What to Watch and Stream on Memorial Day 2022

Memorial Day is here, and whether you’re planning to go on vacation or lounging on your couch, there’s a ton of TV specials to watch and movies to stream — some dedicated to the military, others just new and making Fun.

Here’s what to look out for.

“Dunkirk”

If you want to see a war movie, nothing beats this gritty modern classic from Christopher Nolan. The star-studded cast depicts the WWII evacuation of Dunkirk from the sky, sea and land, including Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Harry Styles.

Where to see: HBO Max

Cillian Murphy on a boat.
Cillian Murphy in Dunkirk.
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“Theodore Roosevelt”

This is a new two-part docu-series about the life and presidency of Roosevelt, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.

Where to see: History Channel (8 p.m. on May 30)

Teddy Roosevelt.
A new History Channel documentary explores the life of Teddy Roosevelt.
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“Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special”

The late comedian has released a posthumous final stand-up special. MacDonald, who died of leukemia in 2021 at the age of 61, is said to have recorded this special all-in-one shot alone in his living room in the summer of 2020.

Where to see: Netflix

“The Lost City”

If you want to see something lighter and sillier, check out this new film starring Sandra Bullock as the romance novelist, Channing Tatum as her cover model, and Daniel Radcliffe as the nefarious billionaire they must escape from – all while searching for a lost one in front of her ancient city looking for books. Brad Pitt also has a small role.

Where to see: Outstanding+

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Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock in their goofy 2022 comedy The Lost City.
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“The soldier James Ryan”

Steven Spielberg’s 1998 film is another modern classic, set during World War II and following Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad in their search for Paratrooper Ryan (Matt Damon), who was killed in action went missing in action and the last survivor is a brother in his family.

Where to see: AMC (3 p.m. May 30)

“Ambulance”

The latest bombastic Michael Bay action flick is newly available. Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star as two adoptive brothers who team up on a heist (to get money for medical bills) and end up ending up on an adventure where they hijack an ambulance.

Where to see: peacock

Jake Gyllenhaal with a blowtorch.
Jake Gyllenhaal in the action thriller Ambulance.
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“Together as One: Celebrating the Heritage of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander People”

Part of ABC’s “Soul of a Nation” series, this special, hosted by George Takei, celebrates the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and includes segments featuring celebrities such as Margaret Cho, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” -Director Daniel Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, actors like James Hong and more.

Where to see: ABC (Friday 8 p.m.), then Hulu

George Takei smiles for the camera.
George Takei hosts “Together as One”.
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“Top Gun”

With the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick now in theaters and Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprising their roles, why not return to where it all began? This 1986 film follows naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) who gets a chance to train at the US Air Forces’ Fighter Weapons School.

Where to see: Netflix

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