Here’s what’s new in theaters and streaming for the weekend:
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Theaters)
Starring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Celeste O’Connor, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Plot: When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 63%
Critic Consensus: “Ghostbusters: Afterlife crosses the streams between franchise revival and exercise in nostalgia — and this time around, the bustin’ mostly feels good”
King Richard (Theaters and HBO Max)
Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyva Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn
Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Plot: Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on Compton, California’s neglected tennis courts–rain or shine–the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.
RT Freshness: 92%
Critic Consensus: “King Richard transcends sport biopic formulas with refreshingly nuanced storytelling — and a towering performance from Will Smith in the title role”
Zeros and Ones (Theaters and VOD)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Cristina Chiriac, Valerio Mastandrea, Phil Neilson, Dounia Sichov, Babak Karimi
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Plot: Called to the city to stop an imminent terrorist bombing, soldier J.J. desperately seeks news of his imprisoned rebel brother, Justin, who holds knowledge that could thwart the attack. Navigating the capital’s darkened streets, J.J. races to a series of ominous encounters, hoping to keep the Vatican from being blown to bits.
RT Freshness: 74%
Critic Consensus: N/A
C’mon C’mon (Theaters)
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Norman, Gaby Hoffmann, Jaboukie Young-White, Scoot McNairy, Molly Webster
Directed by: Mike Mills
Plot: Johnny and his young nephew forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future.
RT Freshness: 91%
Critic Consensus: “The sweet chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman is complemented by writer-director Mike Mills’ empathetic work, helping C’mon C’mon transcend its familiar trappings”
Starring: Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, Ken Jeong, Jim Jefferies, Catherine O’Hara
Directed by: David Silverman
Plot: Op and Ed accidentally time-travel from the Galapagos Islands in 1835 to present-day Shanghai. They make their way through the city in confusion and make the horrifying discovery that the species to which they belong became extinct shortly after.
RT Freshness: 50%
Critic Consensus: N/A
Tick, Tick…Boom! (Netflix)
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin De Jesus, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford
Directed by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Plot: On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theater composer navigates love, friendship, and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.
RT Freshness: 88%
Critic Consensus: “tick, tick… BOOM! makes musical magic out of a story focused on the creative process — an impressive feat for debuting director Lin-Manuel Miranda”
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.