3 Hulu movies you need to stream this weekend (June 7-9)

Brad Pitt takes a drink of water in Bullet Train.

Hulu fans can be assured that there’s almost always going to be an abundance of movies to watch. It’s the most complete streaming service controlled by Disney, and by far the most compelling because Hulu doesn’t just cater to children or families. Hulu does have some family fare, but it’s also got a lot of options for discerning movie lovers of all ages.

This week, our picks for the three Hulu movies that you need to stream this weekend include a newly arrived R-rated action comedy, a romantic drama about a Hollywood legend, and a crime thriller that is exclusive to Hulu.

Bullet Train (2022)

Brian Tyree Henry and Brad Pitt in Bullet Train.
Sony Pictures

There are some benefits with going second instead of first. Netflix was able to score the initial streaming rights for Bullet Train, but now the film has a new streaming home at Hulu. The Fall Guy director David Leitch adapted this action comedy from a Japanese novel, and he also cast Brad Pitt as an aging assassin codenamed Ladybug.

Ladybug has had enough killing to last a lifetime, and he just wants a simple and easy assignment. All he has to do is steal a briefcase full of money under the noses of its protectors. That was the easy part. Getting off proves to be more difficult as Ladybug encounters a number of other assassins who each have their own purpose on the train. Shōgun star Hiroyuki Sanada plays The Elder, one of the few killers on the train who isn’t trying to murder Ladybug. Someone else is pulling the assassins’ strings, and not everyone on board is going to live to see this train make it to the final stop.

Watch Bullet Train on Hulu.

Hitchcock (2012)

Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock.
Searchlight Films

We try to offer at least one romantic option each week with our Hulu picks, and this time, the spotlight is falling on Hitchcock. Anthony Hopkins steps into the title role as one of the greatest directors in Hollywood history: Alfred Hitchcock. The story takes place in 1959, near the end of Hitchcock’s legendary career as he contemplates making Psycho his next film.

Although Hitchcock has a beautiful new leading woman, Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), the drama at the heart of this story is about his increasingly strained marriage with Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Hitchcock’s inattentiveness toward Alma may drive her into the arms of Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston). But turning Psycho into an instant classic isn’t something Hitchcock can pull off by himself. Alma is an excellent filmmaker in her own right, and she may have to carry the production when Hitchcock can’t.

Watch Hitchcock on Hulu.

Boston Strangler (2023)

Keira Knightley in "Boston Strangler."
20th Century Studios / 20th Century Studios

Boston Strangler is a period crime thriller that takes place in the early and mid ’60s when the titular serial killer was active. Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon star as a pair of reporters: Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole. Loretta’s reporting of an apparent serial killer makes her enemies on the police force and a pariah at her own newspaper. Only Jean is willing to stand by Loretta when her boss tries to kill the story.

Together, Loretta and Jean discover that the Boston police have largely bungled the investigation into the murders. However, identifying the Boston Strangler proves to be difficult when the killer breaks his patterns, and the evidence linking the suspect or suspects is questionable at best. It’s the story of a lifetime, but getting all of the facts lined up may prove to be impossible.

Watch Boston Strangler on Hulu.