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This weekend, two new films hit theaters — including an adrenaline-fueled thriller set atop a remote, abandoned radio tower and a comedy in which Diane Keaton plays the unlikeliest of social media influencers — while four new features and one new series hit streaming services.
In “Fall,” Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner play best friends who climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, only to find themselves stranded with no way down. Their expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies and vertigo-inducing heights. The adrenaline-fueled thriller is playing exclusively in theaters.
In “Mack & Rita,” Elizabeth Lail plays a 30-year-old frustrated writer and influencer who magically transforms into her future self — played by Diane Keaton. Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, she comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation. The comedy is playing exclusively in theaters.
In “Day Shift,” Jamie Foxx plays an LA vampire hunter who has just one week to come up with the cash to pay for his kid’s tuition and braces. The horror-comedy — which co-stars Dave Franco, Meagan Good and Snoop Dogg — is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
In “13: The Musical,” Eli Golden plays a clever middle school student who, after moving from New York to Indiana in the wake of his parents’ divorce, becomes determined to throw the best bar mitzvah ever. The musical comedy is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
In “Secret Headquarters,” Walker Scobell plays a kid who, while hanging out with his friends after school, discovers the headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero — played by Owen Wilson — hidden beneath his home. When villains attack, the kids must team up with one another to defend the headquarters and save the world. The family action-adventure flick is streaming exclusively on Paramount+.
In “I Love My Dad,” Patton Oswalt plays an estranged father who, desperately wanting to reconnect with his troubled son, played by James Morosini, inadvertently catfishes him on social media. The comedy, which is inspired by Morosini’s true life experiences, is streaming on video on demand.
Finally, “Five Days at Memorial” chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rise, power fails and heat soars, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital are forced to make decisions that will follow them for years to come. The drama series — which stars Vera Farmiga, Robert Pine, Cherry Jones and Julie Ann Emery — is streaming exclusively on Apple TV.
Whether you embrace your inner adrenaline junkie in “Fall,” your inner senior citizen in “Mack & Rita,” your inner vampire hunter in “Day Shift,” your inner middle school student in “13: The Musical,” your inner superhero in “Secret Headquarters,” your inner catfish in “I Love My Dad” or your inner first responder in “Five Days at Memorial,” this weekend’s new releases will help you explore a wide variety of entertainment fantasies.