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A reboot of a Stephen King thriller is hoping to set movie theaters ablaze this weekend while a high school comedy starring Rebel Wilson and a true-crime drama starring Jessica Biel aspire to do so on streaming services.
Thirty-eight years ago, a very young Drew Barrymore starred in the cinematic adaptation of novelist Stephen King’s “Firestarter.” Now, it is newcomer Ryan Kiera Armstrong’s turn at the role of a girl who struggles to understand how she mysteriously gained the power to set things on fire with her mind in a reboot of that motion picture.
A couple desperately tries to hide the girl from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift into a weapon of mass destruction. And although her father taught her how to defuse her power, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. The thriller is both playing in theaters and streaming exclusively on Peacock.
Meanwhile, in “Senior Year,” Rebel Wilson plays a woman who awakens from a coma after 20 years. The former high school cheerleader once destined to become prom queen struggles with her newfound circumstances and decides to return to campus as a 37-year-old in an effort to reclaim her status.
Of course, she quickly discovers that while she has not changed, high school most certainly has over the course of the comedy, which is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Finally, Jessica Biel stars as a suburban housewife who is accused of murdering her friend after having a love affair with the woman’s husband in the new crime drama “Candy.”
Inspired by the true story of Candy Montgomery, the 1980s-set limited series is streaming exclusively on Hulu, where all five episodes already debuted earlier this week.
Whether you are in the mood for thrills, laughs or chills, there is certainly something for everyone on screens both big and not-so-big this weekend.