Opening at a theatre near you:

First Man (2018) PG-13

First Man

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The life of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), the American astronaut who was the first man to walk on the Moon. First Man Website

What to Watch For: Ryan Gosling was always the first choice of director Damien Chazelle to play Armstrong.

Word on the Street: Some of the voices heard in the film are actual recordings from NASA.

My Take: I find it interesting that Clint Eastwood was originally signed to direct the film before he dropped out and Damien Chazelle took over.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) R

Bad Times at the El Royale

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Seven strangers meet at the El Royale, a hotel with a dark past. In one night, all seven will have a shot at redemption before things go to hell. Bad Times at the El Royale Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman, and Chris Hemsworth.

Word on the Street: The film played this year at Fantastic Fest and the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

My Take: Film critics that I have talked to say the movie has a very Quentin Tarantino vibe to it.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Old Man & the Gun  (2018) PG-13

The Old Man & the Gun

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) who escaped from San Quentin and then went on a spree of robberies. The Old Man & the Gun Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes four Academy Award winners: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, and Keith Carradine.

Word on the Street: Redford said this would be his last film as an actor at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, but he may reconsider.

My Take: Some of the film was shot in my birthplace of Waco, Texas.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) PG

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

On Halloween night two boys named Sammy (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam (Caleel Harris) find a manuscript written by R>L. Stine (Jack Black) in an abandoned house. When they open the manuscript, it releases Slappy (Avery Lee Jones) an evil ventriloquist doll. Slappy plans to create a Halloween Apocalypse with the help of his Halloween monster allies. Goosbumps 2 Facebook Page

What to Watch For: This a sequel to the 2015 film Goosebumps which is based on the R.L. Stine’s series of books.

Word on the Street; Jack Black reprises his role of R. L Stine.

My Take: I enjoyed the first film, so I am looking forward to this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

22 July (2018)

22 July

Photo courtesy of Netflix

The story of Norway’s worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people lost their lives. 22 July Website

What to Watch For: The film looks at the attack in three parts; the assault itself, the survivors and then prosecution of terrorists.

Word on the Street: The film was nominated for two awards at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival, winning Honorable Mention for Best Picture.

My Take: I am anxious to see this film because I have been hearing great things about it.

The film opens Wednesday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Tea with the Dames (2018)

Tea with the Dames

Photo courtesy of Sundance Selects

Documentary where Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith talk about their careers and friendship that goes back more than fifty years. Tea with the Dames Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Roger Michell, who directed Notting Hill (1999), Venus (2006), and Morning Glory (2010).

Word on the Street: Between the four actresses they have 20 Oscar nominations with 3 wins (two for Maggie Smith and one for Judi Dench).

My Take: This should be a fascinating conversation, what stories they must have.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Free Solo (2018) PG-13

Free Solo

Photo courtesy of National Geographic Films

Documentary on Alex Honnold, who without ropes or any safety gear climbed the El Capitan Wall, thought to be an impossible task. Free Solo Website

What to Watch For: The film won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Alex has also done the triple crown of climbing in Yosemite. El Cap, Half Dome, and the Washington Column.

My Take: I am guessing if you have a fear of heights, you shouldn’t see this film.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

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