Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi  (2017)  PG-13

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to learn about her Force abilities. Rey and Luke go on an adventure with Leia (Carrie Fisher), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). Rey will learn that The Force is more powerful than she could ever imagine. Star Wars Website

What to Watch For:  The late Carrie Fisher helped write the script of this film.

Word on the Street:  The are a number of cameos rumored to be in this film

My Take:  Apparently Daisy Ridley is a Jedi in real life. She learned her lightsaber movements in one and a half hours.  Most actors take three to four days to lean the movements.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Wonder Wheel  (2017)  PG-13

Wonder Wheel

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

On Coney Island in the 1950s, Ginny (Kate Winslet), the wife of a carousel operator, falls for a handsome lifeguard (Justin Timberlake). When Ginny’s husband’s estranged daughter (Juno Temple) resurfaces, Ginny begins to lose it when her step-daughter sets her sights on the lifeguard. Wonder Wheel Website

What to Watch For:  Some of the film was shot on Coney Island.

Word on the Street:  This is the first time that Kate Winslet has worked with Woody Allen.

My Take: Amazon Studios (who release this film) has been putting out some quality films.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Ferdinand  (2017)  PG

Ferdinand

Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Studios

Ferdinand (John Cena) is a gentle soul with a big heart. He is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is taken from his home to train as a bull for bullfighting. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit gang to go on the ultimate adventure. Ferdinand Website

What to Watch For:   Voice cast includes Jeremy Sisto, Bobby Cannavale, Kate McKinnon, Peyton Manning, David Tennant and Gina Rodriguez.

Word on the Street: Ferdinand the Bull was a Disney animated short back in 1938.

My TakeFerdinand the Bull was my favorite book as a child.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Other Side of Hope  (2017)

The Other Side of Hope

Photo courtesy of Janus Films

Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen) buys a restaurant with his poker winnings. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) is a Syrian refugee who stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Khaled goes underground to avoid being deported and is found by Wikstrom who offers him a job that will change both their lives. The Other Side of Hope Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won seven awards at film festivals including the Silver Berlin Bear for director Aki Kaurimaki at the Berlin  International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This was Aki Kaurimaki’s fourth film to win at the Berlin Film Festival.

My Take:  I have heard great things about this film from other film critics.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

If You Can’t Make it to the Theatre this Weekend, then Stay at Home a Watch Movies on Atlanta’s CW:

Saturday

1:00 pm

Muppets From Space  (1999)  Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. The men in black kidnap Gonzo, and it’s up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo.

Sunday

3:00 pm

Married to the Mob  (1988)  An undercover FBI agent (Alec Baldwin) falls in love with a recently widowed maid wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is trying to restart her life following her husband’s murder.

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