Opening this week at a theatre near you:

The Lion King  (2019)  PG 

The Lion King

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

After the murder of his father, Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones), the young prince, Simba (voiced by JD McCrary) leas the area to hide. He encounters Pumbaa (Seth Rogan) and Timon (Billy Eichner) who help Simba heal.    The Lion King Website

What to Watch For: The strong voice cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, Amy Sedaris, Cance the Rapper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Beyonce, and Alfre Woodard.

Word on the Street:  Much of the dialogue between Timon and Pumba was improvised by Eichner and Rogan.

My Take:  I can’t wait to see this film as the original film is one of my favorite animated films.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Maiden  ((2018) PG 

Maiden

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Documentary about Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became a skipper and led the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.   Maiden Website

What to Watch For:  The film won Best Film at the 2019 Dublin International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Director of the film Alex Holmes, also directed the 2014 documentary Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story.

My Take:  I have always been interested in sailing, so I will make sure to see this film.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema

 

The Art of Self-Defense  (2019)  R 

The Art of Self-Defense

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) is beaten by a group of thugs on the street. He decides to enlist in a dojo and learn how to protect himself. The dojo is ur by a charismatic but strange sensei (Alexxandro Nivola) who see potential in Casey. These lessons will change Casey’s life forever. The Art of Self-Defense Website

What to Watch For: This black comedy has been wowing audiences at film festivals.

Word on the Street:  This is writer/director Riley Stearns 2nd feature film. He directed Faults (2014) which stared his then-wife Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

My Take:  Jesse Eisenberg always gives interesting performances.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Into the Ashes  (2019) 

Into the Ashes

Photo courtesy of RLiE Films

Nick (Luke Grimes) thought he had left his violent past behind. But his old gang wants the money he stole from them and kidnaps Nick’s wife (Marguerite Moreau). Now Nick has to go back to his old ways and rescue his wife. Into the Ashes Info

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Aaron Harvey has won awards at a number of film festivals for both his feature films and his shorts.

Word on the Street:  Luke Grimes is best known for starring as Elliot Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey film series.

My Take:  Marguerite Moreau is best known for the Wet Hot American Summer film and TV series.

The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Southlake 24 Cinemas

 

Three Peaks  (2017) 

Three Peaks

Photo courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment

Aaron (Alexander Fehling) wants to become a family with his girlfriend, Lea (Berenice Bejo) and her 8-year-old son Tristan (Arian Montgomery). The problem is Tristan doesn’t like Aaron and will do just about anything for break Aaron and Lea up. Three Peaks Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Ian Zabeil has been cleaning up at international film festivals.

Word on the Street:  This is Zabei’s 2nd feature film after working for a long time as a cinematographer.

My Take:  This looks like a good one.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art

 

 

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

Iron Eagle  1986)  When a U.S. Air Force pilot is shot down and taken prisoner in the Middle East, his teenage son (Jason Gedrick) and a veteran (Louis Gusset Jr.) hijack two Air Force jets for a rescue mission.

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