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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Leap!  (2016)  PG

Leap!

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

A young orphan named, Felicie (Elle Fanning), always dreamed of being a dancer. She and her best friend, Victor (Nat Wolf), escape from the orphanage and make their way to Pairs. Will Felicie be able to follow her dreams and dance at the Paris Opera Ballet? Leap Facebook page

What to Watch For:  Voice cast includes Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nat Wolff, Kate McKinnon and Mel Brooks.

Word on the Street:  The soundtrack includes songs by Carly Rae Jepsen and Sia.

My Take:  I hear that the film used two-star dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet to help make the movie’s dance scenes feel realistic.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Ingrid Goes West  (2017) R

Ingrid Goes West

Photo courtesy of Neon

An unhinged social media stalker (Aubrey Plaza) moves to LA and figures out a way to become part of an Instagram Star’s (Elizabeth Olsen) life. Ingrid Goes West Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  First-time feature director Matt Spicer, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is known for his short film It’s Not You It’s Me (2012).

My Take:  I think that Elizabeth Olsen is one of finest young actors out there.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Birth of the Dragon  (2016) PG-13

Birth of the Dragon

Photo courtesy of WWE Studios

Set in 1964 San Francisco, this film is inspired by the controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) and Kung Fu master, Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia). Birth of a Dragon Facebook page

What to Watch For: The director, George Nolfi, says that Billy Magnussen’s part, Steve McKee, is based on a young Steve McQueen, who, in real life, trained with Bruce Lee in the late 1960’s.

Word on the Street:  The film won the Golden Angel Award at the Chinese American Film Festival.

My Take:  I am anxious to see this film as I am a big fan of Bruce Lee.

The film opens in Atlanta on Friday.

All Saints  (2017)  PG

All Saints

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Salesman turned pastor, Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), and his family are about to leave a small church he has been ordered to shut down.  A group of refugees from Southeast Asia shows up, and now Michael decides that they can support the church by planting a farm on the church’s land. All Saints Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street:  Director Steve Gomer read a USA Today story on the church, and he decided it would make a great movie.

My Take:  I’m a big fan of the TV show Northern Exposure, and I am happy that two of the stars of the series are in this film, John Corbett and Barry Corbin.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Good Time  (2017)   R

Good Time

Photo courtesy of A24

Connie (Robert Pattinson) and his brother, Nick (Benny Safdie), have money problems and decide to rob a bank. The bank job goes bad, and Nick is caught by police. Connie is on the run and wants to somehow get his brother out of prison. Good Time Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The film received a 6-minute standing ovation after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Many film critics who have seen this movie believe that Robert Pattinson gives an Oscar worthy performance.

My Take:  Directors Benny and Josh Safdie also directed the 2014 award winning film, Heaven Knows What.

The film opens at Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Patti Cake$  (2017)  R

Patti Cake$

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, aka  Patti Cake$, dreams of being a rapper and being famous. She fights to achieve this unlikely quest in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey. Patti Cake$ Website

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Writer/director Geremy Jasper won the Directors to Watch award at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

My Take:  I heard about this film and audiences were loving it while I was at the SXSW Film Festival.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and AMC Phipps Plaza 14

Letters From Baghdad  (2016)

Letters from Bagdad

Photo courtesy of Vitagraph Films

This documentary tells the story of Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called the ‘female’ Lawrence of Arabia. She traveled all over the Middle East before, during and after World War I, often going where she was the only female. The middle east, especially Baghdad fascinated Bell as she gather information for the British government.    Letters from Bagdad Website

What to Watch For:  The film is narrated by the executive producer Tilda Swinton.

Word on the Street:  The film uses never before seen archival footage of the region shot over a century ago.

My Take:  This looks like a fascinating film.

The film opens exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World  (2017)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber

Packed with compelling concert footage; this documentary explores how the Native American influence helped shape music history, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture in the United States. Rumble Website

What to Watch For:  Interviews include; Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, Taj Mahal, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler and Steven Van Zandt.

Word on the Street:  The film was the winner of a Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award and Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs

My Take:  I am going to love this film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Terminator 2: Judgement Day  (3-D Re-release) (1991)  R

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Photo courtesy of Tristar Pictures

The cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is back, but this time his mission is to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong) from another cyborg (Robert Patrick) sent to kill him. Terminator 2: Judgement Day Info

What to Watch For:  The film has been converted to immersive 4K 3D by the writer/director James Cameron.

Word on the Street:  The film won four Academy Awards:  best sound, best sound effects editing, best visual effects and best makeup.

My Take:  The film will screen exclusively in the Atlanta area at eleven AMC theatres including Parkway Pointe 15, Phipps Plaza 14 and Sugarloaf Mills 18.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Atlanta area AMC theatres.

Gook  (2017)

Gook

Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Set in a community near South Central LA on April 29, 1992, two brothers, Eli (Justin Chon) and Daniel (David So) run a struggling shoe store. The two brothers form an unlikely friendship with Kamilla (Simone Baker), an eleven year—old girl who has cut school, again. It’s the day of the Rodney King verdict, and soon the three will have to decide to fight for their store or flee.    Gook Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Best of Next! Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the second feature film for writer/director/actor Justin Chon, who recently was on the Dr. Ken TV show as the character Jae.

My Take:  The film is at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

If you can’t make it to the movie theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch films on Atlanta’s CW:

Sunday

4:30 pm

Short Circuit  (1986)  Number 5 (voiced by Time Blaney) is an experimental military robot.  Number 5 is struck by lightning and develops self-awareness, consciousness, and fears that he will be reprogrammed.  With the help of friends (Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, and Fisher Stevens), can Number 5 escape the clutches of the military?

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