New movies: ‘Thor’, ‘The Sea Beast’ top the list of new movies this week

This image released by Marvel Studios shows Natalie Portman, left, and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from “Thor: Love and Thunder.” (Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

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

“A New Leaf”

The great Elaine May wrote and co-starred in this 1971 romantic comedy in which Walter Matthau portrays a wasteful playboy who, instead of controlling his appetites, decides to marry a wealthy woman and get rid of it.

Rated G. Screens 5 p.m. July 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Romantic drama from Egypt.

Not rated. Opens July 8 at Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston; Cinemark Tinseltown USA, Jacinto City.

“Black Orpheus”

Marcel Camus’ pioneering 1959 film, a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus through the prism of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film and the Palme d’Or at Cannes. And the samba soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission.

Rated R. Screens 7 p.m. July 9 at 2 Pews, Houston.

“Cowboys Without Borders”

In this documentary, Houston director Gastón Davis chronicles the lives of ranch workers in Texas, Mexico, Montana and Argentina.

Not rated. Starts streaming July 12 via Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, iTunes, and other streaming services.

“Diary of a Spy”

Indie thriller in which a has-been spy tries to get back into the game by recruiting an asset linked to the Saudi royal family.

Not rated. Starts streaming July 14 on various platforms.

“Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel”

New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel – where Mark Twain, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen stayed – is getting the biopic treatment.

Not rated. Starts streaming July 8 on various platforms.


One of the greatest Texas movies ever made returns to the big screen in Houston. Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor star in this epic 1953 drama set on a cattle ranch that’s seemingly as big as many countries.

Rated G. Screens at 2 p.m. July 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“Good Lady”

South African horror film nominated at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Not rated. Begins streaming July 14 on Shudder.

“Happy birthday”

Indian comedy in Telugu language.

Not rated. Opens July 8 at Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston; Cinemark Memorial City, Houston; Cinemark 17, The Woods; Cinemark 18, Webster; Cinemark 19, Katy; Cinemark Hollywood Films 20, Pasadena.


Kevin Ko’s Taiwanese horror film was a huge hit in his homeland and generated strong word-of-mouth in the horror underground.

Not rated. Starts streaming July 8 on Netflix.


Indian Malayalam-language thriller set in the 90s in which a rubber planter and a policeman are at odds.

Not rated. Opens July 8 at Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston; Cinemark 19, Katy.

“Khuda Hafiz: Chapter 2 Agni Pariksha”

Indian action drama in Hindi language in which a child disappears.

Not rated. Opens July 8 at AMC First Colony, Sugar Land.

“London Nahi Jaunga”

Romantic drama in Urdu and Punjabi from Pakistan.

Not rated. Opens July 8 at AMC First Colony 24, Sugar Land.


Horror thriller in which a tech mogul’s attempt to get off the grid goes awry.

Rated R. Starts streaming July 12 on various platforms.

“Quaid-E-Azam Zindabad”

Action-drama in the Urdu language of Pakistan.

Not rated. Opens July 8 at AMC First Colony 24, Sugar Land.

“The Beast from the Sea”

Karl Urban, Dan Stevens and Jared Harris are just some of the cast in this animated adventure about a girl who becomes a stowaway on a monster hunter’s ship.

Rated PG. Starts streaming July 8 on Netflix.

“Shareek 2”

Punjabi-language drama from India about two warring half-brothers.

Not rated. Opens June 8 at Cinemark Memorial City, Houston.

“Thor: Love and Thunder”

Actor-director Taika Waititi, who saved the ‘Thor’ franchise from mediocrity, returns with a sequel to his hilarious ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ starring Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and , of course, Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

Rated PG-13. Opens July 8 throughout Houston.


  • cary darling

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

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