All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you’re staying at home to ​limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we’ve organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.

April 16

Arlo the Alligator Boy

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Streaming: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Michael J. Woodard, Mary Lambert, Brett Gelman

Synopsis: To find the father he never knew, optimistic Arlo leaves his swampy Southern home for New York City, making friends along the way. A musical adventure.

Nobody

Action, Thriller, Crime | Streaming: April 15 | Theaters: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen

Synopsis: Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a ‘nobody.’ When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch’s unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark secrets he fought to leave behind.

The Rookies

Action | Streaming: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Talu Wang, Sandrine Pinna, Milla Jovovich

Synopsis: Extreme sport lover Zhou Feng got involved in an international illegal trade by accident. So he had to follow an international special agent Bruce to Budapest.

Chaos Walking

Adventure, Sci-Fi | Streaming: April 2 | Theaters: March 5 | IMDb

Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demián Bichir

Synopsis: Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality, where all inner thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.

Assault on VA-33

Action, Thriller | Streaming: April 6 | Theaters: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Michael Jai White, Mark Dacascos

Synopsis: Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints) stars as decorated army veteran Jason Hill. While on a routine visit to the local VA hospital, organized terrorists infiltrate the building and take hostages, including a decorated general, and Hill’s wife. The highly trained veteran is outnumbered and the last line of defense, taking on a building full of armed insurgents before it’s too late.

 

Cody’s Review: Die Hard on an anorexic budget. At any other point in history, Assault on VA-33 wouldn’t even earn itself a direct-to-DVD release, but would instead make its debut in the 2AM slot of a low-budget action movie marathon. Every corner was cut, even down to using cheap squibs. We’ve seen this story before: A group of ‘terrorists’ take over a building with hostages, a random guy with combat training is caught in the middle of it, somehow his family gets involved, and the random guy takes out the bad guys one-by-one to save the day. Sean Patrick Flanery leads as a cut rate John McClane suffering from PTSD and a dodgy leg. He’s ostensibly joined by Michael Jai White, an incompetent and functionally irrelevant police chief. Nicholas Cage’s real life son, Weston Cage Coppola, jumps into a low-rent version of Hans Gruber, complete with a dubious Russian(?) accent — seriously, they’re just ripping off Die Hard. The writing is bad, direction is bad, editing is bad, and the acting is bad… And I just watched Born A Champion, so it’s obvious Flanery can deliver something more competent than this. At times I think they didn’t even have a script, but instead encouraged the actors to ad-lib conversations. I could spend 20 minutes just complaining about the assorted places where special effects were wrong, and another 20 minutes on the poor sound design, like when they left out the sound of footsteps when people were running down a stairwell. Verdict: Don’t pay for this. In fact, don’t even watch it for free when some network picks it for filler in 6 months. There’s simply nothing redeeming here, it’s better to go back and re-watch Con Air for the hundredth time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeYElSu3gEc

The Courier

Thriller | Streaming: April 16 | Theaters: March 19 | IMDb

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan

Synopsis: This intense action-thriller unfolds in real time as two embattled souls fight for their lives. Gary Oldman stars as a vicious crime boss out to kill Nick, the lone witness set to testify against him. He hires a mysterious female motorcycle courier to unknowingly deliver a poison-gas bomb to slay Nick, but after she rescues Nick from certain death, the duo must confront an army of ruthless hired killers in order to survive the night.

City of Lies

Biography, Crime, Drama | Streaming: April 9 | Theaters: March 19 | IMDb

Starring: Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss

Synopsis: Los Angeles Police Department detective Russell Poole has spent years trying to solve his biggest case — the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur — but after two decades, the investigation remains open. Jack Jackson, a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies.

Adverse

Crime, Thriller | Streaming: March 9 (fell through the cracks) | Theaters: February 12 | IMDb

Starring: Thomas Nicholas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, Penelope Ann Miller, Mickey Rourke

Synopsis: Thomas Nicholas (“Red Band Society”) and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) star in this gritty, intense urban thriller about one man’s quest for revenge. Struggling to make ends meet, rideshare driver Ethan (Nicholas) learns his sister Mia is deep in debt to a sleazy drug dealer. When Mia goes missing, Ethan discovers that crime boss Kaden (Rourke) is behind the act, and to get close to him Ethan takes a job as Kaden’s driver. One by one Ethan hunts down members of Kaden’s crew to wreak bloody vengeance as he prepares to confront Kaden himself. The stellar cast also includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, and Penelope Ann Miller.

