You’ve read about the “Don’t Worry Darling” drama. Now you’ll finally get to see if the movie lives up to the gossip.
This weekend, Olivia Wilde’s psychological thriller with Florence Pugh and Harry Styles makes its way to theaters at last after so many headlines about feuds, on-set relationships and Spitgate. Also, Kaley Cuoco and ex-“SNL” regular Pete Davidson star in a Peacock time-loop romantic comedy, Tyler Perry directs a Netflix period drama that he wrote in the mid-1990s, and the life of Oscar icon Sidney Poitier gets the documentary treatment via Apple TV+.
Here’s a guide to new movies that will satisfy every cinematic taste, plus some noteworthy theatrical films making their streaming and on-demand debuts:
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If you’re curious about all the Olivia Wilde/Harry Styles/Florence Pugh hubbub: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
Temper all sorts of expectations, folks. What’s on screen in the thriller – which stars Pugh and Styles as a married couple in a 1950s-era community that isn’t as pleasant as it seems – is not nearly as scintillating as the real-life strife and it’s not as racy as the trailers make it seem, though Pugh delivers a strong dose of retro paranoia.
Where to watch: In theaters
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If you wish ‘8 Mile’ was about a teenage girl: ‘On the Come Up’
Sanaa Lathan’s directorial debut is a solid underdog story in the world of rap battles. Jamila Gray garners a breakthrough role as the talented 16-year-old daughter of a late hip-hop star who finds her voice but comes under the influence of her dad’s ex-manager (Method Man).
Where to watch: Paramount+
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If you love time-loop movies and/or Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson: ‘Meet Cute’
Sheila (Cuoco) finds a time machine in a New York nail salon and uses it over and over again to fix aspects of a chance introduction with Gary (Davidson). The comedy is a bit darker than it sounds and takes a while to reveal exactly what it’s trying to accomplish, yet its underlying message – life can be messy and that’s OK – is a positive one.
Where to watch: Peacock
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If you live for Tyler Perry movies: ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’
Perry dusts off his first screenplay for this sprawling musical melodrama/murder mystery. In 1930s Georgia, Bayou (Joshua Boone) and Leanne (Solea Pfeiffer) meet, though their families aren’t too keen on a romance. Over the next several years, he becomes a famous jazz singer, she marries another man, and racism and betrayal threaten their lives and love for each other.
Where to watch: Netflix
If you yearn to see Allison Janney as an action star: ‘Lou’
In the twisty thriller, Janney stars as a cranky loner living on a Pacific Northwest island in the mid-1980s. When her neighbor Hannah (Jurnee Smollett) finds that her ex (Logan Marshall-Green) has kidnapped their daughter, Lou hunts the culprit in a nasty storm and turns out to be way better on a dangerous rescue mission than it would appear.
Where to watch:Netflix
If you need a good cry (and a Kathleen Turner appearance): ‘The Swearing Jar’
The excellent musical dramedy features two heartfelt love stories, good songs, a surprising story structure, a fun turn from Turner (as an eccentric mother-in-law) and some tear-jerking emotion. Carey (Adelaide Clemens) throws a 40th birthday concert for her husband (Patrick J. Adams) and also has eyes for her guitar player (Douglas Smith) in a narrative reflecting life’s joys and complications.
Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon
If you want to know more about a Hollywood legend: ‘Sidney’
Produced by Oprah Winfrey, the film is an insightful memorial to Poitier’s life and career. Best of all, it lets the Bahamian-born Oscar winner tell much of his own absorbing story, from early days in America and run-ins with the Ku Klux Klan to a friendship/rivalry with Harry Belafonte and how his parents influenced his acting roles.
Where to watch:Apple TV+
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If you’re a Josh Duhamel completist: ‘Bandit’
A run-of-the-mill crime comedy gets a boost from Duhamel’s considerable charms (and endless array of ridiculous fake noses and disguises). Based on a true story, the 1980s-set film stars Duhamel as a career criminal who escapes a Michigan jail and becomes a modern legend for robbing Canadian banks. Elisha Cuthbert co-stars as his wife and Mel Gibson is a shady loan shark.
Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV, Vudu
Also on streaming
- The gothic horror film “The Invitation,” starring Nathalie Emmanuel as a young woman invited to a wedding that turns bloody, is now available on Apple TV and on-demand platforms.
- The true-crime mystery satire “Vengeance” – written, directed and starring B.J. Novak as a New York podcaster investigating a murder in Texas – is streaming on Peacock as well as on demand.