Opening this week at a theatre near you:

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) PG

The Angry Birds 2

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

When a new threat appears, The piggies, led by Pig King Leonard (Bill Hader) and the Birds, led by Red (Jason Sudeikis) decide to join forces to combat the icy island let by Zeta (Leslie Jones) an eagle who wants warmer conditions for her eagles. The Angry Birds 2 Website

What to Watch For: The outstanding voice cast includes Josh Gad, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Tiffany Haddish, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, and Maya Rudolph.

Word on the Street: As with the first animated Angry Birds film, this film is given a PG rating due to rude humor.

My Take: It will be interesting to see what this talented voice cast can do with the material.

The film opens nationwide on Wednesday.

 

Good Boys (2019) R

Good Boys

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Three sixth grade boys (Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams) ditch school and go on an adventure while unknowingly carrying stolen drugs. Their mission is to get back home in time for a long-awaited party. Good Boys Website

What to Watch For: This film comes from Seth Rogen’s production company, just so you know what you are in for.

Word on the Street: All of the three leads have an extensive body of work behind them.

My Take: With Rogan producing and an R rating, we can expect a very raunchy comedy.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Blinded by the Light (2019) PG-13

Blinded by the Light

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

In 1987 Britain, the economy is in ruins, unemployment is growing and so are racial tensions. Javed (Viveik Kaira), is a teenager who is just trying to survive his high school days and the hard ways laid down by is Pakistani father (Kulvinder Ghir). Javed world is changed when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen, giving Javed a different way to see and deal with his world. Blinded by the Light Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in and around the town of Luton, England where the film takes place.

What to Watch For: The title of the film comes from a song that Springsteen recorded first but was made famous by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

My Take: I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, so you know that I am seeing this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019) PG-13

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Photo courtesy of United Artist Releasing

Bernadette (Cate Blanchett) quit a promising career to raise her daughter (Emma Nelson) along with her loving husband (Billy Crudup). But Bernadette can’t be held down for long and goes on an epic adventure that will jump-start her life and lead her to happiness. Where’d You Go, Bernadette Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semple.

Word on the Street: The film is co-written and directed by five-time Oscar-nominated Richard Linklater.

My Take: I will go see anything that Cate Blanchett is in.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Luce (2019) R

Luce

Photo courtesy of Neon

A married couple (Naomi Watts, Tim Roth) are forced to deal with their adopted son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), who is from war-torn Eritrea when a devoted high school teacher (Octavia Spencer) discovers an alarming fact about their son. Luce Website

What to Watch For: Luce was a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: J.C. Lee who wrote the screenplay also wrote the play that the film is based on.

My Take: I’ve been hearing great things about this film from my fellow critics.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

One Child Nation (2019) R

One Child Nation

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

A look at the brutal ramifications of China’s policy that families could only have one child per family. Parents and their children’s lives were shattered by the policy for years. One Child Nation Website

What to Watch for: The film was won many awards at film festivals, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Co-director Nanfu Wang, directed another award documentary in 2017 called I Am Another You, about a young drifter named Dylan who left his posh home to live on the streets.

My Take: I am hearing amazing things about this documentary.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Gwen (2018)

Gwen

Photo courtesy of RLJ Entertainment

Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) is a young girl whose life is coming apart at the seams. Her mother has a serious illness, her father is missing and a group of angry villagers are threatening to take her farm. Gwen tries to rally but there is a malevolent presence that begins to take over the farm, an evil that may destroy Gwen and her family. Gwen Info

What to Watch For: Writer/director William McGregor based this film off of his short film Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?.

Word on the Street: The picture won Best Picture and Best Director at the 2019 Riviera International Film Festival.

My Take: I always enjoy a good suspense film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Classic Riverstone 15

 

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