Monday

Drama, Romance | Streaming: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Sebastian Stan, Denise Gough, Dominique Tipper

Synopsis: Mickey (Sebastian Stan) and Chloe (Denise Gough), two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens, meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend. The chemistry between them is undeniable. When Chloe’s time in Greece is drawing to a close, she decides to give up her high-flying job back home and explore whether one weekend’s passion can blossom into something more. Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ follow up of the festival sensation Suntan is a fun, sensuous romance about how love gets in the way of life, and life gets in the way of love.

Boogie

Drama | Streaming: March 26 | Theaters: March 5 | IMDb

Starring: Taylor Takahashi, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Synopsis: Alfred ‘Boogie’ Chin is a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

Killer Among Us

Horror, Thriller | Streaming: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Yasha Jackson, Bruce MacVittie, Andrew Richardson

Synopsis: On the 4th of July, a serial killer has a moral crisis when he discovers that his latest victim is a high-school student; simultaneously, a rookie cop and a seasoned detective race against the clock to save her life.

Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie

Horror, Documentary, Adventure, Fantasy | Streaming: April 6 | IMDb

Starring: Sam Suchmann, Mattie Zufelt, Peter Farrelly

Synopsis: Sam and Mattie, two badass best friends with Down syndrome, rally the entire town of Providence RI to help them storyboard, script, produce, cast, and star in their own dream movie: ‘Spring Break Zombie Massacre.’

Jakob’s Wife

Horror | Streaming: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Nyisha Bell, Mark Kelly, Sarah Lind, Robert Rusler, Bonnie Aarons, Phil Brooks

Synopsis: Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master,” she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.

Honeydew

Horror | Streaming: April 13 | Theaters: March 12 | IMDb

Starring: Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley

Synopsis: HONEYDEW tells the story of a young couple (played by Spielberg and Barr) who are forced to seek shelter in the home of an aging farmer (Kingsley) and her peculiar son, when they suddenly begin having strange cravings and hallucinations taking them down a rabbit hole of the bizarre.

April 9

Thunder Force

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Streaming: April 9 | IMDb

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman

Synopsis: Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.

The Grounds

Comedy, Drama | Streaming: April 6 | IMDb

Starring: Michael Welch, Trevor Morgan, Ashley Hinshaw

Synopsis: Alcoholic Calvin cons his way into a job tending the grounds of a hillside mansion owned by the reclusive Jack. On the night Calvin stumbles into a bathroom to see Jack with a gun to his head, an unlikely friendship is born.

 

Cody’s Review: A slow burn – and that’s not just an inescapable pun. The Grounds stars societies two most contemptable cliches: a reclusive rich guy (Jack) with suicidal depression and a degenerate loser (Calvin) with zero skills, a marginal amount of charm, and a severe substance abuse problem. Put these two together, add copious amounts of alcohol and weed, and… that’s about it. The next hour is basically a series of bro hangouts, some conversations with Jack’s gorgeous assistant, and a couple parties to shake things up. Thanks to their friendship, Jack’s symptoms are drowned out by boozing and smoking, while Calvin crawls to the bottom of his personal barrel. You would think this concludes with each of them facing their demons, but instead the problems are largely swept under the rug and the movie concludes like the cliffhanger episode before a season finale. The acting and direction seem to get the job done, which only leaves the script to blame for a mediocre experience. Despite being labeled a comedy, there’s not much in the way of funny moments. The Grounds left me wanting more. Not just because the story seems to be incomplete, but because it never seems to commit to any particular message or experience. It’s just ‘a day in the life of…’ Verdict: There’s not much reason to hate The Grounds, but outside of the middle third of the movie when all of the characters are at their happiest, there’s also no reason to like it. I would skip this one.

Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure

Animation, Action, Adventure | Streaming: April 6 | IMDb

Starring: Mauriett Chayeb, Maria Antonieta Monge, Paula Andrea Barros

Synopsis: When a mysterious and dangerous whirlpool appears in the tropics of the Atlantic Ocean, astronauts Belka and Strelka are sent to investigate. With the help of their good friends, Belka and Strelka must once again act heroically and complete a daring mission to save the planet along with the distant home of their new alien friends.

