Opening this week at a theatre near you:
American Made (2017) R
Barry (Tom Cruise) is a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel in the 80s. To avoid being put in jail, he turns informant for the DEA. American Made Website
What to Watch For: The filming took place in Georgia, including the cities of Madison and Ball Ground.
Word on the Street: This is the first R rated film in nine years for Tom Cruise. The last R rated film Cruise was in was Tropic Thunder (2008).
My Take: The director of this film, Doug Liman, directed one of my favorite films of 2014, Edge of Tomorrow.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Flatliners (2017) PG-13
Five medical students become obsessed with what lies beyond when we die. They start experimenting on themselves by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. Each student has a different experience with the afterlife. Flatliners Website
What to Watch For: This is a sequel to the 1990 film of the same name, which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Julia Roberts.
Word on the Street: Kiefer Sutherland is reprising his role from the original film.
My Take: The film stars two of my favorite actresses, Nina Dobrev and Ellen Page.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Battle of the Sexes (2017) PG-13
The film is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match that all America watched; Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), an aging huckster who used to be a great tennis star versus Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), the best woman tennis player of all time. Battle of the Sexes Website
What to Watch For: Stone and Carell are almost the exact age that Riggs and King were when the match took place.
Word on the Street: The directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, also directed Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Ruby Sparks (2012).
My Take: As I’ve said before, I will see anything that has Emma Stone in the cast.
The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.
Woodshock (2017) R
After a profound loss, Theresa (Kirsten Dunst) finds comfort in the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Woodshock Website
What to Watch For: First-time writer/directors, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, are fashion designers who worked on the ballet costumes in the 2010 film Black Swan.
Word on the Street: Kirsten Dunst said this was the most demanding role she has ever done.
My Take: It’s always interesting to watch Kirsten Dunst work up on the screen.
The film opens in Atlanta on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Victoria And Abdul (2017) PG-13
In her twilight years, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Victoria and Abdul Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on true events.
Word on the Street: The film is based on a book of the same name by Shrabani Basu.
My Take: Judi Dench also played Queen Victoria in one of my favorite films, Mrs. Brown (1998).
The film opens on Friday in Atlanta area theatres.
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (2017)
Documentary on Manolo Blahnik, one the most influential fashion icons that is known for his fashion shoes. Manolo Website
What to Watch For: Blahnik is considered “the best shoemaker of the 20th and 21st centuries” and is considered the “father of the high-end woman’s shoes.”
Word on the Street: Bianca Jagger, Diana Vreeland, and Sarah Jessica Parker all appear in the film.
My Take: I am always up for a good documentary.
The film opens Friday in Atlanta exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,
Stopping Traffic (2017)
This documentary explores the sex trafficking trade, especially involving children. The film traces insidious links among child sexual exploitation, pornography, social media, and sex trafficking. Stopping Traffic Website
What to Watch For: The director of the film, Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, is an Iraq War veteran who is a child abuse survivor.
Word on the Street: Shree wanted to create a film that not only increased awareness of trafficking but also emphasized the harsh realities that are faced by victims.
My Take: I am hoping this film will bring better awareness and understanding of the worldwide horror of trafficking.
The film opens in Atlanta exclusively at AMC Parkway Pointe 15
This documentary looks at the industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa. Trophy Website
What to Watch For: The film has played at a number of film festivals, including the SXSW Film Festival where it was nominated for the Chicken & Egg Award.
What to Watch For: Directors Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz are both long-time cinematographers.
My Take: I don’t know much about big-game hunting and breeding, so this should be interesting to watch.
The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:
The Quick and the Dead (1995) To avenge her father’s death, a gunfighter (Sharon Stone) returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held. Cast includes Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lance Henriksen.
Taken (2008) A retired CIA agent (Liam Neeson) relies on his old skills as a spy to save his kidnapped daughter (Maggie Grace).