Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Aladdin (2019) PG

Aladdin

Photo courtesy of Disney

A street urchin named Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and an evil, power-hungry Gran Vizier (Marwan Kenzari) vie for an all-powerful genie (Will Smith) who resides inside a magic lamp. Both men are also vying for the hand of Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Aladdin Website

What to Watch For: This is a live remake of the 1992 Disney animated film starring Robin Williams as the Genie.

Word on the Street: Disney made extreme efforts to cast actors that had the right ethnicity for the Arabian setting.

My Take: I am hoping they let Will Smith just go nuts as they did with Robin Williams in the animated version.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Brightburn (2019) R

Brightburn

Photo courtesy of Screen Gems

Like a certain superhero, what if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth but instead of becoming a hero, he becomes something more sinister? Brightburn Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in Georgia, including Patrick Henry High School in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Word on the Street: The director of the film is David Yarovesky who’s first feature film was the 2014 horror film The Hive.

My Take: It is going to be interesting to see what Elizabeth Banks can do in a serious role for a change.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Booksmart (2019)  R

Booksmart

Photo courtesy of United Artists Releasing

Two high school overachievers (Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein) have always place academics over anything else. They decide they have missed the fun of being a high-school student and decide to cram four years of fun into one night. Booksmart Website

What to Watch For: The film is the feature film directorial debut for actress Olivia Wilde who also appears in the film.

Word on the Street: The film won Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival.

My Take: I have heard wonderful things about this film from fellow film critics.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Biggest Little Farm (2018)  PG

The Biggest little Farm

Photo courtesy of Neon

A documentary cameraman and his food blogger wife, decide to leave the city and become farmers of a failed 200-acre farm. The Biggest little Farm Website

What to Watch For: The film was the talk of the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film has won ten awards at film festivals across the country including the Audience Award at the 2018 AFI Fest.

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

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (2018)

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache

Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

The story of modern filmmaker Pamela B. Green’s attempt to find out about the life and films of a pioneer French filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blache, who made over 1,000 films in twenty years but it forgotten today. Be Natural Website

What to Watch For: The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Jodie Foster.

Word on the Street: Green not only found footage from her films not seen before but also two interviews were done with Guy-Blache in her later life.

My Take: I love the history of film, so you know I will be seeing this one.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Charlie Says (2018) R

Charlie Says

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

Three young women (Hannah Murray, Marianne Rendon, Sosie Bacon) were sentenced to death in the Manson murders. Their lives were saved when California did away with the death sentence. The three women go into therapy sessions with a woman (Merritt Waver) who is determined to find out about their lives before meeting Charlie Manson (Matt Smith). Charlie Says Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for a VeniceVenice Horizons Award at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by award-winning director Mary Harron, know for her films I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), American Psycho (2000) and The Notorious Bettie Page (2005).

My Take: To see Matt Smith as Manson should be interesting.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Plaza Theatre

 

My Son (2017)

In the middle of the night a 7-year old boy goes missing. A distraught mother (Melanie Laurent) calls her ex-husband (Guillaume Canet) who has been mostly out of his son’s life. The father comes back to the town to find his son and who took him. It will take him down a dark path. My Son Info

What to Watch For: The film was shot in only six days.

Word on the Street: The two leads agreed to do the film without seeing a script.

My Take: I will go see anything Melanie Laurent is in.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Non-Fiction (2018)

Non-Fictiion

Photo courtesy of Sundance Selects

Alain (Guillaume Canet) is married to Selena (Juliette Binoche) and is a publisher. His longtime friend and client, Leonard (Vincent Macaigne) has written a book he wants Alain to published. Alian declines as the book is a thin shaded version of Leonard’s life. Things are about to go downhill quickly between the two men. Non-Fiction Website

What to Watch For: The film has done very well on the international film festival circuit.

Word on the Street: In a rarity for a feature film, it was shot on 16mm.

My Take: It will interesting to see Juliette Binoche in a comedy, as she rarely does one.

The film opens Friday at Regal Tara Cinemas 4 and The Springs Cinema and Taphouse

 

 

If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW 69.

Saturday

1:00 pm

The 6th Day  (2000) Set in the future; a man (Arnold Schwarzenegger)  meets a clone of himself and discovers that there is a vast conspiracy to replace humans with clones.

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