‘Cinderella’, ‘Flag Day’ among 20+ new movies this week

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Beckam Crawford plays Nick (9-11) and Sean Penn plays John Vogel in FLAG DAY

Photo: Goldwyn Mayer Metro

Here are some of the new movies hitting theaters or streaming, streaming, renting or buying this week.

“Amaraic”

Partially shot in Texas (Fort Worth, El Paso), this indie tells the story of an undocumented roofer who, while trying to become a citizen, becomes a new father at the start of the US government’s child separation policy.

Unclassified. Starts airing September 3 on HBO Max.

“The big scary ‘S’ word”

Documentary on the history of socialism.

Unclassified. Starts streaming September 3 on various platforms.

“Bitchin ‘: The Sound and Fury of Rick James”

Music documentary maker Sacha Jenkins (“Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men”) delves into the colorful life and career of “super monster” Rick James.

Unclassified. Airs September 3 at 8 p.m. on Showtime.

“Blood brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali”

This documentary takes a look at the friendship between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, which ultimately led to a falling out.

Classified PG-13. Starts streaming September 9 on Netflix.

“Chal Mera Putt 2”

Indian drama in Punjabi – but shot in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK – about friendship and love between undocumented migrants.

Unclassified. Opening September 3 at Cinemark Memorial City, Houston.

“Cinderella”

A contemporary and musical take on the classic fairy tale, starring Camila Cabello, Billy Porter and Idina Menzel.

Classified PG. Opening September 3 at Cinemark 19, Katy; Cinemark 18, Webster; starts streaming September 3 on Amazon Prime Video.

“Flag Day”

Sean Penn has been acclaimed for directing and starring in this story of a man who resorts to crime to support his daughter. Regina King and Josh Brolin co-starring.

Classified R. Opening September 3 at Regal Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston; Regal Grand Parkway, Richmond.

“Good”

Justin Etheredge’s drama about a young man who is to be the keeper of a rich man at the end of his life.

Unclassified. Opening September 3 at America Cinemas, Houston.

“Hands in the air”

A young black teenager struggles to get out of a downtown Chicago neighborhood after his cousin is killed by police.

Unclassified. Opening September 3 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland.

“Happier than ever: a love letter to Los Angeles”

Billie Eilish performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Children’s Choir in a film concert directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Unclassified. Starts airing September 3 on Disney +.

“JJ + E”

Swedish drama about two children from the same city who are separated by economy and culture.

Unclassified. Starts streaming September 8 on Netflix.

“Karen”

Drama in which a racist white woman makes it her mission to move her new African-American neighbors.

Unclassified. Starts streaming September 3 on various platforms.

“The lost Leonardo”

Documentary on “Salvator Mundi”, the first painting by Leonardo da Vinci found in a century, which may be missing.

Classified PG-13. Opening September 3 at the Regal Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston.

“Mogol Mowgli”

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) is dynamite as a British Pakistani rapper going through an emotional and physical crisis, in the first narrative feature film from Houston-raised director Bassam Tariq.

Unclassified. Opening September 3 at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra, Katy; shown at 7 p.m. on October 7 at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

“Powder keg”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in a Danish drama based on a true story about four intersecting lives during the 2015 terrorist attack in Copenhagen.

Unclassified. Starts streaming September 3 on various platforms.

“Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings”

Simu Liu becomes Marvel superhero Shang-Chi in this highly entertaining elevation from a minor comic book character to a star.

Classified PG-13. Opening September 3 throughout Houston.

“Slaxx”

A pair of jeans in a trendy store is possessed and begins to murder the staff. A young employee has to stop him.

Rated TV-MA. Starts streaming September 3 on various platforms.

“United 93”

Paul Greengrass’ dismal and masterful version of the doomed United Flight 93 in 2006 is receiving a theatrical reissue for the 9/11 anniversary.

Classified R. Opening September 3 at AMC Willowbrook 24, Houston.

“We must do something”

Horror film about a trapped family.

Rated R. Starts streaming September 3 on various platforms.

“Wild Indian”

Michael Greyeyes (“Rutherford Falls”) stars in a drama about a man who years ago killed a classmate on a reservation. Now someone is looking for revenge. Jesse Eisenberg co-stars and produces.

Unclassified. Opening September 3 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland; starts airing on September 3 on various platforms.

“Value”

A lawyer fights for the victims of September 11. Stanley Tucci and Michael Keaton featured.

Unclassified. Streaming begins September 3 on Netflix.

“Princess Yakuza”

Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are featured in this sword-heavy action flick in which a fortune heiress Yakuza makes a deal with a stranger for an ancient sword to fight. Based on the graphic novel “Samurai Shiro”.

Unclassified. Opening September 3 at the Galveston Primetime Cinema; starts airing on September 3 on various platforms.

“Zone 414”

Guy Pearce plays a private detective, in a future humanoid colony, who has been hired to search for a missing girl. His hunt could lead to the discovery of secrets that threaten the future of the colony.

Rated R. Starts streaming September 3 on various platforms.





  • Cary Darling

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes on arts, entertainment, and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has served as a reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, the Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelance work for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.


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