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

‘Shazam!’

  • Genre: Action, fantasy and adventure
  • Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Adam Brody and Djimon Hounsou
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Rated: PG-13

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.

In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word — “Shazam” — this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart — inside a ripped, godlike body — Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them.

Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

‘Pet Sematary’

  • Genre: Horror
  • Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz
  • Directors: Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer
  • Rated: R

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, “Pet Sematary” follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home.

When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

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

‘The Public’

  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael K. Williams, Jeffrey Wright and Che “Rhymefest” Smith
  • Director: Emilio Estevez
  • Rated: PG-13

What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and library officials when a conscientious librarian turns the Cincinnati Public Library into an impromptu homeless shelter for one night during the most brutal cold snap in recent Cincinnati history.

‘Unicorn Store’

  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford
  • Director: Brie Larson
  • Not rated

After failing out of art school and taking a humdrum office job, a whimsical painter gets a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of adopting a unicorn.

‘The Best of Enemies’

  • Genre: Drama and biography
  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche and Wes Bentley
  • Director: Robin Bissell
  • Rated: PG-13

Based on a true story, “The Best of Enemies” centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971.

The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Cast: Hilary Duff, Jonathan Bennett and Lydia Hearst
  • Director: Daniel Farrands
  • Rated: R

Based on one of Hollywood’s most chilling murder cases, this spellbinding thriller follows 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate (Hilary Duff), a rising star about to have her first baby with her husband, director Roman Polanski.

Plagued by terrifying premonitions, Sharon sees her worst nightmares come to life with the appearance of Charles Manson and his deadly cult.

‘Native Son’

  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne and Bill Camp
  • Director: Rashid Johnson
  • Not rated

Based on the classic novel by Richard Wright, “Native Son” tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp).

As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power — including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) — he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever.