What to watch this weekend: HBO Max's 'The Fallout,' Netflix's 'Home Team' with Kevin James

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Are you ready for some football? Because if the NFL playoffs aren't enough, Kevin James is piling on the gridiron for everyone's pigskin pleasure.

This weekend, the former "King of Queens" star plays newly retired New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton in a Netflix sports comedy based on Payton's real life. Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler play teenagers navigating the emotional aftermath of a school shooting in a drama on HBO Max, Adrien Brody deals with mobsters and Alicia Silverstone battles sharks in a pair of new thrillers, while the animated "Ice Age" franchise debuts a spinoff movie on Disney+.

Here's a guide to new movies that'll satisfy every cinematic taste, plus some noteworthy theatrical films making their debut on video-on-demand platforms and streaming services:

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Maddie Ziegler (left) and Jenna Ortega are teenagers figuring out their lives after surviving a school shooting in "The Fallout."
Maddie Ziegler (left) and Jenna Ortega are teenagers figuring out their lives after surviving a school shooting in "The Fallout."

If you want to see the first great film of 2022: 'The Fallout'

Writer/director Megan Park's directorial debut is a nuanced, emotional wrecking ball of a film that examines growing up in a time of school shootings. Following a deadly incident at her school, Vada (Ortega) confides in popular classmate Mia (Ziegler), who hid in the bathroom with her while the killer stalked fellow students. Vada tries to make sense of the many emotions she's feeling (Shailene Woodley plays her therapist), plus figure out her relationship going forward with friends and family. It's a well-acted, unexpectedly funny and extremely soulful drama with a gut-punch of an ending.

Where to watch: HBO Max

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (Kevin James, center) gets suspended, goes home to Texas and reconnects with his 12-year-old son by leading his Pop Warner football team.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (Kevin James, center) gets suspended, goes home to Texas and reconnects with his 12-year-old son by leading his Pop Warner football team.

If you love underdog sports movies: 'Home Team'

There's a poor man's "Bad News Bears" vibe to the family-friendly sports comedy, which features James as the Saints coach who, when he's suspended from the NFL for the season, coaches the lowly Pop Warner team that his 12-year-old son (Tait Blum) is on. It's got more on-field vomiting than "The Replacements" (which is saying something) and won't go down in the annals of all-time great football movies. James does well playing the straight man to misfit kids, though, and the football scenes will pull you kicking and screaming into actually caring who wins the Big Game.

Where to watch: Netflix

Possum brothers Crash (from left, voiced by Vincent Tong) and Eddie (Aaron Harris) meet Zee (Justina Machado) and Buck (Simon Pegg) in the animated "The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild."
Possum brothers Crash (from left, voiced by Vincent Tong) and Eddie (Aaron Harris) meet Zee (Justina Machado) and Buck (Simon Pegg) in the animated "The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild."

If your kids need something to watch: 'The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild'

Most of the major "Ice Age" voice talent (Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah) skipped this streaming spinoff but Simon Pegg gamely returns to play his eccentric one-eyed weasel Buck Wild. When their survival skills are questioned, daredevil possum bros Crash (Vincent Tong) and Eddie (Aaron Harris) seek some independence, get trapped in a cave and are rescued by their oddball idol Buck. They team up to keep the Lost World safe from a vengeful dinosaur (Utkarsh Ambudkar) with a huge brain and a "dinos rule, mammals drool" mindset.

Where to watch: Disney+

Adrien Brody plays a garbage collector who's also no stranger to weaponry in the thriller "Clean."
Adrien Brody plays a garbage collector who's also no stranger to weaponry in the thriller "Clean."

If you're curious to see Adrien Brody wreck a bunch of dudes: 'Clean'

In addition to co-writing, producing and composing music for the drama, Brody stars as a garbage man and former addict named Clean seeking redemption and quietly keeping an eye on his New York neighborhood. But he's also got one heck of a deadly side, which comes out when protecting a young neighbor girl puts him at odds with a brutal crime boss (Glenn Fleshler). While the story takes a bit to get going, the film boasts an effectively gritty atmosphere throughout and action-film fans will appreciate Brody going full John Wick in an extremely violent closing stanza.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Google Play

Alicia Silverstone stars as a wife hunted by hungry sharks on a romantic getaway in Vietnam in "The Requin."
Alicia Silverstone stars as a wife hunted by hungry sharks on a romantic getaway in Vietnam in "The Requin."

If you adore 'Clueless' and 'Jaws' equally: 'The Requin'

In the waterlogged thriller, which attempts to be serious before veering hilariously campy, Silverstone and James Tupper play a married couple trying to heal from a tragic loss with a romantic getaway in Vietnam. It winds up being the worst trip ever as a nasty storm turns their villa into pretty much a fancy raft, the husband sustains a gruesome leg injury, plus heat and a lack of clean water threatens them in the middle of the ocean. And that's all before a school of great whites literally smells blood in the water. Shark movie fans with a taste for the absurd will get a kick out of this B-movie if nothing else.

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play

Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) reunite in "The Matrix Resurrections," the fourth installment of the sci-fi action franchise.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) reunite in "The Matrix Resurrections," the fourth installment of the sci-fi action franchise.

Also streaming this weekend

  • If you don't have HBO Max and haven't ventured to a theater, "The Matrix Resurrections" – the fourth installment of the sci-fi action franchise starring Keanu Reeves – is now available on Apple TV and other on-demand platforms.

  • Oscar lovers will want to check out the acclaimed documentary "Flee," now on Apple TV and on demand. It ingeniously uses hand-drawn animation to tell an emotional refugee story and has been shortlisted for best documentary and best international film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

  • Also on demand is "Wolf," an odd yet strangely touching drama about identity and humanity starring George MacKay ("1917") as a young man who believes he's a wolf.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'The Fallout,' Netflix's 'Home Team': New films streaming, in theaters