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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

12 Strong  (2018)  R

12 Strong

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

The first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11 must team with an Afghan warlord to take on the Taliban. 12 Strong Website

What to Watch For:  Stellar cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Geoff Stults and William Fichtner.

Word on the Streets:  The film is based on a true story.

My Take:  I find it interesting that Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky play a couple in the film, and they are married in real life.

The film opens nationwide on Friday. 

 

Den of Thieves  (2018)  R

Den of Thieves

Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department tries to stop a robbery crew from a heist in downtown Los Angeles. Den of Thieves Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot in Atlanta, GA.

Word on the Streets:  An actor in the film, Eric Braeden, is the father of the writer/director of the film, Christian Gudegast.

My Take:  This is Christian Gudegast’s first director gig, but he has written six screenplays including A Man Apart and London Has Fallen.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool  (2017)  R

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A romance starts between a young actor (Jamie Bell) and an older major film star (Annette Bening). Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Website

What to Watch For:  The film is nominated for 3 BAFTA Awards including Best Screenplay.

Word on the Street: Director Paul McGuigan was nominated for an Emmy for his directing on the TV series Sherlock.

My Take:  I always love seeing Annette Bening in a movie.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

 

Forever My Girl  (2018)  PG

Forever My Girl

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

A big country music star (Alex Roe) returns home after being gone for ten years and rediscovers his true love, a woman named, Josie (Jessica Rothe). Forever My Girl Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Bethany Ashton Wolf pitched the movie with a live band with songs that she had developed years earlier with songwriters.

Word on the Street:  Travis Tritt plays himself and sings one of the songs in the film.

My Take:  The film was shot in Georgia.

The film opens Friday nationwide.

 

Small Town Crime  (2017)  R

Small Town Crime

Photo courtesy of Saban Films

An alcoholic ex-cop (John Hawkes) finds the body of a dead young woman and decides to find her killer. Small Town Crime Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster and Anthony Anderson.

Word on the Street: This was a film that a lot of people were talking about at SXSW.

My Take:  Love that Academy Award-nominated John Hawkes lived for a while in Austin, TX where I went to school.

The film opens Friday exclusively at The Plaza Theatre

 

The Final Year  (2017)

The Final Year

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Documentary on President Obama’s last year in office. The Final Year Website

What to Watch For:  Filmmaker Greg Barker won an Emmy for his documentary Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden.

Word on the Street:  Filmmaker Greg Barker was given unprecedented access to the last year of President Obama’s foreign policy team.

My Take:  I always enjoy a documentary.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

Look Who’s Talking   (1989)

Kirstie Alley and John Travolta star in this classic comedy about a single woman (Alley) who has a baby with a married man. The child (voiced by Bruce Willis) narrates the film as his mom slowly falls for the cab-driving James (Travolta).

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