Eid Mubarak! What better way to celebrate the holidays than going to the cinema with friends and family? A long lineup of films is coming to cinemas this week, including John Wick: Chapter 4, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, The Super Mario Bros Movie and Evil Dead Rise.
But if you decide to stay at home with your loved ones, a bunch of new titles are also on streaming. The highly-anticipated reunion film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is coming to Netflix, and the action-adventure Ghosted streams on Apple TV+
Best new movies and TV series to watch this week
1. John Wick: Chapter 4
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: 15+
In this latest chapter of the famed action thriller, we see John Wick continuing his mission to find a way out of his situation and defeat the High Table. This organisation governs the world of assassins, with John Wick as one of its most notorious ex-members. In previous movies, we had seen John Wick take on various powerful foes to protect himself and those close to him, which all started when a dog was given by his wife after her passing was killed.
As John Wick uncovers a path to defeating the High Table, he faces a new challenge: a formidable enemy with powerful global alliances. This new enemy can turn John’s old friends into foes, and even more challenging is the fact that this new foe has connections that make it difficult for John to defeat him.
The tension builds as John Wick must face this new adversary while also dealing with the fallout from his previous actions. It’s an all-out war between all assassins trying to earn a bounty for John Wick’s head vs John, who seeks revenge against all who have wronged him.
2. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Fantasy| Language: English | Rating: PG13
This fantasy adventure based on the popular role-playing game follows the story of a charismatic thief and a band of unlikely heroes as they embark on a quest to look for a lost relic that wields immense power. The thief, known for his wit and charm, is the only one who knows the artefact’s location, but he needs the help of a diverse group of adventurers to get it.
As they embark on their journey, the group encounters challenges and obstacles, including treacherous terrain, deadly monsters, and fierce rivals seeking the relic. Despite their differences and conflicting motivations, the group must learn to trust and work together if they hope to succeed in their quest.
However, things take a dangerous turn when they run afoul of a powerful and evil organisation that will stop at nothing to get their hands on the relic. The group is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse as they struggle to stay one step ahead while facing their demons and doubts.
3. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 20/4/2023 | Genre: Animation | Language: English and Arabic | Rating: PG
In this animated adaptation of Nintendo’s most famous character, we see a skilled Brooklyn plumber, Mario, who sets out on a heroic quest to rescue his brother, Luigi, and save the Mushroom Kingdom from the clutches of an evil fire-breathing Koopa king named Bowser. Joining him on his journey are Princess Peach, the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, and Toad, a loyal and helpful anthropomorphic mushroom.
Together, the group must navigate treacherous terrain, battle fearsome enemies, and solve challenging puzzles to reach Bowser’s castle and defeat him. Much like the game, Mario’s bravery, resourcefulness, and quick reflexes are tested as he jumps over obstacles, collects power-ups like mushrooms and stars, and battles Bowser’s minions in epic showdowns. With Peach’s wisdom, guidance, and Toad’s agility and support, they can be a formidable force against Bowser’s army. As Bowser’s army threatens all life in the kingdom, its fate rests on their shoulders as they confront him in a final, explosive battle.
The film is voiced by an all-star cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Charles Martinet, and Kevin Michael Richardson.
4. Evil Dead Rise
Platform: Cinema | Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Rating: 18+
A decade after the release of its reboot, the makers of the original Evil Dead return with a new take on the horror franchise. Evil Dead Rise promises to deliver a terrifying and visceral experience to the audience that the series is known for.
The movie centres around two estranged sisters, Melissa and Corinne, who must unite to fight a demonic force that has taken over an apartment building. The sisters’ reunion is cut short as they face the most horrific version of family imaginable – flesh-possessing demons unleashed upon the world.
As the demons wreak havoc and destruction, one sister gets possessed, and it’s up to the other sibling to save her. The new sequel promises to deliver a fresh take on the “Evil Dead” franchise, featuring a new cast of characters and a unique storyline. The movie is directed by Lee Cronin, known for his work on “The Hole in the Ground,” and produced by Sam Raimi, the mastermind behind the original “Evil Dead” trilogy.
5. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always
Platform: Netflix | Release date: 19/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: 7+
It’s Morphin Time! The 30th Anniversary Special of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers takes place three decades after the formation of the original team by Zordon. The original Rangers, who had long disbanded and moved on with their lives, are suddenly faced with a familiar and formidable enemy from the past that poses a significant threat, demanding the team’s reassembly to save the world.
Despite having gone their separate ways, the Rangers’ bond remains strong. Their mantra, “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger”, has been at the core of their brotherhood and is a testament to their loyalty and commitment to one another. Going by this mantra, they come together again to face the danger threatening to destroy their planet.
As they reunite, the Rangers must also confront their own past and overcome personal challenges that have arisen over the years. With the help of their unique abilities and the power of friendship, they embark on a perilous journey to defeat the common enemy and save the world.