Monkey Man isn't the only movie in theaters (or streaming) this weekend, here are 5 movies to watch today

Monkey Man is the name of the game in theaters this weekend. Will the movie live up to the hype? We'll know soon enough!
Monkey Man from Universal Pictures
Monkey Man from Universal Pictures /

Critics and audiences were super excited to watch Monkey Man ever since we learned it was in the works. But after the movie screened at the South by Southwest festival on March 11? The hype escalated to another level. Needless to say, Dev Patel's Monkey Man is the big feature this weekend. However, that doesn't mean it's the only new movie to watch!

Listen, I highly recommend you watch Monkey Man. If not this weekend, then sometime next week. You do not want to wait or risk bumping into spoilers online. But I completely understand if action is simply not your go-to genre. It could be that you were hoping to spend the weekend with a motivational documentary or even switch gears all the way around and want to enjoy a spooky Saturday night streaming a horror movie. Whatever the case may be, if got your back!

Movies to watch in theaters (and streaming) this weekend, April. 5

Here's what you'll find on our list: We've got action, horror, and motivational pictures. What's missing this weekend are family movies. There are plenty available already in theaters and streaming that you may have missed, such as Kung Fu Panda 4 (theaters) and Wish (Disney+), but no new kid-friendly debuts are out this weekend. Check out our list below:

  • Monkey Man, in theaters now
  • The First Omen, in theaters now
  • Girls State, streaming on Apple TV+
  • Baghead, streaming on Shudder
  • Scoop, streaming on Netflix

As we noted above, there's not something new for everyone this weekend. This weekend is for the adults! Kids, stream Wish on Disney+ or Megamind on Peacock, the grown ups are out soaking in the chills and thrills.

Sandy's 3 must-see movie picks: Monkey Man, The First Omen, Baghead

If you have been following these weekly posts for a while, you know that horror is my go-to genre. Even when a movie doesn't look very promising, you bet I'll be watching. So it shouldn't be surprising that both The First Omen and Baghead are on my list.

Monkey Man

Where to watch:

Monkey Man is exclusively playing in theaters


Dev Patel, Sobhita Dhulipala, Sikandar Kher

Quick synopsis:

Powered by revenge, Kid sets out to take down corrupted leaders.

From Universal Pictures, we have Monkey Man, directed by Dev Patel (this is Patel's directorial debut), who also stars in the movie. The action thriller is a story of revenge, inspired by the legend of Hanuman, a symbol of courage.

Fueled by passion and vengeance, Monkey Man follows Kid aka Monkey Man (Patel), a man seeking revenge for the killing of his mother. Kid is determined to bring down the corrupted leaders responsible after years of suppressing his anger and trauma spills over. Determination alone isn't going to get the job done, though. But Kid has friends and allies on his side. This won't be an easy task by any means, but Kid is willing to do whatever it takes.

Over at Rotten Tomatoes, Monkey Man has a fresh score of 86% from critics. Since the movie drops in theaters tonight, the movie review site does not have an audience score for Monkey Man yet (we'll keep you posted). Monkey Man also stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Sikandar Kher, Sharlto Copley, and others. It is rated R for bloody violence and gore, drug use, sexual content, nudity, and language throughout.

The First Omen

Where to watch:

The First Omen is exclusively playing in theaters


Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga

Quick synopsis:

The First Omen takes audiences back to when and where it all began.

First things first! No, you do not need to watch any of the movies in The Omen franchise to understand The First Omen as the latter serves as a prequel to the 1976 original movie, The Omen.

The prequel takes audiences back to where it all began. The First Omen introduces Margaret (Nell Tiger Free), a young nun moving into a covent in Rome to begin her life of service to the church. Immediately after getting settled in, Margaret discovers the sinister plans the church has of bringing evil incarnate into the world.

If you want to watch the previous movies anyway, they are all streaming on Hulu. Sometimes it's fun having a little history about what you are watching. So if you are only limited to one movie today, that should be the 1976 The Omen. The movie is exclusively in theaters on Friday, April 5. Nothing is confirmed about the movie's streaming debut, but it should be coming here in the next few weeks. Once The First Omen does leave the big screen, it'll stream on Peacock.


Where to watch:

The horror movie is streaming on Shudder


Freya Allan, Jeremy Irvine, Sharlto Copley

Quick synopsis:

Everything comes with a price tag, including connecting with the dead.

From Studio Canal and directed by Alberto Corredor, Baghead follows Iris (Freya Allan), a young woman who has inherited her estranged father's run-down pub. In the basement, Iris and a friend discover there is a shapeshifting creature who takes advantage of those who want to connect with someone who has passed. Unfortunately, getting in touch with the dead comes with a heavy dose of consequences -- and this is no different. On the contrary, this is worse.

Baghead also stars Jeremy Irvine, Sharlto Copley, and others. We could not find a rating for this movie, but thanks to the IMDb, Baghead features mild profanity, some drug use, frightening scenes, and violence. That to me sounds like an R rating or a PG-13 rating that is pushing its limits.

From this list, what will you be watching this weekend?

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