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What to watch this weekend: Pixar’s ‘Lightyear,’ Netflix’s ‘Spiderhead,’ ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

  • June 17, 2022

rampaging dinos at the box office, here comes Buzz Lightyear.

This weekend, Chris Evans voices the iconic cartoon astronaut in a Pixar spinoff sci-fi adventure. Evans’ fellow Avenger, Chris Hemsworth, co-stars with new “Top Gun: Maverick” pilot Miles Teller in a Netflix psychological thriller; Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan lead a Latinx reimagining of a Steve Martin dramedy favorite; and Dakota Johnson and Emma Thompson headline Sundance flicks premiering on streaming services.

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

‘I love love, who doesn’t?’:Chris Evans on ‘Lightyear,’ playing bad guys and being ‘a romantic person’

If you live for the ‘Toy Story’ movies: ‘Lightyear’

No Tim Allen, no problem. Evans voices a human Buzz – the cinematic inspiration for the “Toy Story” plastic space ranger – in a spiffy animated spinoff that has him facing existential crises, befriending a scene-stealing robot cat and trying to get a crew of rookies battle-ready to take on the evil Zurg (James Brolin).

Where to watch: In theaters

Review:Chris Evans’ Buzz is more fantastic than plastic in Pixar’s spiffy ‘Lightyear’

If you want to see Thor get all science-y: ‘Spiderhead’

There’s a definite “Black Mirror” feel to this thriller, which stars Hemsworth as the head man of a research penitentiary where convicts (including those played by Teller and Jurnee Smollett) live in posh quarters but endure drug experiments in return. There’s some intriguing twists afoot, and Hemsworth is a funny, trippy and sometimes scary hoot.

Where to watch: Netflix

If you’re curious to see the next ‘CODA’: ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

A Sundance audience award winner, “Cha Cha” is a delightful and sweet-natured dramedy starring writer/director Cooper Raiff. He plays a man-child college grad who goes from slinging fast-food meat sticks to being an ace party starter at bar mitzvahs, and Johnson is just as fab as an older mom who strikes the guy’s fancy.

Where to watch:Apple TV+

Sundance:Dakota Johnson’s ‘Cha Cha,’ horror film ‘Nanny’ win top prizes

If you’re down for an unconventional love story: ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’

Thompson stars as a widowed and retired British schoolteacher who, wanting to have her world rocked between the sheets, hires a super-charming sex worker (Daryl McCormack). One awkward hotel rendezvous leads to a series of meetings where the pair bare their souls (and much more) in the intimate, thoughtful dramedy.

Where to watch: Hulu

If you’re an Andy Garcia superfan: ‘Father of the Bride’

Taking after past “Bride” classics – the 1950 Spencer Tracy movie and the 1991 Martin film – this decent redo sets the plot in modern Miami but still jerks the tears as an overly traditional Cuban architect dad (Garcia) faces a divorce from his wife (Estefan) and butts heads with his daughter (Adria Arjona) planning her impromptu wedding.

Where to watch: HBO Max

If you dig Hollywood satires: ‘Official Competition’

In the deliciously sharp Spanish comedy about ego and art, Penelope Cruz plays a demanding director hired by a businessman to adapt a book about two rival brothers. She casts a high-maintenance heartthrob (Antonio Banderas) and a serious thespian (Oscar Martinez), who become increasingly irked by each other and their neurotic boss.

Where to watch: In theaters

If you think a robot would be a great pal: ‘Brian and Charles’

The endlessly quirky and goodhearted romp stars David Earl as Brian, a lonely Welsh inventor known for his failures. That is, until he creates Charles (Chris Hayward), a cabbage-loving, travel-hungry robot made from a washing machine and random pieces of hardware who brings Brian out of his shell and is pretty much the coolest best friend ever.

Where to watch: In theaters

If you’re down for a creepy family chiller: ‘Abandoned’

The slow-burn rural horror film centers on a new mom (Emma Roberts) who moves to a remote farmhouse with her veterinarian husband (John Gallahger Jr.). Her frequent bouts with post-partum depression aren’t helped by hearing eerie kid laughter around the house and learning of the place’s tragic history from an oddball neighbor (MVP Michael Shannon).

Where to watch: In theaters (and on VOD June 24)

If you love nonsensical movie titles: ‘Gatlopp’

You can’t beat the premise of this supernatural comedy, about a group of L.A. friends (Emmy Raver-Lampman, Sarunas J. Jackson, Jon Bass and Jim Mahoney) who break out a board game they find. They learn the rules – win or play this hellish thing for eternity – leading to a night full of personal revelations and out-there shenanigans.

Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV

Also on streaming

  • “Downton Abbey,” the newest cinematic continuation of the popular British period drama, is now available on Apple TV and other VOD platforms (and debuts on Peacock June 24).
  • And if you’ve been patiently waiting, “No Time to Die” – Daniel Craig’s fifth and final go-round as English superspy James Bond – is finally streaming on Amazon Prime.

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