As the anticipation for Oscar Sunday lingers, the haunting presence of Ghostface emerges as a contender for the best murder spree in the latest installment of the iconic horror series. In “Scream VI,” Jenna Ortega and Melissa Barrera join the cast for a chilling New York City-based narrative. While March Madness looms on the horizon, Woody Harrelson trades his basketball shoes for another hoops comedy, and Idris Elba resumes his role as the London detective Luther in a cinematic continuation on Netflix. Let’s explore the diverse cinematic offerings this weekend.
Scream VI: The Legacy Continues
In the sixth chapter of the “Scream” franchise, the young cast, led by Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega, relocates from the familiar haunts of Woodsboro to the bustling streets of New York City. However, Ghostface, the relentless antagonist, follows them, ensuring the terror transcends geographical boundaries. Filled with meta riffs and self-references, this installment doesn’t break the mold but intelligently leverages the franchise’s history to introduce and immerse viewers in the lives of the new main characters, all while drenched in the bloodiest “Scream” experience yet.
March Madness Comedy: Champions and Chang Can Dunk
For those seeking a break from horror, Woody Harrelson stars in “Champions,” a heartwarming comedy where he plays a disgraced coach assigned to lead a team of spirited youngsters with intellectual disabilities. The film navigates a problematic minefield with grace, delivering an endearing story that combines respect and charm.
If you’re truly immersed in the March Madness fever, “Chang Can Dunk” presents an alternative. Bloom Li stars as Chang, a basketball-loving marching band kid, who takes on a bet to dunk in 12 weeks to impress a fellow drum line member. This Disney+ offering adds a satisfying teen twist to the classic underdog sports template.
Where to watch: Champions – In theaters, Chang Can Dunk – Disney+
Idris Elba Returns: Luther – The Fallen Sun
For fans of the brooding Idris Elba, “Luther: The Fallen Sun” brings back the rule-breaking British detective, John Luther. After questionable police work lands Luther in jail, he must break free to stop a psychopath portrayed by Andy Serkis in a chilling performance. Cynthia Erivo’s addition as a crusading detective enhances the already grimly over-the-top and entertaining crime thriller.
Musical Fantasy: The Magic Flute
For those yearning for a mix of drama, fantasy, and delightful tunes, “The Magic Flute” offers a coming-of-age adventure. Jack Wolfe stars as Tim, a youngster sent to a music school after the death of his father. The film weaves a pleasant narrative where Tim, after facing ridicule from a pretentious headmaster, finds himself in the magical landscape of Mozart’s opera, navigating obstacles in both worlds.
Survival Thriller with Heart: Unseen
In the realm of modern survival thrillers, “Unseen” explores the gripping tale of Emily, played by Midori Francis, who, after a breakup, is kidnapped by her murderous ex. Stranded in the Michigan woods and nearly blind, Emily finds an unlikely ally in Sam, a Florida convenience store clerk played by Jolene Purdy. This tense and clever story of human connection unfolds in under 80 minutes, delivering a subtly comedic yet heart-wrenching experience.
Dark Fairy Tale: Unwelcome
After a traumatic home invasion, a British couple seeks solace in a rural Irish cottage they’ve inherited. However, a sinister rule comes with the property – they must leave out fresh red meat daily before sundown to appease a mystical gang of murderous goblins. In this indie folk horror flick, starring Hannah John-Kamen and Douglas Booth, the couple faces not only supernatural threats but also the challenges posed by a family of troublesome construction workers.
- 80 for Brady: A sports comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field, available on Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, and Amazon.
- Missing: A twisty mystery thriller with Storm Reid desperately searching online for her missing mom, available on Apple TV and on-demand platforms.
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: An Oscar-nominated animated adventure premiering on Peacock, with Antonio Banderas voicing the title feline adventurer.
This weekend promises a diverse array of cinematic experiences, from the blood-curdling screams of “Scream VI” to heartwarming comedies and dark fairy tales. Choose your adventure and immerse yourself in the world of cinema.