bros. movies this year that debuted in theaters and on Max simultaneously, and how their opening weekends compared on Max (via Samba TV estimates) and at the box office in the US:

  • “Mortal Kombat” – 3.8 million households on Max / $23.3 million at box office
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong” – 3.6 million households on Max (five-day weekend) / $48.5 million at box office (five days)
  • “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” – 1.6 million households on Max $24 million at box office
  • “Tom and Jerry” – 1.2 million households on Max / $14.1 million at box office

Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein also implied “In the Heights” had underperformed relative to other releases in comments to the Associated Press on Sunday.

“Our experience, which is backed up on ‘In the Heights,’ is that if the movie hits a high level in theaters, it hits a high level on the service,” Goldstein said. “If it hits a low level in theaters, it hits a low level on HBO Max. They’re really very comparable.”

While “In the Heights” didn’t attract as big an audience in its debut as other Warner Bros. releases this year, it’s been a hit with critics and has a 97% Rotten Tomatoes critic score. Viewers who did see the movie also seemed to love it; it has a 95% Rotten Tomatoes audience score and an A from CinemaScore, which surveys theatrical audiences on a movie’s opening night. That means the movie could pick up steam from word-of-mouth buzz.

Warner Bros. has largely dominated the box office so far this year despite its movies also streaming, and “In the Heights” seems to be an exception.

The box office could look more balanced as more studios release delayed tentpole films this summer, though, including Disney’s “Black Widow” and Universal’s “Fast and Furious 9.”

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