Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) PG

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

Photo courtesy of Universal Studios

The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) lives a solitary life with his loyal dog Max. The cynical grump goes on a mission to steal Christmas from the residents of Whoville. The Grinch Website

What To Watch For: In addition to Cumberbatch, the voice cast includes Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury, Kenan Thompson, and Pharrell Williams.

Word on the Street: The movie is from the creators of Despicable Me (2010), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and Sing (2016).

My Take: This is one of my favorite Christmas tales.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018) R

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictues

Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) is back on the prowl dispensing her style of justice. With journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), Lisbeth gets caught up in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials. The Girl in the Spider’s Web Facebook Page

What to Watch For: While based on the characters created by novelist Stieg Larsson, the family of Larsson decided to hire a new writer to continue the tales of Lisbeth, instead of the uncompleted manuscript the late Larsson left his partner, Eva Gabrielson.

Word on the Street: Before Foy got the role of Lisbeth, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Felicity Jones, and Alicia Vikander were considered for the role.

My Take: I love the Dragon Tattoo series, so I am looking forward to this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Overlord   (2018)  R

Overlord

Photo courtesy of Paramount

Two American soldiers find themselves behind enemy lines on D Day. It appears that the Nazi’s have been up to some very evil experiments. Overlord Website

What to Watch For: This is the second feature that Julius Avery has directed, the first was the 2014 heist film Son of a Gun.

Word on the Street: Currently on Rottentomatoes the film is at an impressive 90% with 21 critic reviews.

My Take: The big question is this film part of the Cloverfield universe?

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Outlaw King (2018) R

Outlaw King

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Story of how 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert Bruce (Chris Pine) used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the mighty occupying English army. Outlaw King Info

What to Watch For: Some of the scenes of the movie were filmed in Berwick-Upon-Tweed a town that changed hands twelve times in the war between Scotland and England.

Word on the Street: The director, David Mackenzie, also directed the award-winning film Hell or High Water in 2016.

My Take: I am always up for a historical drama.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

The Great Buster (2018)

The Great Buster

Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group

Documentary on who is considered one of the greatest silent film comedians, who at the height of his fame, lost control over his movies and ‘talkies,’ film with sound brought his downfall. The Great Buster Info

What to Watch For: The film is directed by two time Academy Award nominated Peter Bogdanovich.

Word on the Street: The lineup of people interviewed in this film is a who’s who of comedians including Mel Brooks, Paul Dooley, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Richard Lewis, and Carl Reiner.

My Take: Behind Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton is one of my favorite silent comedians.

The film opens exclusively in Atlanta at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Boy Erased (2018) R

Boy Erased

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The son (Lucas Hedges) of a Baptist preacher (Russel Crowe) is forced to go to a church-sponsored gay conversion program. If he doesn’t complete the program, his family will kick him out. Boy Erased Website

What to Watch For: Actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Victor Sykes, wrote and directed the film.

Word on the Street: The film is based on a true story.

My Take: The film won Best Studio Film at the 2018 San Diego International Film Festival.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

What They Had (2018) R

What They Had

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to deal with her ailing mom (Blythe Danner) who has Alzheimer’sElizabeth and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of his life with his wife. What They Had Website

What to Watch For: Elizabeth Chomko, the writer and director of the film, won the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters lab with the script of this film.

Word on the Street: The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: Blythe Danner is one of my all-time favorite actresses.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

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