This weekend, Efron stars as the protective father of a pyrokinetic child in a new adaptation of a Stephen King classic, while Wilson plays a teenager who wakes up from a 20-year-old coma (and still wants to be the most popular girl in school) in a new Netflix comedy. It’s been a busy week for the streaming service, which is also rolling out a true British spy thriller starring Colin Firth and “Succession” star Matthew Macfadyen, as well as a documentary about a fertility doctor who inseminated his patients.
Here’s a guide to new movies that will satisfy all cinematic tastes, as well as some notable theatrical movies making their streaming debut:
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If you’re a super fan of Zac Efron: “Firestarter”
Keith Thomas directed last year’s best horror movie, the religious haunting “The Vigil,” but his lean, wicked compaction of the King novel doesn’t quite have the same flair. Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), an 11-year-old girl who can start fires with her mind and is getting stronger by the day, goes on the run with her psychic father (Efron) when she is tracked by an agency governmental. King purists will be fired up since the movie compresses the story to focus on the father/daughter relationship, but the remake is pretty unnerving and gets an old-school boost thanks to a chilling John Carpenter score.
Where to watch: In the halls and on Peacock
If you like a good high school comedy: ‘Senior Year’
Wilson plays a cheerleader who takes a bad fall in 2002, wakes up two decades later to a world of social media and political correctness that blows her mind, and re-enrolls in high school so she can finish her senior year. and be crowned prom queen. The film borrows a ton from the best teen movies, but also sends those tropes in while successfully leaning into Gen Z jokes and early 2000s nostalgia.
Where to watch: netflix
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If you want a nice history lesson: ‘Operation Mincemeat’
The true WWII spy film features Firth and Macfadyen as British intelligence officers who hatch a gonzo plan in 1943 to use a corpse bearing secret papers to trick the Nazis and save thousands of lives. It’s a satisfying period thriller even with the odd twists and turns, including a love triangle and Officer Ian Fleming (Johnny Flynn) who occasionally draws inspiration from James Bond.
Where to watch:netflix
If you like coming-of-age movies with a spooky edge: “The Innocents”
The Norse horror film is a well-crafted, immersive, and sometimes disturbing look at the cruelty of adolescence. An 11-year-old girl and her older sister with severe autism move into a new apartment complex with their family. The children and young people around them begin to display mysterious psychic abilities and other powers, with acts of youthful curiosity quickly leading to darker turns of jealousy and revenge.
If you like documentaries stranger than fiction: “Our Father”
An Indiana woman named Jacoba Ballard, conceived through sperm donation, has taken an at-home DNA test in hopes of finding siblings or even her biological father. The film tells how she actually found seven half-siblings for the first time. And then – to their horror – dozens more emerge when they discover a fertility doctor donated their mothers’ own sperm, along with a justice system ill-equipped to deliver justice in one more scenario. more surreal.
Where to watch:netflix
If you are curious about the porn industry: “Pleasure”
Sexually explicit yet intriguing nonetheless, the cautionary tale centers on ambitious Swedish actress Bella Cherry (Sofia Kappel) who ventures to Los Angeles to become an adult film star. Things get tough (in multiple ways) for her as she makes some questionable moves in her rise within the industry. The film weaves mundane workplace drama into an eye-opening narrative that, filled with sex toys and naked abandonment, isn’t for everyone.
Where to watch: In theaters
If you are a music lover: “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story”
In what other movie does Pitbull talk about fried oysters? The documentary looks at the five-decade history of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and its legendary roster of performers. So come and see appearances from Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen and Earth, Wind & Fire, but stay for a deep dive into early jazz and how the festival’s diverse musical styles inspired and influenced Katy Perry and others.
Where to watch: In theaters
If You’re a Christina Ricci Finalist: “Monstrous”
The indie horror flick delivers 1950s retro flavor and slow-burn terror, starring Christina Ricci as a single mother who flees with her 7-year-old child to a remote farmhouse to get away from home. her abusive ex. A strange presence emerges from the pond at night, wanting to take the child away and creating further problems for an already stressed mother. It’s a decent throwback cooler that pays off with an emotional twist at the end.
- The action-adventure”The lost city“, featuring Sandra Bullock as a novelist in need of rescue and Channing Tatum like its well-meaning but dark cover model, is now available to watch on Paramount+.
- The period gangster drama “The clothe,” starring Mark Rylance as an English tailor who must survive a night alongside dangerous Chicago balaclavas, airs on Peacock.