This weekend, Jamie Lee Curtis takes on the masked maniac once again in a new “Halloween” sequel, Matt Damon and Adam Driver clash as medieval rivals in a 14th-century action thriller, Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo star as soulmates in a time-travel romance, and Todd Haynes (“Carol”) directs a documentary about influential rock band The Velvet Underground.
Here’s a guide to new movies that’ll satisfy every cinematic taste:
If Michael Myers is your No. 1 horror guy: ‘Halloween Kills’
That iconic silent psycho returns to plague Haddonfield yet again in the followup to 2018’s hit “Halloween.” Michael escaped a fiery trap and is on the loose, the townsfolk form a vigilante mob to kill him once and for all, and Laurie Strode (Curtis) has a nasty stab wound and some other chaos to deal with at the local hospital. Splitting enemies Laurie and Michael into different subplots leads to an unfocused, so-so sequel, though a bloody finale successfully delivers an emotionally charged cliffhanger.
Where to watch: In theaters and on Peacock
If you’re all about creepy TV Shows: ‘You Season 3’
Serial killer Joe Goldberg is married, has a baby and lives in the suburbs, so one would think he’s reformed his murderous ways. Well, you would be wrong. The tension with wife Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), the pressure of parenting and the ennui of cul-d-sac life all push Joe back to his stalking shenanigans. His new target is neighbor Natalie (Michaela McManus). Poor thing has no idea she’s just the next in a long line of Joe’s victims. Or maybe she’ll be offed by a jealous Love. Let us not to the marriage of truly deranged minds admit any impediments … to a non-stop binge.
Where to watch: Netflix
If you need an insane yet addictive ride TV show: I Know What You Did Last Summer
No hit movie or show is sacred and beyond a reboot, not even the 1997 film starring luminaries Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. Like that adaptation, this series is based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel and follows a group of teens who are involved in a deadly car accident on graduation night. They promise to cover it up and go their separate ways. A year later, they start receiving threatening messages from someone who, well, knows what they did last summer. As the teens work to identify their stalker, they uncover dark secrets about their town.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
If you are a huge fan of Jon Mancini and killer toys: Chucky
It’s easy to forget how good the Child’s Play movies are. Don Mancini’s film franchise about Chucky, a murderous red-haired doll possessed by the spirit of a dead murderer, rides the line between campy comedy and gory slasher, and it’s often managed that perfectly since its 1988 debut. For people with a significant fondness for goofiness and gore in equal measure, few series are as adept at delivering both as Child’s Play and its six sequels. After years of fun at the movies, Chucky is launching his latest murderous misadventure as the star of a TV show for Syfy and the USA Network, and he hasn’t lost any of his talent for killing or comedy on the way to the small screen.
Where to watch: SYFY
If you’re all about creepy kid movies: ‘Fever Dream’
There’s a dark and otherworldly nature to this intimate little Spanish-language thriller, told through an unseen conversation between an overprotective mother named Amanda (María Valverde) and strange neighbor boy David (Marcelo Michinaux). Their voiceovers unfold a mystery with environmental and spiritual underpinnings that center around Amanda’s family getaway with her daughter in Argentina and their relationship with David’s mercurial mom (Dolores Fonzi).
Where to watch: Netflix
If you need a different kind of time-travel movie: ‘Needle in a Timestack’
In the near future, where rich people can afford to go back and change things in the past, Nick (Odom) fights to be with his wife Janine (Erivo) when her wealthy ex (Orlando Bloom) causes a time shift that blows up their lives and creates a new timeline where Nick’s instead married to his college girlfriend (Freida Pinto). While a little wonky with its time-travel logic and quite sentimental, writer/director John Ridley’s romance at least offers a thought-provoking premise to explore love and destiny in a compelling way.
Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play
If you want to see a pair of egotistical medieval A-list bros: ‘The Last Duel’
Director Ridley Scott’s ambitious 14th-century action drama features a narcissistic, battle-hardened French knight (Damon), an arrogant squire (Driver) and the knight’s wife (Jodi Comer) – who accuses the squire of rape – in a sordid tale told through each character’s perspective. It’s an interesting storytelling device used in a film that misses its socially conscious mark, though it’s a brutally violent and well-acted affair, with Comer impressing the most as a woman who puts her life in danger to air her truth.
Where to watch: In theaters
If you dig unconventional rock docs: ‘The Velvet Underground’
The Velvet Underground wasn’t your normal musical outfit so why should it spawn a normal movie? Haynes uses archival footage, interviews with band members and relatives plus a really neat split-screen technique to dig into the 1960s/’70s origins of the New York group. The documentary gets music-nerd heady dealing with its melding of rock, classical and the avant-garde, and everything involving volatile frontman Lou Reed is fascinating, especially his turbulent relationship with the band’s manager, Andy Warhol.