Giants Being Lonely

Drama, Sport | Streaming: April 6 | IMDb

Starring: Alejandro Castro Arias, Tal Chatterjee, Amalia Culp

Synopsis: As their senior year comes to an end, the pressure to “make it out alive” seems daunting for high school seniors Bobby, Caroline and Adam. As they each discover what it means to love and be loved they find themselves navigating the complex nature of human relationships, facing their own personal versions of neglect and abandonment. With baseball forming the backdrop to this coming of age story, three teens find themselves on a treacherous path towards adulthood.

My True Fairytale

Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Streaming: April 9 | IMDb

Starring: Emma Kennedy, Anthony Richard Pagliaro, Morgan Lindholm, BJ Mitchell, Joanna Cassidy, Bruce Davison, Warner Adachi, Alyshia Ochse

Synopsis: Angie Goodwin, 17, along with her best friends, Sarah and Andre, go through a horrific car crash. While her friends miraculously survive, Angie disappears. She decides to fulfill her childhood fantasy and embarks on a mysterious journey.

Held

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Streaming: April 8 | IMDb

Starring: Jill Awbrey, Bart Johnson, Travis Cluff

Synopsis: A couple’s ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move.

Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist

Documentary | Streaming: April 13 | IMDb

Starring: William Friedkin

Synopsis: LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST is a complete dissection and sweeping examination of the award-winning genre classic The Exorcist. Explore the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that helped shape his life and filmography, as told by the man himself.

Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie

Documentary | Streaming: April 6 | IMDb

Starring: Sam Suchmann, Mattie Zufelt, Paul ‘Pauly D’ DelVecchio, Peter Farrelly

Synopsis: Sam & Mattie, two badass best friends with Down Syndrome, rally the entire town of Providence RI to help them realize their vision: an extremely questionable and violent teen zombie movie called Spring Break Zombie Massacre. After their successful kickstarter campaign goes viral, Sam’s brother Jesse and his friends realize how unprepared they were to make a film of this scale, but agree to stick to Sam & Mattie’s uncompromising vision at all costs. After a DIY premiere, the film attracts incredible national press and fanfare, before being rejected from nearly every film festival it’s submitted to. Eventually, the attention fades, and Sam & Mattie’s lives return to a quiet normal. Years later, the team picks back up their cameras to ask Sam & Mattie whether or not they think the film was a failure. They tearfully, and wisely explain that: no, in fact, it was a massive success — the film was only ever a reason to hang out. They agree to make a sequel, so they can do it all again.

April 2

Godzilla vs. Kong

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Streaming: March 31 | Theaters: March 31 | IMDb

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Eiza González, Adam Wingard, Terry Rossio, Kyle Chandler, Danai Gurira, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall

Synopsis: The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance.

Concrete Cowboy

Drama | Streaming: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome

Synopsis: Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys.

Shiva Baby

Comedy | Streaming: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper

Synopsis: A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various estranged relatives about her appearance and lack of post-grad plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school. Danielle’s day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

Say Your Prayers

Comedy, Crime, Drama | Streaming: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: Will Barton, Harry Melling, Tom Brooke

Synopsis: Orphaned brothers and Christian radicals, Tim and Vic, arrive in Ilkley with the relatively straightforward task of assassinating Professor John Huxley. However, after a classic case of mistaken identity, they find themselves having murdered the wrong man. Now stuck in the town during Ilkley’s busiest weekend, they wait for the arrival of a foreboding mentor to give them instruction. The mission must still be completed — that’s providing Vic’s rage, Tim’s doubts or the efforts of foul-mouthed Detective Inspector Brough don’t get in the way first.

Witness Infection

Comedy, Horror | Streaming: March 30 | IMDb

Starring: Gary Anthony Williams, Tara Strong, Erinn Hayes

Synopsis: Two rival mob families are transferred from the Witness Protection Agency by mistake to same city, Temecula, CA, and find themselves fending off a zombie outbreak.

