HBO Max is Better Than Movie Theaters!

Yes, I said it! And I have three reasons why I believe it’s best to stream the latest movies on HBO Max.

Okay. By “reasons,” I meant movies. Because we already know that HBO Max is superior to movie theaters. First of all, you don’t have to leave the house and sit in an enclosed space with a bunch of other people. (You know what I’m talking about.) Secondly, the popcorn at home doesn’t cost as much. Lastly, my living room couch is more comfortable than any theater seat. But I said something about movies, and I’ll follow through with that. Check out these three films heading to HBO Max the same day these shows arrive in theaters.

Mortal Kombat

I remember when the first Mortal Kombat game came out in 1992. It was billed as “the most violent and bloody video game” of the time, and it delivered on that promise. Needless to say, it became an instant hit with gamers and a target for various morality groups. It also spawned a franchise that extended to movie theaters.

Remember those old Mortal Kombat movies from back in the day? Well, you can forget about them because this film is a reboot of the series. (It’s not just comic book films.) Judging by the trailer, which is too bloody and brutal to share here, the latest take on Mortal Kombat is a throwback to its video game origins. If you’re a fan of brutal martial arts movies, stream Mortal Kombat starting April 23, 2021.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Angelina Jolie in a new movie. In Those Who Wish Me Dead, she plays a firefighter who blames herself for the deaths of her partners. She gets a chance at redemption when she meets a 12-year-old boy on the run from a team of hitmen. This kicks off a suspenseful and intriguing chase/survival film that combines gun-toting bad guys and a raging forest fire.

Those Who Wish Me Dead hits HBO Max and theaters on May 14. Until then, you can check out the trailer to see if this is the kind of show you’d like to stream. I already know that I want to see it!

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Look, I don’t know if Ed and Lorraine Warren are the real deal or the next ghost-hucksters, I mean ghosthunters. The stories based on their alleged adventures into the paranormal make for great movies, though. Horror movie fans get another installment of the husband-and-wife duo with The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, aka The Conjuring 3.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back again as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren, respectively. This case, in which a murder suspect claims demonic possession as a defense, is supposed to be “the most shocking one the Warrens ever faced.” To me, this means a terrifying movie filled with plenty of jump scares. I’m basing that off the first two Conjuring movies starring these two.)

The Conjuring 3 hits HBO Max (and theaters) on June 4. For now, you can catch out the trailer, which is big on suspense but safe enough for me to share here:

I Love Streaming on HBO Max!

Stuart Sweet relaunched The Solid Signal Blog on February 1, 2012. When he did, he promised readers full transparency, which he continues to deliver. In that spirit, I must be honest about ALL the reasons I love HBO Max. First and foremost, it’s the quality of original programming. (You probably already know that.) Another reason is that HBO Max is owned by AT&T. Our Signal Connect division is an AT&T Preferred Dealer. That makes cheering on HBO Max feel like rooting for the home team.

So there you have it, streamers. I’m Team HBO Max, but I still spread the love around in this weekly installment. Which streaming service will I feature next week? Only time will tell.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.