Opening this week at a theatre near you:
The Disaster Artist (2017) R
Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) meets Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) in an acting class, and the two decide to make a movie. The movie they make together is The Room, considered one of the worst films of all time. The Disaster Artist Website
What to Watch For: James Franco just won Best Actor at the Gotham Awards.
Word on the Street: The film received a standing ovation at this years SXSW Film Festival.
My Take: I find it fascinating that James Franco spoke like Tommy Wiseau throughout the filming, even when he wasn’t in the scene.
Opens Friday in Atlanta area theatres.
The Shape of Water (2017) R
An other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of the Cold War era America in 1962. In a hidden high-security government laboratory Elisa (Sally Hawkins) discovers a secret classified experiment that will change her world. The Shape of Water Website
What to Watch for: Director Guillermo del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Vanessa Taylor, who wrote 2014 film Divergent.
Word on the Street: The film won four awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, including Best Film.
My Take: I can’t wait to see this film, the trailer is magical.
Darkest Hour (2017) PG-13
During the early day of World War II, the fate of Western Europe was being threatened by the Nazi war machine. Newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must decide to either make a stand or negotiate a truce that will surely break his country. Darkest Hour Website
What to Watch For: Gary Oldman won the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Many film critics feel that Gary Oldman is a shoe-in for an Academy Award nomination.
My Take: I love films about WWII.
Opens Friday in Atlanta area theatres,
Tom of Finland (2017)
Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) returns home to Finland after serving in World War II. He makes a name for himself with his homoerotic drawings that bring him trouble both from his sister and the Finnish society. Tom of Finland Info
What to Watch For: The film was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Word on the Street: The film won the Fipresci Prize at the Goteborg Film Festival.
My Take: Director Dome Karukoski is one of Finland’s best filmmakers.
Opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Aida’s Secrets (2016)
Documentary about two brothers who were separated as babies and were never told about the other’s existence. Now 70 years later they discover through family records that they are brothers. Aida’s Secrets Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Documentary Feature award at the 2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Co-director Shaul Schwarz also co-directed another documentary, Trophy.
My Take: I am anxious to see this film since I missed it at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Opens Friday exclusively at Plaza Theatre
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Kermit and his friends go to New York to put their musical on Broadway, but it’s going to be harder than they thought.
The Story of the First Noel (2017) On location in Egypt, Israel and Jordan, historical experts and religious scholars retrace the journey surrounding the Holy family and birth of Jesus.