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Now in Theaters: 5 New Movies for the Weekend of April 5

An overgrown boy-hero, the leader of the KKK, and spooky children for whom death is too good a fate: welcome to American cinema.

This week in film, we have a new DC superhero and more reasons to fear cemeteries and young children.

WIDE RELEASES

Shazam! (April 5)

Zachary Levi embodies Shazam, an orphaned teenager named Billy who's been given the power to transform into a grown-ass-man who happens to harness the power of electricity. Director David F. Sandberg describes the light-hearted origin story as a kids' movie that emphasizes that "there are times when adults will let you down and fail you." With the mad scientist Doctor Sivana acting as his foe, Billy tries to stop the alienated genius from destroying the planet. Sandberg says, "When you take away their powers, what Billy and Sivana both want is to belong and be part of a family, and we wanted to get into how that desire can bring out the best or the worst in a person." Judging by the trailers, Shazam! looks like Spider-Man meets Big, which is a new type of superhero movie nobody asked for, but Zachary Levi is delightful and deserves to wear a red bodysuit as much as he wants.

SHAZAM! - Official Trailer 2 - Only In Theaters April 5 youtu.be

The Best of Enemies (April 5)

Taraji Henson and Sam Rockwell star as the two feuding chairpersons of the desegregation committee of Durham, North Carolina in 1971. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name, the film features civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Ellis (Rockwell) forming an unconventional friendship. Despite "being assailed by their friends as traitors and sellouts" at the time, the two bonded over their mutual concern for the children of Durham. Rockwell appears as a charismatic and strangely sympathetic KKK leader who's forced to question his beliefs, while Henson commands attention as an assertive woman who's determined to end segregation. The real Atwater noted, "It's just a strange thing, but it really happened. And the funny part about it, we stayed friends all these years."

The Best of Enemies Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Trailers youtu.be

Pet Sematary (April 5)

Shit, guys, it's back! Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer direct this adaptation of the Stephen King classic. Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow star as the unsuspecting family who turns their daughter into a spooky, spooky creature who terrorizes the adults. Early reviews praise the film as one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date. It's also an excellent first date movie for couples who share a mutual hatred of children.

Pet Sematary (2019) - Final Trailer - Paramount Pictures youtu.be

LIMITED RELEASES

High Life (April 5)

This Robert Pattinson flick looks so cringe-worthy, it might actually be entertaining. Plus, the lovely Juliette Binoche is in it. She plays some sort of mad space doctor experimenting on humans, maybe? It's not very clear from the bonkers trailer. Here's the synopsis: "Monte (Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. They must now rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole." Okay, then.

High Life | Official Trailer HD | A24 youtu.be

Amazing Grace (April 5)

After being shelved since 1972, Neon production company is finally releasing its Aretha Franklin music documentary. Originally intended to be released with Franklin's record-breaking gospel album of the same name, Franklin's surviving family members finally approved of the project, calling it "very moving and inspirational." Released on Friday in Los Angeles and New York and slated for national release at a later date, Amazing Grace features Franklin's iconic 1972 performances at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

AMAZING GRACE - Official Trailer - Aretha Franklin Concert Film youtu.be



Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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