What to watch this weekend: Kristen Stewart in 'Crimes of the Future,' queer rom-com 'Fire Island'

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"Top Gun: Maverick" kicked the summer movie season into high gear with a record-breaking weekend, and a bunch of new films are arriving before the "Jurassic World" dinos bust loose again.

This weekend's a busy one: Oscar nominee Kristen Stewart joins Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux for director David Cronenberg's latest body horror flick, and Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang play gay BFFs in a modern rom-com spin on a Jane Austen favorite. Mark Rylance hits the links for a 1970s true-life British golf comedy, and ukelele-strumming "America's Got Talent" wunderkind Grace VanderWaal charms again in a Disney+ "Stargirl" sequel.

Here's a guide to new movies that will satisfy every cinematic taste, plus some noteworthy theatrical films making their streaming and on-demand debuts:

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Kristen Stewart, right, plays a woman who becomes interested in the organ-removing escapades of a couple of performance artists (Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen) in "Crimes of the Future."
Kristen Stewart, right, plays a woman who becomes interested in the organ-removing escapades of a couple of performance artists (Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen) in "Crimes of the Future."

If you dig some crazy body horror: 'Crimes of the Future'

Cronenberg does not skimp on the weirdness in this deep and darkly humorous sci-fi thriller. Mortensen plays a well-known celebrity who grows new internal organs and has them removed by his partner (Seydoux) for artistic purposes. He's approached by a fringe group hoping to use him to popularize this next stage of humanity's evolution, with Stewart co-starring as a woman who's kinkily interested in the avant-garde escapade.

Where to watch: In theaters

"Fire Island" centers on two best friends (Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster, center, with Margaret Cho, Tomás Matos and Matt Rogers) aiming to have a legendary summer full of cheap rosé.
"Fire Island" centers on two best friends (Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster, center, with Margaret Cho, Tomás Matos and Matt Rogers) aiming to have a legendary summer full of cheap rosé.

If you want to see a star being born: 'Fire Island'

Booster writes, stars and is a magnetic presence in this entertaining queer twist on "Pride and Prejudice." Noah (Booster) and his group of friends (including Yang and Margaret Cho) meet up for what might be their last summer at Fire Island (aka "gay Disney World") for romance and a lot of drama as Noah gets caught in a love triangle between uptight Will (Conrad Ricamora) and rugged Dex (Zane Phillips).

Where to watch: Hulu

Maika Monroe stars in "Watcher" as an American recently relocated to Bucharest with her husband (Karl Glusman). She's soon convinced she's being followed around town by a creepy neighbor.
Maika Monroe stars in "Watcher" as an American recently relocated to Bucharest with her husband (Karl Glusman). She's soon convinced she's being followed around town by a creepy neighbor.

If you adore the suspenseful stuff: 'Watcher'

In this ultra-tense thriller full of Hitchcockian delights, a young American woman (Maika Monroe) relocates from New York to her husband's hometown, Bucharest, when he gets a job there. A serial killer stalks the Romania capital, she's convinced a strange neighbor (Burn Gorman) is watching her, and paranoia and unfortunate gaslighting ensue.

Where to watch: In theaters

True-life sports drama "The Phantom of the Open" stars Mark Rylance as a humble crane operator who manages to enter the British Open qualifying round in 1976, despite never having played a round of golf before.
True-life sports drama "The Phantom of the Open" stars Mark Rylance as a humble crane operator who manages to enter the British Open qualifying round in 1976, despite never having played a round of golf before.

If your dad needs a film to watch: 'The Phantom of the Open'

Rylance is a hoot in this goofy golf dramedy based on the true story of a middle-aged crane operator who teaches himself the sport and decides on a lark to apply to play at the British Open. Somehow he gets in, his qualifying round is a disaster, but along the way he becomes both national laughingstock and worldwide cult sensation.

Where to watch: In theaters

The sequel "Hollywood Stargirl" finds the title character (Grace VanderWaal) dealing with fame and success but also finding a new love interest (Elijah Richardson).
The sequel "Hollywood Stargirl" finds the title character (Grace VanderWaal) dealing with fame and success but also finding a new love interest (Elijah Richardson).

