7 New Movies This Week, Including ‘Firestarter’, ‘Senior Year’, and More!


There are five new movies to check out this week!

This week’s new movie releases include a young woman starting fires with her mind, a cheerleader trying to go back to high school after 20 years in a coma, and two horror films that will cause a few scares.

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 May 9 – May 15, 2022

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Firestarter  (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: Friday, May 13, 2022, in theatres and on the Peacock platform.

Summary: In Firestarter, as a result of a secret government experiment, a young girl, Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), has gained the power to start fires with her mind. Subsequently, Charlie is now being hunted by a group named The Shop, but Charlie isn’t going without a fight.

What to Watch For: The film is based on a Stephen King novel of the same name.

Word on the Street: This is a remake of a 1984 film that starred a young Drew Barrymore as Charlie, the girl who can start fires with her mind. The cast of that 1984 film had an all-star lineup of David Keith, Heather Locklear, George C. Scott, Art Carney, and Martin Sheen.

My Take: I am not a big fan of the original film, so I hope this remake will capture some of the book’s magic.

The Innocents
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The Innocents  (2021)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Summary: The Innocents is about four children who become friends during their summer vacation. The children discover that they have hidden powers. Soon, the children learn that their abilities have consequences, and playtime has taken a dark and dangerous turn.

What to Watch For: The film was a nominee for the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film has wowed film critics and has cleaned up on the film festival circuit, winning the 2021 Fantastic Fest Jury Award.

My Take: I love horror films, and this looks like an outstanding one.

Senior Year
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Senior Year   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: Premiering on the Netflix platform on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Summary: Senior Year is about Stephanie (Rebel Wilson), a high-school student who, after a cheerleading accident, is left in a coma for 20 years. Now she is awake and ready to return for her senior year of high school…as a 37-year-old.

What to Watch For: This is the first starring role that Rebel Wilson has done after her dramatic weight loss through exercise and diet. Wilson’s last big-screen role was as Jennyanydots in the 2019 film Cats.

Word on the Street: Former 90s ‘teen queen’ Alicia Silverstone makes an appearance in the film.

My Take: After being a supporting star for many years, let’s see if Rebel Wilson can lead a picture.

On the Count of Three
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On the Count of Three    (2021)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Summary: On the Count of Three is about two best friends (Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott) at the ends of their ropes. They decide to help each other commit suicide but not before they try to have the best last day of their lives.

What to Watch For: Besides starring in the film, Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) is making his directorial debut with the film.

Word on the Street: The film won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: One of my favorite actors, Henry Winkler, plays the part of Dr. Brenner, a man who may have played a role in the mental health of one of the guys.

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Happening   (2021)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Summary: Happening takes place in France in 1963. Anne (Anamaria Vartolomel) is about to finish her studies when she finds out that she is pregnant. Consequently, she decides to abort the baby against the law and goes on a journey to do so in a society that censures women’s rights and desires.

What to Watch For: The film is impressively at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with over 90 film critic reviews.

Word on the Street: The film won two awards at the 2022 Cesar Awards, France’s own Academy Awards.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film. So many film critics that I read and respect have loved this film.

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Monstrous   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres on Friday, May 13, 2022.

Summary: Monstrous is about a woman, Laura (Christina Ricci), traumatized and fleeing from an abusive relationship, who takes her 7-year-old son (Santino Barnard) to a remote house in the woods. The two should be safe; however, there is something in the woods, a bigger, more terrifying monster than an ex-husband.

What to Watch For: The film is from award-winning filmmaker Chris Sivertson, best known for his films I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Brawler (2011), and All Cheerleaders Die (2013).

Word on the Street: Christina Ricci is on a hot streak of late, coming off her Tv series Yellowjackets and appearance as Gwyn de Vere in The Matrix Resurrections.

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

Operation Mincemeat
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Operation Mincemeat    (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: Premiering Wednesday, May 11, 2022, on the Netflix platform.

Summary: Operation Mincemeat takes place during WWII, where iIn order to try and fool Germany about the planned Allied invasion of Sicily, a group of intelligence officers come up with a plan to take a deceased man, dress him up as an officer, and place fake plans about an alternate invasion and place him via submarine on the coast where German soldiers can find him.

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story, and the idea is credited to Ian Fleming, the man who would later create the character of 007, James Bond, for the series of iconic books.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Johnny Flynn, and Matthew Macfadyen.

My Take: I have fond memories of seeing the 1956 film The Man Who Never Was, based on the same true story.

What New Movies This Week Are You Planning to Watch?

And that’s your new releases for the week of May 9 – May 15, 2022.

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