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Movie studios and streaming services open the floodgates on new releases this weekend as we enter the final stretch of summer.
“Thirteen Lives” recounts the incredible true story of the tremendous global effort to rescue a Thai soccer team that is trapped in a cave during an unexpected rainstorm. Faced with insurmountable odds, a team of the world’s most skilled and experienced divers — uniquely able to navigate the maze of flooded, narrow cave tunnels — join with Thai forces and more than 10,000 volunteers to attempt a harrowing rescue of the 12 boys and their coach. The Ron Howard-directed drama is playing exclusively in theaters.
Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson voices a dog named Krypto, who — possessing the same superpowers as his owner — fights crime in Metropolis alongside Superman, voiced by John Krasinski, in “DC League of Super-Pets.” When the superhero and the other members of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack — including Ace the hound, voiced by Kevin Hart — to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue them. The animated adventure is playing exclusively in theaters.
B.J. Novak directs and stars as a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with in “Vengeance.” The darkly comedic thriller — which features an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron — is playing exclusively in theaters.
“Not Okay” stars Zoey Deutch as an aimless aspiring writer with no friends, no romantic prospects and — worst of all — no followers, who fakes an Instagram-friendly trip to Paris in the hopes of boosting her social media clout. When a terrifying incident strikes the City of Lights, she unwittingly falls into a lie bigger than she ever imagined. The satirical black comedy is streaming exclusively on Hulu.
“Honor Society” stars Angourie Rice as an ambitious high school senior whose sole focus is getting into Harvard, assuming that she can first score the coveted recommendation from her guidance counselor. Willing to do whatever it takes, she concocts a Machiavellian plan to take down her top three student competitors — until things take a turn when she unexpectedly falls for her biggest competition. The feature-length comedy, which also stars Gaten Matarazzo, is streaming exclusively on Paramount+.
In “Purple Hearts,” Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine play a struggling singer-songwriter and a marine with a troubled past who, in spite of their many differences, agree to marriage solely for the military benefits. When tragedy strikes, the line between what is real and what is pretend begins to blur. The romantic drama is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
The first of three new series, “Uncoupled,” sees Neil Patrick Harris as a New York City real estate broker who faces the prospect of starting over — and dating again — in his 40s when his longtime boyfriend moves out. The eight-episode comedic drama series, which is from the minds of “Sex in the City” and “Emily in Paris” creator Darren Star and “Modern Family” producer Jeffrey Richman — is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Meanwhile, Melissa Barrera plays the lone survivor of a small plane crash in “Keep Breathing.” Stuck in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, she must battle the elements — and her personal demons — to stay alive. The six-episode drama series is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Finally, in “The Resort,” William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti play a husband and wife who find themselves embroiled in one of Yucatan’s most bizarre unsolved mysteries from 15 years prior involving the disappearance of two young adults, a murder and a once in a century hurricane. The eight-episode comedic mystery series is streaming exclusively on Peacock.
More than any other weekend this season, there certainly is something for all audiences among these nine new releases.