Opening this week at a theater near you:

 

Ocean’s 8  (2018)  PG-13   

Ocean's 8

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) puts together an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at the New York City yearly Met Gala. Ocean’s 8 Website

What to Watch For:  The all-star cast includes Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, and Sarah Paulson.

Word on the Street:  The film was co-written/directed by the 3-time Academy Award nominee Gary Ross.

My Take:  I hear that there are a number of cameos in this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

American Animals  (2018) R  

American Animals

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

Four students decide to do a heist and steal priceless Audubon prints and rare books from the Transylvania University’s special collections library. American Animals Info

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

Word on the Street:  The film won the Junior Jury award at the 2018 Montclair Film Festival.

My Take:  The film is written and directed by Bart Layton who up until this film, has directed documentaries like the well-received 2012 film The Imposter.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Hotel Artemis  (2018) R  

Hotel Artemis

Photo courtesy of Global Road

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ is a secret hospital. The Nurse (Jodie Foster) runs the emergency room that only takes in criminals. Hotel Artemis Facebook

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, and Zachary Quinto.

Word on the Street:  This is Jodie Foster’s first acting gig since 2013’s Elysium.

My Take: This is the feature film debut of writer/director Drew Pearce.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Seagull  (2018)  PG-13

The Seagull

Photo courtesy of Sony Picture Classics

An aging actress (Annette Bening) brings her lover, Boris (Corey Stoll) to visit her brother’s estate in the country. Nina (Saoirse Ronan), a country girl falls in love with Boris, and things start to go horribly wrong. The Seagull Website

What to Watch For:  Cast also includes Mare Winningham, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney and Billy Howie.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the play of the same name by Anton Chekhov.

My Take:  Saoirse Ronan has become one of our finest young actors.

The film opens on Friday exclusively in Atlanta at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Hereditary  (2018)  R  

Hereditary

Photo courtesy of A24

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s (Toni Collette) family starts to experience strange events that become increasingly terrifying. Hereditary Website

What to Watch For:  This is writer/director Ari Aster’s first feature film.

Word on the Street: The film debuted at the Midnight section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take:  I am always up for a horror film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor  (2018)  PG-13

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

Documentary on the life of Fred Rogers, host of the long-running PBS children’s program, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Won’t You Be My Neighbor Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Boulder International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film played to a packed house at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival.

My Take:  I missed the film at the Atlanta Film Festival, so you know I am going to see this one.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Summer 1993  (2017)  

Summer 1993

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope

After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida (Lala Artigas) moves into her Uncle’s home in the countryside.  In what should be a vacation, Frida hates her life in her uncle’s home, badly missing her mother. Summer 1993 Info

What to Watch For:  The film has won over 24 awards at film festivals around the world, including the Golden Gateway Award at the 2017 Mumbai Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This is writer/director Carla Simon’s first feature film.

My Take:  The film is at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with over 40 reviews.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

211  (2018)  R  

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Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures

Officer Mike Chandler (Nicolas Cage) and a young civilian passenger (Sophie Skelton) stumble upon a bank heist in progress by a fearless team of highly trained and heavily armed men. How will the officer and his passenger survive? 211 Info

What to Watch For:  The film was inspired by a real-life bank robbery that took place in Los Angeles in 19997 dubbed the ‘Battle of North Hollywood.’

Word on the Street:  Nicolas Cage wanted to produce the film when he first read the script in 2014.

My Take:  Nicolas Cage broke his ankle while making this film.

The film opens Friday exclusively in Atlanta at 

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

Sunday

1:00 pm

My Girl  (1991)  PG-13  Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is surrounded by death since her father, the widower Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), runs a funeral home.  Vada’s world changes when Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis) shows up to work at the funeral parlor.

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