9 New Movies This Week: ‘Breaking,’ ‘Samaritan,’ and More!


Curious what the new movies this week are? While we’re still ramping up for the fall movie season, there are 9 new films releasing this week. John Boyega stars in Breaking, Sylvester Stallone in Samaritan, and more!

Here’s the full 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 August 22 – August 28, 2022

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Breaking  (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: In Breaking Brian (John Boyega), is a Marine war veteran who faces the mental and emotional challenges of returning to civilian life. Conversely, Brian is at a breaking point, both financially and mentally. Something has to go his way.

What To Watch For: The film won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was a big hit at the 2022 Atlanta Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the final feature-film appearance of the late Michael Kenneth Williams.

My Take: I know everyone knows John Boyega from his portrayal of Finn in the Star Wars franchise, but I will never forget his feature film debut as Moses in the outstanding 2011 film Attack the Block.

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Samaritan   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: Premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: Samaritan takes place twenty years after the super-powered vigilante named Samaritan was killed in a fiery warehouse battle. Since then the city has declined to the brink of chaos and needs a savior. Thirteen-year-old Sam (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton) is convinced that Samaritan didn’t die but went into hiding and is his mysterious and reclusive neighbor Mr. Smith (Sylvester Stallone).

What to Watch For: Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton is best known for his role as Ashtray in the TV series Euphoria.

Word on the Street: Sylvester Stallone believed in the project so much that he is one of the film’s producers.

My Take: It’s always fun to see Stallone in a film, especially where he plays a superhero.

Three Thousand Years of Longing
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Three Thousand Years of Longing   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: In Three Thousand Years of Longing Alithea (Tilda Swinton) is a world-renowned scholar specializing in myths and legends. While in Istanbul, Alithea buys a small lidded jar in a local shop. When cleaning it, the lid comes off, and a magical Djinn (Idris Elba) appears with an offer to grant her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

What to Watch For: The film is from the Academy Award-winning filmmaker George Miller, known for his movies Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Babe (1995), and Road Warrior (1981).

Word on the Street: Award-winning cinematographer John Seale was convinced by George Miller to come out of retirement to work on the film.

My Take: Any film directed by George Miller and starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba is a film that I will be sure to see in a theater.

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Alienoid   (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: Alienoid is about two swordsmen who are on a search for a legendary blade that is said can bend time. They are about to encounter people from the future chasing after an alien prisoner who has escaped and could alter the world’s fate.

What to Watch For: The film is part one of a two-part movie franchise. Both films were shot simultaneously for over a year of filming.

Word on the Street: The film recently played at the New York Asian Film Festival.

My Take: I love this combination of martial arts and sci-fi.

Running with the Devil
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Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee   (2022)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on Netflix on Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Summary: Running With the Devil is a documentary about John McAfee, best known for developing the first commercial anti-virus software. He later ran for president and was wanted for murder and tax evasion at the time of his death by suicide. Or was he murdered?

What to Watch For: The film is from Charlie Russell, an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work includes Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die (2011) and Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me (2017).

Word on the Street: When McAfee was wanted for the murder of a neighbor, he went on the run and invited a film crew to join him.

My Take: This should be a fascinating look at a man who had it all but went down a path that seemed to be doomed.

Me Time
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Me Time   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: Premiering on Netflix on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: Me Time is about Sonny (Kevin Hart). a husband and a dad to a loving family. When his wife takes the kids on a trip, Sonny finds that he is alone for the first time in a long time. He decides for some ‘me time and reconnects with a long-lost friend (Mark Wahlberg). It’s a wild week Sonny will never forget.

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by John Hamburg, known for his movies Little Fockers (2010), I Love You, Man (2009), and Why Him? (2016).

Word on the Street: The cast includes Regina Hall, John Amos, Jimmy O. Yang, and Luis Gerardo Mendez.

My Take: It should be fun to see what kind of trouble Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg can get into.

The Good Boss
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The Good Boss   (2021)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary:  The Good Boss is about Blanco (Javier Bardem), a man whose company is up for an award that could save it. Blanco is a man willing to do just about anything to ensure it happens.

What to Watch For: The film is currently at 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with over 45 film critic reviews.

Word on the Street: The film won 13 awards at the 2022 Goya Awards, Spain’s version of the Academy Awards.

My Take: You had me at ‘starring Javier Bardem.

The Invitation
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The Invitation   (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: In The Invitation Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) has discovered through a DNA test that she has a long-lost cousin, who, after meeting her, invites her to a lavish wedding in England. Evie is about to discover that her new-found family has deep dark secrets.

What to Watch For: Nathalie Emmanuel is best known for her role as Missandel on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Word on the Street: Co-writer/director Jessica M. Thompson’s last feature film was The Light of the Moon, which won the 2017 Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival.

My Take: All you may need to know is that the film’s original title was ‘The Bride.’

Funny Pages
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Funny Pages   (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Summary: Funny Pages is about Robert (Daniel Zolghadri), a seventeen-year-old who decides to quit high school and go out into the real world to become a comic book artist. Robert is about to meet a group of people that could either change his world or make him go back to his parent’s house.

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Owen Joseph Kline, one of the stars of the cult classic The Squid and the Whale (2005).

Word on the Street: The son of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, Owen Joseph Kline, based some of the film on his own experiences of wanting to be a cartoonist when he was younger.

My Take: Daniel Zolghadri was Riley in one of my favorite films of the past five years, Eighth Grade (2018).

What New Movies This Week Are You Planning to Watch?

And that’s your new releases for the week of August 22 – August 28, 2022.

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

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