6 New Movies This Week, Including ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’, ‘Father Stu’ and More!

Fantastic Beasts

There are a bunch of cool new movies to check out this week!

This week we have Newt on more adventures in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Mark Wahlberg in the inspirational Father Stu, and the horror film Choose or Die.

Here’s the rundown of new movies this week that are coming out in theaters, as well as those releasing on the major streaming platforms.

New Movies Coming Out This Week April 11 – April 17, 2022

Fantastic Beasts Poster
Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: In Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) has entrusted Newt (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team of wizards, witches, and one brave Muggle baker to go on a dangerous mission to stop the powerful Dark wizard Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) from seizing control of the wizarding world. Newt and his team will encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s legion of followers to save the world. The question is, just how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

What to Watch For: Mads Mikkelsen has replaced Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

Word on the Street: Formerly writing the seven Harry Potter films, Oscar-nominated (Wonder Boys) screenwriter Steve Kloves joined J.K. Rowling in writing the screenplay for this film.

My Take: I can’t wait to see what Mads Mikkelsen brings to the role of Grindelwald.

Father Stu
Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Father Stu   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Summary: Father Stu is about Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg), who has been a boxer and a wannabe actor, constantly failing and getting into trouble. After a near-fatal accident, Stu decides to become a priest. Along the way, Stu will be given many more obstacles to overcome along his journey from self-destruction to redemption.

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story. Markedly, Wahlberg felt so strongly about the movie’s message that after being turned down by several studios, he put up his own money to make this movie.

Word on the Street: The impressive cast includes two-time Academy Award winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart) playing Stu’s father, two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom) playing Stu’s mother, and of course, two-time Oscar-nominated Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed).

My Take: I am a big fan of Jacki Weaver and loved her in the role of Dolores Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook.

Choose or Die
Photo courtesy of Netflix

Choose or Die   (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premieres on the Netflix platform on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: Choose or Die is about Kayla (Iola Evans), a down on her luck, coder ) finds a mysterious 1980s video game that has the possibility of having unclaimed prize money. Straightaway, Kayla, with the help of a fellow coder, Isaac (Asa Butterfield), fire up the game, and they step into a surreal world of next-level terror where the game brings pain and death to reality.

What to Watch For: Legendary horror actor Robert Englund plays a fictionalized version of himself.

Word on the Street: Iola Evans is hot off her appearances on the Tv series Carnival Row and The 100.

My Take: I am always in the mood for a good horror film.

Paris, 13th District
Photo courtesy of IFC Films

Paris, 13th District   (2021)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres and On-Demand on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: Paris, 13th District is about the story of four young people who fall in and out of love with each other while trying to figure out their lives in the most romantic city in the world, Paris.

What to Watch For: The film has been a massive hit on the film festival circuit and was nominated for five awards at the 2022 Cesar Awards in France.

Word on the Street: The film is from the two-time BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard.

My Take: I love Audiard’s 2015 film Dheepan.

Photo courtesy of RLJE FIlms

Duel   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date:  In select theaters on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: In Duel Sarah (Karen Gillan) has been given a terminal diagnosis and has opted for a cloning procedure. After the procedure is done, Sarah finds out that she isn’t dying. Consequently, Sarah tries to have her clone decommissioned, only to be told by a court that she will be dueling her clone to the death in one year.

What to Watch For: The film has its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize.

Word on the Street: Besides Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji, Doctor Who), the film also stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Theo James (Divergent), and Beulah Koale (Hawaii Five-O).

My Take: The trailer looks like this film will be a blast.

Photo courtesy of Outsider Pictures

Splinters   (2020)

Rating: N/A

Summary: After the death of his father, Bo (Jackson Kelly), and his mother, Anna (Joni Mann) relationship deteriorated, especially after Anna started dating his teacher, David (Paul Gordon). In the film Splinters, Bo enlists the help of David’s daughter, Joan (Annie Bulleit), to investigate a story his father told him about buried money at a local sawmill. Bo is about to go on a journey of discovery and forgiveness.

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Independent Visions Award at the 2020 Sarasota Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film Jon Corum directed. Corum has worked on numerous film and TV productions as a cinematographer.

My Take: I loved the trailer for this film, so I can’t wait to see it.

What New Movies This Week Are You Planning to Watch?

And that’s your new releases for the week of April 11 – April 17, 2022.

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