Whether indulging in ensemble period pieces or supernatural thrillers, this weekend is full of films that bring the thrills and chills.
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The big screen offers the latest chapter in the lives of the British aristocracy and the domestic staff that serve them in “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the supernatural horrors of “Men,” and a college party night gone wrong in “Emergency.”
Those looking to binge on their couch can watch Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman go medieval in “The Northman,” the animated antics of “The Bad Guys,” or work up a fright with Christina Ricci in “Monstrous.”
Other highlights include the new sci-fi series “Night Sky,” and the sounds of Lindsay Lohan narrating the dating reality show “Lovestruck High.”
Here are the movies and TV shows you have to watch this weekend (May 18 - May 20).
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Downton Abbey: A New Era
Three years after the release of the first film, the beloved cast reunites to embark on a mysterious journey to the South of France to the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa. Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville are among the stars reprising their roles from the blockbuster TV series.
After suffering a tragedy, a woman retreats to the English countryside and begins to be stalked in the woods. The horror continues as the culprit appears to be various men all with the same face. “The Lost Daughter” actress Jessie Buckley stars as the tormented woman.
After a wild night of parties, three male college students return home to find a woman passed out in their apartment. Worried the police will suspect them of wrongdoing, the trio tries to get the woman to safety without involving the cops. The satirical thriller stars RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins and Sabrina Carpenter.
The horror film, based on Stephen King’s novel and a reboot of the 1984 Drew Barrymore movie, finds a couple hiding their daughter, Charlie, from a federal agency that wants to use her powers of a pyrokinesis for destruction and evil. Zac Efron stars as Charlie’s father, who, in addition to protecting his daughter, tries to teach her not to let her emotions rule her abilities.
The action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. The all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe
The Bad Guys
Based on the popular book series of the same name, the animated film follows a gang of animal criminals attempting to turn over a new leaf and embrace being model citizens. Voice actors include Sam Rockwell, Anthony Ramos, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina and Marc Maron.
Christina Ricci is the mother of a 7-year-old son who escapes her abusive husband and starts a new life at a remote farmhouse. Their peaceful existence is soon interrupted by mysterious forces haunting the new home.
After the death of one of their twins, a couple (Teresa Palmer and Steven Cree) and their surviving son relocate to the Scandinavian countryside and begin to be tortured by malicious spirits.
The Essex Serpent
After surviving an abusive marriage, newly widowed Cora (Claire Danes) moves to a small village in Essex to investigate the local superstition of a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent. Also starring Tom Hiddleston.
This dating reality series transports singles back to high school as jocks, cheerleaders and nerds try to find romance and win $100,000. Adding to the fun are the voice talents of Lindsay Lohan as the narrator of all the shenanigans.
Bang Bang Baby
Set in 1986, the series follows Alice, a 16-year-old girl living in a small Italian town, who discovers her long-deceased father is still alive and gets thrown into Milan’s underground crime scene.
In this sci-fi series, Oscar winners Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons play a retired couple with a buried secret portal in their yard that leads to a deserted planet. The arrival of a mysterious young man threatens to reveal their secret and upend the world.
In this romantic comedy, a famous movie actress hires a parking valet to pose as her boyfriend in order to cover up a potential media scandal. As their worlds collide, the duo begin to see each other in a new light. Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving and Max Greenfield are among the cast.
The Space Between
A young music label mailroom worker is tasked with forcing an eccentric has-been rock musician, played by Kelsey Grammer, out of his contract. Set in 1996, the two soon strike up an unlikely friendship