Opening this week at a theatre near you:

”The Girl on the Train”  (2016)


Rachel (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic who recently divorced her husband, Tom (Justin Theroux), after catching him cheating on her.  She takes the train to work daily and often fantasizes about her neighbors, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Haley Bennett). One day, she witnesses something from the train, and Megan ends up missing and is presumed dead. “The Girl on the Train” Website

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What to Watch For:  The film is based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins.

Word on the Street:  Luke Evans replaced Jared Leto when Leto had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.

My Take:  I think this could be one of the front-runners for Best Picture when the Oscars are announced next year.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


“The Birth of a Nation”  (2016)

The Birth of a Nation

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This is the story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), an enslaved man and preacher, who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. “The Birth of a Nation” Website

What to Watch For:  The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  At Sundance, Fox Searchlight Pictures bought the worldwide rights for a record $17.5 million dollars.

Word on the Street:  The film won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance.

My Take:   The film was shot in Georgia and is written, produced and directed by the star of the movie, Nate Parker, using some of his own money to start the production.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”  (2016)

Middle School

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

Rafe (Griffin Gluck) is hoping that middle school will be better than his elementary school days.  It turns out that middle school is much worse and now Rafe has decided to fight back with a massive “insurrection” with a mission to humiliate his atrocious principal (Andy Daly). “Middle School” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Word on the Street: The film is an adaptation of the 2011 novel “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by James Patterson.

My Take:  I’ll see any film that has Lauren Graham in the cast.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


“Denial”  (2016)


Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

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Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) is in the legal battle of her life, when Holocaust denier, David Irving (Timothy Spall), accuses her of libel in a British court. “Denial” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story, recounted in Professor Lipstadt’s book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” Deborah E. Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocast Studies at Emory College of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta.

Word on the Street: Many critics feel that Weisz could be up for another Academy Award for her performance.

My Take: This is the first theatrical film that Mick Jackson has directed since his 1997 film “Volcano.”

The film opens in Atlanta on Friday.


“Girl Asleep”  (2015)

Girl Asleep

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope

Greta (Bethany Whitmore) is a 14-year old girl who wants to stay a kid for as long as possible. Unfortunately, her world will change when her parents give her a birthday party. “Girl Asleep” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Audience Award at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film is getting great reviews and is currently at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.

My Take:  I am looking forward to this Australian comedy.

The film opens exclusively Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 


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


1:00 pm

“Best of the Best”  (1989)  A team of American martial artists take on a Korean team in a Taekwondo tournament.


3:00 pm

“Uptown Girls”  Molly (Brittany Murphy) has lived the high life being the daughter of a famous rock star. When her trust fund is embezzled, she is forced to become a nanny to an eight-year-old hypochondriac named Ray (Dakota Fanning).

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