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Top 10 Best Movies Now on HBOMax (August 2022)

Top 10 Movies to Watch on HBOMax (August 2022)

HBOMax is full of great media. Here are my ten favorite movies on the streaming service for August:

  1. Journey to the Center of the Earth

This 2008 film is based on the book of the same name by Jules Verne. This sci-fi adventure story follows a professor, Trevor Anderson, following clues to solve the mystery disappearance of his brother. Joined with his nephew, Sean, and their mountain guide in Iceland, they follow in his footsteps to discover the hidden world at the center of the earth. 

Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson are fantastic in this movie. It is a lot of fun to watch their familial relationship play out on screen. Journey to the Center of the Earth is a fun movie to watch with high stakes and humor. 

1b. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

The sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth is also on HBOMax. Four years after the original, this sequel follows Sean as he gets a coded signal from an island that is not known to exist. He is adamant on solving the puzzle and traveling to this hidden island. This time he is joined by his new stepfather, Hank (played by Dwayne Johnson) as well as their pilot, Gabato, and his daughter, Kailani. 

This movie keeps the humor and center of family, like the original. 

  1. The Incredible Hulk

If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is a movie from the series that you will not find on Disney+. This Hulk origin story follows Bruce Banner (played by Edward Norton) seeking a cure for gamma radiation. I have not yet finished watching this movie, but I was relieved to finally find it available on streaming. When watching the Infinity Saga of the Avengers series, this was the only movie I could not check off and that was bothering me.

  1. The Batman

The Batman was released in theaters in March 2022 and has been on HBOMax for months now. I watched this movie in theaters and absolutely loved it. If you have been wanting to start watching DC movies but don’t know where to start, this movie is a good starting point. There are no other movies you need to watch prior to The Batman in order to understand and enjoy the film. 

The one downside to watching this movie in theaters was the long runtime. At 2 hours and 56 minutes, it is a great relief to now have the ability to pause the movie for bathroom and snack breaks. 

  1. Harry Potter

I have only seen bits and pieces of the Harry Potter series, but I plan on watching it in its entirety. Whether you are like me and wanting to check the series off of your viewing bucket list, or if you are in the mood to re-live your childhood, the entire series is available on HBOMax. 

  1. Ride Along

I first watched this 2014 action comedy in theaters. If you are a fan of buddy cop movies, you will love this one. Kevin Hart is hilarious and shines in this film alongside Ice Cube. 

  1. The Goonies

If you are in the mood for a throwback, you will love The Goonies. This 1985 movie follows a group of kids embarking on a grand adventure. With pirate maps, lost treasure, and criminals— how could you go wrong with this summer favorite?

  1. The Fault in our Stars

In the mood for a good cry? The Fault in our Stars follows a love story between two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. Based on the book of the same name by John Green, you will not get through this movie with dry eyes. 

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Another book-to-movie adaptation, this story is a coming of age high school story that tackles the harsh realities of life as an adolescent. The author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, also directs the film adaptation which makes for a great adaptation. The acting is great, the plot is interesting, and the score is perfect. 

  1. Whiplash

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star in this movie about a driven drummer chasing his dreams. This movie is fascinating because it is a brutal perspective of following your dreams. Miles Teller’s character, Andrew Neiman, does not have an easy journey to success ahead of him. His teacher (J.K. Simmons) is horrifically strict and unrelenting in his harsh methods. 

  1. Elf

The air is getting cooler which can only mean one thing: it is time for Christmas movies. Elf is a fun family classic about an adult elf traveling from the North Pole to New York. It is chaotic, nostalgic, wholesome, and hilarious. If you are in a bad mood and need a pick me up, turn on Elf. You will be laughing by the end of the hour and a half movie. 

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