Opening this week in a theatre near you:

Tomb Raider (2018)  PG-13

Tomb Raider

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Laura Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when Laura was a teen. Laura decides to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. After discovering the mythical island that was his last known destination is real, she decides to go to the island and find out what happened. Just getting there will be an adventure. Tomb Raider Website

What to Watch For:  The film’s plot is based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series.

Word on the Street:  Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan and Cara Delevingne were all considered for the Lara Croft role before Alicia Vikander was cast. Daisy Ridley turned down the part when she got hired for Star Wars: Episode IX.

My Take: I have been a fan of Alicia Vikander since her role in the 2014 film Ex Machina.

Opening wide on Friday in a theatre near you.

Love, Simon  (2018)  PG-13

Love, Simon

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Simon (Nick Robinson) is a gay high school student who hasn’t come out, even to his best friends. He is in love with an anonymous classmate whom he has only talked to online.  Now, Simon’s life is going to change in a big way. Love, Simon Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Atlanta writer Becky Albertalli.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Decatur, and Oglethorpe University, Grady High School Stadium all make appearances in the movie.

My Take:  I love it when Atlanta is the location of a film.

Opening wide on Friday at a theatre near you.

7 Days in Entebbe  (2018)  PG-13

7 Days in Entebbe

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

An Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens is hijacked by terrorists and is forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda, the home of a crazy dictator named Idi Amin. The Jewish passengers are separated from the rest of the passengers, and the terrorists demand that Israel release 50 Palestinian prisoners. Israel decides to send a Special Forces squad to attempt to rescue the passengers. 7 Days in Entebbe Info

What to Watch For: The film is based on true events that happened during the summer of 1976.

Word on the Street: This story has been told before previously in three movies, but this film is based on new information that wasn’t available until recently when classified documents were released by the Israeli government.

My Take:   The director of this film, Jose Padilha, was the director of a documentary that I liked called, Secrets of the Tribe (2010).

Opening wide on Friday at a theater near you.

Loveless  (2017)   R

Loveless

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A married couple (Andris Keiss, Maryana Spivak) have long been separated and are in a loveless relationship that they keep because they have a child. They are brought back together when their child goes missing, and they attempt to find him. Loveless Website

What to Watch For:  The film is from Russia and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Word on the Street:  Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take: The director of this film, Andrey Zvyagirtsev, directed the 2014 award-winning drama Leviathan.

Opening in Atlanta on Friday exclusively at Springs Cinema and Tap House .

Oh Lucy!  (2017)

Oh, Lucy!

Photo courtesy of Film Movement

Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) is a lonely, chain-smoking office worker in Tokyo who is past her prime. She decides to take an English class and discovers that she can create a new identity through speaking English, a character she calls ‘Lucy.”  he falls for her instructor; an American named, John (Josh Hartnett). When John disappears, Setsuko sets out on a quest to find him and travels all the way to Southern California. Oh, Lucy! Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the NHK Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Writer/director Atsuko Hirayanagi based the film on her own 2014 short by the same name.

My Take:  I missed the short at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, so I am looking forward to seeing this film.

Opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Theatre

 

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

Saturday and Sunday
1:00 pm

My Girl  (1991)  Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is surrounded by death since her father, the widower Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), runs a funeral home.  Vada’s world changes when Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis) shows up to work at the funeral parlor.

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