Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Men in Black: International (2019) PG-13

Men in Black: International

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Agent M (Tessa Thompson) has just joined the Men in Black to protect Earth from the scum of the universe. Teamed up with Agent H (Chris Hemsworth), Agent M learns something thought impossible, there is a mole inside the MIB organization and she and Agent H must find the mole or the Earth is doomed. Men in Black: International Website

What to Watch For: Emma Thompson is reprising her role as Agent O from the Men in Black 3 (2012) film.

Word on the Street: The film originally was planned as a crossover film with the Jump Street gang but plans fell apart.

My Take: This looks like it is going to be a fun movie to watch.

The opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Late Night (2019) R

Late Night

PHoto courtesy of Amazon Studios

Molly (Mindy Kaling) is a quality control worker at a chemical plant that dreams of working as a writer on a late night talk show. Due to being in the right spot at the right time, Molly gets a job on the writing staff of a talk show hosted by the legendary Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson). Katharine is about to lose her job and it is up to Molly to save it. Late Night Website

What to Watch For: This is the first feature film that Mindy Kaling has written. Kaling was nominated six times Emmy nominated actress/writer of The Office.

Word on the Street: The film was the talk of Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: I am a huge Emma Thompson fan, so you know I will be seeing this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Shaft (2019) R

Shaft

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

After his best friend mysteriously dies, john Shat Jr. (Jessie T. Usher) enlists the help of his father (Samuel L. Jackson) and his grandfather (Richard Roundtree) to find out what happened. Shaft Website

What to Watch For: Richard Roundtree is reprising his role of John Shaft from the 1972 film Shaft.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia.

My Take: This is a sequel to the 2000 film Shaft that Samuel L. Jackson starred in.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Dead Don’t Die (2019)  R

The Dead Don't Die

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The small, peaceful town of Centerville is suddenly turned into a killing zone as a horde of zombies invades the town. Now it’s up to its Police Chief (Bill Murray) and his deputies (Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny) to save the town with a little help of the new funeral home director (Tilda Swinton). The Dead Don’t Die Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Steve Buscemi, Sara Driver, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Carol Kane, Rosie Perez, RZA, Sturgill Simpson, Tom Waits, and Iggy Pop.

Word on the Street: The film was nominated at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d’Or.

My Take: Can’t wait to see Bill Murray in this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) R

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Photo courtesy of A24

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Two best friends (Jimmie Falls, Jonathan Majors) try to decide if they stay in their hometown of San Francisco which has drastically changed since their childhood. The Last Black Man in San Francisco Info

What to Watch For: The film won two awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Writer/director Joe Talbot based the film on the life of Jimmie Falls who stars in the film.

My Take: I am hearing great things about this film from fellow film critics.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Murder Mystery (2019) PG-13

Murder Mystery

Photo courtesy of Netflix

A New York cop (Adam Sandler) and his wife (Jennifer Aniston) go on a European vacation in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Instead, they get framed for murder and must go on the run. Murder Mystery Info

What to Watch For: This is the second film that Sandler and Aniston have worked together, the first was the 2011 film Just Go With It.

Word on the Street: Director Kyle Newacheck is known for directing and creating the TV show Workaholics.

My Take: Portions of the film were shot in Italy.

The film is available on Netflix on Friday.

 

5B (2018) PG-13

5B

Photo courtesy of Verizon Media

Documentary on the fifth floor of the San Francisco General Hospital which during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, was the first in the country designated specifically to treat AIDS patients. 5B Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for a Golden Eye award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: in 1983 touching people with AIDS was unthinkable until nurse Cliff Morrison opened ward 5B and changed how patients were cared for.

My Take: I am always up for a good documentary.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

American Woman (2018)  R

American Woman

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

After her daughter goes missing, Debra (Sienna Miller) must cope with the grief while raising her infant granddaughter. American Woman Website

What to Watch For: Film critics are raving about Sienna Miller’s performance in the film.

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

My Take: I have always enjoyed Sienna Miller’s performances.

The film opens Friday at The Springs Cinema and Taphouse and AMC Colonial 18

 

Clinton Road (2019)

Clinton Road

Photo courtesy of Midnight Releasing

A firefight, Michal (Ace Young) wife has been missing for a year after she went down Clinton Road, long thought to be haunted. Michael wants closure and with his wife’s sister (Katie Morrison) they decide to visit the road to try and figure out what happened. It’s a decision that may cost them their lives. Clinton Road Info

What to Watch For: The film was co-directed by Richard Grieco of 21 Jump Street fame.

Word on the Street: The film has a strong support cast including Ice-T, Eric Roberts, and Vincent Pastore.

My Take: I love Eric Roberts.

The film opens Friday exclusively at The Aurora Cineplex

 

Halston (2019)

Halston

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

Documentary on American fashion icon Halston, who in the 70s ruled a fashion empire. It all came crashing down when Halston, fashion designer to the stars, decided to start a line with JC Penny. Halston Info

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Frederic Tcheng, who also Dior and I (2014) and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011).

Word on the Street: The film was nominated for the Jury Prize at the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival.

My Take: I really liked Dior and I, so you know I will be seeing this one.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

Stand by Me (1986) Four twelve-year-old boys go on a journey to find the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days.

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