Writer Joseph J. Airdo // Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Two new movies hit theaters this weekend, including a musical biopic about the king of rock and roll, while Netflix debuts two new entertainment properties.
Leading the pack of this weekend’s new theatrical releases is “Elvis,” which explores the life and music of Elvis Presley — played by Austin Butler — seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager — played by Tom Hanks. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and his manager, spanning more than two decades — from the musician’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. The musical biopic, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann, is playing exclusively in theaters.
Meanwhile, “The Black Phone” tells the story of a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer — played by Ethan Hawke — and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, the boy discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. The thriller is playing exclusively in theaters.
On the smaller screen, “The Man from Toronto” stars Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart as the world’s deadliest assassin and screw-up sales consultant, respectively. A case of mistaken identity arises when they run into one other at a holiday rental, which requires them to team up. The action-packed comedy feature is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Meanwhile, in “Man vs. Bee,” renowned actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson plays a bumbling housesitter whose first assignment is a luxurious mansion filled with priceless artwork, classic cars and an adorable dog named Cupcake. But when a bee lands on the scene, a raucous rivalry leads to increasingly disastrous consequences. The comedy series, consisting of several short-sized episodes, is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Whether you slip on your blue suede shoes for “Elvis,” answer the call from “The Black Phone,” cross paths with “The Man from Toronto” or witness the chaos that one tiny insect can create in “Man vs. Bee,” this weekend’s new releases pack plenty of entertainment value on screens both big and not-so-big.