 

Cody’s Review: It’s funny, but not really in a good way. Witness Infection is the type of movie that exemplifies why it’s sad a trailer can be really good while the movie itself isn’t. The story centers around two Jersey mob families that were relocated to the same city for witness protection — though that’s barely even mentioned throughout the movie — and they’re still not on very friendly terms. In theory, a marriage between two of the adult children will bring peace, but these plans fall apart because he’s just not that into her… and there’s also an inconveniently timed zombie plague. If it’s not already obvious, the story is all over the place with problems, and the acting isn’t any better. It’s cheesy, campy, and objectively bad… but the level of badness can sometimes turn funny. I definitely laughed at times, but it was mostly AT the movie rather than with it. While all of this could fit well within an intentionally silly movie, the production quality is a dead giveaway for how poorly it was made. Audio quality changes between cuts because it wasn’t recorded properly, and many of the special effects look like they came straight out of the 80s. To put it bluntly, the best scenes are in the trailer. Verdict: If you’re the type of person that absolutely loves low-budget, campy, horror-themed comedies, Witness Infection is probably a winner for you. If anybody else watches it, they’ll begin to regret it almost immediately.

Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition

Adventure, Biography, Drama | Streaming: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Christian Rubeck, Katherine Waterston

Synopsis: The story of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole in 1911, and the first person to reach both the North and South Poles in 1926. Follows his all-consuming drive as a polar explorer and the tragedy he brought on himself and others by sacrificing everything in the icy wastelands to achieve his dream.

The Never List

Drama | Streaming: March 14 (or somewhat later) | Theaters: December 11 | Note: https://www.neverlistmovie.com/ | IMDb

Starring: Fivel Stewart, Michelle Mower, Keiko Agena, Jonathan Bennett, Andrew Kai, Brenna D’Amico, BooBoo Stewart

Synopsis: After the sudden death of her best friend, a straight-A, obedient teen sets out to fulfill their secret list of outrageous acts they said they’d never do.

Every Breath You Take

Thriller | Streaming: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: Michelle Monaghan, Casey Affleck, Sam Claflin

Synopsis: Every Breath You Take is a searing psychological thriller about a psychiatrist (Casey Affleck), whose career is thrown into jeopardy when his patient takes her own life. When he invites his patient’s surviving brother (Sam Claflin) into his home to meet his wife (Michelle Monaghan) and daughter, his family life is suddenly torn apart.

The Oak Room

Thriller | Streaming: April 2 | IMDb

Starring: RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge, Ari Millen, Martin Roach, Nicholas Campbell, David Ferry

Synopsis: During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night’s events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses and shocking violence.

March 26

The Vault

Action, Adventure, Thriller | Streaming: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Famke Janssen, Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

Synopsis: When an engineer learns of a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under The Bank of Spain, he joins a crew of master thieves who plan to steal the legendary lost treasure locked inside while the whole country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final. With thousands of soccer fans cheering in the streets, and security forces closing in, the crew have just minutes to pull off the score of a lifetime.

Shoplifters of the World

Drama, Comedy | Streaming: March 26 | Theaters: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, James Bloor, Thomas Lennon, Joe Manganiello

Synopsis: In the Summer of 1987, four friends, reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band The Smiths, embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a wild journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever. Featuring an incredible soundtrack – including 20 songs from The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World is a glorious ode to the craziness of the ‘80s and the power of music to change people’s lives.

 

Cody’s Review: A payoff aways if you’ll pay the price of admission. Shoplifters of the World is set to the tune of The Smiths, both in pace and character — not to mention several songs. Even if you’re not familiar with the 80s English rock band, don’t worry, you don’t need to like or even know the music to get something from this film… but you do have to be patient. Events are set into motion when news circulates that The Smiths have broken up, an event that would mean little to the average person; however, it’s heartbreaking to those that idolized the band, and it sends our characters out seeking a night of drinking and partying to mourn the end of something special. Meanwhile, another character establishes the soundtrack by holding a radio station DJ hostage and demanding a continuous stream of The Smiths for all that would listen. While things will change, the first third of the 85-minute runtime comes across as shallow, indulgent, and flavorless. Characters with less depth than a sheet of paper were going through the motions of recycled movie plots from the 80s and 90s — I mean, it’s literally based on the urban legend that inspired the movie Airheads, but also steals from or directly references The Breakfast Club, High Fidelity, and even Reality Bites. It takes a while to become aparant, but this is a tribute to some of the messages The Smiths told through music and interviews. It’s not until the halfway point that the storyline grows up and sends our hapless players crashing headlong into their own personal battles, daring them to become honest with themselves. In the course of a few minutes, the dissociation and angsty oh-woe-is-me attitudes cease to define their personalities, and we get to see they’re fighting just to keep it together. Cult clichès of the time, such as radio stations, copying pop culture styles, and meaningless acts of rebelion become cultural establishments. However, it also portrays the people and lifestyle in ways that feel very true to life. I’ve been at the same parties, talking about the same things with the same people, albeit a little over a decade later — and while I know it wasn’t that great, I still remember those times fondly. Verdict: I started out thinking Shoplifters of the World would be a massive disappointment, but ended up loving it. Despite being overwrought and contrived, it brings to life a niche fantasy of an entire generation in a way that is neither niche or fantasy. It’s not a particularly joyful movie, but it leaves you feeling better by the end because we all want to care that much about something.

