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Westworld, Insidious and Other Movies & TV Shows on HBO Max This Weekend

As Westworld makes its daring return to HBO Max, other content departs from the service. Here are the recommended movies and TV shows to catch up on.

Another month, another round of movies and television shows leaving HBO Max. As June comes to an end, this weekend is the last to enjoy the best content HBO Max is kicking out to make room for even better movies and TV shows. But while it may be sad to see some of these movies go, there are plenty of new TV shows to make up for it. Westworld is finally returning with its Season 4 premiere this Sunday, and Birdgirl Season 2 is in full swing on the streaming service. With that and more, check out these fan favorites on HBO Max to add to the summer watchlist.

For Adult Swim fans, Birdgirl dropped its sophomore season this week on HBO Max. As the sequel to Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, it definitely took time to find its footing but has successfully established itself as its own worthy show. Season 1 of Birdgirl focuses on the life of Judy Ken Sebben, aka Birdgirl, who inherited her father’s company after his death. Soon after, she finds herself in over her head but is joined by the “bird team” to help her navigate her struggles.

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The series deals with hot topics, such as cancel culture and ethics in new tech, that make running a company so much harder. The second season still deals with these fall-outs while showing that Judy is still way out of her depth when running the company. Combining comedy and poorly executed crime-fighting, Birdgirl delivers the modern struggles of corporate culture and pokes fun at crime adventures.

On Sunday, the sci-fi Western drama Westworld finally returns to HBO for a fourth season. The excitement has definitely died down over the years — thanks to a steady decrease in interest for Seasons 2 and 3 — but Westworld is still one of the most talked-about shows on television. And with a mind-bending premise that continuously subverts audience expectations each season, the show is always worth visiting.

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As expected, the trailer for Season 4 made viewers question everything, especially what happened after that seemingly wrapped-up Season 3 finale. But the trailer is as cryptic as they come, and it’s been so long since Season 3 aired that viewers can’t get blamed if they forgot what’s happened. To briefly recap the Season 3 finale, the Man in Black is a robot now, Dolores is dead (but clearly isn’t based by her appearance in the trailer), and Bernard takes a journey to the Sublime. But seeing the chaos and bloodiness of the trailer, everything that came together in the Season 3 finale might fall apart once again. On the bright side, fan-favorite Teddy Flood (James Marsden) is returning after taking a leave of absence in Season 3.

One of the many movies leaving HBO Max this month is The Mummy. The 1999 film has garnered attention in the past few years thanks to Brendan Fraser’s highly anticipated return to acting and Moon Knight embracing The Mummy vibes in its favor. But sadly, this weekend is the last chance to catch up on The Mummy before departing from HBO Max.

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The Mummy stars Fraser as adventurer Rick O’Connell and Rachel Weisz as the aspiring Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan as they travel to Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead. There they accidentally awaken a cursed high priest named Imhotep, who wants to resurrect the love of his life Anck-su-namun through Evelyn. The Mummy was so well-received during its initial release that it spawned two sequels, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, in addition to spinoffs and a prequel series.

Another movie leaving HBO Max this month is the classic Good Will Hunting. Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who also star in the film), Damon stars as Will Hunting, who begins seeing therapist Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, in one of his most spectacular and ground-breaking roles. The film follows Hunting as a janitor at MIT with a genius-level IQ. When he solves a complicated graduate-level math problem, a professor urges him to reach his fullest potential.

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It’s surprising to remember the film was originally a thriller where Will gets targeted by the government for his super-intelligence. But somehow, against the odds, Good Will Hunting turned into something more grounded and emotionally rich, with powerful performances lending a hand.

Directed by horror-film veteran (or the occasional superhero film) James Wan, Insidious is top-notch horror at its finest. Wan is inept at building tension to increase the anxiety, making the viewing experience a little uneasy. But unlike gory and oversaturated bloody horror films, the uneasiness viewers get from Insidious is actually a good thing. While it does use the same scared tactics that can get tiresome, the horror relies on the psychological and supernatural elements that the story perpetuates.

Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, the film follows a married couple and their children as they move into a new home. When their son, Dalton, mysteriously falls into a coma, he becomes a vessel for malevolent entities in an astral plane. It might seem cliché for another horror film to follow the haunted house trope, but Wan’s direction makes Insidious an outlier in the horror film genre.

Katie is a writer and film & television enthusiast based out of Tennessee. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies, she has been itching to bring her love for writing and film together by writing freelance. You can often find her binging her favorite TV shows and attempting to start new ones (but failing at that sometimes) and ranting about films on Letterboxd.
Follow her on Twitter at @katiexdoll

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