The weekend is here, and with it the latest major film releases – along with the movies that’ve been released in recent weeks (or, in rare cases, months) and are still playing in theaters.
Between On Demand, Netflix Original features, and everything in-between, there are a growing number of entertainment options competing with theater chains for movie buffs’ attention these days (and that’s to mention nothing of the increasingly massive TV landscape). As a result, it’s trickier than ever to keep track of which films are playing in theaters at any given time of the year. It’s even more difficult when awards season rolls around, and movies start playing in limited release or New York/Los Angeles several weeks before they begin screening nationwide. This is where we come in.
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So, without further ado – here are the new movie releases for this week, along with the major films that are still showing in theaters right now.
Shazam! – A teenaged foster kid gains the ability to transform into a superhero by calling out his name in David F. Sandberg’s DC Extended Universe adventure. Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, and Faithe Herman star in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Shazam! review.
Pet Sematary – Stephen King’s horror novel returns to the big screen in this new film adaptation. Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz star as a couple who discover their new home is located near an ancient burial ground with the power to resurrect the dead. John Lithgow and Jeté Laurence round out the supporting cast. Read Screen Rant’s Pet Sematary review.
Dumbo – A live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic, the new Dumbo was directed by Tim Burton and stars Colin Farrell as a former circus star who’s hired by his old boss (Danny DeVito) to care for a young elephant with enormous ears. Michael Keaton, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin also star in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Dumbo review.
Us – A family on summer vacation are forced to confront their doppelgängers in Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller followup to his Oscar-winning directorial debut, Get Out. Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Elisabeth Moss star in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Us review.
Captain Marvel – Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers in this Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which explores the titular character’s backstory and origins. Samuel L. Jackson costars in the film as a ’90s-era Nick Fury, opposite a cast that includes Jude Law, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, and Annette Bening. Read Screen Rant’s Captain Marvel review.
Wonder Park – Paramount’s animated film Wonder Park revolves around a young girl who imagines a fantastical amusement park, only to discover that it exists in the real world. Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, Matthew Broderick, and Ken Jeong all lend their voices to the movie. Read Screen Rant’s Wonder Park review.
Five Feet Apart – A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet and fall in love, even though their condition requires them to avoid making physical contact with one another. Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moisés Arias, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Cynthia Evans, and Claire Forlani costar in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Five Feet Apart review.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – The conclusion to the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy follows Hiccup and Toothless as they search for a place where dragons and vikings can live together in peace. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, F. Murray Abraham, and Craig Ferguson lend their voices to the movie. Read Screen Rant’s The Hidden World review.
Hotel Mumbai (Expanding Wide) – A docudrama-thriller about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, which lasted four days and resulted in hundreds of deaths. Dev Patel stars in the film as a waiter at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, opposite a cast that includes Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, and Jason Isaacs. Watch the Hotel Mumbai trailer.
The Beach Bum – The new movie by Spring Breakers writer-director Harmony Korine, The Beach Bum follows the misadventures of a rebellious middle-aged stoner who goes by the name Moondog (Matthew McConaughey). Jonah Hill, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence, and Snoop Dogg round out the film’s ensemble.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – The sequel to The LEGO Movie pits the citizens of Bricksburg (now, Apocalypseburg) against the LEGO DUPLO invaders, who are seemingly intent on wrecking everything they come into contact with. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, and Stephanie Beatriz lend their voices to the film. Read Screen Rant’s The LEGO Movie 2 review.
Alita: Battle Angel – Robert Rodriguez directed this live-action adaptation of the manga series about a cyborg who sets to discover the truth about her past and who she really is. Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley costar in the film. Read Screen Rant’s Alita: Battle Angel review.
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