The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw

Comedy | Streaming: March 23 | IMDb

Starring: MorningStar Angeline, Andrew Martin, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Gail Maurice, Gary Farmer, Billy Merasty, Vance Banzo, Roseanne Supernault

Synopsis: Upon receiving a letter about her ailing mother, Mitzi is called home from her creative life in downtown Toronto, where she designs funky hats and her boyfriend is a photographer. Back at home she faces old enemies, unresolved relationships, an old rivalry with a childhood enemy and growing up. It’s a story about growth, feelings and the trials and tribulations of finding love and your place in this world!

Donny’s Bar Mitzvah

Comedy | Streaming: March 23 (Amazon Prime and iTunes) | IMDb

Starring: Steele Stebbins, John DeLuca, Danny Trejo

Synopsis: Sex, drugs, and a dysfunctional family create the perfect storm for Donny Drucker’s Bar Mitzvah. We are catapulted back in time to the year 1998 as we follow a colorful array of characters from the perspective of a hired videographer. Donny tries to enjoy the evening while juggling his crazy mother, his teenage angst, and his new girlfriend, Handjob Hannah. Meanwhile Gerald, the MC of the party, is on a mission to stop the notorious party pooper Val Dho who is attempting to ruin the party. All that, plus: scandalous affairs, love triangles, spin the bottle, and a man with ranch dressing for hands. But as per tradition, all must be resolved before the big song at the end of the night.

 

Cody’s Review: What the **** did I just watch? Donny’s Bar Mitzvah is an outlandish twist on the found footage style, presented as if a 90s-era videographer with a VHS camcorder shot a bar mitzvah with an assortment of people we all wish we could un-meet. The whole thing feels like a series of Saturday Night Live sketches chopped up into a 70-minute movie, complete with unnecessary yelling, overused bits, and celebrity(-ish) cameos — including Danny Trejo and Noureen DeWulf. Most of the jokes are juvenille without being funny, but the few that do illicit a laugh will leave you feeling a little worse about yourself. The camcorder-style footage looks about as realistic as an early Instagram filter, and there are gimmicks like pop-out comments and exaggerated sound effects usually involving objects being pushed into or extracted from bodily orifices. Is it the worst thing I’ve seen? Well, no… I had to sit through Bridget Jones’s Baby last year, so the bar is set pretty low. But is there any time I recommend watching Donny’s Bar Mitzvah? Actually, yes. The next time you throw a big house party (with plenty of alcohol), set this to play on repeat. It’s full of weird conversation starters, not interesting enough to draw anybody away from the party, and dumb enough that you can plant drunks in front of it to veg out. Verdict: Yikes.

Six Minutes to Midnight

Drama, Thriller | Streaming: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: James D’Arcy, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard

Synopsis: Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem.

The Father

Drama | Streaming: March 26 | Theaters: March 12 | IMDb

Starring: Rufus Sewell, Olivia Colman, Imogen Poots, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams

Synopsis: Anthony is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne, encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? THE FATHER warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant – a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

The Good Traitor

Biography, Drama | Streaming: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Zoë Tapper, Denise Gough, Burn Gorman

Synopsis: Kauffmann, who was the Danish ambassador to Washington in 1939 when World War II started and who declared himself to be the only true representative of a free Denmark in opposition to the Nazis.

A Week Away

Drama, Family, Musical, Religion | Streaming: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, Jahbril Cook

Synopsis: In this uplifting musical, a troubled teen takes a leap of faith by attending summer camp — and unexpectedly finds love, friends and a place to belong.

