10 New Movies Coming Out This Week: ‘Evil Dead Rise’ and More!

New Movies Coming Out: Evil Dead Rise

Wondering what new movies are coming out this week? There are 10 new movies releasing in theaters and on streaming platforms.

This week we have a return to the Evil Dead movies, a film starring Joaquin Phoenix from the director of Midsommar, a drama about a violinist caught up in the French Revolution, and a family drama written and directed by Ray Romano.

All that and a documentary about fan-favorite writer Judy Blume, plus a first date that turns into a spy film starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.

With so many choices this week, you may have to make several trips to the theatre!

New Movies Coming Out This Week: April 17, 2023 – April 23, 2023

Evil Dead Rise
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Evil Dead Rise  (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: In Evil Dead Rise, Beth (Lily Sullivan) might be pregnant and is uncertain about what to do. She decides to go to L.A. and visit her sister Ellie (Alyssa Echols), who she hasn’t seen in forever. Ellie and her three children live in an apartment building that is about to be torn down. When the kids discover an old record, it unleashes demons who will soon create a nightmare version of a family imaginable.

What to Watch For: The film was initially set to be released online but performed so strongly in test screenings the studio decided to release the movie theatrically instead.

Word on the Street: This is the fifth film in the Evil Dead series, which started in 1981 with Evil Dead.

My Take: I love that one piece of trivia I found about the movie is that they used over 1700 gallons of fake blood for the film.

Beau is Afraid
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Beau is Afraid  (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: Beau is Afraid is about Beau (Joaquin Phoenix). an extremely anxious man who doesn’t have the best relationship with his overbearing mother. When she dies, Beau embarks on a journey home that will confront his greatest fears and test his sanity.

What to Watch For: The all-star cast includes Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan, Hayley Squires, Kylie Rogers, Parker Posey, Zoe Lister-Jones, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Michael Gandolfini, and Richard Kind.

Word on the Street: The movie is from filmmaker Ari Aster, who brought us Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019).

My Take: Ari Aster has been working on getting this film made since 2011 and has at one point described the film as a ‘nightmare comedy.’

Chevalier
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Chevalier  (2022)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: Chevalier tells the tale of Chevalier de Saint-Georges (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), who rose to fame as a child musical prodigy and became a favorite of Marie Antoinette. However, Chevalier’s fame and talent soon made him enemies and caused a falling out with the Queen of France. So Chevalier decides it is time for a change for France and himself.

What to Watch For: The film is based on the real-life story of French-Caribbean musician Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. He’s the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner.

Word on the Street: Kelvin Harrison Jr. burst on the scene in 2019 with four films released that year, including his acclaimed performances in Luce and Waves.

My Take: I enjoyed Harrison Jr.’s performance as B.B. King in the Academy Award-nominated film Elvis.

Ghosted
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Ghosted  (2023)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: Premiering on Apple TV+ on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: In Ghosted, Cole (Chris Evans) has met Sadie (Ana de Armas) and fallen hard for her after just one date. Before they can decide on a second date, Cole finds out that Sadie is a secret agent, and suddenly they are off on an international adventure to save the world.

What to Watch For: Originally, Scarlett Johansson was cast as Sadie. However, she had to drop out due to scheduling problems. Ana de Armas was then cast, having worked with Evans already on two films (Knives Out (2019) and The Gray Man (2022)).

Word on the Street: The film is from Dexter Fletcher, the award-winning director of Wild Bill (2011) and Rocketman (2019).

My Take: After seeing Ana de Armas kick butt in the 2021 James Bond film No Time to Die, I stated I wanted her to be the next 007. However, I guess I will, for now, settle for this film.

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
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Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant  (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant is about U.S. Army Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is alive because his Afghan interpreter, Ahmed (Dar Salim), risked his life to carry John to safety after an ambush during the war in Afghanistan. After returning to the U.S., John finds out that Ahmed and his family have not been given safe passage to America as promised; John must repay his debt and return to the war zone before the Taliban hunts down Ahmed.

What to Watch For: The film is directed by filmmaker Guy Ritchie, best known for his movies Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Gentlemen (2019).

Word on the Street: Iraqi-born actor Dar Salim is best known for his role as Qotho in the TV series Game of Thrones.

My Take: I am a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal. Donnie Darko (2001) is one of my favorite films of his.

A Tourist's Guide to Love
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A Tourist’s Guide to Love  (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on Netflix on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: A Tourist’s Guide to Love takes place when, after a nasty breakup with her boyfriend, John (Ben Feldman), Amanda (Rachael Leigh Cook), takes an assignment to go undercover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. It’s there that Amanda meets her guide Sinh (Scott Ly), who convinces her to throw away her guidebook and become an adventurer. Soon Amanda forgets about John until he expectably shows up.

What to Watch For: The film was shot on location in Vietnam. It’s the first Netflix original film to be shot there.

Word on the Street: Scott Ly was Vikis on the TV series Legend of Souls.

My Take: We all fell for Rachael Leigh Cook when she starred in the 1999 film She’s All That.

Judy Blume Forever
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Judy Blume Forever  (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: Judy Blume Forever is a documentary on the writer Judy Blume. Generations of readers have been impacted by her writing, often because of her frankness about puberty and sex.

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2023 Miami Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Among the people interviewed in the film are Samantha Bee, Anna Konkle, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald.

My Take: I will see the film at the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival.

To Catch a Killer
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To Catch a Killer  (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: In To Catch a Killer, a talented but troubled police officer (Shailene Woodley) is recruited by the FBI’s chief investigator (Ben Mendelsohn) to join his task force to help catch a murderer who is terrorizing the city.

What to Watch For: This is the first English-language film from Argentina director Damián Szifron. His 2014 film Wild Tales was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Word on the Street: Shailene Woodley believed so strongly in the film that she is one of the movie’s producers.

My Take: Woodley starred in one of my all-time favorite films, The Spectacular Now (2013).

Gringa
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Gringa  (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: Gringa is about Marge (Jess Gabor), who hates her life and, after discovering that her long-lost dad (Steve Zahn) is living in Mexico, runs away to visit the father she has never known. Together, they will learn that a family can be put back together, even if all they have is each other.

What to Watch For: The film was a hit on the film festival circuit, including winning the Feature Film Audience Award at the 2022 Breckenridge Festival of Film.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for filmmakers Marny Eng & E.J. Foerster, who both have had careers as 2nd Unit Directors.

My Take: Jess Gabor is best known for playing Kelly Keefe on the TV series Shameless.

Somewhere in Queens
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Somewhere in Queens  (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Summary: Somewhere in Queens is about Leo and Angela (Ray Romano and Laurie Metcalf), who have a son named Matthew (Jacob Ward), who everyone calls Sticks. Sticks is a wonderful son. And he’s also the star of his basketball team. However, he is also very shy and reserved.

Things appear to be heading in the right direction for Sticks when a college expresses interest in him. However, he’s about to hit a speed bump. His girlfriend, Dani (Sadie Stanley), suddenly breaks up with.

Leo’s focus? Trying everything to get Sticks a scholarship, even if it means begging Dani to take Sticks back.

What to Watch For: The film was co-written and directed by Ray Romano. The film is Romano’s feature film directorial debut.

Word on the Street: The film is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

My Take: Sadie Stanley is currently on the TV series The Goldbergs as Brea Bee.

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