This Easter weekend, a new film about faith will be shown and it will also be the first major franchise film of spring.
A new “Fantastic Beasts” prequel continues to flesh out the past of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” universeWhile Mark WahlbergA drama that was based on true events portrays a tough guy who discovers the truth about Christianity. Karen Gillan also plays two roles in a dark sci fi comedy that debuted at Sundance Film Festival and Netflix throws back to ’80s video games for a gruesome horror treat.
Here are some recommendations for new movies to satisfy all cinematic tastes. Also, there are notable theatrical films that have made their video-on demand debut.
If Harry Potter fans are super-fans, ‘Fantastic Beasts’: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the book for you.
The most recent 1930s-set “Beasts”This film improves on a number of elements, including its villain. Mads Mikkelsen is a powerful (and sinister!) replacement for Johnny Depp, as Gellert Grindelward, a dark wizard who plans to wage war against non-magical people. Dumbledore orders Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an awkward magizoologist, to lead a counterintelligence operation against Grindelwald. It’s an enchanting, satisfying chapter even if the bigger “Fantastic” story isn’t exactly clear.
What to watch:In theatres
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For a heartfelt Easter drama, ‘Father Stu’ might be the right choice.
Wahlberg plays Stuart Long, an actor-turned-boxer who is struggling to find his way in life. He also starts attending church to impress Teresa Ruiz. He gets in a motorcycle accident, begins to reconnect with his estranged dad (Mel Gibson) and decides to become a priest, a goal that becomes harder when he’s diagnosed with an extremely rare autoimmune disease. It’s a powerful story with solid characters. Transformational performanceWahlberg
What to watch:In theaters
If you enjoy seeing more than one Karen Gillan at a time: ‘Dual’
Director Riley Stearns’ drolly humorous satire imagines a future where terminally ill people can commission clones to take over their lives when they die, and Gillan stars as a woman named Sarah who choses this route when she’s hit with a terminal illness. She starts teaching a doppelganger (also Gillan) to be her, then learns she’s going to be OK, and they’re legally forced to schedule a duel to the death. Aaron Paul portrays the man who helps Sarah develop her killer instinct in a film that is about identity and fighting to save one’s own life.
What to watch:In theaters
If you’re John Malkovich completist, ‘Chariot’ is for you.
The thriller that is super weird doesn’t know whether it wants to be a reincarnation drama. Thomas Mann plays a man trying to solve a strange dream that he has been having since he moved into an apartment block full of eccentrics. Rosa Salazar plays an attractive stranger he meets in the laundry room – apparently a love from a past life – and Malkovich co-stars as the doctor whose job is to fix this glitch in the afterlife system.
If you think math is just straight-up evil: ‘The Cellar’
Elisa Cuthbert stars in the effective horror flick as a mother who moves with her family to an old house. Her daughter mysteriously disappears in the basement. The concerned mom begins to investigate strange symbols and equations that are found on the walls of the house and on the floor. That leads her down a twisted path investigating the home’s former owners, its dark history and the evil entity beyond its walls in a fright fest that plays with both haunted house and possession tropes.
What to watch:Theaters and other venues Shudder
- The twisty gangster dramaThe OutfitThe movie “The British Tailor” stars Mark Rylance. Dylan O’BrienYou can now be a young mobster. Apple TVOther on-demand platforms.
- The 1970s-set slasher movie was finally released theatrically. “X” starring Mia Goth and Kid Cudi is on demand starting Thursday.
- New on DEmand is “Umma,”Horror film featuring Sandra Oh, a single mother whose life is turned upside down when her deceased mother’s remains arrive from Korea.