The Seventh Day

Horror | Streaming: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Guy Pearce, Keith David, Stephen Lang

Synopsis: A renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest for his first day of training. As they plunge deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur, and their own demons emerge.

The Toll

Horror, Thriller | Streaming: March 26 | IMDb

Starring: Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan

Synopsis: Supernatural terror and spine-tingling suspense highlight this gripping journey into fear. When Cami orders a taxi service to take her to her father’s country home, she’s hoping for a quiet and uneventful ride. But a wrong turn by Spencer, her chatty driver, results in the car stalling on a dark and remote road. After several threatening and inexplicable occurrences, Cami and Spencer realize they are being watched–by an unseen presence that sees them as trespassers, and is ready to exact a deadly toll.

Upcoming

Here are some of the movies that are scheduled to come out soon. Links are added when possible, but many services won’t have pages for these services until they go live. Release dates may change without notice, so not all of these dates will turn out to be accurate.

The Boonies

Horror | Streaming: April 13 (seems to be late?) | Theaters: March 30 | IMDb

Starring: Daniel Johnson, James Quinn, Brian Balog

Synopsis: Aaron (Matt Schultz, Theo and the Professor) joins his brother, Jeremy (James Quinn, Checkmate), and a group of his friends for a weekend hiking excursion into the Appalachian woods. Instead of a peaceful weekend getaway, the group soon discovers their itinerary includes more than a traditional outdoor adventure. When they unexpectedly meet a couple who report strange local occurrences, the group soon find themselves on a terrifying trek during their fight for survival.

 

Cody’s Review: I regret every decision in my life that has led up to seeing this movie. At first, The Boonies feels like an amateur horror film. The audio and cinematography are passable, and might even be considered pretty good if we’re setting a low bar; but there’s no mistake that it has a very low-budget feel to it. Likewise, the acting is pretty weak, but it’s hard to tell how much can be attributed to bad direction and editing as opposed to just using a fairly amateur cast. Despite going on a camping trip as a group and having a fair amount of history together, it feels like most of them don’t even like each other — a sentiment I completely understand, as they are also immediately and entirely unlikable people. The only good acting I actually recall was delivered by a random victim that didn’t actually have any lines besides screaming in fear. However, the biggest problems can be attributed to the writing, direction, and editing. There is a scene where the characters are running for their lives, then stop and have a conversation with absolutely no sense of urgency. In another scene, two characters literally sit on the floor talking about not letting somebody get away… while that person gets away! By the time we understand the motives of our villains, about an hour in, it feels like this whole movie was made as a prank. The one and only thing I can give the smallest amount of credit for is that the ‘god-fearing’ villains turn out to be unusually open-minded in regards to relationships. Good for them, I guess. Verdict: This movie should be a career ender for half of the people involved. Don’t watch it.

The Marijuana Conspiracy

Drama | Streaming: April 20 | IMDb

Starring: Brittany Bristow, Morgan Kohan, Julia Sarah Stone, Tymika Tafari, Kyla Young, Marie Ward, Luke Bilyk, Gregory Calderone, Derek McGrath, Paulino Nunes

Synopsis: In 1972, five young women looking for a fresh start in life become part of a radical experiment studying the effects of weed on women. Despite the agendas of the government, they use their unique strengths, and friendship to overcome adversity.

The Mortuary Collection

Horror | Streaming: April 20 | IMDb

Starring: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer, Jacob Elordi

Synopsis: Set in the phantasmagorical town of Raven’s End, nothing is as it seems…. In THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. There she meets Montgomery Dark, an eccentric undertaker with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last, but the young girl’s world is unhinged when she discovers that the final story…is her own.

Stowaway

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Streaming: April 22 | IMDb

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim

Synopsis: On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision.

Mortal Kombat

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Streaming: April 23 (HBO Max) | Theaters: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin

Synopsis: A failing boxer uncovers a family secret that leads him to a mystical tournament called Mortal Kombat where he meets a group of warriors who fight to the death in order to save the realms from the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung.

Together Together

Comedy | Streaming: May 11 | Theaters: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Patti Harrison, Ed Helms, Rosalind Chao

Synopsis: When young loner Anna is hired as the gestational surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s who wants a child, the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love.

