In theaters and streaming on HBO Max: 'King Richard'

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Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith gives a tour-de-force performance as Richard Williams, father-coach of tennis greats Venus and Serena, in this unusually subtle biopic from director Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men, Joe Bell). Charting the sisters' rise to the top of the sport—which had long been considered elitist and exclusive—from their humble beginnings in Compton, King Richard tells a well-known story with surprising intimacy and nuance. Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton are excellent as Venus and Serena Williams, and Aunjanue Ellis shines in her turn as their mother, Brandy. Zach Baylin wrote the film, and Oscar winner Robert Elswit shot it.  

In theaters and streaming on Netflix: 'Tick, Tick… Boom!'

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Academy member and Oscar nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda's feature directorial debut stars fellow Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) as Jonathan Larson, the composer and playwright behind Rent and, yes, Tick, Tick… Boom! This loose film version of the musical centers on Larson as an unestablished near-thirtysomething in a state of procrastination and unease about his creative future. Alexandra Shipp contributes a fine performance as Larson's girlfriend, Susan; Robin De Jesús, Joshua Henry and Judith Light round out the cast. The music, by Larson, hails from the original stage show, with two new tracks culled from 1989 demo recordings also included. Steven Levenson wrote the screenplay. 

In theaters: 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife'

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The fourth installment in the beloved Ghostbusters franchise is here. Set 30 years after the events of the second film—Ghostbusters, the third, from 2016, was a reboot of the 1984 original, not a sequel—the movie stars Academy member Carrie Coon as Callie, the daughter of Egon (played memorably by the late Harold Ramis in the flagship film), now a mother of two raising her children (played by Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard) in a small town in Oklahoma after being evicted in New York. Wouldn't you know it, though, but the strange and ghostly ecto-phenomena that beguiled her father also crop up in the heartland, and Callie and her kids have to take up the mantle and carry on the ghostbusting legacy. Also starring Paul Rudd and Tracy Letts, with cameos from the original ghostbusting team, Annie Potts, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.

Pick it up on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Night Has a Thousand Eyes'

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Hollywood legend Edward G. Robinson stars as John Triton—a nightclub fortune teller known as the "The Mental Wizard"—in this wonderfully bizarre 1948 noir, just released in a new Blu-ray edition. Directed by Oscar winner John Farrow (Around the World in 80 Days), the film begins with Triton in hot water after a rich heiress (Gail Russell) attempts suicide, whereupon the Mental Wizard, who predicted the tragic event, is blamed by her boyfriend, played by John Lund. The strangeness continues from there, because it turns out there's an endless array of problems that come along with the art of clairvoyance. At least for this no-luck Wizard, anyway. Written by Barré Lyndon and Jonathan Latimer, based on a novel of the same name by Cornell Woolrich—who might ring a bell as the author of "It Had to Be Murder," the short story that Alfred Hitchcock adapted into the 1954 classic Rear Window.