Opening This Week at a Theatre Near You:

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) PG

Dora and The Lost City of Gold

Photo courtesy of Paramount

Dora (Isabela Moner) was raised by her parents to be an explorer. Now she is on a mission to save her parents and find a lost city of gold. Dora and the Lost of City of Gold Website

What to Watch For: This is the first theatrical Nick Jr. film.

Word on the Street: The film is based on the long-running cartoon series Dora the Explorer.

My Take: A favorite of mine, Eva Longoria, plays Dora’s mother.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) PG-13

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

On Halloween night in 1968, a group of teenagers visit a haunted house, one where the family there kept their daughter in a room in the basement. The teenagers find a book of scary legends and the stories are coming to life to threaten their lives. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the best selling Scary Stories to Tell in the DArk bok series.

Word on the Street: The poster art is based on a story from the third book in the series called Harold.

My Take: I am always up for a good, scary movie.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) PG

The Art of Racing in the Rain

20th Century Film

A dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) shows us the life lessons he learned from his race car driving master, Denny (Milo Ventimiglia). The Art of Driving in the Rain Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the best selling book of the same name by Garth Stein.

Word on the Street: Amanda Seyfried plays Denny’s eventual wife.

My Take: I always a sucker for a movie about a dog.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Kitchen (2019) R

The Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

The wives of New York gangsters (Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish) in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s decide to continue their husband’s illegal business after their husbands are locked in prison. The Kitchen Website

What to Watch For: The first major drama produced by Tiffany Haddish.

Word on the Street: The film is based on a Vertigo comic book.

My Take: This is an impressive cast.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Brian Banks (2108) PG-13

Brian Banks

Photo courtesy of Bleaker Street

A football player’s (Aldis Hodge) dreams to play in the NFL are shattered when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. He teams with a lawyer (Greg Kinnear) to try and clear his name and start his football career. Brian Banks Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street: Brian played in the game that was featured in the drama When the Game Stands Tall.

My Take: I remember the true story.

The film opens on Friday nationwide.

 

Tel Aviv on Fire (2018)

Tel Aviv on Fire

Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group

Salam (Kais Nashif), a young Palestinian man, through good luck and connections gets a writing job on a popular Palestinian soap opera. Tel Aviv on Fire Website

What to Watch For: The film did very well on the film festival circuit, including winning Best Film at the 2019 Seatle International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Director/co-writer Sameh Zoabi also directed the award-winning film Under the Same Sun (2013).

My Take: I know the audience at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival loved this film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Piranhas (2019)

Piranhas

Photo courtesy of Music Box Films

A gang of teenage boys go through the streets of Naples terrorizing people with their guns. They are on the street to do the bidding of their mob bosses. Piranhas Website

What to Watch For: The film has won many awards at film festivals, including Best Screenplay at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The tagline for the film is ‘The Kids Are Out to Play.’

My Take: I am always up for a good Italian made Mafia film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

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