The Asset

Action, Crime, Thriller | Streaming: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Patrick, Michael Keaton

Synopsis: Rembrandt and Anna, two world premier assassins who share a mysterious past from Vietnam, traverse the globe competing for high-profile contracts. But when Anna’s mentor is murdered, she and Rembrandt must form an uneasy alliance and return to Vietnam to track down his killer.

Wildcat

Thriller | Streaming: April 27 | Theaters: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Georgina Campbell, Luke Benward, Ibrahim Renno, Mido Hamada, Ali Olomi

Synopsis: An ambitious reporter (Georgina Campbell) stationed in the Middle East is taken captive after a militant group ambushes her convoy. Convinced that the young woman is hiding her true identity, they’ll stop at nothing to extract information crucial to the success of their upcoming terrorist attack. With time running out, she must find a way to survive and turn the tables on her assailants.

Sweet River

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Streaming: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Lisa Kay, Martin Sacks, Eddie Baroo

Synopsis: Hana’s search for her son’s body leads her to the sleepy town of Billing, where her investigations uncover more than she expected and threaten to expose the towns secrets… secrets that both the living and the dead will fight to protect.

In the Earth

Horror | Streaming: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires

Synopsis: As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.

Bloodthirsty

Horror, Thriller | Streaming: April 23 | IMDb

Starring: Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk, Katharine King So

Synopsis: When indie singer Grey struggles to write her sophomore album, she teams up with a mysterious producer at his secluded cabin. Though their bond strengthens her music, it also starts to irreparably alter Grey’s body and mind.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (formerly Connected)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Streaming: April 30 (Netflix) | IMDb

Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph

Synopsis: Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams. Her whole family drives Katie to school together when their plans are interrupted by a tech uprising. The Mitchells will have to work together to save the world.

Eat Wheaties!

Comedy | Streaming: April 30 | IMDb

Starring: Alan Tudyk, Elisha Cuthbert, Sarah Chalke, Tony Hale

Synopsis: Sid Straw’s life unravels as he tries to prove that he was friends with a celebrity in college.

Golden Arm

Comedy | Streaming: April 30 | IMDb

Starring: Mary Holland, Betsy Sodaro, Olivia Stambouliah, Eugene Cordero, Aparna Nancherla, Dawn Luebbe, Ron Funches, Ahmed Bharoocha with Dot-Marie Jones, Kate Flannery

Synopsis: When her best friend Danny ropes her into taking her spot at the Women’s Arm Wrestling Championship, nice girl baker Melanie must trade whisks for barbells as she trains to face off with the reigning champ for a chance at newfound badassery and the grand prize.

The Virtuoso

Thriller, Crime, Action | Streaming: April 30 | Theaters: April 30 | IMDb

Starring: Anson Mount, Abbie Cornish, Eddie Marsan, Richard Brake, David Morse, Anthony Hopkins

Synopsis: Danger, deception, and murder descend upon a sleepy country town when a professional assassin (Anson Mount) accepts a new assignment from his enigmatic mentor and boss (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins). Given only where and when along with a cryptic clue, the methodical hit man must identify his mysterious mark from among several possible targets, including a local sheriff (David Morse). Meanwhile, a chance encounter with an alluring woman (Abbie Cornish) at the town’s rustic diner threatens to derail his mission in this noir-style cloak-and-dagger thriller.

Theatrical releases

If you’re up for hitting the theaters, here’s a list of releases that just made it to the big screen. Only titles from the last two weeks will be listed here.

Voyagers

Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Streaming: April 9 | IMDb

Starring: Colin Farrell, Lily Rose Depp, Archie Madekwe, Tye Sheridan, Fionn Whitehead, Isaac Hempstead Wright

Synopsis: With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the unsatiable hunger for power.

Night of the Sicario

Action, Thriller | Streaming: April 20 | Theaters: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Manny Perez, Costas Mandylor

Synopsis: Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Costas Mandylor (Saw franchise) star in this action-packed, suspenseful thriller that will shock you at every turn. While transporting the family of a key witness in a federal trial against the cartel, DEA agents are ambushed in a fatal shootout. Now the survivors, including the witness’ young daughter, must take refuge in a nearby home as the ruthless sicarios hunt them down. With danger at every corner and a violent hurricane wiping out any chance of outside help, they must play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the cartel to live through the night.

