Opening this week at a theatre near you:
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) PG-13
Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) teams with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots. Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood), Jake’s rival and hacker, and Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny) join the team when a new Kaiju threat rears up. Pacific Rim Uprising Website
What to Watch For: While Guillermo del Toro, who wrote and directed the first Pacific Rim film, is not directing this version, he did write the storyline for the movie.
Word on the Street: Originally slated to be the director of the film, del Toro stepped down to direct his Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water.
My Take: I find it interesting that not only is John Boyega starring in the film, he is also one of the film’s producers.
Unsane (2018) R
A young woman (Claire Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution. While there, she is confronted by her greatest fear, but is it real or just a product of her delusion? Unsane Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot entirely with an iPhone camera.
Word on the Street: This is the first horror film for Oscar winner and Atlanta born Steven Soderbergh.
My Take: It will be interesting to see such a great director like Soderbergh direct a horror movie.
Sherlock Gnomes (2018) PG
The garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, are back, and this time they get the help of detective Sherlock Gnomes to find out what happened to the other lawn ornaments in the yard that are missing. Sherlock Gnomes Website
What to Watch For: Voice cast of this animated film includes Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine and Ozzy Osbourne.
Word on the Street: The director of the film, John Stevenson, received an Oscar nomination for 2008’s Kung Fu Panda.
My Take: I missed the first film, Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), so I am interested to see this one.
Midnight Sun (2018) PG-13
Katie (Bella Thorne) is a 17-year-old girl who suffers from a rare condition that prevents her from being out in the sun. Even the smallest amount of sunlight can be deadly for her. She meets the boy next door (Patrick Schwarzenegger) and falls for him, but can their summer romance last? Midnight Sun Website
What to Watch For: This is a remake of the 2006 Japanese film of the same name.
Word on the Street: This is Patrick Schwarzenegger’s first lead role. He is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.
My Take: The film has one of my favorite actors, Rob Riggle.
The Death of Stalin (2017) R
This comedy shows the last days of Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin), the Soviet dictator, and the chaos that follows his death in 1953. The Death of Stalin Website
What to Watch For: The film won 8 awards at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards.
Word on the Street: The film was banned in Russia.
My Take: I applaud the decision of the director, Armando Iannucci, not having the characters speak with Russian accents as it usually becomes distracting.
The Leisure Seeker (2017) R
An old couple (Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland) decides to get in their ancient RV, which they call The Leisure Seeker, and drive from Boston to Key West. The journey recaptures their passion for life and each other. The Leisure Seeker Website
What to Watch For: Hellen Mirren was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the film.
Word on the Street: This is the first time Mirren and Sutherland have appeared in a film together since the 1990 film Bethune: The Making of a Hero.
My Take: The film is directed by the award-winning Paolo Virzi, known for his 2010 film The First Beautiful Thing.
Foxtrot (2017) R
A family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son’s desolate military post. Foxtrot Website
What to Watch For: The film was Israel’s submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
Word on the Street: The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.
My Take: The film was denounced by the Israeli Minister of Culture.
Flower (2017) R
A sexually curious teen (Zoey Deutch) forms an unusual friendship with her mentally unstable stepbrother (Tim Heidecker). Flower Website
What to Watch For: The director of the film, Max Winkler, is the son of actor Henry Winkler.
Word on the Street: The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was quickly acquired by The Orchard.
My Take: I love Kathryn Hahn who plays the mother of the teen.
I Kill Giants (2017)
Barbara (Madison Wolfe) is a young loner who struggles through life by escaping into a world of magic and monsters. Barbara is convinced that her town is going to be attacked by giants. The question: Is Barbara crazy or does she know something that no one else knows? I Kill Giants Info
What to Watch For: The film is based on a graphic novel series under the same name.
Word on the Street: The director of the film, Anders Walter, won an Academy Award in 2014 for his short Helium.
My Take: I love this cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, and Jennifer Ehle.
Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017) PG
Documentary on artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates art from nature. Leaning Into the Wind Website
What to Watch For: The film took four years to make as director Thomas Riedelsheimer followed Goldsworthy all over the world.
Word on the Street: Many of Goldsworthy’s art pieces are almost instantly destroyed like his rain shadows. When he senses it is going to rain, he lies down on a sidewalk, and his body creates a shadow outline which is slowly destroyed as the rain hits the dry parts.
My Take: The filmmaker made a film in 2001 called Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time that was also based on the artist.
Shifting Gears (2018)
Tom (R. Keith Harris) is an overworked dad in a dead end job. He decides, with his families help to open up his own business. Just when you think things are going to work out, life throws you a big curve. Shifting Gears Website
What to Watch For: The film was directed by Jason Winn, a part-time instructor of film at the University of North Georgia.
Word on the Street: The excellent cast includes C. Thomas Howell, John Ratzenberger, M. Emmet Walsh and Brooke Langton.
My Take: I love John Ratzenberger.
The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Mansell Crossing 14
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:
My Girl 2 (1994) Vada (Anna Chlumsky) travels to LA to stay with her Uncle Phil (Richard Masur) to learn more about her mother.