Each week on Atom Insider, we’re giving you the heads up on the biggest and most talked about films arriving in theaters. This week, we’re gearing up to see a modern fantasy adventure, a well-cast mystery thriller, and an indie “bio-epic.”

The Kid In King Arthur’s Court

Joe Cornish’s last film, Attack the Block, captivated audiences in 2011 with a tight sci-fi horror story about troublesome teens in England teaming up to beat down an alien invasion. This new film from Cornish and 20th Century Fox captures that same spirit but with a family-friendly fantasy story about a kid in modern-day England who finds Excalibur and teams up with his friends and bullies to stop a supernatural invasion.

The cast of The Kid Who Would Be King includes Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy Serkis) as Alexander Elliot, or the future king mentioned in the title. Along with Rebecca Ferguson as the evil Morgana, Angus Imrie and Patrick Stewart star as young and old Merlin, and Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo, and Rhianna Dorris as Alexander’s schoolyard knights. It’s getting solid reviews from critics, so this just might be the charming romp to see this weekend.

However, if you’re looking for something darker…

Matthew McConaughey And Anne Hathaway Set A Tense Mood In ‘Serenity’

No, this isn’t another Firefly movie. Originally set to release in October, Serenity is a new film from Aviron Pictures directed by Steven Knight, best known for helming Redemption and Locke, but also writing Pawn Sacrifice and Allied as well as Peaky Blinders. Based on the trailers and early reviews, the film is a neo-noir thriller with a gripping mystery at its center.

The main cast is intriguing enough on its own. Matthew McConaughey stars as Baker, a fishing boat captain who is confronted by his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway), who asks him to help deal with her abusive new husband (Jason Clarke). The cast also includes Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, Diane Lane, Rafael Sayegh, Kenneth Fok, and Robert Hobbs. Not to spoil anything, but the reviews have hinted at a crazy ending and a WTF plot twist, so if you like your thrillers with a little bit of melodrama, this is for you.

And for those of you into biopics or international fare…

‘In Like Flynn’ Explores The Real Life Of Errol Flynn

One of Hollywood’s most legendary performers received his own origin story last October, and now Blue Fox Entertainment is releasing In Like Flynn in the select U.S. theaters after a few months in Australia and New Zealand. The film is based on Beam Ends, Flynn’s memoir/novel, and sees Thomas Cocquerel in the titular role.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander series), In Like Flynn explores the less glamorous early life of the iconic actor before he would go on to reach acclaim in the ’40s and 5’0s. The cast includes Dan Fogler (whom audiences will know from the Fantastic Beasts movies), Isabel Lucas, Corey Large, and Clive Standen.

Stay tuned next week for our box office recap of how these movies fared at the box office. To get tickets to these movies and more, head to the Atom Tickets homepage.

 

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