A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

‘The Meg’

  • Genre: Thriller, action and science fiction
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Sophia Shuya Cai and Masi Oka
  • Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Rated: PG-13

A deep-sea submersible – part of an international undersea observation program – has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean … with its crew trapped inside.

With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat – a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive … and on the hunt.

Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths … bringing him face to face once more with the apex predator of all time.

‘Dog Days’

  • Genre: Comedy and romance
  • Cast: Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, Ron Cephas Jones
  • Director: Ken Marino
  • Rated: PG

“Dog Days” follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts

‘Slender Man’

  • Genre: Thriller, horror and suspense
  • Cast: Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso and Javier Botet
  • Director: Sylvain White
  • Rated: PG-13

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man.

When one of them goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.

‘BlacKkKlansman’

  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Rated: R

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.

It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file.

Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of a hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

‘Summer of ’84’

  • Genre: Thriller, horror and suspense
  • Cast: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Caleb Emery and Rich Sommer
  • Directors: Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell
  • Not rated

It’s the summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 14 years old and free.

But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

‘A Prayer before Dawn’

  • Genre: Action
  • Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai and Nicolas Shake
  • Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
  • Rated: R

“A Prayer Before Dawn” is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons.

He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out. Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom.

Shot in an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, “A Prayer Before Dawn” is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.