6 New Movies This Week, Including ‘The Northman’, ‘The Bad Guys’, and More!

the northman

There are some exciting new movies to check out this week!

This week brings us we get a Viking revenge tale, an animated movie about a gang of thieves led by the Big Bad Wolf, and Nicolas Cage playing himself.

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 18 – April 24, 2022

The Northman
Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The Northman   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Summary:  The Northman is a tale about a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) who, after years away, has come back to avenge his father’s death and rescue his mother.

What to Watch For: From filmmaker Robert Eggers (The Witch) comes an epic tale with a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Word on the Street: This is a passion project for Alexander Skarsgård, who has been wanting to make a film about Vikings for years.

My Take: Add in Bjork as a character named Seeress, and you have a movie that could be interesting to watch.

The Bad Guys
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Bad Guys   (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Summary: The Bad Guys is about a gang of master thieves led by the Big Bad Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell). When the gang is caught trying to steal a priceless award, Professor Marmalade (voiced by Richard Ayoade) vows to turn the gang into ‘The Good Guys.’ Undoubtedly, Wolf and his gang will turn the attempt into another way to steal the award back.

What to Watch For: The film particularly contains a strong voice cast, including Awkwafina as the tech-savvy Tarantula, Anthony Ramos as the group’s muscle, Piranha, Craig Robinson as the Shark, Marc Maron as the selfish Snake, and Zazie Beetz as Diane Foxington as the Governor.

Word on the Street: The film is based on the popular children’s book series of the same name by Aaron Blabey.

My Take: I love that Awkwafina is getting to branch out into animation.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Summary: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is about a cash-strapped Nicolas Cage (yes, that Nic Cage) agreeing to make an appearance for 1 million dollars at a billionaire’s (Pedro Pascal) birthday party. It gets complicated when Nic learns that the billionaire is not only a fan but is a drug kingpin, and the CIA wants Nic to spy on him and save a kidnapped teenager.

What to Watch For: David Gordon Green plays himself in the film. Green is a producer and director known for his films Halloween (2018) and Pineapple Express (2008). Markedly, Green directed Cage in the 2013 film, Joe.

Word on the Street: Cage turned down the role until he read a letter written to him by the director of the film, Tom Gormican.

My Take: I love that Nicolas Cage, at the end of principal photography, gave the whole cast an autographed pillow with a picture of himself plastered on the front, just like a pillow in the film.

Polar Bear
Photo courtesy of Disney+

Polar Bear   (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: Premiering on the Disney+ platform on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Summary: Polar Bear is about a new mother as she raises her cub in a world that has become increasingly hard due to the polar bears shrinking habitat.

What to Watch For: The film is narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener.

Word on the Street: Polar Bear is from Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the award-winning directing team that brought you the 2019 film Penguins.

My Take: I love nature films, and Disneynature does some outstanding movies.

White Hot
Photo courtesy of Netflix

White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch   (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on the Netflix platform on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Summary: White Hot tells the story of Abercrombie and Fitch, the clothing store that dominated the mall scene in the late 90s and early 00s with their gorgeous models, loud music in their stores, and their signature scent. However, it all came crashing down when their “all-American” squeaky clean image was shattered as their exclusionary marketing and hiring practices came to light.

What to Watch For: The film features interviews with former employees, models, and company executives that tell the story of how a brand destroyed itself.

Word on the Street: The film is from the multi-award-winning director Alison Klayman, known for her movies Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) and The Brink (2019).

My Take: I am a huge fan of filmmaker Alison Klayman. I think Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is one of the best documentaries of the past 20 years.

A Cowgirl's Song
Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

A Cowgirl’s Song    (2022)

Rating: PG

Release Date: In select theaters and On-Demand on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Summary:   In A Cowgirl’s Song,  Hailey (Savannah Lee May) and her sister (Darci Lynne Farmer) go to live with their grandmother (Cheryl Ladd) when their father is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. Hailey wants to be a singer, just like her grandmother, a former country music star but can’t overcome stage fright. However, Hailey and her star grandmother are about to put on a concert to raise money for her dad, and Hailey will have to do the one thing she hates to do, perform on stage.

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Timothy Armstrong, who also created the first three films in the Cowgirls series.

Word on the Street: Cheryl Ladd is best known for her role as Kris Munroe on the legendary TV series Charlie’s Angels.

My Take: I will never forget Cheryl Ladd from a guilty pleasure film of mine, Poison Ivy (1992), starring Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, and a very young Leonardo DiCaprio.

What New Movies This Week Are You Planning to Watch?

And that’s your new releases for the week of April 18 – 24, 2022.

In our comment section below, let us know what new movies this week you are excited to see!

Responses

Your email address will not be published.