‘After Yang,’ ‘Batman’ lead the list of 15+ film openings

This image released by A24 shows Colin Farrell, from left, and Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja and Justin H. Min in a scene from “After Yang.” (A24 via AP)

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Here are some of the new films being released in theaters or for streaming, broadcast, rental or purchase this week.


“Aadavaallu Meeku Johaarlu”

Telugu-language drama from India.

Unrated. Opens March 4 throughout Houston.


“Adolph as a Grocer”

Houston director Jonathn Caouette, who made the pioneering documentary “Tarnation” in 2003, is hosting a free premiere of his latest film and is showing several of his short music films.

Unrated. Screens 8 pm March 4 at Notsouh, Houston.


“Adventures in Success”

Comedy about a sex cult in the Catskills and how its members try to get their message out.

Unrated. Begins streaming March 8 on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video.


“After Yang”

Colin Farrell, Clifton Collins Jr. and Jodie Turner-Smith are in this science fiction drama in which a family deals with the fallout when their very human AI helper breaks down. It’s directed by Kogonada, who made the exquisite “Columbus” in 2017.

Rated PG. Airs 8 pm March 4 on Showtime.


“Asking for It”

Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons and Luke Hemsworth star in a drama in which a woman joins an all-female gang after being sexually assaulted.

Rated R. Opens March 4 at Studio Movie Grill Pearland.


“The Batman”

Director Matt Reeves (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) reboots the Batman franchise with Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.

Unrated. Opens March 4 throughout Houston.


“Dear Father”

Gujarati-language crime-comedy-drama from India.

Unrated. Opens March 4 at AMC First Colony 24, Sugar Land.


“Everest”

The 1998 documentary, which follows a team of climbers up Mount Everest, returns to town in a special digital release for a run at the Houston Museum of Natural Science through May 31. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, “Everest” has been digitally remastered in 16K resolution.

Unrated. Opens 11 am March 5 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


“Fresh”

Sebastian Stan is a man with strange appetites in this horror-comedy dealing with the terrors of modern dating. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Jojo T. Gibbs co-star.

Rated R. Begins streaming March 4 on Hulu.


“Hard Shell, Soft Shell”

In this French romantic comedy, a young oyster farmer hides an engagement ring in his catch, hoping his girlfriend will say yes. She doesn’t.

Unrated. Screens 7 pm March 4 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


“Hey Sinamika”

Tamil-language romantic comedy from India.

Unrated. Opens March 4 at Cinemark 19, Katy.


“Huda’s Salon”

Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad made such remarkable films as “Paradise Now” in 2005 and “Omar” in 2013, and he returns with this thriller in which a woman’s visit to a hair salon turns into a nightmare.

Unrated. Begins streaming March 4 on various platforms.


“Jhund”

Hindi-language sports biography about Vijay Barse, who started an organization called Slum Soccer.

Unrtolded. Opens March 4 throughout Houston.


“Lucy and Desi”

Amy Poehler directs this biography of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Rated PG. Begins streaming March 4 on Amazon Prime Video.


“Main Viyah Nahi Korona Tere Naal”

Punjabi-language romantic comedy from India that shows what happens when a Canadian YouTuber goes to Punjab and falls in love with a local woman who teaches him about his roots.

Unrated. Opens March 4 at Cinemark Memorial City, Houston.


“The Olive Trees of Justice”

French-language drama from 1962, set in the wanting days of the French in Algeria, follows a man who returns to the country to visit his dying father.

Unrated. Screens 7 pm March 4 and 5 at Rice Cinema, Houston.


“Robust”

In this French comedy, Gerard Depardieu plays an aging film star who gets a new assistant.

Unrated. Screens 7 pm March 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


“Sebastian PC 524”

Telugu and Tamil-language action thriller-comedy from India about a man with night blindness.

Unrated. Opens March 4 at Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston; AMC First Colony, Sugar Land.

cary.darling@chron.com




  • Cary Darling

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

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