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This image released by Netflix shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix via AP)

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Here are some of the new movies hitting theaters or streaming, streaming, renting or buying this week.

“14 summits: nothing is impossible”

The documentary by Gabriel Clarke and Toquil Jones follows Nepalese mountaineer Nimsdai Purja as he attempts to climb the world’s 14 peaks of 8,000 meters in seven months.

Rated TV-MA. Streaming on Netflix.

“A Clusterfünke Christmas”

Former “SNL” cast members Rachel Dratch and Anna Gasteyer wrote and co-starred in this holiday comedy about a woman who wants to buy the Clusterfünke Inn into a big resort.

Rated TV-14. Airing at 6 p.m. December 4 on Comedy Central.

“A holiday chance”

Nafessa Williams, Sharon Leal, and Vanessa Bell Calloway star in a comedy-drama about two family-business rivals who must bury the hatchet to keep the business afloat during the holidays.

Classified PG-13. Opening December 3 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland.

“The Advent Calendar”

French horror film in which a woman receives an ancient Advent calendar in which each window features a surprise that triggers real consequences.

Unclassified. Starts streaming December 2 on Shudder.

“Antim: the final truth”

Action drama in Hindi language from India.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 throughout Houston.

“Child of Asakusa”

Japanese drama centered on an actor whose career accelerates while that of his mentor collapses.

Unclassified. Starts streaming December 9 on Netflix.

“To be someone”

Chinese police thriller in Mandarin in which some filmmakers produce a film about a crime scene, without realizing that the murderer is among them.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 at the Regal Greenway Grand Palace, Houston.

“Bénédetta”

Director Paul Verhoeven – of “Showgirls,” “Starship Troopers,” “RoboCop” and “Total Recall” – returns with a drama about a 17th-century nun struggling with disturbing religious and erotic visions.

Classified R. Opening December 3 at AMC Houston 8, Houston; AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston; AMC Willowbrook, Houston; AMC First Colony 24, Sugar Land; opens Dec. 11 at 14 Pews, Houston; starts broadcasting on December 21 on various platforms;.

“Castle of the falls”

Action film with Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland.

“Christmas with the elect: the messengers”

Musical artists, such as For King & Country, Maverick City Choir, and others perform Christmas carols.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 throughout Houston.

“Dead end”

Bruce Willis and Patrick Muldoon in an action thriller about a power plant worker must prevent a group of attackers from taking over the facility.

Ranked R. opens December 3 at America Theaters, Houston; starts airing on December 3 on various platforms.

“Death of a telemarketer”

A talkative telemarketer finds himself at the mercy of someone he once ripped off in that favorite movie starring Lamorne Morris, Jackie Earle Haley, and Haley Joel Osment.

Rated R. Starts streaming December 3 on various platforms.

“Diary of a weakling child”

A new animated version of the classic children’s tale.

Classified PG. Starts airing December 3 on Disney +.

“Meet”

Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) plays a father who tries to protect his two young sons from something foreign.

Rated R. Opening December 3 at Cinemark Hollywood Movies 20, Pasadena; Cinemark 18, Webster; starts streaming December 10 on Amazon Prime Video.

“The end of us”

What happens when two angry exes have to stay together when California issues its COVID stay-at-home order? Ben Coleman and Ali Vingiano are the stars.

Rated R. Starts streaming December 3 on various platforms.

“Fatal distraction”

The documentary looks at the case of Justin Ross Harris, who was tried for murder after his baby died in a hot car in 2014.

Unclassified. Starts streaming December 7 on various platforms.

“For the love of money”

Katt Williams and Keri Hilson star in a drama about a woman who must turn to the criminal world she flees to protect her daughter.

Rated R. Opens December 3 throughout Houston.

” God’s hand “

A coming-of-age tale by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”) about a boy who grew up in Naples in the 1980s.

Classified R. Opening December 3 at iPic Houston; starts streaming December 15 on Netflix.

“Kaaval”

Indian action thriller in Malayalam.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 at AMC Loews Fountains 18, Stafford.

“Last shootout”

A western in which an armed man saves a woman from her husband, determined to find her. Cam Gigandet, Bruce Dern, Brock Harris and Skylar Witte are the stars.

Classified PG-13. Opening December 3 at America Cinemas, Houston; starts streaming on various platforms on December 7th.

“Mixed”

A young girl accidentally destroys her mother’s mixtape and swears to find all the hard-to-find songs on it.

Unclassified. Starts streaming December 3 on Netflix.

“The power of the dog”

Director Jane Campion’s first film in over a decade (“The Piano”) is a drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a rancher who torments his brother (Jesse Plemmons) and sister-in-law (Kirsten Dunst).

Rated R. Streaming on Netflix.

“Silent night”

Keira Knightley stars in this horror-comedy drama centered around a Christmas party where all the guests could die.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra, Katy.

“Slow agitation”

Actress Sonja Sohn is making this documentary about corruption in the Baltimore Police Department.

Unclassified. Screens at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 on HBO; starts airing Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. on HBO Max.

“Sword Art Online: Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night”

Japanese anime set in the world of VRMMO, a massively multiplayer online game in virtual reality.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 throughout Houston.

“Faithful to game 3”

The third installment of the romantic thriller franchise starring Malik Barnhardt, Starletta DuPois and Omar Gooding.

Rated R. Opens December 3 throughout Houston.

“The unforgivable”

Sandra Bullock is a woman who finds society ruthless after being released from prison for murder. Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal and Richard Thomas co-starred.

Unclassified. Opening December 3 at ShowBiz Cinemas, Kingwood; starts streaming December 10 on Netflix.

“The wishing tree”

Laura directs, co-writes and co-stars in this drama about a woman who goes on a hike to find inner peace.

Unclassified. Starts streaming December 3 on various platforms.

“Wolf”

George MacKay (“1917”) plays a man who believes he really is a wolf.

Rated R. Opens December 3 throughout Houston.





  • Cary Darling

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes on the arts, entertainment and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has served as a reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, the Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelance work for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.

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