 

Cody’s Review: It feels like something is missing. Night of the Sicario is one of those films that aims to be one thing, but ultimately turns into something else. Flagged as an action thriller, there’s very little in the way of thrills or action, outside of a couple brief shootouts. I would instead label this a drama/suspense, as there’s plenty of both. I don’t have any technical complaints, and the concept is good, but I just couldn’t get into this one. The acting is a bit strained, especially with so much reliance on Natasha Henstridge to carry the scenes. As a result, the pacing is slow and often stumbles on long pauses and slow activity. Things briefly pick up when the seniors leap into action with a couple tricks to take out their captors, almost like a rag-tag geriatric A Team; but just as it seems they’re going to make a difference, they become inert and the bad guys are inexplicably fine again. Continuity issues are actually a bit of a trend in the movie, characters inexplicably change course and end up doing things or going places for no clear reason, and events happening earlier in the film don’t really line up with things that come later. I’m not sure if this was a mistake in editing, production, or writing, but it’s confusing all the same. And for reasons that are even more confusing, there are a couple unprompted moments of talking about cryptocurrency. I know this is related to the McGuffin of the film, but it’s so shoehorned that it feels like an ad. Verdict: Night of the Sicario should be considered a skip. It’s not strictly bad, but I couldn’t find anything motivating enough to warrant a recommendation.

Vanquish

Action, Crime, Thriller | Streaming: April 20 | Theaters: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ruby Rose

Synopsis: From the director of Double Take, Middle Men, and The Poison Rose comes this stylish, glossy action-thriller starring Morgan Freeman (Se7en) and Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black) that shows what desperation can drive a person to do. A mother, Victoria (Rose), is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her, but retired cop Damon (Freeman) forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts, and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters — or she may never see her child again.

 

Cody’s Review: I had moderately high hopes for Vanquish — it stars Morgan Freeman and Ruby Rose, it’s written and directed by Bad Boys illum George Gallo, and the trailer feels unique and interesting. However, the resulting movie is dry, lazy, and lifeless. Shooting began in September 2020, shortly after COVID-19 restrictions relaxed on filming. This may explain a very limited cast and some awful locations, but it can’t justify miserable lighting, poor cinematography, or weird sound effects, like strange sci-fi sound effects coming out of Ruby’s motorcycle. While Freeman and Rose bordered on phoning in their performances, I doubt they had anything to work with, and just about every other performance is terrible. Making matters worse is the paint-by-numbers plot and script, which has basically no depth, character development, or direction. But the most painful thing about Vanquish is the editing. There are 20-second long close-up shots of Ruby Rose riding a motorcycle for no reason, uncomfortably long establishing shots, and other filler that absolutely destroy the pacing. It’s rare to say this with sincerity, but at least 15 minutes could have been cut from this movie without sacrificing anything of value. I’m uncertain if this is a side-effect of having too little footage to work with, but this needed to be a tighter movie. And I try to avoid complaining about post-production details, but the color grade is tragic, which makes me wonder if they even had a decent camera to shoot with. Put simply, I’ve seen a better look and higher production values from SyFy originals and independent vloggers on YouTube. There’s so much more to complain about, but I’ll stop here. Verdict: It’s a solid skip. At best, this will help you fall asleep; and at the worst, you’ll actually stay awake through the whole thing.

Gunda

Documentary | Theaters: December 11 (limited), April 16 (wide?) | IMDb

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Victor Kossakovsky

Synopsis: GUNDA chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, Master director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it. Executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix.

We Broke Up

Comedy | Streaming: April 23 | Theaters: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Aya Cash, William Jackson Harper, Sarah Bolger

Synopsis: Lori and Doug have been together for 10 years. But when Lori reacts badly to Doug’s surprise proposal just before her little sister’s wedding, he dumps her. Not wanting to steal the spotlight, Doug and Lori pretend they’re still together. However, raw emotions and tempting flirtations with other wedding guests make pretending a lot harder than they’d anticipated.

In the Earth

Horror | Theaters: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires

Synopsis: As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.

Beast Beast

Drama | Theaters: April 16 | IMDb

Starring: Shirley Chen, Will Madden, Jose Angeles

Synopsis: Three interwoven stories of youth navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a Southern, American town. Brimming with energy and style, Beast Beast captures what it means to come of age in an era marked by technology and social media, where violent clashes awaken dormant passions and teenagers are faced with growing up all too quickly.

We’ll keep this list updated frequently, so keep coming back to see what’s new.

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