8 New Movies This Week, Including ‘Memory’, ‘Crush’, and More!

There are eight new movies to check out this week!

This week we get to see Liam Neeson killing bad guys, a high school rom-com, and possibly the mystery of Marilyn Monroe’s death solved.

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 25 – May 1, 2022

Memory
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Memory   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Summary: Memory is about an assassin-for-hire, Alex (Liam Neeson), who becomes a target himself after he refuses to complete a job for a notorious criminal organization. Now Alex must hunt down the people who hired him. However, Alex is hampered by a memory that is beginning to falter, blurring the lines between right and wrong.

What to Watch For: The film is based on the Belgian film The Memory of a Killer (2003).

Word on the Street: The cast includes Monica Bellucci, Guy Pearce, and Ray Stevenson.

My Take: Monica Bellucci was in both The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) in the role of Persephone.

Crush
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Crush   (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on Hulu on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Summary: In Crush, Page (Rowan Blanchard) is a talented art student in her senior year of high school. In order to be close to her ‘crush,’ Gabby. Page joins the track team. Although Page stinks at track, she is about to discover that love can be complicated when she finds that she is falling for someone else, Gabby’s sister AJ (Auli’i Cravalho).

What to Watch For: Rowan Blanchard is best known for her role as Riley in the TV series Girl Meets World.

Word on the Street: Auli’i Cravalho made her feature-film debut in her award-winning role as the lead in the Disney musical Moana (2016).

My Take: I love that Megan Mullally plays Page’s wise-cracking mother in the film.

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe
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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes   (2022)

Rating: TV-MA

Release Date: Premiering on the Netflix platform on April 27, 2022.

Summary: The life and death of Marilyn Monroe has fascinated the world. The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is a documentary that explores the end of the icon with unheard interviews with both Marilyn and her inner circle. Will these previously secret tapes uncover the mystery of Marilyn?

What to Watch For: Many of the interviews are from a 1992 investigation of her death after the case was reopened.

Word on the Street: The film promises to explore in-depth the connection between Monroe and President Kennedy.

My Take: Between this and the upcoming Brad Pitt-produced film Blonde, starring Ana de Armas, we might be able to say that 2022 is the year of Marilyn Monroe.

Hatching
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Hatching    (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Summary: Hatching is about a young gymnast who is trying but failing to desperately please her demanding mother. After a bird breaks into their home and is killed, the gymnast finds a lone egg in the nearby forest. Afterward, she takes the egg in and keeps it warm and safe until it hatches. What hatches will change her family forever.

What to Watch For: The film is the first feature film for Finnish director Hanna Bergholm, known for her award-winning short films, including the 2018 film Puppet Master.

Word on the Street: The film was recently nominated for awards at both the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival.

My Take: I am always ready for a good horror film.

Firebird
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Firebird   (2021)

Rating: R

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

Summary: Set during the late 1970s in Communist Russia, Firebird is about Sergey (Tom Prior), who dreams of becoming an actor in Moscow. As he waits for the day when he will be released from the service, Sergey is assigned to a Soviet Air Base where he meets Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), a dashing fighter pilot. Driven by their undeniable attraction, the two navigate the precarious line between love and friendship at a time when Soviet men in uniform caught having a sexual affair was met with severe punishment.

What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award at eh 2021 Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the first narrative feature film for director Peeter Rebane, known for his documentaries Tashi Delek! (2015), and Robbie Williams: Fans Journey to Tallinn (2014).

My Take: I saw this film at the Out on Film Festival in Atlanta.

Anais in Love
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Anaïs in Love   (2021)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 29, 2022, and on Video on Demand on May 6, 2022.

Summary: Anaïs in Love is about a 30-year-old woman (Anaïs Demoustier) floundering in life. She meets Daniel (Denis Podalydes), an older man who almost instantly falls for her. However, Daneil lives with his long-term girlfriend, a writer named Emilie (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). Anaïs becomes obsessed with Emilie and makes it her mission to have Emilie fall in love with her.

What to Watch For: The film made its World Premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Anaïs Demoustier is best known for her roles in The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011) and Alice and the Mayor (2019).

My Take: I love the trailer for this unconventional rom-com.

Charlotte
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Charlotte   (2021)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Summary: Charlotte is about a young German-Jewish painter who comes of age in Berlin on the eve of the Second World War. Charlotte has dreams of becoming a famous artist but realizes that her world is changing quickly and dangerously, and she leaves Berlin for the safety of the South of France. She finds new love and begins painting again, but a family secret threatens her work and life.

What to Watch For: The outstanding voice cast includes Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Sam Claflin, Marion Cotillard, Jim Broadbent, and Eddie Marsan.

Word on the Street: Both Keira Knightley and Marion Cotillard are executive producers of the film.

My Take: I love that this animated film is based on a true story.

The Sound of Violet
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The Sound of Violet   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 29, 2022.

Summary: In The Sound of Violet, Shawn (Cason Thomas) wants to find a wife, but he’s shy and has autism, which causes him to speak his mind, sometimes at the wrong time. His brother drags him to a party where he meets Violet (Cora Cleary), a young woman who says she is an actress and is amused by Shawn and his outlook on life. The only problem in this relationship is Violet isn’t an actress…she is a ‘working woman.’

What to Watch For: The film won the Best Screenplay at the Las Vegas International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is based on an award-winning novel of the same name by the writer/director of the film, Allen Wolf.

My Take: I enjoyed Allan Wolf’s first film, In My Sleep, which starred a couple of favorites of mine, Lacey Chabert and Abigail Spencer.

What New Movies This Week Are You Planning to Watch?

And that’s your new releases for the week of April 25 – May 1, 2022.

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

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