Opening this week at a theater near you:

Game Night  (2018)  R

Game Night

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

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A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve an actual murder mystery. Game Night Website

What to Watch For: The stellar cast includes Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Jason Bateman, Michael C. Hall, Chelsea Peretti and Sharon Horgan.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot in Atlanta, GA area.

My Take:  I find it interesting that actor John Francis Daley (Bones, Freaks, and Geeks) co-directed this film with Jonathan Goldstein.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Annihilation  (2018)  R


Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of science and nature don’t apply. Annihilation Website

What to Watch For:  Jane the Virgin’s own Gina Rodriquez is in this film.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.

My Take: The film is written and directed by Alex Garland, who directed one of my favorite films, Ex Machina (2014).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

A Fantastic Woman  (2017)  R

A Fantastic Woman

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Marina (Daniela Vega), a transsexual woman who works by day as a waitress and at night sings at a nightclub, is bowled over by the death of her boyfriend. A Fantastic Woman Website

What to Watch For: The film is up for an Oscar as Chile’s entry as Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.

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Word on the Street:  The film has won over 14 awards at film festivals.

My Take:  Daniela Vega has been getting great reviews, and she won Best Actress at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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

In the Fade (2017)  R

In the Fade

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Katja (Diane Kruger) life is destroyed after losing her husband and son in a bomb attack. After mourning, Katja decides to take the matter of revenge into her own hands. In the Fade Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language.

Word on the Street: Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take:  I can’t believe this film doesn’t have an Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film.

The film opens Friday at the Plaza Theatre


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

It Could Happen to You  (1994) Police Officer Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) has a nice life. He lives in a city that he loves, he’s married to a beautiful wife (Rosie Perez), and he loves going to his favorite

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neighborhood diner. When he doesn’t have enough money for a tip, he tells Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) that he will give half of his lottery ticket to her. What’s going to happen when he wins?