If you're a Grace VanderWaal superfan: 'Hollywood Stargirl'

The sequel is missing the coming-of-age whimsy of the original 2020 "Stargirl" but moves VanderWaal's title character from supporting muse to main attraction. Stargirl relocates to LA, meets an idol (Uma Thurman) who needs her infectious spirit, and befriends/falls for her new neighbor (Elijah Richardson), who's making an indie film with his brother.

Where to watch: Disney+

An Army captain (Elsa Pataky) tries to keep a rogue intelligence agent (Luke Bracey) from taking over a remote interceptor missile station in "Interceptor."
An Army captain (Elsa Pataky) tries to keep a rogue intelligence agent (Luke Bracey) from taking over a remote interceptor missile station in "Interceptor."

If you could use another '80s action throwback other than 'Top Gun': 'Interceptor'

Elsa Pataky, a "Fast and Furious" alum married to Chris Hemsworth, is quite the woman of action herself in this decent old-school thriller. Her two-fisted soldier is reassigned to a remote interceptor missile station in the Pacific but soon finds herself staving off an invasion by a rogue intelligence agent (Luke Bracey) to prevent a nuclear attack on American cities.

Where to watch: Netflix

Brianne Tju stars as one of the high school kids who run afoul of some hungry zombies in the horror comedy "Unhuman."
Brianne Tju stars as one of the high school kids who run afoul of some hungry zombies in the horror comedy "Unhuman."

If you dig bloody horror comedies: 'Unhuman'

Produced by Jason Blum, the teen-oriented chiller follows a bus full of high school kids that crashes while on a field trip, are warned via radio of a mysterious disaster afoot and are then inundated by hungry zombies. The fright fest hews to a pretty straightforward narrative until paying off with its well-orchestrated, satisfying twist.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play

A toxic online troll's livestreamed night out in the English countryside goes supernaturally off the rails in the horror comedy "Dashcam."
A toxic online troll's livestreamed night out in the English countryside goes supernaturally off the rails in the horror comedy "Dashcam."

If you've ever had a terrible ride-share experience: 'Dashcam'

Director Rob Savage's gleefully dark pandemic-era horror comedy is another Blumhouse flick, starring Annie Hardy as the worst Uber driver ever. After stealing a friend's ride-share identity, she picks up an old woman headed to a destination in the English countryside and livestreams a ride that turns bonkers for everyone involved.

Where to watch: In theaters and on Apple TV, Vudu

A local lawman (Kevin Dillon, left) digs the muscle car ride of an exotic dancer (Caylee Cowan) and her drifter beau (Billy Budinich) in "Frank and Penelope."
A local lawman (Kevin Dillon, left) digs the muscle car ride of an exotic dancer (Caylee Cowan) and her drifter beau (Billy Budinich) in "Frank and Penelope."

If you're down for a guilty-pleasure love story: 'Frank and Penelope'

In Sean Patrick Flanery’s directorial debut, a Texas drifter (Billy Budinich) and an exotic dancer (Caylee Cowan) hook up for hot-blooded romance and a crazy road trip involving an offbeat cop (Kevin Dillon) and an Appalachian sin-eater (Johnathon Schaech). Cowan is aces as a doe-eyed femme fatale in a noir horror movie fueled by gonzo B-movie energy.

Where to watch: In theaters

Kaya Free stars as an escaped miner who joins a hacker collective in Burundi in the sci-fi musical "Neptune Frost."
Kaya Free stars as an escaped miner who joins a hacker collective in Burundi in the sci-fi musical "Neptune Frost."

If you want a tuneful crash course in Afrofuturism: 'Neptune Frost'

This fascinating sci-fi musical features an escaped miner and intersex runaway finding each other in a hacker collective set up in the hills of Burundi to battle the country's resource-stripping authoritarian regime. The plot doesn't totally come together, yet the music and eye-popping visuals combine to conjure a wowing cosmic fever dream.

Where to watch: In theaters

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Albus Dumbledore (far right, Jude Law) has a new mission for Theseus (Callum Turner) and Newt (Eddie Redmayne) in "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore."
Albus Dumbledore (far right, Jude Law) has a new mission for Theseus (Callum Turner) and Newt (Eddie Redmayne) in "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Crimes of the Future,' 'Fire Island': New films streaming, in cinemas