Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Wonder Park (2019) PG

Wonder Park

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

June (Brianna Denski) and her mom (Jennifer Garner) using their imagination have created an amusement park named Wonder Park. June’s mom has gotten sick and has to go out of town to get treatment. June discovers the amusement park of her dreams is really out there and is under attack. Wonder Park Website

What to Watch For: The cast for this animated film is strong with Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, John Oliver, Ken Jeong, and Mathew Broderick.

Word on the Street: The co-writer of Wonder Park, Josh Appelbaum, also wrote Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the two latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.

My Take: I am always up for a good animated film.

The film opens on Friday nationwide.

Five Feet Apart (2019) PG-13

Five Feet Apart

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

Two teenagers (Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse) with life-threating illnesses meet in the hospital and fall in love, despite the fact that they have to stay at least five feet away from each other. Five Feet Apart Website

What to Watch For: Hot off playing Jughead the CW series Riverdale, this is Cole Sprouse’s first major film role.

Word on the Street: Haley Lu Richardson played Katie in the 2016 film The Edge of Seventeen.

My Take: The lead actors and director worked closely with the Claire’s Place Foundation, which is a support organization for families struggling with Cystic Fibrosis.

The film opens on Friday nationwide.

Climax (2018) R

Climax

Photo courtesy of A24

French dancers gather in an empty school building to rehearse. The all-night party morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they leave that their drinks have been laced with LSD. Climax Website

What to Watch For: The film has won awards at film festivals, including Cannes.

Word on the Street: The film was shot with only a five-page script.

My Take: Writer/director Gaspar Noe has said that this was such an easy shoot.

The film opens on Friday nationwide.

Captive State (2019) PG-13

Captive State

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

Set in Chicago a decade after an alien invasion, the film explores the lives on both sides of the conflict. Captive State Website

What to Watch For: Co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt is known for his films Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Gambler.

What to Watch For: Machine Gun Kelly sustained a chest injury during shooting.

My Take: The film has a very interesting cast including Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Alan Ruck, D.B. Sweeney, and Madeline Brewer.

The film opens on Friday nationwide.

Combat Obscura (2018)

Combat Obscura

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope

For years Miles Lagoze served in Afghanistan as a Combat Cameraman. He has assembled footage to gives us a behind the scenes look at the daily life of Marines fighting a war. Combat Obscura Website

What to Watch For: The footage was initially for recruiting purposes.

Word on the Street: The film was nominated at the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival for the Documentary Feature.

My Take: This film looks amazing!

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Plaza Theatre

 

Finding Steve McQueen (2019) R

Finding Steve McQueen

Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures

In 1972 a gang of close-knit thieves from Ohio attempt to steal thirty million dollars from President Richard Nixon’s campaign. Finding Steve McQueen Info

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street: The gang thought they could get away it because the money had been given to the campaign illegally.

My Take: Writer/director Mark Steven Johnson is known for Grumpy Old Men and Ghost Rider.

The film will open on Friday exclusively at AMC Southlake 24

 

Mapplethorpe (2018) R

Mapplethorpe

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

A look at the life of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) from his rise in the 1970s art world to his untimely death in 1989. Mapplethorpe Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Best Drama Feature at the Out on Film Festival here in Atlanta.

Word on the Street: Matt Smith is best known for playing The Doctor on the BBC show Dr. Who.

My Take: I am interested in seeing this film since I saw Punk singer Patti Smith at a concert in the late 70s.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

 

Yardie (2018)

Yardie

Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures

The film centers on a young Jamaican man named D (Ami Ameen) who has never really recovered from a murder committed by his older brother (Everaldo Creary) when D was a child. He is sent to London by a local kingpin and goes after the man that shot his older brother ten years ago. Yardie Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by actor Idris Elba, who just hosted Saturday Night Live.

Word on the Street: The film was up for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: The trailer is amazing!

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Saturday
1:00 pm

Groundhog Day (1993) Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell star in this classic comedy about a weatherman stuck living the same day over and over.

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