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David Franco’s The Rental

This weekend a bunch of new movies released in limited theaters and on streaming platforms, with fan favorites like The Kissing Booth sequel returning to Netflix and directorial debuts like Dave Franco’s The Rental. This list has something for the entire family to watch from the animated superhero movie SamSam to Daniel Roby’s gripping true investigative journalist story Most Wanted, and more. Check out the titles and their trailers below. 

1. The Rental

Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light.

Director: Dave Franco | Cast: Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, and Sheila Vand

2. SamSam

SamSam seems like he has it all: great family, great friends, and even his own flying saucer. But he’s still trying to find one thing that will make his life even better – actual superpowers. Thanks to Mega, a mysterious new student in school, SamSam’s about to find them – while learning what it really takes to fight monsters and how many ways there are to be a hero.

Director: Tanguy De Kermel |Cast: Julien Crampon, Sébastien Desjours, Philippe Spiteri, Damien Boisseau

3. The Kissing Booth 2

The Kissing Booth is open for business again! High school senior Elle juggles a long-distance relationship with her dreamy boyfriend, college applications with her best friend, and a new friendship with a handsome classmate that could change everything.

DirectorVince Marcello | Cast: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney, Molly Ringwald, Vince Marcello

4. Amulet

Following an accident that leaves him homeless in London, former soldier Tomaz is brought to the rotting home of Magda, a lonely woman in desperate need of help as she looks after her dying mother. Though at first resistant, Magda eventually welcomes him into their lives and allows him to help her care for them. But as he worms his way into their routine and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz starts to notice strange, unexplainable, and ugly phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Magda may in fact, be enslaved to do her otherworldly bidding.

Director: Romola Garai | Cast: Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton, Carla Juri, Angeliki Papouila

5. The Big Ugly 

Neeyln (Vinnie Jones) has always been the loyal enforcer for crime boss Harris (Malcolm McDowell) back in London, taking care of problems and people that disrupt his illicit business. When Harris strikes a deal with an old friend – American oilman Preston (Ron Perlman) – they find themselves in the wild hills of West Virginia. Contracts are signed and the whiskey flows in celebration, but overnight Neelyn’s girlfriend disappears, last seen with Preston’s wayward son Junior. Lines are drawn between family and friends, but nothing will stop Neelyn from getting answers — and retribution.

Director: Scott Wiper | Cast: Vinnie Jones, Ron Perlman, Malcolm McDowell, Elyse Levesque

6. Most Wanted

Inspired by the gripping true story, an investigative journalist (Josh Hartnett) unravels a twisted case of entrapment wherein a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, Daniel (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), is forced into a dangerous drug deal against his will and is sentenced to 100 years in a Thai prison. As Daniel endures torture and abuse, the journalist must track down the shady undercover cops benefiting off the conspiracy, while also fighting for Daniel’s freedom.

Director: Daniel Roby | Cast: Josh Hartnett, Jim Gaffigan, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Amanda Crew

7. Baby Splitters

Jeff (Danny Pudi) and Sarah (Emily Chang) are struggling to come to an agreement about having a baby. Jeff wants to be a father eventually but is afraid to lock himself into his current job situation. Meanwhile, Sarah, nearing 35, feels her biological clock ticking and is impatient to start trying. Their mutual friends Don (Eddie Alfano) and Taylor (Maiara Walsh), have the opposite problem. Don has a successful business and is ready to be a dad, but Taylor, an aspiring dancer, is worried that the toll on her body and career will be too much. When the two couples hatch a plan to conceive and share one baby between them, it seems like they may have found the perfect compromise — until things spiral out of control.

Director: Sam Friedlander | Cast: Brian Thomas Smith, Maiara Walsh, Danny Pudi, Eddie Alfano

8. Radioactive

Radioactive is the incredible, true story of Marie Skłodowska Curie and her ground-breaking scientific achievements that revolutionized medicine with her discovery of radium and polonium, ultimately changing the face of science forever. Marie was the first female to win the Nobel Prize and the first person in history to win the esteemed award twice.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Cast: Rosamund Pike, Anya Taylor-Joy, Simon Russell Beale, Sam Riley

9. Retaliation

Orlando Bloom stars as Malky, a demolition worker whose life receives a seismic shock when, out drinking with friends at a local pub, he sees a disturbing figure from his past: the man he holds responsible for a traumatic childhood incident. Fueled by anger, Malky sets out on a path of vengeance–and discovers that no one can escape the consequences of their sins in this taut thriller.

Directors: Ludwig Shammasian, Paul Shammasian | Cast: Orlando Bloom, Janet Montgomery, Charlie Creed-Miles, Anne Reid

10. Fisherman Friends

A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate “fish out of water” as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life, he’s forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Director: Chris Foggin | Cast: Tuppence Middleton, Daniel Mays, James Purefroy, David Hayman

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