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When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks, and the team, race against time for answers. “Arrival” Website
What to Watch For: “Arrival” is at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with 55 critics reporting.
Word on the Street: Director Denis Villeneuve has wanted to do a Sci-Fi film for a number of years.
My Take: I will go see any film the Amy Adams is in.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Christine (Rebecca Hall) works as a reporter for a small TV news station. All she wants is to be the best reporter that she can be, but she just may be her own worst enemy. “Christine” Website
Watch To Watch For: The film was a big hit on the film festival circuit, and Rebecca Hall won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Film critics who have seen the film feel that Rebecca Hall will get an Oscar nomination for this performance.
My Take: I have been a big fan of Rebecca Hall since her performance in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008).
“Almost Christmas” (2016)
Widower Walter (Danny Glover) wants his children to spend Christmas at his house. If they survive the experience, it will be a “Christmas miracle.” “Almost Christmas” Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot in Atlanta, GA.
Word on the Street: The cast includes Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union and J.B. Smoove.
My Take: I enjoyed the writer/director David E. Talbert’s 2013 film “Baggage Clam,”
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
“Shut In” (2015)
Following an accident that killed her husband and paralyzed her son, she (Naomi Watts) is in her own home alone with her child. After an outside storm, she is isolated and starts believing that there is someone inside her house trying to harm them. “Shut In” Website
What to Watch For: Many critics are comparing the film to the 2014 horror film, “The Babadook.”
Word on the Street: Naomi Watts has been nominated for two Academy Awards.
My Take: I’ll go see any film that Naomi Watts is in.
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Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) get married in 1958. They are sentenced to prison in Virginia because they are an interracial couple. “Loving” Facebook Page
What to Watch For: The film has been nominated for several awards at film festivals including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film received a standing ovation following its premiere at Cannes.
My Take: Jeff Nichols is one of my favorite directors.
Fifty years ago a man rode the elevator to the 27th floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, killing 16 people and wounding 32 others. This film doesn’t tell his story but the story of the people on the ground, some of which risked their lives to help others. “Tower” Website
What to Watch For: The film has won seven awards, including both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Award at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film uses rotoscoped animation to tell the story.
My Take: Many critics are saying that this is the best documentary of the year.
The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
“The Monster” (2016)
A mother and daughter (Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine) make an emergency road trip to see the girl’s father. On a slick road, they have an accident and total their car. Only slightly hurt, they are in the middle of nowhere, and there is something in the woods that is intent on never letting them leave. “The Monster” Website
What to Watch For: Writer/director Bryan Bertino also wrote/directed the scary films “Mockingbird” (2014) and “The Strangers” (2008).
Word on the Street: Scott Speedman (“Underworld”) and Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”) are also in the cast.
My Take: I really liked “The Strangers” so I am looking forward to this film.
The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Southlake 24
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:
“Desperado” (1995) A lone gun-fighter, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) comes into town to find the gang that murdered his lover. The cast includes Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino.
“Daredevil” (2003) A lawyer (Ben Affleck) when blinded by toxic waste, gets enhanced senses that enable him to fight crime. Cast includes Jennifer Garner, Jon Favreau, Colin Farell and Michael Clarke Duncan.MORE NEWS: Watch LIVE, Winners Of The 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards On The CW