It’s Labor Day weekend and you know what that means: an extra day off to watch a new movie. There are plenty of places to see them with theaters up and running and new films still streaming at home to entertain you and your family heading into the fall season.
This weekend, Simu Liu is Marvel’s newest superhero in a martial-arts fantasy extravaganza; pop star Camila Cabello headlines an all-star musical redo of a familiar fairy tale; Michael Keaton has an unthinkable job in a 9/11 drama; and former Nickelodeon kid Victoria Justice is trying to right wrongs from the afterlife in a Netflix comedy.
Here’s a guide to new movies that’ll satisfy every cinematic taste:
If you want to watch a new Avenger: ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’
Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.
Where to watch: In theaters
If you are looking for a different take on a classic: ‘Cinderella’
Cinderella is a musically-driven bold new take on the traditional story you grew up with. Our heroine (Camila Cabello) is an ambitious young woman, whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow, but with the help of her Fab G (Billy Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
If you’re remembering the 20th anniversary of 9/11: ‘Worth’
“What is a life worth?” That’s the emotionally taxing question at the heart of director Sara Colangelo’s drama starring Keaton as Ken Feinberg, the attorney heading up a compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. The film treats the real-life events with proper reverence, though gets lost telling all the stories, from Feinberg’s team to those affected by the loss of life. Still, the acting’s top notch, from Keaton to Laura Benanti (as the wife of a first responder) to Stanley Tucci (as Feinberg’s biggest critic).
Where to watch: Netflix
If you’re still all about Victoria Justice: ‘Afterlife of the Party’
The onetime “Victorious” star plays a very sociable, party-hearty woman whose 25th birthday week begins auspiciously when she takes a header into the side of a toilet and ends up in a purgatory-esque waiting room. A guardian angel (Robyn Scott) tells her that, to go to heaven, she needs to make things right on Earth with her estranged mom (Gloria Garcia), yoga dad (Adam Garcia) and workaholic best friend (Midori Francis), and very Lifetime-y schmaltziness ensues along with some ghostly shenanigans.
Where to watch: Netflix
If you dig claustrophobic horror flicks: ‘We Need to Do Something’
With a nasty storm coming, a family takes refuge in their bathroom to ride out the bad weather, but things take a horrifyingly poor turn from there in Sean King O’Grady’s creep show. A fallen tree traps them in there for days with no food, the teen daughter (Sierra McCormick) blames herself, resentment between mom (Vinessa Shaw) and dad (Pat Healy) boils over while all manner of terror presents itself, though the film doesn’t answer enough of its mysteries to be actually satisfying.
If you need more martial-arts fighting in your life: ‘Yakuza Princess’
“Shang-Chi” might just whet your appetite for more Asian-influenced action, so here’s where to turn next: Japanese actress/singer Masumi wields a mean sword as a young woman who, when she turns 21, learns she’s the long-lost heiress to one-half of the Yakuza crime syndicate. She fills in quite a bit of her sketchy past and teams with a scarred, amnesiac stranger (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) when a whole bunch of goons comes after her in the Brazilian-set thriller.
If you’re not already in the Shea Whigham fan club: ‘The Gateway’
One of the best character actors out there, Whigham adds to his list of tough-guy roles and takes the lead in this fairly straightforward crime drama as a hard-luck but caring social worker looking out for a little girl and her mom (Olivia Munn) when the criminal dad (Zach Avery) leaves prison. The ’70s cop-movie aesthetic belies its modern-day setting, but it’s nice to see old-school thespians Bruce Dern and Keith David along for the ride.