Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019) R

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

During the final years of the Golden Age of Hollywood, a struggling television actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) try to mount a comeback. Underneath the glamour, there is a darkness coming in the form of Charlie Manson. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Website

What to Watch For: The outstanding cast includes Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, and Damian Lewis.

Word on the Street: Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has said this will be his 2nd to last film before he retires.

My Take: I hope that a theatre in my area shows it on film instead of digital display. A limited number of theatres around the country are showing the movie projected off of a film projector.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Farewell (2019)  PG

The Farewell

Photo courtesy of A24

A Chinese family discover that their grandmother has only a short time to live. They decide not to tell her and stage a wedding as an excuse to gather the family together to say goodbye. The Farewell Website

What to Watch For: Critics that have seen this film are saying that Awkwafina, playing the daughter who speaks her mind, hits it out of the park with her dramatic performance.

Word on the Street: The film was the talk of the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.

My Take: I enjoyed director/writer Lulu Wang’s first feature, Posthumous (2014) that starred Jack Huston and Brit Marling.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019)

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Documentary on the relationship to talented late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Thien. Marianne and Leonard Website

What to Watch For: Nick Broomfield co-directed the award-winning documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003).

Word on the Street: This is a very personal project for Broomfield as he was good friends with the couple.

My Take: I love the music of Leonard Cohen.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Sword of Trust (2019) R

Sword of Trust

Photograph courtesy of IFC Films

Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her grandfather’s estate. The only item she receives is an antique sword that her grandfather swore proved that the South won the Civil War. Sword of Trust Website

What to Watch For: Co-writer/director Lynn Shelton has recently been directing some well know comedies on TV including GLOW, Fresh off the Boat, and The Good Place.

Word on the Street: The film stars the very funny Marc Maron, who plays a pawnshop owner who decides to help the couple prove that the sword is real.

My Take: I think that this film might be a cross between Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Shop.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Sea of Shadows (2019) PG-13

Sea of Shadows

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Documentary about the Vaquita, the smallest whale in the world that is on the verge of extinction as its habitat is destroyed by the Mexican cartel and the Chinese mafia. Sea of Shadows Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award for World Cinema – Documentary at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The co-director of the film Richard Ladkani, was up for a Directors Guild of America award in 2006 for his film The Devil’s Miner.

My Take: Hopefully this film will bring attention to this sad situation.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

Slackers (2002) Ethan (Jason Schwartzman) is the biggest geek on campus at Holden University and is shunned by most of the students. He discovers the secret to Dave (Devon Sawa), Sam (Jason Segel) and Jeff’s academic success – they cheat. He threatens to expose their cheating ways unless the trio helps him get the campus beauty, Angela (Jaime King).

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