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New movies this week: See ‘Bros’ and ‘Greatest Beer Run,’ skip ‘Blonde’ and ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

  • September 30, 2022

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Billy Eichner headlines a gay romantic comedy (a first for a major studio), Ana de Armas plays the iconic Hollywood bombshell in an NC-17 Marilyn Monroe biopic, Disney+ rolls out another “Hocus Pocus” 29 years after the first, Rob Zombie digs up “The Munsters” for a new Halloween-ready treat and Zac Efron carries a large bag of beer to Vietnam in a true-life dramedy.

Here’s a guide to new movies that will satisfy every cinematic taste, plus some noteworthy theatrical films making their streaming and on-demand debuts: 

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If you heart a refreshingly great rom-com: ‘Bros’

From the Broadway and country music jokes to the study of modern dating, everything works in this sweet and big-hearted LGBTQ comedy. Eichner co-writes and stars as stressed-out museum curator Bobby, who gets thrown off his game – professionally and personally – when he falls for another commitment-phobe, sensible jock Aaron (Luke Macfarlane).

Where to watch: In theaters

If you grew up with the Sanderson sisters: ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

Prepare to have your soul crushed if you loved the 1993 original. The old magic is gone in the new sequel, which brings a witchy trio (Bette Midler. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) back for revenge on the residents of Salem. This terrible movie does its villains dirty, and throws out all character development for the sake of cheap callbacks.

Where to watch: Disney+

If you live for stranger-than-fiction tales: ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’

Director Peter Farrelly follows up his Oscar-winning “Green Book” with the real-life story of Chickie Donohue, who hopped a boat to Vietnam in the late 1960s and delivered cans of beer to his pals on the battlefield. In addition to being an acting showcase for Efron, the film successfully weaves lighthearted adventure with a more serious political side.

Where to watch: Apple TV+

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If you’re a big Hollywood history buff: ‘Blonde’

Andrew Dominik’s bizarre, fictionalized spectacle chronicles Marilyn’s rise in the public eye and examines her two selves, the pained Norma Jeane side and the smiling facade she put on as a screen legend. De Armas is the standout and some of the weirdness works, but at nearly three hours, it tests limits as a tortuous watch.

Where to watch: Netflix

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If you adore classic 1960s sitcoms: ‘The Munsters’

For better and for worse, Zombie goes the über-campy route to show how Herman Munster (Jeff Daniel Phillips) fell in love with vampire Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie) and the high jinks that led them to Mockingbird Lane. Not everyone will dig its vibe, but Phillips honors the original, Fred Gwynne, with a goofily great Herman in a relentlessly silly romp.

Where to watch: Netflix, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play

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If you never want to see a grin again: ‘Smile’

Sosie Bacon’s got a knack for horror just like her dad, Kevin. She plays a therapist who witnesses a patient brutally kill herself, and then becomes haunted by an evil presence that takes the form of eerily smiling figures. She enlists her cop ex (Kyle Gallner) for help in a solid chiller with some freaky scares and a superbly sinister ending.

Where to watch: In theaters

If you dig a really atmospheric family thriller: ‘God’s Creatures’

Set in an Irish fishing village, the well-acted psychological moral drama solidly whips up a bunch of strife and fractures a tight-knit community’s unity with one little old lie. Aileen (Emily Watson) is a devoted mom to her son who’s returned home, but when he’s accused of a crime, she’s forced to choose whether to protect him or do the right thing.

Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV, Vudu

If you’re down for an old-fashioned shoot-’em-up: ‘Dead for A Dollar’

Walter Hill directed “The Warriors,” “48 Hrs.” and “Streets of Fire,” among other cool efforts, and this throwback Western is just as satisfying. Christoph Waltz plays a bounty hunter hired to go to Mexico and return a woman (Rachel Brosnahan) who’s absconded with a Black soldier (Brandon Scott) but he runs into a former foe (Willem Dafoe).

Where to watch: In theaters

If you’re a Kate Hudson completist: ‘Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon’

Director Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) showcases her vibrant originality again in this genre mashup. Jeon Jong-seo plays a mysterious escaped asylum patient with mind-control abilities who runs afoul of a cop (Craig Robinson), befriends a kind drug dealer (Ed Skrein) and is used by an exotic dancer (Hudson) as a moneymaking side hustle.

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Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play

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