‘The Northman’, ‘Massive Talent’, ‘Bad Guys’ lead the list of new movies

Alexander Skarsgard in “The Northman.” MUST CREDIT: Aidan Monaghan/Focus Features

Photo: Aidan Monaghan / Focus Features

Here are some of the new movies released in theaters or for streaming, broadcast, rental or purchase this week.

“365 Days: Today”

An Italian-Polish drama centered on the complexities of romance.

Rated TV-MA. Start streaming April 27 on Netflix.

“Together for the Journey”

Sarah Dessen’s young adult novel about love that blooms during a girl’s last summer before college is turned into a film with Kate Bosworth, Delbert Mulroney and Andie MacDowell.

Not rated. Start streaming April 22 on Netflix.

“Evil People”

Animated heist adventure featuring the voices of Sam Rockwell, Mark Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson and Zazee Beatz.

Rated PG. Opened April 22 throughout Houston.

“Ngot Ngao Bay (Bad Truth)”

A romantic drama from Vietnam about four friends and their intertwined lives.

Not rated. Opened April 22 at AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston; Regal Edwards West Oaks, Houston; AMC’s First Colony, Sugar Land; Cinemark 19, Katy; Regal Lone Star, Tomball.

“Professor Zardonicus’s Curse”

Houston director Gabriel Theis’ comedy drama focuses on a loner who recruits a film student to help him prove that certain urban legends are real.

Not rated. It premieres at 7 p.m. April 22 at Rice Cinema, Houston.

“Hostile Territory”

A Union soldier, presumed dead, is determined to get his children back after learning they’ve been sent by train for orphans, in this Western set right after the Civil War.

Rated R. Opens April 22 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland; started streaming April 26 across multiple platforms.


A re-release of a Hindi-language sports drama from India about a former cricketer who decides to return to playing at the age of 36.

Not rated. Opened April 22 at Regal Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston; Cinemark Memorial City, Houston; AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston; AMC Deerbrook 24, Houston; First Colony AMC 24, Sugar Land; Cinemark 18, Webster; Regal Grand Parkway, Richmond; Cinemark 12, Cypress; Regal Lone Star, Tomball.

“Jesse and the Elf Child”

A teenager fulfills his dream of becoming a famous hairdresser after meeting a forest elf.

Not rated. Start streaming on various platforms April 22.

“One Hour John Wynn”

An indie sci-fi thriller in which a man travels to 1985 to ask his deceased father questions about the family business. But something went wrong.

Not rated. Opens April 22 at AMC Willowbrook, Houston.

Latin Wave 15

This film festival features contemporary films from across Latin America.

Not rated. Screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through April 24.


A documentary that dives into the life of one of Vladimir Putin’s toughest opponents, the imprisoned Alexei Navalny. It won an Audience Award and a Festival Favorite Award at Sundance.

Rated R. Airs 8pm April 24 on CNN and started streaming April 24 on CNN+.

“Northern Man”

Alexander Skarsgard stars in Robert Eggers’ brutal and powerful portrait of Viking life in ninth century Scandinavia. Nicole Kidman and Ethan Hawke co-star.

Rated R. Opens April 22 throughout Houston.

“Polar bears”

You could say it’s Earth Day because that’s when DisneyNature released a new documentary. This year, it’s a film that follows a new polar bear mother who must navigate her way through a rapidly changing environment.

Rated PG. Start streaming April 22 on Disney+.

“Revolutionary Generation”

Documentary chronicling contemporary youth activism in the fields of environment and racial justice.

Not rated. Start streaming April 22 on multiple platforms.

“Silver Siege”

The South African drama is set during apartheid, when a trio of revolutionaries takes hostages in a bank and refuses to release them until Nelson Mandela is released.

Not rated. Start streaming April 27 on Netflix.

“Purple Sound”

Based on the popular novel, this film tells the romance between a young man on the autism spectrum and a woman who he doesn’t realize is a prostitute.

Rated PG-13. Opens April 22 at Regal Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston; Regal MarqE 23, Houston; Cinemark 19, Katy; Cinemark Tinseltown 17, The Woodlands.


In this biographical drama, Ben Foster plays Harry Haft, a boxer who fights against fellow prisoners in a concentration camp to survive.

Not rated. Airing April 27 at 7 p.m. on HBO; start streaming April 27 on HBO Max.

“The Unbearable Burden of Great Talent”

Nicolas Cage stars in an action-comedy meta in which he plays himself taking a gig as a guest at a millionaire super-fan party for cash. Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish co-star.

Rated R. Opens April 22 throughout Houston.


A romantic comedy starring Eva Longoria and Matt Walsh as a totally connected couple who decide to take a country getaway without their devices.

Rated R. Opens April 22 at America Cinemas, Houston; started streaming April 22 on multiple platforms.

“We All Go to the World’s Fair”

A girl gets involved in an online role-playing horror game with disastrous results.

Not rated. Start streaming April 22 on multiple platforms.


One of the country’s oldest film festivals returns with a long list of screenings, including a show on April 22 at 9 p.m. local director Shawn Welling’s cut from his 2009 documentary “The Messenger: 360 Days of Bolivar,” about three people living in remote Texas peninsula.

Not rated. Until April 24 at Cinemark Memorial City, Houston; worldfest.org.

“Y Como es El?”

A Spanish-language comedy from Mexico about a gentle man who confronts his wife’s lover.

Not rated. Opens April 22 at Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston; American Cinema, Houston; Cinemark Tinseltown, Jacinto City; Cinemark Hollywood, Pasadena.

  • Dear Cary

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about art, entertainment, and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has been a reporter or feature editor on the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelanced for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.

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