Dumbledore’s secrets and more

There are a bunch of cool new movies to check out this week!

This week we have Newt on more adventures in Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s SecretsMark Wahlberg in Inspiring Father Stuand the horror movie choose or die.

Here’s the recap of the new movies hitting theaters this week, as well as those hitting major streaming platforms.

New movies to be released this week from April 11 to 17, 2022

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Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (2022)

Evaluation: PG-13

Release date: In theaters nationwide Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: In Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, Professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) has assigned Newt (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team of wizards, witches and a brave muggle baker to undertake a dangerous mission to stop the powerful dark wizard Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen ) to take over the wizarding world. Newt and his team will encounter beasts old and new and battle Grindelwald’s legion of followers to save the world. The question is, how long can Dumbledore stay on the sidelines?

To monitor: Mads Mikkelsen has replaced Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

word on the street: Former screenwriter of the seven Harry Potter films, Oscar nominee (wonder boys) screenwriter Steve Kloves joined JK Rowling to write the screenplay for this film.

my catch: I can’t wait to see what Mads Mikkelsen brings to the role of Grindelwald.

Father Stu
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Father Stu (2022)

Evaluation:R

Release date: In theaters nationwide Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Summary: Father Stu talks about Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg), who was a boxer and an aspiring actor, constantly failing and getting into trouble. After a near-fatal accident, Stu decides to become a priest. Along the way, Stu will have to overcome many other obstacles along his journey from self-destruction to redemption.

To monitor: The film is based on a true story. Obviously, Wahlberg was so committed to the message of the film that after being turned down by several studios, he put his own money into making this film.

word on the street: Impressive cast includes two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson (Brave heart) playing Stu’s father, two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom) playing Stu’s mother, and of course, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg (The fighter, the deceased).

my catch: I’m a big fan of Jacki Weaver and loved her as Dolores Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook.

choose or die
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Choose or Die (2022)

Evaluation: N / A

Release date: Premieres on the Netflix platform on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: choose or die is about lost-lucky coder Kayla (Iola Evans) finds a mysterious 1980s video game that has the potential for unclaimed cash prizes. Immediately, Kayla, with the help of fellow coder, Isaac (Asa Butterfield), fires up the game, and they enter a surreal world of next-level terror where the game brings pain and death to reality.

To monitor: Legendary horror actor Robert Englund plays a fictionalized version of himself.

word on the street: Iola Evans is fresh out of her appearances in the TV series Carnival Row and The 100.

my catch: I’m always in the mood for a good horror movie.

Paris, 13th arrondissement
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Paris 13th (2021)

Evaluation:R

Release date: In select theaters and on demand Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: Paris, 13th arrondissement tells the story of four young people who fall in love with each other as they try to make sense of their life in the most romantic city in the world, Paris.

To monitor: The film was a huge hit on the film festival circuit and was nominated for five César 2022 awards in France.

word on the street: The film is from two-time BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard.

my catch: I love Audiard’s 2015 film Dheepan.

Double
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Dueling (2022)

Evaluation:R

Release date: In select theaters Friday, April 15, 2022.

Summary: In Duel Sarah (Karen Gillan) was diagnosed as terminally ill and opted for a cloning procedure. Once the procedure is over, Sarah discovers that she is not dying. Consequently, Sarah tries to have her clone taken down, only to be told by a court that she will face her clone to the death in a year.

To monitor: The film has its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a Grand Jury Prize nomination.

word on the street: Besides Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji, Doctor Who), the film also stars Aaron Paul (breaking Bad), Theo James (Divergent), and Beulah Koale (Five-O’s from Hawaii).

my catch: The trailer looks like this movie will be a blast.

Shards
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Shards (2020)

Evaluation: N / A

Summary: After the death of her father, Bo (Jackson Kelly), and her mother, Anna (Joni Mann), the relationship deteriorated, especially after Anna began dating her teacher, David (Paul Gordon) . In the movie Shards, Bo enlists the help of David’s daughter, Joan (Annie Bulleit), to investigate a story her father told her about money buried at a local sawmill. Bo is about to set off on a journey of discovery and forgiveness.

To monitor: The film was nominated for the Independent Visions Award at the 2020 Sarasota Film Festival.

word on the street: This is the first feature film directed by Jon Corum. Corum has worked on numerous film and television productions as a cinematographer.

my catch: I loved the trailer for this movie, so I can’t wait to see it.

What new movies are you planning to watch this week?

And here are your news for the week of April 11 to April 17, 2022.

In our comments section below, let us know what new movies this week you’re looking forward to seeing!

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