Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Paddington 2   (2017)  PG

Paddington 2

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) happily living with the Brown family (Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville) picks up a series of odd jobs around the neighborhood to buy the perfect present for Aunt Lucy’s (voiced by Imelda Staunton) 100th birthday party. Paddington 2 Website

What to Watch For:  The first film, Paddington, was the highest grossing film in the UK in 2014.

Word on the Street:  The Paddington book series by Michael Bond has sold more than 35 million copies.

My Take:  I thought the first film was one of the best family films of 2014.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Post  (2017)  PG-13

The Post

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

When a government cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents is uncovered the country’s first female publisher, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) must put her reputation and her paper at risk to publish the story at the urging of a hard-headed editor by the name of Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks). The Post Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film made the Atlanta Film Critics Circle Top 10 films of 2017.

Word on the Street:  This was the first time that director Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep have worked together. Meryl was shocked to learn that Spielberg does not have the actors rehearse their scenes.

My Take:  It’s hard to get my head around that this is the first film that Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have worked together on.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Commuter  (2017)  PG-13

The Commuter

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Michael (Liam Neeson) is an insurance salesman who is on his way home via the subway. A stranger contacts him and offers Michael $100,000 if he can identify a hidden person on the train before he gets to his stop. Michael soon realizes that the passengers and his family are in danger if he doesn’t solve the puzzle. The Commuter Website

What to Watch For:  This is the fourth collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson. Previously they worked together on Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014) and Run All Night (2015).

Word on the Street:  Co-writer Ryan Engle wrote the Liam Neeson film Non-Stop.

My Take:  One of my favorite actresses, Vera Farmiga, is in this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Proud Mary  (2018) R

Proud Mary

Photo courtesy of Screen Gems

Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hit woman for hire whose life is turned around when she meets a young boy during a hit gone wrong. Proud Mary Website

What to Watch For:  The film is loosely based on the 1980 John Cassavetes film Gloria, starring Gena Rowlands.

Word on the Street:  The stellar cast includes Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, and Margaret Avery.

My Take:  I have been a fan of Taraji P. Henson since she was on the TV show The Division.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Phantom Thread (2017) R

The Phantom Thread

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a 1950 London dressmaker whose life is suddenly disrupted by a strong-willed woman named, Alma (Vicky Krieps). Phantom Thread Website

What to Watch For: This will be Daniel Day-Lewis’s last film as he has announced his retirement from acting.

Word on the Street: The Director, Paul Thomas Anderson, also served as the Cinematographer on the film, a rare thing for a film of this budget.

My Take: I find it fascinating that Anderson used real dressmakers and textile designers to play the parts of Woodcock’s staff.

The film opens in Atlanta this Thursday at Landmark Midtown Art and Regal Avalon 12.

 

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

Saturday/Sunday

1:00 pm

Once Upon a Time in Mexico  (2003) A rogue CIA agent recruits a legendary Mexican pistolero to stop a coup that is being attempted by a barbaric general and a Lord of the drug trade.  The film stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp.

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