Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019) PG

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

When his father, ace detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son Tim (Justice Smith) teams up Harry’s former partner, Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), a wisecracking Pokemon who is one of the world’s best detectives to find Harry. Pokemon Website

What to Watch For: The huge success of the Pokemon Go game has made this live-action movie possible.

Word on the Street: Justice Smith won over the producers of the movie when he sang the Pokemon theme song in the 2015 film Paper Towns.

My Take: The popularity of the Pokemon games should make this film a hit.

Opens nationwide on Friday


The Hustle (2019) PG-13

The Hustle

Photo courtesy of MGM

Two con artists (Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson) team up to take down some men that have done them wrong. The Hustle Website

What to Watch For: This is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Word on the Street: The movie was shot in Majorca, one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this movie.

Opens nationwide on Friday.


Tolkien (2019)  PG-13


Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

J..R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) was an orphan who had to work hard to get anywhere. He falls in love with a fellow orphan, Edith (Lily Collins) and just when he finds his calling, language, he is swept away in the horrors of WW I. Tolkien Website

What to Watch For: This is award-winning director Dome Karukoski’s first English language film.

Word on the Street: Lilly Collins is the daughter of legendary rock musician Phil Collins.

My Take: I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Opens nationwide on Friday.


Poms (2019) PG13


Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment

A group of women at a retirement home decides to relive their youth and start a cheerleading squad. Poms Website

What to Watch For: The film’s cast includes Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, and Rhea Perlman.

Word on the Street: This is the first narrative feature film from director Zara Hayes. Previously Hayes has made documentaries.

My Take: I always enjoy Diane Keaton in comedies.

Opens nationwide on Friday.


Ramen Shop (2018)

Ramen Shop

Photo courtesy of Strand Releasing

Kazuo (Tsuyoshi Ihara) decides to go on a trip to Singapore to discover more about his deceased parents. Along the way, he will uncover a past that he knew nothing about. Ramen Shop Info

What to Watch For: The award-winning director of the film, Eric Khoo, is from Singapore.

Word on the Street: The original title of the was Ramen Teh.

My Take: I always like movies based on travel.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema


Hail Satan? (2019) R

Hail Satan?

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

A look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple. Hail Satan? Website

What to Watch for: The film is directed by Penny Lane, who is known for her films Nuts! (2016) and Our Nixon (2013).

Word on the Street: The Satanic Temple takes on the government of Missouri when a monument of the Ten Commandments are placed on the grounds of the state capital.

My Take: The trailer for this film looks amazing.

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:


1:00 pm

Desperado (1995)  A lone gun-fighter, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas)  comes into town to find the gang that murdered his lover.  The cast includes Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino.


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