Opening this week at a theatre near you:
Annabelle: Creation R (2017)
Several years after the death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife let a nun and several orphan girls into their home. They will soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. Annabelle: Creation Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by David F. Sandberg, who directed last year’s Lights Out.
Word on the Street: Sandberg won the Directors to Watch award at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
My Take: It’s rumored that Sandberg will be directing the much anticipated Shazam! film.
Opening this Friday nationwide.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature PG (2017)
Surly (Will Arnett) and his friends are back. Life is good with the nut shop giving the gang a huge supply of food. A corrupt mayor (Bobby Moynihan) is out to replace the park that Surly calls home with an amusement park. Can Surly rally the gang to stop the Mayor from his plan? The Nub Job 2 Website
What to Watch For: The cast includes Jackie Chan, Maya Rudolph, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Cannavale and Jeff Dunham.
Word on the Street: Director Cal Brunker is known for his work on Despicable Me (2010), Escape from Planet Earth (2013) and Minions (2015).
My Take: I see that Nut Job 3 is already in pre-production.
Opening this Friday nationwide.
The Glass Castle PG-13 (2017)
A young woman (Brie Larson) looks back at her childhood when she was raised by a mother who was an eccentric artist (Naomi Watts) and an alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson) who kept his family moving to avoid the bill collectors. The Glass Castle Website
What to Watch For: Brie Larson worked on director Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2013 film Short Term 12.
Word on the Street: Short Term 12 won a number of awards on the festival circuit including the Audience Award at the Aspen Filmfest in 2013.
My Take: I think Brie Larson is one of our finest young actors.
Opens this Friday in Atlanta area theatres.
Wind River R (2017)
An FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams with a town’s best game tracker (Jeremy Renner), with deep community ties and a haunted past, to track down a killer on a remote Native American Reservation. Wind River Facebook Page
What to Watch For: The film is directed by Taylor Sheridan who is known for his roles on Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars.
Word on the Street: Sheridan won the Un Certain Regard – Best Director at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
My Take: I will see anything that Elizabeth Olsen is in.
Documentary chronicling the life of actor and Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher. Escapes Website
What to Watch For: Fancher has also written the screenplay for the sequel to Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049.
Word on the Street: Director of the film, Michael Almereyda, has won a number of awards including the Short Film Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for his short film Skinningrove.
My Take: Blade Runner is one of my favorite films, so you know I will see this one.
Opens Friday excursively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Whose Streets? (2017)
A documentary that looks at how the killing of 18-year-0ld Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and inspired the world to take a stand. Whose Streets? Website
What to Watch For: Director Folayan Davis was inspired to make the documentary when she went to Ferguson, Missouri and saw firsthand what was going on in the community.
Word on the Streets: The film is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
My Take: I have heard great things about this documentary from other film critics.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW.
Whatever it Takes (2000) James Franco and Shane West star in this modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, with a twist, and try to help each other get the girl of their dreams. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Marla Sokoloff play the two girls the guys try to date.
Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) Waring Alien and Predator races descend on a small town, and its residents must band together to survive.
Code of Silence (1985) A Chicago cop (Chuck Norris) is caught in the middle of a gang war.