This Weekend's Movie Releases: Kung Fu Panda 4, Imaginary, and More

This weekend's only big studio release comes in the form of the fourth installment in the Kung Fu Panda series, a film that should be eagerly received by those who have been looking for a kid's movie. The biggest indie release is Lionsgate's Imaginary, which is the first horror release in a while. And other films, like A24's Problemista, will expand into more theaters this weekend.

Here are some of the latest releases hitting theaters and streaming services this weekend, as well as others that are worth checking out:

Love Lies Bleeding: Gym manager Lou falls for Jackie, a bodybuilder who is passing through town en route to a competition in Las Vegas. Love Lies Bleeding was filmed in New Mexico during the summer of 2022. It will be in select theaters, with an expansion on March 15.

Imaginary: A woman returns to her childhood home to discover that the imaginary friend she left behind is real and unhappy that she abandoned him. Imaginary is directed by Jeff Wadlow, who previously helmed 2018's Truth or Dare.

Glitter & Doom: Follows the love-at-first-sight connection between a carefree circus performer and a struggling musician. An undeniable spark throws them into a summer of camping trips, late-night conversations, and innovative song-and-dance numbers — until the real world interferes. Glitter & Doom is set to the music of the Indigo Girls. It will be in select theaters.

Ricky Stanicky: When three childhood best friends pull a prank that goes wrong, they invent the imaginary Ricky Stanicky to get them out of trouble. Twenty years later, they still use the nonexistent Ricky as a handy alibi for their immature behavior. Ricky Stanicky stars Zac Efron and John Cena, with Peter Farrelly directing. It will be on Amazon Prime Video.

First Time Female Director: Follows a newly minted female director in a local theater in Glendale, California, struggling to fill the shoes of her male predecessor, putting her Southern rural drama in jeopardy. It's director, writer, and star Chelsea Peretti's directorial debut. It will be on Roku.

Damsel: A dutiful damsel agrees to marry a handsome prince, only to find the royal family has recruited her as a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt. Damsel is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who also directed 28 Weeks Later. It will be on Netflix.

Space: The Longest Goodbye: Training for a Mars mission, daring astronauts work with a NASA psychologist to cope with space isolation. Space: The Longest Goodbye premiered at Sundance 2023. It will be in theaters, as well as available VOD.

Night Shift: While working her first night shift at a remote motel, a woman begins to suspect that the property is haunted. Night Shift is the directorial debut for brothers Benjamin and Paul China. It will be in theaters and available VOD.

American Dreamer: Phil is a dreamer who hates that most dreams don't come true. It is filmed in British Columbia. It will be in theaters.

The Piper: When a composer is tasked with finishing her late mentor's concerto, she soon discovers that playing the music summons deadly consequences, leading her to uncover the disturbing origins of the melody and an evil that has awakened. The Piper is one of actor Julian Sands' last films; he died while hiking in the Mount Baldy area of the San Bernardino Mountains. It will be in theaters.

Kung Fu Panda 4: The only big studio release this weekend, the fourth installment in the Kung Fu Panda series, is eagerly anticipated by those looking for a kid's movie. It will be in theaters.

Problemista: A24's Problemista will expand into more theaters this weekend.

Cabrini: This weekend also sees the limited releases of Cabrini, Accidental Texan, and High & Low: John Galliano.

To Kill a Tiger: The latest movie to hit Netflix is To Kill a Tiger, following a group of wildlife inspectors who stumble upon a brutally murdered tiger while on the job.

Poor Things: Hulu is streaming Poor Things, a dark comedy following three women who hatch a plot to murder their abusive husbands.

Wonka: The highly anticipated Wonka, a musical adventure starring Timothée Chalamet, will be on Max this weekend.

These are just a few of the latest films and shows to hit theaters and streaming services. Several films may not be in theaters this weekend, but they are worth keeping an eye out for their release. As always, check your local listings to see what's playing in your area.

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