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This final weekend before the Labor Day weekend summer sendoff, a horror flick set at a lavish wedding in the English countryside and a dramatic thriller about a veteran at the end of his rope hit theaters while Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg star in projects heading directly to streaming services.
In “The Invitation,” Nathalie Emmanuel plays a woman who, after the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she is at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host — but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity. The thrilling horror flick is playing exclusively in theaters.
In “Breaking,” John Boyega portrays a Marine veteran who walks nervously into a bank in the Atlanta area and hands a note to one of the employees that states, “I have a bomb,” explaining that he is not intending to rob the bank but rather seeking attention and answers regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs withholding of a monthly disability check of $892. The drama is playing exclusively in theaters.
In “Samaritan,” Javon “Wanna” Walton plays a young teen who suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor — played by Sylvester Stallone — is actually a super-powered vigilante who has been long believed to be dead. With crime on the rise and the city on the brink of chaos, the teen makes it his mission to coax his neighbor out of hiding to save the city from ruin. The action-packed drama is streaming exclusively on Prime Video.
In “Me Time,” Kevin Hart plays a stay-at-home dad who, with his family away, reconnects with an old friend — played by Mark Wahlberg — for a wild weekend that may upend his life. The comedy is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Finally, in “Lost Ollie,” a patchwork rabbit with floppy ears and fuzzy memories embarks on an epic quest to find his best friend — the young boy he desperately loves. The four-episode hybrid-live-action-animation series is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Whether you accept “The Invitation,” enter the bank without “Breaking,” save the city with “Samaritan,” enjoy some “Me Time,” or go looking for “Lost Ollie,” this weekend’s new screen releases will send you out of summer and into the fall with plenty of entertainment.