Opening this week at a theatre near you:


“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”  (2016)

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is coming back to the headquarters of his old military unit.  Major Turner (Cobie Smulders) has been helping him solve cases across the country.  When Reacher arrives, he learns that Major Turner has been charged with treason. “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Website

What to Watch For:  This is a sequel to the 2012 film, “Jack Reacher.”

Word on the Street: Tom Cruise is teamed with his “The Last Samurai” director, Edward Zwick.

My Take:  I enjoyed the first  Jack Reacher film, and I love the trailer for this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Keeping Up with the Joneses”  (2016)

Keeping Up with the Joneses

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The Gaffney’s (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) meet their new neighbors, the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) only to discover that they are government spies. “Keeping Up With the Joneses” Website

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

Word on the Street:  Director of the film, Greg Mottola, also directed the hilarious films, ‘Superbad’ (2007) and “Adventureland” (2009).

My Take:  Screenwriter Michael LeSieur wrote one of my favorite films, “You, Me and Dupree” (2006).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Ouija: Origin of Evil”  (2016)

Ouija: Origin of Evil

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In 1967, a widowed mother (Elizabeth Reaser) adds a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business and unwittingly invites evil, who possesses her young daughter, into their home. “Ouija: Origin of Evil” Website

What to Watch For: This is a prequel to the 2014 film, “Ouija” and takes place in the same house that was used in the first movie only 50 years earlier.

Word on the Street:  Director of the film, Mike Flanagan, also directed the scary films, “Before I Wake” (2016) and “Oculus” (2013).

My Take:  Always fun to see Henry Thomas (“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” ) on the screen.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Tyler Perry’s Boo!  A Madea Halloween” (2016)

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Medea Halloween

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Madea (Tyler Perry) spends her Halloween keeping an eye on her great-niece, Tiffany (Diamond White). “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” Website

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

Word on the Street:  This is only the 2nd film in the Madea series to not be based on a stage play.

My Take:  Tyler Perry wrote and directed the film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“American Pastoral” (2016)

American Pastoral

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Seymour “Swede” Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a former high school star athlete and a successful Jewish businessman.  His seemingly perfect life falls apart after his daughter’s (Dakota Fanning) new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family. “American Pastoral” Website

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What to Watch For:  Ewan McGregor is making his directorial debut.

Word on the Street:  The character that Ewan McGregor portrays in the film is based on a real man named, Swede Masin.

My Take:  Dakota Fanning was born in Conyers, GA.

The film opens on Friday at numerous Atlanta theatres.


“Miss Hokusai”  (2016)

Miss Hokusai

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Set in 1814, the film focuses on O-Ei, the daughter of famed artist Hokusai, who cares more about his art than his family. “Miss Hokusai” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won 4 awards, including the Audience Award at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura.

My Take:  I always enjoy Japanese animation.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

“In a Valley of Violence”  (2016)

In a Valley of Violence

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A mysterious stranger (Ethan Hawke) and his dog travel to the forgotten town of Denton, dubbed as the “valley of violence,” where things quickly go bad. “In a Valley of Violence” Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Taissa Farmiga, Karen Gillan, John Travolta and James Ransone.

Word on the Street: The film premiered to a packed house at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.

My Take:  I love that westerns have recently been making a comeback with films like “The Magnificent Seven” and this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


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



1:00 pm

“Basic” (2003)  A DEA agent (John Travolta) investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army Ranger drill sergeant (Samuel L. Jackson) and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone badly.


3:00 pm

“The Omen”  (2006)  An American official (Liv Schreiber) realizes that his young son may literally be the devil incarnate.


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