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

‘Hellboy’

  • Genre: Action, fantasy, science fiction and horror
  • Cast: David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson and Alistair Petrie
  • Director: Neil Marshall
  • Rated: R

Hellboy is back, and he’s on fire.

From the pages of Mike Mignola’s seminal work, this action-packed story sees the legendary half-demon superhero (David Harbour) called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampaging giants. There he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.

‘Little’

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast: Marsai Martin, Regina Hall and Issa Rae
  • Directors: Will Packer and Tina Gordon
  • Rated: PG-13

“Little” is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.

Regina Hall and Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line.

‘Breakthrough’

  • Genre: Drama and biography
  • Cast: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammell and Dennis Haysbert
  • Director: Roxann Dawson
  • Rated: PG

“Breakthrough” is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds.

When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction.

‘Missing Link’

  • Genre: Animation, adventure and comedy
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Amrita Acharia and Ching Valdes-Aran
  • Director: Chris Butler
  • Rated: PG

Mr. Link is 8 feet tall, weighs 630 pounds and is covered in fur — but don’t let his appearance fool you: He is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of “Missing Link,” the globe-trotting family adventure from Laika.

Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.

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

‘Mary Magdalene’

  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim and Ryan Corr
  • Director: Garth Davis
  • Rated: R

She is one of the most transformative yet misunderstood women in history, alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint.

For the first time, the incredible story of Mary Magdalene is told through her own eyes. In the first century A.D., the free-spirited Mary (Rooney Mara) flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix).

The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. Boldly challenging received wisdom, “Mary Magdalene” is a rapturous, moving account of a miraculous woman who risked everything to follow her faith.

‘After’

  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair, Pia Mia and Peter Gallagher
  • Director: Jenny Gage
  • Rated: PG-13

Based on Anna Todd’s best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, “After” follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college.

Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Fiennes Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.

‘Master Z: The IP Man Legacy’

  • Genre: Action
  • Cast: Max Zhang, Dave Bautista, Liu Yan, Xing Yu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, Kevin Cheng and Chrissie Chau
  • Director: Yuen Woo-ping
  • Not rated

Legendary action director Yuen Woo Ping draws on a stellar cast to create a hard-hitting martial arts blast worthy of its place in the celebrated Ip Man universe.

Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.