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.
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.
The Curse of La Llorona - The latest addition to The Conjuring universe takes places in Los Angeles, 1973, where a widowed social worker and her children are targeted by the infamous La Llorona. Linda Cardellini, Sean Patrick Thomas, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, and Tony Amendola star. Read Screen Rant's The Curse of La Llorona review.
Teen Spirit (Expanding Wide) - A Polish teenager (Elle Fanning) who dreams of leaving her small town and becoming a pop singer gets a shot at fame when she auditions for a world-famous singing competition. Zlatko Buric, Agnieszka Grochowska, and Rebecca Hall also star. Read Screen Rant's Teen Spirit review.
What's (Still) Playing
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.
Little - Regina Hall stars as a woman who is magically transformed back into her younger self and must figure out a way to reverse the spell. Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Abbie Gayle, Justin Hartley, and JD McCrary also star in the film. Read Screen Rant's Little review.
Hellboy - This live-action reboot of the Hellboy comic book movie franchise stars David Harbour as Red himself and Milla Jovovich as the villainous Blood Queen. Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Sophie Okonedo, and Thomas Hayden Church help fill out the supporting cast. Read Screen Rant's Hellboy 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.
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.
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.
After - The big screen adaptation of Anna Todd's One Direction fanfiction-turned romance novel stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, alongside a supporting cast that includes Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher, Khadijha Red Thunder, and Jennifer Beals. Read Screen Rant's After review.
Missing Link - Laika's new stop-motion animated movie follows the misadventures of an explorer (voiced by Hugh Jackman) and a sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis) as they team up to find the latter's relatives in Shangi-La. Zoe Saldana, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, and Emma Thompson also lend their voices to the film. Read Screen Rant's Missing Link 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.