‘The Northman’, ‘Massive Talent’, ‘Bad Guys’ top the list of new movies

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Alexander Skarsgard in “The Northman”. MUST CREDIT: Aidan Monaghan/Focus Features

Photo: Aidan Monaghan / Focus Features

Here are some of the new movies hitting theaters or streaming, streaming, renting or buying this week.

“365 days: this day”

Italian-Polish drama centered on the complexities of a romance.

Rated TV-MA. Starts streaming April 27 on Netflix.

“On the way for the ride”

Sarah Dessen’s young adult novel about budding love during a girl’s last summer before college is made into a movie starring Kate Bosworth, Delbert Mulroney and Andie MacDowell.

Not rated. Starts streaming April 22 on Netflix.

“The villains”

Animated heist adventure featuring the voices of Sam Rockwell, Mark Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson and Zazee Beatz.

Rated PG. Opens April 22 throughout Houston.

“Bay Ngot Ngao (Naked Truth)”

Romantic drama from Vietnam about four friends and their intertwined lives.

Not rated. Opens April 22 at AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston; Regal Edwards West Oaks, Houston; AMC First Colony, Sugar Land; Cinemark 19, Katy; Regal Lone Star, Tomball.

“The Curse of Professor Zardonicus”

Houston director Gabriel Theis’ comedy-drama centers on a loner who recruits a film student to help him prove a certain urban legend is real.

Not rated. Screens 7 p.m. April 22 at Rice Cinema, Houston.

“Hostile Territory”

A Union soldier, who had been presumed dead, is determined to get his children back after discovering they’ve been sent on an orphan train in this Western setting just after the Civil War.

Rated R. Opens April 22 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland; begins streaming on April 26 on various platforms.

“Jersey”

Re-release of India’s Hindi-language sports drama about a former cricketer who decides to make a comeback at the age of 36.

Not rated. Opens April 22 at Regal Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston; Cinemark Memorial City, Houston; AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston; AMC Deerbrook 24, Houston; AMC First Colony 24, Sugar Land; Cinemark 18, Webster; Regal Grand Parkway, Richmond; Cinemark 12, Cypress; Regal Lone Star, Tomball.

“Jesse and the Elf Boy”

A teenager fulfills his dream of being a famous hairdresser after meeting a forest elf.

Not rated. Starts streaming on various platforms on April 22.

“One Hour of John Wynn”

Indie sci-fi thriller in which a man travels back in time to 1985 to ask his dead father about the family business. But something is wrong.

Not rated. Opens April 22 at AMC Willowbrook, Houston.

Latin wave 15

This film festival presents contemporary films from all over Latin America.

Not rated. Screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, until April 24.

“Navalny”

Documentary that delves deeply into the life of one of Vladimir Putin’s fiercest opponents, imprisoned Alexei Navalny. It won the People’s Choice Award and Festival Favorite Award at Sundance.

Rated R. Airs at 8 p.m. on April 24 on CNN and begins airing April 24 on CNN+.

“The Nordic”

Alexander Skarsgard stars in this stark and powerful portrait by Robert Eggers of Viking life in ninth-century Scandinavia. Nicole Kidman and Ethan Hawke co-star.

Rated R. Opens April 22 throughout Houston.

“Polar bear”

You can say it’s Earth Day because that’s when DisneyNature is releasing a new documentary. This year, it’s a film that follows a new polar bear mom who must navigate a rapidly changing environment.

Rated PG. Starts streaming April 22 on Disney+.

“The Revolutionary Generation”

Documentary documenting contemporary youth activism in the areas of environmentalism and racial justice.

Not rated. Starts streaming April 22 on various platforms.

“Siege of Silverton”

South African drama set during the apartheid era, when a trio of revolutionaries take hostages in a bank and refuse to release them until Nelson Mandela is freed.

Not rated. Starts streaming April 27 on Netflix.

“The sound of the violet”

Based on the popular novel, this film tells the story of a romance between a young man with autism and a woman he doesn’t realize is a prostitute.

Rated PG-13. Opens April 22 at Regal Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston; Regal Marque 23, Houston; Cinemark 19, Katy; Cinemark Tinseltown 17, The Woods.

“The survivor”

In this biographical drama, Ben Foster plays Harry Haft, a boxer who fought other prisoners in a concentration camp to survive.

Not rated. Screens 7 p.m. April 27 on HBO; begins streaming April 27 on HBO Max.

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”

Nicolas Cage stars in a meta-action comedy in which he plays himself as a guest at a millionaire superfan’s party because he needs the money. Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish co-starred.

Rated R. Opens April 22 throughout Houston.

“Unplug”

Romantic comedy starring Eva Longoria and Matt Walsh as a totally hip couple who decide to take a rustic vacation without their devices.

Rated R. Opens April 22 at America Cinemas, Houston; begins streaming on April 22 on various platforms.

“We are all going to the Universal Exhibition”

A girl gets involved in an online horror role-playing game with disastrous results.

Not rated. Starts streaming April 22 on various platforms.

WorldFest

One of the country’s oldest film festivals returns with a long list of screenings, including a 9 p.m. April 22 screening of local director Shawn Welling’s cut of his 2009 documentary “The Messenger: 360 Days of Bolivar “, about three people who live on a remote Texas peninsula.

Not rated. Through April 24 at Cinemark Memorial City, Houston; worldfest.org.

“Y Como es El?”

Mexican comedy in Spanish about a sweet man who confronts his wife’s lover.

Not rated. Opens April 22 at Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston; American Cinemas, Houston; Cinemark Tinseltown, Jacinto Town; Cinemark Hollywood, Pasadena.





  • cary darling

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture, with a focus on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he was a reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, the Miami Herald and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Additionally, he has freelanced for a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.

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