Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Long Shot (2019) R

Long Shot

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Fred (Seth Rogan) is a writer, Charlotte (Charlize Theron) is Secretary of State and is about to run for President. Fred and Charlotte used to know each other, and they have a chance meeting at a party. Charlotte decides to hire Fred to punch up her speeches.  Can love be far behind? Long Shot Website

What to Watch For: Director Jonathan Levine, wrote and directed the brilliant 2013 film Warm Bodies, starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.

Word on the Street: The film won awards at both the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival and the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.

My Take: This has a great supporting cast, including Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, and Alexander Skarsgard.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Intruder (2019) PG-13

The Intruder

Photo courtesy of Screen Gems

A young married couple (Meagan Good, Michael Ealy) buy an isolated house on several acres of land only to realize that the man that sold it (Dennis Quaid) does not want to give it up. The Intruder Website

What to Watch For: The director of this film, Deon Taylor, also directed the 2016 film Meet the Blacks.

Word on the Street: Star of the film Meagan Good just played Super Hero Darla in Shazam!.

My Take: I always enjoy a good thriller.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

UglyDolls (2019) PG

UglyDolls

Photo courtesy of STX Films

The UglyDolls have been content to live in their little world until a group decides to go exploring. They encounter a world that seems to be perfect and where the UglyDolls don’t fit in. However, soon the UglyDolls learn that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. UglyDolls Website

What to Watch For: The film features songs from such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Pitbull and Gabriel Iglesias.

Word on the Street: The UglyDolls have made cameos in other films, such as Enchanted (2007) and The Smurfs (2011).

My Take: The director, Kelly Asbury, also directed Shrek 2 (2004) and Gnomeo & Juliet (2014).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Red Joan (2018) R

Red Joan

Photo courtesy of IFC

Joan is a young brilliant student at Cambridge in 1938. She meets the love of her life, Leo (Tom Hughes), the leader of the university Communist student group. When World War II breaks out, Joan is asked to work on a top-secret project, one that could change the world, but she will also be asked by her former lover to betray her country. The question is will she? Red Joan Website

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

Word on the Street: Dame Judi Dench plays Joan in 1990.

My Take: I always enjoy films based on true stories, especially about WW II.

The film opens exclusively on Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Ask Dr. Ruth

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Documentary chronicling the amazing life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who overcame almost insurmountable odds to become the world-famous sex therapist. Ask Dr. Ruth Website

What to Watch For: The film uses animation to portray her childhood.

Word on the Street: At age 90, Dr. Ruth still travels across the country giving speeches and interviews.

My Take: I think this could become this year’s RBG.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Her Smell (2018) R

Her Smell

Photo courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky

Becky (Elisabeth Moss), has had some success as the leader of a punk-rock band but at a cost of drug addiction. She goes to rehab and snuggles to stay clean as she worries that the drugs were the inspiration for the success of her band. Her Smell Website

What to Watch For The film has done quite well on the festival circuit with two wins and seven other nominations.

Word on the Street: Moss spent three months learning to play guitar before filming began.

My Take: Writer/director Alex Ross Perry says that the character of Becky is based on legendary rocker Axl Rose.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at The Plaza Theatre

 

El Chicano (2018) R

El Chicano

Photo courtesy of Briarcliff Entertainment

A pair of twin brothers, Diego and Pedro (Raul Castillo) have grown up in East L.A. At a breaking point of their lives, they decide to go on different paths, one on the side of gang life, the other on the side of the law. El Chicano Website

What to Watch For: This is the first feature film for long time stuntman Ben Hernandez Bray, who up to this production has been known for direction TV shows such as Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

Word on the Street: Lead actor Raul Castillo, is known for his role as Paps in the 2018 film, We the Animals.

My Take: The film won Best Feature Film at the 2019 Maryland International Film Festival.

The opens nationwide of Friday.

 

Bolden (2019) R

Bolden

Photo courtesy of Abramorama

The story of Buddy Bolden (Gary Carr), the first Cornet King of New Orleans, who is created with inventing the musical art-form of Jazz. Bolden Website

What to Watch For: The music for the film was written, arranged and performed by legendary jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis.

Word on the Street: A great deal of the film was shot on location in New Orleans, Louisiana.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film about the origins of a great original American art form.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

The Karate Kid (1984)  Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his mom move to California. When he has numerous run-ins with a local karate dojo, he turns to a martial arts master (Pat Morita) to teach him how to survive.

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